Many people say that today is the day you start your journey, but we disagree. The journey began a long time ago. Today just happens to be the day where the path you have been travelling splits into 114 unique roads. Up until now you have been walking as one. You have done it all and have done it together. Together and individually you have achieved much in your time here and have left a lasting impression on many people.
Through your time here at Carey you have learned what it means to be a Carey Graduate, how to serve and lead the School community. Over the past six years you have grown into beautiful, handsome, mature, Godly young ladies and gentleman. You have learned to be Christ-like, putting others first, to be kind, caring and compassionate, to lend a hand to those in need and to show others what real love is.
For some of you this journey has been tough and taken unexpected turns. During these times you were reminded that the journey is done with the support and encouragement of others. Many have lifted you up and even, at times, carried you.
We have loved the adventure of the past couple of years as your Year Advisers and we would like to acknowledge the amazing work of your previous Year Advisers, Mr Deuis and Mrs Stanley, who guided you through your junior years. It didn’t take a lot to convince either of us to join the team, to lead this talented cohort through their senior years. A group of young people who are full of warmth and energy, prepared to have fun and to be challenged in many ways. Often due to surprises that we would throw at you.
Our motivation was to have as much fun as we could. Yet, at the same time, to challenge you physically, mentally, spiritually and academically. To get you to explore things differently. To not always go with the status quo. To realise you can be bold, dream big and develop your own character. To learn how you will best impact the world around you. We have shared in some great memories. From camps to carnivals, from our year meetings to after school events, we experienced this boldness, this creativity, this willingness to have a go and try something new.
This was particularly the case through Year 11. At the beginning of the year was the Year 11 study camp. A time to welcome some new faces to the year and an opportunity to develop new friendships and build upon some old ones. Through many challenges, both spiritually and physically, the year group came together.
It has been a great privilege for us to journey with you for these past few years. Many of our Pastoral Care team have journeyed with you from Year 7 and we would like to thank each of them for their dedication, guidance and wisdom shown to you over the years.
We have attempted to provide a safe, caring and supportive environment where you have felt able to explore and develop ideas, test your beliefs, and grow into the person you are today. We have hidden nothing from you. It is our hope and prayer that the graduating class of 2018 will leave William Carey today with the knowledge of what it means to truly live.
We would like to draw upon the wisdom of a famous man, Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” The difference each and every one of you has made to the lives of others here at school, to your family and friends, has gone a long way to defining who you are today.
The way you have given of your time to serve the school community through representing in the sporting arena, through MATES, peer support, SLC, leading bible studies and through many other activities is to be admired. As you leave William Carey this year, continue to be men and women who are servant hearted.
Our prayer for you, is that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and to love your neighbour as yourself.
We would like to leave you with these words from poet Kelly Roper,
Graduation day is finally here,
And so now ends your high school career.
Always remember the friends you hold dear,
And look toward your future without any fear.
This is the day you’ve been preparing for
Since the day you walked through that first classroom door.
Now it is time to say goodbye,
And spread your wings – you’re ready to fly.
So shed a tear and share a smile,
And be sure to remember all the while,
That although it may now be time to move on,
Today’s memories will last your whole life long.
Thank you Year 12 for the journey we have shared, may God Bless you in the adventures that lie ahead.
Mr Holdsworth and Mrs Russell