Looking back on the 2023 school year and the most-read articles from SCEA News this year…

The graph above shows the SCEA News readership each fortnight this year.

Here are the ten most-read stories of 2023…

10. BCS opens its doors for Day 1 on its new campus!

After decades of searching and praying, Beechboro Christian School (BCS) has a permanent home.

Principal Mr Michael Bolan was all smiles on Day 1 at the new campus earlier this year.

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9. Northshore’s Inaugural Yr 12 Graduation caps the perfect end for pioneering class

Northshore farewelled their first class of graduating Year 12’s this year.

These pioneering students are now alumni of the SCEA school in Alkimos.

They have weathered pandemic conditions, construction delays and Mr Chisholm’s whacky sense of humour!

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8. Q&A with Mr Doug Holtam, incoming MCC College Principal

With Mr Rod McNeill finishing his time at Mundaring Christian College (MCC) after more than a decade as College Principal, there was much anticipation about Mr Doug Holtam, a passionate Christian education who hails from Cairns by way of Liverpool and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom!

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7. Three New Members Join The SCEA Board

Board members set the direction for our organisation for the years to come. Dr Thelma Perso joined as a previous SCEA staff member, Mr Jordan Thyer as a SCEA alumni and local pastor and Mr Rod White is a well-known Christian business professional.

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6. SCEA research trip visits Victorian schools and takes in CSA Conference in Hobart

The opportunity to see other like-minded Christian schools in action across Australia continues to attract interest from SCEA staff who are keen to see how Christian education is being administered across the country. The knowledge acquired from these research trips allows our school leaders to share their learnings with staff and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to enhance the learning experience for our students each day.

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5. Mike Pitman Farewells Ellenbrook Christian College (ECC) In Style!

One of the greats retired from Principalship this year, with a giant crowd turning out to farewell Mr Mike Pitman – including the Western Australian Treasurer, the Honourable Ms Rita Saffioti MLA!

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4. Commissioning Service for Mrs Gigi Thiele brings community to Ellenbrook Christian College (ECC)

Following on from Mr Mike Pitman’s retirement, Mrs Gigi Thiele stepped into the Principal role at ECC, with many staff across SCEA intrigued by her Christian faith journey, her approach to education and her sense of community-building for the now thriving community on Santona Bouvard.

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3. A new position for SCEA

With enrolment numbers growing across SCEA schools and an estimated 5,000 students set to grace our classrooms in 2024, the need to expand and add a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to the SCEA Office has become clear.

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2.   Mr Rob Edkins concludes an epic run on the SCEA Board

SCEA staff recognised the years of voluntary support Mr Rob Edkins gave as he concluded his time as Board Chair at the mid-year Annual General Meeting.
Under Mr Edkins’ leadership, SCEA schools have expanded by almost 40% since he joined the SCEA Board in 2016. Opening Northshore Christian Grammar School (NCGS), navigating the pandemic conditions and restoring faith in our Christian education model are just some of his achievements during his time as the head of the SCEA Board.

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1.  SCEA Celebration Day 2023: Worship & Wisdom

Why was this Celebration Day summation the number-one article for SCEA News this year?

It would seem that for a second consecutive year, SCEA staff value the opportunity to come together to fellowship and learn more about the wonderful provision of Christian education in the lives of young people in Perth.

This year’s event saw a special visit from WA Governor Chris Dawson and Mrs Donna Shepherd (former World Vision Board Chair), with worship from Northshore’s talented musicians led by Ms Fiona Jones.

We continue to give thanks to God for all that He is doing in our lives across our schools, and the hope and prayer for 2024 is for more opportunities to speak life and love into the students and parents that we partner with each day in our schools and the SCEA Head Office.

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