Thames High School
Thames High School
Ut prosim patriae – That I may be worthy of my country
Thames High School was established in 1880 and it has a proud tradition of student achievement. Former students contribute in many areas of the community – academically, in a variety of leadership roles, in a range of professions, as sporting champions and as musical performers. Thames High School is proud of what we offer, and of the achievements of our students.
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.
The Thames Airport also includes a Flying School which offers a package to those students wanting to learn to fly small aircraft or gliders
THS offers a full and comprehensive range of subjects at all levels. Junior secondary students study up to nine subjects during the year. YR11 and YR12 students must select six subjects from a range of options. Most YR13 students only take five, and use their free time to study.
Outdoor Education offers students mental and physical challenges. Much of the course takes place at school with lessons covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of each pursuit. Once students have adequate skills, knowledge and an awareness of the risks there will be the opportunity to be assessed in the activity in a natural setting
Thames High School prides itself on a rich and vibrant cultural life.
The Music Department is strong. Music tuition is available for most musical instruments from trained teachers who visit the school each week. The school boasts a top quality choir, school orchestra as well as jazz and rock bands. The Drama Department is also very active.
Each year, it stages a major musical production, and there are many other opportunities to perform, or to get involved backstage, helping with the costumes, props, and lights. There is also a Maori Cultural Group (Kapa haka), which practises each week and performs at important occasions for the school. The town itself offers a rich cultural heritage and there are a number of organizations that one can become involved in.
There is a very active Musical Theatre Group which stage at least two major shows each year and the Thames Concert Band plays an active life in the community and heritage and historical societies abound. Art groups are popular and there are numerous other clubs which cater for interests ranging from dancing to stamp collecting!