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 50 Adventist school campuses providing quality education for more than 13,000 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 ten schools and two pre-schools, covering a large geographical region with Central Coast Adventist School, Erina, in the South to Tweed Valley Adventist College, Murwillumbah, in the North. Six of the 10 schools offer primary and secondary education, while four are primary schools.

Governance Structure

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 and managed by the CEO, Mr Dean Bennetts. The principal manages the day-to-day operations of the school and is supported by the School Advisory Council.

Statistical Data

The Adventist schools in North New South Wales provide quality Christian education for more than 3,600 students. There are more than 340 teachers in the 10 schools and two pre-schools, as well as 230 support staff.

Schools in NNSW

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