INSPIRING! - 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT MOUNTAIN VIEW ADVENTIST COLLEGE
On 25 May 2019, Mountain View Adventist College celebrated their 50th Anniversary. Past and present staff, students, teachers and principals gathered to mark this significant milestone. Mayor of Blacktown, Mr Stephen Bali MP and National Director of Adventist Education, Daryl Murdoch unveiled a commemorative plaque and honoured the commitment and achievement of staff and students of Mountain View Adventist College. In addition, Mr John Eastwood, who has seen the school grow from its humble two classrooms beginning to the modern pre-kindy to Year 12 College it is today, and whom the school hall is named after was in attendance.
In his opening remarks Pastor Pablo Lillo, who studied at the College in the mid 1970’s, reminded us of Nelson Mandela who said, “Every generation has an opportunity to achieve greatness, you can be that generation. What counts is the difference we make to the lives of others, that determines the significance of the life we lived.” The legacy that Mountain View Adventist College has created reflects the countless lives the College has touched since the school opened in 1969. Mountain View Adventist College boasts a number of multi-generational families who have attended the school as well a number of past students who have been inspired to pursue a career in teaching amongst their current and past teaching staff.
John Venegas, who represented students in the 1980’s said, “God was the heartbeat and living water that flowed through the corridors and mouths’ of the teachers.” Other speakers echoed the sense of community with students from a diverse array of backgrounds and cultures attending the school.
Since the 1990’s students have been challenged by the Duke of Edinburgh program, testing their resilience and finding their voice for justice and service in places like Vanuatu, Fiji and around Australia, which remains a core value instilled into the students at the College today.
Interlaced with the history and stories that make up the rich tapestry of the school, a series of musical and special items from students, teachers and principals past and present were highlighted throughout the event, including the cutting of the cake to conclude the service.
Current College Principal Mrs Julia Heise said her team were blessed to be able to continue God’s work at the school and are excited to see what the future holds for Mountain View Adventist College over the next 50 years.
Left to Right: Mrs Julia Heise (College Principal), Dr Jean Carter (Education Director - Greater Sydney Conference), Pr Matthew Pearce (College Council Chairman) & Pr Terry Johnson (President - Greater Sydney Conference).
Left to Right: Dr Daryl Murdoch ( National Director - Adventist Schools Australia) & Mayor of Blacktown, Councillor Stephen Bali MP.