Our Mission, Vision and Values
Our school is a Christian community that supports and encourages learning, growth, wellbeing, connection, belonging and community. This rich foundation is reflected in our Vision, Mission and Values, enabling us to foster a lifelong love of learning and hope for the future.
Our aim is for students to explore and extend their potential in a healthy and productive way. As a community, we provide opportunities and resources to help our students thrive. We help to shape independent, resilient students who seek ownership of their own learning.
Ultimately, we want our students to know that they are loved by God and loved by the community around them. We will cheer them on in their successes and spur them on when they face challenges along the way.
Love Learning is therefore characterised by engaged, resilient students who can make connections with what they are learning, who they are and who they want to become. Their love of learning will see them confidently follow their passions and take hold of the many opportunities on offer at school, doing their personal best in any challenge that comes their way.
A thankful heart creates a healthier mindset, allowing us to embrace possibilities. Gratitude helps us to be joyful, enables us to celebrate the wins along the way, while keeping our sights on what is ahead, with a sense of hope and purpose.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Chronicles 16:34
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
When we affirm the value of another person, listen to them and consider their needs, we build trust and ultimately a deeper sense of belonging. Respect builds a more resilient, connected community.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”
Grit, determination and perseverance are attributes that enable us to navigate challenges with a sense of resolve and optimism. Courage ensures we come through the other side of these challenges, with a greater depth of character and self-knowledge.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We want to look beyond our own needs and seek opportunities to use our God-given talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of others. Compassion sheds light in dark places, heals hurts and shows the heart of God.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Christianity in Action
At the heart of our school is a nurturing Christian community that imparts a profound sense of worth and purpose to our students, as they explore faith and life’s big questions.
Our Christian values not only permeate, but are an active and real part of everything we do – teaching and learning, playing, pastoral care, school management, and personal interactions.
Our ability to achieve Excellence in Education is strengthened by the integrity that comes from clearly articulated Christian values in day-to-day practice. We place great importance on building collaborative relationships with students and their support networks, so we can better understand how each student learns.
We believe the Christian faith has much to offer in our search for meaning. We recognise and respect that every child, parent and staff member is on a faith journey. For chaplaincy to be done well at NBCS, it is our hope that we can walk alongside everyone on this sometimes tumultuous road.
Motivated by God’s love, we are intentional about nurturing and growing young people who will make a positive impact on Australian society as its future leaders. We believe that giving students a sense of belonging and connection fosters their wellbeing and motivates them to engage with learning. This ensures they are prepared to thrive and adapt in the world outside of school.
NBCS was established in Mona Vale in 1981, by a group of parents who attended the Northern Beaches Christian Centre church. Their vision was to build an exceptional Christian school in the Northern Beaches area, and was made a reality through the sacrifice, dedication and generosity of many parents and friends.
Initially housed in a Serbian Orthodox Church hall, in Vineyard Street, Mona Vale, the school opened its doors with 39 students, one teacher and a roster of parent volunteers.
The earliest method of teaching was the ACE system, where each student was allocated a “carrel” and worked from workbooks at their learning ability. If they needed help, students raised an Australian flag to request one-on-one help from a Teacher or “Monitor”. Gradually more group face-to-face teaching was introduced, phasing out the ACE system.
1983-1985 Booralie Road
From the church hall in Mona Vale to a short stint in a church hall in Terrey Hills, the school rented land and erected demountable classrooms at 111 Booralie Road (just around the corner from where we are today).
1986 Echunga Road
As the school grew, a permanent home was sought for both the school and church, and in 1984 a building program commenced on the current Echunga Road campus, formally opening in February 1986. The Council had not given consent to occupy classrooms in time for the beginning of the school year, so for the first few weeks of term lessons were held on verandahs and also in the demountable classroom still located on Booralie Road, with students walking from one site to the other.
The school has continued to evolve and grow over the years, growing to current numbers of over 1100 students. From simple buildings to stunningly designed learning spaces, the school has stayed true to its early vision of providing excellent education, within a nurturing Christian community.
Today’s vision, Love Learning, is built upon this rich history and honours the legacy of those early pioneers. We are thankful for the courage and determination of those who have provided our school with such a strong foundation on which we continue to build.
We look forward to celebrating our 40th year anniversary in 2021.