Our Senior School provides a rigorous academic environment where every girl is offered the chance to experience new challenges, find her strengths and talents, and use them to achieve her highest academic and personal aspirations.
Our VCE results consistently demonstrate that Fintona is one of the best performing girls' schools in Victoria. This is a culmination of the personal attention our girls receive in a small and caring school.
Our dedicated teachers work hard to prepare each girl for VCE success but also to foster a strong sense of self-worth and resilience, in order to ensure a smooth transition to tertiary life and beyond.
As part of our focus to deliver a balanced education, Senior girls are offered opportunities to demonstrate responsibility, move outside their comfort zone and expand their horizons through leadership positions, overseas and cultural exchanges, the Year 9 Connections program, House activities, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and travel to developing countries as part of World Challenge.
Through Fintona's Life Skills program, girls discuss areas of interest such as physical changes, healthy lifestyle, emerging individuality, relationships with family and friends, conflict resolution and the cyber world.
Study skills are further developed, along with strategies to deal with the pressures of life in the senior years.
Years 9 and 10 Curriculum
Our Years 9 and 10 curriculum provides a strong preparation for the VCE. All students in Years 9 and 10 study the following core subjects:
History (covering Year 9 and 10 curriculum in Year 9)
French, Latin or Japanese
In Year 9, students study at least one language chosen from French, Latin or Japanese. Some students may choose to study two languages: French and Latin or French and Japanese in Year 9 and beyond.
In addition to the core subjects, a broad range of semester based electives is offered covering Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Commerce, Health and Physical Education and Humanities.
Our unique Connections Program is offered in Year 9, specifically designed to allow students to develop greater awareness of themselves and their community.
We also offer an accelerated program in Mathematics and Science to students who demonstrate a high ability in these subjects.
In Year 10, students choose from a number of electives including Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Commerce, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Digital Technology.
Advice is continually available to assist students through the process of subject selection based on each girl's individual strengths.
All year 10 students undertake a work experience placement.
In VCE, students can select from a broad range of subjects across the spectrum of disciplines.
Subject selection is discussed with the VCE Co-ordinator and the Careers Counsellor to ensure that the subjects chosen reflect each girl's capabilities. In addition to choosing their preferred subjects, students can choose first year university subjects.
At the conclusion of their studies, all Year 11 and 12 students seek university places and most gain entry into the university course of their choice.
Year 11 and 12 girls each have a VCE Common Room where they learn to take collective responsibility and have opportunities to form close bonds with the whole year level.
Senior School students are able to participate in a range of extra curricular activities including Art Club, Debating, Drama Day, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Life Drawing, Music, Public Speaking, Social Service, Sport, Exchange Programs, a Theatre production, and World Challenge.
The Outdoor Education program in the Senior School aims to extend students' horizons and provides a better understanding of the natural world.
Students challenge themselves through adventure and team activities as they canoe, camp, bushwalk and mountain bike ride, kayak and abseil through a variety of environments. The Compass Award is also offered and is the foreunner to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
- In Year 9, students travel to Angahook, near Anglesea, and participate in an expedition style five day program.
- In Year 10, students travel to Wilsons Promontory to partake in an expedition style program involving hiking and kayaking.
- All Year 11 and 12 students begin the year with a three day camp.
The wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance. The Head of the Senior School, together with the School Psychologist and the Careers Co-ordinator, work very closely with staff to guide and support students.
As part of the Life Skills program, expert presentations are given in sex education, drugs, relationships, identity, health and wellbeing, personal safety and staying safe online, and positive approaches to studying.
Fintona's formal leadership program offers students from Year 9 an environment in which every girl is encouraged to adopt a strong leadership role and develop confidence in her personal abilities.
In Year 12, every student becomes a School Senator. Two girls become the School Consuls (or School Captains), three girls become Deputy Consuls.
Other students are given opportunities to become leaders through the House system as well as in areas such as Debating, Public Speaking, Community Service, the Environment, Art, Music and the Resource Centre.
House activities in the Senior School involve Sport, Debating, Drama and Music.
Fintona offers various scholarships into a number of year levels in the Senior School.
Shakespeare Day is an integral and vital feature of the culture at Fintona.
Shakespeare Day at Fintona began as a celebration of the playwright's birthday, on the 23rd of April. In the 1930s, the English department of the school asked students to read some of Shakespeare's sonnets at an assembly to commemorate the day. Later, actual performances of scenes from various plays were enacted in the quadrangle where performers could use the wonderful setting with its balconies and stairs to full effect.
The tradition thrives today. Often, past students who visit Fintona inquire whether Shakespeare Day is still being celebrated!
Within the English curriculum, students from Years 9 to 11 and the Year 12 Literature class study a Shakespearean play. The students then form groups to perform a scene of their choice to the class, for which they rehearse and memorise lines. The class votes a winning performance to appear on that special occasion, Shakespeare Day.
The event is staged in the stately quadrangle arena that lends itself beautifully to an Elizabethan atmosphere. An award is given to the best performer at each year level and a Cup is awarded to the best entry overall.
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