Glossary


A

AIS

NSW Association of Independent Schools


B

Beyond NBCS

Careers newsletter, sent fortnightly to Year 10-12 students and parents
 

BlueSky Cafe

Independent food and coffee service, located in the SCIL Plaza
 

BOSTES

Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards – NSW Government organisation for curriculum and school registration
 

BYOD

Bring Your Own Device program (Years 4-12)


C

Celebrating Achievement

End-of-year awards night and celebration, held in December
 

Communicate

Name given to email communication with parents, also known as NBCS Communicate


D

Directed Studies

Extension and educational support unit, including Special Provisions requests (internal and external)


G

GO Program

Global Opportunities program – student teams have previously visited Cambodia, Uganda, Rwanda and Moree


H

Home Learning

Work completed at home to support class learning
 

HSC

NSW Higher School Certificate
 

HSC Learn Online

NBCS-designed online courses for Preliminary and HSC subjects


L

Learn.NBCS

Website for Secondary course materials
 

Learning Leader

Staff member with oversight of learning in a specific subject area (Secondary) or Stage (Primary)


M

Munch Monitor

Online ordering system for the cafe: munchmonitor.com
 

MPC

Marina Prior Centre, performing arts venue at NBCS
 

MyNBCS

Student management system, used by parents to access reports: mynbcs.nsw.edu.au


N

NAPLAN

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy – annual Federal Government assessment tests for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9
 

Northern Beaches Challenge

Recognition program in Secondary, including target challenges and merit systems


P

PBL

Problem-based learning – a student-centred learning tool that applies both thinking strategies and content knowledge, built around a real world problem
 

PETE

Primary online learning environment – pete.nbcs.nsw.edu.au
 

Peninsula Cup

After-school sports competition for government and non-government schools on the Northern Beaches
 

Pipeline

Primary community newsletter, published twice per term
 

PISA

Peninsula Independent Sporting Association, representative sport competition during time-tabled sport
 

Portal

Launch page for NBCS websites, also used to refer to the Learn (Secondary) and PETE (Primary) websites – portal.nbcs.nsw.edu.au
 

Pre-learning

Work completed prior to specific class work, including becoming familiar with concepts prior to a specific lesson, or pre-reading a novel


S

SCIL

Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning – leadership of vision, direction and approach to learning within the school, also runs professional visitor and PD program
 

Showcase

Annual open-day event for NBCS community for students to showcase learning, usually held in late-afternoon to early evening in August
 

SLT

Senior Leadership Team – responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, and provides community leadership of NBCS
 

Stages

Curriculum-based grouping of years: Stages 1-3 in Primary, Stages 4-6 in Secondary, defined by BOSTES
 

Stage Manager

Community manager for a specific Stage, including management and logistics
 

Student Teams

Secondary pastoral care groups


W

Wavelength

Weekly email newsletter for the NBCS community, sent on Mondays