Dr Ray Roennfeldt
President, Avondale College
Remember I began the academic year by challenging you to make 2010 the Year of Amazing? Well, thank you. Think of some of the things you’ve helped us achieve this past semester: we have another record enrolment; we are one of the “faces” of Lake Macquarie City Council’s new brand; and we launched Green Avondale, our Environmental Sustainability Policy. Now come more five-star ratings in the key “The education experience” area of The Good Universities Guide 2011. These are a reflection of how our staff members make the Avondale experience real for our students. Momentum is building.
I have two other challenges this semester.
One is particularly for those of you who plan to graduate at the end of the year. This is an important time, a time when, believe it or not, you can too easily get lost in the land of study. Don’t just focus on that first Sunday in December, because you’ll get to the graduation ceremony and then realise you didn’t make the most of your Avondale experience. As one of history’s great minds once said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.”
The other is for those of us who plan to help you graduate. Students often need our support. Encourage them in their studies and in their personal journey of faith.
So, here’s to semester two, and to transcending the marketing statement to really make 2010 the Year of Amazing.