Be­long. Be­lieve. Be­come.

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The Kitchen Gar­den pro­gram pro­motes healthy life­style choices and teaches pri­mary stu­dents from Years Prep-6 to grow, har­vest and pre­pare their own sea­sonal pro­duce. Our beau­ti­ful gar­den was de­signed and built by mem­bers of our school com­mu­nity. It also acts as an ‘out­door class­room’ for ad­di­tional learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. At DDCS we are se­ri­ous about stu­dents be­ing con­nected to na­ture and the out­doors. Agri­cul­ture is a com­pul­sory trimester sub­ject in both Year 7 & 8 and of­fered as an elec­tive in Years 9 & 10. As well we have ex­panded the HPE pro­gram in Years 9 & 10 to be com­pul­sory and in­clude a ser­vice project, out­door ed­u­ca­tion (in­clud­ing ori­en­teer­ing and two camps each year that chal­lenge stu­dents in bushwalking, ca­noe­ing and cam­pcraft) and healthy cook­ery. We call it HOPE – Health, Out­door and Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion.

We con­tinue the out­door theme into the se­nior years with a weekly SPIRE class (Spir­i­tual, Phys­i­cal, In­tel­lec­tual, Re­la­tional, Emo­tional) that cov­ers a range of chal­lenges in­doors and out. As well, se­nior stu­dents are of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel to Cen­tral Queens­land and over­seas on ser­vice pro­jects. All our school val­ues un­der­pin the great­est ideals of love and ser­vice (1 Corinthi­ans 13). An­nual camps for each grade are also ro­bustly out­doorsy and elec­tron­ics-free.

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