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Thames South School
Grey Street, Thames. Ph 07 868 6594 – 027 217 6072
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Thames South School is:
• A school that values parental partnership
• A school where older students help and
look after younger students
• A school that loves and looks after our
• A school that offers the chance to become
Thames South School offers:
• Experienced and motivated teacher s
• Regular, pre-school visits
• Specialised programmes to support
• Excellent pupil: teacher ratios
• Cultural enrichment
• International students
• A rich and varied extra-curricular programme
– Access to a wide variet y of sports
– Trees for Survival Initiative
• A safe learning environment based on sound restorative pra ctices
• A n After-School & Holiday Programme
Develops life long learners empowered with a sense of
identity in a vibrant safe community
106 Lowe Avenue, Thames
We will do our best – Learn, Grow and
Achieve in our safe and happy schoo l
Our roll is open and Parawai School welcomes
students and their families from all over the
• Low class numbers, especially in the Junior school.
• A dedicated and highly skilled team o f teachers.
• Tr ained Teacher Aides in ever y room.
• H igh quality programmes that focus on Literac y and
• Balanced learning programmes that cover all subject
areas and c ater for s tudents’ needs.
• Environmental programmes - sustainability
education with new o rchards, vegetable gardens under
• A wealth of cultural, sporting and ar ts oppor tunities.
• Suppor t and extension programmes – to assist and
• Exciting and stimulating learning environments,
including a new ‘state of the a rt’ Technology Suite.
The positive benefits of being a large school:
Technology Suite, successful competitive sports teams
(Thames and Waikato), greater leadership oppor tunities
and wider f riendship circles, students work with a
range of teachers throughout their schooling: excellent
preparation fo r high school.
We have recently had an outstanding E.R .O review. To read our September 2011
report, go to www.ero.govt.nz – enter key word parawai in search box.
Please come to our open morning on October 26th (9.15am) or call in at any time.
Parawai School is Thames’ largest primary
school, with a role of 300 students. For
Parawai students, attending large school
has many benefits, and these include
greater leadership opportunities, wider
friendship circles, a range of skilled teach-
ers, and also many successful competitive
sports teams. At Parawai the importance of
family and community is recognised and
their involvement in all aspects of school
life is warmly welcomed and appreciated.
The Board of Trustees are actively
involved in the school and committed to
maintaining low class numbers, especially
in the Junior School. Trained teacher aides
also assist in each classroom, ensuring
every child’s needs are well catered for.
High quality programmes are taught
by a dedicated and highly skilled team of
teachers with a strong emphasis on literacy
and numeracy. There is also a balanced
curriulum, covering all subject areas, along
with strong environmental programmes.
These quality educational opportunities
cater for students’ needs and prepare them
for secondary school and beyond.
Extension and enrichment programmes
are an integral part of Parawai School, with
a wealth of cultural, sporting, leadership
and academic opportunities on offer,
including kapa haka, carving, the arts,
sports (all codes), speech competitions,
orienteering, and many more.
Staff and students at Parawai pride
themselves on following the school’s
mission statement - We will do our best –
Learn, Grow and Achieve in our safe and
happy school. This statement, together
with Parawai’s core values: persever-
ance, emotional intelligence, respect,
cooperation, integrity and excellence apply
to all aspects of school life ensuring that
Parawai is a successful and happy school
Thames South School is a full primary school
with 12 teaching and 10 support staff respon-
sible to and for a roll of around 220 year one to
eight pupils – with a commitment to smaller
class numbers. Situated for the past 136 years
at the southern end of Thames township, the
school draws from a wide cross-selection of a
diverse socio-economic population base.
The school is committed to exploring and
practicing different cultures, in particular
Maori, and has a full Immersion in Te Reo unit
of 18 tamariki, called Te Kawenga, that has
been operating now for over 17 years, along
with two recently created dual language
classes (Nga Kahui Whetu) of a further 58
students. Te Reo Maori is promoted extensively
throughout the school along with opportuni-
ties in the senior rooms to use the French,
Spanish and on certain occasions Japanese and
Korean languages - enabling students to not
only be comfortable in this land but also the
wider world too.
Student success lies in good leadership,
great role models, effective teaching teams
and programmes, while also maximising com-
munity trust and involvement in the school.
Thames South School has all the above and
wants to celebrate and share this school wide
success of both its mainstream and immersion
pupils with you all.
Diverse and vibrant school
Strong focus on
Thames South School students practice their kapa haka for the Hauraki Festival later
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