Expectations and ValuesAvondale provides a quality Christian educational experience based on the underlying values of excellence, spirituality, nature, service and balance, and welcomes individuals regardless of race, beliefs or background.
The following expectations have grown out of Christian values, beliefs and Adventist traditions:
Avondale is committed to scholarly and sound learning. It follows a program of continual academic assessment designed to develop accountability in students. Students are expected to maintain regular attendance and active participation in all academic appointments.
Avondale academic courses usually contain one subject per semester which specifically addresses the religious, ethical, and social justice values for which Avondale stands. These compulsory subjects are integral to the Avondale program.
Avondale has a drug free policy. “Drug free” means abstinence from the use or possession of alcohol, tobacco, mind-altering drugs, and from the abuse of prescription drugs. Avondale also upholds all laws which prohibit the possession, use, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances. The possession of paraphernalia and use of “look alike” or designer drugs is also prohibited.
Violation of Avondale’s drug free policy will result in disciplinary action. The primary intent of such discipline is rehabilitative. Persons involved in the promotion, manufacture and/or distribution of these substances may be excluded from Avondale. Furthermore, violation of any laws will be reported by Avondale to the police.
Avondale emphasises the value of a balanced lifestyle. The sporting facilities at Avondale provide students with a wide range of opportunities for recreation. Avondale’s campus cafeteria prides itself on its use of quality fresh produce and wholesome and nutritious foods.
Campus life is characterised by kindness, courtesy, and respect for others. Students are expected to demonstrate justice, fairness and equality to all. Any action and/or behaviour that is demeaning or causes physical, emotional or psychological injury to others is not acceptable.
Avondale offers a variety of worship services to both staff and students. Students are encouraged to attend scheduled chapels and assemblies and residential worship programs, although none of this is compulsory. The Seventh-day Sabbath commences at sunset on Friday and concludes at sunset on Friday. Sabbath is set aside for worship, prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Students are asked to be respectful of the Sabbath.