In the early 1970’s, a dream of having a Christian School on the North West Coast started to become a reality. The plans were implemented for a school to be built at Penguin, servicing Devonport to Wynyard.

The school was first called Pengana Seventh-day Adventist School. In 1996 the school had a name change, now being called North West Christian School.

It is evident that God’s hand has been over this project by the manner in which various issues came together within the appropriate time frame. Financial support came from parents and supporters.

1981 saw the establishment of the high school section, with the addition of a Science/Home Economics room. Over the years extensions have included:- Science Room, Library, Computer Room, third Primary Room, Learning Support room, Kindergarten Play ground, Fitness Track.

From 2006 to 2011, with the assistance of Federal funding, the following additions were made: completion of sun shade installation, establishment of a sports field, refurbishment of all original classrooms, new High School amenities, new Primary Library, upgrade of Technology – computers and Industrial.

The School Farm has formed an important part of the school. Over the years potatoes, peas, poppies and barley were planted and sold. A calf industry was established with many school families caring for the calves. A tree farm operated for a number of years. At present the land is being leased.

In 2005 a decision was taken to subdivide 20 acres of the northern section of the property. This development was completed in 2006, with 76 prime building blocks, with some having direct views across Bass Strait.

In 2007 the first Reunion was held. Past students travelled from Switzerland and various Australian states to spend the weekend of 7th July 2007 with local, past and present students.

The school continues to develop the close teacher-pupil bond, multi-grade classrooms, Christian ethos, academic excellence along with the development of practical life skills.

Extracts from Grade 10 students’ Negotiated Studies Projects.
(Heath Walsh [1992] & Eleanor Lukale [2002].