Frequently Asked Questions


How much are we trying to raise from the School Community?

The target for the Community Campaign is $2 million. Whilst this is a large target for our School community to reach, over $1.7 million in pledges and donations have already been made.

How do I make a donation?

To be part of history and make a donation to this outstanding Centre, there are many options including:

  • - Donate online
  • - Download a donation form on our website and mail to 79 Balwyn Road, Balwyn 3130
  • - Donate by cheque made out to Fintona Girls’ School Beyond Science Campaign or
  • - Pay by electronic transfer – Fintona Girls’ School BSB 083 166 Account No: 515 216 660
Who do I speak with to get more information?
If you would like to discuss a donation or have a confidential conversation, please contact Adele McIntosh, Development and Community Engagement Manager on 9880 4412 or Contact Us

Donor Acknowledgment

How will I be acknowledged for my donation?

Donor recognition boards will be installed soon in the Junior and Senior Campus recognising our growing donor support throughout the campaign, with all donors acknowledged* in School publications.
When the Centre opens, there are a number of ways in which Donors will be acknowledged*:

  • - Donor Wall inside the Centre for donations over $1,000
  • - Major Donor Board for donations over $10,000
  • - OPTION: Room Naming Rights for donations over $25,000.
* Donor names will be acknowledged, not the amount donated. You can remain anonymous if you wish.


When will the Centre open?
Works on this exciting project are expected to begin in late 2019, with the Beyond Science Centre open for operation early in 2021.
How will day to day operations be affected by the build?
It will be business as usual. The preferred builder that has been selected has worked on other major builds in local independent schools, so is very aware of the logistics of a school environment. The other great thing is that it is a green site for the building with no current learning facilities being demolished.

The Design

What is on each level?
The ground floor accommodates three general learning areas, two laboratories, a design studio, meeting room, breakout spaces, student toilets, and a science preparation area.

  • The general learning areas are enhanced by the natural light and our gardens, affording the girls flexible learning spaces in which to engage with their learning.
  • Most rooms can serve many purposes such as the meeting room, breakout space, classroom or study area, which is open to staff and students alike.
  • Biology and General Science Laboratories will support the best learning in this discipline.
  • Preparation areas and staff offices have equally been considered in terms of their flexibility which include areas for student demonstration and access to additional resources and technology.
  • Design studio will serve as a room for Physics practicals, technology, design and creativity more broadly, enabling our girls to further develop their design thinking capabilities.

On the second floor you will find two adjoining general learning areas, staff offices, a meeting room, demonstration studio and blackout room, along with two senior laboratories with an adjoining prep area, a kitchenette, printing station, breakout and study areas, staff toilet and store rooms.

  •  Flexible floor plan of neighbouring classrooms.
  •  Demonstration studio that is also a blackout room and general learning area.
  •  An area also suitable for functions.
Will we lose much of the garden area?
Fintona’s gardens are, of course, a significant feature of our environment and that will not be changing. We believe we will have created a more liveable building and outdoor environment for our girls, replacing what is predominantly a bitumen and gravel car park for staff.
This building will encourage students to use the new outdoor spaces, finding a position on one of the timber gathering decks or utilising the lawns that will now connect across the front of the School.

The Future plan

What is the School’s long term Master Plan?

The Master Plan looks to update our facilities, increase learning spaces (both formal and flexible), and enhance the urban structure of the Senior campus while maintaining our heritage feel.

There are three main buildings in the Master Plan.
Building 1 - Beyond Science Centre – housing science, mathematics, technology and design and located adjacent to the Art Precinct.
Building 2 - New Hall/Performing Arts and function centre – showcasing our music and drama.
Building 3 - Resource Centre, which will also accommodate staff offices, communal spaces and general learning areas.