School pays tribute to Andre
AN ADVENTURER, loving father, popular teacher and positive friend, Andre Vogel's greatest qualities have not been forgotten.
Two weeks ago the Noosa Pengari Steiner School outdoor education teacher was driving a mini van with another teacher and seven students on board, when it collided with a milk tanker in New Zealand.
Mr Vogel died in the crash, along with 16-year-old student Gabriel Runge.
Fellow student Nick Wallbridge was left fighting for his life after the horror smash. He has since shown signs of improvement, with his parents by his side in Waikato Hospital.
To honour their teacher, Noosa Pengari Steiner School has released a tribute to Andre Vogel:
To meet Andre was to meet a man with a mission, one we have been blessed to witness unfolding.
His deep love of the outdoors and passion for the opportunities it gave to young people were evident by the words he spoke, the camps he devised, and by the sparkle in his eye.
Andre had a tremendously broad appreciation of ways to get involved with nature.
His sense of adventure was contagious.
He opened people's eyes and hearts to the outdoors.
Children saw him as fun and funny, the best camp teacher ever, someone who helped them to achieve the impossible - a fantastic and respectful teacher, quick and generous with his encouragement, firm when necessary, gentle when needed.
His stories of adventure could make you feel you'd been missing out on life; but inspire you to live such a life. He made personal sacrifices to get the outdoor education program set up, in particular to acquire the equipment needed.
He put much love, energy and time into establishing the program for our children and then extending it further to allow similar experiences for parents.
All this only happened because of his tenacity and drive.
He made a tremendous effort to fine-tune the camps to meet the developmental needs of the students.
He always knew why he was doing what he was doing. May his legacy continue.
Andre was a devoted father. He could be seen arriving at school under pedal-power with two thrilled daughters in tow behind, or together with his girls, one asleep on his shoulder and one hugging his leg, as he finished off paperwork, prepared food supplies or loaded kayaks.
Andre was a truly incredible man, the salt of the earth. He believed that the best approach to life is to live it, every part of it. He will be sadly missed.
The spiritual world is lucky to have such a bright, warm, courageous, energetic and generous spirit to light the way.
Noosa Pengari Steiner School is yet to release a full tribute to Gabriel Runge.