Ruth Webster

Care key for primary educator

Friday, August 9, 2019
Award recognises alumna’s ministry to children and church

Ruth Webster describes her Seventh-day Adventist education as a major contributor to a worldview “where respect, justice and a service mentality prevail.” The “realist not idealist” completed her secondary studies at church high schools in Hawthorn and Lilydale and then three degrees in as many decades at Avondale—the last while juggling the demands of home and work. Her employer at the time, Avondale School, would over more than 25 years provide opportunities in administration and teaching, including roles in computing and special education. Webster, who seemed to greet all she met with a smile, retired as Assistant Head of Primary.

Her message to new teachers is to show a genuine interest in each child “but remember you’re their teacher, not their buddy” and “expect to work harder in your first year than you ever thought possible.”

After a career in schools, Webster continues to serve in key children’s roles, notably at Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church. “Seeing the world through the eyes of children is refreshing,” she says, adding: “It’s important for them to experience love and care from those outside their immediate family.”

Ruth and husband David raised three children, two of who were born in Papua New Guinea where the couple served at Kambubu High School. David became a physicist and joined the science faculty at Avondale. After he sustained a head injury, Ruth assumed greater family responsibilities. “In God’s strength you discover an inner strength you didn’t know you had,” she says.

Avondale Alumni honours Ruth Webster as its 2019 Alumna of the Year for her lifetime of ministry to children and church.

Honour Ruth at Homecoming

Honour Ruth Webster and other award and honour year citation recipients at Avondale Alumni’s Homecoming 2019 (August 23-24). Featuring: opening reception with live music; worship service with music by Avondale Conservatorium; reunions for those in the 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 honour years; and Hymns and Songs of Praise concert produced by Dr Lyell Heise and the Institute of Worship.

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Brenton Stacey

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Brenton is Avondale College of Higher Education’s Public Relations Officer. He brings to the role a decade’s experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities. He is also co-convenor of Manifest, a movement exploring, encouraging and celebrating #faithfulcreativity in the Adventist Church.

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