ASVAC 2014 - Flourish

From the desk of Brian Mercer, Director of Education,

“I thought the program was one of the best ASVAC's we have had - it was the right mix of practical ideas, a touch of theory, spiritual highlights and humour”, and, “ The spiritual tone could not be bettered and set the tone for everything else. Bravo!”, were prevalent survey comments from the Adventist Schools Victoria Annual Conference (ASVAC) held on January 21-22. Over 220 teachers attended this conference themed “Flourish” which focused on our teachers, students and school community flourishing spiritually, physically, socially and academically.

ASVAC was privileged to have outstanding keynotes speakers, including Dr Darren Morton, Senior Lecturer at Avondale College and life style expert presenting on such topics as, “What it takes to Flourish” and “Seven Secrets to Feeling Fantastic”. These themes were further explored by Paul Bogacs, the Head of Counselling at Avondale College who spoke on’ “How to be a teacher and not go crazy – although it may help a little!” and Russell Fox, a Department of Education consultant with the Student Behaviour Unit, who presented on ways Adventist school teachers allow Christ to shine through our redemptive discipline methodology and thus encourage our students to develop internalised Christian values.

This year, for the first time, significant choice was given to teachers to choose four of the twenty-eight seminars on offer for afternoon sessions. What made this even more exciting was that the majority of these were presented by teachers based on their significant expertise in learning and teaching. What became very evident is ASV has a workforce committed to best practice and who are excited to be teachers in our schools.

The “Flourish” theme was strengthened by the $13,000 donated by teachers to assist ADRA build water tanks for Mou Mou Adventist School in Vanuatu. This generous donation by our teachers will also benefit local communities to flourish, with clean water, rather than the polluted well which is currently in use.

Teachers also had the opportunity to honour the “Graduate Teacher of the Year” and “Teacher of the Year”. This year two recipients were chosen from each category, Krystelle Holman (Henderson College) and Ashleigh Knight (Edinburgh College - Secondary); and Lepeta Tuaoi (Gilson College) and Hannah Stekla (Nunawading Christian College - Secondary).

This year will be an exciting year for ASV with the addition of Edinburgh College and the continued growth of our schools. Please pray for our teachers as they commence the new school year so that our students, parents and teacher will all flourish in 2014. “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God – I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever” Psalm 52:8 (NIV)

Please click here to download the ASVAC Presenters & Workshop Information PDF.

For any questions regarding the conference, contact Fiona Thomas at fionathomas@adventist.org.au