Welcome to Thomas House

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We welcome you to Thomas House and look forward to our association with you over the time of your son’s secondary schooling and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or problems regarding your son's day to day living in our boarding community. We realise that your son is going to find living with us very different from living at home. The following pages contain information that you will find useful in his preparation for boarding and also for your son's time at boarding school.

It is our hope that your son’s years at Thomas House will be enjoyable and memorable and that he will gain much from the many opportunities offered to him both here at Thomas House and also at school.

 Living in Thomas House

Situated on site, Thomas House is an integral part of life at Timaru Boys’ High School, providing boys the opportunity of participating in an education of the highest quality. A warm atmosphere exists in the boarding house, making this a “home away from home” contributing positively to a well-rounded education and social development of the boarders. Study facilities are available and boarders have a fine examination success.

Thomas House boys have a high level of participation in sport and a reputation for involvement in cultural and community activities. Theirs is a special bond, quite distinct from that of the day boys.All the same they are well integrated with the day students in and beyond the classroom.

The hostel is a key factor in the spirit of Timaru Boys' High School and support from parents - many of whom were former boarders themselves - is strong. Pride in Thomas House and self, now and in the future, is very much a part of boarding at Timaru Boys' High School.

We aim that boys leave Thomas House as young men who:

  • have self-confidence and a positive self-image
  • have learnt to lead by example
  • are considerate and sensitive to the needs of others
  • have developed good work habits 

Through this guide, we welcome the opportunity to give parents and potential boarders some insight into boarding school life and of Thomas House in particular. We have high standards of friendship, dependability, diligence and character making. We feel sure you have approached us because your standards and ours agree and we look forward to co-operating with you and your son so that his career here may extend and enhance our traditions and prepare him adequately for a fruitful and satisfying life.

Mission Statement

To provide a supportive extended family environment that encourages young men to achieve personal growth and excellence. Vision Thomas House is integral to the school providing caring staff, quality facilities, respecting the traditions of the past and focusing on a positive future.


  • Respect for self and others
  • Perseverance
  • Responsibility
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Aspiring
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Tolerance
  • Consideration of others

Thomas House

  • has a caring and competent staff
  • provides a quality, functional physical environment
  • has a significant focus on promotion and marketing to ensure the strong future of the hostel
  • supports the School’s strong academic focus and encourages young men in their learning
  • encourages young men to achieve a school work/life balance and provides recreational opportunities
  • has a responsive and inclusive pastoral care system that supports the development and learning of young men

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