We all have those days. Days when our best intentions are misunderstood, our teaching seems to go in one ear and out the other and even our jokes fall on stony ground. Days when we question our vocation and quite simply wonder whether what we do at SCEA really makes a difference?
Aside from hearing from God Himself, there’s no better source of validation than from our students, who are the very reason we exist.
We met up with Erin Streeton, recent graduate and 2016 Head Girl at Swan Christian College, to find out what role SCEA has played in her life so far.
I was born into a Christian family and raised in a loving Christian home. My parents enrolled me in Beechboro Christian School for Year 1 because it was a small, private Christian school and close to home.
I loved my years at Beechboro! It is such a positive environment where every child is encouraged to give things a go and do their best. Going to school there feels like being part of one big family.
I was part of the first group of year 7’s in the senior school at Swan which was exciting and scary at the same time.
The Junior Leadership Camps, which happen every year and are open to all students from Year 7 - Year 11, were amazing! It is here that I learned what leadership means, how to build leadership skills, and grew in confidence to seek advice from peers and teachers.
These camps prepared me for the role of Head Girl, which was a life changing opportunity. It opened the door for me to go to leadership conferences and mingle with other leaders, and taught me so many things I would not have learned otherwise.
Another highlight was the ability to do a Cert III in Christian Ministry and Theology in Year 11, something that would not be offered in any non-Christian school. My walk with God is closer because of it as I learned how to pray properly, read the bible with fresh eyes, understand myself better, as well as other skills which I now take into other areas of my life.
For me, the teachers are the core of the school at Swan. The size of the school meant I had incredible opportunities including camps, clubs and even a trip to Japan. But knowing the teachers are all Christian is what made the real difference. It meant that I could show my real self as a Christian and that I felt cared for, nurtured and safe throughout all of my years but especially in Year 12, which outweighed the stress of that year.
I have just finished the first week of my degree in OT at Curtin and I know that my upbringing, school life, church environment and friends have all contributed to my passion to help others.
I can imagine that sometimes teachers may feel like they are not making a difference, but believe me showing God’s love and compassion goes a lot further than they may think! And besides, ultimately what they do is for God.