This is certainly the case for Darling Downs Christian School, which hosted an evening with Barbara Arrowsmith-Young – creator of one of the first practical treatment programs for people with learning disabilities using the principles of brain plasticity – at the end of fourth term.
In 2014, DDCS is planning to offer the Arrowsmith Program, which helps students strengthen weak cognitive skills and become confident, self-directed learners for the remainder of their life.
“We have been working hard to bring this program to Toowoomba and are looking forward to seeing it become a reality in 2014,” DDCS Principal Adrian Fitzpatrick said.
“Australian families have previously had to travel to Canada to access this program, so it’s very exciting to offer it at DDCS.”
Looking back over the past 12 months, Mr Fitzpatrick said the year’s highlight had been the emphasis on service.
A group of grade nine girls raised more than $6500, to rescue trafficked women in Nepal.
“The girls showed a lot of initiative and we are so proud of them,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
More than 20 senior students participated in service trips to the Solomon Islands and the north-Queensland town of Duaringa – with many students wishing they could have stayed longer.
“It’s very rewarding when you see students demonstrating the Godly character and heart for service you’ve been encouraging at school,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.