Thames High School is one of New Zealand's oldest secondary schools and has been offering quality education for over 130 years. Approximately 680 students from Year 9 to Year 13 attend Thames High, which has a proud academic record and a wide range of sporting and cultural activities.
Students from all over the world join our school for varying periods of time - some for just a month, others for more than two years. We also host group visits. Accommodation can be arranged in supervised home stays. I invite you to explore this International Education site, as well as the broader school site, and if some questions are still unanswered, please feel free to contact the school.
Welcome to the Thames High School website. Our vision “to inspire learning and develop the whole person” is encouraged through school-wide teaching and learning initiatives. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music, production and kapa haka roopu.
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.
Director of International Education
Mike Dwight has overall responsibility for international education at Thames High School. He is the school's liaison person for all international student agencies. He also deals with all in-school issues including courses, ESOL curriculum, attendance and performance in class of the international students.
International Support Co-ordinator
Pauline Whittle organises the homestay accommodation for all international students. She also supports the students and homestay parents during the student's time at Thames High School.