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​Below are testimonials provided by the families of some of our past students.

The Milne Family – Alex Milne, Narbethong Student 1996 to 2007.

Established the “Alex Milne” award for communication.

Alex Milne attended Narbethong between 1996 & Alex_Milne.jpg2007. He had a dual sensory deficit being profoundly deaf and also blind.  Communication was therefore very difficult for Alex. He never learnt to speak and had limited signing.  However, one of his teachers said he was the best communicator she knew.

Communication is really the key that opens doors. It’s the key that allows you to learn, to share and to make friends. 

At the suggestion of teachers, Lisa Ottosson and Carly Turnbull, we decided to commemorate Alex by presenting the Alex Milne Award.  This is presented to the Narbethong student who has shown the greatest improvement in their communication skills during the school year.

Andrew and Genevieve Milne 


The Campbell Family – Hamish Campbell, graduating student.

Established the “Mish the Fish” award in 2018.











 Our journey with Narbethong started while we were living in central Africa when Bronwyn from the visual impairment unit based at the Narbethong school campus supported us remotely. When Hamish was three years old we settled in Brisbane and came to see Narbethong. That first visit was so overwhelming, my enduring memory was seeing a young boy under the echo bucket and thinking that is soooo weird. 

A second visit to the classroom to take in all the aspects of Active Learning, understanding why the classrooms are so quiet, why children sometimes play on wooden surfaces propped up by springs and especially why they sometimes sit under metal buckets with toys hanging around them, and I was a convert.

Over the 16 years Hamish spent at Narby many developments took place: the building of the hydrotherapy pool, the introduction of PODD books for alternative communication access, and the upgrading of playgrounds, but one thing never changed, the love all the staff had for Mish and all the children in their care. Saying good-bye, while a milestone for Mish, was one of the hardest things we had to do.

Jenny Campbell