About our school

Northern Beaches Christian School is one of a few worldwide examples of a school that demonstrates that change is both necessary and possible – a change in paradigm, in learning space design, in the way we empower students to take charge of their own learning.

NBCS is a vibrant, independent, co-educational school in Terrey Hills (Sydney), offering a dynamic, student-centred education from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Our approach is a dual focus on learning and opportunity. We have been very intentional in fostering a culture of self-directed, student-led learning – growing students to be high-capacity leaders and creative thinkers. Strong, positive relationships are the cornerstone to learning at NBCS, with authentic community and true collaboration being the foundation on which learning is built.

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself
— Galileo Galilei

The journey so far

Built on community

NBCS was established in Mona Vale in 1981, by a group from Northern Beaches Christian Centre. We are thankful for the dedication and generosity shown by parents and friends in those early years to help see the vision of a school come to life. In 1984 the school moved to the current campus in Echunga Road, and has since grown to more than 1,300 students. NBCS is highly regarded by educators across the world as a centre for excellence and innovation.

Vision for the future

Since 2004, Northern Beaches Christian School has been an independent organisation, led by an independent Board of Directors as a not-for-profit entity. Both the Board and the Senior Leadership Team hold firm to a vision to be leaders in transforming education, creating a school that empowers students with high-level skills – equipped and inspired to be life-long learners.

Accelerating change

In 2005, NBCS Principal Stephen Harris established Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) as a unit within the school, primarily to act as a catalyst for pervasive, school-wide transformation. Since that time, a constant evolution of radically innovative practice has continued to shape and define the NBCS learning community. SCIL is the heartbeat of change within NBCS, and embodies the spirit of innovation that is in every learning space and each learning journey.

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