Our Vision



At Thornbury High School, we believe that a safe and secure learning environment, high academic standards, and opportunities for students to pursue individual interests are the essential elements of an outstanding education.


At Thornbury High, our purpose is to prepare students for a changing, diverse, and sustainable world by:

  • Building knowledge and skills

  • Encouraging effort and excellence

  • Fostering resilience and integrity

  • Developing a caring and cooperative learning community.


Core values arise out of what we believe to be important about people, about society, and about learning and knowledge. Values inform and shape how the school is organised, how people relate to each other in school, how decisions are made, as well as the content and processes of teaching and learning. Staff, students and parents have identified the following core values:

  • Integrity, responsibility and respect – all community members are responsible for their own actions, treat others as they would want to be treated, and are honest with each other.

  • Knowledge, skills and opportunity – all community members value knowledge, the development of new skills, and make the most of our opportunities.

  • Resilience and wellbeing – our community supports its members to adjust to change and encourages health and happiness.

  • Concern for others and community – our school welcomes community involvement and cares about the success and safety of others.

  • Excellence and persistence – we recognise the need to persist and put in the effort to achieve our best.

  • Inclusion and diversity – our school welcomes a range of cultures and respects their ideas and beliefs.


The School’s vision centres around four main pillars that form the foundations of an outstanding education and future success:

  • Excellence and academic achievement for each student.

  • Developing values and fostering positive personal attributes in each student.

  • Providing a range of pathways throughout school and after school.

  • Fostering students’ unique skills in areas such as science, the arts, music, leadership, and sport.


At Thornbury High school there are three distinct phases in education:

  • Establishment and support (Year 7 & 8).

  • Empowerment and Independence (Year 9).

  • Specialisation and Pathways (Year 10, 11 & 12).


Junior School: Year 7 & 8

Year 7 and 8 students have the choice of the mainstream program, or the Concept Program for High Achievers.

  • In the mainstream program, all students receive challenging but appropriate work. There is additional support for students with literacy problems, and smaller class sizes.

  • The Concept Program runs from Year 7 to Year 9 and is designed to cater to students who have a love of learning. The program is designed to extend and challenge these students, while engaging with the mainstream curriculum. For more information see Special Programs – High Achievers (Concept Program) on our web site.


Middle School: Year 9 & 10

Year 9 students are involved in an authentic learning program with an emphasis on team learning, connections to the local community, and the extensive use of information and communication technology. A significant part of their studies will occur in the dedicated Knowledge Centre, a multi-purpose and state-of-the-art learning environment.

Year 10 students will prepare for their future VCE studies, while engaging in a range of curriculum choices. These choices include: VCE studies, advanced Mathematics, Vocational and Education studies (VET), as well as a range of electives.


Senior School: Year 11 & 12

Year 11 and 12 students are able to complete either a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or an alternative ‘hands-on’ program called the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). The VCE program includes sciences and mathematics, the arts, commerce, humanities, and information technology. VCAL provides a more hands-on approach, combining practical studies with a component of community and work experience.


Child Safety Standards

At Thornbury High School, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people is our highest priority. We know that schools are safe places for children and that principals and teachers work hard to protect all students from abuse and neglect.

The Child Safe Standards (Standards) were published at the start of 2016 and were the result of recommendations from the final report of the Victorian Parliament’s Betrayal of Trust inquiry.

These Standards build on the existing processes and commitments to student safety in schools. They were introduced through Ministerial Order 870 – Child Safe Standards, in January 2016 and came into force for all Victorian schools from August 1, 2016.

To ensure we are successfully complying with these standards, we have set up a committee that meets regularly. We have a speaker coming to talk to the staff later in the year and have ensured that students and staff have opportunities to express any concerns re student safety, and have the pathways/processes to follow if they have concerns.

To read the Thornbury High School Code of Conduct, click here.

DHHS CHILD PROTECTION AREA
North Division 1300 664 9777
After hours, weekends, public holidays 13 12 78

CHILD FIRST: www.dhs.vic.gov.au
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