Studying at THS

Click here for the Thames High School International Prospectus

We offer a full range of subjects at all levels. YR11 and YR12 students must take six subjects, but most YR13 students take only five, and use their free time to study. International students will be assessed when they arrive, and their placement will depend on their academic ability and level of English. However we do our best to place students in the subjects they choose.

You can download a Curriculum Guide from this site or email the school to receive one. Please read it carefully and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Thames High School offers the following qualifications

  •     National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Levels 1-3)
  •     National Certificate of Employment Skills
  •     National Certificate of Computer Studies

We can also make arrangements for students who wish to sit the TOEFL and IELTS examinations.

School Terms
The school has four terms of ten weeks each, starting in late January and ending in late November for Seniors (Years 11-13) and early December for Juniors (Years 9-10).

All students must wear the school uniform. This will cost the student about NZ$300. International Students who come for a very short period might not be required to wear the uniform.

The School Day
School is open from Monday to Friday, and there are never lessons on Saturday, although most sports teams play their games then. The school day begins at 8.40 a.m. for students, and they will have five one-hour lesson each day. They will also spend 25 minutes in their Form Class (at Thames High School these are called whanau). The school day ends at 3.20 pm.

Most students bring their own lunch to school although they can buy it from our canteen.

Smoking is forbidden by all students at school. Smoking in school uniform outside of school is also forbidden.

Thames High School is situated within easy walking distance of the Thames township. Only Year 13 students may leave the school during the day without permission.

International students are not permitted to own or drive motor vehicles while attending Thames High School.