Meet Our Team

Principal Mr Adrian Fitzpatrick, Dip T, BEd (Primary), Grad CE Children’s Art

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.


Head of Primary, Mrs Helen Sonter, Dip T

After completing her Diploma of Teaching at James Cook University in northern Queensland in 1984, Helen taught in country Queensland schools during the early part of her career. She moved to Brisbane in 1986 and taught in the public school system for many years. Highly regarded as a lower primary teacher, Helen was the recipient of the National Excellence in Teaching award in 1995. Helen moved to Toowoomba to teach at Darling Downs Christian School in 2006 and became the school’s primary coordinator soon after.


Head of Secondary, Mrs Debbie McKay, Dip T, BA BEd, M.App.Ling

Debbie trained at Avondale College of Higher Education in New South Wales. She then taught at schools in Mackay during the early 1980’s. Debbie later worked at both Crow’s Nest State School and Toowoomba State High School (Wilsonton Campus) for a number of years, before joining the team at Darling Downs Christian School in 2009. Debbie has a passion for the humanities and geography.


Arrowsmith Program Coordinator, Mrs Glenda Fitzpatrick

My passion is helping students reach their potential and achieve success through academic and personal growth. This is why I love the Arrowsmith Program so much. I get to see this happening each day!

Glenda began her teaching career as a Primary School teacher in 1987. In addition to teaching in Primary School classrooms, she also has experience teaching students with special learning needs as well as teaching music both privately and in schools. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2000, which she believes adds a greater level of depth and understanding to her teaching practice. In January 2014, Glenda travelled to Canada to train as an Arrowsmith Program teacher. She now teaches the Adult Arrowsmith class while also fulfilling the role of Arrowsmith Program Coodinator at DDCS.


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”.


Governance

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.