News & Notes: January 2015

General Information:

Tournament Dates: The EHSSSA Provincial Tournament is on Friday, March 13. We anticipate that Boys’ Basketball will be held at NCA, and that Girls’ Soccer will be held at NSI in Goroka. If in fact basketball is held at NCA, grade K-8 classes will be cancelled for the day.

The date for the NCA Invitational Tournament is Saturday, February 21.

Sack Lunch Day: On Friday, February 13 we will be having another all-school sack lunch day. It was so much fun last term that Student Council decided to organize another one. Bring your lunch and bring your fun!

Term 4 Start Date: We will be starting Term 4 on Wednesday, April 8.

Faculty In-service: Wednesday, February 18, is a half-day staff in-service. Students will be dismissed at lunch, and there will be no school in the afternoon. High school will hold periods 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 in the morning.

Looking ahead to next year: These are the term dates for the 2015-2016 school year:

Term 1              July 29 – Sept. 30

Term 2              Oct. 21 – Dec. 16

Term 3              Jan. 13 – Mar. 16

Term 4              Apr. 6 – June 1


Reading Festival is off and running! Our next assembly and the end of the Reading Festival will be at 7:45 in the GYM on Wednesday, February 11th. Grades 2, 3, and 5 will be giving Living Book Reports and we will hear a report of how much the students have read during these 2 weeks. Thursday, Feb. 5th is Book Character Dress-up Day! Students can come to school dressed as a book character, along with a copy of the book that goes with their character, if possible. The elementary students will be meeting in the gym at 7:50 to see all the costumes in Grades K – 5.

Book Sale:  The elementary library will be having a book sale on Friday, February 6th, outside the elementary library. Come and browse the new and pre-loved books for sale. Prices start at 20 toea. Parents and staff are welcome to come from 1:35 – 2:45. Everyone is invited to come from 3:10 – 3:45.

Games NightThe Games Night previously scheduled for February 13th has been cancelled. However, the 8th grade class will be hosting a games night on February 21st at 7pm for grades 1-5. It will be held on the tennis courts with a possible relocation to the gym in case of rain.

High School:

SAT on May 2. In 2014, NCA will be hosting the SAT college entry exam in May as well as in November. You should register online for the SAT at The registration deadline for the May exam is April 4. However, we would recommend you registering well in advance of the deadline. For more information, contact Robyn Green at the high school.

Transitions Note: Just something to think about as you make travel plans…especially for families with graduating seniors. Many have noted that it is really helpful for high school students to have a couple of days after graduation to recover physically and emotionally before leaving PNG. Booking your tickets for Thursday morning is not recommended from a transitions standpoint. Please consider giving your teen even a day or two to “recover” – it can make a huge difference.


11 Feb.           MMP ends

11 Feb.           Elementary Assembly – 7:45 in the gym

13 Feb.           Class Meetings (Gr 7-11) – 3:10 pm

13 Feb.           All School Sack Lunch Day

18 Feb.           Teacher In-service – Noon closure

21 Feb.           NCA Invitational Tournament

21 Feb.           Elementary Games Night – 7pm

2–8 Mar.           Transitions Week

12 Mar.           Spirit Day

13 Mar.           Provincial Tournament – No School

14 Mar.           Sadie Hawkins

18 Mar.           Term 3 Ends

8 Apr.             Term 4 Begins

13-16 Apr.      Achievement Testing

17 Apr.            Last day of NCA 1st grade classes

3 June            Last day of the school year/graduation


NCA Who’s Who

NCA Management Team (NMT)

Dana Bowers (Temporary H.S. Administrator/Boarding Home Coord.)

Joe Chell (NCA staff member)

Renee Cox (Elem Principal)

Scott Sasaki (Temporarily away)

Erika Weatherl (Goroka Valley Rep)


NCA Student Advocates

Dib and Pam Hampton

Jody and Marcia Riethmiller


NCA School Committee

Linn Beall (Parent Rep)

Dana Bowers (Temp. H.S. Administrator/Boarding Home Coord.)

Renee Cox (Elem Principal)

Mitch Hoskins (FLT Rep)

Scott Sasaki (Temporarily away)

Kelly Tallman (Parent Rep)

Erika Weatherl (Goroka Valley Rep)

Holly Woodard (Parent Rep)


On February 2, 2015, posted in: School News by