Service at Fairholme
Fairholme prides itself in the many co-curricular activities offered to its students and a main theme within these activities is to provide our girls the chance to grow as members of their community, as Australians and as citizens of the wider region. ‘Service’ is a major co-curricular component for our Year 11 girls especially. In order to provide for this, we offer opportunities for participation in a number of service Clubs and service-related activities.
Fairholme has an Interact Club which organises activities and participates in major events, to collect money for charities. In the past this has included:
- The Endeavour Doorknock
- The Red Shield Appeal
- Support to some Toowoomba Rotary Club events
- Other events within the school such as Jeans for Genes and Fashion Parades which collect money for various causes.
There are also numerous other activities of a general nature that the girls are encouraged to attend, such as:
- Peak to Park fun run
- Year 9 Enterprise
- Various activities during Spring Fair
- Junior School fundraising activities such as Jump Rope for Heart, Charity breakfasts and ‘themed’ free-dress days
However, the signature service activities organised by the College are specifically for students in Years 9 to 12. These involve time and commitment from the girls involved, but they result in significant satisfaction, personal growth and reward. These service activities are:
- Sony Camp. In conjunction with Toowoomba Grammar School, is an opportunity for approximately 12 Year 11 students spend the weekend providing respite care for families or primary care givers of children who experience a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. The camp is one weekend long and usually occurs at the beginning of the September School Holidays. There is no cost to students assisting in this program.
- Operation Christmas Child. This activity is organised through Samaritans Purse. Every Pastoral Care Group in the School gathers together items to pack in a ‘shoe box’ that is sent to a child in a village in one of our neighbouring countries. In the past, these boxes have been sent to countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia.
The boxes are collected at the school and sent to Brisbane for shipping. Fairholme girls over the age of 16 are given the opportunity to volunteer their time to travel to Brisbane for a day to work on the packing/sorting line.
- Discovery Tour (Cambodia) From 2014, the College has offered a Discovery Tour to Cambodia. Girls from Year 11 travel to Siem Reap and combine with Volunteers Building Cambodia to build a house for a family in one of the outlying villages.
The girls also participate in a Child Awareness Course and a Human Rights seminar with similar age Cambodian students facilitated by ConCert, a local not-for-profit organisation. There is a significant cultural aspect to this tour including a day spent trip to Angkor Wot Temple site. Indicative costs are approximately $3800.
- Discovery Tour (India) From 2008 to 2013 and in 2015, the College has sent teams of girls to engage in service projects in Ootacamund, South India. Girls from Year 11 travel in the September or December holiday period to spend time discovering the joy of service to others, learning about other cultures and also about themselves.
Service projects in Ootacamund have usually included work at the Mizpah Orphanage as well as visits to a rehabilitation centre called ‘Smyrna’ which caters for elderly people, teenage girls from remote villages, and children with severe physical disabilities as a result of conditions such as polio and cerebral palsy.
In 2016, the Discovery Tour to India will be offered only in December and will expand its project base to include opportunities for girls to be exposed to a wider range of development issues in India. Numbers are limited for this tour and indicative costs are approximately $3800.
- EcoAdventure Service. The aim of this activity is to provide an opportunity for girls to help our environment in some way. The trip is open to Year 9 and Year 11 students and incorporates an education program with Eco Barge Green Seas Inc involving marine debris collection activities and Green Sea Turtle rehabilitation.
The trip also visits the outer Great Barrier Reef and camps on Whitehaven Beach. The trip is conducted in the first week of the September break. (Indicative costs are approximately $2000)
- Refugee Homework Support through TRAMS (Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support) The opportunity exists for eight girls in year 10 and year 11 to travel to Darling Heights State School each Wednesday afternoon during term time to help the migrant children enrolled at the school to complete their homework.
Darling Heights SS has many students from Non-English speaking backgrounds attending their school who have recently come to Australia and many of them are just learning English. Therefore, they require assistance from older people who are native English speakers. A different group of girls is provided with this opportunity each term.
- The Boarder Service Committee is involved with many volunteer projects including: Riding for the Disabled, visits to a local Nursing Home, raising money for Australia’s largest morning tea and collection of old mobile phones and ring pulls. Their most recent endeavour has been fortnightly visits to the Toowoomba City Church base youth group, Base 57- an activity for underprivileged children from years 5 to 7. During this time, students provide dinner for around 30 children and arrange games for them to partake in with the help of other youth leaders.
For further information about these service activities, please contact the school office who will forward your details to the relevant organisers.