Junior School


Year 7

Transitioning to high school is a big step for any student, and the approach a school takes in this process plays a huge role in a student’s success. Incoming students to Thornbury High School are exposed to a detailed development program that aims to provide students with the tools to make an effective transition, academically and socially, to Thornbury High.

Students in Year 7 have their own centre at Thornbury High, where they work with a small team of committed teachers to develop respectful working relationships and ultimately excel in a wide variety of areas. Junior students have their own classroom, play and recreational areas and facilities. The team of teachers is dedicated to the junior curriculum and student wellbeing through the delivery of a diverse student centred program. This approach means that parents have fewer teachers to get to know, and teachers can more effectively monitor homework and identify the needs and strengths of each student.

Subject studied throughout the year
Health & Physical Education
Language (Italian, Greek, Mandarin)
Performing Arts
Subject studied for a Semester
Visual Art
Technology (materials technology and food studies)

Achievement and excellence

Year 7 provides students with a large number of ventures and opportunities they can become involved in including Sport, Music, Art and School Productions. Activities specific to Year 7 include:

Transition Days

Orientation day in December provides new students with experiences designed to introduce Thornbury High School and its social, cultural and geographical surroundings to each student prior to the start of the school year. In addition, the Year 7 students come back to school in January a day earlier than the rest of the school, allowing them to organise and familiarise themselves further before the rest of the school community arrives.


All Year 7 students have the opportunity to attend a three-day camp with their form teacher and peer support leaders at Lake Dewar Lodge. The camp provides our new students with an opportunity to bond through challenging engaging experiences with the aim to develop social skills and ultimately new friendships beyond the classroom.


Applications for Class Captains open at the start of Term 2, with successful applicants representing their classmates at Student Representative Council (SRC), as well as working closely with the Year 7 coordinators on projects benefiting their peers at Year 7.

Peer Support

Each Year 7 Form Group is assigned 2 Year 10 Peer Support Leaders who have been handpicked and trained to provide an additional support network to our Year 7 students throughout their first year. These students will attend form assembly each morning and also Year 7 camp, role modelling effective behaviours and assisting students with their day to day activities.

For further information please contact the Year 7 Manager, Tim Polwarth on 03 9458 6123.

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Year 8

At Year 8, we continue the successful transition that our students began in Year 7. Similar to the structure at Year 7, Year 8 students have most of their class in the Year 8 corridor.

We build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and work habits to prepare our students for success this year, and for future years of education.

Year 8 students have a program covering the eight key learning areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arts
  • Physical Education / Health
  • Languages
  • Technology
  • Humanities

Students receive a solid grounding in academic studies alongside practical studies.

Technology include:

  • Food
  • Design and Creative Technologies

The Arts include:

  • Instrumental Music
  • Classroom music
  • Media
  • Multimedia

Achievement and excellence

English and reading comprehension is a strong priority at Year 8, with students engaging in a dedicated wide-reading period each fortnight, where they are expected to borrow and read their choice of literature from the school library’s extensive collection. Students are encouraged to suggest additions to the library, with many new books added upon request. Reading engagement is also encouraged through yearly visits from award-winning children’s author, Steven Herrick, who captivates students with his poetry readings (which the students study) in an enjoyable and compelling performance.

A range of sporting activities are made available to all Year 8 students. All students attend School Swimming Sports and the Athletics Carnival, and are strongly encouraged to participate in many events. In addition, the highly successful Thornbury High School Soccer Academy provides students with a means of maintaining personal fitness and connecting with teammates, and is overseen by a group of high-quality coaches.

Students in Year 8 may also participate in a wide range of activities across the Performing and Visual Arts, including the annual CREATE Week exhibition, the school production, the Mid-Year School Concert, and numerous performance bands.

Academic support is provided in the CAT Club. This program allows students to remain after school and work on CATs (Compulsory Assessment Tasks), utilising school library and ICT resources in the presence of an experienced teacher.

Student wellbeing

In addition to academic opportunities at Year 8, a number of other programs are run to assist students in developing social and interpersonal skills.  A variety of educational opportunities are provided to students based on the needs that arise. For example, the Community Liaison Police Officer addresses Year 8’s on cyber-safety and online citizenship, and the school’s Wellbeing Team, in conjunction with the Year Level Team, will deliver a range of programs when needed, including discussions of anxiety management and self care.


Students are invited to pursue leadership opportunities at Year 8. Students can join the SRC (Student Representative Committee), and have an influence on a wide range of aspects of school life. Two Year 8 students also join the School Council and represent the perspective of students at monthly meetings.

High expectations

Expectations regarding use of class time, behaviour, attendance, homework, equipment and uniform are set and understood by students in Year 8. We ask that families support students in their learning by familiarising themselves with the requirements set out by the school.

Students must maintain a high attendance rate in order to avoid developing gaps in learning and to be able to succeed to the next year level.

Students will receive homework each day, with the homework timetable noted underneath students’ timetable.

We believe that a good foundation for learning is organisation. Students must attend school in the correct uniform. Students will need all of their books and equipment to succeed in lessons.

We encourage equality and fairness at the school and for that reason all of our students must wear a school uniform.