Did you know that "Avalon" was a legendary island in England where the famous King Arthur's magic sword was wrought? It is also the place he went to when he was dying of his battle wounds, and he was buried there together with his Queen, Guinevere, in a coffin made of a tree trunk.
Nowadays, many people believe the location of the island of Avalon was in Glastonbury in England where a christian Abbey was built in the 13th century. A huge midsummer music festival is celebrated there every year, attracting over a million people over the five days to listen to music and be inspired by the magic and mystery of the place.
The Avalon Homestead, which we now use as Avalon College, was built in 1880 by James Austin, as a house for his family. The Austin family owned many large farms around Geelong and Western Victoria, and bred sheep, cattle and horses. They called this homestead "Avalon" in memory of their family home in England, Glastonbury Abbey. They placed a stone rosette from Glastonbury Abbey in the wall at the front of the homestead with a plaque above which reads:
"Into the walls of Avalon is wrought
This stone from Glastonbury brought
Stay for a while Traveller and view
This link between the old world and the new"
Avalon College was established here in the homestead by Jeffrey and Robyn Brook in 1998. Jeffrey and Robyn began Avalon College because they felt that young international students preparing to study in Australian schools needed a special and caring environment to develop their English skills and learn about Australia. Avalon College has always been a boarding school as Jeffrey and Robyn believe that boarding provides students and their parents with the guarantee of a safe and caring environment. Since 1998 many hundreds of International students have learned English here, and gone on to successful futures in many of the top schools in Australia and throughout the world.
Gazing out across the calm waters of Corio bay on misty mornings, one is reminded of the legend of King Arthur. His strength, resilience and courage inspire us to work hard to achieve our dreams in life, and a glimmer of his magic lives on in all of us here at Avalon College.