We're All Coming Home
The atmosphere at Fairholme has changed after Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, announced New South Wales boarders could travel home for the holidays without the need to isolate on their return in Term 4.
Dr Young made the announcement on Tuesday, along with the following conditions:
- Students must be returning to a home town that has no active cases of COVID-19;
- Students must travel by road from Queensland to their property
- Students must not leave the boundary of their property for the two week holiday
- Students must not have any visitors at the property (aside from people essential to the operations of the property)
- Students must return via road to their school in Queensland.
The announcement has been met with relief at Fairholme, with many boarders saying the conditions won’t impact their time at home.
“It honestly doesn’t bother me, it doesn’t bother my family – it’s really what we do anyway. Other than our workers on the property we don’t see anyone,” says Year 9 student, Primrose Slack-Smith.
“We grow wheat and barley, so we’re just getting ready for harvest, which was another stressful time for Mum and Dad so everyone’s very relieved.”
Dr Linda Evans, who advocated strongly on behalf of New South Wales families, says she is pleased the voices of the NSW boarding families have been heard.
“The overwhelming feeling for me is relief. I am relieved for our girls, for their families and for all 491 NSW boarders who are an integral part of our Queensland Boarding Schools. I am grateful that their voices have been heard and that their stories have had weight and found impact. Most of all, I am relieved that no school student will have to endure solitary confinement in the form of two weeks of quarantine, in a Boarding House.”
Students begin holidays at the end of next week, and return on Wednesday 7 October.