Thames High School is a well-established, co-educational school with modern facilities including a music suite, dance/drama studio, gymnasium, lecture theatre, seminar rooms, an excellent library, an art suite, and well-equipped specialist rooms. In addition, the school has its own swimming pool and makes use of a number of other local amenities.
The school has high aspirations for its students and aims to assist them to reach their potential in a wide range of activities. There is a priority given to academic attainment and to the importance of developing students' initiative, creativity, self-esteem and self-discipline. There is a wide range of curriculum choice, encouragement for senior students and adults to undertake multi-level courses, and considerable guidance is given in making these choices. Academic courses leading to University and other tertiary options are our major pathways for many students. However, there is the opportunity to have links with local businesses to gain work experience and opt for vocational unit standard achievements in the Transition, Employment Skills and STAR Programmes.
Students and staff are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. There is considerable co-operation with other community groups and a full range of sporting and cultural activities is available.
The school has a commitment to equity and actively promotes a full bicultural understanding for our students.
Maori language courses are offered at all levels and emphasis is placed on developing confidence in speaking Maori and on an appreciation of Maori culture and values. Students can learn European languages, in particular French. Every year two students are selected to live in France for eight weeks on an exchange scheme. The only prerequisite for these courses is a desire to learn the language.
Thames is a safe, semi-rural town of about 7,000 people. It is situated at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula and is just over one hour’s drive from Auckland.
The Coromandel, which has a rich history of gold mining and timber logging, is famous for its access to beautiful beaches and natural scenery. In summer, many New Zealanders come here for their holidays. Tramping, fishing, kayaking, boating and sailing are enjoyable past-times.
International Student Testimonials:
"Thames is a good place to live. It’s really different from where I come from but I enjoy studying here. The people are really friendly and I have found it easy to make friends here. Because I love playing basketball, I joined the school basketball team, where I made new friends and had a lot of fun."
"I came to Thames High to experience something totally different than what I was used to in the U.S. Being able to take Outdoor Ed. and go for my advanced scuba license, as well as take classes that I never had the opportunity to take, has been an awesome opportunity. But, I think the best part about coming to study in New Zealand was the chance to meet people from all around the world and learning to look at life from a different perspective has been something I am truly grateful for."
"Being at Thames High has been one of the best experiences in my life. If I had the opportunity of doing everything again I would do it exactly as it happened. Obviously I missed my family and friends, but I made new friends and now I consider them my other family. So if you have the opportunity of living this wonderful experience, don’t think twice! I promise you, you won’t regret it. "
AddressThames High School
Phone number+64 07 868 8688