Key dates Timeline
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
1982 to 1985
The school moves to a hall at Terrey Hills Uniting Church for the first eight weeks of the 1982 school year.
1982 to 1985 – Principal: Pastor Peter Carblis
1982 to 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
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 was Angela.
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 Macarena
1996 – Matthew was the most popular boys name at NBCS, and Jessica was the most popular girl name.
1998 – 366 students
1999 – The Resource Centre was opened
1998 to 1999 – Principal: Rev Barrie Wright
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.
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 at NBCS, 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 to Present – Principal: Mr Tim Watson
2019 to 2020 – Re-purpose SCIL to become a new library
Week 9 of Term 1 2020 – Remote Learning commences due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Week 4 of Term 2 2020 – All students return to school
2020 to 2021 – Site Utilisation project to transform the Primary playground
Week 1 of Term 3 2021 – Remote Learning commences again due to COVID-19 Pandemic
2021 – Heat Waves by Glass Animals as the biggest number one
2021 – Oliver was the most popular boys name at NBCS, and Charlotte was the most popular girls name.
2021 – 1170 students and 140 staff 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).