College Parent Committee


Parents at Swan Christian College can represent the Parent body as a member of the Christian Life Committee or the Parents in Partnership Committee.

Christian Life Committee

The Christian Life Committee comprises parent representatives who regularly meet with the Principal and prayerfully support the College.

The committee is responsible for:

  • Prayerfully supporting the aims and objectives of Swan Christian College.
  • Representing the views and interests of parents at Swan Christian College.
  • Providing feedback, support and advice to the Principal.
  • Raising funds and in-kind support for College activities and projects.
  • Identifying and encouraging eligible College Members to become members of the Swan Christian Education Association.
  • Support Swan Christian College in promotion and marketing.

Any parent who is an Association Member may stand for election to the Christian Life Committee. For more information about the nomination process, please get in touch with the PA to the Principal, Mrs Natalee Friend on 9374 8300 or

Any parent who is interested in becoming a member of the Swan Christian Education Association, please click here. By being a member of the Swan Christian Education Association, you will enjoy the benefit of the following:

  • Voicing your input and shaping our future
  • Be eligible to join the College Christian Life Committee
  • Participate and vote at Association meetings
  • Attend Association social events
  • Join in praying for our students

Parents in Partnership Committee

In 2023, Swan Christian College is launching the Parents in Partnership Committee, which will comprise Class Representatives. A parent from each class can nominate themselves or someone else as a Class Rep for the year, with the teacher and Leadership making the final choice of Class Representative. This role will have 1-year tenure.

Class Representatives will work with the College, teachers and other parents in various ways, helping out at College events, fundraising events, and school or community events. The Class Representative will be encouraged to organise regular social events for the class members and their families.

The role is beneficial as it keeps open lines of communication and strengthens our community.

The Class Representatives meet with the Principal and Junior School Leadership team once per term to discuss the activities happening within the class community and explore strategies to build and strengthen the College community.

Christian Life Committee Members


Susan Luce  (Sue)

Appointed to the College Parent Committee in 2016 and currently Chairperson.  I have been a parent at Swan since 2004.  My husband Steve and I have five children, three have graduated Swan (2008, 2011, 2016) with our youngest two currently in Year 8 and 10.  I am a full-time mum and carer for my mum and adopted brother who has Down Syndrome.  I am also the Director/Secretary of two Charities, Love and Care Ministries International Inc. and New Life Welfare (W.A.) Inc; and I am currently chairing the Board of a local government school, Clayton View Primary School.  My husband and I are Pastors of a small family Church, New Life International Inc. in Bellevue (affiliated to Christian Church in Australia). I am passionate about my faith and sharing Christian love in practical ways both in our local community and overseas.  I love watching my kids enjoy their sports, netball and basketball and just genuinely love spending time with family and friends.

Being a part of the Parent Committee has given me an opportunity to support our Principal and be part of the team effort in making improvements around our College.  I take very seriously the opportunity to represent the parents and families.  I would encourage other parents to be supportive and get involved, whenever and however they can. Keep informed about what’s happening in and around the College.  Don’t be shy to ask staff and other parents for help or information. I am happy to meet with parents for a coffee and a chat.


Mark Schorer

Appointed to the College Parent Committee in 2015.  I have been a parent at Swan since 2010.  My beautiful wife Deb and I have three boys in Years 4, 7 and 9.  I am currently working at the Department of Communities.  My family attends Dreambuilders Church in the Swan Valley.  I personally enjoy football, sport, health and well-being, fishing/crayfishing/boating with family and friends, cycling, running, and swimming.  I also enjoy coaching football (Youth/Colts), creating culture and community, and investing in our young people for a bright future.  I am passionate about serving others and contributing to our community, however best I can.  My priority is to create a feeling of belonging, contributing and investing in a great community. I would encourage others to please get involved and serve our community. Be servant hearted. 


Pippa Van Ryk

Appointed to the College Parent Committee in 2019.  I have been a parent at the school since 2007 although my family have been involved in SCEA since 1985.  I have three children, two of whom are currently in the Middle School in Year 7 and 8.  I wanted to join the Parent Committee to make sure I have opportunities to serve the school now that my children are no longer in the Junior School.  I used to be a registered nurse, however since having my children, my husband Carl started an electrical contracting business where I work part time.  I also work for a friend making jewellery and volunteer for the Red Cross when I have time.  I attend Dreambuilders church in the Swan Valley where I serve mainly in catering for camps and events.  I love camping, cooking, sewing and spending time with my family.  I would like to encourage parents to get involved with events, if you have an idea to make the school even better tell someone about it and lastly remember to take the time to tell teachers and staff how much you appreciate them.  We all need encouragement to be our best!


Steve Sonneman-Smith

Appointed to the College Parent Committee in 2019.  With my two children moving to Swan in 2018 where my wife Kristy and I have one child in the Junior School Year 4 and one in Middle School Year 8.  I am currently on the Pastoral Team at Dreambuilders Church Perth where, together with my wife, we oversee the Pastoral Care of our Malaga campus and provide a support role in Missions.  I also work as a consultant with Not-for-Profits and charities in Northwest regions of WA and South-East Asia assisting in Finance, Business Development and Governance. Outside of Work and Ministry I am kept busy with kids sport and trying to keep up with them.  It is a great time to spend with the family, but it does keep us busy. While only new to the role, I count it an honour to serve the Swan parents and staff on the committee and to be a voice in the development and community of our school. If you see me around the school please introduce yourself, as I am interested in your journey and experiences at our school.

The school is a community of students, staff and parents all focused on the development of the next generation.  We all have different roles to play in their development, but the community is stronger with more people playing a role, so let me encourage you to get involved in the various programs coming up as they are designed to build a stronger more resilient community.


Cheri MacDonagh

I was appointed to the College Parent Committee towards the end of 2016. I have been a Parent at Swan since 2015. My husband James and I have two children, one in Pre-Primary and the other in Year 3. I also graduated from Swan Christian College and have had a lot of my family members involved with SCEA. My family attends Eastern District Alliance Church in Caversham.  I work at the Department of Education as a Participation Coordinator working with high risk disengaged Year 11 and 12 students to re-engage them into education/training or employment as well as dealing with their barriers. I am very passionate about early intervention, quality Christian education and building a sense of community & belonging amongst families which is why I wanted to be a part of the Swan College Parent Committee and I am honoured to be a part of it.

I’d love to encourage our parents to get involved with their kids’ education and support the school to nurture our kids holistically, please have a chat with me if you see me around! I love spending time with family and friends, watching & playing sports, travelling (although a bit tricky with kids). 


Andrew Murfin

Appointed to the College Parent Committee in 2015. I have been a parent at Swan since 2011. My wife Sharyn and I have two sons who have both been at Swan since Kindy. Jack is now in Year 7 and Oliver is in Year 6. I joined the Salvation Army when I was in my twenties due to their practical Christian outreach and Christ-like care for the community. At the Salvo’s, I commenced the early morning soup run and ran it as a volunteer for 25 years. It makes me feel proud to know that our College now makes the soup for these soup runs.

During this time, I also served as State Director for the Salvation Army Emergency Services and as a Chaplin for the WA Fire Brigade. I furthermore had the privilege to serve as a Councillor for the City of Perth and City of Belmont, as a Patron for the Western Australia Police Academy, and on the board of many charities. For my services to the community, I was presented with an Order of Australia Medal and have been appointed a Justice of the Peace. I am happy to help the College community in my role as a Justice of the Peace if required.

I count it a real honour to serve on the College Parent Committee. During the past four years, there have been many changes for the better, and I firmly believe that God has great things in store for the future of the staff, students, parents and community at Swan Christian College.

Prayer Meetings

All parents are welcome to attend the prayer meetings held during school terms on Monday mornings from 8:30 - 9:00am in the College Board Room (near the café). To find out more or to send us your prayer requests please email:

The difference between a School Member and an Association Member

All parents who enrol their child/ren at Swan Christian College automatically become School Members. School Members who have a vision for and commitment to Christian education may apply for Association Membership.

For more information about School or Association Membership, you can speak with a College Parent Committee member or check the SCEA website -

Annual College Meeting 

Each year the College holds an Annual College Meeting (ACM) and all parents are welcome to attend.  This is an opportunity to hear about what has been happening in the life of the College, and to meet with and vote for the parents who represent you on the College Parent Committee.