George and Win Burt have been a part of the Cornerstone family from its very inception. Archive records show that George Burt was part of the committee, that in 1983, cast a vision for a new form of education for the Busselton area. The result was that in 1986 Cornerstone Christian Community School was born.
In the subsequent decades, George and Win have made the decision to subdivide land they resided on in Dunsborough, and during this process, they began to seriously consider the possibility of providing land for a second Cornerstone campus. The result is that their subdivision is just reaching completion now, and that a parcel of land is now in the hands of Cornerstone.
Principal, Bruce Douglas, is understandably delighted with this outcome.
‘This generous donation of land by George and Win Burt is providing Cornerstone with the exciting opportunity to progress towards a potential campus to the Dunsborough community’, he said.
He continued by saying: ’The whole idea that George and Win were founding parents some 26 years ago, and have watched the College grow to be all that it is today is exciting. Their belief in the form of education that Cornerstone provides is so strong that they have made this generous donation of land. This gift of 6 and a half hectares, shows the servant hearted generosity they have, and the depth of feeling they have for all that the College is. It is awe-inspiring. Further, to name the road ‘Cornerstone Way’, in itself, is testament to their appreciation for the difference that a Cornerstone education can provide.’
During this past week, George and Win met with current Board Chairman, Dr Gavin Riches, and Principal, Bruce Douglas, and showed them the development as it now stands. The street sign clearly shows that this is now Cornerstone ground, and George is delighted.
‘I can’t wait to look out my shed, and see children playing on the school oval’, he said. ‘It is so lovely to think that we are able to make this possible, and that a new generation of children and families will get to experience ‘The Cornerstone Way’.
The process of application for operation is still underway – with the current school having applied for Advanced Determination for a school in Dunsborough. This is progressing well, and currently the College is about to commence a strategic campaign to obtain expressions of interest from future students. With the appointment of a new Promotions Officer for Dunsborough, Luci Tang, the people in Dunsborough can expect to see a display in Centrepoint Shopping Centre in Dunsborough in the next few months. This will launch the College’s appeal for parents to register their interest. Documents are currently being produced, and a designated website, facebook account and twitter account will keep the community involved in the process and abreast of developments.
It is anticipated that the school (providing Government approval is received), will commence in 2015, initially catering for Kindy to Year 6. Within 5 years, it could be a Kindy to Year 10 campus. As for the current Busselton school, which is nearing capacity, this Dunsborough campus may release a small number of places at Busselton, but is more likely to provide an alternative educational option for current residents of Dunsborough. It will be modelled on the existing Cornerstone College.
As for this handover of titles, there is no doubting the significance this land donation holds, and of the exciting opportunities that both Cornerstone, and the Dunsborough community have before them in the years ahead.
George and Win Burt are leaving a legacy for generations to come. Because of this gift, in the course of time, Cornerstone will bring independent Christian Education to a new area of the Southwest.