Principal's Message

Principal, Bill Thompson

Lanyon High School, established in 1996, is situated at the southern end of the Tuggeranong Valley in Canberra and is a member of the Lanyon Cluster of Schools and a founding member of the Murrumbidgee Learning Academy (MLA).

The vision at Lanyon High School is a community fostering excellence in learning, inclusivity and active citizenship.  At Lanyon High School we value student empowerment, respectful relationships, pride in our community and resilience.

The foundation of our curriculum at Lanyon High School is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy in all areas of the curriculum. Students can study Japanese and a wide range of electives in years 9 and 10, including the visual and performing arts, hospitality, outdoor education, information communication technologies and multimedia. Leadership opportunities for senior students within the curriculum include the Sports Coaching and Community Leadership classes.  Extension opportunities for students are embedded into learning programs in all areas of the curriculum, with specialist extension classes in senior Maths, senior English and senior Science.

There are many opportunities for student leadership and extension in extra-curricular activities, including sport, dance, drama, music, debating, and chess.  Lanyon High School is part of the Tuggeranong Trade Training Centre and offers vocational education programs in areas of Building and Construction and Hospitality.  New facilities have been built in the technology and cooking areas, and a virtual learning environment created to support extension opportunities and use of  innovation technologies. Student pathways beyond high school are also supported through a strong work experience program and Australian School Based Apprenticeships for identified students.

Teachers set high expectations for students in their learning and provide quality individual feedback through an "Assessment for Learning" approach. Using the Learning by Design framework to design teaching and learning, teachers work collaboratively to ensure educational programs are inclusive and of high intellectual quality. Lanyon High School strives to challenge, support, engage, motivate and value all students as individuals who are connected to their community. Our goal is to prepare students to be active citizens in contemporary society and to be lifelong learners. This aligns with the vision of the Lanyon Cluster of Schools and ensures that the teaching and learning is cumulative and coherent from preschool to year 10, supporting students' transition in learning from year 6 to year 7.

Lanyon High School provides a safe environment and establishes quality relationships between people through cooperative learning, restorative practices, and embedding values education in the curriculum, particularly focusing on 'giving'. Our Student Services team which includes an executive teacher, a pastoral care coordinator, psychologist, youth worker, and school nurse support students as individuals, always focusing on connecting them to their learning.

Bill Thompson

Principal