Learning how to be strong, compassionate and effective members of a community is vital to the girls’ learning at Fairholme.
will you let me be your servant
let me be as Christ to you1
We recognise that serving others is an important aspect of our everyday experience as we live and learn within this community. Understanding how to be strong, compassionate and effective members of a community is vital to everyone’s experience at Fairholme.
Service is seen daily through considered and intentional care of others. Moreover, Fairholme consciously reaches out to serve those beyond our immediate community - locally, nationally and globally. Girls may be involved at many levels, whether as direct participants, as supporters of particular projects or through leading service campaigns for the community.
Fairholme recognises that our girls are already members of many communities and will engage in many more in their lifetime. We aim to enable girls to not only understand and appreciate their participation in such groups, but to step well beyond that to be a critical influence through purposeful contributions and leadership, all the while serving with humility, compassion, strength and without prejudice.
Service learning opportunities in the Middle School.
Eco Adventure Service
For Year 9 & 11 Girls
Held annually during the September holiday
Cost: c. $2000
The aim of this activity is to provide an opportunity for girls to help our environment in some way. The trip incorporates an education program with Eco Barge Green Seas Inc., and involves marine debris collection activities and Green Sea Turtle rehabilitation.
The trip also visits the outer Great Barrier Reef and camps on Whitehaven Beach.
Activities for all Middle & Senior School girls. Led by the Year 12 Interact Board
All girls invited to participate in events to support these annual projects:
- Beyond Blue
- Girls in the Middle
- Indigenous Literacy Foundation
- International Sponsor Children
- Jeans for Genes Day
- Responsive service when emergency or unexpected events prompt a response from the Fairholme community in order to support others in crisis
- Share the Dignity Campaign
- Shave for a Cure (only Year 12 girls shave or cut hair)
- Student to Student – The Smith Family
Middle School Fundraising
Middle School girls are encouraged to think about others through service to their community. This often takes the form of raising money for various charities including our Middle School sponsor child who we support through Compassion. The Middle School girls like to be responsive to emerging needs and so the charities we support can change each year to allow the students flexibility in their choices of services to others.
Operation Christmas Child
For all students
Held Annually During Terms III & IV
Cost: through choices of donations
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.
Year 9 Leadership Committees
For Year 9 Girls
Primary Servant Leadership Role for all Year 9 Girls.
There is an opportunity for Yr 9 girls to be leaders of the Middle School and to provide service to the Middle School and broader College community. The leaders work together to prepare activities, games and competitions for the rest of the Middle School girls to enjoy and participate in. This helps to build an inclusive Middle School culture where each girl feels like she belongs.
In 2017-2018, the Committees are:
- Communications Committee
- Ministry Committee
- Pastoral Care Committee
- Sport Committee
- Teaching & Learning Committee
- The Arts Committee
When emergencies or unexpected events impact on a community, when possible, Fairholme will respond through awareness raising ventures and/or activities which will help to encourage donations for those in affected.
See the expanded range of service opportunities for girls in Senior School Service Learning
1. The Servant Song by Richard Gillard