We need a Christian school in Midland and I want to start one
said Joan Grosser in the Winter of 1981. 50 parents attended a town hall meeting on 17 August in support of the idea, and by 4 February 1982, 58 children were officially enrolled at the newly opened Midland Christian School.
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.
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)
Swan Christian High School is opened on a campus in Victoria Park, using rejected desks from Hale School.
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.
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.
Swan Christian High School in Middle Swan is operational.
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.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demandedLuke 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
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.
Mundaring Christian College takes its place on the campus where it remains today.
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.
Midland Christian School joins the Swan Christian campus in Middle Swan.
Discussions begin to rename Swan Christian High School to Swan Christian College, the name officially adopted in 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 mortarMurray Thomas who served as Principal at Beechboro Christian School for 24 years
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.
Swan Christian’s enormous, colourful gymnasium including dance theatre, basketball courts, workout gym and industrial kitchen and restaurant was opened.
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)
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.
SCEA Institute established.
The difficult decision was made to close the doors of Geographe Grammar School.
Mundaring Christian College’s new secondary campus in Parkerville opens its doors.
SCEA’s thought leading Better Education Conference takes place.
Northshore Christian Grammar School opens in Alkimos.
Construction of Stage 2 of Mundaring Christian College’s Parkerville Campus commences
For nothing is impossible with GodLuke 1:37 (NIV)