News & Notes: December 2018


Volume: 14

Number: 5                                                                                   

December 2018


General Information


Christmas Festival is this Saturday, December 8. The schedule is as follows:

5-6:30               Food for purchase from grade 11 in the Conference Dining Hall

5:45-6:30           Shopping for students in grade 1 through grade 3 ONLY. Older student helpers available.

6:30-8:00           Shopping open for all.


Prices will be in kina. Charges are only for NTM to NTM purchases. All other transactions will be in cash.


Please remember that Christmas Festival is NOT open to the general public. It is open to the NTM and NCA communities. If you know of somebody else who would like to attend, please advise them to contact Craig Hammonds.




The NCA and Community Christmas Program will be held on Friday, December 14 at 7 pm in the gym, with doors opening at 6:45. NCA elementary and junior high students will be performing. The elementary lunch choir and the adult community choir will be singing too.


There will be a time of holiday fellowship after the Christmas Program. Please bring a plate of finger-food treats to share with others.


If you or your child are performing, wear a solid color shirt (red, white, or green) with dark-colored pants or a skirt. Meet in the gym at 6:15 pm.




Semester reports for elementary and high school students will not be completed and distributed until after the New Year.


Teachers and administrators will be working over the long Christmas break. The best way to get ahold of staff during this time is via email. You can also call the high school office.



2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

We’re already looking to the 2019-2020 school year. We are in need of elementary teachers, elementary specials teachers, high school core academic teachers, and high school electives teachers. We have needs in almost every area! If you know of an interested teacher, please direct them to


Do you know of any students that are planning to join NCA that have not attended previously? Please email Robyn Green with a heads up about new families. (Be the twelfth person to email Robyn to say that you’ve read this edition of News and Notes and win The Wonder of the Greatest Gift Advent Celebration Kit by Ann Voskamp.)



There has recently been some vandalism in the form of graffiti on the cement wall by the playground and in the middle building boys’ bathroom. We have every reason to believe it was students who did this. Can you please talk to your children about the importance of respecting property by not writing on it? And ask them if they have any insight into the recent vandalism?




Christmas Around the World is happening in the elementary library every afternoon until the last day of school. There will be stories, activities and crafts to make for our Christmas tree. Come and go as you like. School-age children only please.


Holiday Hours

Thurs, Dec 20                              9-4

Fri, Dec 21                                    9-12 (Mommy and Me at 9:15)

Mon, Dec 24-Tues, Jan 1           CLOSED

Wed, Jan 2-Fri, Jan 4                 9-4 (Mommy and Me on Friday at 9:15)

Mon, Jan 7                                     9-4



Jr. & Sr. High 


Grade 9-12 academic courses will have semester exams covering material from terms 1 and 2. The schedule for grade 7 and 8 students is affected even though they do not have semester exams.



NCA will have a post-HS planning meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, January 24 in M3. It is designed to be most helpful for current grade 11 students and their parents, but grade 10 students who will be in their home countries over the summer or grade 12 students that don’t have a plan may also find it beneficial.



We will be able to offer the ACT on Saturday, February 9. Please visit to register before January 11. Grade 12 and grade 11 students can benefit from taking the ACT at this time as we will not be able to give the ACT in April. There are study guides available in the HS library.



6 Dec               Boys vs Men Final Soccer Match, 4:15 pm

To include a moment of silence in memory of Bizo Sogavo and a prayer for the family

7 Dec               Girls vs Ladies Final Basketball Match, 7 pm

8 Dec               Christmas Festival

13 Dec              Crazy Christmas Dress Up Day

14 Dec              Christmas Program, 7 pm

19 Dec              Elementary Assembly, 7:45, Conference Dining Hall

Elementary Dismissed at 1:54

20 Dec              Last Day of Term 2

Elementary Dismissed at 12:10


Term 3             Tuesday, January 8 – Thursday, March 7

Term 4            Tuesday, March 26 – Thursday, May 23


School starts for the 2019-2020 year on Tuesday, August 6.


NCA Who’s Who teamwork

NCA Management Team (NMT)

Dana Bowers (Elementary Teacher and Boarding Program Coordinator)

Robyn Green (Principal)

Craig Hammonds (Vice Principal)

Judith Hedeen (Goroka Valley Parent Member)

Robyn Parry (Goroka Valley Parent Member)



On December 5, 2018, posted in: School News by