State of the art learn­ing

Southern Riverina news - - FOCUS ON EDUCATION -

Fin­ley High School strives to ex­cel in pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and a vast range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for its stu­dents.

Formed in 1961, FHS is lo­cated in the heart of the district, en­rolling stu­dents from sur­round­ing towns and the lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

With a ded­i­cated team of staff, state of the art fa­cil­i­ties such as a Hos­pi­tal­ity Trade Training Cen­tre, multi-sport­ing ar­eas, re­fur­bished science labs and in­dus­trial arts rooms, and a sup­port­ive school­ing com­mu­nity, FHS has a lot to of­fer.

This year FHS has moved into the Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour for Learn­ing (PBL) ed­u­ca­tion model. This is an ev­i­dence based who­leschool process to im­prove learn­ing out­comes for all stu­dents.

FHS has a solid history of out­stand­ing HSC re­sults. Last year alone, three stu­dents reached an ATAR of over 90 per cent.

A wide range of se­nior sub­ject choices is of­fered, sup­ported by our ca­reers’ fac­ulty who ded­i­cate a lot of their time in or­gan­is­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sions, ex­cur­sions and ex­pe­ri­ences to en­hance stu­dents’ learn­ings and guide them into ap­pro­pri­ate ca­reer path­ways.

For the past two years we have been for­tu­nate to be able to of­fer a spe­cific learn­ing pro­gram to our stu­dents to fur­ther as­sist them in reaching their po­ten­tial.

The Spe­cial­is­ing in Achiev­ing, Con­nect­ing and Ex­celling (SpACE) al­lows stu­dents to work one on one or in small groups to en­sure their aca­demic needs are be­ing met.

We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of a solid tran­si­tion pro­gram, not only for pri­mary school stu­dents com­ing into high school but also for stu­dents en­ter­ing se­nior school­ing.

A pos­i­tive tran­si­tion can set a strong foun­da­tion for ed­u­ca­tion and well­be­ing.

Fin­ley High runs a num­ber of tran­si­tion pro­grams, in­clud­ing Open Night, school vis­its, Par­ent Tran­si­tion Q&A, and ori­en­ta­tion to as­sist stu­dents, and their fam­i­lies, with the dif­fi­cul­ties that may oc­cur dur­ing th­ese changes.

Our Home­work Cen­tre con­tin­ues to run each Wed­nes­day dur­ing the school term. Teach­ers vol­un­teer their time to su­per­vise and as­sist stu­dents with sub­ject needs.

FHS ac­knowl­edges travel can be a bar­rier for stu­dents want­ing to ac­cess this pro­gram and is cur­rently or­gan­is­ing ‘Home­work Cen­tre on the Road’.

FHS staff will visit each sur­round­ing town’s pri­mary schools two af­ter­noons a term to run a home­work cen­tre, to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents from all schools can be sup­ported with their home­work.

Be­ing part of the newly de­vel­oped lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal Ed­u­ca­tion Con­sul­ta­tive Group (AECG) has strength­ened our abil­ity to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion.

With the sup­port of the AECG and the lo­cal In­dige­nous com­mu­nity, FHS Abo­rig­i­nal Sup­port has flour­ished. The group cel­e­brates as­pects of their cul­ture through art, with many tak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity to re­search and pub­lish a book about their cul­ture.

FHS has many op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to en­hance their lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (SRC), Se­nior Lead­er­ship Group and the school cap­taincy.

Th­ese groups run events such as Har­mony Day, Youth Day, School So­cials and lunchtime ac­tiv­i­ties, where stu­dents learn about unity and how to strengthen pos­i­tive so­cial con­nec­tions.

FHS has var­i­ous well­be­ing pro­grams and sup­port staff. We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of stu­dent well­be­ing and fo­cus holis­ti­cally on pro­vid­ing aca­demic ed­u­ca­tion and also in­for­ma­tion around pos­i­tive well­be­ing and cur­rent so­cial is­sues. Our Stu­dent Team on Men­tal Pos­i­tiv­ity (SToMP) has been a valu­able ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing our stu­dents at FHS over the past few years.

Stu­dent driven, this group or­gan­ises and fa­cil­i­tates a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health through­out the school.

A wide range of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is of­fered at FHS. This en­sures stu­dents have the op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain a sense of be­long­ing, so­lid­ify strengths and build pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships.

Our pas­sion­ate staff mem­bers fa­cil­i­tate op­por­tu­ni­ties for our stu­dents in many in­ter­est ar­eas in­clud­ing pub­lic speak­ing, tour­na­ment of the minds, de­bat­ing and chess.

There are also vast op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams tar­geted at sports, agri­cul­ture and cre­ative arts.

The an­nual swimming, ath­let­ics and cross coun­try car­ni­vals pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to dis­play team spirit, par­tic­i­pate in their house teams, dress up and have a go.

Many of our stu­dents go on to rep­re­sent FHS. Some out­stand­ing achievements in in­di­vid­ual sports this year in­clude: Kayla Smith who was awarded the pres­ti­gious NSW Nanga Mai Award for her achieve- ments in ath­let­ics at school, re­gion, state and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions; Sascha Jones who will be rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the All Schools Pacific games later in the year; Ben Ash­ley-Cooper has re­cently been named in the NSW All Schools Boys AFL Team; and Paige Nash who made it into the NSW/ACT Girls AFL side.

Trav­el­ling to both royal and re­gional shows, our agri­cul­ture teams have again had great suc­cess this year show­cas­ing Shorthorns, Poll Dorsets, poul­try and dairy cat­tle.

At the re­cent Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair FHS came home with Most Suc­cess­ful School Award in the school com­pe­ti­tion and in the Open Com­pe­ti­tion we were the Most Suc­cess­ful Poll Dorset Ex­hibitor.

We have re­cently held our an­nual FHS School Pro­duc­tion — Mu­sic, Art, Drama, Dance & Design Night. This is an op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to show­case their cre­ative tal­ents in singing, act­ing, dance and back­stage. This is the fourth year we have held this event and each year it is grow­ing in strength.

This is also a chance for our Food Tech­nol­ogy classes to show­case their tal­ents in the kitchen by cater­ing for the evening.

FHS works along­side lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to par­tic­i­pate in on­go­ing pro­grams such as Rid­ing De­vel­ops Abil­i­ties and Con­nect. Both pro­grams aim to as­sist stu­dents to build con­fi­dence, re­silience and en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

FHS is very for­tu­nate to have strong con­nec­tions with our wider com­mu­nity, with both or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als sup­port­ing aca­demic and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

In the near fu­ture FHS will be seek­ing com­mu­nity in­put for up­dat­ing its three-year ac­tion plan.

FHS un­der­stands the im­por­tance of work­ing with our wider school com­mu­nity to en­sure our stu­dents’ needs are best met.

The show team at the Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair.

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