The Arts: An overview

Vibrant and full of life, The Arts department is a spirited display of the heart and soul of Fairholme College. An avenue of creativity and self-expression, The Arts offers students an opportunity to acquire academic competencies and interpersonal skills through involvement in the artistic process.

The cultural profile of the College is enriched by a strong set of performance events to showcase the highly valued depth and talent of the girls:

  • Kaleidoscope of The Arts
  • Junior and Middle School Lunchtime Concerts
  • Senior School Recitals
  • Junior, Middle and Senior School Assemblies
  • Singout Festival and Stringout Festival
  • City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod
  • Music Camp
  • Arts Presentation Evening
  • GetSmART – College Arts Festival
  • Fairholme Old Girls’ Association functions and events
  • College services / events
  • Co-productions / musicals
  • Touring opportunities

We look forward to welcoming your daughter to the wonderful world of The Arts at Fairholme College. See the Co-Curricular Art Timetable Term 2 2016 ›

The Arts facilities

  • The Patrea O’Shea Performing Arts Centre, home to specialist studios for Music and Dance tuition and rehearsal
  • 12 individual practice rooms for instrumental lessons and boarder practice
  • Visual arts studio
  • Drama classroom
  • Dance Studio

The Arts as a subject

Fairholme College includes arts activities for all year levels from the Prep through to Year 12. Students may participate in The Arts through both academic programs in class and also the thriving co-curricular program outside of school hours. Students will be introduced to all, or a combination, of classroom subjects.

Arts In Action

Dance Troupe continue to shine at Queensland Eisteddfod

Following on from their success at the Kingaroy Eisteddfod, the Fairholme College Dance Troupe girls competed admirably in the Open Schools section of the 123rd Queensland Eisteddfod, receiving Second Place in the JAZZ/UPTEMPO MODERN GROUP and Third Place in the HIP HOP GROUP sections. Congratulations, girls!

Such wonderful results would not have been possible without many hours of rehearsal and dedication by all of the Dance Troupe girls, together with the professional guidance, support, encouragement and inspiring leadership from their Dance teacher, Mrs Brigid Baker.

The Dance Troupe will also be competing in the upcoming Lockyer District Dancing Eisteddfod on 15 of September and we wish them all the very best for this competition.

Dance Troupe continue to shine at Queensland Eisteddfod

A Blank Canvas… Full Of Opportunities

Isabella Grant will be the only Australian, and one of the youngest artists at this year’s prestigious New York University’s Steinhart Summer Intensive Art Program.

“I just turned 16 yesterday and it was only open to people aged 15-18.”

The 16 year old submitted her application for the course in April, but was advised in May that there had been an overwhelming number of applicants.

She thought she’d missed the opportunity, until she received one of only thirty five acceptance letters last week.

“I think everyone in my neighbourhood heard me squeal. I was so excited!”

Isabella Grant

Located in NYU’s internationally recognised Art Professions department, the three week program will allow Isabella to experience life as a student in the renowned New York City institution.

“So I get to live on campus and attend art classes Monday to Friday and then on Thursdays and Saturday we attend museums and lectures.”

“There’s a pass or fail exam and there’ll also be assessments throughout the course.”

At the end of the course, her final piece will be put on display in one of NYU’s student art galleries.

For the budding artist, it’s like starting work on a new blank piece of canvas, only the opportunities are greater.

“I want to see what opportunities there are for me in Art after school. And not only that, it will actually help me get into University.”

Isabella heads for New York in July.


Arts Calendar

Arts Captains Lunch - Arts Department Veranda, 12.20 - 1pm

Fairholme Grammar Musical Workshops - Assembly Hall, 4.30-6.30pm

Arts Muster - Assembly Hall, 1 - 1.45pm

Junior String Orchestra Commences - P23 Performing Arts Building, 7.30 - 8.15am

Chamber Choir Auditions - P23, Performing Arts Building, 3.30-4.30pm

Fairholme Grammar Musical Auditions - Assembly Hall, 6-9pm

Fairholme Grammar Musical Auditions - Assembly Hall, 9am-1pm

Symphony Orchestra Commences - P23, Performing Arts Building, 3.30 - 4.30pm

SOFA AGM - P22 Performing Arts Building, 6.30-7.30pm
Fairholme Grammar Musical Call-backs - FairholmeAssembly Hall, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Music Scholarship registrations close 15 February 2017

Instrumental Ensemble Music Camp, Mt Tamborine -Depart 1.30pm Friday & Return Sunday 3pm

Instrumental Ensemble Music Camp, Mt Tamborine -Depart 1.30pm Friday Return Sunday 3pm

Instrumental Ensemble Music Camp, Mt Tamborine -Depart 1.30pm Friday Return Sunday 3pm

Middle & Senior Music Ensembles commence rehearsals commence this week

Fairholme Grammar Musical Rehearsals - Assembly Hall, 2–5pm

Fairholme Grammar Musical Rehearsals - Assembly Hall, 6.30–8.30pm

The Flick Drama Excursion - The Cremorne TheatreQPAC, 4.30pm-12am

Fairholme Grammar Musical Rehearsals - Assembly Hall, 2–5pm

Fairholme Grammar Orchestra Rehearsals - P23, Performing Arts Building, 4.45 – 6.15pm

The Arts at Fairholme

Keeping in Touch

Any enquiries regarding The Arts, including event information and results, can be directed to Mrs Kathy Siebuhr, Assistant to Performing & Visual Arts Departments email:

Fairholme’s ‘2016 Junior Art Expo’ Success!

The 2016 Junior Art Expo attracted over 780 entries, from which the judges selected 116 works for certificates of commendation.

Fairholme College was presented with three awards, including the honourable Schools’ Encouragement Award for the school with the most acceptances. In addition, Briana Dascombe (Year 11) was presented the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Runner Up Award for the Open Drawing Section.

Hannah Currie (Year 10) was awarded the Runner Up Award for Open Print-Making.

In total, 16 Fairholme girls had their works short-listed for the Expo. The work is on display at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery until July 24.

Congratulations to all Art Students involved and of course to Mrs Karen Hayward, Head of the Arts Department, on this wonderful result.

2016 Junior Art Expo

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