Anne Thorneycroft

The supported becomes a supporter

Friday, August 23, 2019
Teacher’s citation for bringing out the best in others

Triple graduate Anne Thorneycroft’s life path has focused on fostering resilience in students. Although Anne didn’t complete high school, questioning her capacity to learn, she held onto God, going onto complete her diploma of teaching and bachelor and master’s degrees, both in education, from Avondale between 1991 and 2012.

Early in her studies at a time where she needed healing, Avondale offered professional care and personal repair as she studied and raised a daughter on her own.

Anne was the sole charge primary teacher at the International School at the then Pacific Adventist College in Papua New Guinea and Oxford Christian Primary School in Geelong. She invested many years bringing out the best in her students at Warburton Christian School before it closed, and Edinburgh College as teacher, deputy principal, curriculum coordinator and learning support officer.

During professional and personal challenges, Anne has supported students and teachers academically and emotionally. Colleagues describe Anne as dependable, supportive and genuine in her care for other people.

Anne has two “amazing children and a fantastic husband” plus a small home zoo of cats, birds, a lizard, fish and dogs. Among her hobbies of painting and drawing, she has also written and published a children’s book. She loves learning and continues to gain new skills to use in the school environment.

The class of 1999 honours Anne Thorneycroft for her faithful dedication to God, students, her family and life.


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Rachel Humphries

Rachel Humphries is Assistant Public Relations Officer at Avondale College of Higher Education.

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