Meet Our Team
Principal, Mr Adrian Fitzpatrick
I really do believe education is greater than just the academic. It covers all aspects of our intelligences. Academic intelligence is only one indicator of our success in life.
Adrian began working as a primary teacher in northern NSW in 1989. He then moved to Sydney where he upgraded to a Bachelor of Education and became principal of Hurstville Adventist School in 1997. He went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Children’s Art at the University of Technology in Sydney, working as an art specialist in education for a number of years. He moved to Queensland in 2004 and taught art and drama at Darling Downs Christian School for nine years before taking on his role as the school’s principal.
Primary Coordinator, Mrs Bronwyn Rosendahl
Bronwyn graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 1999 from Avondale College of Higher Education. She has taught at Gold Coast Christian College, Northpine Christian College, Toronto Adventist School and Avondale Schools. She was also the Year 1 and Infant Coordinator at Avondale School for five and a half years before moving to Toowoomba to marry in mid-2015. One of the highlights of Bronwyn’s teaching career was teaching in London, UK, for two and a half years at a Jewish school for teenage boys with Down’s Syndrome and autism. She also enjoyed three months volunteering in an orphanage in Guatemala. At the beginning of 2019, Bronwyn commenced in her roles as Prep teacher and Primary Coordinator.
Secondary Coordinator, Mr Joshua Cooney
Joshua completed a double degree in Business and Applied Science and worked for more than a decade as a public servant. During this time, his organisation and management skills were finely honed working for a range of departments including The Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Office of the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service. Joshua is an indefatigable traveller and it was during his travels that he gained a love for history. He went back to university to study History and then gained his teaching qualifications. He joined the staff of DDCS in 2014 where he has taught a range of subjects (including Business and History). His love of teaching and his previous management experience serve him well for his role of Secondary Coordinator which he commenced in January 2019.
Business Manager, Mr David Peers
David is a Toowoomba local who worked for the Public Service for 31 years prior to joining the team at Darling Downs Christian School in March 2013. The school is not new to David, as he has been actively involved on the School Advisory since 1990. He said he “counts it a privilege to work with committed Christian staff at the best school in Toowoomba”.
Our local, national and global network ensures that every student has access to the experience and care of a nurturing, caring team of qualified staff.
All Seventh-day Adventist Schools in the South Queensland region form a single system, with each school being constitutionally tied to the central body for the area— Adventist Schools South Queensland Ltd. This central organisation manages the employment of teaching staff and is involved in financial matters and curriculum development. This assistance gives our teachers freedom to focus on their central calling – to inspire, educate and mentor the young lives in their care.
Darling Downs Christian School is part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist education system - believed to be the largest Protestant education system in the world. With 140 years of educational excellence, the system operates more than 7,500 preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in 100 countries and has enrolments of more than 1.5 million students.