In order to deliver an exciting, engaging and eventful celebration for our centenary, we have partnered with a number of organisations who have a longstanding relationship with Carey. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, suppliers and contributors in wanting to see Carey’s milestone celebrated in style. We have a range of sponsors across many events and encapsulating many different levels of support, including three Centenary Partners, who represent the highest level of support and will endorse us throughout the year at each event and more.
Our three Centenary Partners exemplify the value of building meaningful relationships with people inside our community and out. We are excited now to share with you a bit about each of them and why they’ve come on board.
About 50 years ago, Bob Stewart decided to expand the family’s popular menswear brand to include school uniforms. Carey was one of the first schools they supplied, but the School already had an established uniform supplier and they struggled to break into the Carey market.
During the 1980s, Bob Stewart ended up with too much Carey uniform they couldn’t sell. Bob came to the Carey Swap Shop and offered to sell blazers to them at half price, and if the Swap Shop were able to sell them on, they could have the rest of the Carey stock as well. It was the Carey parent working in the Swap Shop who told him that his family should keep the school uniform business going. They said that there needs to be a competitive alternative supplier, and promised that the Swap Shop volunteers would endorse Bob Stewart. Carey is now one of Bob Stewart’s biggest customers – testament to the power of school parents.
Our ongoing relationship with the company has been an important and meaningful one to the Stewart family, and they were pleased and excited for the opportunity to be a Centenary Partner for the School’s special milestone.
Carey has worked with Moores legal firm for over 30 years, with shared values and history underpinning our longstanding relationship. They specialise in the not-for-profit sector and have a good understanding of schools and of Baptist affiliated organisations and churches. Murray Baird, former Carey student (1971) and 2020 Carey Medallist, was a partner at Moores, and introduced the School to the firm.
Moores have guided Carey across legal aspects of managing our school, including liability matters, approach to fee collection, construction and projects, and our gender equity work, including our legal exemption which allows us to prioritise enrolments that maintain an equal gender balance across all year levels.
The customer service offered by Moores is unrivalled, and the personal connections they have developed with our staff in our community is a large part of why they have chosen to partner with us for our centenary.
Banking requirements of the School are handled by ANZ, who have consistently shown themselves to be working to support the best interest of Carey for the past 25 years. The support and services extend far beyond processing creditor and fee payments, and include managing fundraisers, loans for development and leasing finance among other services. ANZ have consistently prioritised the ease and reliability of these services and maintained their competitive costs and fees. Their customer service is also always exceptional, with strong relationships developed between Carey’s Business Office staff and the ANZ team.
ANZ have come on board with our centenary to further demonstrate the strength of our relationship and their commitment to providing the best banking services to Carey.
Kelly Southworth, Content Developer