The headline of our daily newspaper screamed out, “Almost half of
youth miss school because of anxiety, study finds”. (Waterloo Region
Record, Nov. 14) Anxiety, defined as distress or uneasiness, a state
of apprehension, fear or worry, is a common malady of our world, and
according to this article, a major concern among our youth. According
to the study commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario, 46%
of those between the ages of 18-34 had missed school due to issues
related to anxiety, and 40% had sought mental health help.
I find these stats concerning. What can you as a parent, friend, or we
as educators, do to counteract these stats? Is Niagara Christian Collegiate
making an impact in reducing the level of anxiety in our youth?
I believe we are! I distinctly recall a comment of a student many years
ago as we approached the mailing of mid-semester reports. “My parents
are going to kill me when they see my marks”, he exclaimed fearfully.
Whether correctly or incorrectly, he believed that for 2-3 months
his parents had been unaware of his effort and work, and now the truth
was laid bare. But that no longer is the case as the use of Edsby provides
for regular communication and updates with parents, and therefore
anxiety is reduced for both parent and student. The use of school
uniforms has reduced the anxiety and competition in regard to clothes
worn. However, the greatest contribution that NCC can make in the
life of a student as it pertains to reducing anxiety is in support through
relationship, relationships with others and with God. I see faculty caring,
loving, and teaching with great respect, creating safe places for
students to grow, struggle and learn. I see Grade 6-8 students confidently
joining the choir with High School students, because they were
affirmed by the Director and were standing with a friend. I have seen
a young lady with average athletic skill try out for a team, and with
the encouragement and support of teammates and coach, turn that
experience into a wonderful memory. However, the greatest joy for me
is seeing a young person beginning, or growing in, their relationship
with their Heavenly Father. What a difference that relationship of love
makes in the reduction of anxiety. Max Lucado in his book “Anxious
for Nothing” (Thomas Nelson, 2017) writes this, “Isolation creates a
downward cycle of fret (worry). Choose instead to be the person who
clutches the presence of God with both hands.” And that awareness of
the presence of God often comes through those we walk with.
Life can challenge us and at times overwhelm, resulting in anxiety and
fear. Reach out in relationship to others and to God. You will see and
experience the difference. [“Do not be anxious about anything…..” Philippians
4: 4-9. Check it out!]
Enjoy and be encouraged as you read the following stories of student
activities and experiences here at NCC.
Mr. Clare Lebold, Principal
If your son or daughter attends NCC, you will find enclosed a report
card for the first part of the year. For our middle school students, this
report highlights achievement up to the end of the first term. For our
secondary students, enclosed is a mid-term report for semester one.
Parents, as you read through these reports please contact the school if
you have any questions or concerns. I trust that
nothing noted in the reports will be a surprise for
you as you have the opportunity to keep up with
your son or daughter’s standing via our online
portal Edsby. If you are having issues connecting
to Edsby, please contact the school.
● December 7 - Swim Zone 3-4 Championships
● December 8 - International Day
● December 14 - Christmas Social
● December 20 - Classes conclude
● January 8 - Classes resume
EDSBY LOGIN - www.niagaracc.edsby.com
We would like to congratulate those students who achieved an
average of over 80% and have been recognized on the Academic
Honour Roll and those students who achieved an average over
90%, and have been recognized on the President’s Honour Roll.
We commend them on their effort and distinguished
use of their gifts and abilities.
We have a HUGE choir this year!
We recently finished our first workshop
with master vocalist Melissa
Shriner, who taught us about
“Singlish” and how to shape
Our NCC choir did a great job performing
In Flanders Fields at the
Remembrance Day ceremony.
My students will also perform at the
Hotel Dieu Shaver Christmas tree
lighting taking place in St. Catharines,
and officiated by the mayor.
On December 10, the choir will be
leading the Christmas service at
Trinity Life Church in Sherkston.
The concert band gave a wonderful
performance of O Canada at our
Remembrance Day ceremony.
The band students also marched in
the Fort Erie Santa Clause Parade
on November 18th.
We are pleased to have Jared
Knechtel (Trumpet) and Erika
Rempel (French Horn), (both new
staff to NCC) helping with this ensemble.
Both are experts on their
On December 12, at 7:00 pm,
NCC students will present a
celebration of Christmas.
Emmanuel, God With Us will be
an evening of music and drama
featuring our talented students.
You are invited! Parents, family,
friends and neighbours, join us
at Riverside Chapel, located here
on NCC’s campus, for an evening
of joyful celebration!
RED RIBBON ART GALA
On November 4, the NCC Arts Council participated in the Fort
Erie Arts Council’s 13th annual Red Ribbon Art Gala.
This prestigious event was held at the Fort Erie Leisureplex
Banquet Hall, and featured live music by David Ian Andrea and
The Max Hillier Band. Beautiful pieces of the art by local artists
were on display and available for purchase. This is the Fort Erie
Arts Councils’ signature event and main fundraiser of the year.
Mrs. Laurie Blue, NCC’s art teacher, is a member of the Fort
Erie Arts Council and is a professional artist herself. Five years
ago, Mrs. Blue persuaded the FEAC to open this opportunity to
students and it has become a very exciting annual event for her
art students ever since.
The Red Ribbon Art Gala has enjoyed great success, and this
year was no different with several hundred guests in attendance.
Attendees enjoyed viewing local artists work as well as our students’
work. NCC students rose to the occasion to help serve
delicious appetizers, run the silent auction and the coat check,
and enjoy this wonderful opportunity to interact with the community.
Students also volunteered by serving food or drinks,
and helping out wherever needed.
We are very proud of our
students - and Mrs. Laurie Blue!
Check out their works of art.
This year, we embark on a journey into the truth of
Jesus Christ and what He offers us.
Every day, our culture tells us how we should be
living. We grow up in a world that tells us how
to spend our money, what to wear, who to have
relationships with, what we should be striving towards,
and how to be successful. This is a message
of independence, self-importance, and pride.
We struggle with our own independence and realize
that even though we are so digitally connected, we have
never felt so alone. We struggle having to create importance
for ourselves, to build up our own name, and to somehow
convince the people around us that we are valuable.
There is another message out there! Jesus calls us to
Our class motto this year is “Step by Step”.
Throughout term one I have challenged each
of the students in Middle School to make a
commitment to take each challenge they face
“Step by Step”. Creating goals and reflecting
on God’s purpose for our lives is something
that sets us apart as a school, something that
I am proud of, and something that will benefit
the lives of our students as they navigate the world around
PBL - To highlight our recent PBL project students
took on the roles of influential Canadians and presented
monologues during a Wax Museum. Real world application
is a focus of 21st century learning. Our goal is
to provide our students with opportunities to affectively
communicate, collaborate, and critical think through
curricular content in meaningful ways. Mr. Haughton,
Middle School Lead Teacher
ART - In art we have been focusing on landscapes
and perspective. Learning how to effectively understand aerial
perspective and break a drawing down into foreground, middle
ground, and background. The students have been introduced to
chalk pastel and have learned how to properly use this medium.
Mrs. Blue, Art Teacher
FRENCH - In Middle School French students have been practicing
their oral communication skills daily during our Prof du
Jour and Marchez et Parlez at the beginning of class. Students
have worked on reviewing and building vocabulary and grammar
structure through various written and oral projects such
as creating and sharing Mes Devinettes riddles booklet, and
performing speeches on La meilleure saison. This month students
will demonstrate their oral skills by putting on a fashion
show, discuss health issues by role-playing a doctor and patient,
along with creating posters on good nutrition for a healthy body, all
en français! Mme Trombley, French Teacher
Our middle school students are joining in with our high
school students in performing in the Santa Claus parade
in Fort Erie, and at the tree lighting ceremony in
St. Catharines. Our music classes are split right now
between preparing for our Emmanuel - God With Us
Christmas presentation and reviewing music theory in
preparation for our upcoming band unit.
Mrs. Broomer, Music Teacher
be a part of His family. What does it mean to live together in
the “city on a hill”, and live out the life that Jesus calls us to?
In chapel, we want to work out exactly that. Each month
will focus on a “key” to the city, a topic that Jesus talks
about very differently than our culture. Things like family,
relationships, and identity will be discussed. Please be in
prayer for our chapel program! Pray that God will be honoured
through our work, and that His message
will be spoken clearly.
Also, congratulations to Emma Winger, a
grade 9 student who won our logo design
contest this year! Great work Emma!
Tim Durksen, Chapel Program Director
MATH - In Middle School math we are making
our way through the Jump Math program in
grades 6-8. We find ourselves wrapping up and
remembering fondly our time with fractions and
look forward to our Measurement Unit ahead!
Our grade 6 class exercised their entrepreneurial
spirits through running their own store
in class and exploring money, profits, and even
some customer service. Even with a late-arriving teacher, (I’m
happy to have finally arrived!) the middle school spirits are high
and they bring great enthusiasm to math class.
Mr. Appleyard, Math Teacher
MS STUDENTS GIVING BACK - WOW CHRISTMAS
For the last few years, NCC middle school has been
supporting the WOW Missions (Working with Orphans
and Widows) Christmas program.
WOW Christmas gives children in Zambia and Uganda
the opportunity to participate in a classroom while
supporting the local
economy. Basically, a $25 donation will send a student to school with
a uniform and supplies, but the unique thing about this ministry is
that the $25 is spent in the local economy. It’s mothers and widows
in these countries that will be paid to make the uniforms for these
students. Even though our donations go to support students, the
money goes much further.
This December, students will present an Awareness Fair to our
local school community to raise money for this organization. We
want our middle school students to become global citizens and
think about what goes on outside of their little corner of the world.
Please check out the link to a blog that was posted by the WOW
organization about a cool project that our middle school did last
year, and a video link to learn more about WOW Christmas.
WOW Christmas Video:
Niagara Christian Collegiate’s athletic teams enjoyed another strong
fall season, this year being led by the Cross Country team who qualified
all its runners for the SOSSA championships this past October in
In one of the strongest seasons in the
history of NCC Cross Country, this
year’s team, led by Head Coach Mr.
Z and Grade 11 runner Neil Wangler,
put NCC’s Cross Country on the map.
Wangler, a 7th place finisher at the
Zone Championship level, was joined
by Junior runners Josiah Forde (11th)
and Anthony Malone (13th) and Senior
Girls runner, Maggie Ren (15th)
in top 20 overall finishers. The senior
boy’s team finished in second place at
the zone 3 championships, its highest
ever finish. As they say, the cupboard is still stocked for
Coach Z to build on this year’s great success.
SR. GIRLS BASKETBALL
For the second straight season, the NAVS competed in the NRHSAA
Division 2 league. Losing many of its key starters from last year to
graduation, Coach Dieleman and the Lady Navs knew it was going
to be a different season from the undefeated league and playoff run
a year ago. The NAVS, full of young talent, needed a quick start and
did just that by winning two of the first three games and losing by just
one shot in the third. Finishing 3-3 on the season and losing early in
the playoffs on an off day, the NAVS earned lots of league respect.
And with a majority of players returning, the coaching staff will be
looking to build on this year’s success next year.
The NCC tennis team
closed its fall schedule by
qualifying four athletes
for the SOSSA championships
and nearly winning
the main draw Zone Championship
in both the senior
and junior men’s doubles
flights. The senior doubles
team of Ryan Ku and Christian
Rodriguez were joined by singles
players Jose Barbosa and David Lai
and Ladies doubles Rita Barbosa and
Coco Wu. While the junior doubles team of
Anthony Molon and Takeshi Yamaguchi were joined by
junior ladies doubles partners Nicole Sider and Samira Mohammadi.
I want to personally wish all of our Fall senior athletes well and thank
them for all their accomplishments and time given to make our teams
the best they can be. Proud to be a NAV.
NAVS fans can follow all the latest happenings and stay up to date
with the winter sports season on the official website of Nav athletics at
James Kryger, Director of Athletics
Last year’s league and tournament champions, the boy’s volleyball
team, led by Senior serving ace Christian Rodriguez, made it to the
NRHSAA playoffs for the 2nd year in a row after finishing 5-2 on the
season and ending with a 3-0 unbeaten run. The NAVS finished in
second place overall, and standout setter Caleb Fretz was awarded
player of the game on multiple occasions highlighting his laser point
skill set. A slip-up in the playoffs meant Coach Winger and the guys
had no way of defending last year’s crown. With a majority of the
starting lineup returning in 2018, the NAV setters will be ready to go
to prove that 2016 was no lucky year.
NICARAGUA MISSIONS TRIP
Students in grades 9-12 have a fantastic
opportunity to participate in our NCC
Missions trip to Granada, Nicaragua in
The missions base, located at El Puente
in Granada, will house our NCC
team. While there, our students will
work with El Puente’s staff in planning
out the week’s activities. https://thebridgegranada.org
Students will be serving at the brand
new Granda Christian Education Center,
Granada’s first Christian school,
as well as helping out in the City Dump ministry, and at the Hogar de
Niñas (girls orphanage). They’ll assist local churches in running VBS
and feeding programs, do some street evangelism, and help out with
local young-life initiatives.
Side trips include a visit to Masaya Volcano National Park and Monkey
Island, swimming in Lake Apoyo, and market shopping. These recreational
activities will round out a full and exciting week.
Students will enjoy a cultural and ministry experience of a lifetime! If you
would like to support our students and donate, please contact
Mr. Kryger: email@example.com