2018 marks a significant milestone for our college. Whilst remembering Tabor College Victoria’s humble beginnings with only 6 students, this year we proudly celebrate 30 years of developing thousands of quality graduates, equipped to do good works.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works”. Ephesians 2:10
After two years of hard work, and many prayers, we are delighted to announce the commencement of two new courses! Our Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) programs will equip graduates with non-education degrees to move into the teaching field in Australia and overseas.
Recently, I was asked an important question from a hardworking Education student completing one of our core Christian Foundation subjects,
“…how does this subject about the Bible actually help me as a future school teacher?”
For all our graduates, this is critical in a time when many foundations in our Western society are being challenged by extremist ideologies, sometimes based on pseudo science. Seeking to live out the Gospel’s principles and precepts in reliance on the Holy Spirit’s power provides a good foundation for graduate teachers to positively influence the children under their sacred trust. It will equip them with the ability to guide and answer their pupils’ more difficult questions about the purpose of life, the values they live by, and where can they find spiritual and moral guidance.
Completing a core group of Christian Foundation subjects (along with other specialist units) will help a future school teacher, pastor, counsellor, community development worker, or youth worker, to live out their spiritual values in their vocation, to positively influence their clients, their pupils and the communities that they are a part of.
People are often unaware that many of our society’s positive values and institutions stem from a Judeo-Christian ethos, which is reflected in, and derived from, the Scriptures. Knowing the Bible well and understanding how to correctly interpret it helps us avoid past mistakes and misapplication of sacred texts. Further, personally adopting the bible’s positive ethos of compassion will help graduates to show care for all people regardless of race, gender or background and it inspires us to extend justice for all.
Faith in action can change our world into a better place. Faith that reflects the heavenly vision of God’s love and justice influencing all spheres of society and culture.
While it is gratifying that over 80% of our Education graduates have found employment in Christian, independent or government schools, in Australia or internationally, what is more satisfying is that both graduates and employers hold in high regard the College’s particular focus on education from a Christian perspective in a supportive academic community.
As we celebrate our rich heritage as a College we thank God that through the many changes that have occurred across the past 30 years we remain focused on developing graduates from a diverse range of professions, denominations and perspectives who have deeper faith, sharper minds, richer community engagement and courageous creativity needed to change our world.
Thank you for being a part of this journey, and I hope that you enjoy reading more about the great works that some of our graduates are involved in – in this Be Change newsletter.
If you haven’t been to our new campus we’d love to catch up over a coffee and give you a tour or see you at our Alumni Brunch this October!
Rev Dr Angelo Cettolin
Vice Principal Eastern College Australia