• Academic excellence
  • "Top quality" education for all students at all levels
  • Traditional as well as progressive programmes
  • Strong emphasis on examination performance
  • Sporting and cultural excellence
  • Firm and fair discipline and sound guidance

How do we achieve this?

  • A varied and flexible course structure
  • Experienced and well qualified teachers
  • Caring and involved staff and friends of the school
  • A commitment to excellence in all endeavours
  • Opportunities and challenges for boys of wide-ranging abilities
  • Modern resources, buildings and equipment

Academic excellence

ImageTimaru Boys' High School's results in national examinations affirms our emphasis on quality academic achievement. In NCEA and scholarship examinations we consistently have students who achieve outstanding results.

Boys are supported in their endeavours to achieve the very best academic outcomes.

Gifted and Talented Enrichment programme (GATE)

Educational plans (GATE) are developed for students with special talents and abilities, either academic, cultural or sporting. Boys are encouraged to set goals and to plan, with staff and families, programmes which encourage them to extend their sense of satisfaction and achievement.

The Rite Journey


The Rite Journey, a programme introduced to TBHS in 2010, targets Year 10 students, the age that most teachers recognise as 'the year of disengagement', by reinventing the traditional process of a Rite of Passage to assist in transforming the adolescent from dependency to responsibility.

The success of The Rite Journey lies in a number of factors:

Education programmes

For boys with additional learning needs, qualified teacher aides work with classes and individual students at the students' own pace, according to their special needs.

Remedial work in English and Mathematics is offered whenever appropriate and teacher aides work alongside students in classrooms. Boys with little or no English are given ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) specialist help.

Students at all levels are encouraged to take part in local, regional, national and international competitions in such subject areas as the sciences, social studies, mathematics, foreign languages and computing.