'Giving all children equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential'

We are a small rural school tucked in the heart of the Thornbury rural community. Our school has a roll that supports three classrooms and the Board of Trustees has a strong commitment to keep this status.

The school lies in beautiful grounds surrounded by trees and a large playing field. At the back is an area planted out in native trees where our hens reside and many native birds come to feed on the school bird feeder.

The classroom vegetable gardens are set up in a sheltered spot behind the main building and close by are the two worm farms. We have a strong commitment to teaching our children about caring for our environment and the value of learning the skills of sustainability.

The netball/tennis courts lie out the front of the school and to the east of this is an area dominated by a wise old oak tree, that has recently been developed into a senior fitness training complex.

Our swimming pool is used on hot, summer lunchtimes for a chance to cool off by the children but for swimming instruction we go through to Riverton. The community are able to get keys for the pool for recreational use out of school hours.

The Board of Trustees, the Staff, the parent community and the children all work very hard together to ensure the school vision statement of: ‘Giving all children equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential’ is adhered to. They take pride in the fact that, the school is a family orientated school where children have a chance to grow in all aspects of their development in a safe, stimulating and supportive atmosphere.

Update- May 2022

For enrolments for 2022 or beyond, please contact the office directly on

office@thornbury.school.nz or 03 224 6309

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