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by Gerard Atkin - Sunday, 15 September 2019, 8:19 PM

The Palmerstonian is our annual school magazine.  It collates reports from academic, cultural and sporting activities that take place throughout the school year and as such is a much sought after memento for many young men and their families.  Given its detailed record of major school events, the Palmerstonian is also a key historical record for us.

Payments for the 2019 Palmerstonian ($30.00) can be made at the Finance Office by cash, EFTPOS, or cheque, or alternatively by internet banking (PNBHS Account: 03-0726-0476403-00).  If paying by internet banking, please provide your son’s student ID number and ‘Palmerstonian’ as the reference.  Orders need to be made by Friday, 20 September.

Palmerstonian magazines will be distributed at the conclusion of the school Prizegiving.

Should you have any questions about the payment process, or if you have regular automatic payments you would like to use to purchase the Palmerstonian magazine, please contact the Finance team at or on 354 5176 ext. 799.

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Senior Production 2020
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 13 September 2019, 9:38 AM


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Senior Examinations
by Gerard Atkin - Friday, 13 September 2019, 9:37 AM

Senior examinations are underway. Good luck to all young men completing this important part of their preparations for NCEA external examinations in term four.

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by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 7:55 PM


13-20 SEPTEMBER 2019

All senior examinations are on paper (including students who are signed up for digital examinations in November).  

There will be tutorial sessions after senior examinations have finished for those students registered to sit the November external examinations using a laptop.

Friday 13th – Friday 20th          All Year 11, 12 and Year 13 students on examination leave.

-    Students in 10DC and 10MS will have examination leave from Friday, 13 September until Tuesday, 17 September.  They will return for morning classes on Wednesday, 18 September.

General Organisation

·       8.45 – 8:55 am      Roll Call for all Years 9 and 10 form classes before assembly each day.

·       8.50am                  Examination students report for morning examinations.

·       9.00 am                 Assembly for Years 9 and 10 in the New Gym.

·       9.00 – 12.00pm    Morning Examinations

·       9.00 – 10.00am     Period 1 for Year 9 and 10

·       10.00 – 10.50am   Period 2 for Year 9 and 10

·       10.50 – 11.10am   Interval           

·       11.10 – 12.00pm   Period 3 for Year 9 and 10

·       12.00 – 1.00pm     Lunch (A warning bell will ring at 12:50pm)

·       1.00 – 4.00pm      Afternoon Examinations

·       1.00 – 2.20pm       Period 4 (SSR for 20 min) for Year 9 and 10

·       2.20 – 3.20pm       Period 5 for Year 9 and 10


Note:   1. Some room changes will need to occur because of examinations.


·       Check the dates on your examination timetable carefully.

·       Examinations are three hours, unless otherwise stated.  For students sitting only 1 standard, their examination is 1 ½ hours long.

·       The examination timetable is posted on Stratus. The Hall is the main examination centre, most exams will be sat in the Hall. As well as the Hall, the Old Gym (GYM) and H  Block will be used. Technology exams are in T & C Block, Art exams are in F Block, some Science exams are in C Block. Electronics is in E13 and C Block. Note: many of the Technology and Art ‘exams’ are supervised work sessions.

·       Exam clashes will be dealt with and covered in the exam timetable.  Students should attend the timetabled exam and meet their respective Dean at student support on the day they sit their clash.  Students with clashes need to see their Dean the week before, as soon as they have their timetable.  

·       If you have an exam in the Hall or Old Gym, get there 15 minutes before the exam starts.

·       Make sure you have noted the correct examination times and rooms, and that you have checked for clashes.

·       Correct school uniform must be worn to the examinations.

·       Only water, in a small clear bottle, may be consumed during an examination. Note: water is not allowed in workshops. No food is to be eaten in any room. Diabetic students should see Mr Pinder to get an exiat stating they have permission to snack if they need to for medical purposes.

·       Calculators may only be taken into examination rooms for subjects where you have used a calculator during the year.  You cannot keep notes or routines in the memory of calculators.

·       Supervision for students who have lost study leave will be available on Friday 13th, Monday 16th September in Room P1.  Ensure you meet this obligation.

·       If you wish to remain at school to study you will need to report to the Library.  This area will be supervised by staff. If necessary, other study rooms will be allocated.

·         As several subjects may be examined in one venue please listen carefully to the instructions regarding  entry/exit into and out of the Hall & Old gym.


·       Rolls will be checked at the commencement of each examination. The school needs to be advised promptly of any non-attendance at an examination.  Contact will be made with parents if there are any unexplained absences from examinations. Check your timetables each morning.

·       A note/medical certificate of explanation is required for any non-attendance.  Absences will be followed up.

·       All students will sit examinations in all subjects.  If there is any reason why timetabled examination commitments cannot be met please see Mr Pinder ASAP.



Check Stratus for all exam updates and general student notices.


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Ruben Love Selected in NZSS Rugby Team
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 3:38 PM

Congratulations and good luck to Ruben Love, who has been selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby team.  This selection reflects Ruben's dedication and determination throughout the season.  The press release accompanying the team announcement is below and the photograph shows Ruben in action in the recent Hurricanes Region Secondary Schools Final against Hastings Boys' High School.  A talented sportsman, Ruben also represented New Zealand in cricket earlier in the year as a member of the New Zealand under 19 team that played a series against Australia.

"New Zealand Schools’ Coach Mark Hammett commended the programme’s talent spotters across the country, noting they had made the job of selecting a squad of just 25 very difficult.

“It’s a massive undertaking from the talent identification staff across the country. It’s a long process and we have been really impressed with the players. We are seeing well-run school programmes which means the fundamental skills these players have, are top-notch.”

Hammett said the team had a mixture of in-form players alongside those who have shown great potential.

“For these players, at this stage of their lives, making this team is the goal. Now they have made that, I want to encourage them to think about what they do in the black jersey and how they will represent it. This is an opportunity to learn and grow and our management team want to ensure we are promoting that development.”

When the squad assembles in Palmerston North later this month, Hammett said the goal was to create an amazing rugby experience.

“We want this group to go away as better players. As a team, we will set our goals and the values and behaviours we want as a squad, and if we do that, we should get the results we are after,” said Hammett.

Joining Hammett as Assistant Coach is Sam Rasch (Scots College) and Skills Coach Kevin Harding (Canterbury). The New Zealand Schools team will play a game of three halves in Palmerston North on 26 September before traveling to Hamilton for matches against Fiji Schools and Australia Under 18s."

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by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 10:38 AM


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Caleb Bottcher Competes in World Mountain Bike Champs
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:49 AM

Year 13 student Caleb Bottcher has recently returned from the World Mountain Bike Champs at Mont Sainte Anne in Canada, having completed a successful race on an exciting and challenging course. After starting from the back row in 70th place, he was able to ride through the traffic and chaos to finish 46th.

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New Zealand Language and Cultural Student Exchange Programme
by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:33 AM

The 8th Thai - New Zealand Language and Cultural Student Exchange Programme (New Zealand Students)

The Royal Thai Embassy will be organising the “8th Thai - New Zealand Language and Cultural Student Exchange Programme” during 3 January – 5 February 2020 in Thailand.

Download application form at:

All application forms and supporting documents must be scanned in a single file and submitted to the Royal Thai Embassy via by Thursday, 10 October 2019.


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RS Cup Championship Win for Jack Cleland
by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:15 AM

Sunday 1st September was the fourth and final round of the Fielding Auto Electrical Winter Race Series at Manfield.  Jack Cleland and his Toyota entered the weekend sitting in 2nd in the RS Cup championship, 8 points behind championship leader and Boys’ High Old Boy, Liam How. 

In the first of the three races of the day Jack started 4th on the grid with Liam tailing the field. At the end of the 6-lap race, Jack finished in 6th and Liam 11th after each received post-race time penalties. The second race saw Liam and Jack starting off the same row in 9th and 10th respectively, and after the first corner Jack had climbed to 3rd and Liam made his way to 6th. After the 6 laps Jack was 2nd and Liam How 4th

Jack went into the final race of the day as the championship leader with a 20-point buffer over Liam and managed to retain his lead after finishing one place ahead in the final race of the series. The official results confirmed that Jack won the championship by 11 points over Joanne Dunn while Liam slipped to 3rd in the points after the last race.

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by Gerard Atkin - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 7:18 AM


R U OK? Day is a day dedicated
to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember
every day of the year to support people who may be struggling
with life's ups and downs.

Remember to look out for your brothers.