From the founding Pastor John Lewis:
As the founding Pastor, it is a priviledge to reflect back over the last 25 years and give glory to God for the outstanding success of Northside Christian College.
The Birth of a Vision
I was inspired by the initiative of Pastor David Cartledge, who commenced the first A.O.G.Church School in Queensland in the late 1970’s. Having worked in the Victorian Education system prior to entering the Ministry, I was convinced the Church should provide the Christian community with alternative choices regarding their children’s education
The Church Board at Northside willingly and courageously embarked upon this exciting and challenging venture to start a College with the capable input of two key men – Graham Corney and Peter Tredenick, I thank God for their expertise in legal, Government and the Education Department matters.
We established the College to be a ministry expression of Nexus Church. We wanted to provide an education that would be Christ centred, reflecting a Biblical morality, in conjunction with an academic emphasis.
The Church outlaid approximately $25,000 that first year to cover the initial setting up and running costs. What an incredible, ‘eternal’ investment into the lives of thousands of students has been reaped through that investment.
Additional to the challenges from the Education Department, Government and Council, we had a limited facilities problem that necessitated we close down the kindergarten in order to proceed with the College. I can still remember the endless line of mums wanting to plead their cause not to close the kindergarten. I’m sure years later many of those same mums would be thankful for that early decision that paved the way for the College.
The First College Principal
Mrs. Shirley Mead was our first Principal. Along with Mrs. Bev. Starrenburg, the first teacher, they commenced downstairs in one of our Sunday School rooms with 13 year one students. Our strategy was to commence a new class each year. The College had a wonderful reputation and we soon had waiting lists in every class. In those early days my wife made the College uniforms.
The Second College Principal
The Second College Principal, Mr. Murray Averill accepted the position to set up our future secondary school, although at that stage we had not received the Education Dept. approval. Mr. Averill later became the Principal and took the College to another level by introducing an education path through to Year 12.
The College's current Principal Mr. Leighton Kuss arrived the year that I left, but all reports indicate he too is an exceptional College Principal. (Pictured above from left: Leighton Kuss, Shirley Mead, Murray Averill)
Northside Christial College Teachers and Staff
The outstanding leadership of our Principals is reflected in the high quality and outstanding teachers and staff they have appointed and so effectively managed over the past 25 years. Over those years I have received so much positive feedback from parents regarding the dedication and commitment of the teachers to their students.
Land and Facilities
We commenced Northside Christian Church with a 2 ½ acre block, where the church is located, we then bought the western 2 ½ acres, where the main College buildings are situated. We then purchased the eastern 2 ½ acres and more, resulting in 12 acres of prime land in a fabulous location.
I commend the commitment and sacrifice that parents of our students have made for their children over the past 25 years. Their time, money, energy and voluntary help whenever required, makes for an excellent College.
Over the past 25 years, the overwhelming majority of our students have been wonderful, happy, co-operative, high quality young people. Many students have excelled academically, and others in sports, and others in social and community activities. Many have embraced the opportunity to travel in Australia and others have become involved in missions overseas. Their education has exceeded more than just the academic pursuit, it has assisted them to forge a life philosophy that will pave the way to a significant future.
I consider my participation in the birth and development of N.C.C. to be one of the great privileges in my ministry career, and I believe it will be a great legacy to future generations, for which I give God the Glory. As Val and I travel around Australia, we are amazed at the magnitude of influence our College has in peoples lives through this country. It’s common to have young people approach us and say “ I was a student at Northside” and express the positive effect the College had on their lives.
Founders' Day Prayer
We honour you as the Creator and Lord of all things.
On this Founder’s Day, when we remember those whose vision, labour and persistence gave birth to our school, we first honour You as the primary foundation of Northside Christian College.
Our desire is that all of the members of this College community, and all of its programs and activities, be built on the foundation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that only those things built on Jesus Christ will endure forever.
We thank You for our College: for its Founders, Directors and leaders – those men and women who have given of themselves to bring vision to reality; for the staff who have laboured in Your name to provide a caring, God-honouring education; for the students, both past and present, who have risen to the challenges put before them and who have responded to the pastoral and educational programs of the school – and in so doing, have moved toward their God-given destinies; and for the parents who have supported their own children as well as the finances and corporate life of the school.
We give thanks for the financial assistance of Federal and State Governments and for the privilege of living in this great land of Australia. Please help us to be wise stewards of these blessings, using them not just for ourselves but also for the good of others.
Almighty God, we ask for your continued hand on Northside Christian College. We ask for wisdom for its leaders, strength and capacity for its staff, favour for its students and blessing for its families.
We ask these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.