1981

We need a Christian school in Midland and I want to start one

said Joan Grosser, and by the end of the first day the school was opened, 58 children were officially enrolled at Midland Christian School.

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1982

During the first meeting of the Association's Board the Association's Statement of Faith is put in place and a high school is proposed.

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To tell the truth, I’m listening to all of you people, from different churches and I’m just realising we all think the same

Brian Goodchild (Secretary of the then Steering Committee)


1983

Swan Christian High School is opened on a campus in Victoria Park, using rejected desks from Hale School.

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1984

A 33 acre vacant property in Middle Swan is secured for $170,000, making the vision of Midland Christian High School a reality.

The commencement of Kalamunda Christian School demonstrates the commitment towards having numerous primary schools to feed its future regional high school.

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The Pioneers of this organization were some of the greatest Christian people I have ever had the privilege of knowing and working with and I doubt whether any organization could have got off the ground the way we did without that kind of support

Greg Wells (Principal of Kalamunda Christian) commented on the parents & volunteers who helped turn a shell of a disused shopping centre into a school.

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1986

Swan Christian High School in Middle Swan is operational.


1987

Approval is given by the Education Minister for funding of two additional primary schools; Mundaring Christian School and Beechboro Christian School, both established in 1988.

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From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded

Luke 12:48 (NIV), the driving force behind the Grosser’s lives

The sort of visionary planning and grand scale imaginings of the 80’s was becoming an intrinsic part of the culture of the Association, and it is a culture which is evident across all of the school sites to this day, both in actual tangible facilities as well as the thinking of the staff.

Adam D Morris, author of 'The First 30 Years'

A decade of change

1992

When the big trees in the rainforest fall over, the little trees grow up

said Terry Parsons, Swan Christian High School Principal, challenged with opening up the enrolment policy to encourage more student numbers at the same time maintaining the Christian basis upon which the Association is established.

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Mundaring Christian College takes its place on the campus where it remains today.


1993

The Association becomes one of the leading Christian education associations in Western Australia, its members coming from 177 different churches!


SCEA purchases Emmaus Christian College in Armadale which had been facing closure. Armadale Christian College, now known as Southern Hills Christian College, joins the SCEA family.


1995

Midland Christian School joins the Swan Christian campus in Middle Swan.

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1996

Discussions begin to rename Swan Christian High School to Swan Christian College, the name officially adopted in 1998.


1998

A motion is passed maintaining that all employees must meet Christian criteria, ensuring that the leadership, direction and curriculum policy maintains a firm focus on a Christian worldview.


A good school has ultimately little to do with bricks and mortar

Murray Thomas who served as Principal at Beechboro Christian School for 24 years

More Growth

2001

Ellenbrook Christian College opens. A grand scale project, purpose-built complete campus for a large student body. It introduces a substantial change in enrolment policy from semi-closed to virtually completely open.

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2002

Swan Christian’s enormous, colourful gymnasium including dance theatre, basketball courts, workout gym and industrial kitchen and restaurant was opened.


2008

Permission is granted by the Department of Immigration to bring up to 60 overseas teachers to WA to address a real shortage. Evidence that the Lord’s hand continues to be at work in the Association.


The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 (NIV)


Looking Ahead

2011

SCEA ventures into Regional WA and acquires Australind Christian School, now known as Geographe Grammar School. This fits the SCEA objective of establishing and maintaining Christian schools.


SCEA purchases 110 acres in Parkerville to establish a secondary campus for Mundaring Christian College.


2015

SCEA Institute established.


The difficult decision was made to close the doors of Geographe Grammar School.


2016

Mundaring Christian College’s new secondary campus in Parkerville opens its doors.


SCEA’s thought leading Better Education Conference takes place.


2017

Northshore Christian Grammar School opens in Alkimos.


Future

2017

Construction of Stage 2 of Mundaring Christian College’s Parkerville Campus commences


For nothing is impossible with God

Luke 1:37 (NIV)