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The Fahan School

This article is about the Tasmanian school. For the Irish district, see Fahan.

Fahan School
Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia Australia
Coordinates 42°54′52″S 147°21′6″E / 42.91444°S 147.35167°E / -42.91444; 147.35167Coordinates: 42°54′52″S 147°21′6″E / 42.91444°S 147.35167°E / -42.91444; 147.35167

Type Independent, Single-sex school, Day and Boarding
Denomination Non-denominational Christian[1]
Established 1935[2]
Chair Liz Jack
Principal Tony Freeman
Deputy Principal Kathy Foster
Enrolment ~383 (PK–12)[3]
Colour(s) Orange, White and Blue             
Slogan "Small School Big Future"

Fahan School is an independent, day and boarding school located in Sandy Bay, a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is a non-denominational school with a Christian ethos.

Established in 1935 by Isobel Travis and Audrey Morphett. They named the school after the Irish township of Fahan. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 383 students from Pre–Kindergarten (PK) to Year 12,[3] including 40 boarders from years 5 to 12.[4] Boys are enrolled from PK to Year 2, and girls from PK to Year 12.[2]

Fahan School is a member of the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[5] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[1] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[4] and the Association of Independent Schools' of Tasmania (AIST).[2]


Fahan School is located on a single campus set amongst beautiful private gardens and grounds overlooking the River Derwent, in the affluent suburb of Sandy Bay.

Boarding students are accommodated in one of two houses. The new Senior Boarding residence provides private accommodation and study facilities for Year 11 and 12 students. Boarders from Years 5 to 10 live in 'Nateby', an old stately homestead offering dormitory accommodation. Both boarding houses are located within the school grounds.


The Fahan School has a number of sister schools around the world. Fintona (Melbourne), Jogghakan (Japan) and St Mary's (Africa). The school works closely with The Hutchins School in Sandy Bay, Tasmania - with senior students able to study across both campuses.


Each year Fahan fields many teams in a variety of sports. Students may compete for their House and School in sports such as: athletics, badminton, basketball, cross country, equestrian, hockey, netball, rowing, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis and water polo.[6]

House system

The Fahan School has three house systems; Fenton, Franklin or Freycinet. The houses form the basis of the pastoral care program in the Senior School, and also support competition across all sections of the school. Students compete for trophies in a variety of sports as well as academic application.[7]

Notable alumnae

The Fahan School alumni are quite active within the school community alumni association. [8] Some notable alumni include:

See also


Further reading

  • Winter, Gillian.(1981) Fahan 1935-1980 West Hobart: G. Winter.
  • Winter, Gillian.(1995) Sixty years of endeavour, Fahan 1935-1995Sandy Bay, Tas. : Fahan School, 1995. ISBN 0-646-25560-6

External links

  • The Fahan School website
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