Fintona Girls' School

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Fintona Girls' School
Fintona crest. Source: (Fintona website)
Balwyn, Victoria
Coordinates 37°48′51″S 145°4′48″E / 37.81417°S 145.08000°E / -37.81417; 145.08000Coordinates: 37°48′51″S 145°4′48″E / 37.81417°S 145.08000°E / -37.81417; 145.08000
Type Independent, girls' school, Day school
Motto Latin: Age Quod Agis
("Do what you do well")
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1896
Chairman Dana Fleming
Principal Suzy Chandler
Staff ~120[1]
Enrolment ~600 (K–12)[1]
Colour(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Slogan "Great things come from a small package"

Fintona Girls' School is a small, independent, non-denominational, day school for girls, located in Balwyn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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),[2] the Alliance of Girls Schools Australia (AGSA),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] and the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA).[5]


Fintona was established as a Presbyterian, day and boarding school for girls, in 1896. The school was founded by Miss Annie Hughston and was originally located in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell.

The school occupies 'Balwyn', the historic home and vineyard built by early settler Andrew Murray, from which the suburb of Balwyn takes its name.[6]


Period Details
1896 – 1921 Miss Annie Hughston[7]
1922 – 1926 Miss Isobel Macdonald[7]
1927 – 1929 Miss Majory Black[7]
1930 – 1934 Miss Jeanie McCowan[7]
1935 – 1962 Miss Margaret Cunningham[7]
1963 – 1991 Miss Elizabeth Butt[7]
1992 – 2000 Mrs Debroah Seifert[7]
2001 – 2005 Dr Karen Starr[7]
2006 – Present Mrs Suzy Chandler[7]


Fintona Girls' School is divided into 4 teaching sections:

  1. The Early Learning Centre (ELC)
  2. Junior School, catering for Prep to Year 4
  3. Middle School, catering for Years 5 to Year 8
  4. Senior School, catering for Years 9 to 12[8]

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.[8] 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.

Fintona offers four languages, Latin, French, Indonesian and Japanese.[8]


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 Patrick John 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).

Notable alumnae[edit]

Old Fintonians Association Logo

Ex-students of Fintona Girls' School are known as 'Old Fintonians' and may elect to join the 'Old Fintonians Association'.[9] Some notable 'Old Fintonians' include:

Media, entertainment and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fintona Girls' School: From the Principal (accessed:15-08-2007)
  2. ^ Girls Sport Victoria: Member Schools (accessed:10-08-2007)
  3. ^ The Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia: Member Schools (accessed:10-08-2007)
  4. ^ JSHAA Victoria: Directory of Members Archived February 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (accessed:10-08-2007)
  5. ^ Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia Archived August 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (accessed:10-08-2007)
  6. ^ Travelmate: Balwyn Victoria (accessed:10-08-2007)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Our History". Fintona Girls' School. 
  8. ^ a b c Fintona Girls' School: Curriculum (accessed:10-08-2007)
  9. ^ Fintona Girls' School: Old Fintonians (accessed:10-08-2007)
  10. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography- Pendred, Edith Gladys (1897 - 1964) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  11. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "GIBSON Diana Eirene Angliss". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  12. ^ Stirling, Lorna Mary Belton (1893 - 1956) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  13. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 19/3/07: "Matriarch taught about living and dying" (accessed:23-03-2007)
  14. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Lush, Dora Mary (1910 - 1943) (accessed:23-03-2007)
  15. ^ ABR Radio National-Bid Ideas, 24/4/05: "Wisdom Interviews: Dame Beryl Beaurepaire" (accessed:23-03-2007)
  16. ^ Green, Jonathan (2005-03-30). "Famous alumni on Latham's hit list". Politics. Crikey. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  17. ^ Parliament of Victoria: Coote, Andrea (accessed:26-08-2007)
  18. ^ Australian Women Biographical Entry: Menzies, Pattie Mae (accessed:23-03-2007)

Further reading[edit]

  • Chilvers, B.J. 1946. The History of Fintona 1896-1946. Fintona Girls' School, Melbourne.
  • Reichl, P. 1986. Fintona 1896 - 1986: The Story in Pictures. Fintona Girls' School, Melbourne.
  • Oral History Group 2007-present. Fintona History - Releases for Downloading

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