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Presenting Fairholme 2015
PRESENTING
FAIRHOLME
2015
HIGHLIGHTS
AND
ACHIEVEMENTS
Fairholme
College
TOOWOOMBA
respect enjoyment collaboration christ-centred faith seeking excellence
Education is light, ignorance is darkness | Ziauddin Yousafzai
From the Chairman3
From the Principal4
Christian Education6
Junior School8
contents
Middle School16
Senior School20
Boarding23
Teaching and Learning26
Key Learning Sectors
The Arts28
Business 30
English31
Health, Sport and Physical Education
32
Home Economics34
Humanities35
Information Technology36
Library and Information Services
37
LOTE39
Mathematics40
Science41
Specialist Areas Careers42
Vocational Education and Training 44
Learning Enhancement45
Service46
Pastoral Care47
Fairholme Community
Fairholme Old Girls’ Association
48
P & F Association49
Fairholme Staff Listing50
FROM
THE CHAIRMAN
Last year we made a number
of changes in our governance
arrangements and we now have
robust committees committed to,
and focusing on, their specific
responsibilities. The Audit and
Finance Committee oversees
our financial audit and budgeting
processes; the Compliance and
Risk Management Committee
works in conjunction with the
College’s Internal Risk Committee
to manage our risk profile and
review College Policies and
Procedures; and our Projects,
Facilities and Maintenance
Committee maintains oversight
of the College’s facilities and
significant capital works projects.
In addition, this year the Executive
Committee of the Board of
Directors (Chairman, Deputy
Chairman and Principal) has
taken on a more strategic role.
The Executive, together with the
Business Manager, meets regularly
to discuss long-term strategic
issues affecting the College,
including succession planning,
future capital works projects and
future strategic direction, which
also includes monitoring our
performance against the current
Strategic plan.
Following the implementation the College’s 2015 to 2017 Strategic Plan ‘Stretching the Boundaries', the Board
of Directors has focused on one of the key goals of the plan, which is to ensure the long-term sustainability of
the College through sound governance practices, strong leadership and careful stewardship of resources.
consultancy firm, Effective
Governance, to undertake a
formal external review of the
Board’s performance. The review
focused on a number of practice
areas, including role clarity,
strategy, risk management,
decision-making monitoring,
Board dynamics and Principal and
Leadership Team oversight; and,
in relation to the Chair, Leadership
and working relations with the
Principal and Board. We will use
the outcomes of the review to
continue to improve our practice
as good ‘governors’ of Fairholme
College.
FROM THE
CHAIRMAN
As part of our commitment to
improving our operations as
a Board and ensuring good
governance practice, we engaged
the services of the Independent
Schools Queensland (ISQ),
Governance Services Group, led
by Ms Helen Coyer (ISQ Deputy
Executive Director), in consultation
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As often happens, the membership
of the Board of Directors changed
again this year. We welcomed
the Honourable Greg Rodgers
to his latest 12-month term on
the Board as the Moderator
of the Presbyterian Church of
Queensland. We also welcomed
Mr David Janetzki, who joins
Ms Lisa O’Neill as the Parents’
and Friends’ Association
representatives on the Board.
I must acknowledge the
exceptional service provided by
the Fairholme Board of Directors
who yet again, have had a
particularly busy year.
Their positive support and
commitment are to be applauded –
Board membership is a significant
act of dedication and service and
I am grateful for their interest in,
and support of, the College.
I also acknowledge Pastor Richard
Jessup’s contribution to the life
of the College as our Chaplain
for the past 20 years. The
Chaplain is a Board of Directors’
appointment and as a Board
we thank Pastor Jessup for his
unqualified commitment to the life
and wellbeing of this College and
for his genuine Christian care of
all the students, the staff and the
parents.
As a consequence of Pastor
Jessup’s retirement, the Board
appointed Ms Catherine Butler
as Head of Ministry and Mission.
Ms Butler holds a Masters of
Education in Guidance and
Counselling, a Bachelor of Arts
(Music) and a Bachelor of
Education. She has undertaken
studies through Moore Theological
College. As part of the Senior
Leadership Team, Ms Butler
will be responsible for Spiritual
leadership and guidance, engaged
in Student wellness and pastoral
care, lead Christian Education
curriculum development and
implementation, will be involved
in Service activities and will lead
Chapel services.
To complement Ms Butler’s
appointment and to further bolster
our ties with the Presbyterian
Church of Queensland (PCQ), the
Board of Directors appointed the
Rev Stuart Hoadley as Honorary
Chaplain to the College, following
approval of the appointment by
PCQ.
As Honorary Chaplain, Rev
Hoadley’s role will be to visit the
College on an irregular basis to
take part in specific activities; to
act as a conduit to the resources
of the PCQ, particularly related to
youth activities; and, as required,
to act as a mentor to our Head of
Ministry and Mission.
As a College, we continued to
spend significant sums this year to
improve facilities and infrastructure.
Projects totaling almost $2.4
million approved and completed
in 2015 are listed to the right.
The Board approved
the 2016 Budget at its
November meeting. The
Board is very mindful of
the many, often competing
needs, in formulating the
budget each year, including
the ongoing financial
difficulties confronting many
of our families, as well as
the level of funding from
government sources. The
2016 Budget provides for a
3.8 per cent increase in tuition
fees; a 3.8 per cent increase in
boarding fees; with the capital levy
to increase by 3 per cent.
It is important to reflect on the
year just passed, to celebrate the
successes, learn from the mistakes
and consider the memories. I trust
you will do that – and then look
forward with enthusiasm to the
challenges and opportunities that
2016 will present.
2015 INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS
Boarding House improvements ­­–
refurbishment of Black Dormitory
at a cost of almost $1.7 million
Complete reconstruction of the P&F Courtyard
and Junior School and Swimming Pool/Gymnasium
retaining walls
Homestead bathroom refurbishments
Refurbishment of the Junior School Reception
and Office
Directional signage around the College grounds
Improvements to the oval and shed extension at
Anembo Court
New mobile platforms for the Assembly Hall
Installation of roof anchorage points and safety
fencing on L-Block and Aquatic Centre roofs.
I can again assure you the College is well placed
to meet the future challenges and opportunities as
they unfold.
Mr Ian Andersen | Chairman
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Two roads diverged
in a yellow wood and I,
I took the one less travelled by
and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost
Venturing along the road less travelled by …
A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
Dr Linda Evans | Principal
AND
Increasingly, our children will become schoolleavers facing paths not only less travelled
by but paths previously untraversed or paths
that have yet to be invented. We are told that
40% of existing jobs will not exist in 2025.
And so the repertoire of skills we need to
build, in school and beyond, must be based
in flexibility, agility and the ability to work
with others. Collaboration is a Fairholme
core value, it is also a core requirement for
life on the path untravelled, enabling us to
respond productively in situations when we
don’t know what to do. Dr Paul Porteous, in
speaking of leadership for the 21st century,
says that we need an attitude based on the
precept: 'Not knowing is great. I don’t know
and I’m not afraid.' Life will no longer reward
the traditional way of doing things, nor can it
build upon an attitude derived from that cliché
of safety: 'but we’ve always done it this way'.
Dr Simon Breakspear, founder and CEO
of LearnLabs talks about the future coming
too fast and in the wrong order and thus we
must all learn, to some extent, the ability to
suspend expectation and to suppress any
tendency to default towards a position of
entitlement. Instead, we need to observe
the wise words of David G Allen who writes
of patience as 'the calm acceptance that
things can happen in a different order than
the one you have in mind'. Because things
can, do, and will happen [or not] randomly,
chaotically and unexpectedly. Struggle =
growth. There is no shortcut. As learners in
the 21th century, we need to have the strength
of mind and confidence to change course,
pick ourselves up and take a courageous
step along the road less travelled by, or the
road not built … because that will make all
the difference. May Fairholme school-leavers
have the courage and skills to do so. 'Not
knowing is great. I don’t know and I am not
afraid.' (Porteous, 2015)
HIGHLIGHTS
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I,
I took the one less travelled by and that has
made all the difference. It may seem that
Robert Frost’s words, first published in 1916,
have little relevance a century later. I think
differently. Our choice of path matters, as
does our attitude, as well as our courage to
venture down the road less travelled by.
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HIGHLIGHTS
AND
A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Time to Say Goodbye
(or The VERY Last Word)
The 1950s singer and songwriter, Pete
Seeger, produced a song Turn, Turn, Turn – a
number one hit in 1965 when released by
American folk group, 'The Byrds'. Ironically, its
lyrics are more than 3,000 years old, adapted
from Ecclesiastes
3:1-8, and written by King Solomon.
Remove the turn, turn, turn bit and you
have Ecclesiastes 3:1. Why mention
this song and these lyrics in particular?
My season at Fairholme has concluded and it's
time to turn aside from this place and seek a
new direction, a new purpose under heaven.
I officially commenced my ministry at
Fairholme on January 1, 1996. Student and
staff numbers were smaller, there was no
Learning Centre (the library resided in the Amy
Carson Room), no Middle School building, the
Patrea O’Shea building was located further to
the east of the campus, parents could drive
right up to the old administration building,
teachers used chalk, ‘blackboard’ was not a
software program, mobile phones were rare,
computers were large boxes attached to desks,
wifi was the name of someone's dog and
there was lawn in front of the Boarding House.
Appropriately, I have seen many changes in
20 years, because Fairholme is organic, and it
needs to grow and change.
But Fairholme has never been about
computers or car parks, buildings or
blackboards, lawns or laneways. Fairholme
has always been about people; in particular,
the young women who wear the McLaren
tartan. My challenge in coming to Fairholme
was to engage these young women
with the message of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and help them see that the Bible is
still relevant in the 21st century, because it
still changes lives and provides hope for a
broken world. It will be for others to decide my
success in meeting that brief, but ultimately,
God is my auditor as He is yours; He will have
the final say.
I recall many happy memories but the the
biggest thrill is always when a girl excitedly
says, ‘I get it. I understand!’ That is what it
is all about – sharing the Christian story in a
meaningful way. There are other areas that
have been satisfying. At the top of that list
- are trips into India to Mizpah Home, 150
girls and 25 staff have journeyed there since
2008 and its magic wends into the hearts
and minds of all who cross its threshold. This
program will continue in 2016 and beyond: a
‘point of difference’ that sets Fairholme apart.
Often in the past 20 years I have heard...
‘once a Fairholme girl, always a Fairholme
girl’.
It’s not just the girls who have an
indelible attachment to this school. Fairholme
has made up one-third of my life and it
provided an education for both my daughters.
One does not, cannot, walk away from that
sort of connection with ambivalence. Fairholme
will always remain dear to me. I treasure the
girls and families I have met, and the special
bonds I have made. Thank you, Fairholme,
for contributing as you have to my life. May
you continue to be a field blessed by God, a
community that knows the value of service; in
doing so, you serve Jesus Himself.
Pastor Richard Jessup | School Chaplain
'As I look back over my
time at the school, I CAN
RECALL MANY HAPPY
MEMORIES and many
things that have given
me great satisfaction.'
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FAIRHOLME JUNIOR
In my final year as Head of Fairholme
Junior, it is timely to reflect upon what
has made 2015 such an amazing year.
Striving for Excellence, one of the five
core values of Fairholme, is at the heart
of all that we do, and it was especially
evident in our academic achievements,
our sporting pursuits and our cultural
performances this year.
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New curriculum initiatives for this year included the
introduction of the laptop program at Year 6 and
the implementation of iPads at Year 4 and 5, thus
enhancing further learning and teaching. At Year 6,
the girls explored the Design aspect of Technology
enthusiastically, with the inclusion of three terms
of Textiles. A Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics Morning (STEM) for Year 4 and
5, with girls from the wider community invited to
attend, enabled the girls to experience learning
from experts in the respective STEM fields.
The regular Circle Time sessions in our
classrooms, the implementation of the Bounce Back
program, the Better Buddies gatherings, and the
Year 6 Leaders as strong role models enabled our
younger girls to feel safe and cared for, whilst the
older girls felt valued and respected.
At the Lady Gowrie 2015 Queensland Early
Childhood Awards, Mrs Jo Darbyshire and Mrs
Sonya Nicol won the award for an Outstanding
Initiative to Improve Outcomes for children
and families for their implementation of Auslan
(Australian Sign Language) as a part of the
Fairholme Kindy program. Mrs Darbyshire and
Mrs Nicol presented at the Independent Schools
Queensland Inquiry into Practice: A Kindergarten
Project 2015.
At our final Chapel Service, we farewelled and
acknowledged Pastor Richard Jessup for his
outstanding work over the past 20 year as the
College Chaplain. His weekly Chapel sessions have
always been spiritually uplifting and have enabled
the girls to gain a meaningful understanding of the
Christian ethos. The Very Merry Assembly, where
I was farewelled by the Junior School students,
staff and parents and a Guard of Honour of current
and past Junior School students, epitomised for me
what it really means to be a part of the Fairholme
Family and I will cherish the memories for years to
come.
Mrs Lyn Merry | Head of Fairholme Junior
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2015
FOR PREP TO YEAR 6
International Competitions and Assessment for Schools for Years 2
to 6
English: 2 High Distinctions, 24 Distinctions, 39 Credits, 11 Merits
Maths: 2 High Distinctions, 13 Distinctions, 34 Credits, 12 Merits
Science: 3 High Distinction, 11 Distinctions, 31 Credits, 14 Merits
Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads: 22 Year 6
girls participated, with five girls being placed in the top 40% and two
girls being in the top 50%.
IPSHA Interschool Debating: 4 teams competed and 2 teams won
their debates.
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INCURSIONS, EXCURSION AND PRESENTATIONS
The following is a snapshot from 2015 of the many excursions,
incursions and presentations for the Kindy to Year 6 classes:
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Mothers Pampering morning in Kindy
Father’s Day Breakfast – Kindy and Prep
NAIDOC Day Excursion to Cobb & Co–Prep
Ambulance Visit and Emergency Services, Fire Brigade
and Medical officer Prep incursions
Fire Brigade incursion – Year 1
Scientists-in-Schools incursions – Year 1 and Year 3
Farm excursion in Year 1
Jackie Howe Festival, Jondaryan Woolshed excursion –
Year 1
Bulls Head Inn tour in Year 2
Protective Behaviours Pantomime in Year 2
Visit to Empire Theatre to Stripey – The Adventures of an
Emu Chick for Kindy to Year 3
Eisteddfod for Year 2 Strings
Bastille Day Celebratory Luncheon for Year 3 with Middle
and Senior School girls
National Simultaneous Storytime to Year 2
Leadership Day for Year 5
History multimedia documentaries on migrant experiences
in Year 6
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Multimedia presentations of biographies on migrant
experiences, documentaries on Indigenous Protests and
information videos on Cybersafety in Year 6
Life Education Van for Prep to Year 3
TACAPs Kindy visit Fairholme Kindy during Under
Eights week
Year 3 Art Virtual Excursion using Scribble Art
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Years and Toowoomba Grammar School, Junior School
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P Year 5 and 6 Socials with The Glennie Junior Years and
Toowoomba Grammar School, Junior School
P Year 6 Quiz Night with The Glennie School Junior Years
and Toowoomba Grammar School, Junior School
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Year 3 Sleep Over at Fairholme
Year 4 and 5 Camp Maranatha in Yandina
Year 6 Canberra trip
O Open House and Fairholme Girl for a Day
O Grandparents and Friends Morning
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Weekly Footsteps Dance incursion, Term 3 for Kindy to Year 6
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Book Week Writer in Residence: Samantha Wheeler
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IPSHA Ecumenical Service and IPSHA Leaders Dinner
for Year 6
Guest speakers from Sudan and Vietnam in Year 6
Prep to Year 2 Under Eights Day with The Glennie School
Junior Years and Toowoomba Grammar School,
Junior School
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Junior Years and Toowoomba Grammar School, Junior School
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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Prep
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Mayor and Councillors Morning Tea for Junior School
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Mother's Day and Father's Day Stall organised by FOJS
Year 6 Leaders Induction Ceremony
Year 6 Chapel Service and Graduation Dinner
Year 6 Transition into Middle School program
Year 6 Interhouse Dance Competition
Year 12 and Year 6 Leadership meetings
FOJS High Tea
High Tea for Year 12 Past Fairholme Junior girls
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Clubs including Bee-bot, Chess, Computer, Club G,
Garden Club, Dance
2015 Toowoomba District Primary School Individual
and Teams Chess Championship
2015 IPSHA Chess Tournament
Parent Discussion/information Evenings
Term 1 Nutrition and Food additives
Term 2 Sleep for Success by Kerri Marshall
Term 3 Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
by Rachel Tosh
Term 4 iPad Information
Fairholme College and Toowoomba Grammar production
of Titanic – Year 6 girls attended
String Out 2015
Visiting Indigenous performance by Sean Choolburra for
Kindy to Year 6
Visiting performance Utter Nonsense Kindy to Year 6
Chorale performed at St David’s Presbyterian Church at
Mother's Day Luncheon
Lunchtime Concerts in Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4
Chorale Concert for parents in Term 4
Adopt-A-Cop Visits throughout the year to classrooms,
various sporting and cultural events
Vegetable garden cooking demonstrations
Student Principal for a Day
Junior School Musical Prep to Year 6, Showdown!
Christmas Concert, for Kindy to Year 3, It’s a Party!
Family Nature Walks for Kindy families once a term
Very Merry Assembly
HIGHLIGHTS
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A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
SERVICE ACTIVITIES IN 2015
Restorative behaviour implemented
through Circle Time Sessions in Prep to
Year 2
Fun Friends social and emotional skills
program in Prep and Kindy
Focus on Circle Time and Social and
Emotional Learning
Better Buddies activities Prep to Year 6
Bounce Back program implemented Year
1 to Year 6
Jeans for Genes funds donated to the
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Pink Day with funds donated to Breast
Cancer Research
Crazy Pants and Nail Day funds donated
to Toowoomba Hospital Foundation
The Year 3 girls were placed 4th in Queensland in the 2015 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in 2015, and one of our
Year 5 girls achieved the highest state score in Spelling. Outlined below are our Year 3 and 5 results compared with the State and National results.
2015 NAPLAN
PERCENTGE OF STUDENTS AT OR ABOVE NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARD
Year 5
Year 3
2015 MEAN SCORE COMPARISON
Test
Fairholme
State
National
Test
Reading
516
418
425.8
Reading
Writing
474
406
416.3
Spelling
469
397
Grammar and Punctuation
525
Numeracy
State
National
100
95.1
94.6
Writing
100
95.1
95.5
409.2
Spelling
100
92.7
93.1
430
432.7
Grammar and Punctuation
95.2
94.5
476
393
397.8
100
94.9
94.4
Reading
529
495
498.2
Reading
96
93.7
93.1
Writing
515
470
478.1
Writing
96
90.6
92.3
Spelling
517
489
498.1
Spelling
96
93.1
93.8
Grammar and Punctuation
536
500
503.8
93.6
93.1
Numeracy
511
486
492.3
95.5
95.1
Numeracy
Grammar and Punctuation
Numeracy
Fairholme
100
96
96
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HIGHLIGHTS
AND
A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
JUNIOR
ARTS
MUSICALS
Our year began in the Wild West, as
we prepared for and presented our
Junior School Musical, Showdown!
Old timer, Curly Simpson, played by
Chloe Randall, had to outsmart Wild
Bill Bailey, played by Ella Clews, and
his bunch of Bad Boys, the Banjo
brothers, as they tried to steal Curly’s
gold. Featuring Mexicans, Native
Americans, talking Stars, Fairbank
City Townsfolk and Curly’s gorgeous
cowgirl daughters, the story of true love
prevails as Wild Bill is reunited with his
long-lost love, Mary-Lou Simpson, and
the Bad Boys end up turning from their
bad ways as they fall in love with all of
Curly’s daughters. With lots of laughs,
action, dancing and singing, we had a
wonderful time performing our show.
The year finished with the Christmas
Musical for Kindy to Year 3, It’s a Party!
What a pleasure to see these young
performers growing in confidence each
year as they take to the stage.
CHOIRS AND INSTRUMENTAL
ENSEMBLES
We have enjoyed a wonderful year
with our Junior School Chorale. The
Chorale performed at the Eisteddfod, at
a Mother's Day luncheon at St David’s
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Presbyterian Church, gave a concert
for parents in Term 3 and sang at the
Spring Fair in Term 4. Our instrumental
ensembles have flourished this year
with many wonderful results at the
Eisteddfod.
CONCERTS
Once again, we have run a series of
Lunchtime Concerts each term, where
students who learn musical instruments
were given the opportunity to perform.
We also enjoyed the Singing Studio
Recital in November.
DANCE
Returning to Fairholme Junior again in
Term 2 this year, the Footsteps Dance
Company led us through many fantastic
dances as we explored moving to music
and many different styles of dance
steps.
VISITING PERFORMANCES
Professional performances we have
seen this year have included Utter
Nonsense, Sean Choolburra’s
Indigenous Performance and Stripey –
the Adventures of an Emu Chick.
Mrs Belinda Eldridge | Co-ordinator of Junior School Arts
HIGHLIGHTS
AND
ACHIEVEMENTS
Eisteddfod: Junior String Orchestra: Primary School String Aggregate
Trophy and 1st place in String A Grade Ensemble Primary School
Year 2 Strings 3rd place in String B Grade Ensemble Primary School
String Ensemble 1st place in Small String Ensemble Primary School
Junior Band 2nd place in Small Instrumental Ensemble Primary
Flute Quartet 1st place in Woodwind Quartet Year 6
Eisteddfod: Chorale 1st in the Spiritual section and 3rd in the A grade
Primary school section of the Eisteddfod
Chronicle Junior Art Expo: Commendations were received for a Prep
student, with two of her artworks selected, and two Year 3 girls gained
commendations. A Year 5 girl was awarded the Encouragement Award for
printmaking at a Primary level.
Christmas Card competition: The artistic work of one of the Year 2 girls
was the winner for the Prep to Year 2 Christmas Card competition for MP
Ian McFarlane.
Christmas Card competition: The artistic work of one of our Year 5 girls
was selected as the design on the Christmas card for MP Trevor Watts.
String Out 2015: Girls from Year 2 to Year 6 participated in the day
workshop and performed in the evening Concert.
Mrs Belinda Eldridge | Co-ordinator of Junior School Arts
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JUNIOR SPORT
ZONE AND REGIONAL
REPRESENTATION
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Basketball – 2 Zone, 2 Darling Downs
Cricket – 2 Zone, 2 Darling Downs
Cross Country – 3 Zone, 1 Darling
Downs, 1 State
Netball – 2 Zone
Soccer – 1 Zone, 1 Darling Downs
Swimming – 9 Zone, 4 Darling Downs
Touch – 1 Zone, 1 Darling Downs
Track and Field – 9 Zone, 4 Darling
Downs, 1 State
29 girls represented Fairholme Junior in
Range Zone teams in various sports
15 girls competed for Darling Downs
teams
1 girl competed in 2 State events
ANDREWS CUP
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Swimming – 3rd in the Percentage
Trophy and 2nd in the 8 years age
group
Athletics – 2nd in the Percentage Trophy
Netball – 1st in C Grade
Invitational Basketball – 1st in the A
Division
Participated in Tennis, Touch,
Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics,
Netball, Softball and Gymnastics
Andrews Cup Competitors – Years 5
and 6
Competed in all 7 events – Adelaide
Imray
Competed in 6 events – Kingsley
Brimblecombe, Evangeline Imray, Susan
McHugh, Mia Pratt, Eva Quinlan, Maya
Toshach, Sophie Walker and Annabelle
Wilshire
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Competed in 5 events – Lucy Blakeney,
Keely Gilmore, Ava Marjoribanks, Kate
Marsden, Zahli Pratt, Audrey Rouse and
Matilda Walker
Andrews Cup Competitors – Years 2
and 3 (Year 2 and 3 only eligible for
four competitions)
Competed in 4 events – Charlotte Love
and Mackenzi Schefe
Competed in 3 events – Melody
McHugh, Ciara Teahan and Rachel Yap
Friday Interschool Sport – 1 team
AQUATHON
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CROSS COUNTRY
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Interhouse Champion – Black House
BASKETBALL
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2 Range Zone representatives – Susan
McHugh and Annabelle Wilshire
2 Regional representatives – Susan
McHugh and Annabelle Wilshire
Andrews Cup Invitational Basketball –
1st in the A Division
Friday Night Basketball – 3 teams
CHESS
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Fairholme Junior Individual Chess
Championships – Year 1 Division Most
Improved – Isabella Spencer; Years 2
to 6 Division 1st Place – Angela Xiang,
2nd Place – Lara Palmer, 3rd Place
– Madeleine McDonald Smith, Most
Improved – Matilda Walker
Interschool Individual Chess
Championships – 13 girls participated
Interschool Chess Teams Tournament –
16 girls participated
IPSHA Chess Championships
Friday Interschool Sport – 1 team
2 Range Zone representatives – Sophie
Walker and Madison Weir
2 Regional representatives – Sophie
Walker and Madison Weir
Interhouse Champion – Black House
3 Range Zone representatives to
Darling Downs Cross Country – Susan
McHugh, Chloe Randall and Sophie
Walker
2 Regional representatives to State
Cross Country Championships – Chloe
Randall and Sophie Walker
1 State representative to National
Cross Country Championships – Chloe
Randall
Andrews Cup competition
GYMNASTICS
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Interhouse Champion – Black House,
Most Improved Gymnast – Lilly
Ferguson,
School Champions Level 4 – Zahli
Pratt, Level 3 – Ava Marjoribanks,
Level 2 – Charlotte Love and Level 1 –
Christiana Reisinger
Andrews Cup training and competition
HOCKEY
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Friday Interschool Sport – 1 team
NETBALL
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Friday Interschool Sport – 4 teams
Saturday Netball Competition – 1 Netta
team, 2 Netball teams
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Fairholme Junior was nominated in an AFL School Ambassador
'contribution to female participation award' in this sport.
SOCCER
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Friday Interschool Sport – 2 teams
1 Range Zone representative – Sophie
Walker
1 Regional representatives – Sophie Walker
TOUCH
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SOFTBALL
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Friday Interschool Sport – 3 teams
SWIMMING
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Interhouse Champion – Black House
Interschool Carnival – trials-based carnival
only, no trophy contested
9 Range Zone representatives to Darling
Downs Swimming Carnival – Kingsley
Brimblecombe, Elise Crozier, Rosie Duggan,
Mia Pratt, Lily Seckler, Qintany Teakle, Lara
Tosh, Maya Toshach and Sophie Walker
4 Regional representatives to State
Swimming Championships – Kingsley
Brimblecombe, Elise Crozier, Lily Seckler
and Maya Toshach
Andrews Cup Competition
Junior Knock-Out Swimming Tournament
– Black House, Winner – Elise Crozier,
Runner-Up – Lara Tosh, Plate Division
Winner – Rosie Duggan, Runner-Up – Tara
Coote
TENNIS
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Interhouse Champion – Stephens House
Singles winner – Sophie Walker, Runner-Up
– Lucy Blakeney
Doubles winners – Sophie Walker and
Ashleigh Witenden, Runners-Up – Adelaide
Imray and Samantha Blakeney
Andrews Cup Competition
Friday Interschool Sport – 5 teams
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Andrews Cup Competition
Friday Interschool Sport – 3 teams
Primary All Schools Competitions team
members – Demi Ashurst, Kingsley
Brimblecombe, Tara Coote, Hannah
Cornford, Rosie Duggan, Ava Marjoribanks,
Eva Quinlan, Mary-Jane Scanlon, Maya
Toshach, Annabelle Waugh and Madison
Weir
1 Range Zone representative – Demi Ashurst
1 Regional representative – Demi Ashurst
TRACK AND FIELD
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Interhouse Champion – Black House
8 Range Zone representatives to Darling
Downs Track and Field Carnival – Tara
Coote, Hannah Cornford, Elise Crozier, Susan
McHugh, Mia Pratt, Chloe Randall, Matilda
Walker, Sophie Walker and Madison Weir
4 Regional representatives to State Track and
Field Championships – Elise Crozier, Chloe
Randall, Sophie Walker and Madison Weir
1 State representative to National Track and
Field Championships – Chloe Randall
Andrews Cup Competition
VOLLEYBALL
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Friday Interschool Sport – 3 teams
ADDITIONAL
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Year 4 compete in a friendly competition with The Glennie School Junior Years
and Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School at least three times a
term in Touch, Netball and Softball.
Fairholme Clubs and Association involvement in Swimming, Track and Field,
Cross Country, Netball, Touch and Basketball
Andrews Cup training every Wednesday after school
Fairholme Aquatics Swim School two-week intensive swim program for Prep to
Year 3 girls
Toowoomba Hockey Association delivered a five-week unit for Years 3 and 4
during PE lessons
Soccer – six-week unit
Allstar Gymnastics Club conducted gymnastics unit from Kindy to Year 3 in Term
3 at Fairholme and at the Allstar Gymnastics centre
Basketball sessions for Years 2 and 3 with coach Charles Dickerson for Years 2
and 3
Queensland Cricket ran a T20 Blast Cricket program for Year 6 girls
Hot Shots Tennis program for Kindy to Year 1 with funding from Primary Schools
Government funding
DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
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Athletics with coach Mr John Sessarago and specialist junior coaches after
school
Cross Country after school with Fairholme College staff
Swimming – FAST Swimming Club with Mr Dave Negus and Mr Tim Taylor
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
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Net-Set-Go Netball program – Prep to Year 3 girls with the Toowoomba Netball
Association and Fairholme Staff
AFL with AFL Development Board Staff
Aussie Hoops with an outside coach
In2Cricket with coaches from Queensland Cricket
Mrs Lee-Ann Grantham | Coordinator of Physical Education and Sport
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HIGHLIGHTS
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A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
FAIRHOLME MIDDLE SCHOOL
CO-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
Debating: One Year 7 team, two Year 8 teams and one Year 9 team.
One of our Year 8 teams was the runner-up Grand Champion team of
Year 8 QDU Debating.
Maths Team Challenge: Our Year 7 and Year 8 team reached the
Regional Final of this competition.
Year 7 and Year 8 students competed in Maths Olympiad.
Our Year 7 Opti-Minds Team represented our Region in the State Final.
Year 7 and Year 8 Readers’ Cup teams represented Fairholme
admirably in this competition.
Middle School girls competed in Chess competitions.
2015 has been another
very busy and rewarding year in the
Middle School. The many new girls who
joined us in January for Year 7 or Year
8 quickly settled into the busy pace and
our girls in the Middle have once again
flourished in their Academic Learning, Sporting
achievements and Cultural participation. We
are pleased to present
the following highlights:
The Shakespearean Drama night was a great success, highlighting the
work of our Year 9 Drama students as well as all of the Year 7s and
some other featured students.
Choirs, Bands and Ensembles.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Public speaking: Year 7 Competition.
Service is an important aspect of Fairholme
Middle School. The following highlights
demonstrate the work of the girls in this area:
INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES
Middle School Sponsor Child through
Compassion; Various fundraising activities
throughout the year, such as Bake Sales,
selling Boost drinks and Crackerjack chips.
It is important for Middle School girls to feel they belong to a community.
We have offered the following activities to help foster this feeling for every
girl:
Year level camps in Term 1
Competitions such as Middle School has
Talent and Masterchef.
Insight Day for Year 8 building self-esteem and self-belief
Year 9 Eco Trip to North Queensland:
Students learned about this fragile habitat and
how they can support it.
yLead team building activities for Year 7 & Year 9
Father and Daughter games
Socials, both dancing and sporting activities, with St Mary’s and
Toowoomba Grammar School
Minute to Win It
Middle School Box of Chocolates concert:
raising money for The Arts at Fairholme.
Middle School Lip Syncing PCG competition.
Middle School buddies: supporting our new
students.
Middle School Dance Off
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HIGHLIGHTS
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A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
ACADEMIC
SUCCESS – NAPLAN
Fairholme girls have, once again,
achieved well above State and
National averages in all areas of
the NAPLAN test. These amazing
results are due to the hard work of
the girls as well as the work of the
teachers in preparing the students
to be ready for these National
tests.
2015 NAPLAN RESULTS
2015 MEAN SCORE COMPARISON
PERCENTGE OF STUDENTS AT OR ABOVE NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARD
Test
Fairholme
State
National
Test
Reading
592
543
545.9
Reading
Writing
566
505
416.3
Spelling
582
544
Grammar and Punctuation
599
Numeracy
National
100
95.6
95.3
Writing
100
85
87.2
546.4
Spelling
98.6
93.5
93
538
541.3
Grammar and Punctuation 98.4
92.2
92.5
581
539
542.6
Numeracy
96.2
96
Reading
614
572
580.4
Reading
98.9
92
92.3
Writing
606
537
583.3
Writing
98.9
77.6
80.4
Spelling
616
580
583.3
Spelling
97.8
90.8
90.3
Grammar and Punctuation
637
566
567.7
Grammar and Punctuation 100
88.2
89
Numeracy
622
582
591.7
Numeracy
96.3
95.7
Year 7
State
Year 9
Fairholme
100
100
Mrs Jaye Ross | Head of Middle School
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A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
FAIRHOLME SENIOR SCHOOL
LEADING AND LEARNING
The Senior School calendar has contained a steady
stream of learning opportunities for our girls; they have
taken on every conceivable guise and have allowed girls
to specialise, explore, consolidate, conquer goals and
further fashion their own identities and strengths.
HIGHLIGHTS
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The pages of this magazine present just some of the
extraordinary events, achievements and great fun that
the girls in the Senior School have enjoyed. I offer a very
quick glimpse to show the breadth and depth of life in the
Senior School this year:
Workshops: June Dally Watkins – ahead of the Year 12
Formal Soiree and Dinner, the girls were educated in
the art of formal etiquette! As expected, the girls were
gracious and glamorous ladies on the night!
Putting Youth in the Picture – this program, with its focus
on personal safety and legal issues, hosted by solicitor/
author/producer Adair Donaldson, forms an important
element in the Year 10 Life Skills program.
Leadership Committees – in another very successful
year, all Year 12 girls worked to serve the community
through one of these 2015 Leadership Committees:
Communications, Environment, Junior School, Middle
School, Pastoral Care, Restorative Practices, Teaching &
Learning, Technology and Wellness.
International Women’s Day – hosted by the College
Interact Club, this year’s day of celebration focused
on those Fairholme women – Old Girls – who have
contributed to their communities. Posters featuring these
women and their fine work dotted the campus.
Year 10 Camp – a four-day outdoor education experience
painted a picture of support, challenge, teamwork and
personal courage.
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Arts Excellence – so many girls immerse themselves in
The Arts. There was a steady stream of exciting news
about awards, wonderful exam results and bursaries.
While rehearsals were dotted through each week,
highlights included Autumn Tones and the other wonderful
Kaleidoscope Series events, Curtain Call, Flawless,
the Drama Showcase and extraordinary Eisteddfod
performances.
International Learning – this year, girls from Switzerland,
Germany, France, New Zealand, England and Japan spent
time at the College. It was our pleasure to welcome them
all to Fairholme and we are most grateful that they, in turn,
graciously hosted our girls’ international experiences this
year.
'In another very successful
year, all Year 12 girls worked
to serve the community through
one of these 2015 Leadership
Committees: Communications,
Environment, Junior School,
Middle School, Pastoral Care,
Restorative Practices, Teaching
& Learning, Technology and
Wellness.'
International Students – girls from Japan became
Fairholme girls for a term, further developing our wonderful
homestay partnership with Japanese students.
Year 11 Retreat – based at the Alexandra Park Conference
Centre, the July retreat presented three days of challenge
and reflection that were embraced by our incoming
leaders.
Titanic – a New Musical – what a spectacle the musical
was in 2015! it was just stunning in every sense!
Year Ten Life Skills – exploring service organisations that
are ‘close to home’. The girls were able to support The
Life House, with the financial help of the Interact Club.
Legal Responsibilities – Senior Constable Alexander
Singleton and Fairholme’s adopt-a-cop, Senior Constable
Kirsty Moore, delivered sessions to the Year 12 students,
encouraging them to understand their legal rights and
responsibilities beyond the school environment.
Vocational Education & Training Excellence – Middle
and Senior School girls attained an incredible number of
certificate and diploma qualifications in 2015. Exciting
progress in vocational offerings will allow more girls in
Year 10 to attain qualifications during 2016.
Year 12 Alternative Program – after the formal academic
curriculum was complete, the Senior Leaders had the
opportunity to gain further experience and qualifications
in such areas as defensive driving, cooking, baristing, car
safety and maintenance and first aid.
Academic Excellence Recognised – in 2015, Year 12s
were fortunate to secure a number of scholarships,
including those offered by Bond University, USQ and
interstate universities. Much to their credit, many girls were
offered early entry into university programs.
National Athletics Knockout – Melbourne – the College
was again represented in this national meet in 2015.
Members of the team also competed in individual
competition, with a swag of personal bests and some
national titles secured!
University of Queensland Young Scholars’ Program –
again this year, Year 11 girls were selected for the annual
program held at the St Lucia campus in late November.
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HIGHLIGHTS
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A C H I E V E M E N T S 2015
JUMP‘N’JIVE
IN 20|ONE|5
Our Jive is so much more than a chant. At Fairholme when the girls
Jump ‘n’ Jive, standing with arms linked, they are shouting about
their strong friendships and their support for one another; they stand
as a group and each girl gains strength from those who stand beside
her. It is no coincidence that the girls form a circle to make this shout!
A symbol of journey, strength, equality, community and respect,
Fairholme’s Jump ‘n’ Jive is spectacular in many ways.
The Head Girls for 2015 – Georgina Duncan, Georgia Darr and Katie
Devine used the jive as a fabulous platform for this year’s motto
and messages. Beneath the umbrella of Jump‘n’Jive in 20|one|5,
the themes of Drive, Strive, ‘Unifive’ and Thrive enabled strong
messages of both encouragement and challenge to be lived out
through Assembly presentations and activities during the year. The
girls led the Middle and Senior School girls in considering goal setting,
reflecting on their personal contribution to the community, supporting
others and finding their niche strength, both as an individual and as
a member of the Fairholme family. Georgie, Georgia and Katie also
shared these messages with the Junior School girls and worked on a
number of excellent activities which mirrored those aimed at the older
girls.
On Thursday 19 November, Rachael Sedgwick and Demi Hayes cut
the Valedictory cake on behalf of the graduating Seniors. Demi, our
newest Fairholme girl, and Rachael, representing those who began
back in 2003, happily stood before their friends and family and
marked the final stages of their Fairholme journey for 99 girls! As the
School Song was sung the next day, and the Year 12s departed to
the toll of their final bell, those gathered in the Assembly Hall stood
to acknowledge the contribution and friendship that the graduating
Seniors have offered this College.
We have witnessed 99 varied journeys which have been coloured by
fierce determination, open minds, extraordinary creativity, gentleness
beyond measure and open arms. These qualities have enriched
Fairholme and their influence will forever remain here. Time now,
girls, to share your spark with the world! We wish you the blessing of
great happiness in all you are and all you do.
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Ms Catrina Sharp | Deputy Principal | Head of Senior School
FAIRHOLME BOARDING
As a leading education facility involved
in the residential care of young women,
Fairholme College continued, in 2015,
to be one of the largest and most
preferred all-girl boarding schools in
the nation. Maintaining the College’s
strong connection with rural families,
current students hailed predominately
from country areas of Queensland and
New South Wales, but the Boarding
House was also 'home' to students
from the Northern Territory and the
metropolitan areas of Brisbane, the
Gold and Sunshine Coasts, as well
as those from overseas, countries
including Papua New Guinea, Hong
Kong and Mauritius. The Boarders
ranged in age from 11 to 18 years,
and constituted approximately a third
of the student body in the Middle
School and almost half of the Senior
School. 2015 saw the Boarding
House welcome many new girls
and their families into the Fairholme
community, with a significant increase
in the number of Year 7 Boarders
as Education Queensland made the
change to include this year level into
the secondary school domain.
The boarding experience at Fairholme
aims to maximise the academic,
spiritual, social-emotional, physical
and creative development of each
student. The academic environment
is supportive and proven to add
value, whilst the sporting and cultural
programs are second to none. Students
have unparalleled access to excellent
facilities and learning opportunities, and
the never-ending spirit, participation
and support at school events are the
hallmark of a Fairholme Boarder.
CHRIST-CENTRED FAITH
Throughout 2015, Fairholme Boarders attended Sunday Services at numerous local
churches. The girls, as part of their congregation, often participated in the Service, for
example, by assisting with the Readings, or by sharing a devotion or prayer for significant
occasions. Boarder Services were also conducted regularly in the College Chapel by Pastor
Richard Jessup and Mrs Jenny Sutton.
The Boarding House Assistant to Pastoral Care, Mrs Jenny Sutton, facilitated the Boarders’
Bible Discussion Groups (Junior, Middle and Senior), with many girls attending each week
for prayer and discussion. Chapel services were regularly planned and presented by these
girls who used readings, role plays and songs of praise to share our Christian beliefs and
values. Members of the Boarding staff also met weekly at the Staff Prayer Group.
SEEKING EXCELLENCE
Study routines and supervised ‘Prep’ (homework) time assist the academic achievement
of the boarding students, as evident in the outstanding achievements of the 2014 Year 12
cohort. In 2015, the College Academic Staff were again on hand to support the Years 8-10
girls during the nightly Prep sessions in the teaching areas of the College. Sunday morning
Prep and additional afternoon Prep were introduced this year with an increased number of
academic tutors present to support girls with their learning. The Year 11 and 12 Boarders
studied in a quiet learning environment, at their desks in their dorms, with a team of
academic tutors covering all subject areas available to assist as required. All students were
also able to access the online tutoring system, Your Tutor.
In 2015 the Co-ordinator of Early Years Boarding, Ms Pauline Smith, oversaw Fairholme
College’s specialised boarding program tailored to the specific needs of the Junior School
and early Middle School students. During Prep the Years 6-7 Boarders worked in the
Boarding House under the watchful guidance of Mrs Smith and the academic resident
assistants. Boarding students were also regular attendees at the tutorial help sessions for
different learning areas available at the College every weekday morning, lunchtime and
afternoon.
During the year, Fairholme Boarding staff participated in professional learning workshops,
conferences and courses covering various topics such as Restorative Practice, Child
Protection, Workplace, Health and Safety (including fire, lockdown and evacuation training),
Apply First Aid, Student Wellness, Essentials of Emergency Nursing and Boarding Duty of
Care. In October, all staff attended the ABSA Queensland State Conference in the Right
Headspace. Fairholme's Principal and Head of Boarding travelled to the Queensland and
New South Wales Isolated Children and Parents' Association 2014 Conferences, held in
Cloncurry and Broken Hill, respectively. The Head of Boarding also attended the Federal
ICPA Conference convened in Brisbane.
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Fairholme College is a strong advocate for the boarding
community as a member of the Australian Boarding Schools
Association (ABSA). The long-awaited Boarding Standard for
Australian schools and residences was finally published by
Standards Australia on 24 July 2015. In ensuring best practice
within the Boarding House, boarding leadership met weekly in
Term 4 to examine the scope and sequence of this document,
including the areas relating to governance and management;
Boarders; staff; parent, family and community engagement; and
facilities.
The College Principal and the Head of Boarding are members
of the executive committee for the Queensland Division of
ABSA. They both attended the 2015 ABSA National Conference
Leaders in Residential Communities Symposium held in Alice
Springs in August, which focused on the theme ‘A Long Way
from Home’.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
A number of committees operate in the Boarding House,
giving the girls rich opportunities for leadership and personal
growth. The work of these Boarder committees (Environment &
Communication, Pastoral Care, Recreation and Service) led by
the Head Boarder and the Boarder Prefects enhanced the caring
and nurturing environment in the Boarding House in 2015. At
the start of each semester, girls in each year level elected their
representatives for the Boarder Representative Committee. This
committee met regularly and gave the girls a voice for positive
suggestions for improvement on many aspects of life in the
Boarding House.
Throughout the year the Head Boarder and Boarder Prefects
attended regular Toowoomba Boarding Schools Leaders
Meetings, sharing ideas with other student leaders and
strengthening their community connections.
ORIENTATION AND TRANSITION INTO
BOARDING
The Fairholme New Boarder Program was held during Term
1, with weekly sessions for all new Boarders. Topics covered
included management of change and homesickness, stress and
relaxation techniques, and problem-solving techniques. Our
City Family Program also continued, with the Daygirl/Boarder
Sleepover in the Assembly Hall being a highlight for the girls.
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In September, the Boarding House welcomed our new Boarders
for 2016 and their families when they attended our Orientation
Program, staying overnight in the Boarding House. This event
was an outstanding success with the girls and their families
having the opportunity to build connections with staff and other
families, and enabling them to familiarise themselves with the
routines in the College and the Boarding House, easing the path
of the girls for their start at the College.
This year the Boarder Support Group organised a number of
our current boarder parents to participate in the Boarder Parent
Ambassador Program. Boarder Ambassadors wonderfully
assisted and supported new boarding families’ transition into
the Fairholme 'family', particularly by being present at the New
Boarder Welcome Day and being the liaison person for their
area during Fairholme visits.
As part of a Teacher As Researchers ISQ Project, Fairholme
boarding and academic staff travelled in the latter half of 2015
to the hometowns of the new 2016 Year 7 students, visiting the
girls (wherever possible) at their schools, with the aim being to
support and assist the girls’ transition to the College.
PASTORAL CARE & STUDENT WELLNESS
The connections made across friendship groups and year
levels, and the care and concern that the girls have experienced
themselves from staff and students, or have given to others,
are the valued extra that boarding at Fairholme provides. The
enhancement of a culture of genuine pastoral care has occurred
in 2015 through specialised staffing, professional learning, and
planned programs and opportunities to better relationships with,
and amongst, students, staff, parents and the wider community.
This year the Boarding House Pastoral Care Committee was
kept very busy planning inter-year dinners, Big Sister events,
and various 'random acts of kindness', particularly throughout
stressful assessment periods. Outside professionals addressed
the Boarders about factors important (particularly at their age)
in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, focusing particularly on food
choice and a healthy diet, but also looking at having sufficient
sleep, regular exercise and good mental health.
The support and recognition given to younger girls by more
senior Boarders is a significant contributor to a caring, supportive
atmosphere of acceptance and tolerance in Fairholme College
Boarding. This year, through the Big Sister Program, all younger
Boarders were assigned a senior buddy. From the first day, our
new Boarders and families were greeted by their Year 12 buddy
on their arrival; and the older girls spent time with their 'little
sister' throughout the year, assisting them through the process of
settling in and adjusting to boarding life. Regular events such as
Big Sister activities, dinners, breakfasts and afternoon teas gave
opportunities for the girls to cement these bonds.
Through this mentoring, the Year 12 Boarders have provided
care, support, guidance and friendship to the younger Boarders
throughout the year. The vertical structure of the Boarding House,
where all age groups are housed across the various floors, also
creates an environment that fosters friendship and support amongst
all the girls.
SERVICE
The joy of giving to others is demonstrated by the numerous
contributions by the boarding students to their own and the wider
community. Fairholme College is underpinned by a strong Christian
ethos of service and this has always played a major part in the
life of a Fairholme Boarder. Year 12 Boarders and members of
the staff displayed their Anzac spirit by attending the Anzac Day
Dawn Service at the Mothers’ Memorial in Toowoomba, and all
other Boarders went to the later morning Anzac Day service as a
mark of respect. The girls have continued to sponsor their World
Vision Sponsor Child and, through the Boarding House Service
Committee, have been heavily involved in supporting many
community activities, including Toowoomba Riding for Disabled,
the Cancer Council Biggest Afternoon Tea, St Vincent’s Hospital
Volunteer Program, Girls Night In for Beyond Blue, the Mizpah
Orphanage and the Cambodia Tour, and many other fundraising
events. A number of Year 12 Boarders participated in 'Shave for a
Cure', cutting off their hair and raising much - needed funds for the
Leukaemia Foundation.
ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
In 2015 the boarding students immersed themselves in the
extensive co-curricular program on offer at Fairholme College.
Living on campus enables the girls to have convenient access
to an extensive range of activities and facilities (sporting, social,
cultural, recreational and spiritual), with the majority of girls
involved in a number of activities. Many successes were celebrated
in academic, sporting and cultural endeavours throughout the
year. The girls represented the College, the Darling Downs,
Queensland and Australia in numerous sporting events, competed
at eisteddfods and country shows, and participated in music, dance
and drama performances.
The Boarding House supplements this co-curricular program with
recreation activities for the Boarders. The Recreation Committee,
with boarding staff, planned an activities program for each term
with regular weekend sporting, cultural, art and craft activities and
excursions on offer for the girls.
Throughout the year boarding life has been full as the girls involved
themselves in many themed dinners, socials, and sporting and
cultural opportunities. The Boarders Morning Walk/Run Group
and the morning and afternoon Boarders Fitness Classes (through
a partnership with Willows Health and Lifestyle Centre) have
continued in 2015. The year started with a Closed Weekend when
all the girls enjoyed a weekend of fun activities and games together
and, of course, the traditional trip to Wet’nWild. State of Origin
fever hit and the interstate rivalry was displayed as the girls proudly
wore their state’s colours. The whole Boarding House enjoyed
attending the Fairholme/TGS co-production 'Titanic’ at the Empire
Theatre. The Year 7 and 8 Boarder-Daygirl sleepover in the
Assembly Hall, led superbly by the Head Boarder and Boarder
Prefects, was a fantastic night. Of course, the Fairholme College
Boarders Social was again the social event of the year, attracting
around 600 students from boarding schools in Toowoomba and
Warwick. The Boarders’ Assembly highlighted the many talents in
the boarding cohort, and an excursion to MovieWorld at the Gold
Coast and the traditional Boarders Xmas Dinner completed a most
enjoyable year.
A big thank you must be given to the many people who, in 2015,
have made significant contributions to Fairholme Boarding. In
particular we acknowledge:
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CREATING A WARM ENVIRONMENT
The Fairholme College Boarding House aims to provide a safe,
inviting 'home away from home' environment for the girls whilst
they live on campus. Major renovations to Black Building occurred
in the 2014-2015 Christmas break and the girls were excited to
return to a state-of-the-art facility at the start of the school year.
The completely renovated 'Black Dorms' with stunning new carpet,
vinyl, vibrant yet invitingly warm paint colours, included common
rooms, separate study areas, room basins, and large cupboard
spaces, and was given the 'thumbs up' from the Boarders.
The Environment Committee members donned their 'tidy police'
outfits early in the year to kick start the weekly tidy dorm
competition and hosted a 'Green' dinner on St Patrick's Day for the
World Pandas International. WWF?
In Term 3 the Boarding House introduced a new boarding school
leave system called REACH. This system is a web based,
paperless application that is available for parents to use 24/7 from
any PC, tablet computer or mobile device with internet connection.
It enabled staff to manage with ease Boarder whereabouts and
leave online.
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Deputy Heads of Boarding, Boarding House Supervisors,
Assistant to the Boarding House (Pastoral Care), the
Boarding House Administrative Assistant, Resident
Assistants and Academic Tutors for their unending support,
encouragement and loving concern for the girls in their care in
the day-to-day management of the Boarding House,
The Parents Boarder Support Group, led by President Mrs
Debbie Weber, who has worked tirelessly for the Boarding
House throughout the year,
Health Centre staff Nurse Manager, the team of nursing staff
and the volunteer drivers for their constant care of the girls,
Dr Ros Dunlop for her professional care of the girls, and to
the Physiotherapists who conduct afternoon clinics at the
Health Centre,
2015 Head Boarder, Georgia Darr, and Boarder Prefects,
Jamie Hagan, Amie McKay, Rachel Young and Mia Walton,
for their hard work and leadership shown throughout the year,
Facilities, Maintenance, Catering and Laundry staff whose
continual work supports the needs of the Boarding House on
a daily basis.
2015 was another successful year for all those involved with
Fairholme Boarding. Thank you for contributing to the care
and well-being of our students and for just being a part of this
wonderful community.
Ms Marguerite Dunne | Head of Boarding
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TEACHING
AND
LEARNING
In 2015 Fairholme College committed to a number
of strategic initiatives which would continue to build
on Fairholme’s considerable reputation as a centre
of academic excellence. We are determined to create
new horizons and exciting challenges for girls and
staff members which will equip them in the future to
lead lives of significance. Under the framework of the
Principles of Teaching and Learning (POLT) levels
we have continued to strive towards strengthening
our whole school pedagogical framework and have
achieved this with much success.
In a world where information is doubling in a
remarkably short period of time, it is impossible to
teach all the knowledge that will be required by future
generations. It is therefore essential to equip students
with skills that they will be able to employ throughout
their lifetimes. To this end, we are in the process of
implementing carefully designed teaching programs
which will teach critical and creative thinking skills
across all year levels.
LEARNING HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2015:
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In a comparison across 1700 schools throughout
Queensland, Fairholme ranked 25th overall, based
on our academic performances in NAPLAN, OP,
VET and QCE results.
Fairholme Year 3 students were placed at
number four in Queensland for NAPLAN results
in 2015.
246 Certificates of Academic Excellence were
presented to students (Year 7 – Year 12)
17 Distinctions and 99 credits were awarded for
selected Year levels in UNSW Maths, Science
and English competitions.
187 Vocational enrolments
Georgia Austin’s (Year 12) QCS Writing Task
was published in the 2015 QCS Retrospective
(one of five students chosen out of 27,620
students who sat the QCS test in September).
Zazi Brennan, Chance Mayne and Matilda
Meppem (Year 11) gained entry into the
University of Queensland’s 2015 – 2016 Young
Scholars’ Program.
FAIRHOLME COLLEGE
YEAR 12 ACADEMIC
RESULTS 2015
OP RESULT
We are very pleased to present a synopsis of the Overall Position data for the Seniors of 2015.
The achievements of these students are strong, with academic improvement most evident in
the OP 1 – 5 band. These results below are representative of commitment and hard work, both
individually and as a whole cohort, as well as reflecting the strong educational and pastoral
support that has been provided by a professional and dedicated teaching staff.
Mr Stewart Peacock | Head of Teaching and Learning
79.69%
81.51%
51.19%
53.62%
20.48%
All Students
23.50%
21.20%
37.00%
23%
28.30%
26.80%
State-Wide Results All Students
35.40%
State-Wide Results Female
43%
Fairholme College
A
B
C
D
0.40%
0.40%
0%
8%
2015 was an exceptional year, yielding
outstanding academic achievements. We
celebrate both participation and excellence,
individual success of the highest calibre and
standard, and all that can be achieved through
the joy and collaboration of team work.
Female
1-15
QCS RESULTS
14.60%
Of course, these figures cannot capture
other important features about each one
of our school-leavers. They do not reflect
their personal qualities, those characteristics
that will guide and inform the quality of
their life. Our efforts throughout each girl’s
schooling have been focused upon developing
1-10
Fairholme College
26%
The QCS (Queensland Core Skills Test) is
a common state-wide test designed for Year
12 students which contributes information for
the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs)
and Field Positions (FPs) and is used to rank
students for tertiary entrance.
appropriate pathways for the future, within a
tertiary educational setting or the workplace
and, ultimately, as contributing members of the
communities to which they belong.
We also wish to acknowledge the
achievements of those who have attained
academic excellence. It is of interest to note
that of the 25 760 students who were OP
Eligible in 2015 (14 379female; 11 381 male)
a total of 708 students were awarded OP 1
(347 female; 361male)and 5 of whom are
Fairholme students. Another item of interest –
whilst the majority of our girls are OP eligible,
36% of our students also completed VET
(Vocational Education and Training) Studies.
1-5
12.30%
The OP (Overall Position) score is used solely
for tertiary education admission. It reflects
each student’s position in a Queenslandwide ranking order of overall achievement
in Queensland Studies Authority-approved
subjects. Overall positions range from an OP1
(the highest) through to an OP25.
21.13%
31%
72%
94%
FAIRHOLME COLLEGE RECEIVED 5 OP 1S OUT OF 347 FEMALE STUDENTS
AWARDED AN OP 1 IN THE STATE OF QLD
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KEY LEARNING SECTORS
THE ARTS
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Fairholme Arts have continued to shine throughout 2015, through what can only be described as a ‘Titanic’ display of
outstanding events, concerts and performances. All Arts disciplines have celebrated an impressive array of achievements and
creative highlights that have showcased our amazingly talented girls to both the Fairholme and wider communities. Enjoyment,
creativity and growth underpinned yet another remarkable year for The Arts.
Arts Muster | 2 February – 18 Co-curricular Options available for students in Years 7 – 12: two
new choices (Nokie Middle School Art Group and the Performance Poetry Group)
Supporters of Fairholme Arts (SOFA) AGM | 2 February – Mrs Deborah Munro (President), Mrs
Diane McKellar (Secretary) and Mrs Sonia Fitton (Treasurer)
Co-production Launch | 6 February (Fairholme College and Toowoomba Grammar School)
Titanic: A New Musical
Auditions for Titanic: A New Musical | 8 February
Rehearsals ‘set sail’ for a seven month voyage for Titanic: A New Musical | 15 February
Arts students travelled to QPAC in Brisbane to see the stage production of Wicked |
17 February
Lessons in learning to play the Pipe Organ are begun by Mr John Chappell | 17 February
Year 10 Drama saw innovative production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at La
Boite Theatre | 5 March
Junior School Lunchtime Concert Series | 9 – 13 March
Dance Department Open Studio: Term 1 Showcase | 13 March
Annual Music Camp to Brookfield QCCC for College and Chamber Choirs and Instrumental
Ensemble Groups | 13 – 15 March
Choral Workshop and Assembly performance by Vox Camerata | 17 March
Kaleidoscope of The Arts – showcasing all Arts disciplines along with international guests, Vox
Camerata | 17 March
Launch of The Arts Kaleidoscope Concert Series for 2015 – a collection of eight Boutique
Concerts | 17 March
Year 11 and 12 Drama see the Queensland Theatre Company’s production of The Seven Stages
of Grieving | 28 March
Junior School Musical Showdown in College Assembly Hall | 30/31 March
Year 9 Drama Classes perform scenes from Running up a Dress at the Mother and Daughter
Breakfast | 1 April
FOGA (Fairholme Old Girls' Association) donate funds to purchase a 3D printer for the Visual Arts
Space | 22 April
ANZAC Day Commemorations included hymn sung by Yr11/12 Music students and the Last Post,
performed by our Brass Teacher, Mr Mal Gaydon | 25 April
Kaleidoscope Concert Series – Simple Gifts Concert – a pre-eisteddfod Choral Concert by –
Junior School Chorale, Year 7 and 8 Eisteddfod Choir and the College Choir, together with the
Middle and Senior School Chamber Choirs. Special Guests performances by the Toowoomba
Choral Society | 26 April
Artist-in-Residence program in the Junior School (Kindy to Year 6 Local artist, Deb Gilmartin,
(Illustrator) The Gift, shared her love of art and creating stories with the students | 27 – 28 April
Dance Department overjoyed with Parents & Friends’ Wish List Funding for class set of jazz
shoes and extra tap shoes | 4 May
Toowoomba Eisteddfod Part 1 – Outstanding Choral Results across Junior, Middle and Senior
Schools including The Glennie School, The Paul Morton and The Anne Thomas Trophies as well
as the Gwenda Jones Memorial Shield. Also numerous individual and small group Vocal, Piano
and Speech and Drama results sections. see http://toowoombaeisteddfod.org.au/2015-results |
4 – 6 May
Dance Collective girls (Years 7 – 12) performed a variety of new dance steps and exciting
choreographed routines under the direction of Dance Captain, Brianna Clark, and supervised by
Dance Teacher, Mrs Brigid Baker | 5 May
Fairholme Seniors of 1992 donated a Clavinova in memory of Christine Rich, a talented past
student who attended Fairholme from 1988 – 1992, who was ‘Taken too soon, in a tragic
accident’ on April 23, 2010 | 5 May
Middle School Lunchtime Concert | 5 May / 7 May
Senior Dance Class travelled to Brisbane to see Natalie Weir's The Host | 8 May
Junior Chorale and Year 6 String Quartet performed at the Mother’s Day Luncheon at St. David’s
Presbyterian Church | 8 May
Year 8 students saw the Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s production of I am Jack, at the
Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium, at the Empire Theatre | 21 May
Talkback System installed in Assembly Hall – made possible by Fairholme P & F Committee Wish
List Funding | 11 May
USQ Future Visions Art Awards – eight Fairholme Finalists – Madeleine Routley, Sophie Bragg,
Georgia Horsley, Julia Algie, Samantha Lenton, Hannah Scovell, Grace Lofting and Isabelle Terry
| 19 May
Kaleidoscope Concert Series – Autumn Tones - Vivaldi classic compositions performed by
members of the Fairholme Chamber Strings and the Senior Flute Ensemble | 22 May
Year 8 Performance Music and Year 12 Music Extension Recital with adjudicator, Mr Heath Del
Favero | 26 May
College & Senior Chamber Choirs perform at St. David’s Presbyterian Church Service | 31 May
Junior School Lunchtime Concert Series | 1 – 5 June
Toowoomba Art Society’s ‘Chronicle Junior Art Expo’ Fairholme Finalists were Ava White (two
works), Caitlin Mohr, Ciara Teahan, Liani Anderson, Hannah Cornford, Bhumika Sood, Emily Blair,
Lola Lachmund, Georgia Hayward (four works), Elisabeth Snow (two works), Lalatuai Grogan,
Rachael Grimmett, Grace Lofting, Isabel Elliott and Molly Slattery | 3 – 4 June
String Out 2015 – 250 string players from Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region combine for
a day of music making at the Empire Theatre | 10 June
Year 7 Art ‘Inspired’ Installation in Middle School Amphitheatre | 11 June
Mrs Lawrence’s String Studio Recital | 15 June
Year 9 and 10 girls travelled to USQ to see performance of Fly In Fly Out | 18 June Kaleidoscope
Concert Series – A Box of Chocolates – an evening celebrating the Arts in the Middle School | 17
July
Annual Instrumental Pre-Eisteddfod Concert involving students in Years 2 – 12 | 21 July
Toowoomba Eisteddfod Part 2 – Outstanding Instrumental and Speech and Drama Results.
Fairholme represented by 19 Instrumental Ensembles from across the College and 87 solo or
small group instrumental entries and 82 Speech and Drama entries. In a first for Fairholme,
our string ensembles were the recipients of the aggregate trophies for both Primary School and
Secondary School competition | 22 July – 11 August
Opera Q Project Fledermaus (Jimbour House) Kirrily Ackerman and Georgia Hayward selected to
be part of Toowoomba Adult Chorus | 25 July
Senior Dance class workshops with guest choreographer, Nerida Matthaei | 11 August
Fairholme College and Toowoomba Grammar Co-production Musical, Titanic: the Musical. Four
performances at the Empire Theatre receiving four standing ovations! | 13 – 15 August
Kaleidoscope Concert Series - Aurora featuring guest artists, The Idea of North, including Masterclass
for our Choirs and the Toowoomba Grammarphones | 22 August
DDSW Regional Exhibition for the Creative Generations Art Excellence Awards for Visual Art 2015 –
Fairholme College represented by four Year 12 students – Ali Bragg, Sophie Bragg, Isabel Elliott and
Madeleine Routley | 23 August
Annual Get smART Festival incorporating Interhouse Arts competitions, performances and workshops |
5 August – 21 October
Fairholme College Chamber Strings shared their talents with the residents of Toowoomba Garden
settlement, Blue Care, in association with Probus | 20 August
Opera Queensland’s performance of Fizz | 2 September
Kaleidoscope Concert Series – ‘Alchemy of Ambition’ – Year 12 Drama Showcase | 5 September
Junior Chorale Concert | 10 September
Junior School Lunchtime Concert Series | 7 – 11 September
Group of Fairholme students travelled to QPAC to see a performance of Strictly Ballroom the Musical |
16 September
Interhouse Choral Competition (won by Cameron House) and Founders’ Day Service Choral
Performance | 17 September
Middle School Chamber Choir performed at the Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘Light the Night’, Queens Park
| 9 October
Students sing National Anthem at Hutchison Builders International Pro-tour Tennis Tournament – Abbey
Munro, Kirrily Ackerman, Claire Cavaye and Georgia Hayward | 18 October
Kaleidoscope Concert Series – Crème de la Crème – Year 12 Music Extension and Music Scholarship
students’ recital and Visual Arts Presentation at USQ Arts Theatre | 11 October
Numerous Instrumental, Choral and Dance performances at Spring Fair | 17 October
College, Senior and Middle School Choirs perform at the Paul Morton Memorial Choral Festival –
Downlands College | 20 October
Middle School Lunchtime Concert | 20 - 22 October
Get smART Finale and Year 12 Interhouse Dance-Off competition | 21 October
Middle School Lip Syncing competition | 23 October
Year 8 Performance Music Class and Year 11 Music Students Solo Recital | 25 October
Annual End of End Showcase and Arts Awards Presentation Evening, ‘Curtain Call’ – at the Empire
Theatre’s Armitage Centre | 26 October
Kaleidoscope Concert Series – A Night of Shakespeare – Middle School | 28 October
Fairholme Singing Studio Recital 2015 with guest adjudicators Marjorie Milliken (FOGA) and Margaret
Schindler (Head of Voice, Queensland Conservatorium) and guest performer, Georgina Hopson (FOGA
2007) | 31 October
Kaleidoscope Concert Series Flawless Year 12 Dance Showcase | 31 October
Middle School Lunchtime Concert | 2 November
Presenting Fairholme – performances by Flute Ensemble, College and Senior Chamber Choirs and the
Senior String Quartet and Symphony Orchestra | 6 November
Junior School Lunchtime Concert Series | 9 – 13 November
Ms Hayden’s and Mrs Lawrence’s Studio Recital | 11 November
Wind and Brass Ensembles performs at annual Carol Service | 22 November
Interhouse Dance Competition for students in Years 7 -11 won by Black House | 23 November
Brass Ensemble perform Christmas Carols for Toowoomba Tricare Aged Care
Residents | 24 November
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2015
Anna Roche-Kelly and Lindy Roos selected to participate in the Gondwana National Choral School.
Holly Bradley accepted into the National Conservatoire of Ballet.
Head Girl, Georgina Duncan, is awarded her A. Mus. A.(Cello).
Jessica Halls awarded the Barbara Sisley Award for her Grade 6 AMEB Drama and Performance
Examination.
Drama student, Erin Higgins, awarded a Silver Medal from the Australian College of Music Association
Awards for her Grade 4 Speech and Drama Examination.
Toowoomba Eisteddfod - Claire Cavaye awarded three Vocal Trophies and Harin Lee awarded Piano
Championship.
Toowoomba Art Society’s ‘Chronicle Junior Art Expo’ Junior School – Hannah Cornford awarded the
Carroll's Country Pet Encouragement Award for Printmaking at a primary level.
Toowoomba Art Society’s ‘Chronicle Junior Art Expo’ Middle and Senior School Section – Georgia
Hayward presented the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Award as runner-up in the Open
Drawing section, and the Ralph Weppner Memorial Award for the Individual Encouragement Award with
the most acceptances.
Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art – Two Year 12 Art Students acknowledged in
these state-wide awards. Ali Bragg awarded Certificate of Excellence and Madeleine Routley awarded
Certificate of Commendation.
Queensland Conservatorium’s State Honours Ensemble Program 2015 Representatives – Isabel Fitton
(Cello); Alex Grimmett (Euphonium); Georgia Hayward (Voice Soprano); Harin Lee (Cello); Cameron
Mackie (Clarinet Bass); Abbey Munro (Violin); and Breanna Collins (Violin).
Grace Jarvis selected as the Queensland Theatre Company’s ‘Young Playwright of the Year’ for her play
‘Titus was here’.
Empire Theatre Bursaries 2015 – Grace Lofting (Year 11) (Tertiary Entrance Audition Workshop) Erin
Higgins (NIDA Summer School),Grace Jarvis (Victorian College of the Arts Summer School) Caitlin
Palmer (Queensland Ballet Summer School).
The study of Business develops knowledge, understanding, and skills that will
inform and encourage students to participate in, and contribute to, the financial
world. Students are our current or future workers, savers, voters, consumers,
producers and investors and they need to be financially literate to make informed
decisions.
Business Communication and Technology (BCT), Economics and Accounting
equip student with an understanding of business; important when educating
for active citizenship. – All business subjects offer practical life skills, suitable
for general use as well as being suitable for implementation in business or the
professions.
Accounting activities included:
•
Cash budgeting
•
Personal investing and financing
•
Computerised accounting program MYOB.
BUSINESS
Year 12 BCT students had the opportunity to enjoy a visit to Dreamworld to gain
a better understanding of Workplace, Health and Safety issues, and enjoyed
learning from local real estate agents about to their use of Social Media in the
Workplace. Year 11 BCT students particularly enjoyed the Event Management
topic. Preparation and organisation of the Senior Valedictory was the culmination
to their learning for this semester. Each topic studied includes a Business
Technology embedded into the unit.
BCT Activities included:
•
Calendar dimension in Microsoft Outlook
•
Budget using Microsoft Excel
•
Designing Valedictory invitations and place cards using Photoshop
•
Completing Risk Assessments.
ACCOUNTING
VHA
HA
SA
LA
VLA
Total
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YR 12
No.
4
7
2
1
0
14
%
29
50
14
7
0
100
YR 11
No.
9
6
5
1
0
21
Economics equips students with the skills to understand, and critically evaluate,
the theory of economics and how it has been manifested in historical and
contemporary events. Economics students studied units of work covering the
fundamental economic concepts that could then be utilised to form a greater
understanding of the importance of competition in a free market, the economic
viability of public works and events (including the Toowoomba Second Range
Crossing and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games), and the problems
and issues of population growth in Australia.
Activities included:
•
Address from an economist from the Royal Bank of Australia
•
Increasing use of technology and current affairs
•
Class debates.
All Year 10 students studied Commerce this year. Year 10 Commerce strives to
provide students with an introduction to the Senior Business subjects; thus the
year was divided into 3 areas: Economics, Accounting and Legal Studies.
Students were able to examine some Key Economic Foundations, including
scarcity, costs and benefits, opportunity costs and incentives. These ideas were
then used when playing the Share Market Game.
In the Accounting component, students acquired a knowledge and understanding
of the effect of transactions of a small business or personal financial transactions.
They were able to demonstrate the practical implementation of these through
Transaction Tables and Balance Sheets. Legal Studies saw the classes acquiring
a knowledge of why laws are necessary to ensure our society functions properly
and developing the skill of analysing and identifying what constitutes a law.
Ms Katrina Maher | Head of Business and Technology
BCT
%
43
29
24
4
0
100
YR 12
No.
1
4
6
3
0
14
%
7
29
43
21
0
100
ECONOMICS
YR 11
No.
2
6
9
4
0
21
%
10
29
43
19
0
100
YR 12
No.
3
2
0
1
0
6
%
50
33
0
17
0
100
COMMERCE
YR 11
No.
2
2
2
0
0
6
%
33.3
33.3
33.3
0
0
100
YR 10
No.
23
43
29
5
0
100
%
23
43
29
5
0
100
ENGLISH
TRIALS WITH SOME
TREPIDATION
An exciting opportunity is coming
our way in 2016. As part of the
QCAA’s revamping and revitalising
of senior assessment, Fairholme
College has been nominated for
the External Assessment Trial in
English. This will provide us with
the opportunity to gain vital insights
and experience in a system that
Queensland has not practised for
40 years.
QUEENSLAND
DEBATING UNION
Grand Finalists – Runners up
Year 7
Rani Brennan, Hayley Finch,
Charlotte Kath, Kaitlin Topalov,
Lexie Hohnke
We look forward to these changes
with some trepidation, but at the
same time we acknowledge the
need for change and revision.
Occasions such as these allow
us to reflect on our program, our
pedagogy and the approaches we
take towards preparing students
for assessment. It is hoped that
when external assessment is
fully implemented, we will be fully
armed and ready for battle.
Year 9
Annabel Cocks, Sophie Johnson,
Emily O’Rourke, Jasmine Price
Year 12
Georgia Austin, Chelsea Lehmann,
Emily Wilson, Grace Jarvis
Mr Rohan Davis | Head of English
LITERARY COMPETITIONS, DEBATING AND
PUBLIC SPEAKING
ACHIEVEMENTS
Academic Achievements
Year
VHA
HA
12
37
48
11
31
64
10
31
58
9
25
55
8
25
28
7
24
35
SA
12
16
15
9
12
8
LA
1
4
VLA
Total
98
111
105
79
70
67
United Nations Evatt Trophy
State Competition
ICAS English Competition | Distinctions
Year 8
Laura Allen
Maggie Grigg
Lydia Kath
Caitlin Palmer
Year 10
Lily Pagalis-Jackson
Tessa Pruim
Year 11
Bronte Collins
Bettina Kobelt
Harin Lee
Isabelle Terry
Lalatuai Grogan
Zazi Brennan
Senior Short Story section of the annual
University of Southern Queensland literary
competition
Eve Smibert
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HEALTH,
SPORT and
PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
2015 was another
outstanding year for
Fairholme College. Our girls
produced some amazing
individual and team results,
further enhancing Fairholme
College’s reputation as the
premier girls' sporting school
on the Darling Downs.
AFL
11 Darling Downs Representatives
1 Queensland Representative – Chloe Macdonald
School Club Link with South Toowoomba Bombers
4 girls selected in Queensland U18 Academy
BASKETBALL
3 Association Teams
3 Friday Night Teams – Year 7/8 Team wins TSSS Term 1
Friday Night Grand Final
4 Darling Downs 13-19yrs Representatives
Year 7/8 McDonald’s Cup Runner Up
CHESS
Teams and individuals competing at Toowoomba schools
tournament
CRICKET
HIGHLIGHTS AND
ACHIEVEMENTS
Intermediate Knockout Athletics
Team finishes 3rd at the State
Championships in Brisbane
in October and qualifies for
Nationals in Melbourne in
December.
Toowoomba Secondary School
Sport ‘Triple Crown’. We
retained our Swimming, Cross
Country and Athletics titles.
Fairholme College wins 2014
Sporting School of the Year at
Sports Darling Downs Awards
in February 2015.
Highlights and Achievements
(PLEASE NOTE: All numbers
include students in Years 7-12
only; this includes girls in 1319yrs teams and Year 7 girls
in 10-12yrs teams).
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3 Darling Downs Representatives
Georgia Hendy selected in Queensland U18 Team
Georgia & Olivia Hendy selected in Queensland Indoor Cricket
team
Georgia Hendy named Captain of the Australian A Indoor Cricket team
CROSS COUNTRY
Interhouse Carnival: Champions – Powell
Toowoomba Secondary School Sport Champions
Trophies – 14, 16 17 and 19yrs
St. Aidan’s Invitational Cross Country Meet
Canterbury College Cross Country
State All Schools Relays
State All Schools Individual Championships
12 Darling Downs Representatives
Peak to Park Annual Charity Fun Run – over 200 Fairholme
family participants – won school participation award
EQUESTRIAN
Scots/PCG Weekend
Fairholme College Showjumping Day, Pittsworth
14 Regional Competitors
15 Darling Downs Representatives
6 Queensland Representatives – Rebecca Gillan, Loretta Morris,
Tory Robertson, Claudia Dight, Meg Gillan and Phoebe Riordan
Winner of Equestrian Queensland fair play trophy
FOOTBALL
1 Association Team – School Club Link with
Willowburn Football Club – defeated in Preliminary
Final
2 Darling Downs Representatives
Red Lion Cup
UHL Sport Cup
FUTSAL
2 Association Teams
SWQ AFA All Schools
HOCKEY
1 Association Team – School Club link with North’s
Hockey Club – defeated in Grand Final
3 Darling Downs Representatives
2 Queensland Representatives – Elise Matherson and
Selina McIntyre
DD Schools Cup
Queensland All Schools Cup
NETBALL
26 Association Teams – Saturday and Wednesday
nights – 10 Association Teams; Grand Finalists in
respective divisions
Junior Vicki Wilson Cup Competition – Regional Pool
Champion
Senior Vicki Wilson Team – Regional Champions;
Queensland Top 6
Laura Geitz Shield Competition – Regional Champion
4 Darling Downs Representatives
ORIENTEERING
5 Darling Downs Representatives
2 Queensland Representative – Zazi Brennan and
Lucy Hill
Zazi selected in Australian Emerging Talent Squad
SOFTBALL
1 Association Player
Queensland Representative – Ms Gierke (Official) –
Pacific Schools Games, Adelaide
Queensland Golden Glove convenor – Ms Gierke
Golden Glove Cup
SWIMMING
Interhouse Carnival Champions – Stephens
Toowoomba Secondary School Sport Winners for 15th
successive year - Trophies – Aggregate, 13s, 16s, 19s,
Relays and Overall
21 Darling Downs Representatives
1 Queensland Representative going to the Pacific Schools
Games in Adelaide in December - Julia Algie
Ipswich Girls' Grammar and Brisbane Girls' Grammar
Meets
Middle and Junior School Swimming Tournaments
MS Swimathon
VOLLEYBALL
3 Association Teams
Queensland Schools Cup
Darling Downs Schools Cup
Fairholme College host venue for Queensland Schools Cup
WATER POLO
2 Association Teams
7 Darling Downs Representatives
Fairholme College host venue for DD team training
Fairholme hosts QSS Girls State Championships, March 10-13, 2016
TENNIS
2 Darling Downs Representatives
Knowles Cup Tournament
Sacre Coeur Tournament, Toowoomba
Queensland Secondary School Cup – Regional Winner
Fairholme Open Tournament
Term 3 and 4 Tuesday night fixtures
TOUCH
6 Association Teams
6 Summer Touch Teams
8 Darling Downs Representatives
1 Queensland Representative – Demi Hayes
Queensland All Schools Tournament – 5 teams
SWQ Tournament – 5 teams – Open and 15yrs
Champions
All Hallows' Tournament – 5 teams – 15yrs Champions
TRACK AND FIELD
Interhouse Champions – Powell
Toowoomba Secondary School Sport winners
23 Darling Downs Representatives
3 Queensland Representatives – Bella McLoughlin, Ellie
Bowyer and Samantha Lenton
Intermediate Knockout Athletics Team finishes 3rd and
qualifies for Nationals in Melbourne
Fairholme Athletics Club
TOOWOOMBA SECONDARY SCHOOL SPORT
Term 1 Summer Competition
21 Teams entered
6 Premier Teams
Term 2 Winter Competition
10 Teams entered
2 Premier Teams
PIERRE DE COUBERTIN AWARD 2015
Awarded by Queensland Olympic Council for outstanding sporting achievements,
commendable sporting behaviour and exemplary leadership to:
Emily Lowe
ADDITIONAL SPORTS NEWS
•
•
•
•
•
Demi Hayes represented Australia in Rugby 7s at the Youth Commonwealth Games
in Samoa and is in the running to be selected in the Australian Team to attend the
2016 Rio Olympics.
Fairholme Friends of Sport successfully ran the FOS Social and FOS Aquathon.
Term 4 Interhouse Sporting Competition – Touch, Netball, Football and Volleyball –
Champions: Stephens
Champion Sporting House: Powell
Zazi Brennan awarded certificate of recognition by DD School Sport’s Future State
Greats Program for making 3 DD teams and 1 Queensland Team.
TRIATHLON
4 Darling Downs Representatives
Mr Nick Byron | Head of Sport
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HOME ECONOMICS
Home Economics continues to thrive as a subject
at Fairholme College. The innovative work program,
specialist teachers for core areas and state-of-the-art
facilities have ensured that students who are interested in
the areas of design and technology are able to hone their
knowledge and skills to a level that prepares them for
the workplace and reallife. Core units include sustainable
design, ethics within the food and fashion industries,
examining the history of fashion and also cultural
influences in modern cuisine and how this affects current
practice.
The Year 12 cohort for 2015 can be proud of their
achievements with 29% of the cohort achieving a VHA
level and 55% achieving an HA upon completion of the
Home Economics course. The Year 11 cohort have had a
successful year and prepared for Year 12 in 2016 with a clearer
idea of their area of specialisation whether it be Food and Nutrition
or Fashion and Textiles, as the Fairholme Home Economics course
allows for this choice.
The transition to Home Economics at Year 10 level has reached
a level of popularity where Fairholme has two full classes –
encompassing over 50 students who have chosen the subject
as an elective. This number is even greater for Year 10 in 2016.
Most of these students continue into Senior Home Economics, with
the most recent Year 11 group of 38 being our largest to date.
This continues to ensure Fairholme’s status as the largest Home
Economics cohort in the region and maintains its reputation as a
significant institution for the study of Home Economics.
Year 9 Textiles and Design and Food Technology students embraced
the opportunity to develop their own products through design challenges
that are relevant in their world.
Year 8 students built on the skills established in Year 7 and were
involved in the design and production of useful everyday products that
enhanced their wellbeing.
Year 7 Textiles and Design focused on inspiring over 70 students about
design and the important role it plays in our lives.
Mrs Clare Greenhill | Teacher of Home Economics
Miss Emma Reidy | Teacher of Home Economics
2015 ACHIEVEMENTS
All Year 12 students received at least an SA level – 84% achieved a HA or above.
Year 11 Home Economics cohort of 37 students continue to map their journey into Year 12 specialisations for 2016, with equal numbers selecting Food and Nutrition or Fashion and Textiles as their preferred
area of study.
First year of two Year 10 Home Economics classes, ensuring that the future of Senior Home Economics is a viable option for students interested in the areas of design, food technology and fashion and textiles.
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HUMANITIES
HIGHLIGHTS
Handscape Enrichment Day and Gab Fest
(Year 7 English and Humanities)
Place and Liveability Local Community Study
(Year 7 Humanities)
'An unexamined life
is not worthy of a
human being'
'Fightin’ the Kaiser' World War 1 Performance
(Year 9 Humanities)
Socrates
‘Follow the Crowd’ program in Brisbane CBD
(Year 9 Humanities)
Nerang River Catchment Study
(Year 11 Geography)
This sentiment, expressed by the Athenian philosopher Socrates in the
fifth century BC, is as true today as it was then. Thus it is fitting that in the
Humanities we examine lives, not just of the present, but also of the past,
and we explore how people live, not just regionally, but globally. Whether we
are learning about Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuangdi in Year 7 Humanities,
human wellbeing and refugee migration in Year 10 Geography or the Civil
Rights Movement in Year 12 Modern History, we are always, as Socrates
would have us do, examining the various ways of being human.
New Farm Sustainable Communities Study (Year
12 Geography)
RESULTS
'I Was Only Nineteen' Vietnam War Performance
(Year 10 Humanities)
Toowoomba Escarpment Plant Biodiversity Study
(Year 12 Geography)
Middle School
Premier’s Anzac Prize Tour of Gallipoli and the
Western Front (Lalatuai Grogan, Year 11 student
and Alison Scott, Head of Humanities,pictured
left)
Year
VHA
HA
SA
LA
VLA
7
8
9
27
24
17
31
27
58
10
15
14
-
-
Senior School
Year/Subject
VHA
HA
SA
LA
VLA
10
11
12
11
12
11
12
23
7
5
4
7
21
9
70
12
5
23
6
2
1
13
3
6
2
-
1
-
-
Ancient History
Ancient History 8
Geography
Geography
Modern History 9
Modern History 6
Ms Kim Scudamore | Acting Head of Humanities
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FACULTY
The 2015 cohort of Year 12 Information Technology Systems students
is the highest performing group so far, with 80% of students who
completed the course achieving a VHA.
The entirely new Year 10 subject, ‘Information Technology Studies’,
was offered for the first time in 2015. Students completed units of
work in Operating Systems, Graphic Design, Animation, Programming
Methodologies, Video Production, Cyber Safety and Online
Communications, 3D Modelling, Web Authoring and Document Design
Theory. Student enjoyment and achievement in the course was
encouraging.
It is pleasing to acknowledge that Georgia Brady was awarded the HTG
Technology Grant for 2015. This is a grant of significant monetary value
awarded to an IT student to further their education. We would like to
thank the HTG (Helensvale Technology Group) and the Telstra Business
Centre in Toowoomba for supporting the education of girls.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS 2015
Year
10
11
12
Total Students
13
10
9
VHA
10
8
HA
3
6
1
SA
LA
2
1
1
VLA
Developed and introduced in 2015 is the concept of a
single parent account and password to access the College
IT systems. It is progressing well, with parents now able to
manage their own passwords and use the same login to access
all available College IT systems (College Parent Portal, Reach
Boarding, Reporting system, Parent-Teacher Interview booking
system, College wireless network and College intranet).
IT Services continues to develop IT systems that support the
needs of students, staff and parents. Listed below are some
facts and figures for the technically minded.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
EMAIL AND INTERNET TRAFFIC:
•
Average number of emails sent and received (per month):
145,000
•
Average number of blocked incoming emails – spam or
infected (per month): 19,000
•
Average volume of internet download (per month): 5.9TB
The Fairholme College Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/
fairholmecollege) launched on 31 October 2013 reached the initial target
of 1000 fans in February 2014. It has grown significantly to 2067
fans. Thankyou to all for using this medium to share your support for the
Fairholme girls. 2015 witnessed the exponential rise in people engaging
with the College using Facebook, with 9500 average weekly post reach
(number of times postings were viewed) and 1500 average weekly post
engagements (number of times posts were liked, shared, clicked on or
commented on).
HELPDESK SERVICES:
•
Average number of helpdesk jobs (per month): 1000
•
(Does not include assistance provided in person at the
Helpdesk counter.)
•
50 battery swap-and-go service per day.
•
8.2 laptop services per day (free technical support such
as data recovery, insurance claims or warranty claims).
•
Supporting learning is the focus of IT Services at Fairholme. The personal
face-to-face service at the IT Helpdesk is heavily utilised by students for
both technical and curriculum support. The deployment of our Blackboard
system (elearning platform) is progressing on schedule and the core
subject areas (Maths, English and Science) are leading the way in usage.
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Our laptop program was fully implemented in 2010 and is
still meeting student needs well. Our College reviews the
performance of the program annually and always investigates
potential enhancements. It is still the best option in terms of
educational outcomes and return for investment. The latest
laptops have touch screens with toughened glass, high
performance solid-state hard drives and batteries that lasts up
to 15 hours for general academic use.
HARDWARE INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDES:
•
1 Video Conferencing system (Polycom)
•
893 laptops and desktops
•
32 iPads (Junior School project)
•
80 Data Projectors
•
28 interactive whiteboards
•
73TB network storage
•
93 printers
•
8 scanners
•
1 Bookedge Scanner
•
9 physical servers
•
21 virtual servers
•
60 network switches (1G or 10G capable)
•
8 fibre links (10G capable)
•
108 dual radio, ‘AC’ wireless access points + 4 quad
radio, ‘AC’ arrays
•
200/200 mbps ethernet internet (WAN) connection
through fibre.
SOFTWARE INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDES:
•
Unified Login
•
Reach Boarding
•
Blackboard
•
Windows 7 Professional (64 bit), Windows 8 Professional
(64 bit), Windows 10 Education (64 bit)
•
Office 2013 Professional Plus
•
Office 365
•
Adobe CS 6 Master Collection
•
Windows Server 2012 R2
•
Exchange 2010
•
Configuration Manager 2007R2
•
System Centre Endpoint Protection (antivirus)
•
Hyper-V (server virtualisation)
•
SysAid (helpdesk software)
•
Synergetic (school management software)
•
Sonar Blue Reef (Internet Management Platform).
Mr Chau Chuc |
Head of Information and Communication Technology
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Fairholme’s libraries are dynamic learning environments. Library
and Information Services are provided from the Greta Statham
Library and Learning Centre (TLC Library) and the Fairholme
Junior Library (FJL).
Fairholme’s reading and learning culture was enhanced by:
Encouraging a love of literature and reading with individuals and
groups
Building the print and eBook collections in both libraries
Engaging library lessons exploring a wide range of resources
on diverse topics; weekly for Kindy to Year 6 and fortnightly for
Year 7
Explicitly teaching information literacy and research skills in
collaboration with teachers
Teaching referencing skills to individuals, small groups and
classes
Encourage students to use critical thinking skills to evaluate
online resources
Enhancing 24/7 access to eResources via TLC Library Online
and Fairholme Junior Library Online
Enhancing an online professional learning portal for staff with
particular focus on eJournals
Collaborating with teachers to developing resource collections to
support the curriculum
Enabling students to become independent and responsible library
users by empowering them to check and renew their loans and
place reservations
Inspiring reading all year by encouraging staff and students to
borrowing for the holidays
Celebrating Book Week with a wide range of activities around the
theme 'Books Light Up Our World'
Laughing while reading the book The Brothers Quibble during
National Simultaneous Storytime
Entertaining interactive storytime sessions in Under 8’s Week
Stimulating theme-based displays to captivate and encourage
students to question and research
'Once you learn the joy of
reading a whole world of
Hosting a Picture Book Artist-in-Residence featuring Deb
Gilmartin and her book The Gift
discovery opens up and you’ll
Reinvigorating and expanding Book Club as a way to engage
students and raise funds
never look back.'
Employing the ‘Accelerated Reader’ program to stimulate
reading in students in Years 3 to 6
Tony Reynolds
Awarding the Junior School Interhouse Reading Trophy to
Black House
Motivating Year 6 students to leave their legacy in the Junior
Library catalogue
Showcasing Junior School students’ work in the Fairholme
Junior Library
Inspiring a Year 6 and a Year 7 team to participate in the
Readers Cup Competition
NUMBER OF ITEMS
BORROWED BY STUDENTS:
Enhancing peer-to-peer sharing of books by encourage students
to add reviews to the library catalogue
Year
Hosting the Darling Downs Readers Cup Competition
Engaging every Year 7 student in individual research tasks in
preparation for the Year 7 Public Speaking Competition
Awarding the Year 7 Speech Competition trophy to Georgie
Scouller
Developing the new library management system to enhance
services in TLC Library, Fairholme Junior Library and the
HOLMEstore.
World Book
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Year 1
2,476
113
4,593
184
Prep
Year 2
Year 5
World Book eBooks
EBSCO
Year 6
Year 7
Number of searches
2,149
117
9,189
per student
5,880
Year 4
eResources
Average
borrowings
Kindy
Year 3
NUMBER OF ONLINE
DATABASE SEARCHES:
Number of
items borrowed
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
1,725
4,173
2,324
2,454
1,571
1,214
656
729
857
700
1,201
91
116
106
98
44
18
10
8
8
6
12
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LIBRARY and
INFORMATION SERVICES
2015 COLLECTION & BORROWING STATISTICS
TLC
Items in Library Catalogues
30,396
Items borrowed by students
5,372
Total number of items borrowed
eBooks borrowed by students and staff
29,914
36,565
25,545
1,643
eBooks available for borrowing
Total
20,389
7,015
Items borrowed by staff and others
FJL
4,369
600
340
280
50,785
30,553
6,012
327
940
607
ACCELERATED READER
Accelerated Reading
Year 3
Year 4
Number of quizzes
2,055
950
Year 5
1,628
Total
5,468
Year 6
Number of words read
17,416,324
12,029,540
17,048,779
835
20,265,239
66,759,882
MOST POPULAR ITEMS BORROWED FROM FAIRHOLME COLLEGE LIBRARIES
Picture Book
There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake by Hazel Edwards
Picture Books (Older Readers)
English roses by Madonna
Picture Books (Early Childhood)
Early Readers (Chapter Books)
Junior Fiction
Junior Non-Fiction
eBook Junior
body, and prayer is to the sole.'
Joseph Addison and Matthew Kelly
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We are in a book! by Mo Willems
Dear Dork: Tales from a not-so-fabulous life by Rachel Russell
The day I fell down the toilet and other poems by Steve Turner
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Junior Board Games
Pictureka!
TLC Senior Fiction
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
TLC Fiction
'Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
TLC eBook
The ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Paper Towns by John Green
TLC Picture Books
Seeing is deceiving by Rob Reger & Buzz Parker
TLC Non-Fiction
Literary theory: A practical introduction by Michael Ryan
TLC Biographies
Mao’s last dancer by Cunxin Li
Mrs Melanie Hassall | Library and Information Services
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH
HIGHLIGHTS
Students of French celebrated Bastille Day in July with a themed lunch in the College Dining
Room.
The Yr 10 French Movie Night with Toowoomba Grammar School students was well
supported.
Year
A
Octoberfest for Teens – Staff and students attended the annual celebration of German culture
for high school students of German in Brisbane.
7
8
9
10
11
12
Visiting Exchange Students from Japan, France and Germany were hosted by Fairholme
families during Term 3. A number of our girls will also participate in Exchange programs
during the Christmas holidays.
GERMAN
Svenja Herlan was our Assistant German teacher during Term 4. Her assistance in language
classes was greatly appreciated and the students enjoyed learning about German language
and culture with Svenja.
5 Students from Joshi Seigakuin, Tokyo, enrolled at the College for Term 3. This program
is now in its third year and the students really enjoy this experience. It is also a wonderful
opportunity for Fairholme students to develop their Japanese speaking and listening skills.
The Japan Languages and Cultural Tour in April – 15 students, accompanied by staff and
parents spent 12 days in Japan visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto.
Seeing cherry blossoms and visiting our friends at Sister schools in Tokyo were two of the
highlights.
LEVELS OF ACHIEVEMENT
FRENCH
The Annual Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival draws hundreds of visitors to
Queens Park. This year, the Language teachers ran a series of activities involving mask
making and origami.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
ISQ All Languages Event 2015 in Brisbane was a great opportunity to network with other
language teachers and learn about new ideas and pedagogy.
MLTAQ ‘Ready? Set? Go!’ Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning
Program was an invaluable opportunity to further our understanding of the Australian
Curriculum and to reflect on current teaching practice. The language teachers have revised
programs for 2016 in accordance with Content and Standards Descriptors.
Year
7
8
9
10
11
12
56
39
23
17
7
7
A
44
19
7
4
3
7
B
C
D
E
7
6
20
11
10
9
0
2
2
3
2
2
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
B
C
D
E
10
4
4
4
0
1
9
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
B
C
D
E
JAPANESE
Year
7
8
9
10
11
12
A
24
24
6
5
1
2
28
6
2
1
1
6
12
4
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mrs Jody Friend | Head of LOTE
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DARLING DOWNS MATHEMATICS TEAMS CHALLENGE
The following girls were selected to participate in the Darling Downs Mathematics Teams Challenge. The competition
consists of two rounds. The first is a team event where the team is given a set of 10 questions to solve, as a group.
The second is a relay – where team members work in alternating pairs to solve as many problems as possible in the
time limit. The questions are interesting and challenging and often require students to think 'outside the box'!
Year 7
MATHEMATICS
Recognising the importance of the skills learnt in
Mathematics for active participation in society, the
Mathematics Department endeavours to cater for
the needs of all students. Students are offered
opportunities to participate in a number of extra
- curricular activities which are interesting and
challenging. They may also seek support in Maths
Help sessions which are offered twice a week in
the Mathematics Department and at the Learning
Enhancement Centre.
The current text in use, the Cambridge texts for
the Australian Curriculum, along with the online
support of HotMaths, provides students with
valuable resources for Year 7-10. Students have
been encouraged to use the online component to
support classroom learning, as extra exercises,
revision or even just for fun! Students have access
to an afternoon homework session or, in the case of
Boarders, the evening Prep session, both of which
are attended by a Maths tutor. Further help can be
obtained by subscribing to 'Yourtutor'.
Laura Craft
Emma Johnson
Katelyn McHugh
Phoebe Meyer Elks
Patryce Brosnan
Lexie Hohnke
Madeleine Randall
Isabella Tzannes
Rani Brennan
Charlotte Kath
Lakshmi Gandu
Madelyn Gordon
Year 8
Zahli Bahnisch
Anah Chung
Olivia Durkin
Lucinda Carey
Maggie Grigg
Lilli Anderson
Shannon Morgan
Caitlin Palmer
Gabrielle McCraw
Ila Torrance
Tatum Stewart
Mari Joubert
Lindy Roos
Hanlie Lubbe
Grace Gallagher
Chloe-Grace Ainscow
Elizabeth Melton
Rozan Huskisson
Year 12
Chloe Painter
Rachel Mack
Emily Littleproud
Georgia Austin
Nikki Cornwell
Claudia Dight
The Year 7/8 Teams were placed 12th, 14th, 16th and 18th in a field of 25 teams.
The Year 10 team ranked 5th out of 19 and the Year 12 team ranked 10th out of 17 teams.
DET & QAMT YEAR 8 QUIZ
A competition especially for Year 8 students. It consists of sections which test their ability to do mental mathematics
calculations and to problem solve, both individually and as a team. Six of our Year 8 girls competed in the annual
Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers (QAMT) Quiz. For Round one of the quiz, a large number of
Toowoomba schools were present as well as some from surrounding areas.
Well done to Caitlin Palmer, Lucy Carey, Lexie Hohnke, Ila Torrance, Lilli Anderson and Charlotte Kath who
competed in Round one of the competition.
Mrs Wendy Andersson | Head of Mathematics
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Year 10
2014 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR SCHOOLS:
MATHEMATICS
This year 262 students in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 participated in the ICAS Mathematics Competition. Seven students
were awarded a Distinction, 33 were awarded Credits and 20 were awarded Merits.
DISTINCTIONS
Year 7
Rani Brennan
Year 8
Lucinda Carey
Gabrielle McCraw
Year 10
Lucy Berrigan
Elizabeth Melton
Bhumika Sood
Year 11
Zazi Brennan
TDMTA ONE-DAY WORKSHOP FOR
TALENTED MATHEMATICS STUDENTS
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Subject
Year 7**
Year 8**
9 Specialised Maths **
9 Maths Methods **
10 Specialised Maths **
10 Maths Methods **
10 Workplace Maths **
11 Maths A*
11 Maths B*
11 Maths C*
11 Pre-Voc Maths*
12 Maths A*
12 Maths B*
12 Maths C*
12 Pre-Voc Maths*
VHA
38
3
23
2
15
5
1
8
13
7
0
18
14
6
0
HA
20
16
24
15
24
16
8
38
17
7
1
22
16
5
2
SA
12
14
8
16
7
26
4
16
15
0
2
18
15
2
2
(**End Semester 2
LA
3
2
0
1
1
0
0
3
3
0
0
5
8
0
0
VLA
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
* Overall for Year)
This workshop was held on Friday 30 October. It was
hosted by the Toowoomba and District Mathematics
Teachers Association and held at USQ. It is an opportunity
for students across Years 8-11 to work with like-minded
students from other schools on Mathematics concepts
which are not part of the normal school curriculum. A record
number of Fairholme students attended this year:
Lilli Anderson
Zahli Bahnisch
Rani Brennan
Madeline Callow
Anah Chung
Zoe Crooke
Grace Gallagher
Lexie Hohnke
Lola Lachmund
Elindre Lamprecht
Abby Love
Chelsea Palmer
Rebecca Rathie
Lindy Roos
Amilia Schooley
Kaitlin Topalov
Zoe Webster
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SCIENCE
The Australian Curriculum: Science has been implemented
at the College across Years 7-10. The Senior Secondary
Science Curriculum (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science
and Physics), has been endorsed by Australian Education
Ministers and we are waiting for Queensland Education
Authorities to determine integration timelines.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW CURRICULUM
Ms Lucy Easton has been working tirelessly to develop an
Agriculture program for the College, commencing in Year
11 2016. Students will engage with the Agricultural industry
through three fields of study: plant science, animal science and
Agribusiness. Sustainable resource management underpins the
course of study as students will consider the factors impacting
on our agricultural production systems to meet the challenging
needs of society. A course of study in Agriculture can
establish a basis for further education and employment in the
fields of agriculture, agronomy, food technology, horticulture,
aquaculture, veterinary science, equine science, biotechnology,
environmental management, business, marketing and
agricultural education, research and development.
IT FOCUS
There is an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) and Digital Technologies
including coding and Robotics by the State Government
Department of Education and Training. Ms Mary Timmer will
structure and implement a Middle School Science project club
in 2016 which will include Robotics and Coding.
The department continues to utilise more information and
communications technology, specifically the Microsoft OneNote Program for the improved design and delivery of
engaging learning across Science subjects. The department
also employs the 'Blackboard' learning management system
to enhance student-teacher communications within Science
subjects.
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ACCOLADES/COMPETITIONS
Learning experiences beyond the classroom included:
The Year 7 Science Water Habitat excursion. As part of the
Ecology unit, students completed a range of practical activities
which provided information on the Waterbird Park as a habitat
for living organisms and signs of human impact.
The Year 8 Science Excursion to the old Toowoomba Basalt
Quarry in order to develop a proposal for the rehabilitation of
the site, as part of their assessment in the Earth Science unit.
The three-day Year 11 Biology Camp at Hastings Point in
Northern NSW to study rocky shore, beach and mangrove
ecosystems.
UQ Science Experience excursion for Year 11/12 students.
This event provided students with the opportunity to discover
what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied
in industry and everyday life. The event was facilitated by
experts from UQ and industry through a series of hands-on,
interactive science workshops.
Year 9 girls, Charlotte Thelander and Amilia Schooley, were
selected to attend the STEM Horizons for High Achievers,
run by the Department of Education and Training, Griffith
University, Nathan Campus. Students completed four days of
specialist activities at a range of locations including the UQ
Moreton Bay Research Station. Activities were designed to
be ‘hands on’ and provide opportunities to engage actively
in higher-order thinking and problem solving with links to
authentic ‘real world’ science and future careers.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Junior Results (%)
Year
VHA
HA
SA
LA
VLA
Total
7
8
9
10
20
19
25
25
0
0
1
6
0
0
0
0
67
65
89
107
40
43
28
27
40
38
46
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In this year’s International Competitions and Assessments for Schools
Science, 24 Credit certificates were awarded to Fairholme students. (This
year involved Year 8 and Year 10 cohorts only).
Fairholme College was awarded two Distinctions Certificates in the Royal
Australian Chemical Institute’s Chemistry Competition.
Distinction
Name
Year
Georgia Austin
12
Emily Littleproud
12
Harin (Clara) Lee was selected, by Rotary District interview, to attend the
National Youth Science Forum in January 2016. This offers students the
opportunity to test drive careers in Science and Engineering in Canberra
Universities. Harin will visit laboratories, industry and research sites and
talk to researchers, debate the impacts of science on our community,
form lifelong friendships with students from all over Australia and build
professional networks.
Year 10 girls participated in the University of Southern Queensland Regional
Science and Engineering Challenge. Rhiannon Andrews, Nicola Chaney,
Chelsea Palmer and Rebecca Rathie won their challenge on the day.
Thanks to our professional team of committed Science staff.
Senior Results (%)
Subject VHA
HA
SA
LA
VLA
No. of Students
11 Biology
11 Chemistry
11 Physics
12 Biology
12 Chemistry
12 Physics
10
25
33
7
17
24
49
50
57
51
52
47
41
18
10
39
24
29
0
7
0
3
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mrs Fran Brazier | Head of Science
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28
21
59
29
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CAREERS
Dr Evans’ 2015 Presenting Fairholme speech highlighted the
importance of offering our children an opportunity to explore their
options, take calculated risks and be confident enough to take the
road less travelled; knowing that adapting and changing direction
can often offer great and unexpected opportunities. What an
excellent metaphor for Career Development! The Pathway Centre
staff have communicated a similar message to the Fairholme
Seniors this year by encouraging each student to explore her
options, be willing to take some calculated risks with her plans
and remember that change is constant and can offer great
opportunities.
As the world continues to become more technologically connected,
it is important that students are equipped with knowledge on
how to access valid information and adapt to changes within
all occupational clusters from an educational and professional
perspective. University degrees are continually evolving in an
attempt to keep up with technology so it is imperative that students
learn how to develop educational resilience in this fast-paced
world. In addition to this, they also need to develop employability
skills that will ensure positive employment outcomes. The challenge
for staff from the Fairholme College Pathway Centre is to ensure
that services, information and support for students, parents and
the Fairholme community continue to be in line with current trends
whilst preparing students for future developments. It is a challenge
we relish, and one that we believe ensures that Fairholme
graduates are well-prepared for the road less travelled.
As with previous years, almost all of the Fairholme College 2015
Year 12 School Leavers have applied for tertiary studies as their
chosen post-school pathway, with a majority of these students
starting their studies the following year. Some have opted for a
gap year opportunity and a few have taken up employment rather
than continue their studies at this time. We encourage all Year 12
students to leave as many options open as possible when leaving
school, so they are able to make a firmer decision after they have
had some time away from their secondary education.
A key goal of the Pathway Centre continues to be to offer
individualised and specialised career support to students from
all year levels whilst continuing to raise our expectations as the
girls move into the upper grades. Our goal is to ensure that each
student who leaves Fairholme College has a well-developed sense
of self, a comprehensive career portfolio and some well-thoughtour goals, with the ability to change direction as required, and
mindful that the completion of Year 12 is the start of their learning,
not the finish!
SENIOR SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Throughout 2015 the Year 12 students have accessed the services
in the Pathway Centre regularly. These services have included:
career exploration, resume and cover letter development, tertiary
studies exploration, scholarships, accommodation and much more.
All Year 12s were invited to attend an individual transition meeting
at the end of the year to ensure they felt confident about their
upcoming transition into life after school. We are pleased to report
that the all of the students came prepared for their meetings and
asked mature, insightful questions relevant to their future pathway
planning.
Year 11s enjoyed another successful Career Engagement Day
at the end of 2015. The students spent the first part of the day
listening to guest speakers, with the day culminating in their mock
interviews with an industry relevant professional. Earlier in the year,
the Year 11s also enjoyed a full day in Brisbane or the Gold Coast,
visiting the leading universities which offered them insight about
university life and the programs available at each university.
Year 10 students completed their Career Avenues Profiling
which offered them an opportunity to learn about themselves and
occupations that match their interests. They also participated
in work experience and made choices about their senior study
programs. Each Year 10 student received a QTAC prerequisite
booklet to assist with their future study plans and subject selection.
Year 9 students commenced their journey into career development
by completing a mycareermatch activity which gave them a report
on their personality type and what occupations match that particular
type. They also started discussions about work experience and job
readiness.
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CAREERS
SUMMARY
YEAR 12 APPLICANTS BY FIELD OF EDUCATION FOR FAIRHOLME COLLEGE
FIELD OF EDUCATION
TOTAL
Pref 1
Agriculture, Environmental and
1
All Prefs
17
Related Studies
(e.g. Land, Parks & Wildlife)
Architecture and Building
(e.g. Urban & Regional Planning,
Interior Design)
There was a significant increase in
the number of senior students taking
up the challenge of completing tertiary
studies whilst at school this year: three
Year 11 students completed a Griffith
University Criminology Course, two
Year 11 students started a Go Griffith
Go Health Program and one Year 12
student successfully completed the Go
Griffith Go Health Sport and Exercise
Science Program. Two Year 11 and
one Year 12 student successfully
completed a Central Queensland
University course and five students
successfully completed a University of
Southern Queensland course. During
the 2015/16 school holidays, 12
students also enrolled in a University
of Southern Queensland course. We
congratulate the girls on their success
and their willingness to take up the
challenge of a university course whilst
still at school!
INSTITUTION
Australian Catholic University
CQ University
Griffith University
Pref 1
All Prefs
3
11
Creative Arts (e.g. Music,
Graphic Design, Communication &
Media Studies)
Pref 1
All Prefs
10
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Queensland University of Technology
Education (e.g. Early Childhood,
Primary, Secondary)
Pref 1
All Prefs
5
24
The University of Queensland
Engineering (e.g Chemical,
Automotive, Civil, Aerospace,
Biomedical, Surveying)
Pref 1
All Prefs
2
9
University of Southern Queensland
Health (e.g Pharmacy, Veterinary
Science, Naturopathy,
Speech Pathology)
Pref 1
All Prefs
33
170
TAFE Queensland
Information Technology
(e.g Computer Science,
Programming)
Pref 1
All Prefs
0
2
Queensland Institute of
Business and Technology
Management and Commerce
(e.g. Hospitality Management,
Banking & Finance)
Pref 1
All Prefs
5
70
Natural and Physical Sciences
(e.g. Mathematics, Physics,
Laboratory Technology)
Pref 1
All Prefs
9
61
Society and Culture (e.g. Law,
Economics, Psychology,
Sport & Recreation)
Pref 1
All Prefs
28
135
Pref 1
All Prefs
94
552
Totals
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SUMMARY OF YEAR 12 APPLICATIONS
BY INSTITUTION FAIRHOLME COLLEGE
Produced by QTAC on: Tuesday 17 Nov 2015
James Cook University
Southern Cross University
University of New England
University of the Sunshine Coast
Christian Heritage College
SAE Creative Media Institute
Totals
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
TOTAL
1
17
0
7
21
122
6
19
14
103
0
4
34
164
6
27
8
54
3
23
0
6
1
1
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
Pref 1
All Prefs
0
3
0
2
94
552
Produced by QTAC on: Tuesday 17 Nov 2015
Mrs Laura Anderson | Career Pathways Co-ordinator
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
and TRAINING
Vocational Education and Training (VET) has remained a dynamic and
well-respected option for Fairholme College students. In previous years,
well over one-third of the senior student body completed a Certificate
III level qualification, with this year’s enrolments rising to approximately
45% of students partaking in a VET program.
Three students received the 2015 Australian Vocational Student Prize,
recognising students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while
completing vocational training in their Senior Secondary years. These
girls studied in the areas of Business Administration, Agriculture and
Education Support.
In addition to the existing programs and traineeship, 2015 saw the Short
Course program continue and these proved popular with the students in
the areas of Fitness, Business and Tourism. It is exciting that the Short
Course program will expand even further in 2016, to offer over seven
training areas to Year 10, 11 and 12 students.
The most popular training areas in 2015 were:
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Agriculture
Fitness
Education Support.
We congratulate all our Year 12 students who completed vocational
study whilst at Fairholme College; a challenging but most rewarding
outcome. Thanks must go to the employers, parents, training providers
and apprenticeship centres who supported our girls throughout their VET
studies.
Miss Arlie Hollindale | Co-ordinator of Vocational Education and Training
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LEARNING
ENHANCEMENT
'It isn’t what we say or think that defines us,
but what we do.'
Jane Austen
The Learning Enhancement Centre has
continued to expand this year! We welcomed
Mrs Roberta Whitton to our fabulous team.
This year has seen us:
We have been lucky enough to receive a
grant to continue our work in 2016. I am very
grateful to Jenny and Leigh for their continued
efforts with this project. It is something that we
all believe strongly in. Our thanks must also go
to Dr Evans and Ms Dunne for supporting us in
our endeavours.
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Over the year our girls have participated in
the Science and Engineering Challenge at
USQ, Maths Challenge, Chess tournaments
(many thanks to Mrs Bennett for all of her
hard work with Chess) as well as various
ICAS competitions. We are proud of the way in
which our girls participate in all extracurricular
activities.
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Continue to use research to provide
the best possible support programs
(remediation and extension).
Enhance after school tutorial sessions.
Provide before-school and lunchtime
academic help sessions.
Continue to provide the girls with
assistance in class.
Regularly meet as a Learning
Enhancement Executive Committee to
discuss how best to support students with
specific needs across the College.
This year, we again received the Teachers
as Researchers grant. This specific focus
of this grant (through Independent Schools
Queensland) is to look at the transition of highability learners, from rural and remote areas, to
Fairholme College. The project had two main
aims:
1.
2.
Visit (in their schools and communities)
as many new Boarders in 2016 as
possible.
Improve our transition program for our
Boarders.
Over the last three years of the project,
we have visited 54 girls in 46 schools and
travelled in excess of 16,000 kilometres.
We have also increased the number of staff
coming on these visits. My thanks to Ms
Rebecca Scott, Ms Meg Unsworth, Ms Pauline
Smith and, of course, Mrs Jenny Sutton and
Ms Leigh Pickstone for giving up their time
to travel to see our girls. Your time and effort
is appreciated. We recently presented our
project at an Independent Schools Forum in
Brisbane and received very positive feedback.
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In the LEC, we are constantly looking to
update our programs and practice to support
our girls in the best way possible. Over the
last few years, there have been significant
changes to legislation around the Disability
Services Act. The College has been proactive
in meeting these changes to best support our
girls. Our LEC staff continue to be amazing!
These highly experienced, passionate ladies
offer support to staff and students, making
a significant difference. I would like to thank
Ms Rebecca Scott, Mrs Tina Hammond, Mrs
Roberta Whitton, Mrs Pauline Moore, Mrs
Andrea Hohn, Mrs Nicky Cooley and Mrs
Jen Perrignon for their dedication and hard
work. I am very fortunate to work with such
dedicated, professional and caring individuals.
To our parents, thank you for working with us
to support the girls. Your role in caring for your
girls is vital and we could not do it effectively
without your continued support. And last (but
not least), to our girls. – Thank you. We are
constantly amazed at your dedication, tenacity,
hard work and love of Fairholme. The LEC
staff love working with you and watching you
grow and achieve.
Mrs Kylie Wallace | Learning Enhancement Coordinator
SERVICE
To fulfil and honour our College Vision,
we serve. Providing opportunities
for the girls to engage in service
learning is crucial to their place in
this community and to all those they
will belong to, in time. Serving others
involves learning about the self and
about others; it means being gracious,
selfless and hardworking; it remains
about respect, and it is Christ like.
Our Interact Club initiates many Service
activity at Fairholme. Led by Prefect
for Service and Club President, Annie
Pickstone, and Vice President Chloe
Painter, the club offered a steady
stream of activities which support a
range of charitable organisations.
The group gave focus to international
and Australian charities, and began
something that they wish to consider,
a new tradition of initiating community
support for Indigenous students. Annie
and Chloe were joined by Year 12
directors Nikki Cornwell, Isabel Elliott,
Ainslie Fraser, Nicola Layton, Cameron
Mackie, Georgia Mitchell, Rachael
Sedgwick and Shannon Tucker. Eight
Junior Directors joined the Board for
a semester: Isabelle Carey, Hannah
Jakins, Eliza Smolenski, Matilda
Meppem, Mia Doering, Georgie Guest,
Eve Smibert and Nikayla Kiers.
A SNAPSHOT OF SERVICE ENGAGEMENTS
FROM THE 2015 PROGRAM
Four World Vision Sponsor Children - support through
Valentine’s Day Social and many Middle School Enterprises
International Women’s Day activities – support for
International and Indigenous women’s charities
Significant increase of the College’s involvement in Red
Cross Ambassador Program – Fairholme saved more lives
than any other school in the region!
Riding for the Disabled – Boarding House project
Activities to raise funds for the Cancer Council of Queensland
Financial Support for Beyond Blue
Year Ten Life Skills Service Projects funded by Interact –
The Life House
Support for the Children's Medical Research Institute through
Jeans for Genes Day Activities
Peak to Park Fun Run in support of local charities
A series of concerts and bake sales in support of the
Leukaemia Foundation’s Shave for a Cure
Annual Christmas Hamper – Toowoomba City Church
Interact hosted lunchtimes activities
Indigenous Literacy Foundation – Financial support and
awareness raising in the community
In recognition of our boarding families and communities,
the Year 12 girls supported the Drought Angels with a very
substantial donation as part of their departing gift to the
community.
SIGNIFICANT SERVICE ACTIVITY IN 2015
YEAR 11 MORNING OF SERVICE
The Mornings of Service provided a wonderful opportunity for the Year 11 girls to
be involved in active and practical aid within our community. This year, activities
included assistance at the RSPCA, environmental preservation, visiting several
aged- care facilities, donating blood and baking for families who continue to
experience terrible drought conditions. This highly practical aspect of servant
leadership represents important learning for the girls as they look forward to their
term as Senior Leaders of the College.
SONY FOUNDATION CAMP
Visiting the Sony Camp and seeing the sheer joy on the faces of the young
residents was very special. More so, watching the care taken by our Year 11
girls to ensure their young friends felt safe, happy and thus able to relax and
enjoy themselves was extraordinary. Our students took on the role of 24-hour-aday carer for young girls with physical or intellectual changes. The ultimate goal
was to allow families, who provide ongoing care to their children, some welldeserved respite. The wonderful by-products were wonderful new friendships, an
understanding of the joy that all people can give, despite their challenges, and will
remain, I expect, life changing experiences. With thanks to our hosts, Toowoomba
Grammar School.
CAMBODIA DISCOVERY TOUR 2015
A group of Year 11 girls took the tartan spirit back to Cambodia in December.
Another House was built for a local family and a special blessing ceremony marked
the hand over to the family and allowed our girls to see extraordinary gratitude
on the faces of the residents! This, coupled with time in a local school, provided
wonderful lessons in perspective and gratitude. Time spent discussing human
rights with young students highlighted the true meaning of the truly important things
in our lives.
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SERVICE
SIGNIFICANT
SERVICE
ACTIVITY
IN 2015 (Continued)
INDIA DISCOVERY TOUR 2015
Jenny and Mohan welcomed two Fairholme groups with open
arms in 2015. The homecoming was welcomed by both parties!
The children of Mizpah Home ran to our girls and remain in
their hearts today. Working, playing, praying and doing school
work together was just the beginning of the learning for our 18
Fairholme girls and the staff.
ECO ADVENTURE TRIP 2015
The glorious Whitsunday Islands was the classroom for some
memorable environmental lessons in September. While the
islands appear pristine, our Year 9 and Year 11 Eco Tourists
soon discovered the impact that rubbish has on this area of our
country. Their active and proactive undertakings helped improve
the local environment and certainly raised their awareness
around how our everyday actions take a heavy and sometimes
irreversible toll on our planet.
SHAVE FOR A CURE
Friday 12 June arrived and the orange capes, clippers and
scissors were deployed as 16 Year 12 girls cut and shaved
their hair in order to help the Leukaemia Foundation. The tally
surpassed $20,000, and the levels of courage went well
beyond!
Year 9 student Jazz Collison penned a beautiful piece about
the campaign, as seen in the 2015 College Magazine. This
excerpt is a wonderful summary:
Our Fairholme seniors have the ‘Vision to Cure’ but more
particularly, the ‘Mission to Care’. Whilst not just anyone can
find the cure, everyone can join the ‘Mission to Care’.
We thank and congratulate these girls for their involvement:
Emily Littleproud, Georgia Mitchell, Lucy Clark, Jessica Halls,
Georgia McMaster, Annika Darlington, Jane Callan, Liz Wales,
Annie Pickstone, Shannon Tucker, Natalie Johnson, Nicola
Layton, Grace Jarvis, Claire Cavaye, Rachel Young and Josie
Bambling.
Ms Catrina Sharp | Deputy Principal | Head of Senior School
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PASTORAL CARE
Pastoral care at Fairholme finds clear foundation in the
College values. We see that our successful pastoral
care relies heavily on, and celebrates, every value:
Christ-Centred Faith, Enjoyment, Collaboration, Seeking
Excellence and Respect. The vision and purpose of
those who pastorally care for our girls remains closely
aligned with Fairholme’s vision; from this our program
evolves in a fluid manner in order to best support our
girls.
As the year went on, the Houses supported their
members in Cross Country, Athletics and Interhouse
Choir and Dance Competitions, along with their active
participation in Get SmART. These events allowed
the Senior Leaders to develop skills in communication
and in the encouragement and motivation of others.
Importantly, they strengthened the girls’ sense of
belonging and identity.
The Pastoral Care program takes on many forms; we
aim to offer students opportunities to develop their own
positive self-concept and harmonious relationships with
others. Throughout the year, the girls have experienced
activities, ventures and opportunities to develop their
identity, resilience and sense of belonging, within a
supportive, nurturing and creative environment. Staff
work restoratively within the academic and boarding
community, regularly liaising with parents on pastoral,
academic and boarding-related matters.
Our Pastoral Care Leadership Committees in each
House shared their vision and plans for the year with
their Houses and facilitated House-related activities and
opportunities for students to meet and get to know each
other. Through Pastoral Care Groups and weekly House
meetings, students worshipped together, celebrated
successes, shared ideas and offered support where
practicable.
In Term 1, our focus was to welcome students back to
the College and to support new girls as they explored
their new learning and home environment. Preparations
for the Swimming Carnival gave all students the
opportunity to work together and get to know each other
early in the term. Particularly, this was evident on House
Day, when the students collaborated, problem solved,
developed ideas, practised performances, prepared for
swim events and enjoyed lunch together as a House
group.
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Beyond the House environment and activities related to
those groups, pastoral care continued through regular
pastoral care time, Chapel services in Middle and Senior
School, extensive and regular support in the Boarding
House and via Year Level Meetings. Each such avenue
of support nurtures each girl while highlighting the
importance of community and their personal learning.
Essential to our team is respectful and productive
collaboration. We farewell and thank Mrs Feraniki
Hughes for her contribution and we welcome Miss
Katrina Gierke to the team in 2016.
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COMMUNITY
FAIRHOLME OLD GIRLS' ASSOCIATION
We have enjoyed another lovely year of getting together
on a monthly basis at our Toowoomba FOGA meetings.
We have been treated to a wide variety of guests at our
meetings, which keeps us in touch with what is going on at
Fairholme currently.
We started off the year with a tour of the newly refurbished
Black Dormitory which has caused great excitement
with the girls. We were guided by Helen Wagner in the
arranging of a mini-makeover of the Cameron Homestead
which is now very beautiful. The College Choir sang for us
following their success at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. In
June we enjoyed dinner with the Senior Boarders.
We heard from Mr Stewart Peacock about Fairholme’s
impressive academic results and the outcomes and career
paths of the past students. Dr Linda Evans shared with us
the highs and lows of writing a Doctoral Thesis while being
a School Principal. We tested our Fairholme knowledge in
a trivia competition with the year 12s.
Founders' Day was very special and attended by a good
number of Old Girls who started their day with a visit to
the archives display. The choir competition was a treat
and although it has been a while since we left Fairholme,
we still want our House to win! However, congratulations
to Cameron House for this year’s success. We were then
treated to lunch with the Year 10s while we listened to the
lovely music produced by the College String Quartet. The
Founders’ Day assembly celebrated the work of Pastor
Richard Jessup and Mr Allan Faragher and demonstrated
that the dedication of staff and others has made such a
contribution to what Fairholme is today.
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Other events enjoyed by FOGs this year included the
Brisbane FOGA Branch’s annual luncheon at Mt Ommaney
which was attended by several from the Toowoomba
Branch. The Reunion Weekend in October brought many
past students back to attend the spectacular Spring Fair
on Saturday. Reunions were held for the 1965 and 1975
years at Angelo’s House. On the Sunday, many attended
the church service held in the Cameron Homestead, led by
Pastor Jessup and enriched by the voices of Mrs Gwenyth
Chappell’s ‘Bella Voce’ ensemble, which included past
and present students. The church service was followed by
morning tea and a tour of the dormitories and then a lovely
lunch in the dining hall.
At this point I would like to sincerely thank Jo Glasheen
and Jenny Noble, who really take the hard work out of all
the meeting preparations and always manage to arrange
for us to enjoy a wonderful range of guest speakers or
activities which keep us in touch with Fairholme.
On behalf of the FOGA Toowoomba Branch, we wish
those girls who are leaving Fairholme this year all the very
best for your future. Please remember you will always be
welcome at a FOGA meeting.
Ms Robyn Blakeley | President FOGA, Toowoomba Branch
PARENTS & FRIENDS' ASSOCIATION
The Fairholme Parents and Friends'
Association continued its role in supporting
Fairholme College in 2015. The role of the
P&F is to provide support and raise money for
the school, to create a social and welcoming
environment for parents so they engage
with the school, and to assist our Fairholme
girls in their many and varied ventures.
This year we have focused on meeting our
annual commitments for fundraising and this
has been very successful. Ms Laura Black
completed her second year as President, with
Mrs Kirstie Smolenski continuing as Secretary.
Mrs Belinda Leeson was elected as the 2015
Treasurer. The P&F is extremely grateful for
the steady steerage of the Treasury by Mrs
Collette Whell in previous years.
The P&F met monthly in term time and
welcomed new parents to the meetings,
including some from our boarder community.
These meetings provide an opportunity for
parents to meet and hear first-hand what
is happening at Fairholme. Senior staff and
Board members also attended the meetings
and shared information. The P&F itself has
two parent representatives on the College
Board. We are grateful to Ms Lisa O’Neill
for her continuing role and to Mr David
Janetski who came onto the Board as P&F
representative for 2015. Mrs Deb Weber
completed her term as P&F representative but
continued on the Board as a Director.
The P&F Sub Committees continued their
supporting roles. Arts, Sport, Junior school,
(SOFA, FOS, FOJS), the Spring Fair and
Projects Committees and the Boarder
Support Group all continued in their roles
and we are so appreciative of their continued
contributions.
The Projects Committee ably distributed
Grants money across the College, with many
areas receiving funds to purchase new, or
upgrade existing, equipment to benefit all
members of the College Community. The
Fairholme Spring Fair in October was a
wonderful day with favourable weather and,
as always, so many parent, staff and student
volunteers. The Fair also builds a strong
union between boarder and day communities.
Special thanks must go to Ms Janelle Fletcher
in her first year as Fair Convenor. Over
$36,000 was raised for the College, and this
will assist the girls and staff through the 2016
Grants program.
Social events were held to extend a welcome
for all members of the school community,
including a soiree at Gips Restaurant in
August. The P&F – owned coffee machine
was running at the Swimming and Athletics
carnivals, Open House, the Spring Fair, and
Orientation morning, QCS exam days and
even at the Toowoomba Grammar Art Show.
The coffee machine is run by a combination
of parents and girls, and provides a social
outlet – and much needed caffeine – at
so many school events. It is also a proven
fundraiser! The barbecue and Holmebake
at the Interhouse Athletics Carnival was
huge fundraiser for the P&F and was a
great success, with many parents and girls
helping out. The P&F will continue to plan
and support social and fundraising events to
encourage parents to become a closer part of
the Fairholme community.
Thank you so very much to all parents and
staff who gave their time to attend meetings
and support all the P&F endeavours in 2015.
Ms Laura Black | President 2015
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STAFF LIST
FAIRHOLME COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman
Mr I Andersen
Deputy Chairman
Mr I Walton
Principal
Dr L Evans, EdD, MA, BEdSt, Dip T, MACE, MACEL
Treasurer - Presbyterian Church of Queensland
Mr G R Harris
Moderator - Presbyterian Church of Queensland
Hon G F Rogers
Clerk of Assembly - Presbyterian
Church of Queensland
Rev R Clark, DipDivThSoc
Directors
Rev P Barson
Mr G Burt
Mr D Janetzki, BEcon, LLB (Hons), AMusA
Mrs J Loxton, BEng (Hons), MIEaust, AAICD, PGD
(Divinity and Mission)
Mr G Morris, BEng (Elec)
Mrs K Murray, LLB (Hons)
Ms L O’Neill, LLB, GCBusAdmin
Mrs D Weber
Company Secretary/Business Manager
Mr M Freeman, BBus, FCPA, MAICD
FAIRHOLME COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School
Ms C Sharp, BA (Creative), GDipFET, GCEdLaw, MACEL
Head of Teaching & Learning
Mr S Peacock, BA, DipEd, Dip IMM
Head of Middle School
Mrs J Ross, BEd, MEd
Head of Department Middle School
Ms M Unsworth, BEd
Head of Fairholme Junior
Mrs L Merry, BEd, DipT, MACE
Deputy Head of Fairholme Junior
Ms H Rasmussen, BEd, DipT, Diploma Children’s Services,
Cert III Children’s Services, MACEL
Head of Boarding
Ms M Dunne, BHMS (Ed)
Chaplain
Ps R Jessup, BTh (Hons), DipAppSc (Agric), DipEd, DipChStud
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
The Arts
Mrs K Hayward, Bed. DipT (Sec Art)
Business & Technology
Ms K Maher, BBus, GDipEd
English
Mr R Davis, BA, DipEd
Health & Physical Education
Ms K Gierke, BEd, DipT - HPE
Humanities
Miss A Scott, BA, BEd
Information & Communications Technology
Mr C Chuc, DipEd (Maths/Computing)
Library & Information Services, Teacher Librarian
Mrs M Hassall, MEd, GDipLibSc, DipT, AALIA
LOTE
Mrs J Friend, BA, DipEd, ASDA
Mathematics
Mrs W Andersson, BSc, DipEd
Science
Mrs F Brazier, BSc, DipEd
Sport and Activities
Mr N Byron, BEd (PE), GDipSpSc, FISM, CertTAA
HEADS OF HOUSE
Head of Black House
Mrs J Friend, BA, DipEd, ASDA
Head of Cameron House
Ms F Hughes, BA, DipT, MACE
Head of Powell House
Mrs V Anderson, BA, GDipEd
Head of Stephens House
Mrs C Mason, BA, DipT, ASDA , AT CL
SPECIALIST AREAS
Head of Performance Music
Mr A Dixon, BA(Mus), GDipEd, AMusA, GDipBusAdmin, MMusSt
College Psychologist and
Specialist Careers Advisor
Mrs L Anderson, BAppSci, GDipAppSci, GDipT,
Cert IV Training & Assessment, Cert IV Career Dev
Co-ordinator of Vocational
Education and Training
Arlie Hollindale, BBus(Finance/Hospitalty),
GradDipEd(Secondary), CertIVCareers, CertIVTAE
Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator
Mrs K Wallis, BT, GradDipEd(SpecEd), COGE, MEd (GE), MEd
(GuidandCouns)
Co-ordinator of Fairholme Junior School Arts
Mrs B Eldridge, BA (Mus), GDipT (Mus)
Co-ordinator of Instrumental Music
Mr R Egerton, BMus (Hons), GDipMus, DipEd, AT CL
Co-ordinator of Vocational Educational & Training
Miss A Hollindale, BBus(Finance/Hospitalty),
GradDipEd(Secondary), CertIVCareers, CertIVTAE
ACADEMIC STAFF
Mrs K Bailey, BEd, (Sec Drama) DipT, AMEB Speech & Drama
Mrs B Baker, BCreativeInd (Dance), GDipEd
Mr A Burger, BA DipEd (Term 4 2015)
Mr D Cantle, BA, DipEd, MEdAdmin (Hons)
Mr D Curnow, BA, Dip Ed.(May-Dec 2015)
Mr J Cawcutt, BA, BEd
Mrs D Cochran, BEd (ECE)
Miss E Cosgrove, BEd
Mrs J Darbyshire, BEd (EC), DipT
Ms K Davidson, BEdB.Ed (Prim,Sec), Cert III + IV
Mr I Doneley, BSc (Hons), GDipT, DipCarGuidance
Ms L Easton, BScience, GDipEd
Mrs W Ellem, DipVisuArts, GDipEd, GDipEd (Early Childhood)
Mrs M Erbacher, BEd, DipT, TAA
Ms D Erdelyi, BEd (Sec)
Mr G Goodsell, DipEd
Ms E Gotham, BBusMgt, BLaw, GDipLegalPrac, GDipL&T(Prim)
Mrs L Grams, BA, DipEd
Mrs L Grantham, BA (PhysEd), HDE
Mrs C Greenhill, BEd
Mr A Hall, BSc, GDipEd (Sec)
Mrs E Harris, BA, BEd, GDipAdSt
Ms M Hetherington, DipT, BEd
Dr C Hill, PhD, GDipEd, PGBSc (Hons)
Ms L Hobson, GradDipEd(Sec), BA, MEd
Mrs K Jessup, BA, DipEd, DipChStud, CertTESOL
Ms E Knie, BSc, DipIT DipBus, GradDip Learning & Teaching
(Term 3 & 4 2015)
Ms N Macks, BA (Drama), BEd Studies, GDipEd (Prim & Sec)
Ms L Miller, BPMU, BEd
Mrs S Nicol, MEd (SpEd), BEd(EC), DipT
Ms B Powell, BEd (Prim) (PhysEd)
Mrs K Reading, BEd (Prim)
Ms E Reidy, BAppSc(Psych), GDipEd(Sec)
Ms J Reilly, Dip App Sci; Grad DipT (Term 2 & 3 2015)
Mrs C Roberts, MPhil, BAppSc, BEd, DipEd
Ms R Scott, BEd (Sec)
Ms K Scudamore, BA, BEd
Mr J Sessarago, DipT (PE), ASSA
Mrs K Sessarago, BBus, GradDipTeach
Ms J Suttor, BEd, DipEd (EC)
Mrs K Sweeney, DipT, Grad Cert ICT Education
Ms L Threlfall, BEd
Ms M Timmer, BEd, AssDipEd(EC), GradCertTESOL
Mrs D Torrance, DipEd, BEd
Mr J Turner, BSc (Mil), BEd (Sec), GDipCompStud,
GDipMgtStud
Mrs A Van Cauwenberge, MAppl Ling., GDipT
Mrs E Veal, BMusEd, Dip Dalcroze, Cert IV Workplace,
Training & Assessment
Mr P Webb, BEd, CertEd
Ms N Williams, BEd (Prim), Med.
Mrs K Whiteway, BJournalism, GradDipEd
Mr K Whittle, BAppSc, DipEd
Ms K Wighton, BA (Perf), GDipT(Sec)
Ms F Winton, BA, DipEd
ACADEMIC AIDE STAFF
Hospitality and Textile Assistants
Ms M York
Ms S Chaney
Out of School Hours Care Co-ordinator
Mrs J Hilsdon
Learning Enhancement Assistants
Mrs N Cooley, LEA
Mrs T Hammond, DipEd (Infants/Primary)
Mrs A Hohn, BEd, Cert III Education Support
Ms K Jones, Dip Teach
Mrs P Moore, LEA
Mrs J Perrignon, Cert III Education Support
Prep Assistant
Mrs J Canning, Cert III Ed
Kindy Assistants
Mrs S Harris, Cert IV Teacher Aide Studies
Mrs A Maguire, Cert III Ed
Laboratory Technician
Mrs N Aird, AssocDip Lab Techniques
Arts Assistant
Mrs P Bushell
THE ARTS VISITING STAFF
Mrs K Bailey (Speech and Drama), Dip T, BEd
Mrs L Buttsworth (Piano), BArtsPsychandMusic (Hons),
ATM usA, DipCounselling
Mrs G Chappell (Co-ordinator Fairholme
Singing Studio), CertTTC, AMusA (Performance), LTCL
(Performers & Teachers)
Mr M Crook (Woodwind)(Clarinet), DSCM (Performance)
Ms M Crook
Mr I Dixon (Percussion), Dip PIT
Mrs E Egan (Piano), BMus
Mr M Gaydon (Brass), Dip Creative Art (Performance), BArtsMusic
(Conducting and Arranging) DipEd (Sec)(Music and Visual Art)
Mr T Gray
Ms N Hayden (Flute), MMus, AMusA
Ms E Lawrence (Strings), BMusPerformance (Violin)
and Pedagogy
Mrs C Lebsanft
Ms L Martin (Vocals)
Mrs A Noyes (Speech & Drama),
(Speech & Drama)
BA (Drama) AD-AMEB
Mrs A Thomas
BOARDING HOUSE STAFF
Boarding Early Years Co-ordinator
Ms P Smith, DipTeaching (Primary), GradDipSpecEd, AT CL –
Speech and Drama, DipESL
Deputy Heads of Boarding
Miss E Burns, Cert IV Residential Care
Ms L Pickstone, DipT, BEd, BVocEd & Training, GDipMngt,
MMgt(HR)
Assistant to the Boarding House Pastoral Care
Mrs J Sutton, DipT(EC)
Assistant to Head of Boarding
Mrs D Smith, JP (C.Dec)
RESIDENT STAFF
Mrs M Deans, Cert IV Residential Care
Miss M Gleeson, Cert IV Residential Care
Miss R Haase, Cert IV Residential Care
Mrs J Hawley, Cert IV Residential Care
Ms S Heslop, Cert IV Residential Care
Mrs M Jackson, Cert IV Residential Care, AssocDip Chil Care,
Mrs W Fitz-Gerald
Mrs A Berrigan, Dip AgriBus
Registered Nursing Staff
Mrs J Dixon, RN
Mrs L Fernandez, RN
Mrs C Laws, RN
Mrs S McGavin, RN
Mrs A McMahon, RN
Mrs K Riordan, RN, BN – Nurse Manager
Mrs H Surch, RN
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES STAFF
Head of Information & Communications Technology
Mr C Chuc, DipEd (Maths/Computing) Teacher of IT
Network Administrator
Mr A Burow, BSc, BIT
IT Administrators
Ms B Cronin
Mr B Schmacker, BIT, GDipEd
IT Coach
Mr S Buckley, DipMultiMediaSt
AdvDip Childrens Services
ADMINISTRATION STAFF
Administration Manager
Mrs C Whell, AdvDipAcc,Cert IV Bus (SBM), CDec
Principal’s Personal Assistant
Mrs C Andrew
Assistant to Deputy Principal/
Head of Senior School
Mrs A Stephens
Assistant to Head of Middle School
Mrs L J Bennett, CertSchMkt (CMS), Cert IV Education Support
Assistant to Head of Junior School
Mrs J Bialy, Cert III Bus Admin, CDec
Assistant to Head of Teaching & Learning
Ms Y Stierer, CertEd, DipManag, DipBus
Campus Administrator/Administrative
Assistant to the Heads of House
Mrs D Stuart, Cert IV Bus Admin
Administrative Assistant (The Arts)
Mrs K Siebuhr, Cert IV Bus Admin, CDec
Administrative Assistant (Junior School)
Mrs E Layton, Cert III Bus Admin
Administrative Assistant (Sport)
Ms L Munro
Administrative Assistant (Careers Pathways)
Mrs H Bruggemann, CertBus (SBM), Cert TAA, JP (Qual)
BUSINESS OFFICE
Accounts Receivable
Mrs H Pumpa, Cert IV Bus Admin
Accounts Payable and Payroll Officer
Mrs D Hoare-Smith
Compliance Officer
Ms K White, BJustice, GradCert CrimIntel (Term 1 2015)
Enrolments Officer
Mrs E Veal, BMusEd, DipDalcroze, Cert TAA, Cert IV
Workplace, Training & Assessment
LIBRARY & INFORMATION SERVICES STAFF
Ms J Andrews, MInFSt, BArts(Hons), JP (Qual), AALIA
Ms S Back, Adv Cert Business Computing
Mrs C Brunner, Cert III Early Childhood Education
Mrs A Porter, BSc(Hons)
Mrs F Sexton, Cert III in Child Care & Education, Cert IV - Library &
Information Services
SPORTS DEPARTMENT
Aquatic Centre Administrator
Ms M Craven
Athletics Coaches
Ms H Anderson
Ms J Harper
Mr S Hegarty
Ms K Matthews
Ms L Murray
Ms C Otto
Mr G Pitt
Athletics/Basketball Coach
Ms E Elsden
Coach (JOAS)
Mr D Nugent
Cross Country Coaches
Miss H Anderson
Miss M Andrews
Equestrian Co-ordinators
Mrs J Davis
Ms M Unsworth
Football Coaches
Mr R Fulcher
Ms T Hamilton
Junior Swimming Squad Coach
& Events Coordinator
Mr D Negus, BSports Science UNSW; Silver Licence Performance
Archivist and FOGA Alumni Officer
Coach
Mrs J Noble, BA (Hons), Med, Grad Cert Ed & Pub, MACE
Learn to Swim Head Instructor
Publications and Promotions Manager/Alumni
Mrs J Glasheen, Assoc DipGraphic Design, TradeQual Graphic Reproduction Mrs J Dickinson, Austswim Teacher and Presenter of
Swimming & Water Safety, Infant & PS Aquatics, People with a
Publications, Promotions & Events Assistant
Disability, Towards Competitive Strokes, ASCTA Coach, Cert IV
Ms S van der Stelt, DipGraphic Design, Cert IV Photoimaging
Training & Assessment, RLS Trainer & Assessor
Communications and Media Assistant
Mrs I Barnard (until October 2015)
Learn to Swim Teachers
RECEPTION
Mr J Campbell
Mrs L Lawrence
Ms J Lysanowicz
Ms K Neale
Mrs E Stephan
Netball Coaches
Ms K Brassington
Ms A Hughes
Mrs B Marjoribanks
Mrs S Perina
Netball Co-ordinator
Mrs C Hughes
Netball Umpiring Co-ordinator
Mrs C Simpson
Softball Coaches
Ms K Gierke
Ms L Grieve
Schools Swim Program Co-ordinator,
Learn to Swim Teacher
Mrs N Rankin
Swimming Coach
Mr T Taylor, Silver Licence Swimming Coach, BTeaching, Assoc Dip in
Sports Studies, Cert TAA
Assistant Swim Coaches
Ms R Kim
Ms M McDonald
Youth Squad Swim coach, Coach – Water Polo,
Learn to Swim Teacher
Ms H Wolff, Austswim Infant, Certificate III in Community Recreation,
Austswim Competitive Strokes, Cert First Aid, Qua Lifeguard
Projects/Compliance Manager
Mr S Klaebe, DipFinServices, Cert IV BusFrontLine Management, WHSO,
Fire Safety Advisor, Rehab & Return to Work Coordinator
Maintenance Manager
Mr P Sutton, (Trade qual. Carpenter and Joiner)
Grounds and Maintenance Staff
Mr S Anning
Mr A Bennett, (Trade qual. Fitter and Turner)
Mr J McSweeney, DipAppSci (Horticulture)
Mr M Scott
Mr M Smith
Hygiene Services Staff
Mrs C Erbacher
Mrs E Moat
Mrs L Schutt
Cleaning Staff
Mrs A Armstrong
Mrs T Hagenbach
Miss K Hearn
Mrs S Hearn
Miss T Hearn
Mrs T Keding
Mrs J Peach
Mrs T Williams
CATERING
Catering Manager
Mr M Zarb, BA Business (Hospitality Management), Dip Hotel
Tennis Coach
Mr G Wright, Level 2 Advanced Coach Tennis Australia, Level 2 Tennis
Management, Cert Marketing
Professional, BBus
Pastry (Hons) Certificate III & IV in Training
Coaches Australia, Tennis Australia Talent Coach,Tennis Australia Club
Touch Football Coaches
Mrs B Rackemann
Mrs J Webster
Ms K Currie
Ms A Rathie
Touch Football Co-ordinator
Mr C Collins
Volleyball Coaches
Mr J Lysanowicz
Ms M Lysanowicz
Head Chef
Mr J Conway,
706/1 & 706/2 Cookery City & Guild of London, ULCA
Senior Cook
Mrs E Gimm, Cert IV Cooking
Catering Staff
Mrs M L Benedicto
Mrs E Handford
Mrs J McMeeken
Mrs A Meredith
Mrs L Mogg
Ms P Msambya
Mrs K Parry
Mrs R Tamone
HOLMESTORE STAFF
Shop Manager
Mrs T Forbes
Shop Assistants
Mrs J Devine
Mrs M Gallaghar
FACILITIES
Fairholme
College
TOOWOOMBA
Faith in her Future
T 07 4688 4688
www.fairholme.qld.edu.au
Proudly a College of the
Presbyterian Church of Queensland
CRICOS Provider Code: 00651J ABN 78 096 814 130
Registered Provider (QLD): Fairholme College (Toowoomba) Pty Ltd

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