Fintona Girls' School
|Fintona Girls' School|
Latin: Age Quod Agis
("Do what you do well")
|Balwyn, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, girls' school, Day school|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Slogan||"Great things come from a small package"|
Established in 1896, Fintona is a non-selective school and currently caters for approximately 600 students from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to Year 12.
Fintona is a member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV), the Alliance of Girls Schools Australia (AGSA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), and the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA).
Fintona Girls' School is divided into 4 teaching sections:
- The Early Learning Centre (ELC)
- Junior School, catering for Prep to Year 4
- Middle School, catering for Years 5 to Year 8
- Senior School, catering for Years 9 to 12
The school's ELC curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to education. From Prep to Year 6, students are involved in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program which covers the subject areas of language, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, arts, and personal, social and physical education. Senior School students are prepared for the Victorian Certificate of Education, in which Fintona is consistently ranked as one of the best performing girls schools in Victoria. In 2006, Fintona was ranked in the top five schools in the state of Victoria, based on its VCE results, with 33% of study scores over 40. Fintona was ranked the No. 1 non-selective school in Australia based on the Naplan results in 2011.
The three Junior School (P-6) houses of Fintona are Bedggood, Menzies and Reid. The six Middle and Senior School (years 5-12) houses of Fintona are Boyne (after school benefactors), Clarke (after first Fintona boarder and matriculant), Hughston (after first headmistress), Murdoch (after Reverend Murdoch of Trinity church, Camberwell, where many boarders attended), Maxwell (after father of one of Fintona's first prefects), Ower (after member of staff 1900 - 1930).
Ex-students of Fintona Girls' School are known as 'Old Fintonians' and may elect to join the 'Old Fintonians Association'. Some notable 'Old Fintonians' include:
- Media, entertainment and the arts
- Hannah Greenwood - Australian actress
- Lorna Mary Belton Stirling - Musicologist
- Eleanore Watson - One of Australia's first female journalists
- Medicine and science
- Politics and the law
- Dame Beryl Beaurepaire AC, DBE (née Bedggood) - Australian feminist, former chairman of the Federal Women's Committee of the Liberal Party of Australia, wife of Ian Beaurepaire (of Beaurepaire tyre's fame)
- Dr Helen Caldicott - Environmentalist and anti-nuclear campaigner 
- Andrea Coote - Australian politician
- Pattie Maie Menzies (née Leckie) - Wife of former Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies. Appointed appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (Civil), for public duty in hospitalwork
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- Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (accessed:10-08-2007)
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