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Unravelling the Adolescent Brain
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:17 PM

Palmerston North Boys’ High School and Palmerston North Girls’ High School are pleased to extend an invitation to the parents of our school communities to attend a FREE seminar – Unravelling the Adolescent Brain – presented by the Brainwave Trust.

Date: Monday, May 15

Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: The Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys’ High School

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by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 13 April 2017, 1:17 PM


We hope the young men and staff on the PNBHS French Language and Culture Tour are enjoying themselves and learning through their experiences in France.


MONDAY 10 APRIL - Depart Palmerston North for France.

TUESDAY 11 APRIL - Arrive in Paris
- 1 hour Bateaux-Mouches Seine cruise
- The cruise will end close to the Eiffel Tower where they will ascend the tower for panoramic views of Paris in the early evening (6.00pm to be confirmed).

WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL - Full day of sightseeing to include Notre-Dame (free entry), Les Invalides, the Panthéon and Jardin du Luxembourg (free entry).

THURSDAY 13 APRIL - Full day of sight-seeing - today will include a morning tour of Stade de France followed by a visit to Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis with the afternoon being spent at Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre.

FRIDAY 14 APRIL - This morning you will make your way to the Louvre and then later today you will head to Musée de l’Orangerie and Jardin des Tuileries.

SATURDAY 15 APRIL - Another full day of sightseeing to include the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Galeries Lafayette & Musée d’Orsay.

SUNDAY 16 APRIL - Today you will visit Palais de Versailles and its magnificent gardens.

MONDAY 17 APRIL - You will be collected from your accommodation and will travel by coach to the commune of Treigny. Upon arrival in Treigny you will enjoy some time at the 13th century castle reconstruction of Guédélon.

TUESDAY 18 APRIL - After breakfast you will check out of your hotel and travel by coach to the city to Tours. Most of the day will be free to explore the city.

WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL - Today you will enjoy a Châteaux tour to include Chenonceau, Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire.

You will check out of your accommodation and make your way to Tours station for your travel via train to Tarbes (via Bordeaux St Jean. Upon arrival in Tarbes you will be met by your hosts who will look after you for the next six nights of your tour.


WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL - You will farewell your hosts this morning and make your way to Tarbes station for your journey to Hirson. Upon arrival in Hirson, you will be met by your hosts who will be looking after you for the next six nights.

THURSDAY 27 APRIL - At 8.00am you will go to school with your homestay family and will be given an official school welcome and visit at 9.00am. At 10.30am you will depart school for the Town Hall to arrive in time for your Mayoral Welcome at 11.00am. You attend a lunch at 12.30pm and then head back to school at 2.00pm this afternoon. At the end of the school day at 6.00pm you will return home with your host families.

FRIDAY 28 APRIL - 8.00am to 6.00pm – Chemin des dames


MONDAY 01 MAY - Today you will visit Guise

TUESDAY 02 MAY - At 8.00am you will go to school and then visit fortified churches at 9.00am. Lunch will be at 12.30pm and then you will farewell your hosts at 3.30pm and take the afternoon train from Hirson to Lille Flandres. Upon arrival at Lille Flandres you will make your way to your hotel where you will stay for the last night of your tour.

WEDNESDAY 03 MAY - After breakfast you will check out of your rooms and make your way by train to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flights back to New Zealand.

THURSDAY 04 MAY - On arrival at Hong Kong Airport, after completing customs and immigration formalities at Hong Kong Airport, you will be met by a local guide and taken for a half day Tour of Hong Kong Island.

The tour includes a ride the World’s steepest funicular railway up to the Victoria Peak for a panoramic splendor view of the city. Then proceed to the "Floating Village of Aberdeen" a place famous for its "fishing folks" who spend most of their time on their boats and only rarely come to shore - afterwards a scenic ride along the shores of Hong Kong South.

After then, returning to Kowloon Waterfronts for a view of Hong Kong Island and enjoy a traditional Chinese Dim Sum Lunch at hotel restaurant. After lunch, you will have some free time to explore the Tsimshatsui area and Nathan Road on your own.

In the evening, you will be collected from an appointed place and time and transferred to the Airport for your onward flight.

FRIDAY 05 MAY - Arrive in Palmerston North

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Manawatu Secondary Schools Swimming Championships.
by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 13 April 2017, 9:19 AM

Manawatu Secondary Schools Swimming Champoionships.


On Saturday 8th March the Manawatu Secondary School Swimming Championships were held at Freyberg Pool.

PNBHS were represented by 23 swimmers. Once again, we were completely dominant in the Manawatu.

On points alone were totalled 400 points, where the closest rival totalled 173.


40 first placings 

24 second placings 

15 third placings 


Overall, a dominating performance by the boys with nine Manawatu Secondary School records were broken. 

Individual record breakers were: 

Michan Hunter: breaking the 200m back by 2 seconds 

Ryan Cutler: breaking the 200m backstroke record by ten seconds, the 50m back and the 100m back by a considerable margin

Xavier Hill: 200m butterfly by 11 seconds, the 100m breast by 2 seconds (also breaking the school record) and the 100m individual medley (breaking the school open record). 


The team also set record times in the relay events, breaking the long lasting medley relay,  which dated back to 1998, by 3 seconds, and being the first team in the Manawatu to break the 2 minute mark. The team also broke the freestyle relay record by 1 second. 


Looking to their future competitions, this puts us in good stead to perform well at the North Island Secondary School level.

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Farewell for Mr Rob Ferreira – Director of Teaching and Learning
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 3:57 PM

Farewell for Mr Rob Ferreira – Director of Teaching and Learning

At assembly this morning we bid farewell Mr Rob Ferreira, the Director of Teaching and Learning, who has given more than twenty years of service to Palmerston North Boys’ High School and the young men who attend here.

Mr Ferreira was first employed on a fixed term six-month contract in May 1993.  In November of that year his position as a Chemistry and Physics teacher was made permanent.  That role did not remain long as in April 1994 he resigned to take up a position on a dairy farm.  The call of the classroom though was too much for Mr Ferreira to resist, and he returned to a long term relief Science teaching position at PNBHS in February 1995.  In January 1996 Mr Ferreira’s position as a Chemistry and Physics teacher was made permanent. 

Mr Ferreira was first appointed to a position with leadership responsibility in January 2002, when he was made teacher in charge of General Studies – a programme similar to Recreation for Year 12 students.  In January 2003 Mr Ferreira was appointed to the position of Year 13 Dean, a key leadership role which includes the organisation of the annual Mountain Trip.  In 2004 he was awarded a year’s leave to undertake university study to upgrade his teaching qualification. 

Upon returning from this study leave in January 2005, Mr Ferreira was appointed to the position of Head of the Science Department.  This position entails the leadership of more than twenty staff members and overseeing four curriculum areas in one of the largest subject departments in the school.  Mr Ferreira continued ion this role until term four 2012, when he was appointed to the position of Acting Senior Master.  In January 2013 Mr Ferreira was the first appointment to the newly created position of Director of Teaching and Learning, a new senior management position at Palmy Boys.

Mr Ferreira is highly regarded amongst the staff, who recognise his expertise as a classroom teacher.  He has played a significant role in helping to place greater emphasis onto teaching and learning within our school and in the introduction of a range of new teaching and learning initiatives.  Mr Ferreira has a genuine empathy for young men and works hard to help provide them with the tools they need in order to achieve, something which has often necessitated him giving up his time to run lunch time and afterschool tutorials. 

Mr Ferreira has had an essential role in assisting with staff development, creating opportunities and providing the expertise to assist our teaching staff to develop their knowledge and skills.  Again, the emphasis in this role is on helping to ensure the best outcomes for the young men who attend our school.

In recent years we have developed a close relationship with Massey University in terms of the delivery of the new Masters of Teaching and Learning degree, and Mr Ferreira has played an instrumental role in this.

Mr Ferreira has been fully committed to the PNBHS co-curricular programme.  He has been involved in coaching and managing a range of sports teams including rugby, basketball mountain biking and squash.  Mr Ferreira has been fully involved in providing outdoor education opportunities as well through his involvement with Year 10 and Year 13 camps.  He has enjoyed opportunities to support school cultural activities, with an annual highlight for him being the senior production.

Mr Ferreira leaves us to take up the position of Deputy Principal at St. John’s College in Hastings and we wish him all the best for the next stage in his career.

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Swimming Sports
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 2:20 PM

Swimming Sports Results:

Club Points:

1st - Kia Ora - 261 points

2nd - Phoenix - 178 points

3rd - Vernon - 140 points

4th - Murray - 136 points

5th - Gordon - 135 points

6th - Albion - 90 points


Open 200m Medley - Xavier Hill - 2.11.85  |  Old Record - 2.14.87

Open 100m Medley - Xavier Hill - 1.01.13  |  Old Record - 1.01.73

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Road Race Results
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 2:13 PM

Road Race Results:

Well done to all our young men who competed in the Road Race yesterday,

Congratulations to the following young men on their placings:

Junior (Under 14):
1st - Liam Wall
2nd - Nelson Doolan
3rd - Angus Wallace

Minor Intermediate (Under 15):
1st - Andre Le Pine-Day
2nd - William Leong
3rd - Jack Pronk

Major Intermediate (Under 16):
1st - Benjamin Wall
2nd - Luke Scott
3rd - Samuel Phillips

Senior (16 and over):
1st - Alex Hull
2nd - Harrison Porritt
3rd - Samuel Bentham

Overall Club Placings:

1st – Albion

2nd Equal – Gordon and Vernon

4th – Phoenix

5th – Murray

6th – Kia Ora

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Commerce Tour Day 3
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 10:59 AM

Commerce Tour Day 3 Report

Today we were delighted to start our day with a breakfast form the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), where we had choices of pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns and a range of beverages.

We then set off on our day adventure to Pearl Harbour and boarded the USS Missouri. After spending a lot of time aboard the gigantic battleship, we then set course to the USS Arizona ship where over 1700 people had tragically past away during the attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941.

When then shifted our focus on the USS Bowfin (US Submarine), where we had the privilege of being able to get amongst the technology that brought down over 15 Japanese ships! After the hot day at Pearl Harbour, we then decided to take a tour to downtown Honolulu, where we set off to spend some time shopping and make most of the great weather.

At 7:30pm, some of us went to Denny's for some 'grub''. We learnt about tipping, so that was a very interesting night! We headed off to the motel to settle down for the night and get a good sleep for the big day ahead tomorrow .

- Caleb Sattherwaite

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Commerce Tour Day 2
by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 9:19 AM

Commerce Tour Day 2

On our arrival in Hawaii, we got off the plane into 30 degrees of heat and made our way through the airport and customs. We then boarded the coach for the short ride into Honolulu and checked into our hotel for the next 3 days.  After a quick change, we walked down to the front for a swim on the famous Waikiki Beach. The water was warm...only the rocks were an issue!! We then grabbed some lunch before heading back to the hotel and changing for our welcome dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. After a long journey the boys were exhausted and so an early night followed in preparation for Pearl Harbour tomorrow. 

- Mr Turnock

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Commerce Tour Day 1
by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 9:09 AM

Commerce Tour Day 1 

On the 8th of April, 43 boys jumped on the bus preparing for an incredible tour to come. It all began with a non-stop bus ride from Boys' High to Wellington Airport, which was a smooth, fast ride. Flight from Wellington to Sydney followed, with absolute scenes from Mr Sinclair whilst boarding, as he sat down and put on his new headphones he was proud of, exclaiming " ITS GOT GREAT SOUND", "YEAH, REALLY GREAT SOUND" at an extreme volume. The flight was very relaxed and wasn't too long. Following landing in Sydney airport, the boys had a quick look around the airport and refuelled on some food and drink before the 9 and a half hour flight from Sydney to Honolulu. We boarded the flight and changed into our Number 2 gear which allowed for a much more comfortable ride. The Airbus departed at 7:30 and most boys were asleep within the first hour. The entertainment and seating was a step up from the previous flight which was a major bonus. The flight attendants and staff aboard the plane were extremely friendly and helpful and provided a great experience. We finally arrived at Honolulu airport, changing back into Number 1s before disembarking the plane.  We arrived at Honolulu at 9am with the entire day ahead of us, some very deprived of sleep.

- Mitchell Power & Corbin Avery

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Under 14 Rugby Muster a Big Success!
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 10 April 2017, 3:46 PM

Under 14 Rugby Muster a Big Success!


Success Formula;

100 Excited Under 14 Rugby Players

40 Supportive Parents 

22  1st XV Rugby Players 

8 Experienced Coaches 


On Saturday we held our PNBHS Under 14 Rugby Muster. The day kicked off with Old Boy, Brayden Iose, talking about some of his favourite school rugby memories.  He then told the boys about some of the wonderful rugby experiences he has had since leaving school.  He was asked why he chose PNBHS, to which he responded that his older brother, Jackson, had come through the school and the family emphasis had been on gaining a sound education first.  

The boys were then put through their paces with a 1 km time trial.  After a short recovery, the boys were broken into player specific positions, rotating through a variety of rugby drills and skills.  A highlight for many of the boys was having our 1st XV players on-hand to demonstrate, support and encourage them through a challenging morning session.  A special thanks to Mr Van Stipriaan and Mr Moore for adding to the quality of the day. 

The last session involved the boys getting used to full contact, with two 15minute hit outs. All players were able to put into practice the tips and techniques they had been taught earlier in the day.   

The day concluded with a sausage sizzle at College House.   All Under 14 teams will be named this Wednesday 12th April.  Any boys who were unable to attend the muster, need to see Mr Kendal or alternatively send an e-mail.