Ellie Randall unashamedly admits she spends all her pocket money on bike accessories, tyres and lycra, and it all just paid off.

On Sunday the 16 year old rode in the Ride the Range challenge for the first time.

After only 5 months of training in long distance riding, Ellie was the first female to cross the finish line in the gruelling 112 kilometre race.

“So we started out at Picnic Point and descended from there which was the scariest part because it’s really fast, and there’s so many riders bunched together.

But it finishes up the hill (the Range), and you hit the hill with 108ks already done and you have to get up that.”

‘That hill’ is the Toowoomba Range, via Blanchview road back to Picnic Point. The biggest challenge is making it back up the Great Dividing Range.

“It was such an awesome feeling to know I did it and did it in such good time. Dad and I were aiming to finish in 4 and a half hours.”

Ellie rode across the line, recording a time of 3 hours and 45 minutes.

The Year 11 Fairholme student rides on Thursday and Saturday mornings, with the Highfield’s Rollers. Often her Mum and Dad are riding alongside her.

“I love the beautiful places that we ride – we go out to Oakey and all around Toowoomba and it’s just beautiful first thing in the morning.”

Riding the notorious Toowoomba Range, it seems, has left Ellie looking for a new challenge.

“I definitely want to do the Three Peaks challenge – it’s a 235km ride. I just have to find time to fit that in.”

The triathlete and cyclist wants other girls to set the benchmark higher.

“Just give it a go. You know all these girls always say ‘I could never do that’ or ‘that’s not for me’ – but when you get out there you just take it a kilometre at a time. That’s applicable to everything in life. I just used that same mentality to make it through my Maths exam.”

Watch this space…

The Interhouse Dolphin Swimming Carnival
The Intensive Learn to Swim program makes such a remarkable difference to the ability and confidence of our girls in Prep to Year 2, and I am certain many family members who were privileged to be able to attend the Dolphin Interhouse Swimming Carnival will attest to this.

Congratulations to Maddison Reisinger who was awarded the Boucher Trophy for the Most Promising Swimmer in 2017. The Cathy Heilbronn Trophy for the Champion Relay House was won by Powell House. Powell House won with 192 points, Stephens House with 172, Cameron House 96 and Black House 80 points.











Year 3 to 6










Thank you to all Junior School staff, the Learn to Swim coaches and Fairholme coaching staff for assisting as officials for the morning. Thank you also to the following Year 9 girls who, assisted at the carnival: Bella Bullen, Emma Chesterfield, Zoe Crooke, Claire Faulkner, Zoe Lavering, Olivia Lewis and Georgie Scouller. Well done, girls.

Representative Athletes
Congratulations to the following girls for their selection into Zone and Darling Downs Teams:

Darling Downs: Melody McHugh and Shenali Mikkelsen (Basketball), Mia Pratt (Swimming)
Zone: Holly Ford, Alex Kohlbach, Isabella Doyle and Matilda Walker (Netball)

Congratulations to the following students who made Darling Downs teams last week: Lucy Hill, Rani Brennan and Ella Rogers (Orienteering); Natalie McHugh and Brianna Ott (Basketball). These girls now go on to State Championships later in the year and we wish them all the best.

New Zealand Sport Tour Sponsorship
In the September holidays, approximately 50 students and staff will head off to the South Island of New Zealand on a Sport Tour. The girls will play 4-5 games of Netball and Touch in two age groups. Currently we are seeking sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring please contact the Head of Sport, Tony Tregaskis.

AFL Success
Last week, we had 13 very enthusiastic girls go to the Darling Downs AFL Schools Cup competition. Representing Fairholme at the competition were Nell Tomlinson, Sophie Meynink, Georgie Horn, Lucy Ronnfeldt, Tink Morgan, Mia Lethbridge, Lilly Marsden, Zara Bambling, Paige Carpenter, Sophie Hann, Georgia Voll, Sophie Young and Ruth Johnston. Some girls have had little experience with AFL but quickly adapted to the game. They were undefeated in the competition and went on to defeat Centenary Heights 39-24. They will now go on to represent the Darling Downs region in the next stage of the competition later in the year. A big thank you to our coaching staff of Jack Cawcutt and Kristen Currie, for assisting our girls in the competition. Congratulations to all our girls.

TSSS Basketball Success
Fairholme have had three teams in TSSS Basketball competition. Our U15 team finished 2nd in their pool and the U13 team 1st in their pool. The competition only allows the winning pool team to go into the finals. Our U13 (Year 7/8) team played in the grand final on Friday night against Christian Outreach College where they won the Darling Downs Secondary Schools competition by 47 - 6.

Fairholme also won the “Kathy Gouldson Trophy, Champion Girl’s School, Darling Downs Secondary Schools, USQ Basketball Challenge.” This result is based on the placings of all three teams in the Year 7/8, U15 and Open competitions.

Congratulations to our Basketball players.

Queensland School Sport Swimming Championships
Fairholme have had a number of girls participate in the 13-19 Years Queensland Swimming Championships over the last week. We have had some great results from our girls with a number of personal best performances, Annabelle Johnman named Darling Downs Swimming Captain and 3rd in 100m Butterfly, 2nd in the 200m Butterfly and Naia Anderson 3rd in the 400m Individual Medley.

Triathlon Success
Congratulations to Georgia Sloss and Phoebe Meyer Elks who finished 1st and 2nd in the Kingscliff Triathlon last weekend.

National Track and Field Success
We have a number of girls participating at the National Track and Field Championships at this very moment. We look forward to hearing more results in the coming days. Most recent results to hand are:

Ellie Bowyer
1st U20 Javelin, 46.62m
13th U18 Hammer, 43.04m

Bella McLoughlin
4th U17 Hammer, 45.54m

Congratulations, Ellie and Bella.

Netball Club Duty Day
On the 22 April Fairholme has club duty day. We do need help from parents and students (that are over 15) to help manage the canteen from 8.30 to 4.30pm, set up and pack up. If you can help out please let our Netball Coordinator (Cindy Hughes) know ASAP or via Fairholme.SportAdministration@fairholme.qld.edu.au

Fairholme Equestrian
It has been a busy start to the year for the Fairholme Equestrian Team.

The Tanya Mitton clinic was held in early February. Tanya worked with each individual rider over the weekend.

We had our Fairholme Show Jump day in February, our first competition for the year. The following weekend was the Millmerran Show dressage, which was an IQ qualifier. All team members enjoyed success with the dressage, with some also experiencing success in the show jumping.

The Fairholme riders travelled widely last weekend. There were competitions at Toowoomba Showgrounds run by The Glennie School for Show Horse & Combined Training. Phoebe Riordan, Bree Robertson, Mia Doering and Rebecca Mullen competed successfully at the Glennie event. Results are below.

Alissa Wood, our Endurance Rider is competing this weekend in an 80km ride.

If you are a rider, whether day or boarding student, please contact me via email at Fairholme.equestrian, to discuss options.

Show Horse

Bree Robertson
Cooper (Show Hack)
Overall: 4th

Chief (Working Hunter)
Overall: 1st

Mia Doering
Tolly (Show Hack)
Overall 5th

Combined Training

Bree Robertson
Chief (60cm) 1st
Cooper (95cm) 4th

Phoebe Riordan
Balzac (95cm) 1st
Tinkerbell (60cm) 2nd

Rebecca Mullen
Kenny (80cm) 5th

Wide Bay Regional Championships at Caboolture. Jasmine Perrier represented Fairholme at this competition, coming home with a Reserve Champion in Senior Preliminary Dressage, and 3rd Overall in 80cm Combined Training. Jasmine is a new member of the Equestrian team this year. Congratulations, Jasmine and Eddy.

Inglewood Quarries ODE at Warwick Horse Trials:
Amelia Schooley and Lauren Bougoure headed down to the Warwick Horse Trials ODE at Morgan Park. Amelia and Grand Exito place 6th overall in the EvA105, and Amelia was the highest placed Junior in the class. Lauren and Lord Emilio placed 11th overall in the EvA95 Junior class. Congratulations and well ridden to both girls. Both had clear xc and show jumping.

Tracey Sexton | Equestrian Co-ordinator

Sports Calendar

Level 1 Athletics Coaching Course - Fairholme, all day

Wed Night Netball - Venue TBA, 4-8.30pm
Andrews Cup training for Cross Country, 3.30-5pm
TSSS Wed Sport - Tmba Various Locations, 1-3pm
TSSS Cluster day 4 19yrs Football, 15 yrs Basketball - TBA, all day

TSS Zone Trials Hockey
Assn Football training - Fairholme Oval, 3.30-5pm
Assn Touch Training - Queens Park, 3.30-5pm
VWC Netball Teams Training - Fairholme Gym, 3.30-5.15pm

Assn Volleyball Training - Fairholme Gym, 3.30-5pm
Assn Touch Training - Queens Park, 3.30-5pm
Assn Football Games - Various Venues, TBA
FAST League - Fairholme Aquatic Centre, 3.30-5pm

Assn Touch Fixtures - Kearney Springs, 1.15-4.15pm
Assn Netball - Nell E Robinson Park, 9.45am-5pm

Assn Hockey Games - Clyde Park, 8.30am-4.30pm
Equestrian Saturday & or Sunday Training & or Competitions

Equestrian Saturday & or Sunday Training & or Competitions

Assn Netball Training - NER, 3.30-5.15pm
TSSS Winter Nominations Meeting - St Mary's, 3.30-5pm


Sporting Success