Presidents Reception 2017

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 24 November 2017

On Friday, November 17th, the Maali Room at Swan Christian College played host to the annual Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) President’s Reception. 

Delegates invited to this prestigious occasion included the SCEA Board, Leadership Team, Association members and their families. Also in attendance were an extraordinary group of people who were recognised for their exceptional and long service to SCEA.

“It is humbling to see so many people who have served God through SCEA for such a long time,” said Mr Neil David, CEO of SCEA.  “There was just short of a total of 600 years of service recognised during the evening.  It is a tremendous testimony to each person for the legacy they have left or continue to build.  Just as we included on the invitations, it brings to mind the following passage from Hebrews.” God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”   Hebrews 6:10

Not only were staff recognised for their individual service, but all staff that had served for 20 years or more were welcomed into the SCEA 20 Year Club.  All 20 Year Club members will be invited to every future President’s Receptions to continue to honour their service, provide them with an opportunity to reunite and lastly to allow them to welcome others into the club.

Staff who have served for 20, 25 and 30 years were recognised with a certificate and a medallion, they include:


20 Years of Service

•    Catherine Newton

•    Gregory Beacham

•    Janice Cox

•    Jennifer Green

•    Lark Langridge

•    Linda Hewson

•    Lynn Farano

•    Paul Beacham

•    Ray Thomas

•    Ronald Withnell

•    Ruth Arnott

•    Stuart Harris

•    Vivianne Price


25 Years of Service

•    Alanda Binstead

•    Campbell Murray

•    Caroline Blake

•    Clive Smith

•    George Turpin

•    Heather J Munro

•    Maureen Rowcliffe


30 years of Service

•    Martin Thyer

•    Murray Guy

•    Murray Thomas

•    Norman Ewing

•    Shirley Polglase


Robert Merrells was also introduced to the 20 Year Club as a Foundation member. Rob was the first teacher employed at SCEA in 1982 and has been a dedicated servant of Swan Christian College through a number of stints broken up through service in other organisations.

Dr Annemie Beck (SCEA Board member) thanked Mr Roger Edland, the outgoing Chairman of the Board for his service to SCEA. Mr Edland concludes his faithful service to the Board this year after ten years.

The evening concluded with a word of thanks from Mr Robert Edkins (Acting Chairman of the Board) to the Swan Christian College music students for their beautiful music and the Swan Christian College hospitality team for the delicious food that was served.

Mr Edkins also reminded the association members of the importance of their attendance at the Special General Meeting being held on Monday 4 December, where elections will be conducted to fill the four vacancies on the SCEA Board.