$14.9 million for new STEAM Centre
As we all know now, the Premier Daniel Andrews, the Minister for Education James Merlino and our local MP Kat Theophanous visited Thornbury High this week and announced a commitment of $14.9 million to fund the next stage of our redevelopment, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Centre. This was such exciting news in what has been a challenging year for all.
My thanks again to all the parents, staff and students who have worked together over the journey to make this possible. We have also had the amazing support of our local MP Kat Theophanous.
My thanks also to students Riley Bevis, Claire Hitchen, Casey Gelicrisio and Emma Glare for the fantastic way they represented the school.
The plan is for architects to be appointed in January and then the journey begins.
Check out this Channel 9 news link.
Return to school
Students across all year levels have made a welcome and positive return to learning here school. We are lucky it has coincided with some mostly lovely weather and it has been wonderful to see the students outside and active again, enjoying each other’s company.
Students have transitioned back into the classroom learning environment very well after the understandable initial excitement of seeing their friends again. We have been working hard to create an environment that is as safe and orderly as it always has been with some pressures alleviated to assist with the transition (eg. no formal homework at Years 7-9).
I want to congratulate Year 12 VCE students (and Year 11 students studying a VCE subject) who have taken a calm and focused approach to the exam period, all the more impressive given the challenges they have faced in 2020.
With the reduced time available we limited Year 10 exams to four subject areas - English, Maths, Science and Humanities. Year 11 students sat the full range of exams in preparation for their final VCE year. This 2021 preparation for both future Year 11 and 12 students continues with an orientation program.