Achievements & Results



Achievements 2016

  • In junior Science, students competed in the ‘Science Talent Search’ and ‘Big Science Competition’.  Eleni Smith, Solomon Bovolos, Harry Loulakis, Evangeline Flair, Kiki Tran and Adib Sadman receiving awards and bursaries for their efforts.

  • Our Year 9 Concept class completed Year 10 level ‘Pre-Mathematical Methods’ studies.  Next year in Year 10 they will complete VCE Unit 1 and 2 Maths Methods.

  • Over 40 of our Year 10 students started VCE early.  They studied across ten different VCE subjects including Unit 1&2 Legal Studies, Chemistry, Health and Human Development and Music.

  • Year 12 students Madi Laffan, Jakob Cobby, Sarah King, Stephanie Cabusao, Sarina Chhoeung completed University Extension subjects through Melbourne and La Trobe Universities.

  • More than sixty students studied Philosophy in Year 10 this year and we will have VCE Unit 1 and 2 Philosophy running for the first time in 2017.

  • Our VCE Chemistry students entered the National Chemistry Quiz and came away with strong results.

  • Our Year 7 and 8 Italian students entered the Italian Poetry competition at Swinburne University, with several winning awards.

  • Seven of our Year 7 and 8 students conducted a moving Remembrance Day ceremony for all Year 7 and 8 students. Sam Palmer, Lucy Youston, Mohamed Ahmed, Toby Williams (all four students speaking on Why Remember), Micah Ioannidis (In Flanders Field), Oliver Manterfield (The Ode) and River Dwyer-Studd (Welcome to Country).

  • Year 12 student Toby Hall was the regional winner in the Lion’s Club Youth of the Year public speaking competition.

  • Year 12 student Jakob Cobby (and school captain) went to Canberra to participate in the national constitutional convention.

  • Our debating teams represented Thornbury in the DAV Ivanhoe region for the first time.

  • Year 8 students Tara Mevissen, Darshana Dhade and Alice Choate won awards and prizes at Maths Talent Quest.

  • Kierah Falkner Babbel of Year 11 was awarded 3rd place for her painting ‘Smile’ in the prestigious black swan awards.


Achievements 2015

  • Over 50 students from Music, Theatre Studies, and Media Studies were involved in the inaugural Sydney Performing Arts Tour. Students spent a week participating in workshops at the acclaimed Belvoir St Theatre and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), as well as public concerts at the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, and the Manly Public Pavilion.

  • Congratulations to the Year 7 and VCE Boys Soccer Teams, who both placed runners up (in their respective grades) in the State Finals. Both teams are ranked 2nd in the State, having won 12 consecutive games to reach the finals.

  • THS Student Voice students participated in the 40 Hour Famine, raising a phenomenal $2000 for disadvantaged people around the world.

  • Sport Aerobics Squad entered the Victorian State AEROSkools Championships, scoring multiple placements including 2nd place in the Senior Trio Division.

  • Congratulations to Robert Leota from Thornbury High School who scored for Australia in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games. Robert was awarded a Commonwealth Youth Games Silver medal, and was selected to play for the Youth Sevens team, as well as invited to try out for the senior Team for the Olympic Games in Rio Next 2016.

  • Thornbury High School is proud to offer their congratulations to Year 8 student, Juan Camilo Yusti Gaviria, who has become the Intermediate Mens’ National Figure Skating Champion at the 2015 National Figure Skating Championships. Congratulations, Juan!

  • Congratulations to Akira F, Felix M, Hibo H, and Noah G of Year 9, who are all recipients of the Department of Education’s Victorian Young Leaders to China program. They each received a grant to fund their own independent overseas exchange to China in 2016.


Achievements 2014

  • Congratulations to Anna Diacos, whose VCE Media film, “The Subjects”, was selected as part of Top Screen’s “Season of Excellence” public screening program, where it won the Audience Choice Award. The film also screened at the Made In Melbourne Film Festival as part of the High School Showcase, where it won Best Film.

  • Well done to all involved in the school production of The Little Shop of Horrors, which played to sellout audiences in THS’s own Kaye Coghlan Centre. Featuring over 60 students from Years 7-11 and almost a dozen dedicated staff, the show was a great success!

  • Almost all VCE students received an offer of a tertiary place for 2014. 55% received their first preference and 81% received one of their first 3 preferences.

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    Almost all VCE students received an offer of a tertiary place for 2014. 55% received their first preference and 81% received one of their first 3 preferences.

  • Theo Benehoutsos, Year 10, has the opportunity to trial for the Australian Swimming Team for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We wish Theo the best of luck.

  • Adam Garganis competed in the Australian National Championships in Sydney, where he took out the gold medal for the Men’s Under 18 5000 Walk, bronze in the Under 18 Men’s Pole Vault and finished 4th in the Men’s Under 20 10,000 Walk.


Achievements 2013

  • New programs developed at Year 7: Concept Program for high achievers and Extend for students below the expected level.

  • New five-year contract for our Principal.

  • Latest student survey results are excellent and maybe close to our best results ever! Connectedness to peers and school, student motivation and morale all have percentiles in the top 5% of the state.

  • New on track data shows that 85% of year 12’s are in education or training (45% at University)

  • Bullying survey results 2012 showed significant increase in enrolments over the past 6 years has not resulted in any further increase in bullying

  • Year 12 pathways for 2013 92% of students received their first, second or third choice


Achievements 2012

  • Congratulations to Robert Leota, member of the Australia boys Rugby team, and Adam Garganis, Australian Team for 1000 metre walk.

  • Successful implementation of the Year 9 laptop program.

  • Congratulations to Adam Garganis, state champion in the 1500 metre walk, and Stella Radford, state champion in both steeplechase and 800 metres.

  • Music department wins a gold shield at the Melbourne bands festival.

  • Nine students make it through to the state finals in Athletics.

  • Excellent parent survey results.

  • Production of musical Back To The 80s was an outstanding success! Well done to all who performed.

  • Thornbury High celebrates its 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary.

  • The My School web site shows that between Year 7 (2009) and Year 9 (2011), students have maintained achievement levels in Numeracy and improved in Reading, Writing, Grammar and Spelling.

  • Thornbury High School achieves outstanding VCE results. One third of students with an ATAR above 80, 15 students with study scores above 40, and, median study score of 29.


Achievements for 2011

  • In the State Athletics the school received one first place, two second places and three third places. Special mention to Stella Radford who is the State Champion in the 1,500 metres and Jake Bridson runner-up in the shot put.

  • The school production of Beauty and the Beast has been a stunning success. Congratulations to all involved!

  • Marcus Tosevski, Fabio Maccarone, Johnny Bonello, Dean Iovenitti have won through to the ‘Chess Victoria’ grand finals at Brighton Grammar School.

  • Outstanding staff survey results with the following categories in the top 10% of the state; student management, parent partnerships, student motivation, role clarity and manageable work demands.

  • Jordan King (Year 7) received a perfect score in the Rio Tinto science competition. Jordan will be flown to Canberra to receive his award.

  • Outstanding Student Survey results with all categories in the top 25 % of the State. In particular school connectedness, student motivation and Learning confidence are in the top 5%.

  • Year 9 student Stella Radford is the state champion in cross-country for her under 16 age group.

  • Eight students have made it through to the State finals in Athletics to be held in term 4.
    Thornbury High is the winner of the district athletics for the third year in a row winning close to 50% of the events.

  • The school is performing above like schools in learning, engagement and pathways – see school performance summary 2010 in reports, plans and surveys.

  • The My School web site shows that between Years 7 and 9, students have maintained achievement levels in Writing and Spelling and improved in Reading, Grammar and Numeracy.