For­mer prin­ci­pal’s ed­u­ca­tion hon­our

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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.’’

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