Fin­ley High farewells Marg and Jan

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Past and present staff mem­bers of Fin­ley High gath­ered at the school last Fri­day for an af­ter­noon tea in hon­our of Marg Rowe and Jan Gray.

Guest speak­ers — which in­cluded prin­ci­pal Bernie Roe­buck, Glenice Pate, Ken Walker and Craig O’don­nell — thanked the ladies for their com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to the school.

Marg started teach­ing in 1965 in South Aus­tralia and moved to Fin­ley as a home eco­nomics teacher in 1984 un­der the lead­er­ship of Pam Don­ald­son.

She was ap­pointed head teacher to home eco­nomics in 1998. She has also been the VET/ TVET co­or­di­na­tor un­til now.

Marg started VET teach­ing in 1996 in of­fice skills and then trained for hos­pi­tal­ity.

Her ded­i­ca­tion to hos­pi­tal­ity teach­ing over the years has seen many stu­dents ex­cel in their work­places and many have won state awards.

Marg worked hard for many years to ex­pe­ri­ence the open­ing of the Trade Train­ing Cen­tre in Hos­pi­tal­ity at Fin­ley High which came to fruition in 2010. The school and com­mu­nity are grate­ful for her ded­i­ca­tion to have this won­der­ful build­ing in place.

One of Marg’s high­lights of her time at FHS was be­ing awarded the 2006 NSW Train­ing Award as one of the top three VET teach­ers in NSW.

Marg would like to thank the com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses of Fin­ley and districts for their sup­port to VET/TVET pro­grams.

Af­ter 48 years of teach­ing Marg and hus­band John have de­cided to move north to sunny Queens­land to live. There they will take time to smell the roses, travel, gar­den and en­joy their new life­style.

Jan moved from Bal­ranald to Fin­ley in 1984.

Af­ter work­ing in ad­min­is­tra­tion in the front of­fice of FHS in 1985, she moved to the li­brary.

Com­put­ers were new and Jan set about mas­ter­ing the new re­source. In 1987 she un­der­took train­ing in OA­SIS, the au­to­mated of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion and li­brary sys­tem which was in­stalled in all NSW schools.

Jan spent many hours en­ter­ing data on the com­puter sys­tem all the while study­ing. In 1993 she grad­u­ated as a li­brary technician.

By 1996 OA­SIS was net­worked through the whole school and for the first time there was a fully au­to­mated li­brary.

Jan has been there to wit­ness all the modern changes and up­dates of dig­i­tal equip­ment, lap­tops and smart­boards used in the li­brary.

In 2012 she was hon­oured to re­ceive a Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for her con­tri­bu­tion to Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion.

Jan and hus­band Ted will con­tinue to live in Fin­ley, and have plans for more trav­el­ling and tak­ing time to en­joy their re­tire­ment.

Be­tween them Marg and Jan have given 56 won­der­ful years of teach­ing and knowl­edge to the stu­dents of FHS.

The ladies cut their cakes and a beau­ti­ful bunch of flow­ers was pre­sented to each them by FHS ad­min­is­tra­tive man­ager Glenice Pate.

Marg Rowe and Jan Gray were pre­sented with flow­ers.

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