Counselling classes at Avondale are a safe place. “We’re like a team supporting each other,” says student Ryan Crabtree of his classmates and lecturers. With a limited number of Commonwealth-supported places, students joining Ryan next year—and the year after—will get support of a different kind even before their first class.
Stephanie Barber came to Avondale to get an education but leaves with so much more. The experience has “changed my life and my children’s lives.” Her story is best told in her own words. It begins with her father, to whom she dedicates her counselling degree.
The accreditation of our counselling courses by a peak body recognises students at Avondale receive some of the highest standards of training in the country.
As a 10-year-old surrounded by books at her mum’s workplace, Ashley Steele came to love reading and creative writing. But when a published story didn’t yield a worthy ending, she would re-write it “with all the grace and humility of a young girl.” Reworking a plot would become familiar but it would take other characters to complete the story.
It’s fantastical (and futuristic) but a lecturer’s doctoral thesis reimagines modern Australia’s founding through the experiences of a teenage girl who is neither convict nor coloniser.
A gift worth thousands of dollars will give Avondale students access to resources from an academic honoured by his country for service to music education.