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ABS Students on the Road

Thursday, October 18, 2018

It was an early start, we all arrived at 6.30am outside the Avondale Business School ready to board the bus for the excursion. Our first destination was the Qantas Jet Security Base at Mascot Airport in Sydney.

We arrived at the Jet Security Base by 9am just in time for our booked tour. We were greeted by Anton who took us around the Qantas security base. He explained his work career journey as to how he got to the position that he was doing now which is to train cabin crew on safety procedures of each different size Qantas plane. He initially started with Qantas as a cabin crew member and did that for a few years, and he mentioned that Qantas is great with offering and promoting positions internally to Qantas staff as long as you have the skills to do the job, you have a good chance of being successful in changing roles within the company.

Anton showed us around the facility, the training rooms, the room where all the safety equipment that you have on a plane such as fire extinguishers and life jackets and the cabin crew are trained on all the equipment and they have to learn and know every detail of each piece of equipment such as the angle that the each extinguisher has to be held for it to work and what type of liquid or fire the extinguisher can be used for and for how long the extinguisher will spray out its safety foam. Anton shared that the cabin crew are trained safety specialists and that this is a very important part of their job. The cabin crew and pilots are tested 4 times a year on all their safety knowledge and this also applies to the simulator machines. The flight crew and pilots are given a scenario and then have to go through and explain and act out the situation as if it was really happening. Anton took us on one of the training planes and had us experience the following scenario, “the plane is having a problem landing and will crash into the water, so brace yourselves”, he yelled out to get into the brace position and get out our life jackets and put them on. (Fake) Smoke filled the cabin and the lights were turned off, the scenario felt very real with the smoke and Anton yelling out instructions, he yelled out for us to get to the exit door and get out of the plane. It was very eye opening experience and I know that I will be much more alert and aware next time I go on a plane again.

Our next excursion for the day was to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in Sydney. We were shown into a board room and were privileged to listen to presentations of what training and knowledge you can gain from being a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

They explained that their members range from people that are recently in a new job position that will require them to be on a company board, to people that have been on a board for more than 10 years, so they all have different training requirements. AICD offers complimentary lounges where you can work and conduct meetings in all states of Australia. You can come into one of the offices and arrange an appointment to discuss your training needs and they will assign someone from AICD to keep in contact with you to see how you are going and if you require any assistance. They offer training in many different forms, such as in person training workshops and seminars, software tools that you can use to help you in your position as a board member. E-learning courses, and three to five days intensive courses which range from beginners to advanced for people that want to gain more experience in being a board member, company secretary or company director. We were one of the first student university groups that had the opportunity to tour the office and be given this presentation and the presenter mentioned that they had not received a tour request from students at a higher education institution. They also do not have a student membership fee option, which the students did enquire about. AICD said that a student membership fee and offering a tour to students from colleges and universities is something that they will look into and consider. The tour and presentation has given our students something to think about and hopefully helped to assist them in their career goals and further training options once they graduate from Avondale College.

ABS Continues to forge strong Partnerships with Local Schools

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Central Coast Adventist School (CCAS) held their Year 12 Graduation on the 27th September, with over 60 students graduating. School Principal Tony Kent welcomed the graduating class of 2018 with a Prayer filled with best wishes for the future that lies ahead of them. Head of High School Peter Wrankmore, presented individual awards of merit to students that excelled in their results for individual subjects.

Avondale Business School as part of Avondale College of Higher Education sponsored the “Business Excellence Award”. This award is for the student that demonstrated the most entrepreneurship, business mindedness and potential this year in the area of Business. The award was presented by Associate Professor Lisa Barnes, and for 2018, the award went to Tyler Wade. Tyler was given an engraved trophy, certificate of merit and cash of $50.00. Well done Tyler, ABS wishes you all the best for your Business future!

ABS Students Represented at UN University Scholars Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In mid-June this year, a Humanitarian Affairs representative, Andreena Kardamis contacted Avondale College of Higher Education with the intention of locating students who believe in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Kardamis found Avondale while conducting online research into universities that had a strong emphasis on and involvement with acts of service. 13 of Avondale’s student leaders from a variety of disciplines were then invited to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. It ran from the 1st of August till the 6th of August 2018, and comprised of workshops, keynote influential speakers, motivational sessions and a service day. In total, 1057 delegates were invited across 87 countries. Our Avondale cohort shared accommodation with all of the other delegates which gave us the perfect opportunity to network and hear their stories. Some of the representatives were refugees, some came from extreme poverty and some had lost their families because of corruption.

Listening to presentations formed some of the main highlights of the whole experience. We had the honour of hearing Geraldine Cox, the founder of Sunrise Cambodia, speak on her charity and vision. Originally established as an orphanage in the Cambodian province of Kandal, Sunrise Cambodia now extends its services to sustainable development and family support in several provinces of the country. David Begbie, Director of Crossroads’ Global X-perience and senior spokesman for Crossroads Foundation, gave a presentation that particularly resonated with me. His work with Crossroads Foundation has been instrumental in sourcing and distributing resources for those affected by natural disasters, and it is this practical and missional approach to service that I really appreciated. Kishore Mahbubani, a recognised expert in Asian and world affairs, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and prolific author also gave further insight into the SDG’s and their role in the wider world.

There were many more inspiring presentations from a range of perspectives and altruistic goals, however they all served to reveal the commonalities that the attendees shared: drive, passion, people and purpose. Given the opportunity to surround ourselves with delegates from across the globe also lead us to the question, why did we come? This was a question often put forward to the delegates, which made us really evaluate our personal motivations for being there. We came from completely different lifestyles, cultures, ethnicities and were all wanting the same answers: zero poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, and world peace.

The acts of service that the delegates and the informants shared with us throughout the week were a clear representation of how God wants us to impact and change this world. It is not a common opportunity to be in the same room with so many leaders, and it was a heart-warming experience knowing that as humans, whether Christian or not, we can see God working through people’s hearts all over the world.

By Yannick Coute, ABS Student

ABS Impacting our Community

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

It was a great day for Central Coast Business “Lasercraft”, when they celebrated 30 years in the manufacturing sector on August 28, assisted by ABS student Jessie. Lasercraft Australia Limited is an ‘Australian Disability Enterprise’ providing long term supported employment for people with moderate intellectual and physical disabilities.

Lasercraft employee Matt, working in the trophy manufacturing shed.

ABS marketing student Jessie with ABS HoD Associate Professor Lisa Barnes

Our Marketing major student Jessie, has been undertaking her internship at Lasercraft since June, working one day per week in the marketing department. Jess has had the opportunity to review the company’s website and make changes to the way the company communicates to its clients particularly in the area of social media.

Jess was instrumental in organising the 30 year celebration, which involved over 80 participants. The community celebration included speeches from the Board of Directors, the CEO, and Tim a staff member who has been working at Lasercraft for over 20 years, and is the employee representative on the Board. Whilst there, Associate Professor Lisa Barnes met Liesl Tesch, member for Gosford. Liesl was very interested to know about the internship program, and Avondale College’s continuing community engagement with their work integrated learning initiatives. Happy birthday Lasercraft from everyone at ABS.

Associate Professor Lisa Barnes with member for Gosford Liesl Tesch,

Career Advisors Challenged by ABS Lecturer

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Avondale College recently hosted a meeting of school career advisors, providing them with a range of challenging speakers and topics. Commencing the program was Avondale Business School (ABS) lecturer, Warrick Long, who shared on the area of leadership. In particular Mr Long spoke about how important it is to role model for students what it is to experience joy, and fulfillment in the workplace. To do this, Mr Long gave three simple tips, and that is lead self, connect with students, and to be a positive role model. To find out more, contact Mr Warrick Long at or on 02 4980 2168.

ABS Welcomes Students to Semester 2

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Avondale Campus is a buzz with student’s returning from the mid semester break.

Some students have been overseas or interstate visiting and catching up with family or friends, some have attended Youth Congress Camps and are energised from the experiences and networking opportunities that they have gained from their travels.

Returning students are confident and happy to see staff and students again and seem ready for the challenges of Semester 2.

We have some new students also for semester 2, which is great! They will need time to orientate themselves as to where their classrooms are and who their lecturers are, building relationships and a rapport with their lecturer and other students. Lecturers believe that on our campus there are more opportunities to build a good rapport with students due to the smaller classes on our campus compared to a larger university.

We encourage all students to take a proactive role in their learning and to actively engage with their lecturers and our learning platform called Moodle. We ask students to seek out their lecturer or course convenor if they have any issues or need help in regards to their education or any personal issues they may have so as to make sure that the student’s wellbeing and educational needs can be re-evaluated if needed.

College is a time when students can learn invaluable lessons and begin to identify their own personal beliefs and values as well as learn about how they manage their study and personal time. We hope that our students will find opportunities and ways to make the most of their college experience.

ABS Graduate Feeding the Hungry

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2018 Avondale ABS graduate, Daniel Lavaiamat, was recently chosen by the Greater Sydney Conference of the SDA Church to undertake a research project about programs for providing meals to the homeless and struggling in Sydney (Food Pantries). Daniel visited most of the existing programs and was able to develop a recommendation for a ‘best practice’ guide for churches and groups that are keen to run such programs. Well done to Daniel for putting his skills to great use and helping to make a difference in the community.

The Importance of Being Earners

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The ABS team understands the values of relationships with stakeholders, and the importance of networking. This was validated to our 2nd and 3rd year cohorts of students by encouraging them to attend our two excursions held in Semester 1, 2018.

The first one was to “Professional Advantage” an IT company based in North Sydney (  Run by Avondale Alumni Derek Rippingale, the firm gave their time to give students a tour of the three story building, and the opportunity to talk to staff about their career journey, and how many of them literally fell into positions due to people they knew or networks like “LinkedIn”.

Students were then given the opportunity to reflect on the importance of CVs, and some even put their own CVs up for analysis by the group to seek improvement. The lesson here was if you only had 10 seconds to review a CV, what would you really see? They were then briefed on the importance of choosing the right staff with the right cultural fit. They also directed students to their blog for further information Feedback from the day was overall that students enjoyed visiting a real life business, talking to real employees and finding out how to improve their CVs to get past the 10 second rule.

Figure 1: Professional Advantage:

The second excursion was two fold, firstly it involved a tour of the Palmdale Group ( facility at Ourimbah, including the grounds, the Chapels and the crematorium. Students were given the opportunity to ask staff questions regarding the industry, potential growth, challenges that lie ahead and were treated to morning tea in the new café, an identified growth area of the business. Part 2 of the excursion was a visit to Life Health Foods, ( where the CEO Dean Epps gave a presentation of the growth of the firm over its 3 years since its inception. Students were then given a tour of the factory, and were given a taste of the products along with a presentation done by marketing in terms of future growth within the plant based food industry.

Figure 2: Life Health Foods:

Students enjoyed the variety of businesses that they visited and especially the behind the scenes tours. Some students were interested in potential internship programs offered by the businesses, in the hope they would gain some real world job experience before they graduate.

Finally the Life Health Foods HR manager gave a talk on the importance of engagement on your resume, showing that by going above and beyond the norm, will put you in front of other graduates, thereby confirming stakeholder engagement and networking can help students in their quest of the importance of being earners.

Another enriching student experience provided by Avondale Business School.