Nhulunbuy Christian College was founded on the dream and vision of a few passionate parents who desired a high quality, Christ-centred educational alternative in north east Arnhem Land. This dream didn’t remain a dream for long, as the concept progressed rapidly to reality. By 15 August 1999, Nhulunbuy Christian School opened with 23 dedicated students, and families, willing to go on the pioneering journey.
7 November 1997
A call is made to Northern Territory Christian Schools Association (now Northern Territory Christian Schools) about starting a school. NTCSA advises it will send information.
7 February 1998
A public meeting is held to discuss the possibility of starting a private Christian school in Nhulunbuy at the Neighborhood Centre, with the objective to: “Form a Christian parent-controlled school in Nhulunbuy that provides quality education at a cost that ensures the school is accessible to all families that desire…
Northern Territory Christian Schools Association authorises negotiations to secure a loan for stage one buildings.
27 January 1999
Nhulunbuy Training Centre agrees to the use of their premises for the school until April (with an option to extend).
5 March 1999
The first council is elected.
30 April 1999
The first working bee at the Eugenia Ave site. Volunteers clear broken bottles and rubbish.
29 May 1999
Cor Kool holds a community information night to talk about Christian education.
15 August 1999
The school building officially opens at 11am, followed by a fete.
24 August 1999
The first day for students at Eugenia Ave.
1 February 2000
First day of school for students. Judy Chesson, Daniel Clarke and Sandra Brazier join the teaching team.
16 March 2000
New council members Terrence Mason and Cameron Haig are elected.
5 April 2000
A new photocopier arrives.
28 April 2000
Work on the library/administration building begins.
6 November 2000
A grant is obtained for playground equipment.
17 November 2000
A piano is donated to the school.
1 December 2000
Melinda Fraser joins the staff team.
5 December 2000
Thanksgiving evening: Children in Years 4-7 perform their own plays and Transition – Year 3 perform a puppet play.
31 January 2001
Students’ first day back. Tracy Pickford and Anita Tilyard join our staff team.
14 February 2001
Parent teacher night.
8 May 2001
17 May 2001
Work begins on the new volleyball court.
2 June 2001
24 July 2001
A grant is obtained for shade cloth over the playground. Students plant trees around the school.
31 August 2001
LATIS computers arrive.
6 September 2001
Basketball hoop installed. Special literacy and numeracy day.
8 September 2001
The library/administration building officially opens.
21 September 2001
Grand Prix day.
19 October 2001
3-year operating plan is adopted. Policy statement on Indigenous Education is passed. Internet Policy is accepted.
8 November 2001
Cameron Haig begins as an Integration Aid.
4 December 2001
School thanksgiving concert.
30 January 2002
Laura Bambling, Suzanne Hyde, Fay Roach and Kylie Farnsworth join the teaching team.
14 February 2002
Nhulunbuy Christian School adopts a new mission statement: ‘To assist parents in the training of their children so that they may live, love and learn to their full potential, through a relationship with Jesus and an understanding of the Bible.’
4 March 2002
Students move into their new classrooms. Years 4/5 use the TAFE building.
12 March 2002
Gwen Davies begins teaching students music.
2 May 2002
The school library books are put on a computer catalogue.
12 June 2002
Years 4/5 students plant trees around the new toilet block.