Beverley Currie

The classroom still calls

Friday, August 23, 2019
Alumna cited for commitment to ministry of teaching

Beverley Currie had from a young age a “burning desire” to be a teacher. At 17, she became a junior teacher, completing Avondale units by correspondence while working at Moonah Adventist School in Tasmania. She would become principal of five schools over a career that included public and private experience in rural, urban and mission field settings. Retirement came after a 13-year stint at Wahroonga Adventist Primary School, where she continues to offer casual relief.

Born in Lismore, Currie travelled by boat to Tasmania with her family in October 1940, traversing waters in which were Japanese mines. They settled in the Huon Valley, her father serving in the army before reverting to farming. “I remember the food ration books and the neighbourly exchange of these rare excess coupons,” she says. Currie also remembers “having to pull our weight with the work.” Perhaps this left a lasting impression because “I have always been a believer in finishing a task. . . . If you believe you can achieve a goal, even if it at first seems impossible, stick with it.”

Meeting at Avondale and marrying ministerial husband Alex would eventually lead to the raising of four sons—three are serving in CEO capacities and one runs his own business.

Over a lifetime in the classroom and in the church, Currie has seen the power of God change people’s lives. Seeing the satisfaction that comes from an understanding that Jesus personally cares is an “awesome feeling.”

The class of 1959 honours Beverley Currie for her commitment to the ministry of teaching.

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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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