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Signpost - Finch Hatton State School

December 2009

With teaching principal Madonna Elsmore.

Finch Hatton State School sign

Where is it?
Finch Hatton State School is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, west of Mackay, part of the Mackay-Whitsunday education district.

When did it open?
The school opened on July 5, 1909. We are celebrating our centenary this year.

How did the school get its name?
Our school is named after the township in which it is built. The town was named after Henry and Harold Finch Hatton who explored the area.

Henry returned to England to take up his position as Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham. Harold followed him soon afterwards. Their descendent Christopher Finch Hatton visited the area and our school for the first time in 1993.

How many students?
We have 70 students from Prep to Year 7.

How many staff?
We have a total of 12 staff who are based at our school. This includes me as teaching principal, two classroom teachers, a Language Other Than English teacher, administration officer, teacher aides and a cleaner/groundsperson.

We have many other specialists and support staff who visit our school regularly.

How long have you been principal at the school?
I have been principal here since 2003, however it is my tenth year at the school as I was a classroom teacher prior to becoming the principal.

Best thing about your school?
The students, staff and community are the best things about working at Finch Hatton State School.

I thoroughly enjoy being a part of a small school as everyone is so supportive of each other and it promotes a very focused yet family orientated environment.

Claim to fame?
This year our claim to fame is our centenary celebrations that were held over the Easter weekend.

We had a fantastic attendance of a couple of thousand guests and attendees travelled from all over the world to take part in the celebrations.

As part of the festivities we published our very own cookbook, Hundreds of Recipes for 100 years, and a Commemorative Centenary Book - The School on the Hill.

Our school also has a unique middle phase initiative called Nailing Our Future that focuses on developing and improving students' literacy and numeracy skills through woodworking.

What's your school motto?
Strive to succeed.