State of the art learning
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.