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New Christian school at Bre the realisation of a dream

Pastor Isaac Gordon at the opening of the Brewarrina Christian School, with Head Teacher Kaylie Turner, Mayor of Bre Shire Vivian Slack-Smith, Secondary Teacher (on guitar) Kieren Turner, and Principal Phillip Nash. Photo supplied

A new school has opened its doors near Gongolgon, and founder Isaac Gordon said he was still ‘pinching himself’ to believe that a dream he held for 30 years had become reality.

The Brewarrina Christian School held its official opening last week, but it has been operating as a fully equipped school since the beginning of term one.

The school is located at Currawah near Gongolgon and currently has 16 students in Years 4 to 8. The Kindergarten to Year 3 classes will open later in Brewarrina town.

For Pastor Isaac Gordon, the school is the realisation of a dream and the answer to his prayers.

“I’ve been working with young people for more than 30 years, in Juvenile Justice, counselling and with Walgett Police and I have seen a lot of children dealing with grief,” he said.

“That sadness meant they couldn’t get their minds settled in a classroom setting, and I knew we needed a school to help understand the children and put those needs ahead of the education.

“I used to take some of the young boys down to the river, the kids who were struggling with grief and drugs, and we’d talk about purpose, life, culture, and country, and I dreamed of one day opening a school that could really cater to their needs.

“Three years ago, those prayers were answered,” he said.

Pastor Gordon is the leader of the Brewarrina Community Church and in that capacity was visiting Green Point Catholic School on the Central Coast. The school had been regular visitors to Bre, with school camps to the town twice a year.

As a result of that relationship, Green Point shared his vision - and started the process of establishing the Brewarrina Christian School, under the direction of the board of Green Point.

But it was a much more personal event that sealed the deal. […]

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