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Feedback from St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Barcaldine

Thank you to St. Joseph’s school for allowing me to use this feedback and photos from my visit to their school.

On Wednesday we had a visit from Trish Jackson who is a motivational speaker. Trish was born with no arms but that has not stopped her from achieving great things in her life. You can find out more about Trish by visiting her website:

Trish spoke to all of the students as part of our buddy activities in rotations, which was very good timing as we have been doing some work around resilience during these sessions. Trish had lots of valuable messages for us. She showed us photos to demonstrate how she goes about daily activities and even hobbies such as fishing. Trish took the time to write every child’s name using her feet as a keepsake for us. After the talk, we reflected on what we took from the talk and each student came up with a goal that they are going to try really hard to work on over the next week. I thought I would share them with you so that you can provide your child with some gentle encouragement!

Our goals:

Matilda – Don’t give up

Bryce  – I will try my hardest

Ben – I will treat others the way I want to be treated

Tim – I will try my hardest in everything

Korbin – I will help people

Reuben – I will never give up and try my hardest

Mia – I will think positively instead of negatively

Bryson – I will never give up

Riley – I won’t laugh at people even if they are different to me

Enzo – I will never give up even if I don’t think I will make it

Cooper – Don’t give up

Joseph – I will show pride and confidence in what I’m doing

Edith – I will put my best effort into maths

Sarah – I will always have a go

Roko – I will try my best because if I do I will succeed

Beau – I will treat people kindly even if they are different

Emma – I won’t judge people by what they look like

Brayden – Don’t give up

Sol – I will help people when they fall over

Reannon – I will always try my hardest

Bryce – I will help other people tidy up

Ellie – I won’t judge people by how they look


My visit to the Toowoomba region.

The President of Lockyer Valley Rotary Club after he presented me with a certificate of appreciation for my speech.

The President of Lockyer Valley Rotary Club after he presented me with a certificate of appreciation for my speech.

I have just come back from doing two school talks in the Toowoomba region totaling nearly 200 students all up. I also spoke to the Lockyer Valley Rotary club, where I had a lovely evening with the club and they thoroughly enjoyed my talk and they said, it is one of the best presentations that they had had. I can’t thank them enough for such high praise.
Unfortunately I was to do two more school talks but I lost my voice so I will have to reschedule the schools when I get my voice back.

Feedback from Sarina State High School

Hi Trish,

Thank you so much for yesterday! It was great! Here’s a little review for you guys to use as you please! Good luck with the rest of your tip!

Trish’s story is captivating and inspirational. The students were thoroughly engaged. It’s a great experience and gives the students some wonderful perspective about their lives. Drawing with their feet was also a huge hit even with the big kids!


Teacher and Head of Year 12

Sarina State High School

Feedback from Ayr State High School.


I just wanted to thank you both for coming to share your time with us at Ayr High.

In a world where students are used to being told what to do and how to do it, your story is appealing because it is a life story of overcoming challenges, and many young people feel they are facing challenges. It was clear from the comments I heard between students as they walked out that they had been impacted by what they heard.

Your key messages are really on point for young people. The message of pursuing our goals and dreams despite adversity and barriers is never more real than when said by someone who has lived their life that way. I think the inspiration that follows is that it all of us can face our challenges and never give-up. You are a living walking example of why we all need to appreciate and accept difference. It is often those differences that create opportunities for our strengths.

I wish you all the best as you continue to travel and speak. I’m sure others will be inspired by you as our students were.


Warmest thanks,


Andrew Ballin

Head of Senior School & Student Services

Ayr State High School


Samford Valley Steiner School – testimony

All of our staff & students were inspired to hear Trish’s story. She presented it with facts and humour.  You can see that she had to overcome many obstacles, and she did overcome them with such strength, and in fact every day she still needs to overcome obstacles as she goes through life in constant pain.

I was left feeling touched by her story and in awe of her inner strength.

Thank you Trish for educating our students in so many areas, educational as well as personal.

Your story stayed with us all for a long time.


Administraion Officer Samford Valley High School


Mercedes Logan

Enrolments Officer and High School Administrator, Samford Valley Steiner School

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