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de Ella Mitchell - Friday, 22 de September de 2017, 15:32


Year 10 students from PNBHS, PNGHS and Cornerstone came together for a three day Business SELL Challenge. Students were required to develop a business idea, produce a business plan and then present to our judges. 

Thanks to our judges  Richard from Icona, Rachel from PNCC, Rod Te Whata from Streetwise, Jenny from Levno and Scott from ANZ.

The winners were:
Marketing and Branding: Team Casey
Innovation: Team Float
Best Presentation: The Art House
Future Investment: Team Casey
Overall Winner: Team Casey

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de Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 21 de September de 2017, 16:17


Thurs 21 Sept      Depart

Fri 22 Sept          Arrive Manchester. Transfer to York Racecourse Centre

Sat 23 Sept         Travel to Edinburgh. Accommodation: Edinburgh Central      YHA

                           1.00pm PNBHS vs George Watson’s College – at

                           Myreside Fields

                           1.00pm PNBHS vs George Heriot’s School – at Myreside

Sun 24 Sept         Local sightseeing

Mon 25 Sept       Travel to Belfast. Tour of Falls Rd. On to Dublin

                            Billeting by Castlenock College

Tues 26 Sept        3.00pm      Development Team vs Blackrock

                           4.30pm      1st XV vs Castlenock College

Wed 27 Sept        Leisure in Dublin

                           Billeting by Blackrock College

                           10.30am   Tour of Aviva Stadium

Thurs 28 Sept     2.30pm      1st XV vs Blackrock College

Fri 29 Sept           depart Dublin 8.20am. Travel by ferry to Holyhead in Wales.

                           Travel to Borth. Stay at Borth YHA

Sat 30 Sept          1st XV vs Llandovery College

                           Travel to Newport after match

Sun 1 Oct            am. Visit Big Pit National Coal Museum

                           pm.  Brigend

Mon 2 Oct            Travel to Cheddar. Stay at Cheddar YHA

Tues 3 Oct           Leisure. Evening: billeting by Millfield School

Wed 4 Oct            1.30pm      Development team vs Millfield School

                           3.00pm      1st XV vs Millfield School

                           Travel to London. Stay at Safestay Holland Park Hostel

Thurs 5 Oct          Sightseeing in London

Fri 6 Oct              Travel to The Campion School, Essex – for billeting

Sat 7 Oct             11.00am    Development team vs The Campion School

                           12.00pm    1st XV vs The Campion School

Sun 8 Oct            Travel to Brighton

Mon 9 Oct            Leisure

Tues 10 Oct         TBA   1st XV vs Seaford College

                           Travel to London. Generator Hostel

Wed 11 Oct          Leisure during the day

                           10.20pm Depart Heathrow on Cathay

Thur 12 Oct         Transit via Hong Kong

Friday  13 Oct      12.55pm Arrive Auckland

                            3.25 and 7.00pm depart for Palmerston North

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PNBHS Renaissance Tour
de Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 21 de September de 2017, 12:14

PNBHS Renaissance Tour

The PNBHS Renaissance Tour left for Italy yesterday. Much of what our students learn at school has its roots in the Renaissance period. Italy, of course, was the power house of this movement which had a global impact on:






The PNBHS Renaissance tour will enable participating students to experience this movement first hand as they travel through Italy. Some of the highlights are included in the itinerary.

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Basketball Manawatu Mens' League
de Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 21 de September de 2017, 11:05

Basketball Manawatu Mens' League 

The Prem A Basketball team continued their unbeaten run in the Basketball Manawatu Mens League with a 85 - 49 win in the final last night. Oscar Oswald top scored with 20 points, Haize Walker scored 19 points and Callum McRae got a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

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New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Championships 2017
de Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 20 de September de 2017, 15:30

New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Championships 2017


A team of eight PNBHS swimmers travelled to Hamilton on Thursday 14 September to compete in the NZSS Swimming Championships. 

The competition runs over three days, with two sessions per day for the Friday and Saturday, and a morning Session on Sunday.

Our boys performed well amongst the other 650 NZ students. The program is tight and runs continuously to time. Self-marshalling was new this year which meant the boys had to be in the right place at the right time, no one to check in with, and no one to tell you here you should be. Miss a race and you have a fine of $50.

Our top placing was a silver medal for Ryan Cutler in the 200m backstroke 15yrs. Ryan also was placed 4th and 5th in the 100m and 50m backstroke events, breaking a PNBHS record in both lengths. 

Jake Thompson, placed 5th in the 200m freestyle 14 yrs,  5th in the 50m breaststroke (breaking a PNBHS record) and 8th in the 100m breaststroke.

Our 15 yrs and under relay teams were placed 4th and 5th in both the medley and freestyle relays. Swimmers in these teams were Ryan Cutler, Kokoro Frost,  Jake Thompson, Campbell Jackson and Levi Holman.

Overall, 22 personal best times were swum by our boys.

Overall in points, PNBHS were placed 18th from 55 male schools.

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DELF Scolaire Examinations 2017
de Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 20 de September de 2017, 13:56

DELF Scolaire Examinations 2017

At the end of August, six of our students joined students from Napier and Wanganui to sit the French DELF Scolaire examinations. This is an internationally recognised and accredited four-levelled qualification which tests listening, reading, speaking and writing. This gives our students an extension to NCEA and gives them a qualification which could enable them to study in a French university.

Eliott Motion gained the A1, the first level of the qualification, with 84.5% and Jordon Long-Lay achieved 72.5%. Results in the A2 examination were similar, with Nikhil Banerjee achieving 76.5%. This year we had three students in the B1 category:  Michael Poff gained 74.5%, Alistair Keay-Graham 71.5% and Aidan Berkahn 67.5%. These students are to be congratulated on their success. Official certificates will arrive from France in due course.

Alliance Française Concours Oral 2017 for the Central Region

(Manawatu-Wanganui- Hawkes Bay)

The Alliance Française Concours Oral winners for the Central Region are taken from the DELF Scolaire Examination results for 2017. Congratulations to the following students whose efforts have been rewarded: 

Year 9            Eliott Motion (First Place)

Year 10          Jordon Long-Lay (First Place)

Year 11          Nikhil Banerjee (Fourth Place)

Year 12          Michael Poff (First Place)

                     Alistair Keay-Graham (Second Place)

                     Aidan Berkahn (Fourth Place)

Alistair Keay-Graham went forward to the National Concours Oral for Year 12 on Saturday 9 September and won first place. The prize is a two-week trip to New Caledonia in December, thanks to sponsors Aircalin and Education Perfect. Alistair will certainly enjoy the experience of two weeks in a French-speaking, tropical environment, a well-deserved reward.

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North Island Secondary School Ski Championships
de Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 20 de September de 2017, 13:33

Congratulations to Jack Harvey who finished 7th out of 100 senior competitors at the North Island Secondary School Ski Championships. Matt Shaw finished 37 out of 120 junior competitors. Well done to all the boys who represented PNBHS amazingly well throughout the event.

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Palmerstonian 2017
de Gerard Atkin - Tuesday, 19 de September de 2017, 13:47

The Palmerstonian collates reports from academic, cultural and sporting activities that take place throughout the school year and as such is often a sought after memento for young men and their families. 

In 2017, those wishing to purchase a Palmerstonian will need to pay $30 to the Finance Office prior to Friday, September 22.  This is a change to the process in previous years, in which the Palmerstonian has been provided free of charge to families who have paid their school donation in full, or upon the receipt of payment from those families who have not paid their school donation. 

Unfortunately, we have been advised by the Ministry of Education that we are unable to continue this practice.  Consequently, the Palmerstonian is only available to those who pay the $30 charge.  Please note that College House families who wish the magazine to be charged to their son’s account will need to communicate this information to the Finance Office.

Payments can be made at the Finance Office, or alternatively by internet banking (account number: 03-0726-0476403-00).  Please provide your son’s name and ‘Palmerstonian’ as the reference. 

Families who have already paid for the Palmerstonian do not need to take any further action.  Your son will receive the magazine at the conclusion of the 2017 Prizegiving.

Should you have any questions about the payment process for the Palmerstonian magazine, please contact the team in the Finance Office (3545176 ext. 799 or


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Adam Martin
de Ella Mitchell - Monday, 18 de September de 2017, 09:44

Congratulations to current student Adam Martin who was placed 3rd in the U19 age group Sprint race at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals held on Sunday in Rotterdam. Older brother and Old Boy David Martin was placed 5th and father Andy was placed 9th in his age group.

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Year 9 Reading Challenge
de Gerard Atkin - Monday, 18 de September de 2017, 09:21

The Year 9 Reading Challenge is an initiative to encourage young men to read and rewards them once they reach milestones in terms of the number of books completed. Once young men have logged 15 books the Bronze Challenge will be marked as complete. They can carry on and add more books to finish the Silver (30 books) part of the Challenge, and then the Gold (60 books).

Students who have logged 15 books (Bronze) will receive a certificate at assembly and a morning tea shout from the Rector. Students who meet the Silver and Gold criteria will receive additional certificates and morning tea shouts from the Rector. Students can check in with the library staff before school, at interval, lunchtime or afterschool, or with Dr O'Connor or Mrs Rankin from the English department on Monday mornings during Form Time.