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De­spite re­ceiv­ing an ex­cep­tional OP score her­self, Fairholme’s Head Girl in 2018, El­lie Ran­dall, says the Col­lege stands for much more than aca­demic suc­cess.

“Ob­vi­ously, the re­sults are amaz­ing at Fairholme, but I think that comes with the en­vi­ron­ment pro­vided for girls there. Yes, we are well-sup­ported to suc­ceed in what­ever path we choose, but I think the best thing about Fairholme is the all-round ed­u­ca­tion it pro­vides,” El­lie said.

“We are taught the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity through serv­ing oth­ers. We are taught that every­one has a story, and every­one’s is dif­fer­ent. We are taught that there is no re­ward without hard work, and at the end of our jour­ney we be­come part of an ex­tended fam­ily that al­ways wel­comes us home.”

El­lie will study Medicine next year, af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ANU Uni­ver­sity Tuck­well schol­ar­ship.

She was one of only 25 stu­dents Aus­tralia wide to re­ceive the schol­ar­ship, and the first Fairholme re­cip­i­ent.

The Tuck­well recog­nises aca­demic ex­cel­lence and lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­ity and seeks out fu­ture lead­ers who are al­ready mak­ing valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­nity – even at such a young age.

Fairholme’s Head of Teach­ing and Learn­ing, Ste­wart Pea­cock, says El­lie is an ex­am­ple of what hap­pens when stu­dents re­ceive con­sis­tent aca­demic sup­port, cou­pled with an ex­tra­or­di­nary Pas­toral Care sys­tem.

“Fairholme is con­sis­tently pro­duc­ing great re­sults, and happy, world-ready stu­dents.

“We have built a school that pro­duces ex­cep­tional young women,” he said.

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