The Birth of a Vision (1979-1980)
Joan and Laurie Rothwell, members of Riverstone Baptist Church, were key visionaries for providing an avenue for Christian Education. Under the leadership of Rev Ralph Parnwell, Riverstone Christian Community Primary School was opened on the 4 February 1980, with Mr Michael Carman as the Founding Principal and 21 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The Pioneering Stage (1980-1989)
In 1986, five acres at the corner of Regent and McCulloch Streets were purchased and building commenced for the new school site. Students moved to the new site in 1987. By 1989 the school had grown and now consisted of students up to Year 9, with 227 students in total.
A Time of Development (1990-1999)
In 1990 the name of the school was changed to Coverdale Christian School, after Mr Miles Coverdale, Bishop of Exeter. The school grew consistently over the next few years and by 1999, 750 students were enrolled.
A Time of Renewal (2000-2014)
From 2000-2004, the school upgraded resources and buildings and in 2005, the school celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 2006, during a challenging time for the school, the school was renamed Norwest Christian College and Mr Ian Maynard, the Head of Secondary, became Principal.
Growing from strength to strength (2015-2019)
In 2016, the College launched its new learning framework ‘Building Purposeful Lives’ (BPL). This framework was developed for learning and for life and sits at the centre of all that they do: to Love God, Pursue Purpose and Build Capacity. In 2019 the College welcomed its 6th Principal, Mrs Felicity Marlow. Under her leadership the College has continued to grow with almost 1000 students currently enrolled.
A vision for the future (2020)
As we look towards the future, the College is focused on continuing to realise its vision of a Christ-centred learning community that inspires and equips students to build purposeful lives. The College is very excited about its future and what the next 40 years may hold.
Where we are now
Norwest Christian College currently employs 117 educators and staff and offers unparalleled Christ-centred education to nearly 900 students. Our student catchment extends from Kurrajong Heights to Castlereagh, Auburn, Berowra and out to Wilberforce, with our largest concentration of students coming from Riverstone, Schofields, Quakers Hill, Marsden Park, The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Box Hill.