October 1976 - In October 1976, Peter Reith, initiated discussions for a secondary College to be built on Phillip Island. Reverend John Leaver also saw the possibility for the establishment of a school which upheld Christian values, to be built at Newhaven on Phillip Island, so he was invited to discuss the concept with a group of interested persons, who then formed a committee and laid plans for a school.
April 1977 - A public meeting, chaired by Mr W.G. Papworth, was held with approximately 350 people attending. The Plans and Articles of Foundation were adopted, and a steering committee was elected.
1979 - The Mission of St James and St John agreed to sell four and a half acres of land, adjacent to its St. Paul’s Discovery Centre, now more commonly known as the Boys Home Road Campus. At the same time, the Education Department agreed to give the Co-operative two portable classrooms. Plans were made for the erection of an administration building and in August 1979, advertisements were placed in the major daily papers for a Founding Principal. In due course, Mr Frank Moore was appointed.
1980 - Foundation Principal, Mr Frank Moore, commenced.
Construction of the administration building and site works were completed and Newhaven College opened its doors to fifty-one Year 7 and 8 students on Tuesday 5 February 1980.
1989 - This year saw the completion of the Year 11 and Year 12 complex, and the commencement of a new laboratory and two class rooms.
1990 - New Principal, Mr David O’Regan, commenced.
The purchase of “The Pines” led to the re-activation of the Building Fund to help meet the cost of the purchase of this land and the new class rooms that were eventually built on the extension to the campus.
1991 - Dr Ken Morris completed the school history book, “Our School by the Sea 1976 – 1988”. The book was launched at a reunion dinner in November.
1993 - The house on Boys Home Road was sold and the two blocks nearest the sea on “The Pines” were rezoned and sold.
The first flagpole of the Building Fund was raised, complete with all names of those people, families or businesses who donated $100 or more.
1996 - The Dr Colin Bassett Memorial Building was built, along with the expansion of the computer and technology facilities.
1998 - New Principal, Mr Michael Brewin, commenced.
1999 - The Primary School opened at the BHR site with the introduction of a composite class of twenty-five Year 5 and Year 6 students.
2000 - The student population reached 400 with 40 full and part time teachers as well as a Business Manager and five administrative staff.
Other building works included the completion of the new Computer Centre, Primary School classrooms and the extension of the library.
Newhaven participated for the first time in Zone A of the Gippsland Independent Schools Sports Association and three Newhaven teams emerged as GIS champions in their particular sports – Senior Boys Tennis, Junior Boys Cricket and Junior Girls Soccer.
2001 - The Auditorium was officially opened on Foundation Day by the reverend John Leaver AO, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Ecumenical System of Schools.
The College purchased additional land which included a block adjacent to the primary school in Malcliff Road. This allowed the extension of the playing area for the younger students.
In Term 1 the school purchased twenty acres of land about five minutes from the school on the south side of Phillip Island Tourist Road.
2002 - Year 3 and 4 students commenced at the College.
Work commenced on the new Technology Centre and the Pines playing field.
2004 - The land bought in 2001 was seen as unsuitable and sold so that the eighty two acres of land at what is now known as our Phillip Island Road Campus, could be purchased for future development.
2005 - The first building on the Phillip Island Road site was the Year 9 Environmental Centre which opened in July, with 108 students.
2006 - The oval was constructed and sown at the Phillip Island Road site and Stage One of the Pavilion commenced.
2008 - All classes from Prep to Grade 6 were offered for the first time.
2009 - Work commenced on the construction of the Junior School at the Phillip Island Road Campus.
2010 - Newhaven College’s 30th Anniversary. This was celebrated with a reunion of early staff, past students and the first Principal. An Artist in Residence worked with the students to produce a large whimsical sculptured chair, carved from local Cypress and reflecting the importance of learning, our House system and school values.
2011 - New Principal, Mrs Gea Lovell commenced.
Prep – Year 6 Junior School relocated from Boys’ Home Road to the newly built Primary School at the Phillip Island Road Campus.
2012 - The second story was built on the Pavilion at Phillip Island Road Campus.
The first multipurpose court was built at the Phillip Island Road Campus thanks to the wonderful support of donors who provided the funds.
Newhaven College joined the newly formed South East Independent Schools Association.
Significant restructures occurred for the College leadership, curriculum leadership, and administration teams.
2013 - The three school sub structure was established. Senior School Year 10 -12, Middle School Year 5 to 9 and Junior School Prep to Year 4.
Two extra rooms were built in Junior School to allow for expansion in the Junior School.
2014 - Two classes from Prep to Year 6 were established.
The Year 5 to 8 students moved into the new purpose built Middle School at the Phillip Island Road Campus at the start of the year.
The Trades Skills Centre and Food Technology Centre at Phillip Island Road were completed at the end of the year.
A second multipurpose court was built.
2015 - The first Trade Skills Centre classes commenced at Phillip Island Road.
The Administration and Library wing was completed and opened in July.
Newhaven College gained Registered Training Organisation accreditation.
The Boys Home Road site was sold.
A new Master Plan for the Phillip Island Road site was developed.
2016 - The College Master Plan was endorsed by the Bass Coast Shire Council.
The building of the new Senior School and the Specialist Art, Science and Technology wing commenced.