Julie Burge’s Parent Response – Year 12 Graduation, 2016

Good morning, it’s a great privilege to share the parent reflection for 2016. I began my time at William Carey in its founding year in 1984 and in 1994 I was a part of the school’s first graduating Year 12 class.

I loved my school life and even after leaving school I would talk fondly about my time at William Carey.

People would often ask me, “What was it about William Carey that you loved so much?” Now, I don’t think that I could ever quite put my finger on what it was but I always answered, “I just feel like I’ve been a part of something really special.”

So when it came time to choose a high school for my daughter, there was no doubt in my mind about where I wanted her to go. I wanted her to experience what I had experienced. I wanted her to feel loved and nurtured as I had felt – so we started her high school journey at William Carey Christian School.

Our children starting Year 7 feels like yesterday doesn’t it? It’s scary how fast the time has gone! It was all so exciting at first – new friends, new teachers, new environment… but before long it started to get rather busy. All the assignments and homework started rolling in, we were teaching our children how to study, how to prioritise their time, how to deal with relationships with their peers… and I remember thinking to myself, “This is actually really hard! However are we going to get through the next six years?”

Well thankfully we didn’t have to do it alone! I love the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, I love that idea of the family unit having a strong community of people around them- who encourage, support and pray for both the parents and the children in that family. Well, what a beautiful community William Carey has been to our families. What a wonderful support it has been to us all.

On behalf of the families of 2016, I would like to say thank you William Carey:

Thank you for loving and nurturing our children.

Thank you for educating them so well.

Thank you for praying for them and encouraging them.

Thank you for having fun with them.

Thank you to all those staff members who always had their door open for our children to come and chat to them when they felt like they couldn’t talk to us.

Thank you for celebrating with our families.

Thank you for mourning with our families.

Thank you for so beautifully counselling our children when life got messy and hard to understand.

And thank you for year after year, continuing to point our children to Jesus –  the one who is forever faithful, the one who can mend their brokenness, and the one in whom they can have great hope.

I mentioned at the start that when I was younger I couldn’t quite put my finger on what made William Carey so special. What I couldn’t see then, I can see so clearly now.

William Carey is special because God is here. He is working. He is changing lives and He is changing families from generation to generation. It has been an absolute privilege to watch the Lord grow His school and to see Him continually providing for its needs.

I feel so blessed to have been a part of the William Carey story and it brings me great joy that my children now share in that blessing also.

My hope and prayer for the students and families of 2016 is that you will look back fondly on your time at William Carey and that you too will feel as though you’ve been a part of something so incredibly special.