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3rd XI Cricket Match Report
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:00 AM

3rd XI Cricket Match Report

The 3rd's took on Palmerston in the weekend and were asked to bowl after losing the toss. Wade McNabb made a great start in his first game for the 3rd's, taking a wicket with the second ball of the match. From there some solid hitting and edging the ball through gaps got the run rate moving. A change of pace brought some wickets that also put a halt to the run rate before Palmerston were dismissed for 133 in 33.4 overs. Charlie Lourie 4-13, Mr Vindriis 3-13 and Jonty Fleck 2-6. The 3rd's got off to a flyer before Lachie Bradford was runout at the bowlers end backing up to a crushing Charlie Justice straight drive. 49-1 in 4.5 overs was still looking good before a flurry of wickets fell and the score was 62-4. Cool heads from Kalani Rhodes and Jonty Fleck narrowed the deficit before some power hitting from Villiami Vakapuna brought up the total 5 down after 19.5 overs. Kalani Rhodes 28*, Charlie Justice 22, Viliami Vakapuna 20*. A win to the 3rds by 5 wickets.

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1st XI Cricket
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 19 February 2018, 10:46 AM

1st XI Cricket v Wellington College – Day 1

When Captain, Bryn Wilson won the toss, he had no hesitation in electing to bat on the school’s number 1 pitch. The Wellington bowlers soon found their rhythm and extracted good movement, giving the Boys’ High openers a torrid time. After they departed early, Curtis Heaphy and Bryn worked hard and showed a lot of patience in putting together a good, settling partnership. This became the order of the day as the middle and lower order constructed meaningful partnerships, which kept the opposition in the field all day. PNBHS were eventually all out for 288, after 102.2 overs, setting up an intriguing second day. Hugo Wakeling scored 29, Logan Love 31, Mitch Leach 41, Ruben Love 50 and Bryn Wilson 62 in a disciplined display of batting under tough conditions.

The second day’s play (Monday 19 February) starts at 10am.

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Senior Production 2018
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 16 February 2018, 2:33 PM

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Crest to Crest Challenge
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 16 February 2018, 8:41 AM


Click on the following link to track this morning's progress on the team's final leg back to school.

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Year 9 Reading Challenge
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:10 PM
Developing good literacy skills is an essential component of academic success. Building your 'reading mileage' is important – international research shows a direct correlation between the amount of time spentreading and academic achievement.

In other words, if you want to achieve at school, spend more time reading. The good news is that reading is a skill that we can all improve, simply by spending more time doing it. Our daily SSR time (Sustained Silent Reading) at the beginning of period five is a good start, but time spent reading over and above this will make a big difference for all young men.

To encourage reading, we run the Year 9 Reading Challenge, which is open to all Year 9 students. As you finish a book, check in with the librarians or Mrs Rankin or Dr O’Connor in the English department. They will ask you a few questions about the book and will then ‘mark off’ the book on thereading log. Both fiction and non-fiction books count in the reading challenge.

Once you have read and logged 15 books, you will have met the Bronze Certificate part of the Challenge.

30 books will earn you the Silver Certificate and 60 books the Gold Certificate.

Certificates will be presented during Assembly towards the end of the year. Those young men who earn a bronze, silver or gold award will also get a Morning Tea Shout from the Rector.

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Finlay McRae - Premier Award Winner for 2017
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 15 February 2018, 12:16 PM

Congratulations to 2017 Dux Litterarum Finlay McRae, who has been named as both a Premier Award winner and a Top Subject Scholarship Award winner following the release of 2017 Scholarship results. Finlay achieved the top mark in New Zealand in Scholarship Physics. He achieved Outstanding Scholarship passes in Calculus, History and Physics and Scholarship in Chemistry and English. As a Premier Award winner, Finlay will receive $10,000 per year for three years to go towards the cost of university study, and as a Top Subject Scholar Award winner, he will receive an additional $2,000 per year for three years towards his university study. These are fantastic achievements for Finlay and well deserved recognition for his diligent and determined approach to his academic studies. Nihil Boni Sine Labore.

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by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:51 PM

Congratulations to Bank Jonglertjanya, Adam Martin and Chaz Rossiter who were awarded a Prefect badge at assembly this morning.

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Music Information Evening
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:48 PM

Music Information Evening 

Monday 12 February 
Speirs Centre

This is an opportunity for students to get some hands-on experience with brass and woodwind instruments, for parents to meet music staff and discuss instrument hire/purchase with local retailers.  

There will be a brief presentation outlining music lessons and opportunities at PNBHS followed by a hands-on session where students may try out instruments and see what suits them best. Parents can discuss hiring school instruments or talk with representatives from Beggs Musicworks and the Rockshop about hire or purchase. 

This is a great chance to ask questions and get your son excited about a new challenge.

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Year 13 Morning Tea
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:45 PM

A morning tea to wish the Year 13 students all the best for their final year at PNBHS.

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1st XI Cricket Challenge Shield
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:43 PM


With the first day’s play having been rained off at Nelson Park in Napier, it was decided to play a 50-over match on the second day for the Challenge Shield.

Captain, Bryn Wilson lost the toss and was asked to bat on a green looking wicket with gloomy overhead conditions. The opposition’s decision was soon vindicated as two wickets fell in the opening over. There followed a period of consolidation where the batsmen were able to keep the scoreboard ticking. A further two wickets put the brakes on and the batsmen had to work hard to get through the new ball. Ruben Love, with some middle-order support from Sam Russell and Max Harris, steadied the ship and was able to keep the scoring going. Unfortunately, a flurry of wickets fell in the last 10 overs and, despite Ruben’s magnificent effort, the 1st XI were bowled out for 205 in the 48th over. Sam scored 23, Max 28 and Ruben a well-crafted, game-defining 106.

Defending an average total on a quick outfield was never going to be easy, but the opening bowlers did a good job of keeping the opposition quiet and this led to a wicket in the 3rd over. A period of consolidation followed until wickets fell after the first drinks break and PNBHS looked to be on top. Some loose bowling and fielding allowed Napier back into the game but a constant flow of wickets kept the 1st XI in the game. The bowlers kept to their task and managed to finish them off in the 47th over for 183. Bryn Wilson was the top bowler with 4 for 20.
PNBHS won by 21 runs and retained the Challenge Shield.

The first match for the Challenge Shield was in 1909 and it has been competed for annually since then.