The Annie Hughston Centre was officially opened on Thursday 1 April 2021 with an audience comprised of past Principals, past and present Chairs of the Board of Management, Board of Management members, past and present staff, Old Fintonians and current students, and friends of Fintona.
The weather was on our side and the Centre shone in the autumn sunshine with the grounds looking resplendent. Designed by Lyons Architecture, with past parent and architect, Corbett Lyon, being involved in the project from its inception and McCorkell Constructions managing the build, this addition to the Senior Campus could not have been anything but both functional and aesthetically interesting.
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong and Treasurer of Australia, opened the building, and spoke about his association and interest in Fintona, its history, merits and student achievements over time. He also spoke about the importance and relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as subjects and potential career paths, and how the new building will contribute to further develop that interest in our girls. Josh also referred to the many influential Old Fintonians who have made a difference in the lives of others.
We were delighted that Dr Bronwyn King AO, an Old Fintonian who has a remarkable career as a radiation oncologist and is also an anti-tobacco campaigner, could join us as the Keynote Speaker. Bronwyn spoke about her time at Fintona and how science shaped her career ambitions. Bronwyn is also the Founder and CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to eliminate tobacco from investment portfolios globally. She has made it her mission to make a difference.
Thank you to the many parents, past parents, Old Fintonians and staff members who generously made gifts to this project.