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Samoa International 7's Training Camp (Mount Maunganui)
by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:40 PM

Samoa International 7's Training Camp (Mount Maunganui) 

The day started for Tyler with him meeting the Samoan team manager, Mr Ramsey Tokokino, who made everyone feel very welcome and also introduced him to the head coach of Japan, Mr Damien Karuna.  Sir Gordon Tietjens then arrived and Tyler was taken though to the team meeting. 

Sir Gordon has brought 18 players into the squad who are all being put through their paces to hopefully make the final 12 players to play in the upcoming Wellington HSBC 7s World Series. 

Tyler was placed into the Blue Team. The morning session involved a skills session focusing on using the width of the field and making accurate passes.  Tyler certainly didn't disappoint; he made the most of his time on the pitch by producing consistent and accurate passes.  It was pleasing to hear praise from the Master Coach himself. The second session involved a weights workout in the modern sevens training facility opposite Blake Park. At the conclusion of the morning session the players headed back to the hotel to refuel on healthy wraps and salads before being given a couple of hours of down time. 

The afternoon session was about game preparation as the squad looked to prepare for playing Japan on Thursday morning.  It gave Tyler some insight into the clear decision making that is required at the top level of  7's rugby.  At the completion of the day Tyler was presented his own playing strip.  

Once again, a special thanks must go to Sir Gordon Tietjens for his ongoing support and development of the game.  We will host the PNBHS & Sir Gordon Tietjens Rugby 7's Tournament on Friday 3rd March & Saturday 4th March at the Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute. 

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BYOL - Bring Your Own Laptop at PNBHS
by Gerard Atkin - Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 12:50 PM
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by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 16 January 2017, 8:37 PM

Purchase your 2017 stationery and workbook requirements online with OfficeMax.  

Please see their website for details -

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Mr Brent Costley
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 12:18 PM

Dear PNBHS Community,

Regrettably this morning I write to advise our school community of the tragic passing of Mr Brent Costley, a long serving staff member, who passed away on Monday 9 January 2017. Mr Costley was diagnosed with leukaemia at the end of 2016 and following the first round of chemotherapy Mr Costley had a severe infection and he had been moved to ICU. Mr Costley passed peacefully with his family around him. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time.

Below is an excerpt from the 2002 Palmerstonian written by Mr W Kersten (Associate Rector) when “Mr Brent Costley calls it a day after 28 years at PNBHS”.

Born in Christchurch, Mr Costley was educated at Linwood High School and subsequently at the University of Canterbury where he gained a Master of Arts with First Class Honours in History. He taught at Nelson College for three years before coming to Palmerston North Boys’ High School in 1974 to commence what was to become a very long tenure. His wife to be was already on the staff, and after becoming Mrs Dorothy Costley, she continued to teach and gain a reputation as one of the best Mathematics teachers in the history of the school.

As a teacher of English, Social Studies, Geography and History, Mr Costley’s students always discovered, early in each year, that they had been allocated a teacher who was not only knowledgeable and articulate, but one who was also very capable of getting through to students of all levels of ability. Students were not only well prepared for examinations; they had also accumulated a wealth of general knowledge which certainly impressed the more academic students. If Mr Costley’s students did not succeed in examinations then it was probably due to their own limitations.

Perhaps these comments made by an Old Boy at the school’s centenary best summarise Mr Costley;

“Mr Costley, as well as being an amazing teacher, taught me how to learn. The skills and knowledge that I gained from him I still use in my work and continuing study.” – Grant Nicholls, Eastern District Commander, NZ Police.

Soon after he arrived at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, his literary and literacy skills were called upon. In 1975 he was appointed teacher librarian and in 1983 he had a significant influence on the design and construction of what was then considered to be a very modern and functional library; a facility which continued to grow under his guidance.

Coaching and managing debating teams and involvement with inter-school Christian fellowship occupied a significant amount of Mr Costley’s co-curricular time. He was always very supportive of school music and drama. As such he arranged two music tours to Australia in the 1990s and was often seen to be front of house for school concerts and productions.

Although he wasn’t recognised for his in depth analysis of the body positions in the front row of a rugby scrum he probably had greater breadth of sporting knowledge than most of those who did. To this end he ...

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On Site Shoe Fittings
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 12:02 PM


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Finn Martin
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 16 December 2016, 10:13 AM

Accelerate student, Finn Martin, proved himself to be the best in New Zealand when sitting the 2016 ICAS examination earlier this year.

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Shand Shield Winners
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 16 December 2016, 10:09 AM

Congratulations to Kia Ora Club for winning the 2016 Shand Shield Competition - 5 consecutive years in a row (2012-2016).

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by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 16 December 2016, 9:31 AM

The School wishes to recognise these organisations, businesses and people whose generous contributions and support enable us to provide a quality education for your sons. We encourage you to support our sponsors. 

We would like to thank the following major sponsors for their continuing support:

·                Vodafone                            

·                Fuji Xerox                            

·                McVerry Crawford Motors    

·                Office Max                           

·                Insurance Partners               

The Leavers’ Supper and book prizes for form class and academic prize winners have kindly been provided by the Palmerston North Boys’ High School Parent Teacher Association.

  The presentation of the 2016 Prizegiving on the big screens has been made possible through the generous support of members of our business and education communities.  The school is particularly grateful to:

·      Alpha Building Consultants      

·      Hunting and Fishing                

·      Magnum Images                     

·      Mara Autotraining & Endeavour Technical Training

·      Massey University                  

·      Trophy Specialists Engraving Ltd

·      Westpac Bank                        

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Farewell Haka for Mr Leighton
by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 15 December 2016, 3:55 PM

The end of the 2016 school year marks the end of a very long association with Palmerston North Boys’ High School for Mr Leighton senior.  Mr Leighton was a pupil here between 1965 and 1969.  He was a talented sportsman and was selected in the 1st XI Cricket team from 1967 to 1969, captaining the team in 1969, and the 1st XV Rugby team in 1969.  In 1969 Mr Leighton was also named as a school Prefect.  At the conclusion of his secondary schooling he trained as a primary school teacher and taught at Cloverlea Primary School, Napier Central School and St Peter’s College prior to being appointed as a permanent teacher of Physical Education, English and Social Studies at PNBHS in September 1980.  In 1985 Mr Leighton was appointed to the position of Careers Advisor and from July 1989 had the role of Sports Coordinator added to his job description. 

In 1992 Mr Leighton became the Guidance Counsellor, a position he held until the end of the 2004 school year.  In 1997 he assumed additional responsibilities in this area when he was appointed as Head of Student Services.  Many of you in the hall today will have used the services of the Guidance Counsellor and will understand what an important role this is in a secondary school.  In this role Mr Leighton always had the best interests of the young men of the school at heart as he worked with them through some difficult and trying circumstances.

At the end of the 2004 school year Mr Leighton moved out of teaching and took up a position with Thomas Griggs and Sons Funeral Directors.  While this may seem like quite a career change, those of you who know Mr Leighton will be aware of his empathetic approach and care and concern for others. 

Fortunately for us, however, Mr Leighton missed working with the young men of the school and returned in September 2005, when he was appointed as Manager of College House, a position he held until September 2008.  This is a significant leadership role in the school.  The hostel manager is responsible for the wellbeing of 170 young men and leads a team of more than 25 staff.  This position is literally an all-day, every day job, and it was one that Mr Leighton approached with his usual enthusiasm. 

Since February, 2010, Mr Leighton has been the Year 8 Dean – responsible for maintaining our connections with our contributing schools.  For many of you young men in the audience this morning, Mr Leighton would have been your first contact with Palmerston North Boys’ High School.

While the list of roles that Mr Leighton has held at PNBHS is itself impressive, it is Mr Leighton’s dedication to the young men of this school that he will be best remembered for.  Himself a keen competitive sportsman, Mr Leighton has given up countless hours of his own time to take sports teams – particularly cricket, hockey and rugby – and in doing so provide opportunities for the young men of the school.  In particular, Mr Leighton was the 1st XI Cricket coach from 1981 to 1987, manager of the 1st XI Hockey team from 1992 to 1994, and manager of the 1st XV rugby team in 2004.  In these roles Mr Leighton has been part of a number of overseas tours, and these have perhaps provided some of the highlights of his time at PNBHS.

In the last few years Mr Leighton has been involved with the mid-week football competition.  His competitive nature has certainly come out in this and his teams were always well prepared and his enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on the young men in his teams.

As a student Mr Leighton was in Phoenix Club, but moved into Kia Ora when he returned here as a staff member, and was the Club Leader of Kia Ora for a number of years.  Mr Gosling recently passed comment that it was the foundation laid by Mr Leighton, and the emphasis he placed on developing student leadership, that played a significant role in Kia Ora’s Shand Shield success under Mr Gosling.

Mr Leighton has been fully involved in the PNBHS outdoor education programme.  He has attended the Year 13 Mountain Trip and Year 12 OPC many times and in more recent years has been appointed honorary kaumatua of the Anaura Bay Year 10 camp.

Given his long ties with our school, Mr Leighton is incredibly well known and well regarded in the old boys community and in the wider Palmerston North community.  Mr Leighton is retiring from teaching and we wish him all the best for the next stage in his life – one that will no doubt see him on a variety of courses and greens.  We will see Mr Leighton around next year as he begins a part-time role as liaison with the old boys community.

Mr Leighton, we will miss your enthusiasm for the school, your dedication to ensuring the best outcomes for our young men, your professionalism as a teacher and your genuine caring for your teaching colleagues and students.  Mr Leighton is a man of impeccable character and integrity and leaves our school with an impressive legacy.  Indeed, we have been very fortunate to have had him serve our school for such an extended period of time.

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by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 15 December 2016, 2:31 PM


There will be a cricket training on Thursday 12 January 2017 for ALL players interested in playing for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams on the weekend of 14/15 January 2017.