Learning Areas

Drama
English
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Health/Physical Education
Home Economics
Social Science
Languages
Mathematics
Music
Science
Special Programs
Technology
Visual Arts
Commerce
Digital Technology

Drama

This is offered as short and long options in Yrs 9 and a full option in Yr 10. The senior program offers NCEA Levels 1 through to 4.


English

This is a compulsory subject from Yrs 9 through to 11. NCEA is offered in all senior year groups from Levels 1 to 4. These are complimented with a parallel line of Certificate studies classes.


ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

There are two levels of English for speakers of other languages, an Intermediate and an Advanced. Students are placed according to current ability and future goals. (Information for International Students.)


Health/Physical Education

Both Health and P.E. are compulsory at Yrs 9 and 10. There is also an option line available at Year 10. Students in the senior school have several options including Physical Education at all NCEA levels, Outdoor Education at all NCEA levels, Active Learning Through Movement (FIT) at NCEA levels 1 and 2, and Health at all NCEA levels.


Home Economics

This subject area covers Food Technology and is included in the Technology rotation for junior students. Seniors can then follow the NCEA course for Levels 1 to 3. Responsibilities cross over into the Health area and the Technology area.


Social Science

This department is comprised of Social Studies in yrs 9 and 10 and Geography and History at the senior level. A limited number of Achievement Standards are offered to the top stream Yr 10 class in Social Studies. Senior courses include NCEA levels 1 through 3 for both History and Geography. In 2013 they will be offering a new course, Land and Interactions at Level 2. This course will include units in geography, sustainable science, mathematics and outdoor education.


Languages

French and Maori are offered as short or long options in Yr 9 and as full options in Yr 10. Students can then pursue NCEA levels 1 to 3in both subjects. An exchange program (Nutter Scholarship) to France is available to top scholars in Yr 12.


Mathematics

This is compulsory from yrs 9 to 11. The senior program follows a similar pattern to English with a mixture of straight NCEA and Certificate Courses. Calculus and Statistics are offered at Yr 13.


Music

This is a short or long option at Yr 9 and a full option at Yr 10. Students can then take NCEA Levels 1 to 3. Itinerant music teachers are available for tuition in particular instruments.


Science

This is also compulsory through to Yr 11. A Certificate Course is offered at Yr 11 alongside NCEA Science. Students can specialize in Chemistry, Biology or Physics from Yr 12 on, or elect general Science at those levels.


Special Programs



Technology

A number of technologies are offered through a compulsory rotation in Yr 9. Students can elect Graphics, Workshop Metal or Wood in Yr 10 as options. In the senior area, Electronics, Automotive, Furniture Making, Fabric and Graphics all come under this department. Thames High School also delivers manual technology to a number of primary schools in the area.


Visual Arts

Art is a gateway for those who are interested in using their creativity in the world of
work. The options are huge ranging from animator to architect, make-up artist to art
therapist.

At Thames High School, Art is offered as a long and short course option in Yr
9, a long course option in Yr 10 and at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. We also offer
Photography at NCEA Levels 2 and 3.


Commerce

The Commerce Department has two main areas, these are Accounting and Economics. Financial Literacy is taught at Yr 10 as an option course. Economics is also taught through the Social Studies programme at Yr 9 and 10.

At Level 3 students are able to enrol in a course through Lincoln University as well as NCEA Level 3 Economics. Students at Thames High School have been very successful in this course.


Digital Technology