30 November 2023

'Uniqueness and individuality are sacred'

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'Uniqueness and individuality are sacred'
'Uniqueness and individuality are sacred'
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I loved watching the opening of this year’s 2023 AFL grand final and seeing Carey alum and 2013 School Captain, Darcy Moore, coming into the arena with his team to play for the ultimate AFL goal, the premiership.

What I loved so much about it was how unique – yes, unique – Darcy was as he strode out. It was a moment of sheer joy, excitement and fun. Traditionally, AFL players walk out onto the field looking like they head-butted lockers, ranted and raved or displayed complete and utter anger. But no, Darcy Moore resonated warmth and the enjoyment of a game and sport he loves to play.

We also know, thanks to an article in the Age, of Darcy’s passion for learning, including learning Indonesian, and he loves reading. In the article, Darcy mentions having just read the biography of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The article was lovely to read and I applaud someone with such diverse and unique interests, which allows him to connect with a broad range of people. During our time in lockdown, Darcy was willing to spend time with our Sports Captains and gave a CareyTV interview for the Carey community. He was warm, friendly, insightful and very much an individual.

This year, during our William Carey Assembly, we were fortunate to have Carey alum Associate Professor David Webb OAM (1968) speak to our students. What I found fascinating was his take on Carey alumni. Professor Webb stated:

How do you recognise a Carey alum?
Answer: you can’t.
Why?
Because they don’t do ‘typical’.

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Associate Professor David Webb OAM (1968)
Associate Professor David Webb OAM (1968)

Professor Webb also stated,

If one studies the educational philosophy of H G Steele, Carey’s first Headmaster, and compares these to those of our Principal, Mr Walter, on the school website, they are identical. Uniqueness and individuality are sacred – Carey doesn’t do clones!

The Principal’s Principles! Values that survive a century – it works!

Carey graduates are not cultivated – they are eclectic and egalitarian.

Carey people are distinguished by WHO they are, not WHERE they were educated.

Very wise words and observations from Professor Webb. What I love about working at Carey is that we continually strive to build a supportive environment where students can grow their unique talents, interests and perspectives and, at the same time, promote a diverse and inclusive learning community that pushes each student to prepare for the intricacies of the world outside the gates of Barkers Road.

Christian Gregory
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

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