College Governance

Burning yet FLOURISHING

To succeed, to flourish, you must burn:
flourishing is the end point of a lot of hard work.

Libby Munro. (Actress, Fairholme College Old Girl 1998).

Following a year of community consultation throughout 2017, we are delighted to share a high level summary of our Strategic Plan for 2018–2022 with you. In all that we do we seek to honour our College’s motto: Ardens sed Virens - ‘burning yet flourishing’: the Fairholme paradox which acknowledges that burning passion and hard work fuel our ability to flourish.

This year marks Fairholme’s entry into its second century of operation on this site: originally the home of Mrs Margaret Cameron. We recognise her as a matriarch of strength; someone who was deliberate in her valuing of education for girls. Having educated her own, somewhere, somehow, she made the decision to bequest her home, perched on the edge of the Toowoomba escarpment – for the benefit of girls of the future... the girls of Fairholme. Who could have imagined the effect of her choice in 1917, to offer her homestead and its surrounds for sale to the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, along with a donation of a large sum of money to convert it into a girls’ school? How appropriate that our school was founded on an act of benevolence, by the vision of a woman who had faith – not only Christian faith, but also faith in the power of education, specifically for girls; a woman who was resourceful, determined and resilient… characteristics we seek to foster in each and every Fairholme student.

We do look forward to engaging with you in the next phase of Fairholme’s work as an educational community: one that burns with passion in its quest to flourish.

Mr Ian Andersen | Chairman
Dr Linda Evans | Principal

OUR VALUES

There’s a culture there – I don’t know how you put words around it but inclusiveness is one way to describe it. It’s just been fantastic for all three of our girls.
Dan Ostwald (Fairholme College Parent)

Christ-Centred Faith
is enacted through acknowledging God’s presence among us; believing and practising Jesus’ teachings as the core foundation of our community.

Collaboration
is evidenced through the cohesive, considerate and productive endeavours that occur within and between members of our community to enact a shared vision.

Enjoyment
is the spirited engagement and joyful willingness to participate fully in all aspects of College life.

Respect
is evident in our positive regard for one another in all interactions and communications.

Seeking Excellence
is demonstrated through embracing challenges and pursuing diverse learning pathways whilst never being complacent in goal setting or expectations.

OUR MISSION

Fairholme College’s purpose is to develop young women who are:

  • Resilient, independent and highly competent;
  • Well-informed, future-focused, active and creative thinkers and learners;
  • Compassionate, empathic, self-aware and reflective

Fairholme College achieves this by:

  • Living and role modelling its Christian foundations and values;
  • Providing a supportive and connected family environment;
  • Emphasising service to one another and to communities;
  • Providing a holistic, robust and contemporary education for diverse individual interests, needs and abilities;
  • Supporting the learning, development and growth of its staff as outstanding teachers;
  • Focusing on relationship-building skills that link to a restorative approach to conflict resolution.

OUR STRATEGIC GOALS

Statement Of Purpose
Our school exists for our students and we seek to provide optimum conditions for their learning and their growth as contributing members of their communities, both now and into the future. In all that we do, we seek to create an environment where our Students embrace the notion that one must burn in order to flourish.

Steps:

  1. Grow our Christ-centred faith
  2. Connect more intimately with our communities
  3. Increase enrolments to grow Fairholme
  4. Embrace technology and 21st century learning needs
  5. Develop expertise in key research areas
  6. Ensure sustainability through strong stewardship and good governance