Vision, Mission, Values & Waiata

Vision Statement

Thames High School students will:

  • Achieve to their potential in national qualifications
  • Enjoy success today and be prepared for tomorrow
  • Embrace the school values.

Mission Statement

To inspire life-long learners who actively build a diverse, just and sustainable society.

Values Statement

The Thames High School community upholds and promotes the values of:

  • respect for others, learning, environment, self
  • integrity, honesty and responsibility
  • service for the common good
  • excellence through perseverance and resilience
  • equity through fairness and social justice

We embody the spirit of turangawaewae or belonging. We honour the Treaty of Waitangi and the wairua of all. In partnership with our community we prepare for tomorrow’s world.

School Waiata

Whakataka te hau

This waiata can be used as a whakatauki (proverb), in whaikorero (speeches) or as a karakia (prayer).

Whakataka te hau ki te uru,
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga.
Cease the winds from the west
Cease the winds from the south
Kia mākinakina ki uta,
Kia mātaratara ki tai.
Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the ocean
E hī ake ana te atākura

He tio, he huka, he hau hū

Tīhei mauri ora!

Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air.
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.

He Honore

This is a serious and beautiful himene (hymn) and, as such, should be sung with dignity and concentration.
This waiata can be used as a whakatauki (proverb), in whaikorero (speeches) or as a karakia (prayer).
“He honore” implies the idea of respect for other and for different cultures.

He honore he kororia    Honour, glory
Maungarongo ki te whenua    Peace on earth
Whakaaro pai e    Goodwill
Ki ngā tangata katoa    To all peoples
Ake ake, ake ake    For ever and ever, for ever and ever
Amine    Amen
Te Atua, te piringa    The Lord, the shelter
Toku oranga    My existence