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by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 21 March 2019, 1:13 PM

Three PNBHS teams competed at the Central North Island Regional Debating Competition in Whanganui last weekend. Each team took part in five rounds of debating in which the school saw great success. The two development teams competed to varying strengths, with the team consisting of Blake Storrier, Ollie Gillespie and John Hopcroft doing exceptionally well, winning four out of their five debates to finish closely in third place overall. The teams debated a wide variety of moots, the most controversial of which being “This house would ban all contact sports” in which the Senior A affirmed and won. The PNBHS Senior A had a good start to their year, also winning four out of their five debates. As three teams in the competition finished having won four debates the selection for the finals came down to total individual speaker points from across the entire competition. The top three teams, including two from PNBHS, had only a total difference of 2.3 points between them. This led to the PNBHS Senior A being selected to go up against Whanganui High School Gold for the finals. The Senior A gave it their all but could not quite defeat Whanganui on their own turf, narrowly losing the final making them runners up for the competition. This was still a satisfactory result for the team, as a PNBHS Senior A has not made the finals since 2013.

What did PNBHS the most credit however was the individual speaker awards in which the school “cleaned up” so to speak. Ollie Gillespie was selected as a reserve for the regional team, and awarded most promising speaker of the competition and John Cole once again was awarded a highly commended. However the big winner was Andrew Karatea, winning not only a place on the regional team, but the award for best style, and the award for best speaker of the competition, neither of which a PNBHS student has won in many years. An excellent start to what will hopefully be a prosperous year for debating at Boys High.


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Zac Soper
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 3:41 PM

Congratulations to Zac Soper who is leaving PNBHS to begin a painting apprenticeship with DML.  Zac is the first Gateway student this year to leave and begin his four year journey to becoming a fully qualified trades person.  We wish him all the best for the future.

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Black Ribbon
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 9:49 AM


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Peer Tutoring
by Gerard Atkin - Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 1:44 PM

At the Head Prefect's Assembly this morning school Prefect Ajay Bansal spoke about the Peer Tutoring programme.  Young men who wish to take advantage of this service need to complete the online form at this link:

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Thailand Tour Fundraiser
by Gerard Atkin - Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 1:17 PM

Help our rangatahi show case Te Ao Maori with PNBHS’s very first cultural visit to Thailand!

We’ll be sharing our waiata, our wairua and our reo with them and learning of theirs in return.

It’s going to be a great night out with whanau and friends
So come along and enjoy some laughs, with prizes up for grabs, raffles and auctions. Supper will also be provided.

Keen to register a team, registration forms and payment to the PNBHS Finance Office, or you can pay online, and email your registration form and details to:

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March 2019 Newsletter
by Gerard Atkin - Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 7:14 AM
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by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 18 March 2019, 3:06 PM


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Christchurch Terror Attack
by Gerard Atkin - Monday, 18 March 2019, 2:11 PM
At assembly this morning we were proud to have Dr Zulfiqar Butt, President of the Manawatu Muslim Association, join us so that we as a school community could express our sympathy and show our support for the Muslim community throughout New Zealand.

The events in Christchurch have affected many young men and families in our community.  Our Guidance Counsellors, Mr. Pottinger and Mr. Dawson, are available to help any young men who might need additional support.  We encourage our parent community to ensure that they have spoken to their sons about the terror attacks.  There are large numbers of young men who have seen images of the attacks online and the impacts of this are likely to become obvious in the coming days. 

In his discussion of the Friday terror attack the Rector, Mr Bovey, shared a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King which is very apt at this time: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Our thoughts are with the Muslim community at this terribly sad time.

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1st XI Cricket Prem A T20 Competition – 16/03/2019
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 18 March 2019, 2:11 PM

1st XI Cricket Prem A T20 Competition – 16/03/2019

VS Old Boys CC

Having lost the toss and been inserted, the PNBHS opening batsmen made a great start, scoring 81 in the first 13 overs. This allowed successive batsmen to attack the bowling and keep the run-rate positive. Of course, aggressive batting inevitably led to wickets falling and the 1st XI felt they fell a few runs short, finishing on 130 for 9. Ruben Love scored 28, Levi Woolston 39 and Jack Wenham 52.

The first few overs in defence proved to be frustrating, with the opening bowlers gifting extras to the opposition. Fortunately, the first-change pairing of Woolston and Wakeling managed to dry up the runs, resulting in wickets for Woolston who continued his good form from the Rathkeale game. Wenham introduced himself and, with Old Boys chasing the game, wickets continued to fall, keeping the game evenly poised. Needing 5 off the last over, the opposition must have seen themselves as favourites but an outstanding over from Woolston yielded 2 runs and a wicket to see them finish 2 runs behind on 128 for 8. Jack Wenham took 3 for 23 and Levi Woolston 3 for 18.

A win to the 1st XI by 2 runs.

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Hockey Trials
by Gerard Atkin - Monday, 18 March 2019, 12:19 PM
A further trial for the 1st and 2nd XI Hockey Teams will be held at the Twin Turfs Tuesday 19th May from 6 - 7 pm. Please bring a white and dark playing shirt.