This began as our story of moving to Peterborough in Canada so my son, Simon, could undertake the Arrowsmith programme. We have shared the ups and downs of moving, temporarily, to a new country, a new town and making a new life! Simon is now in his third year of the Arrowsmith programme and I no longer need to live in Peterborough with him. He is living independently in a student Hall of Residence, halfway around the world! This is not something we had expected to happen so quickly and are thrilled with the progress he has made since undertaking the Arrowsmith programme. I am happy that I am allowed to visit from time to time, mostly to get some shopping and to take Simon and his friends out for a feast! The blog will continue recounting Simon’s progress and hopefully he can take over writing it soon!


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  1. Hello to you all!
    My name is Kristina and I live in Greece ,the past week I saw an article about Barbara Arrowsmith and I couldn’t stop searching about her since.I myself have some same problems and always thought that I have to leave like that. Then Barbara made me hope for something more !
    I m reading the book these days,but I was wondering if you know or you can help me somehow understand the clock exercise ?

    Thank you

    • Hi Kristina, my son Simon would be the best person to explain it! Is there a way I can private message you, maybe on Facebook? or email? I am happy to talk about our experience of the Arrowsmith programme which has been great, as you have seen on the blog. For now, have you looked at the Arrowsmith school website? Take a look at the segment on 60 Minutes called New Hope, it is an Australian current affairs programme and explains clocks pretty well in the context of the overall programme. Best wishes, Fiona

  2. Hi Fiona & Simon. I’ve just been reading your story of the progress that Simon is making in the programme – which fills me with great hope! My 11 year old son Fraser is about to commence the Arrowsmith Programme in Christchurch, New Zealand. After two years of advocating for the programme we have found a wonderful school to take the programme on. I wish Simon all the best for the rest of his time in the Arrowsmith School and I will follow his progress with great interest. Best wishes – Michele

    • Hi Michele, I am sorry for my tardy reply. I have just arrived back in Sydney leaving Simon in Peterborough. I wish you well on your Arrowsmith journey and every success. It certainly is an adventure, tough, exciting, joyful, challenging, butmso worth every moment! We would love to hear how it goes, please keep in touch.

  3. Hi Fiona,
    We may have an opportunity for our 12 year old daughter to attend a school that is operating the Arrowsmith Program in Sydney next year. We would need to move interstate to do this.
    I would love to know if you have any tips or advice. I am nervous about the fact that the program will run at a school, not a standalone centre. One of my daughter’s issues is feeling ‘different’, and this causes her a lot of anxiety.
    I hope to hear from you sometime!

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