Late in 1995 the then Housing Minister Kevin Prince, along with Planning Minister Richard Lewis, announced the official beginning of a $1.5billion housing development set amidst Perth’s rapidly expanding north-eastern corridor. The development was named Ellenbrook and it was declared that the housing development would be the biggest land development project ever undertaken in the state’s history.
For Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) the new development presented an exciting opportunity to not only plant another college in a new area of Perth, but to do so with a ready-made family population, most of whom would be looking for a new school for their children as they moved into the area. As early as 1996, the Association began to think about the possibility of a new school being part of the sizeable development. The culture of the Association was one of actively seeking to develop new schools to bring Christian education to as many people as possible.
Ellenbrook Christian College officially opened its doors in 2000. Jack Joyce led Ellenbrook College for the first three years as its Principal. Originally, a teacher from South Africa, he came to SCEA after working for World Vision Australia in Perth. Mr Joyce would eventually move on from the College to take up the role as Principal at Rehoboth Primary School and later as Principal of Tyndale Christian School in Sydney. He is remembered for steadily directing the College in those important formative years.
In 2004, Greg Wells took the lead as Principal. Having served as Principal and Teacher within the Association since 1984, Mr Wells' depth of experience and commitment was welcomed by the College community. The College prospered significantly under his leadership and grew into a Kindergarten to Year 12 College with over 800 students.
The College farewelled Mr Wells, a very respected and loved leader, at the end of 2013 when he decided to resign and take on a consultative role at the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA).
Term 1 2014, Gavin Nancarrow took up the role as Acting Principal of Beechboro Christian School (our sister school) and Ellenbrook Christian College until Steven Coote commenced as Principal in Term 2 of the same year. Under Mr Coote's leadership the College saw the addition of the Ellenbrook Explorers, a Pre-Kindergarten program.
At the beginning of 2016, Justin Krause was appointed by the association as Principal of Ellenbrook Christian College and Beechboro Christian School. An experienced educator of 19 years, Justin joins our Association following six years as Head of Preparatory School at Guildford Grammar School. He has also held leadership positions at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and other schools in WA and overseas.
Ellenbrook Christian College was the first school of the Association which was not built exclusively for Christian families, but rather was a Christian school for everyone.