Fintona's Junior School is a warm, safe and friendly environment where each girl is welcomed, valued and respected.
We are one of only a few schools in Melbourne to offer the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate. The PYP combines the best research and practice from around the world to create a relevant, engaging and challenging educational framework for all students.
There are daily opportunities for the girls to engage in experiences where they are encouraged to be curious as well as explore and interact with their environment physically, socially and intellectually.
The Junior School is equipped with large, attractive, light-filled learning spaces, as well as landscaped garden areas designed for play and having fun.
Throughout the learning process, Fintona aims to teach the girls to:
develop social skills
Literacy and numeracy skills acquisition is vital during these early years and our small classes enable teachers to cater for the individual needs of all girls.
The Specialist Program sees staff working to expand the experiences and skills of girls in Art, Drama, French, Library, Music, Outdoor Education and Physical Education.
Each class visits the Resource Centre regularly for literature and research-based activities and through our leadership program, girls learn about responsibility, teamwork and working towards common goals.
Our Junior School hosts a range of activities for girls to develop skills and interests beyond the classroom including Jazz and Classical Ballet, Guides, Chess and Instrumental Music Tuition.
Our Outdoor Education program begins in Year 1 with an overnight experience in a coastal holiday home. This is followed in Year 2 with a one night experience at Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza. Girls in Years 3 and 4 have two night stays at ‘Sunnystones' in Bacchus Marsh and ‘Gundiwindi' at Wandin, in alternating years.
The wellbeing of every student underpins everything that we do. The Head of the Junior School, School Counsellor and teachers work together to support students and families to ensure a happy school atmosphere.
Each Prep girl has a Year 4 Buddy during play times to help make the transition from kindergarten to Junior School a smooth one. Also, each new student to our Junior School is allocated a student mentor who makes sure that she knows where everything is and has someone to play with during the settling in period.
Girls in the Junior School are placed in one of three Houses. Houses are named after famous Old Fintonians: Bedggood (Dame Beryl Beaurepaire), Menzies (Dame Patty Menzies) and Reid (Mrs Margaret Ross). The girls compete for an annual House Cup in the areas of Athletics, Swimming, Trivia Competition and Cross Country.
The use of computers is integrated into all learning, with specific skills taught at each year level. Each Junior School classroom, and the Junior School Resource Centre, has computers available to assist girls with classroom activities and homework. Year 4 girls have lessons in our Senior School Computer Laboratory.
Out of Hours Care
Fintona works in partnership with Camp Australia to provide Before and After School Care. Camp Australia is the leading provider of quality, safe, fun and professional Out of Hours Care. All families who wish to use these programs must be registered with Camp Australia. All matters dealing with registration and bookings are to be done via Camp Australia’s website www.campaustralia.com.au.
Out of Hours Care is available from Prep to Year 4. The Before School Care program operates each morning during term from 7.30am until 8.30am and the After School program operates five afternoons per week from 3.15pm until 6.00pm. These programs cater for working parents, or those who have commitments extending beyond the normal school hours. Afternoon tea is provided at 4.00pm for children attending the After School Care program and breakfast is provided during Before School Care. Children requiring breakfast need to have arrived by 8.00am. Out of Hours Care is located in the ELC.
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