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The Fairholme Parents and Friends Association (P&F) formed in 1952, is a support group designed to provide assistance to the students of Fairholme College through betterment of the educational environment. It also provides a friend-raising and networking forum for parents. This occurs in a diversity of ways - through attendance at meetings, serving at school-based events, fundraising, and generally through taking interest in school activities. Through support of the Holmestore, the annual Spring Fair as well as other fundraising activities, the P&F is able to undertake projects which provide extra resources and capital items that would not otherwise be able to be acquired through fees.
The Projects Committee meets annually to review a ‘Wish List’ generated by members of staff, as well as this, sub groups may make requests from time to time for funding of items over $500. Recently purchased items and projects include electronic whiteboards, library furniture, data projectors, refurbishment of the courtyard in the boarding house, choir rises and an exercise area on the oval.
The provision of such items and resources is designed to benefit as many students as possible and ideally, over a number of years. The philosophy of making even a small difference across the entire school community is in keeping with the spirit of the P&F. As such, the P&F is unable to support individual students or small groups.
A number of sub-groups sit under the umbrella of the P&F and all seek to nurture the educational opportunities for members of the Fairholme community.
Meetings: From 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month, during term time.
Venue: L Block Assembly (entry from Wirra Wirra Street carpark)
June 11 2013 Meeting Agenda (80KB PDF)
May 14 2013 General Meeting (120KB PDF)
February 12 2013 General Meeting (200KB PDF)
February 12 2013 Annual Meeting (200KB PDF)
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P&F representatives for 2013:
President: Sharyn Donaldson
Secretary: Kirstie Smolenski
Treasurer: Colette Whell
Vice President: Laura Black
Representatives to the Fairholme Board of Directors: Deb Weber, Graham Burt
Representatives to the Projects Committee: Phillip Clark, Robyn Rogers
For further information, please contact the College on phone 07 4688 4688 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boarder Support Group is a subgroup of the P&F parent body. It seeks to support the school in its aim to create a safe, nurturing and enjoyable ‘home away from home’ for our boarder girls, and represents an important communication link between boarders, their families and the school. Like the P&F it is also provides a friend-raising and networking forum for parents. At times, this group assists in P&F fundraising activities most notably, its long tradition of running the Boarder Cent sale at the annual Spring Fair.
Members of the group also take an active support role during the Boarder Orientation weekend, at the beginning of the new school year and whenever significant events take place that involve our boarding families.
All parents are welcome to participate in this network and attend meetings. For further information or boarder support contact details please phone the Assistant to the Head of Boarding at Fairholme on 07 4688 4663.
Boarder Support Group Representatives for April 2012 – April 2013
President: Mrs Debbie Weber
Vice President: Mrs Libby McPhee
Secretary: Mrs Jenny Hartwig
Meetings: Commencement of Terms 2, 3 & 4 at 2:30 pm. *cup of tea available from 2:00 pm.
Venue: Amy Carson Room
In seeking the opportunity to ‘friend-raise’ between boarder and day families, boarder parents are invited to serve as a year level representative and hence join with a day parent counterpart to organise year level social gatherings. For further information regarding this, please contact the Assistant to Head of Middle School 07 4688 4681 or Assistant to Head of Senior School 07 4688 4655.
Supporters of Fairholme Art is a subgroup of the P&F parent body open to any member of the Fairholme community with an interest in supporting the Arts. The ‘Arts’ at Fairholme encompasses instrumental and vocal music groups, dance and drama troupes and groups and visual arts activities including, but not restricted to: painting, sculpting and photography. The group seeks to be informed about directions and upcoming events in the Arts Department, and to offer practical and or fundraising support. The group assists in a diversity of ways at recitals, awards and presentation evenings and generally fosters interest in, and celebrates the work of students within the Arts.
Co-Presidents: Sharyn Donaldson, Deb Munro
Treasurer: Sonia Fitton
Secretary: Laura Black
Meetings: The first Tuesday of each month, term time at 6:30pm.
Venue: Performing Arts Building, room P22
For further information, contact the Performing Arts Department on 07 4688 4679 or
via Email email@example.com.
Friends of Junior School is a subgroup of the P&F parent body, first established in 2000. It seeks to support the work of the Junior School in enhancing the educational environment for all Kindy, Prep and Junior students, and also provides an important networking and friend-raising forum for parents. Meetings usually involve a small presentation by a guest speaker, a discussion of up-coming junior events, planning for fundraising activities and social occasions. FOJS members organise a High Tea event each year, run stalls at Athletics and Swimming events.
Friends of Junior School Representatives for 2013
Whilst the group operates very much as a cooperative; there are two ‘formal positions’ this year:
Co-ordinator: Kirstie Smolenski
Treasurer: Colette Whell
Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month, term-time 1:45 – 2:45
Venue: L Block Assembly
For further information contact Fairholme Junior on 4688 4647, or via email
Friends of Sport is a subgroup of the P&F parent body which seeks to support the work of the Fairholme Sports department through a general interest in the diverse sporting life of our students as well as fundraising activities. The highly successful FOS Social, held annually, is the main fundraising event. Meetings are held as needed and convened by the Head of Sport.
For further information, contact the Sports Department on 4688 4634 or via email
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