Sunday, June 28, 2009

Student Survey

a Biblical thought...
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1)

a Book thought...
The job description of a parent has one line: to work for two decades to create a successful adult. The school has the same job description. So the parent and the school should be partners in a mission to create a successful adult who will thrive in the evolving planetary society of the 21st-century. (p151)
a Dave thought...
As we at Glenferrie Outreach will soon going to be moving into our new space at 382 Burwood Road in Hawthorn and begin renovating it we thought it would be good to hear from the students themselves. So it was an interesting exercise on Friday to gather a group of students from Swinburne University and survey them about their needs and desires. We consulted with students from Vietnam, India and China and discovered during the 90 minute session that being a student in Melbourne certainly has its challenges. Basic concerns such as the cost of public transport, which is double for international students to the cost of printing @ 11 cents per copy are some of the financial struggles. We also discovered that they would like the centre open afternoons and evenings and that they are looking for groups to join such as cricket teams and music groups. It was a really valuable exercise and as they heard more about our vision for the RedRoom they were excited about helping us renovate the space and be a volunteer there later in the year. I pray as we get closer to opening the doors that our relationship with these students will grow as we continue to learn and gain a better understanding of how international students cope in Melbourne today.

Just a thought.

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