"Educating concerned, informed, adaptable members of the world community"
Mercy Tradition and Ethos
Thornhill College is a school rooted in the Mercy values of service, promotion of self-esteem and the pursuit of excellence for all the young women who make up the student body. Education is approached in a holistic way so that students are encouraged to develop and nurture all the qualities and skills that will enable them to become independent, mature and sensitive adults, at ease with themselves and aware of the needs of others.
Catherine McCauley's words of encouragement are as appropriate in the 21st century as they were in the 19th century. "Let us rejoice when good is done, no matter by whom it is accomplished". This sentence encapsulates the positive approach which is promoted throughout the entire curriculum at Thornhill College. We strive in the words of Catherine McCauley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, "to fit young women for Earth without unfitting them for Heaven".
In an atmosphere where staff feel valued and supported, we believe each student will achieve these aims through high quality provision of :
- respect and support within the School Community;
- a rich and varied experience of Catholic faith and life;
- a broad and challenging curriculum;
- a stimulating learning environment;
- an innovative approach to teaching and learning;
- support, challenge and encouragement to succeed;
- an up-to-date range of learning resources;
- active partnerships between school, home and community;
- an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits;
- an acknowledgement of achievements;
- an active preparation for the world of work.
Aims for the Pupils
Thornhill College aims to develop in its students:
- a real awareness of their dignity as children of God and a caring Christian approach to life;
- high self esteem - respecting and valuing themselves and others;
- high standards of achievement in all areas of the curriculum;
- lively enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
- the ability to be self-motivated;
- the ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media ;
- the ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
- flexibility and adaptability in the world of work;
- understanding of their responsibility towards the environment;
- an appreciation of their cultural identity and the diversity and interdependence of all people within the World Community.