Key Information

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Please enjoy an excerpt from the 2023 Yearbook. This showcases all the amazing end-of-year activities our International students have been enjoying.


We offer a full range of subjects at all levels. Year 11 and Year 12 students must take six subjects, but most Year 13 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 Flowchart 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 10 weeks each, starting in early February and ending in late November for Seniors (Years 11-13) and December for Juniors (Years 9-10).

Term Dates 2023

Term 1:Start:  Thursday 2 February – New International Students’ Orientation
 Finish: Thursday 6 April (Anzac Day in holidays)
Term 2:Start: Wednesday 22 April
 Finish: Friday 30 June
Term 3:Start: Monday 17 July
 Finish: Friday 22 September
Term 4:Start: Monday 9 October
 Finish: Seniors (Year 11-13) will finish in week 3 of Term 4. NCEA external exams starts
Wednesday 8th December
Juniors (Year 9-10) will finish Friday 15th December

The School Day

The school day begins at 8.45 a.m – 3.10 p.m. Thames High School is running a 5 day timetable. On every day there are four 75-minute periods with mid-morning and lunch breaks. School is open from Monday to Friday, and there are never lessons on Saturday, although most sports teams play their games then.

You can view and download the weekly timetable here.


All students must wear the school uniform. This will cost the student about NZ$300-$500. International Students who come for a very short period might not be required to wear the uniform.

For more information see the Uniform page on the main High School website here.


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 uniforms 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 lunch time.


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