Finley High farewells Marg and Jan
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.