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Principal’s welcome

Thornlands State School’s Vision is- MORE (Making Our Results Excellent) – this means ensuring that every one of our students is reaching their full potential. Our School Opinion Survey Results endorse that students, parents and staff are all committed to and supportive of this Vision, which underpins everything we do. In 2016, 100% students agreed that “My schoolwork challenges me to think”; 100% staff agreed that ”Working at this school is rewarding” and 98% parents agreed that Thornlands SS “Looks for ways to improve”.

We are very proud of the great work that our dedicated, committed staff does each and every day to enact our Vision- with a broad range of extension and support programs operating to enhance learning for all. A whole school approach  to best practice in the teaching of Reading and Writing has been refined and embedded over the last 5 years, with all students having individual reading and writing goals. These are communicated to parents, who are seen as vital partners in achieving the best learning outcomes for each individual student. This home- school connection has been further enhanced in the last couple of years with the introduction of our “Leap into Prep” (Pre-Prep) program for students who enrol for Prep in the coming school year.

Our OUTSTANDING NAPLAN results speak for themselves with Thornlands being one of the highest performing schools in the Redlands and continuing to show improvement every year for the last 5 years:

Highlights in 2016 include:
Year 3:
- 43% of students scored in the top 2 bands for Reading
- 49% of students scored in the top 2 bands for Grammar and Punctuation
- 43% of students scored in the top 2 bands for Writing.

 Year 5:
- 46% of students scored in the top 2 bands for Reading
- 46% of students scored in the top 2 bands for Grammar and Punctuation
- 43% of students scored in the top 2 bands for Numeracy.

At Thornlands SS we “Grow the Whole Child” offering a broad range of extra curricula opportunities- Dance Team, choirs, bands and sport - with key events each year including the Prep Fairy Tale Ball, Cultural Evening, the School Musical and Art Show, the Prep Circus, ANZAC Day ceremony, camps and sporting events- such as Cluster Sports, Swimming, Cross Country and Track and Field days.

We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school and as such we expect students and parents to support our school values and strive at all times as learners to “Be Safe, Respectful and Responsible”. Students at Thornlands are encouraged to participate and strive for MORE in every aspect of their school experience.

Indeed, Thornlands SS has enjoyed very strong enrolment growth in the last few years with new families citing our exceptional reputation in the local community, as well as our NAPLAN data, as their main reasons for choosing Thornlands. 

A strength of our school is the sense of community as our extraordinary staff, wonderful parents and sensational students work together every day to achieve the best possible outcomes for all!

 

I extend an invitation for you to join us.

Regards

Robyn Wilton