The Seventh-day Adventist Church has one of the largest protestant independent world-wide education systems, operating 5,846 schools worldwide with a total enrolment of over 1 million students. Across Australia, there are 55 Adventist schools providing quality education for more than 12,000 students. The Adventist education system consists of pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. Adventist education in the North New South Wales Conference had its beginning in 1897, with the establishment of Avondale School on the campus of Avondale College in Cooranbong.
Since that time, the number of schools in North New South Wales has grown to eleven schools and two pre-schools, covering a large geographical region with Central Coast Adventist School, Erina, in the South to Tweed Valley College, Murwillumbah, in the North. Six of the 10 schools offer primary and secondary education, while four are primary schools.
The Seventh-day Adventist Schools (NNSW) Ltd is responsible for the operation of the education system in North New South Wales. The company is governed by the Board of Directors. The system is supervised by the Executive Director – Education, Mr Glen King and the Associate Executive Director, Mrs Marilyn Hansen, both of whom are answerable to the Board of Directors. Each school is managed by a local school council, which is answerable to the Board of Directors. The principal is the chief executive officer of the school and has the responsibility of the day-to-day running of the school.
The Adventist schools in North New South Wales provide quality Christian education for more than 6,500 students. There are more than 750 teachers in the 10 schools and two pre-schools, as well as 111 support staff.