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.
Students in Years 5 to 10 live in ‘Nateby’, the original stately Fahan residence, which offers inviting dormitory style accommodation that allows friendships to form between boarders. Students in Years 5 to 8 undertake prep sessions in Nateby under the supervision of the Boarding House staff, who closely monitor their studies. Students in Years 9 and 10 undergo 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.
Girls in Years 11 and 12 reside in the senior boarding residence, where they are provided with individual accommodations, and are given more independence and privacy. These rooms are equipped with the latest modern conveniences including reverse cycle air conditioning and internet access. Senior students also have access to a basic kitchenette and a lounge area with entertainment facilities. Tutors are available for academic and emotional assistance. However, these students' learning style is self directed and collaborative and allows each girl to take responsibility for their own learning.
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. However long their stay is, 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 spirit, community and learning 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..”