The music has faded and the lights have dimmed at the 2017 Wings Dinner (well done and thank you Coril!), but the memories of all the accolades, trophies and wings that were presented and received with great honour and pride by our students and instructors will last a life time.” – Andy Wood, WAAC Chief Ground Instructor.
NAs I sit at my desk writing this article and planning ahead for 2018, I reflect on this last year and I would like to thank all the instructors and staff for their hard work and dedication to our student body.
Each Monday morning during our meetings with David Currey, David Royans, Mark Heller and myself, every single student is discussed to ensure that we are doing the very best of our ability to make sure that the students are reaching their goals. Our duty to give that pastoral care is one of our priorities that happens naturally and is evident from each one of us, we really do care.
In the theory blocks, our aim is to create a learning environment that is friendly, respectful and fun. My secret strategy is to honour the students whom have been gifted academically and to use their gifts and talents to help their colleagues to energise and lift the whole class to exceed their full potential. At the time of writing this article, our results have been outstanding and to this I would like to thank, firstly all of our students that have worked at their studies diligently. Secondly I would like to thank Mark Heller and Ricky Jardim for their dedication and commitment, often going beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of our students. I would like to extend my warm welcome to Ashley Lee in joining our team, and congratulate him on also winning the Principal’s Award.
I would like to personally congratulate all the recipients of their awards and wings. All the hard work and dedication has and will pay off for you in our industry. I would like to make special mention of Bronwyn Prinsloo, whom I’ve watched over the last 18 months, grow in every area of her life and who deservedly won the Sir Norman Brearley award. I would also like to congratulate David Schneiker for all his hard work in being selected for the Principal’s Award as the Dux of the Class; all the nights and the weekends that you have tirelessly studied have come to fruition. Congratulations to you both.
To all students, please forgive me if I unintentionally patronised when I encouraged you to work from 8pm-10pm every night. To Jarod Rowe, I would like to congratulate you personally on receiving the Instructor of the Year Award; you have always been willing to go the extra mile for both the students and staff, and you are a great asset to our college and the club.
It is such a joy for the instructors and staff to see the lives of our students challenged and changed, their characters formed as we guide them into their chosen careers. When the Bell is rung and all the students and staff alike come to the foyer to congratulate the student for achieving a flying goal, what a JOY for all, what a great spirit amongst us all.
Ladies and gentlemen, that, for me, is why the Western Australia Aviation College and the Royal Aero Club of WA is such a great place to be.