From the Principal

ARDENS SED VIRENS – Burning yet Flourishing

One hundred years ago, three anxious but excited primary-aged girls clambered their way to the top of the eleven steps of the Fairholme Homestead, and thus began their journey, and our journey, as a provider of quality girls’ education. Our College motto – ‘Ardens sed Virens’ – (burning yet flourishing) encapsulates the spirited heart of our College: spirit drawn from our Christian foundations. We are proudly a College of the Presbyterian Church in Queensland, an all-girls’ K – 12 day and boarding school with a co-educational kindergarten that seeks excellence for each and every student.

Perched on the edge of the Toowoomba escarpment, you just have to step into our beautiful grounds, and you know that Fairholme is not an ordinary school. It’s a school that celebrates its pursuit of excellence in academic, cultural and sporting fields whilst maintaining a clear commitment to active service – giving back at a local and international level. Our school-leavers are invariably hopeful, determined young women who expect to do well in whatever field of study, or vocation that they choose. They understand perseverance, tenacity, and persistence and that choosing the hard over the easy often reaps the greatest rewards. Ultimately, they carry the legacy of all who have climbed the homestead stairs before them, and they remain inextricably linked to all with whom they have journeyed during their time at Fairholme.

We welcome your visit to our beautiful campus, at any time. Here, you can gain a greater sense of what it means to be a Fairholme girl: burning yet flourishing.

Warm regards

DrLinda Evans | EdD, MA, BEdSt, Dip T, MACE, MACEL

Why Choose a Girls’ School?

For a thousand great reasons, we believe! The Australasian Alliance of Girls Schools captures these reasons succinctly, stating that all girls’ schools provide: academic advantage, leadership opportunities, positive role models, a tailored curriculum, countless opportunities, counteraction of negative influences and the notion of global citizenship. See for further information about the power of an all girls’ learning environment.

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Fairholme College
gmapPO Box 688
40 Wirra Wirra Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

T +61 7 4688 4688
F +61 7 4688 4694

Principal’s Contact Details

Dr Linda Evans
T +61 7 4688 4624
Principal’s Assistant
Mrs Celia Andrew
T +61 7 4688 4624

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