Thornbury High School is already a great school: our educational leaders and teaching staff support and challenge our students who often respond with inspiring work, increasingly impressive VCE performances and (most importantly) never cease to  amaze with their capacity to grow and mature.

Our school community does an excellent job with the facilities we have  but the school population is growing, our buildings are getting older, and education is changing with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) becoming ever more crucial to ensuring equal opportunity across gender, ethnic and social backgrounds.

The Our School Our Community campaign was initiated by a group of Thornbury High School parents with the aim of securing a funding commitment in excess of $25 million from the Victorian Government to make the proposed redevelopment a reality. So far we have been delighted to receive funding for the first two stages from the Andrews State Labor Government, and we are continuing to work with our local MPs to secure the final $12-15 million required to complete this incredible transformation of our school.


Thornbury High School is more than a school – our sporting and learning spaces are already well utilised by local community groups and improved facilities will further benefit the surrounding community.


As a result of numerous medium density developments in the area, Thornbury High School has grown from 400 to over 1000 students in the past decade. The school must invest in high-quality and flexible learning spaces to meet the growing demand.

Why redevelop Thornbury High School?


Over the course of 50 years, Thornbury High School has become an excellent and caring learning environment – our students feel supported and challenged by their teachers – but we can do so much more in high quality learning facilities.


The school's grounds are extensive and adaptable, and the proposed STEAM, Performing Arts, and Physical Education facilities – along with a general upgrade of other buildings and outdoor spaces – will position Thornbury High School to serve the community well in the future.

Thornbury High School has been seeking government funding for a major infrastructure upgrade since 2009. Originally built as a ‘light timber construction’ in 1964, the school is well overdue for facilities that match the quality of its teaching and learning program.

The proposed redevelopment of Thornbury High School will ensure that it continues to operate at a level worthy of the ‘Education State’ and encourage the retention of high performing students and staff.

Campaign Objectives

  • To engage and inform students, parents, carers, and staff regarding the project plan and the Our School, Our Community campaign.

  • To continue to work with our local MPs and the State Andrews Government to complete the masterplan for the transformation of the school.

  • To seek the support of other interested parties including: local business; community, arts and sporting groups; neighbours to the school campus; Darebin Council and political representatives in neighbouring electorates.

  • To receive a commitment for the funding of the final stage from the Victorian Minister for Education and Training, James Merlino.


Support The Campaign

The success of our campaign relies on the enthusiasm and passion of local community, and we invite all parents, friends, alumni and current students of Thornbury High School to participate in raising awareness for this campaign. Click here for information and ideas about how you can help us secure a commitment of funds to redevelop our school, and improve the quality of learning and educational opportunities for both our children and our community, now and in the future.​