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Fintona is one of Melbourne’s leading independent girls’ schools with a long tradition of educating girls to the highest standard.

Situated in the inner eastern suburb of Balwyn, Fintona caters for girls from Prep to Year 12 and offers a co-educational early learning program for both girls and boys.

With an average class size of 18, students have more one-on-one time with their teachers and this is why our girls are consistently placed among the top VCE and NAPLAN performers in Victoria. Our teachers are our greatest asset and act more like mentors, working tirelessly to produce outstanding outcomes for their students.

From its commencement in 1896, Fintona has espoused the view that “girls can do anything” and has encouraged students to be critical, independent thinkers empowered to take their place as active, effective citizens and leaders. Our friendly, supportive and caring environment, together with our broad-based education programs, provide girls with a variety of experiences that challenge them beyond expectations, as well as establishing skills to help them cope with life beyond school.

To reflect the different stages of learning for students, Fintona is divided into four “schools” which enable a specialist focus both academically and pastorally: the Early Learning Centre (co-educational), Junior School (Prep to Year 4), Middle School (Years 5 to 8) and Senior School (Years 9 to 12). The Early Learning Centre curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, while the International Baccalaureate is taught from ELC to Year 6.

Facilities: Fintona’s beautiful grounds include landscaped, eco-friendly gardens, historic buildings and modern facilities, such as our progressive Early Learning Centre and state-of-the-art Sports Centre. Our exciting new Art Precinct, completed in May 2015, provides students with further opportunities for creativity and imagination.

Curriculum: Fintona provides a challenging academic environment where girls with a wide range of abilities are supported and nurtured. They are encouraged to be responsible for their actions, work and attitudes and to recognise that they are a part of a wider community. Our committed teachers facilitate experiences that foster independence, a sense of direction, the capacity for reflection and social awareness. Introduced by innovative teachers a number of years ago, curriculum development in Year 9 has incorporated the Connections program, which encourages self-reliance, team work strategies, resilience, a sense of belonging and an increased awareness of diversity in the community. Fintona offers three languages (French, Latin and Japanese) and a large number of semester-length subjects. The majority of Year 12 students seek university places at the conclusion of their studies and most of these students gain entry into the university course of their choice. Academic and Music Scholarships are available from Years 5 to 10.

Religion Non - denominational
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Girl
Years Kindergarten - Year 12
03 9830******* 03 9830 1388
03 9888******* 03 9888 5682
Address 79 Balwyn Road, Balwyn 3103
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