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1981 Springbok Tour
by Gerry Atkin - Thursday, 25 July 2024, 9:21 AM

On Tuesday, 24 July, the PNBHS Speirs Centre hosted an informative session for Level 2 History students. The event featured talks by staff members who shared their diverse experiences from the 1981 Springbok Tour. The purpose was to convey the event’s significance and its impact on New Zealand.

Mr. Lobb, a former police officer in the riot squad, recounted the confrontations between police and protestors. Students learned about how violent and brutal these clashes were.

Mrs. Marshall-Lobb discussed her anti-tour stance, focusing on the tour’s role in highlighting the apartheid system in South Africa and the related race relations issues in New Zealand.

Mr. Carlton reflected on his youth in Pahiatua, his passion for rugby, and his lack of knowledge of the situation in South Africa.

Mr. Hemara spoke about his time as a rugby player for Manawatū and a Māori All Black, viewing the tour primarily as a sporting opportunity to play against New Zealand's greatest rugby rivals, the Springboks.

Mr. Truter, an ex-soldier from South Africa, shared his feelings of betrayal due to the protests in New Zealand and his experiences growing up under apartheid.

Our students really appreciated the chance to hear a diverse array of perspectives and experiences. They learned that the 1981 Springbok tour deeply divided the country, serving as a significant reckoning. This event heightened awareness of issues not only in South Africa but also within New Zealand itself.

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Rector's Company
by Gerry Atkin - Wednesday, 24 July 2024, 11:57 AM


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Book Review
by Gerry Atkin - Wednesday, 24 July 2024, 11:11 AM

Thank you to Gabriel Crisp who presented the first book review for term three in assembly this morning.  Gabriel reviewed "The Brotherhood of the Rose" by David Morrell.

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by Gerry Atkin - Wednesday, 24 July 2024, 11:04 AM

North Island Secondary School Road Cycling Championships

Saturday 6 July- 

The championships kicked off with the team time trial as the first event for the riders. Junior and senior teams took on a 16km course. The Under 16 category saw the school’s Junior A team, comprising Filip Martin, Jonathon Peel, Mitchell Wolland, and Flynn Balfour, secure an impressive second place, outpacing several top Auckland schools. The Junior B team clinched the 7th spot, leading the Junior B category. The Junior C and D teams also put-up commendable performances, finishing 11th and 15th respectively.

In the Under 20 Team Time Trial, our Senior team, all of whom will return to school next year, faced the challenge of riding with only four riders instead of the usual five. They managed to secure the 7th spot, a confidence-boosting performance for our senior riders as they look to the future.

Following a brief cool-down period, the riders were back on the course for the Road Race Championships. In the Under 14 Race spanning 26km, Liam O’Dea secured the second spot, missing the top spot by mere inches in the final sprint. Joesph Steer also had a strong finish, making it into the top 10.

The Under 15 Boys race saw Leo Webb finish 5th, demonstrating his steady progress as a rider. Max Calder-Kerr and Logan Dowdall also put up strong performances, finishing 10th and 11th respectively.

The Under 16 Race featured a competitive field of riders. Filip Martin finished 4th, Flynn Balfour 9th, and Jonathon Peel 12th.

In the Under 20 Race, our young riders gave their best, with Jacob Lean finishing in 14th place. 

Sunday 7 July- 

The Road Championship culminated in the criterium event on its final day. The event challenged the riders to complete 2km laps around a high-speed circuit.

In the Under 14 A Race, Liam O’Dea showcased his sprinting skills, crossing the finish line in first place. His ability to adapt quickly from his previous day’s sprint and better position himself earned him the gold medal. Joseph Steer finished 8th, capping off a strong weekend with a top 10 finish.

The Under 15 A Race saw Logan Dowdall display his sprinting prowess, finishing strong in a large group sprint to secure the silver medal. Max Calder-Kerr also had a commendable performance, finishing within the top 10. Unfortunately, Leo Webb was involved in an accident where he was thrown from his bike at around 50 km/hr. Despite this, he showed remarkable resilience to get back up and finish the race.

The Under 16 A Race was dominated by Filip Martin, who won the gold medal with an impressive sprint finish. He had to work hard to out-sprint the large bunch finish. Flynn Balfour and Jonathon Peel also had notable performances, finishing 5th and 8th respectively.

In the Under 16 B Race, Oliver Lean secured a top 10 finish, placing 9th. This was an impressive achievement considering he had only recently returned to cycling after a lengthy injury.

The Under 20 Boys grade saw solid performances from our young riders in this demanding category. Jacob Lean and Cody Clark demonstrated their strong development as riders, finishing 5th and 7th respectively. Logan Mulcahy also had a strong performance throughout the weekend.

Overall, the school team finished 2nd in the Overall School Points Event. This result marked a successful conclusion to the Road Championship event for the team.


North Island Secondary School Track Cycling  Championships

Tuesday 9 July- Individual Omnium Events

On the first day of the Track Championships, all riders participated in the Omnium. This competition involved four events throughout the day: a 250m Sprint, Scratch Race, Keirin, and Tempo Race.

Liam O’Dea, continuing his impressive performance from the road championships, secured 2nd place in the Omnium. In the Under 15 Grade, Logan Dowdall’s performance in the four events earned him a silver medal, while Austin Riley finished a respectable 12th in the same grade.

In the Under 16 Race, Jonathon Peel finished an admirable 8th. Zachery Woollett delivered another strong track performance, finishing as runner-up in the Under 17 Grade. Leighton Riley finished 12th in the challenging Under 20 Omnium.

On Wednesday, 10 July, our riders competed in the team sprint and team pursuit competitions. In the Under 20 Sprint Championship, we had only two eligible riders. Therefore, Leighton Riley and Zachery Woollett teamed up with a rider from Auckland to compete in this event. The team finished 3rd, a remarkable achievement considering the riders had no prior training together.

In the Under 16 Team Sprints, Jonathon Peel and Logan Dowdall secured 3rd place in a competitive Under 16 Grade. They also teamed up with Austin Riley and Liam O’Dea to finish 3rd in the team pursuit.

Despite being a small team, our young men performed exceptionally well and should take pride in their achievements. Given the limited training time on the velodrome compared to northern schools, these young men have every reason to be proud.

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Patrick Holmes
by Gerry Atkin - Wednesday, 24 July 2024, 11:01 AM

During the July school holidays Patrick Holmes competed in the National Schools Karting Championships in Nelson where he placed third in the Rotax Max Light competition.

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Ben Shirley
by Gerry Atkin - Wednesday, 24 July 2024, 11:01 AM

During the July school holidays Ben Shirley competed at the New Zealand Roller Sports Championships in Porirua.  Ben placed first in Junior Men's Figures, Advanced Men's Loops, Junior Men's Solo Dance and Junior Quartet.  He also placed second in Junior Men's Freeskating.  He improved from his Oceania competition last month and achieved some of his highest scores this season.

Following the national championships he has been named in the New Zealand team to compete in the World Skate Games to be held in Rimini, Italy in September, where he will skate in the Junior Men's Solo Dance.

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PNBHS and QEC grounds are closed today.
by Dianna Doyle - Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 9:16 AM

PNBHS and QEC grounds are closed today. Council grounds are still open at this stage.

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Clay Target
by Gerry Atkin - Monday, 22 July 2024, 10:50 AM

At assembly this morning Ben Transom presented the Super Eight Shield to the school on behalf of the Clay Target Shooting team while Ben and Josh Lendrum were presented with their medals from the Hamilton Boys’ High School Invitational shoot and the North Island Championship.

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by Gerry Atkin - Friday, 5 July 2024, 9:41 AM
Manawatu-Whanganui Inter-Collegiate Golf Champs

Despite a cold start, perfect golfing conditions greeted our team of 17 boys at Belmont Links in Whanganui.

Our A-team of Ryan Block (83), William Grieve (81) and Hugo Abdat (82) ran out comfortable winners by 9 shots to retain the Inter-Collegiate trophy.

Another pleasing aspect of the day was that several golfers played their first competition for Boys’ High. Sam Stratford also came very close to a hole-in-one, hitting the pin with his tee shot on the short 9th hole.

Ryan presented the trophy to the school at assembly this morning on behalf of the team.