2015 was a fruitful year of growth and expansion at SCEA, with our mission of partnering with families and communities to provide Christ-centered education at heart.
Construction of Mundaring Christian College’s new Secondary Campus at Parkerville achieves a long held vision of offering a complete Christian education to families in the Hills. Stage one of the innovative new campus, which was completed on time for the 2016 school year, includes carefully designed collaborative spaces, modern learning areas, and amazing architectural features that fit in to the picturesque Mundaring hills.
The passion of Principal Rod McNeill, the energy of his team, and the efforts of the team at SCEA supporting them has resulted in a fantastic building which almost 200 students will enjoy this year, with many more to follow. We are truly excited to see what Rod and his team will achieve in this brand new space and are confident that this investment will allow Christian education to positively impact even more families in the Mundaring area.
2015 also saw a number of approvals received for Northshore Christian Grammar School, including Advanced Determination from the Department of Education. Enrolment Applications opened in late September and it is pleasing to see the number of families enrolling – particularly the number of Christian families, which we attribute to the strong reputation of our existing schools, and the clearly articulated vision for this new campus in Alkimos.
Finally, we saw the grand opening of new facilities across our Association, including a brand new classroom building at Kalamunda, revitalized Early Learning Space and fantastic play facilities, supported by the enthusiastic Parent Committee at the school.
2015 was also a year of consolidation and reflection as we seek to improve at all levels, including that of the Board where a Performance Review was conducted. We believe it is imperative to ensure we are honoring our God-given responsibility to provide best-practice governance to our Association. A number of initiatives, including improvements in Risk Management, were identified and will be pursued.
A project team of our Principals and staff from the SCEA Institute worked to develop School Improvement Plans to ensure each school is committed and active in their continuous improvement.
Additionally, comprehensive reviews of our schools were conducted via surveys to parents, staff and students at all of our campuses. This is especially important as our results will be benchmarked against dozens of other schools across Australia, allowing us to realistically measure our performance and identify areas where we can improve at all levels. The results of these surveys will be worked through with School Leadership to allow us to improve in 2016 and beyond.
Lastly, we were encouraged by the growth in cross-school initiatives that took place in 2015 and want to especially thank the staff at our campuses who reached out to their colleagues to encourage and invite them to participate in joint activities. Events such as the Academic All Stars Day at Kalamunda Christian School, and the Interschool Foreign Language Performance Contest at Swan Christian College demonstrated how we can work together to encourage our students to excel. We are sure that our parents, and the students themselves, are extremely grateful for the opportunity to be challenged and encouraged in different ways.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all of our Association Members, Parents and Staff for their contribution to SCEA in 2015. In particular, the hard work of the all Board members and our CEO, Stephen Lee, was evident in 2015 and I would like to again thank them for the energy they bring to our Association.
I pray for God’s hand, guidance and blessing to be on our Association in 2016 and into the future.