Values & Vision
At Thames South our vision is to develop lifelong learners empowered with a strong sense of identity in a safe and vibrant community.
Every child at our school knows “ the four C’s” - caring for self, caring for others, caring for property and caring for the environment. These values are very much embedded in our daily school life. They also promote our schools’ overall vision to provide an environment in which each and every child feels safe and capable in their own learning and able and willing to help others learn.
Our teaching team know our students well and recognise and value each child as a unique learner.
Facts & Figures
Thames South is the oldest state school in Thames with a roll of approximately 200 students busy learning in nine colourful and spacious classrooms. Our well-resourced decile 2 school caters for years 0 to 8 and offers a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy delivered by a talented and hardworking group of teachers and support staff. There are over 75 iPads across the school for classroom use along with desktop PC's.
The school’s 2014 academic goal is to have achievement rates of 84% and higher in literacy and numeracy. These goals are monitored closely and we respond quickly with extra resources where needed.
2014 comes off an extremely successful year on the national stage. Thames South recieved the open education section taonga, at the 2013 Maori Language Commission awards. The great news continued at the hotly contested Outlook for Someday short film sustainability awards when we took out the Primary/Intermediate Performance category with our film Rubbish Wars.
Thames South is also the only Thames school that can accept international students on both short or long-stay programmes. The school has a working partnership with Evakona Education. Click here to find out more.
The school also works closely with the neighbouring Central Kids Kindergarten offering a transition to school programme. Our central location gives us great walking distance access to community events and facilities such as the Thames Centennial Pool for our Year 4 - 8 swimming programme.
Our school facilities include a hui space, four-station student kitchen and well-equipped library and school pool. There are plenty of physical challenges for our kids too, with expansive grounds including a fitness trail, astroturf courts, a new junior and senior playground and a dedicated play area for our new entrants.
We are particularly proud of our physical environment too with extensive gardens, a fruit orchard and Maori medicinal and vegetable plots lovingly cared for by our staff and students. In fact, the Oaks standing tall in our entranceway are the whole basis for our whakatauki – kia tupu ai enei kakano hei rakau nui. May these tender seedlings grow into mighty trees.
We love it! Our parent/teacher partnership is a potent educational force and we truly celebrate it at Thames South. Parents are welcome in our classes to help or observe anytime. Syndicates hold their own hui to discuss learning themes with parents for the term ahead and upcoming events. We also tap into the talents and passions of our parents and grandparents on our Whakawhanaungatanga days. The Ngaa Kaahui Whetuu syndicate boasts 100% attendance at their highly competitive after-school Paa Wars events they hold each term where extended whanau compete in games, followed by shared kai.
However, the most compelling picture of parental involvement has to be the number of parents who have started at the school as teacher aides and gone on to gain their teaching qualifications. They have achieved this through their own hard work and the encouragement, support and mentoring of the Thames South teaching team.
Thames South School has a Young Leaders programme where representatives from every class (including our new entrants) are selected by their classmates to represent their interests and work on special projects. It's just one of the initiatives at our school which encourages leadership and independence.
We also have a special group of senior students trained as mediators who you will see in high viz vests helping our children to resolve differences during playtimes. Our students are also selected to train as librarians, road patrol crews and class monitors for our Zero Waste initiatives and Fonterra Milk 4 Schools.
From year four students have the ability to participate in the school’s vibrant Kapa Haka groups, with both competition and non-competition options available.
Children that need extra learning support are well catered for with daily supplementary reading recovery, the reading SKILLS programme, Rainbow Reading, STEPS spelling and phonics and maths tutorials. Pause, Prompt, Praise (PPP) is yet another reading kickstart programme run by parent volunteers.
Junior classes are involved in the Kiwi Can programme which really captures their imagination with fun ways to practice good values and aim for the stars with their personal achievement.
At the end of the day, student involvement is really only limited by the children's own imagination and enthusiasm!