Avondale School (Cooranbong)
- This article is about the school in New South Wales, Australia. See also Avondale School (Wiltshire) and various entities named Avondale High School (disambiguation)
Achieving Excellence Since 1897
|Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia|
|Key people||Dr David J Faull (Principal)
Benton Craig (Head of Secondary)
Deborah Cooper (Head of Primary)
Melville W. Lemke (Chaplain)
Brian Reed (Chaplain)
Alicia Dobson (Counsellor)
|Slogan||We learn. We value. We serve.|
|School fees||Year 1 to 6 – $1209
Year 7 & 8 – $1808
Year 9 & 10 – $1919
Year 11 & 12 – $2397
Avondale School is a K-12 Christian school with an Early Learning Centre (Preschool). It is situated in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia, and educates over 940 students each year. Established in 1897, it continues to serve the community of the Cooranbong area and is the oldest continuously operating Adventist school in Australia.
The Avondale School was founded in 1897 on the grounds of Avondale College and had an initial enrolment of 15 students. During the 1970s, due to the growth of Avondale College, the school needed to find a new location. In 1980, the school moved to its present location at the end of Avondale Road.
Expansion during the 1980s included a new Secondary Library and a Music Building. Furthering expansions include the Avondale Early Learning Centre in 2003, a Kindy building in 2006 and the Multi-Purpose Centre in June 2007.
Avondale School is situated in the township of Cooranbong in the foothills of the Watagan Mountains. The campus is a 10 minute drive from the shores of Lake Macquarie and around 20 minutes from some of the largest regional centres in the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie.
The school is situated on a 17-hectare bushland property at the end of a cul-de-sac. Among its facilities are:
- Multi-Purpose Centre (gymnasium, 2 basketball courts, stage, commercial kitchen, and uniform shop)
- Five Computer Labs
- iCentre (Primary Library and Secondary Library)
- Music Building
- Industrial Arts Room
The K-12 program at Avondale School provides a wide variety of opportunities for learning. Students can use their laptops to access the campus-wide wireless network and broadband internet service. Teachers encourage students to develop their relationship with God.
The school emphasises family values across the campus. This process includes the cultivation of self-worth, the ability to create and maintain healthy relationships with others, the encouragement of good citizenship and social responsibility.
As a Christian school, students are encouraged to pursue interests outside the classroom as part of a wholesome education. There are sport teams such as soccer, touch rugby and athletics as well as a concert band and choir. As a member of the Hunter Region Independent Schools, Avondale School regularly participates in inter-school events and competitions.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Avondale School encourages personal development by offering students the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. It motivates young people to become involved in a program of voluntary and self-development activities. The Award helps takes students through a potentially difficult period of schooling. It is a major international program that is recognised by organisations around the world.
Depending on the varying ability and commitment level, there are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students participate out of school hours in numerous community services, physically challenging and personal skill-based activities. It is an optional extension to the existing Outdoor Education program of Year camps.
In the past, students have travelled to Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, the local Watagan Mountains and Myall Lakes National Park for various challenges. Hiking, abseiling, cycling and camps push the physical boundaries of participants while community service projects involve helping with StormCo, the Rural Fire Brigade and Sabbath school programs at the local churches.
Avondale provides many extracurricular opportunities for service. The annual StormCo trips to remote towns, the concert band and choir visits to small churches and the annual charity contributions to valued causes, provide opportunities to serve the community.
On Saturday 7 February 2009, a series of bushfires were ignited causing over 170 people to lose their lives. In response to this, Avondale School raised $8,500 for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal to help victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.
During November, Avondale school gives outgoing Year 12 students an opportunity to conclude their final year with an international service project called "Rokforce". The team is made up of students, teachers and parents who travel to foreign countries at their own expense to help poor communities.
The 2009 Avondale Schoolies Rokforce (ASR) have untaken a $20,000 project in the Cambodian Wat Preah Yesu Orphanage. The orphanage has major needs and ASR have elected to build a media room, run outreach programs and interact with the children in a number of fun ways.
Avondale School usually performs well above average in state examinations.
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- Seventh-day Adventist education
- List of Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools
- List of Non-Government schools in New South Wales
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