We were so pleased to receive this letter:
Dear Julie and Joel,
I wanted to take a moment to write to express my thanks. When I was a student at the old school I was struggling immensely with my health. You both went out of your way to help me. As a result of all your efforts I was able to graduate from the Old School with grades high enough to allow me to enrol in the University of Canberra.
Upon my return to Australia, bolstered by my success at the Old School, I decided to pursue study in the sciences, a subjected area in which I had always been incredibly interested. I enrolled in a bridging course, a Diploma of Science, in preparation for tertiary level science study.
At UC I began to thrive, my grades allowed me entry into the Australian National University. I have been studying at the ANU for the last 3 years, achieving highly in a Bachelor of Health Science degree. This effort has paid off in spades, as I was recently offered a place in the ANU Medical School for 2021, a place which I have accepted.
I am ecstatic at having received an opportunity to become a doctor, something I had dreamed of since I was a child, that my poor health had appeared to preclude for many years. I decided to attempt to apply for Medical School upon my return to Australia, fearing I would regret it if I did not.
In the wake of this news I have been reflecting on the last seven or eight years, seeing how unlikely this outcome would have been so many years ago. I have been struck by a deep sense of gratitude for those who have helped me get here.
I have been working very hard for the last four years to be in this position, and yet none of this would have been possible without your efforts during my time at the Old School. When I came to you in France, I was on the verge of dropping out of school and giving up on my education all together. I had had terrible experiences at school in Australia, feeling isolated and left behind. You showed me a kindness that no one else had. You helped me study what I could, supported me through the exam process and allowed me the resources I needed to achieve to the best of my abilities at the time. At the same time, you helped to restore my faith in the educational process and the good people that can help you along the way.
I am grateful to you, and all the teachers and the Old School, for trying to help me when I needed it most. I honestly believe, without your help, I would not be in the position I am today.