New principal glad that school’s back
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.