Early History

How it all began . . .

Nambucca Valley Christian School was born out of a desire by Christians from different denominations to see a centre for Christian schooling established in the Nambucca Valley.

The school commenced operation on the first day of Term 1 in 1991. It started with 30 students enrolled, a Principal and two teachers. The impetus for the School came from three Congegational Ministers of the area, Reverend P Barnes, Pastor P Hanaford and Pastor M Cathcart, in conjunction with the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School.

A committee was formed in 1989 to look at developing a school in Nambucca Heads as a campus of the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School. Fundraising was undertaken during 1990 and the school opened in Lee Street, Nambucca Heads in the Presbyterian Church Hall. The School enrolments grew steadily during the first year.

ClearedSiteSite cleared and levelAt this time the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School was under the direction of the Coffs Harbour Baptist Church. The control of the School locally was with Councillors who reported to the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School Council. Land was eventually purchased in Centenary Parade, Nambucca Heads and by October 1991 plans had been approved by Council for a complex of 10 classrooms and ancillary buildings. As the year drew to an end the School had grown to 43 students and building work had commenced on the current site.

The Presbyterian Church sold its land in Nambucca Heads and the School Hall/Church was included in the plans for the new site.

The enrolments continued to grow in Nambucca Heads so that by the end of 1993ClassroomwallsgoingupWalls being erected there were 93 students from 59 families. As the School grew it was decided to seek autonomy from Coffs Harbour Christian Community School (which had itself had become independent). This occurred in January 1996 and the School became a limited company in February of the same year. Governance of the school was then in the hands of the Board of Directors of the School Company which in turn reported on the progress of the School to the Company members. At this time enrolments had reached 110 students.

It should be noted that from the beginning the School relied on volunteers from the School families to grow OfficeconstructionOffice block being builtthe school and maintain it. School cleaning was done on a roster until 1999. There were regular working bees and these built the shade area, cut and laid the turf around the School, finished the hall, maintained the fire breaks, maintained the paint work and ran a donut stall every week to raise funds and ran a canteen. Co-operation with the Presbyterian Congregation allowed for dual use of the Hall/Church which also housed the Library until 2000 when School extensions were opened. By 2000 the classrooms were air conditioned and refrigerators had also been put into the rooms to allow for lunches to be kept fresh. JustaboutfinishedCompleted building

In March 2004 it was decided to adopt the Congregational Model of School Governance and this resulted in another restructuring of the governance of the School. The School was to operate under the legal authority and ownership of the Presbyterian Church of NSW Property Trust.
In 2012, the School Board applied to Christian Schools Australia (CSA), who had delegated authority from the Board of Studies (BOS), for Year 7 to be registered. The school's application to CSA was approved, recommended to BOS and High School staff were employed for the beginning of 2013. Since that time the school have also been blessed with additional facilities. The school is positioned in a beautiful area with all staff committed to Christian Education.
This year the school will have its first cohort of Year 12 students complete their HSC.

Dates to remember



Saturday 10th - Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Monday 12th - Rememberance Day Combined Assembly

Monday 19th - Year 11 Starts Compressed Courses

Tuesday 20th - LNAP Literary Visit

Thursday 22nd - AIME Mentoring Program - SCU

Friday 30th - Zone Soccer, 5-a-side, Lismore