In order for buildings to remain standing during storms, the foundations have to be strong. Storms and pressure will reveal any weakness in a foundation. What is true of buildings is also true of organisations and communities, and it is, of course, true of our school.
As this is our centenary year, I have been doing some research to discover the foundations of our school. What was the vision that drove people like Rev. Leonard Tranter to invest years of their lives to a vision that primarily would benefit others? Why did Rev. Tranter battle through years of apathy and disinterest before seeing Carey become a reality? He did so because he believed that God was calling him to establish a Baptist School. And so he persisted – despite the setbacks and struggles. We, and thousands upon thousands of those who have come before us, have benefitted from his persistence and drive.
Our state, nation and even the global community have, over the years, been enriched by the contribution that our alumni have made. Throughout the history of our school has been a commitment, arising from the teachings of Jesus, to do what we are able to in order to support and encourage those who are going through times of hardship. Some have invested their lives in endeavours to improve the lot of those less fortunate and provide them with hope.
As we enter our second century, may a commitment to social justice and a desire to contribute positively to the lives of others be a hallmark of our school. We have much to thank God for as we review the past 100 years. May we, and future generations, carry the torch with pride as we seek to be faithful to the original vision of Rev. Leonard Tranter.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Gerry Riviere
Senior School Chaplain