There were two schools: St Thomas of Aquin's (on the corner of Queen and Walter Streets) and St Joseph's (in Willoughby Street). A history of catholic education is available in a booklet written by the 1973 Jubilee Committee; Chairman was Mr A Kenny. "100 Years Catholic Education in Thames" A copy of the booklet and other related church and committee information is available at The Treasury, Thames.
At present I am collating names from school end-of-year prizegivings, to give an indeication of the names of children that attended the schools pre 1900s. These Prize gvings are an excellet way to collect further information for all the schools in Thames; they were usually published in the latter weeks of December, each year. You may have to be creative with the family speeling of surnames, so I would advise searching by school name (if it is known).
Also look for school concerts in the Thames newspaper; the catholic schools held regular concerts to help with the school fees, to supplement the Sunday donations made at St Francis and St Brigid's Churches, for the schools.
|St Francis (Catholic) Church & School Buildings, Thames NZ|
(Source: 100 years Catholic Education in Thames)