Excelling in all fields
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.