Rector's Welcome

Welcome. Nau mai, haere mai.

               Dave Thorp, Rector

I hope this website can give you some insight into the vibrant and positive environment that is Timaru Boys’ High School. We learn and work as a family.  We see the development and wellbeing of our young men as the shared responsibility of everyone in our dedicated and caring community - parents, whānau, teachers, support staff and the students themselves. 

Timaru Boys’ is a school that values learning in all its forms, from the traditional academic disciplines, to trades based technologies and skills.  We have a flexible and responsive curriculum that is designed to help all students reach their potential. Our staff are committed and professional, willing to go the extra mile to help students develop as learners and young men. Teachers here know the importance of building relationships with students - it is integral to boys’ achievement and one of the main drivers of our strong academic achievement.

Timaru Boys’ has a huge range of sporting and cultural opportunities for all our students with extremely high participation rates.  These activities develop the skills of leadership, collaboration and resilience.  Students build character and develop life-long bonds through these shared experiences. On top of all that, it’s marvellous fun! 

This is my second stint at Timaru Boys’ - I was a Deputy Rector between 2008 and 2012.  I arrived in January 2020 as the 12th Rector and I’m extremely proud to be the leader of such a great school.  We have high expectations for our students and we want them to strive for excellence. However, we understand the pressures of modern life and we work hard to create a culture of wellbeing and support. 

When a Year 9 student steps through the front gates at TBHS, he enters a school with a rich history and a boundless future. He instantly becomes part of our community, but he retains his unique identity as an individual.  He learns our traditions and values, and then begins his journey towards adulthood, learning and developing with his peers. As staff, it is our privilege to teach and guide these students in the five years they are here.   

We would love to welcome you to the TBHS whānau!

Dave Thorp