FOUNDING FATHERS: Owen Bonney and David Brailey with the new signs for the buildings to be named in their honour at the Warwick Christian College Slade Campus.
FOUNDING FATHERS: Owen Bonney and David Brailey with the new signs for the buildings to be named in their honour at the Warwick Christian College Slade Campus. Katie Cameron

Founding duo recognised for vision and commitment

THEIR names are now part of history and will be spoken by students in future generations.

Founders of the Warwick Christian College - Owen Bonney and David Brailey - were honoured at the college awards night, when it was announced that two buildings at Slade Campus would be named after them.

David Brailey, now retired, was a teacher for more than 40 years and always had the dream to start what is now the Warwick Christian College.

However, Mr Brailey had a hard time convincing others of his vision, including Mr Bonney at first.

"I saw the benefits of Christian schooling and saw a need for that in Warwick," Mr Brailey said.

"But I couldn't get anyone interested.

"Every year I had a little voice in my head - no, a big voice - asking me what I had done about the school.

"I knew I had to do something about it or it would keep bugging me forever."

Mr Bonney said he was a little sceptical of the idea of forming a new school from scratch.

"I thought: "We're doing okay, everything is fine how it is," he said.

Then Mr Bonney's health deteriorated, and it was that context that convinced him to come on board.

"David has had the vision right from day one and I have been the perseverance," he joked.

Mr Brailey said he wanted the Warwick Christian College to be inter-denominational and not "owned" by any church.

The college had eight board members and opened in 2007 with just seven students. Next year, projected numbers are 130 enrolments.

Warwick Christian College principal Terrence McCorkell said turning the idea into reality would have been no easy feat.

"Starting a school involves hours of soul-searching and hair-tearing," he said.

"It would have been a lot of hard work to get started.

"Owen and David are inspirational people that poured their heart and soul into getting the place running."

Mr McCorkell said the purpose of naming the buildings was not to immortalise the gentlemen.

"It is so the students can remember the foundations and where the school came from," he said.

The two buildings were the last to be named at the Slade Campus.



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