William Carey Christian School began as a vision by a group of families who desired a biblically grounded Christian School to serve and educate families in the Liverpool area. This vision endures today, as the School continues to educate approximately 1300 students each year from Prep to Year 12.
In the 1970s, a group of parents began to meet to discuss their desire for a Christian parent-controlled school in the local Liverpool area, if not for their children, then perhaps for their grandchildren. This group held on to this vision through many difficulties and challenges. Their vision spread to more people in the area from a range of denominations and on the 8th August, 1980, this group, fondly called our founders, were officially registered under the name of “Campbelltown Christian School Association Limited”, later the word Liverpool was added in order to reflect the wider area in which the school was to operate.
The school finally opened for lessons on 9th February 1984, with only four students enrolled. Enrolments grew rapidly, and the search for approximately 10 acres of land then began in earnest, until finally a block of land at Prestons was purchased and construction began in 1988.
William Carey commenced classes at the present site on the 10th October 1988. The establishment of the school at a permanent site, which the school owned, and the significant increase in student numbers, laid the foundation for further growth and the establishment of the High School in 1990.
In 2009, government funding enabled WCCS to build a Prep School, which has brought the total number of students from Prep to Year 12 to approximately 1,300.
Why William Carey?
The school was given the name William Carey with the deliberate purpose of seeking to reflect this great Christian missionary’s combined emphasis on reformation-theology, evangelistic zeal and commitment to education based on the principles of Holy Scripture.
William Carey’s story is that of a simple shoemaker who became one of the greatest and most versatile missionaries of modern times. He joined the Baptist Church at the age of 18 and was a village pastor and cobbler. He developed an early interest in missionary work, writing a book on the subject and being involved in the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society and subsequently became its first missionary. He sailed to India in 1793 and founded a number of churches and Bible colleges, at a time when commercial interests were very hostile to missions. His preaching, Bible distribution, planting of churches, printing of Bibles and teaching brought God’s word to India and left an inspirational legacy.
William Carey adopted a slogan to challenge the bold and put courage into the fainthearted. We have adopted this as our school motto:
“Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.”