Arts & Culture

Thames High School prides itself on a rich and vibrant cultural life.

A wide variety of cultural activities are offered at Thames High School. These include: a full-scale school production, Maori culture group – Kapa Haka, instrumental music classes, debating teams and school choir.

A school magazine, The Haurakian, is produced each year.

Students are encouraged to participate in the rich variety of cultural activities.

Facilities include: a fully-equipped dance/drama room, a music suite, digital art facilities, a specialist library, a large school hall. On occasions professional artists perform at the school and run workshops.

Kapa Haka 2018 (Te Puna o Te Pito Mata)

What a year it has been for the THS Kapa Haka rōpū (Te Puna o Te Pito Mata).  Our goal was to compete at the Hauraki Cultural Festival again in 2018 as we had done in the previous year, and to improve on our performance and placing.

With the festival being brought forward meant that practices went into overdrive, from twice a week to once a week and every weekend for six weeks.  Taiohi and tutors went into noho on a Friday at 6pm and were released on Sunday 3pm.  This was a huge commitment for taiohi, tutors and whānau to make, one that reaped the rewards at the other end.  As a result, THS Kapa rōpū placed 1st in the Hauraki Intermediate Section and 3rd in the Open Section.

These are the items and each is marked individually out of 100 points

Whakaeke       (1st)       97/100            Entrance
Whaikōrero     (1st)       95/100            PJs Korero
Mōteatea         (1st)       98/100
Waiata-Ā-ringa (1st)     98/100           Action Song
Poi                   (1st)       97/100           Poi Song
Haka                (1st)       95/100           Haka
Te Reo             (1st)       95/100           Correct Pronunciation of the reo used throughout the bracket
Whakawatea   (1st)       98/100            Exit song
Waiata Tira     (1st)       97/100            Choral
Kākahu            (1st)       98/100            Dress
Kaitātaki Tane (1st)      97/100             Peter Jack – Leadership
Kaitātaki Wahine (1st)  100/100          Tahjonelle Kaitamaki-Topia – Leadership

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
My strength is not that of an individual, but that of the collective
-Māori Proverb

Ngā Mihi

Whaea Maria Baird
TIC Kapa Haka Rōpū
Te Puna o Te Pito Mata