New prin­ci­pal glad that school’s back

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Hun­dreds of stu­dents and teach­ers went back or started school last week and for Fin­ley High School prin­ci­pal Jeff Ward the start of the new school year couldn’t come quick enough.

Last year Mr Ward was ap­pointed to the top job at FHS, tak­ing over from re­liev­ing prin­ci­pal Tr­ish Jack­son and for­mer prin­ci­pal He­len McRae, who re­signed to take on the role as Di­rec­tor, Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship for the De­niliquin net­work.

Start­ing in term four only gave Mr Ward an op­por­tu­nity to find his feet af­ter spend­ing three years as Con­dobolin High School prin­ci­pal. With his first full year ahead of him Mr Ward can im­ple­ment his vi­sion for the school.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with Mrs Jack­son (deputy prin­ci­pal), the ex­ec­u­tive, staff, stu­dents and com­mu­nity to en­sure FHS is meet­ing the ed­u­ca­tional needs of all our stu­dents, en­sur­ing they are first and fore­most in every­thing we do,’’ he said.

‘‘We are im­ple­ment­ing new pro­grams to en­hance their learn­ing, with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on gifted and ta­lented stu­dents and those with in­quis­i­tive minds.

‘‘Fin­ley HS is a great school, I’m just ex­cited that with some mi­nor ad­just­ments, rec­om­men­da­tions and im­prove­ments, we can make it even greater.’’

As Mr Ward grew up on a Blighty dairy farm he knows the lo­cal con­nec­tion be­tween the school and com­mu­nity is vi­tal for each South­ern Rive­rina town.

Among his first tasks of the year is co­or­di­nat­ing the con­nec­tion by high­light­ing FHS achieve­ments.

‘‘It’s a school that has sup­ported gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies who have come to ex­pect great re­sults in academia, sport and the arts.

‘‘What may sur­prise peo­ple is the school leads the re­gion in HSC re­sults and stu­dents mov­ing into ter­tiary qualifications.

‘‘It is also one of the high­est achiev­ing schools in the state for team and in­di­vid­ual sports re­sults.

‘‘The arts are equally im­pres­sive and is an area the school will be pro­mot­ing more into the fu­ture.’’

FHS has ap­pointed Thomas McCar­ney as head teacher of stu­dent wel­fare who will be work­ing ‘‘col­lab­o­ra­tively with the staff, stu­dents and com­mu­nity to en­sure stu­dent well­be­ing is equally pri­ori­tised with their cur­ricu­lum needs,’’ Mr Ward said.

Fin­ley High School prin­ci­pal Jeff Ward.

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