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Ki o Rahi
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 20 April 2018, 3:19 PM

Ki o Rahi

PNBHS/PNGHS combined Ki o Rahi team travelled to Turanga Nui a Kiwa (Gisborne) for the National Ki o Rahi Tournament. The team came away with a win against Te Wharekura o Tupoho in the bowl final.

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1st XV v Auckland Grammar
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 2:55 PM

1st XV v Auckland Grammar

Tuesday 17 April 

The final game of Term One saw the might of Auckland Grammar come down and play on the Number One field.  A traditional fixture that has been reinstated over the last five years, this game provides us with a tremendous opportunity to measure ourselves up against a premier rugby school. 

With the standard Palmy zephyr blowing, we played against the conditions in the first half.  Auckland tried playing with the ball in hand for most of the first half and our defence line was generally well organised and playing with good line speed and aggression against their bog runners.  However, there were two simple missed tackles and this led directly to two long range tries.  Our kicking game, even into the wind, was effective and we played most of the first period in the opposition half.   This allowed us to reply with a try of our own and we finished the first half in good shape to press on with our kicking game with the wind behind us.  The talk at half-time was around resolving some set piece issues we were having, particularly at lineout time, and working hard on maintaining our defensive shape. 

Unfortunately, the second half started poorly with a missed lineout and zero defence around the ruck leading to a third long range try.  We replied almost immediately with an intercept try when the opposition tried to run it out from their own try line and the score line tightened up again.  We generally managed to play in the parts of the field we wanted to play in, but staunch defence and mistake-ridden play meant that pressure was often released and good try scoring opportunities were wasted.  Still, we kept firing our shots and the effort was not to be faulted.  A poor period of play where a chance to pin them back in the corner was spurned resulted in the fourth long range try to Auckland.  Their effectiveness in taking the scoring chances we offered them through mistakes was excellent and, at the end of the day, the difference between the two teams.  The final score was 22-12.

The effort from the team all game was superb.  Against a much bigger team, no backward steps were taken.  But there was a big lesson learned - that effort is not enough.  Against top opposition, as a team we have to be consistent in our skill execution and decision making.  As we work our way to our white jersey programme, this remains the focus and the necessity. 

Points Scorers:

Tries:                Bryn Wilson

                        Ruben Love

Conversion:      Stewart Cruden

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1st XV v St Paul's Collegiate
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:38 PM

1st XV v St Paul's Collegiate 

Saturday 14 April 2018

The first XV travelled to Hamilton to contest the Quadrangular Trophy with St Paul's Collegiate.  The home side has held the trophy for the last two years so we were desperate to put in a good showing and return the trophy home.  

The start of the first half signalled our intent to play the game in the opposition half with our long kicking game extremely effective.  We mixed this up with contestable kicks and put the opposition under pressure as they had to get back behind the ball.  We endured a period with only 14 players on the field without giving up any points.  Then we started to gain ascendency at line out time, as we pressured their jumpers and our first try came from an overthrow that saw Flyn Yates crash over from 5 metres out.  We got into our attacking flow after this opening score and Bryn Gordon finished off a well worked team try shortly thereafter to finish the first half with momentum.  The talk at the half was around continuing the territory game as our defensive line was showing real aggression and we were consistently creating yards or turnovers through it.  

Early pressure in the second half led to Ruben Love scoring an intercept try.  He then very nearly backed this up by scoring another try shortly thereafter only to knock the ball on over the line.  As the game wore on, our kicking game was paying dividends with the attack pictures changing, allowing us to start playing more with the ball in hand.  While we were able to string phases together, we were guilty of untimely handling errors or poor support running after four or five phases.  St Paul's scored two tries of their own as a result of gifting possession to them, but there was a sense of opportunism about them and if we dropped our error rate, we were confident we could hold them. We scored two more tries, including a second for Flyn Yates.  Ethan Johansen added his name to the score chart and we ran out winners 33-12, thereby winning back the Quadrangular Trophy.  

Our attacking plan is starting to come together with our accurate kicking game laying the platform.  Looking forward, we need to ensure we work on the skills required to string multiple phases together, thereby converting pressure into points.  Defensively, we are showing a very positive mindset.  Technically we have work ons, but the boys want to get into the fight. 

Points Scorers:

Tries:                Flyn Yates x 2

                        Bryn Gordon

                        Ruben Love

                        Ethan Johansen

Conversions:    Stewart Cruden x 4

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Uniform Shop
by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:21 AM


Please note that the Uniform Shop is closed during the holidays apart from Friday 27th April from 9am-12pm.

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Holiday Activities
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:20 PM

Good luck to all young men involved in school activities during the upcoming school holidays. Thank you to our staff for taking time away from their families to provide these opportunities. These activities include:
6-29 April: Hockey Development Tour - UK and Ireland
14 April: 1st XV Rugby v St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton - 10.30am kick off
15 April: 2nd XV Rugby v Barker School (Australia), 4.00pm kick off at the Sport and Rugby Institute, Massey University
16-17 April: NZSS Ki o Rahi Nationals - Gisborne
16-25 April: 1st XI Football Development Tour to Australia
17 April: 1st XV Rugby v Auckland Grammar School, 12.00pm kick off at PNBHS
19-22 April: NZSS Water Polo - Premier Boys - Wellington
27-28 April: Premier A & Junior A Basketball - St Pat's Classic Tournament - Wellington

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by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:13 PM

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Junior and Senior Debating
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:11 PM

Junior and Senior Debating

Thursday 12 April

On Thursday 12 April during Period 5, the PNBHS Junior Debating 'True Fictions' team of Fahim Masud, Vikash Patel and Flynn Underwood faced a St Peter's team to debate "Social Media does more harm than good." It was a close debate, however the PNBHS team were victorious as they gave a strong argument that the loss of one life by suicide through cyber bullying is far more harmful than 1,000 likes or feel good stories on Facebook. John Cole and Andrew Karatea did a magnificent job of adjudicating and chairing the debate and we thank them for their assistance. 

The PNBHS Senior Debating 'United Contrarians' team faced St Peter's 1  also to debate the moot that the house believes that Social Media is harmful. The 'United Contrarians' successfully argued against the moot and won the debate. Congratulations to Callum Whitley for 'Best Speaker' and his teammates Ben Can and Krit Sitkrongvong.   

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Opportunity for Maori and Pasifika NCEA Students - FREE Literacy Programme
by Gerard Atkin - Friday, 13 April 2018, 1:16 PM

Talofa lava – Kia ora,

The Māori and Pasifika NCEA English Literacy Programme is starting up again for another fantastic study year.

The NCEA English programme is catered to students who are completing NCEA Levels 2 and 3, however we have had in the past students in NCEA Level 1 join in by completing homework or other school work, as well as taking part in the older levels where they are able. The aims are for all students to receive that extra study assistance by a highly qualified NCEA English teacher/s; and for those not in this level to be exposed to the study environment in preparation for the following year.

The NCEA Te Reo Māori programme is catered to students who are completing NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. All students taking Te Reo are welcome to this programme.

It is a FREE safe, holistic, informative and in a family friendly environment – we encourage our schools, teachers, mātua, parents to sit in on the programmes and meet other parents/guardians there as well as the tutors. The programme is open to Māori and Pasifika students wanting that extra push or extra assistance to help them reach their NCEA credits. The programme is fully resourced and available to cater to all our Māori and Pasifika students.

Pencil these dates in your calendar:

Where: All classes are held at the Events Central (Central Library)

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Classes start second week when term starts

Term 2: Week 2

Monday 7th May to Monday 25th June

Term 3: Week 2

Monday 30th July to 24th September

Term 4:

Monday 29th October and 5th November

ENGLISH Study session in preparation before NCEA examinations:

Level 3: Monday 12 November 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Level 2: Monday 19th November 4.00pm – 8.00pm

MĀORI Study wananga sessions in preparation before NCEA examinations:

Level 1: Thursday 29th November 9.00am – 3.00pm

Level 2: Sunday 18th November 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Level 3: Sunday 25th November 12.00pm – 5.00pm

All students are welcome to all levels

All study wananga/session are held at Events Central – Central Library.

Please don’t hesitate to make contact with us if you require more information :

Nuwyne Te Awe Awe Mohi for Māori literacy programme or Rhia Taonui for the English literacy programme. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 7th May 6pm.

Kia manuia

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Wrestling Silver Medal
by Gerard Atkin - Friday, 13 April 2018, 7:52 AM

Congratulations to Year 13 student Jack Scrimshaw, who recently won Silver in the Senior 76kg division at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Wrestling Championships. Jack has subsequently been selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Wrestling team to compete against a visiting team from Indiana later this year. Jack has also been included in the New Zealand Wrestling team to tour the USA in March, 2019

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Te Araroa Trail Challenge
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 12 April 2018, 8:27 PM

Day 10 - A really full on day started with the running group running Fishers Track - 10km of road trail, followed by a 45km run to Whakahoro. While this group were running, the mountain bike group were biking the 42 Traverse. Later in the day there was a mountain run from Mangatepopo Hut to Whakapapa Village - 10km run in 2 degrees, a huge change from the 25 degrees we experienced in Northland!! After covering 135km today, in near freezing conditions, we were treated to an outstanding feed by the National Park Fire Service. A huge thanks to them, especially Sue Slegers and Steve and Maree Hodge for the amazing meal - it was really appreciated by the boys. The huge amount of support we have had has been really humbling - old boys, strangers, parents, school groups and community groups have all got in behind us. We are looking forward to coming through the Manawatu on Saturday, will be a good chance for the team to catch up with friends, family and our many supporters at home.