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.

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.

Head of Boarding, Kirsteen Devine

Fahan School’s Head of Boarding, Kirsteen Devine joined the Nateby boarding residence in Term 4, 2018.

After three years in Queensland, Kirsteen and husband John returned home to Hobart in 2018. Kirsteen is already an established member of the Fahan Community: prior to her time in Queensland, she was a Senior Teacher at Fahan for 11 years.

Kirsteen and John have a great love for boarding and plenty of experience, having run the Hutchins Boarding House 2004–2009, and are pleased to be given the opportunity to lead the Fahan Boarding Community. John, who is State Manager for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, will join Kirsteen at Fahan in 2019 adding to the home-away-from-home, family atmosphere.

Kirsteen brings her past experiences and knowledge of boarding to Fahan but is also intent on ensuring Fahan Boarding retains its uniqueness and culture.  “Fahan is not just a school, it’s a family; a close community where girls have a variety of opportunities and participate enthusiastically. The support of a caring and committed environment allows our girls to develop and reach their full potential.”

With a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and a Bachelor of Education, Kirsteen continues to teach Mathematics and Business at Fahan during school hours.

Kirsteen says, “I am looking forward to getting to know Fahan’s boarding families and supporting the boarders – most of whom I already know in a teaching capacity. I have been away from boarding for a few years and I am excited about joining this wonderful community.”



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