Fahan School’s Boarding House is a home away from home for girls, providing a safe environment and a chance to form close friendships.

For students who need to live away from home to attend school, Fahan can provide a safe and stimulating environment within its Sandy Bay boarding house and the opportunity to develop close friendships with students from around Tasmania, interstate and overseas. There are short-term and full-time boarding options available to students in Years 5-12 in our family-orientated, all-girls boarding house in Hobart, Tasmania.

As a girl grows towards adulthood her needs change and at Fahan we accommodate for this by providing more freedom and responsibility for learning in the Boarding House environment. Our students develop the habits of a health-promoting lifestyle in readiness to cope with the lifelong challenge of managing change, taking responsibility for their own learning and understanding their individual rights, while being aware of the community rights of others and achieving a balance of personal freedom, duty and proper citizenship.

The boarders undertake their prep sessions in the Senior Library with the presence of a tutor to assist if necessary. The progress of each student is monitored and there is an easy liaison between academic and boarding staff. Our Boarding House tutors are available for both academic and emotional assistance.

Meals are prepared fresh each day for the boarding family and their feedback ensures popular meals are made and that the menu is varied. We ensure that all food is healthy and geared towards the nutritional needs of growing girls and dietary requirements are readily accommodated.

Students with extracurricular commitments are also catered for so that they can involve themselves fully in Fahan School life. Fahan’s Boarding facilities offer students a safe, happy and fulfilling place to live.

The Boarding House at Fahan genuinely embodies the School values of Learning, Spirit and Community and we welcome you and your family to come and experience boarding at Fahan.


Head of Boarding, Fiona Short

Fiona has worked in boarding for over eighteen years and firmly believes that boarders are the heart of a school!

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Tasmania, she moved to Melbourne to undertake a Bachelor of Teaching and found a position at Caulfield Grammar School as a residential tutor. In 2006, inspired by her work in the boarding house, Fiona completed a Master of Education degree at Monash University where her thesis explored a variety of issues related to boarding. Fiona values life-long learning and in 2016 she completed a Graduate Certificate in International Education at the University of Melbourne. During her time in Victoria, Fiona taught all primary classes, as well as specialist Indonesian and Performing Arts. She also led whole school initiatives in Student Wellbeing and Inquiry Learning.

Fiona returned to Hobart at the beginning of 2017 and most recently worked as an Early Years Network Leader for the Department of Education. This position involved working with teachers from Kindergarten to Year Two, helping them to reflect on, and strengthen their early years pedagogy.

Fiona is passionate about working collaboratively and developing strong relationships with all involved in boarding and the wider school community. Her priority is making sure all the boarders feel happy, safe and cared for, using the Fahan values as her foundation. Fiona’s three-year-old daughter, Aurora is loving all the ‘big sisters’ she has suddenly acquired and they are both delighted to be part of the Fahan family.

Fiona says, “Our Boarding community is a close-knit one which is built on relationships. The boarders agree that it is the people that make the boarding house the special environment it is. We are a small community, allowing for a family atmosphere where every girl feels that she belongs.




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