Last month's newsletter shared with you the first leg of Toe By Toe's Workshop Tour of Australia when we visited South Australia and Victoria. This month, it's the turn of Queensland and New South Wales.
We arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne on the morning of 19th March with only a few hours spare to freshen up for the next Toe By Toe session at SPELD Queensland at Woolloongabba.
The following morning, it was a train and bus to the North-West of Brisbane and the coastal town of Redcliffe - famed as the boyhood home of the Bee Gees, whose music featured in the 1970s disco film classic Saturday Night Fever.
The training was at Redcliffe State High School where the Head of Special Education, Nicki Williams, intends to establish Toe By Toe as part of their SABER (Soaring Above and Beyond Expectations at Redcliffe) scheme.
Nicki has recently emigrated from the UK where she had used Toe By Toe with great success and also hopes to involve parents in her ambitious literacy plans at Redcliffe.
New South Wales
After a day’s ‘R & R’ on the Gold Coast with old friends, it was time for the final leg of the tour to New South Wales.
First stop was Al Sadiq College in the Sydney suburb of Greenacre where Head of Learning Support, Sophie Hull – another recent emigrant teacher from the UK – had arranged for us to train staff to administer Toe By Toe with their struggling readers.
For many of the students at the college, English is their second language but Toe By Toe has shown itself to be very effective with ESL students in schools and homes all around the globe.
The final Toe By Toe workshop of the tour was held that evening at SPELD NSW in the suburb of Concord. Once again it was very well-received by all the teachers and parents present.
At the end of the session, we had the pleasure of meeting David Kinnane a renowned Sydney speech pathologist who advocates the use of Toe By Toe on his informative website at:
So, the end of a fascinating and enjoyable tour of Australia was at hand. We spent a couple of days enjoying the area around Sydney Harbour and the wonderful botanical gardens before heading to the Northern Beaches for a couple of days in the company of old friends.
What a truly amazing trip and how gratifying it is to see how Keda Cowling’s life’s work is performing its magic ‘Down Under’ and - indeed - all around the world.
Well done, Keda… and well done to all the torchbearers still bringing light and joy into so many lives.
As ever, best wishes to all.