Our Timeline

Key dates Timeline

1981

NBCS opens its doors with 39 students and 1 teacher in the Hall of the Orthodox Serbian Church in Mona Vale.

1981 – Principal: Pastor Paul O’Sullivan

1981 – The number one song in Australia was Counting the Beat by the Swingers.

Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office

1982 to 1985

The school moves to a hall at Terrey Hills Uniting Church for the first eight weeks of the 1985 school year.

1982 to 1985 – Principal: Pastor Peter Carblis

1982-1985 Booralie Road

The school rented land and erected demountable classrooms at 111 Booralie Road (just around the corner from where the school sits today).

1985 to 1989 – Principal: Rev Barrie Wright

1984 – Land is purchased at Echunga Road

1985 – First year of an Infants department

1985 – The HSC is introduced for Year 12 students

1986

Echunga Road site is opened

As the school grew, a permanent home was sought for both the school and church. The current Echunga Road campus opened in February 1986, with its official opening 27 April 1986.

NBCS received full registration for the next six years.

1986 –  The number one song was Chain Reaction by Diana Ross.

1986 – The most popular boys’ name at NBCS was Andrew and the most popular girls’ name as Angela.

Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office

1987 to 1998

1988– student groups started visiting the Terrey Hills Nursing Home, something that still happens today with Operation Joy.

1989 – The appointment of the first Sports Master, Mr Andrew Harper, reflecting the growing importance of sport.

1990 to 1995 – Principal: Mr Phil Jobson

1994 – Academic success was also found with improving HSC results, with three Year 12 students scoring TERs (ATARs) in the 90s.

1996 to 1998 – Principal: Rev Lloyd Bennett

1996 – the number one song was the Macarena.

1996 – Matthew was the most popular boys name at NBCS, and Jessica was the most popular girls’ name.

1998 – 366 students

1999 – The Resource Centre was opened

1998 to 1999 – Principal: Rev Barrie Wright
(Acting Principal)

1999 to 2009

1999 to 2017 – Principal: Mr Stephen Harris

2000 – 510 students

2000 – B (Music/Science) and F blocks were built

2002 – “D”, “F” & “G” Blocks opened by Dr Brendon Nelson, MP

2005 – the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) was established.

2006 – I wish I was A Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair was number one on the charts.

2006 – James was the most popular boys’ name at NBCS, and Jessica was still the most popular girls’ name.

2007 – 1021 Students

2007 – an exploratory trip was made to a small church in Cambodia, beginning NBCS Mission Trips overseas.

2007 to 2010 – MPC building (housing SCIL) was designed and built, with the oval and carparks part of this project

Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office

2010 to 2017

2009 to 2010 – Sports Centre designed and built

2010 – The Zone was created

2010 – 1173 students

2010 to 2015 – The Gateway administration and Barcelona buildings were designed and built

2011 to 2012 – TAS fit out under sports court.

2016 – Closer by the Chainsmokers was number one on the Charts.

2016 – Joshua was the most popular boys’ name here, and yet again, Jessica was the most popular girls’ name.

2018 to 2021

2018 – Acting Principal: Mr Craig Linfoot

2018 – SCIL closes

Term 4 2018 – present Principal: Mr Tim Watson

2019 to 2020 – Re-purpose SCIL to become a new library in 2019.

Week 9 of Term 1 2020 – Remote Learning commences due to Covid Pandemic.

2020 to 2021 – Site Utilisation project to transform the Primary playground

2021 – Heat Waves by Glass Animals as the biggest number one.

2021 – Oliver was the most popular boys’ name here, and Charlotte was the most popular girls’ name.

2021 – 1170 students and 140 staff today.

Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office
Miwatj Health man in office

NBCS Today

NBCS continues to evolve and grow.

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.

Across our 40 years, we have had a grand total of 6924 students. In 2022, we will enrol our 7000th student. Over the last 40 years, on average, 172 students have joined the school each year, mainly in Kindy and year 7.

Only one boys’ name has been in the top 5 most popular names in each of the four decades of the school’s existence – Daniel. And only one girls’ name – Sarah.

Across the 40 years of school life, these are the 5 most popular boys’ names: fifth, Thomas (74), equal third, Matthew (77), and Daniel (77), second, Joshua (87), and the most popular so far in the history of the school, James (93).

For girls, the top 5 most popular names in the life of the school are, fifth, Emma (41), fourth, Sarah (44), Hannah (45), Emily (54), and the most popular girls’ name in the history of NBCS, Jessica (67).

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