Specialist Rugby Program

Children have the opportunity to turn their passions into dream futures through more than 110 Approved Specialist Programs at 60 schools across the State. Sports, arts, academic and applied Approved Specialist Programs give children real-world skills and a head start in reaching their career goals.

Many programs are linked to sporting and industry bodies and training organisations, allowing children to gain industry-recognised qualifications. Teachers and coaches are adept at recognising and developing children’s skills in their areas of interest. At Thornlie we are pleased to offer Rugby as an Approved Specialist Program.

Thornlie Senior High School has a proud history in Rugby dating back to 1991 and has been a DoE accredited Sports Specialist Rugby School since 2003. The Specialist Rugby program at Thornlie Senior High School aims to develop each student’s skills, Physical fitness, abilities, aspirations and values to the highest level possible in order that they may realise their potential.

The development of personal values is strongly emphasised throughout the program. We aim to strengthen students’ self-esteem, optimism and commitment to personal fulfilment. Character building qualities such as sportsmanship, personal responsibility and self-discipline are emphasised in every part of the course.

Selection will be based on physical skill levels and academic attitude. Skill tests will be conducted at the school under the supervision of coaching staff.

Successful applicants will be required to meet the following expectations:

– Participate consistently and to the best of their ability throughout their involvement in the Rugby program.

– Maintain an excellent school attendance and behaviour record.

– Develop a positive attitude towards the school’s ethos.

– Maintain a positive attitude towards academic and vocational studies.

 Specialised Rugby Program Brochure

To apply for the Specialised Rugby Program please complete and submit the application form below to thornlie.shs.enrolments@education.wa.edu.au:

Specialised Rugby Program Application


Maurits Bruns
Specialised Rugby Program Coordinator