By Carolyn O'Brien (Discovery Centre Manager)
When we arrived at Open Day at BHCS in May 1998 it was with some reservations and without any endorsements from friends or parents from the school. We were met by an enthusiastic, friendly (and much younger) Karelyn Joy.
The tour consisted of the two classrooms, a church hall and a very damp and smelly art room/library. There were no car parking issues, apart from quite a bit of mud, we didn’t have to queue for a sausage and it was all over very quickly. Everyone was friendly but we left, telling Mr Murray, the Principal, thanks but it is definitely not a school for our son.
At that stage a school of 60 students without any real facilities, a very ugly uniform and the thought of paying school fees was not an appealing prospect. Then our circumstances changed after our then 8 year old son suffered a life threatening illness. Suddenly size, facilities and fees were no longer our focus. Support, prayer and care trumped all else.
In 1999 the schools enrolment was just over 90, our son Caleb one of nearly 40 new the students to start that year.
Now it is nearly Open Day May 2019. After 20 years of being a parent at BHCS our youngest son Jonah graduated last year. There is no need for me to explain the massive building projects that have taken place over those years, the introduction of a secondary school, the growth in student numbers, the increase in staffing, the bus fleet from one bus, the amazing opportunities that our students now have available and a much nicer uniform. They are all mostly measurable and can be represented in graphs, statistics, awards and car parking issues.
However for me the things that can’t be measured are far more important and exciting. The feeling we get at Celebration Night, the joy at our Kinder Nativity at the Cameo Cinema, the pride on Grandparents Day, the reverence at our Easter and Anzac services, the sheer beauty of our school grounds. Now most people who attend our open days come because someone they know, family, friend or neighbour, will have told them about BHCS.
It’s no longer a few balloons tied to a scruffy sign at the end of the road, hoping to attract someone to visit the school for open day. It is now a major event that requires planning, catering, staff, student and parent commitment, and car parking attendants.
As a child growing up I had a poster on my bedroom wall that had this Bible verse on it - “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for them that love Him”- 1 Corinthians 2 v 9. Another translation says “...what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love Him.”
I like to think that each one of us at BHCS is a part of what God has planned for our school, our community and our children. I would never have imagined, from my first visit to the school in 1998, to this present time, what God had prepared for our family through our own personal journey.
I also believe that in 1998 God was the only one who could have known what He had prepared for our school 21 years later. We can therefore be very excited about what may still lie ahead.