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par Gerry Atkin, Friday 5 July 2024, 09:41
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.

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History Field Trip
par Gerry Atkin, Wednesday 3 July 2024, 12:00

The History Department recently organised a field trip to Wellington. The trip was attended by a group of 30 senior students and provided them with the opportunity to hear about history from a personal perspective.

Morning Session: Talk by Minnijean Brown-Trickey at Queen Margaret College    

We started our day with a talk by Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a member of the Little Rock Nine during the Black Civil Rights Movement. She recounted her courageous decision to attend Little Rock Central High School in the wake of the Brown v Board of Education ruling, which mandated the integration of educational facilities at a time when racial segregation was prevalent. Despite the potential repercussions on her family and their livelihood, she remained steadfast in her convictions and her belief in her capabilities. Her empowering message was clear: Believe in yourself and engage in issues that resonate with you.    

Minnijean Brown noted the special timing of the talk, 19th June, which coincided with Juneteenth, officially recognised as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the abolition of slavery. This added a layer of historical significance to our day.  

The Q&A session was particularly engaging, with one of our students, Diaz Wright, inquiring about how well Minniejean got on with the other members of the Little Rock Nine and if they were still in touch. Minnijean responded warmly, sharing how humor served as a coping mechanism for the students during those challenging times and how they continued to meet up on special occasions to share their experiences.  

Afternoon Session: Visit to the Holocaust Centre   

At the Holocaust Centre, we were moved by Kris Clancy's talk about the history of antisemitism and the different stages of the Holocaust. Using his own family’s experiences, he helped us understand the horrors of this time. We saw video footage of his family in Europe just before the Nazis took over and learned that none of his family survived. It was a powerful and sobering experience.  Our boys were very engaged in the talk, and it helped them to understand what had happened on a personal level, which made it more real for them. 

Why This Trip Matters    

Both the talk by Minnijean Brown-Trickey and the visit to the Holocaust Centre relate to topics studied in Senior History. These experiences provided the students with a deeper understanding of these significant events, helping them to better understand the world and how we have arrived at our current state. The trip was a valuable educational experience, offering insights that extend beyond the classroom and textbooks. 

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Book Review
par Gerry Atkin, Wednesday 3 July 2024, 11:53

Thank you to Mr. Higgie who presented this week's book review in assembly this morning. Mr. Higgie reviewed After the First Death and The Chocolate War written by Robert Cormier.

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Prefect's Assembly
par Gerry Atkin, Tuesday 2 July 2024, 12:37

It was another busy Prefect’s Assembly this morning.  Thank you to Alex Christensen who provided both this week’s album review and performance, to Leo Mwape who outlined the Year 9 Form Class Basketball competition that will take place early next term and to Matthew Johnston who presented this week’s movie review.

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Ground Closures
par Karen Sinclair, Tuesday 2 July 2024, 10:13

PNBHS, PNCC and QEC grounds are all closed today.

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NZ Representative
par Gerry Atkin, Tuesday 2 July 2024, 09:50

Congratulations to Year 11 student Jakob Abernethy who has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering team to contest the Southern Cross Trophy later in the year in New South Wales, Australia.

Over King's Birthday weekend, Jakob competed in a trials event held amongst the stunning scenery in Golden Bay. The first day was the Middle event, which is a technical event, the second day was the Long event and the third event was the Sprint event. He placed well over all three days earning him a place in the Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering team.

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par Gerry Atkin, Tuesday 2 July 2024, 07:14

We are a group of students involved in the He Kaupapa Tūmanako / Project Hope, Certificate of Leadership for Troubling Times course, run by Massey University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Horizon's Regional Council.

As a part of this, we are hoping to create a study group / community for the secondary and high school students of Palmerston North and we are looking for feedback and ideas to help us. Your help and input are much appreciated!

This is the link to the survey:

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par Gerry Atkin, Thursday 27 June 2024, 13:44

Check out the latest additions to the PNBHS Library - now available for students to borrow.

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FREE workshop
par Gerry Atkin, Thursday 27 June 2024, 11:28

FREE workshop run by the Manawatu Multicultural Council in conjunction with Hato Hone