Ex­celling in all fields

Southern Riverina news - - NSW Public Schools Education Week -

Fin­ley Pub­lic School prides it­self on of­fer­ing students the chance to shine in a va­ri­ety of sport­ing, cre­ative and aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties.

From at­ten­dance at state sport­ing events to win­ning state spell­ing bees, the students of our small ru­ral school of­ten make the very most of these op­por­tu­ni­ties and achieve some won­der­ful re­sults on the state stage.

At­ten­dance at many State level sport­ing car­ni­vals, rang­ing from AFL to Net­ball, swim­ming, Cross Coun­try and Ath­let­ics has been a real fea­ture of our school.

Both the boys and girls Aussie rules teams will be com­pet­ing in Sydney again this year, and Ben Ash­ley Cooper and Matty Wil­son have just re­turned from the State Cross Coun­try carnival.

But many mem­bers of the wider school community may not be aware of the more aca­demic ar­eas that are made avail­able to our students and in which they ex­cel.

To this end we of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for many of our tal­ented students to par­tic­i­pate in the Tour­na­ment of the Minds com­pe­ti­tion.

This state wide com­pe­ti­tion of­fers students the op­por­tu­nity to com­bine both high level lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills with a cre­ative pro­duc­tion that has a spe­cific prob­lem solv­ing as­pect.

It is most def­i­nitely a chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­ity and all of our past par­tic­i­pants have al­ways re­ported a re­ward­ing and en­joy­able time.

Our teams have pro­gressed through to the state level in pre­vi­ous years and I am sure that our cur­rent team is keen to re­peat their suc­cess.

Mrs Ruth Haynes works with 20 students from Years 3 to 6 each Wed­nes­day on prob­lem solv­ing and team work skills that utilise the high level lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills that these students bring to the ta­ble.

This year, the team will be head­ing to Wagga to take on the De­sign and Engi­neer­ing chal­lenge.

Solv­ing this prob­lem will in­volve pro­duc­ing and per­form­ing a play and mak­ing sure that all as­pects of the prob­lem have been ad­dressed and solved.

The team is hav­ing a won­der­ful time at­tack­ing this chal­lenge and en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally ex­tend their skills both aca­dem­i­cally and cre­atively.

In 2012 we have added in­ten­sive Pub­lic Speak­ing and De­bat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­ested students.

Af­ter many lunch time ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing the de­vel­op­ment of these high or­der skills, a team has been se­lected to rep­re­sent our school in both the Pre­miers de­bat­ing Chal­lenge and the Lions Pub­lic Speak­ing.

The abil­ity of our school to run smaller classes across all grades and to ac­tively choose teach­ers of the high­est qual­ity has been iden­ti­fied by our par­ent community as the key fac­tor in our suc­cess across all ar­eas of the cur­ricu­lum.

The in­tro­duc­tion of cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy such as iPads for each class (2012 ini­tia­tive), in­ter­net ac­cess in all class­rooms and lap­top ra­tios of 1 to 2 have also been iden­ti­fied by our school community as both of high im­por­tance and a real fea­ture of our school.

Fin­ley Pub­lic School takes great pride in en­abling all of our students the op­por­tu­nity to be their very best aca­dem­i­cally, so­cially, emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally.

Our sup­port­ive par­ent and wider school community are a key in­gre­di­ent to our suc­cess and the rea­son why 2012 is look­ing even more ex­cit­ing, chal­leng­ing and en­gag­ing than ever be­fore!

~ Con­trib­uted by Todd Pot­ter, Fin­ley Pub­lic School.

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