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 Senior School.
Arnhem Land Discovery Tour
For Senior School Girls
Held Annually during the June/July holiday
During this trip, Senior School girls travel to and immerse themselves in the remote reaches of Arnhem Land. They work on a needed project alongside the Traditional Owners of homelands nestled between Jabiru and Manangrida. In addition to the service project, the group spends time fishing at local water holes, spending time with local children, seeing jumping crocs and spending time at sacred sites, all led by Elders and Traditional Owners. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the girls to be.
Cambodia Discovery Tour
For Year 11 Girls
Held annually commencing very soon after the conclusion of the academic year
From 2014, the College has offered a Discovery Tour to Cambodia. Girls from Year 11 travel to Siem Reap and combine with Volunteers Building Cambodia to build a house for a family in one of the outlying villages.
There is a significant cultural aspect to this tour including a time spent participating in a Khmer cooking class and visiting the Angkor Wot Temple site, floating villages and the flooded forest at Lake Tonlé Sap and the National War Museum.
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
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.
Packing at Brisbane Centre
For Year 10 & 11 Girls who are 16 years of age at time of event.
Held Annually During Terms III & IV
Cost: travel costs only
The boxes are collected at the school and sent to Brisbane for shipping. Fairholme girls over the age of 16 are given the opportunity to volunteer their time to travel to Brisbane for a day to work on the packing/sorting line.
Refugee Homework Support through TRAMS
TRAMS is Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support.
For Year 10 & 11 Girls
Held weekly after school, once afternoon/week
Cost: contribution towards transport
Held at Darling Heights State School each Wednesday afternoon during term time, this program enables girls to support the migrant children enrolled at the school to complete their homework.
Darling Heights State School has many students from non-English speaking backgrounds attending their school who have recently come to Australia and many of them are just learning English. Therefore, they require assistance from older people who are native English speakers. A different group of girls is provided with this opportunity each term.
Rosies Friends on the Street
For Year 11 & 12 Day Girls
Held once a month on a Sunday morning (maximum likely involvement is twice/semester)
Costs: food contribution on schedule Sunday
Rosies Friends on the Street provide meals for members of the Toowoomba community who are not always able to access nutritious food. A small group of girls, staff and parents provide a number of items in order to be able to cook a hot brunch for Rosies patrons, one Sunday morning each month – including holidays.
Sony Foundation Camp
For Year 11 Girls
Held on the first Weekend of the September holiday
In conjunction with Toowoomba Grammar School, this opportunity can be offered to approximately twelve Year 11 students who spend the weekend providing respite care for families and primary care givers of children who experience a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. Girls work through a thorough preparation program.
Year 12 Leadership Committees
For Year 12 Girls
Primary Servant Leadership Role for all Year 12 Girls
During Year 11, girls indicate to which aspect of College life they wish to dedicate their servant leadership focus during their year of senior leadership.
Working under the guidance of staff mentors, each Leadership Committee prepares and presents a proposal for strengthening their aspect of community life.
In 2017-2018, the Leadership Committee are:
- Communications Leadership Committee
- Environment Leadership Committee
- Junior School Leadership Committee
- Middle School Leadership Committee
- Ministry Leadership Committee
- Pastoral Care Leadership Committee - Black House
- Pastoral Care Leadership Committee - Cameron House
- Pastoral Care Leadership Committee - Powell House
- Pastoral Care Leadership Committee - Stephens House
- Restorative Practice Leadership Committee
- Teaching & Learning, Technology Leadership Committee
- Wellness Leadership 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.
1. The Servant Song by Richard Gillard