Welcome to Fiona, Years 3 to 6
Fiona is an energetic, exciting place to learn and grow. Our central focus is developing independent students, eager to take a risk with their learning in a cooperative and responsible way.
We pay close attention to the development of the whole child with a broad curriculum and activities that allow each girl to follow her interests. We believe that all girls need to develop skills in leadership so Fiona provides opportunities for a variety of leadership roles in all year groups.
It is vitally important for each girl to understand how she learns. The Fiona Staff consistently work with and mentor each girl about her learning, with critical thinking as our core focus. We are proud of the quality, dedication and enthusiasm of our teaching staff. They work rigorously for excellence in academic achievement for every girl.
It is in Fiona that girls begin to participate in inter-school competitions – debating, da Vinci (a type of academic Olympiad), chess and Tournament of the Minds. Sporting opportunities also increase in the Junior School with the beginning of inter-school sport and swimming and gymnastics competitions. Fiona girls are strong and enthusiastic participants in these programs.
Our specialist teachers work to expand girls’ cultural horizons and develop their skills in art and music. We have a strong visual arts program and all girls in Year 3 learn an instrument of their choice and then have the opportunity to enter band and string ensembles. In 2011 we introduced an exciting new option for the girls – a brass instrument program. There are many performance opportunities throughout the year with concerts and soirees. Every girl belongs to a choir and there are opportunities to audition for advanced choirs and musical and drama productions.
Learning is not confined to formal classroom activities. Each term all girls participate in excursions to support their learning. Each year group attends overnight camps. There are also opportunities to attend music camps and for girls in Years 5 and 6 to visit other states and travel overseas on cultural and academic tours.