Fintona Girls' School is situated on a beautiful, elevated site in Balwyn spread over two campuses, in close proximity to each other, and only 11 kilometres east from the Melbourne CBD. Our grounds have always been much admired and visitors often comment on the lovely gardens, the way the buildings are placed on the site and the magnificent streetscape to Balwyn Road.
The School's grounds and facilities have more than just an aesthetic value, however, and make a significant contribution to the way the girls behave and interrelate. There is a sense of history, space to move, beauty to entrance the eye and a tranquil atmosphere to encourage pleasant interaction.
School Campus Map
The historic Tourmont mansion houses the Principal's office, Reception, Administration, Student Services, the School Counsellor and a number of Middle School classrooms. Built in 1892, and thought to be designed by the architect John Beswicke, Tourmont was bought by Fintona teacher Margaret Cunningham in 1933. Some years later Margaret Cunningham, as headmistress, moved the School to Tourmont.
Since we opened the ELC in 1995, we have built a reputation for providing exceptional programs in a dynamic and stimulating environment. Our refurbished ELC building contains sun drenched rooms, large creative spaces, a piazza, and gardens providing many meaningful ways for our students to interact.
The Junior School is equipped with large, attractive, light-filled learning spaces, as well as landscaped garden areas designed for play and having fun. Girls enjoy using the Library, Art Room, Music Room, Multi-Purpose Hall as well as a purpose built Language Room. The playground designed by Andrew Laidlaw, who also designed the Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, provides a natural environment with winding pathways leading over mounds and through plantings to special areas for the girls to explore. Cubby houses, sand pits and climbing equipment provide further opportunities for creative play. Our vegetable gardens teach our girls about planting, harvesting and healthy eating.
The Margaret Cunningham wing is located on the Middle and Senior School Campus and was named after one of Fintona's most remarkable and long serving Principals. The wing houses a hall, classrooms, the Uniform Shop, the Drama room and Science labs on the upper level.
The Art Precinct is Fintona's newest building opened in May 2015 and designed by accomplished architect Corbett Lyon (a former parent) from Lyons. The new Art Precinct offers an array of artistic pursuits including ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, film processing and digital multimedia work. In the Corbett Lyon Gallery, the space has been designed to be flexible where students can undertake everything from life drawing, painting, film making, green screen work, textiles and fashion.
The historic Glencairn building forms part of the Art Precinct.
The Elizabeth M Butt Building is named after another one of Fintona's distinguished past Principals and houses the Senior School classrooms, Resource Centre, Theatre, Year 11 and 12 Common Rooms and offices for the Careers Co-ordinator, VCE Co-ordinator, Curriculum Co-ordinator as well as the Head of Senior School.
The Music Building was opened in 1996 to celebrate Fintona's centenary and includes the Reid Studio, the music office and staffroom downstairs with music studios and a keyboard lab upstairs.
Moss House is exclusively used by Middle School students and is named after the former Head of Middle School, Mrs Sue Moss. It has been an important addition to our facilities with our students using it for Life Skill sessions, Garden Club, Creative Writing Club, Cooking Club, Code Club, performance work, SRC meetings as well as just hanging out at lunchtimes.
The Margaret Ross Sports Centre, one of Fintona's most modern facilities, comprises a large sports hall with multi-purpose courts, a dance studio, weights and training room, staff offices, change rooms with showers, classrooms and the Eireen Angliss Tuckshop with seating for one hundred.
The Centre has many sustainable features such as an 88,000 litre water storage tank beneath the tennis court, solar panels for heating water, sensor activated lighting and a heating and cooling system based on best environmental practice.