We take a whole-person and whole-school approach to the support of our students’ wellbeing.
At Fintona, we see the extraordinary in every girl. Our school is a place where your daughter can feel at home in a supportive, respectful and caring environment.
Today more than ever, young women are faced with many challenges. A balanced education encompassing academic skills and emotional intelligence can help to equip those women with confidence, respect, tolerance, courtesy and resilience. These are the qualities necessary to navigate the complexities of school and adulthood successfully.
‘Learning and happiness are just two sides of the same thing’
Miss Margaret Cunningham Principal of Fintona from 1936 – 1962
Academic success and emotional wellbeing go hand in hand.
Supporting a student’s wellbeing is vital for learning, which is why we favour smaller classes. This allows for strong relationships between teachers and students and open communication between teachers and parents.
Wellbeing programs are delivered by Tutors, House Teachers, Heads of School and the School Psychologist, complemented by our school policies which set out our expectations, procedures and rules to create a safe environment for all.
Counselling is available to all students at Fintona by the School Psychologist.
Girls in Years 7-12 participate in the Tutor Group program which is a key component of pastoral care at Fintona. Girls are allocated a Tutor Group teacher who remains with them throughout their secondary schooling. This allows girls to develop an ongoing relationship both with their Tutor Group teacher and fellow members of their Tutor Group. Tutor Group provides opportunities to increase belonging and build connections, and compliments the Life Skills program, Careers program and Student Leadership Development Program. Topics covered in the Tutor Group program include exploration of individual strengths, study skills, emotional literacy, stress management and coping strategies, development of a sense of identity and establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
Life Skills program
The Life Skills program, for students in the Middle and Senior Schools, supports students by broadening their understanding of many topics, including nutrition, cyber-safety, drugs and alcohol, social interactions and successfully transitioning from school to university. Year 12 students are given Life Skills lessons on taxation, financial management, renting and other such important life matters. Students in the Junior School at Fintona use the Life Education program from Prep to Year 4 with the focus being primarily on health and safety.
Transition programs, at key intake years, help new girls integrate quickly and existing students to make a smooth transition between the sub-schools.
A buddy system operates informally and formally throughout the school to provide additional support and care, particularly for students new to the School.
Parenting seminars are held to address relevant topics that are beneficial for the growth and learning of our students.