Former principal’s education honour
Former Finley High School principal Jim Robertson was recently awarded life membership of the Riverina Secondary Principal Collegiate Association.
He was presented his honour by current FHS principal Jeff Ward.
Mr Robertson was recognised for years as a key member of the association, leading its executive, promoting professional learning and realising the importance that networking and building close ties in strengthening the bonds principals need in an ever challenging environment.
He was principal from 1990 to 2002, promoted to Finley after being the deputy principal at Culcairn.
Mr Robertson — who now lives in Albury with his wife Jenny — said it was an honour to receive the life membership.
‘‘It came as a surprise to me but I’m still pleased and delighted,’’ he said.
‘‘Finley High School has wonderful students and I’m still meeting students who went to Finley across Australia, and even the world. I once met a chef working in Amsterdam.
‘‘Any kid can do anything if they just give it a go.’’
Reflecting over his time as principal Mr Robertson said he was most proud of helping to set up the Finley High School agriculture team.
‘‘It’s one of the best in the country,’’ he said.
‘‘I pride myself in promoting that and glad it’s continuing through Robyn and Michael (O’Leary) and Gary (Webb).’’
Having only started in his new role as Finley High School principal since the start of term four, Mr Ward said it was fascinating to hear what his predecessor had to say.
‘‘He made quite a nice speech. As a fellow principal he understands how much work we do behind the scenes,’’ Mr Ward said.
‘‘One thing he was interested in finding out was the staff members that are still at the school since he left and I think we worked out it was about 10, which is pretty remarkable.’’