Annie Hughston Centre Official Opening | Fintona Girls' School

Annie Hughston Centre Official Opening

6 April 2021

The Annie Hughston Centre was officially opened on Thursday 1 April 2021 with an audience comprised of past Principals, past and present Chairs of the Board of Management, Board of Management members, past and present staff, Old Fintonians and current students, and friends of Fintona.

The weather was on our side and the Centre shone in the autumn sunshine with the grounds looking resplendent. Designed by Lyons Architecture, with past parent and architect, Corbett Lyon, being involved in the project from its inception and McCorkell Constructions managing the build, this addition to the Senior Campus could not have been anything but both functional and aesthetically interesting.

Audience at Annie Hughston Centre Opening
Official Opening of the Annie Hughston Centre, Thursday 1 April 2021

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong and Treasurer of Australia, opened the building, and spoke about his association and interest in Fintona, its history, merits and student achievements over time. He also spoke about the importance and relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as subjects and potential career paths, and how the new building will contribute to further develop that interest in our girls. Josh also referred to the many influential Old Fintonians who have made a difference in the lives of others.

Josh Frydenberg opens the Annie Hughston Centre
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP officially opens the Annie Hughston Centre

We were delighted that Dr Bronwyn King AO, an Old Fintonian who has a remarkable career as a radiation oncologist and is also an anti-tobacco campaigner, could join us as the Keynote Speaker. Bronwyn spoke about her time at Fintona and how science shaped her career ambitions. Bronwyn is also the Founder and CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to eliminate tobacco from investment portfolios globally. She has made it her mission to make a difference.

Keynote speaker, Dr Bronwyn King AO

Thank you to the many parents, past parents, Old Fintonians and staff members who generously made gifts to this project.

(L-R) Keynote speaker Dr Bronwyn King AO, School Consul Kara Whitbourn, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Fintona Principal Rachael Falloon, School Consul Marianna Giavris, Chair of the Fintona Board of Management Dana Fleming

The Annie Hughston Centre

The Annie Hughston Centre is the first building in Fintona’s three stage Master Plan. The Centre has created a hub of ingenuity, optimising the relationship between science, mathematics, technology and design to enrich learning opportunities now and into the future.

Science Laboratory in Fintona's STEM Building
Biology Science Laboratory in the Annie Hughston Centre

Well known architect and past parent Corbett Lyon knows first-hand the importance of the design, innovation, andpracticality of a new building.

The team at Lyons worked closely with project stakeholders and members of the wider Fintona community to create this incredible building, that is iconic and fit for purpose; one which embraces our history, culture and physical environment.

Fintona’s built fabric has changed throughout its history. From its first home in Mayston Street Camberwell, to Burke Road, and finally to Balwyn, Principals have worked to ensure that the students’ needs have been met through the provision of appropriate buildings and spaces. The Annie Hughston Centre is a modern building providing a bookend to the Margaret Ross Centre. Construction of the new building has been offset by landscaping which has provided additional garden space.

Design Studio at Fintona
Design Studio in the Annie Hughston Centre

The Annie Hughston Centre features:

  • state-of-the art laboratory spaces with the versatility to cater for students across the School.
  • general learning areas with flexible floor plans to augment curriculum delivery, collaboration, exploration and interactions.
  • a technically enhanced studio that supports a culture which will enable our girls to further develop their design thinking capabilities.
  • writeable surfaces for problem solving and collaborative activity. • zones designed to encourage incidental interactions and open staff spaces which create a community hub feel that fully supports students’ learning and connectedness.
  • quiet study nooks and small group conversational areas.
  • seamless ICT connectivity and Audio-Visual capabilities.

To explore the Annie Hughston Centre and learn more about Fintona's STEM program, register for an upcoming School Tour.