From the High School Deputies

At the close of another busy year, as I pondered what to write on behalf of the High School Deputies, I thought I would let our graduating Year 12 students speak to the community. Each Year 12 student chose a member of the senior executive to meet with, for an exit interview where they received their final school documents and chatted about what it had meant to them to be a William Carey student.

I had the pleasure of chatting with 26 students. They are finding it a little weird not to be madly studying, but are starting to relax, some catching up with friends and others getting into casual work. Most are sweating on HSC results or ATARs to finalise what next year looks like. As a Year 12 teacher, I am keen to see the fruits of our combined efforts, too.

I asked each ‘What had been good about being a William Carey student?’ and what follows is representative of their feelings:

  • We provide a safe, nurturing environment, inside and outside the classroom.
  • Students can make good personal connections to teachers which helps the learning.
  • Teachers are genuine about helping and caring for students.
  • The gospel has been well taught by teachers who are willing to share their faith.
  • There is a community feel with a sense of belonging (fostered by camps, clubs, musicals, peer support, year meetings etc.).
  • There is a wide range of extracurricular activities that enrich school life.
  • The facilities are good and meet their needs.
  • Assistance from resources like the Counsellors and Careers really helped when needed.
  • The welfare system was available when crises arose.

The distinctive that underpins our school community, resulting in these things that our students appreciate, is a staff (teaching and non-teaching) that seek to serve God and our community. Inspired by a Biblical based Christian worldview, and a dedication to provide an educational institution where our students can flourish, we strive to meet the many and various needs of our students and their families. In doing so, we seek to bring honour to the Lord and Saviour we serve. Our school logo contains a verse of scripture that encapsulates this: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

As we finalise the last events of the school year, I hope all find rest in the coming holidays. To slow down and reflect on how we are blessed is beneficial for us physically, mentally and spiritually. As Christmas approaches, the blessing of Christ is worth our consideration.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful
– Colossians 3:15

In His service,
Derek White
On behalf of the High School Deputies