Backed by the beautiful Illawarra escarpment and cradled in the land between Thirroul Beach and the rainforest cascading down from Bulli Pass is Thirroul Public School.
Established in 1889, the school promotes a healthy, active lifestyle and encourages lifelong fitness.
"Our students demonstrate and build skills and values through public speaking, debating, peer support programs and a very strong and active student representative council," principal Kath Parker said.
"Our student leaders play a significant role in upholding the traditions of the school and rallying behind many worthwhile causes with amazing team spirit."
Thirroul PS has an enrolment of over 500 students and they have managed beautifully the challenges that learning in a COVID-19 world has brought.
"We have a strong emphasis in our school around looking out for each other and staying well and safe," Kath said. "We look forward to the time when once again our parents can be part of our school celebrations in person in the school grounds.
"Until then, we continue to talk via telephone, via Zoom and stay in contact using a myriad of other ways."
Their educational programs, whether learning online or face to face, are carefully thought out and presented by professional educators. They have an experienced and dedicated teaching staff that provide great opportunities to challenge and motivate their students to achieve in their learning.
"As a proud member of the Seacliff Community of Schools, our students have many opportunities for enrichment learning programs working with our nine partner public schools," Kath added. "We participate in student leadership projects, environmental projects, science projects and writing projects within our school communities and with each other.
"In a first for Northern Beaches Illawarra schools, our school will field two teams for the First Lego League Challenge being held later this year to showcase our students skills in lego robotics, coding, problem solving and meeting a challenge."
This week is a celebration of public education and they are making sure that their community knows how they work together in a virtual world.
Everyone had a little taste of online learning at home and now their students are back at school putting their new found knowledge and skills to good use. Thirroul PS is making a number of short films that will be sent out to parents to view through the School E-News App.
Located at Roxburgh Avenue in Thirroul, phone 4267 1469 or see thirroul-p.schools.nsw.edu.au