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.
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.
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.
Nhulunbuy Training Centre agrees to the use of their premises for the school until April (with an option to extend).
The first council is elected.
The first working bee at the Eugenia Ave site. Volunteers clear broken bottles and rubbish.
Cor Kool holds a community information night to talk about Christian education.
The school building officially opens at 11am, followed by a fete.
The first day for students at Eugenia Ave.
First day of school for students. Judy Chesson, Daniel Clarke and Sandra Brazier join the teaching team.
New council members Terrence Mason and Carmen Haig are elected.
A new photocopier arrives.
Work on the library/administration building begins.
A grant is obtained for playground equipment.
A piano is donated to the school.
Melinda Fraser joins the staff team.
Thanksgiving evening: Children in Years 4-7 perform their own plays and Transition – Year 3 perform a puppet play.
Students’ first day back. Tracy Pickford and Anita Tilyard join our staff team.
Parent teacher night.
Work begins on the new volleyball court.
A grant is obtained for shade cloth over the playground. Students plant trees around the school.
LATIS computers arrive.
Basketball hoop installed. Special literacy and numeracy day.
The library/administration building officially opens.
Grand Prix day.
3-year operating plan is adopted. Policy statement on Indigenous Education is passed. Internet Policy is accepted.
Carmen Haig begins as an Integration Aid.
School thanksgiving concert.
Laura Bambling, Suzanne Hyde, Fay Roach and Kylie Farnsworth join the teaching team.
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.’
Students move into their new classrooms. Years 4/5 use the TAFE building.
Gwen Davies begins teaching students music.
The school library books are put on a computer catalogue.
Years 4/5 students plant trees around the new toilet block.