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by Ella Mitchell - Saturday, 14 December 2019, 11:36 AM



Good luck to the Palmy Boys’ Senior A Touch team who travelled to Rotorua to participate in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Touch Nationals from Friday 13 December until Sunday 15 December 2019 at Westbrook Park & Ray Boord Reserve, Rotorua. 

A huge thank you to Simone Viljoen from studioseventyfour for sponsoring the team's' playing shirts. 

Team: Carson Hepi (Captain), Maraki Aumua, James Cameron, Fletcher Carpenter, Sam Coles, Kalani Grant, Kees Jahnke, Jayden Keelan, Tom Kirk, Matthew Ohlson, Ezra Petley, Lafo Takiari-Ah Ching, Kalem Tanoa, Kopere Tanoa and Jordi Viljoen. 

Coaches: Mr E. Hepi, Mr A. Jahnke. 

Manager: Ms L. Cameron. 


Friday 13 December:

Round 1: 10.20am v Whangarei Boys’ on Field 14 - Win - 10-5

Round 2: 1.40pm v John McGlashan College on Field 13 - Win - 10-5

Round 3: 4.20pm v Nelson College on Field 13 - Win 7-6

Saturday 14 December:
Round 1: 8.40am v Tauranga BC - Loss - 6-5
Round 2: 10.40am v Malborough Boys' - Win 11-6
Round 3: 12.40pm v Rotorua Boys'
Round 4: 4.40pm v St Pat's Silverstream

Livestream is available – 6 games per day on the Sky Sport Next YouTube Channel and the three grand finals games will be broadcast on Sky Sport 9.

Results will be posted on our Instagram (Palmy_Boys_) and Facebook (Palmy Boys) pages.

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Leaving Staff 2019
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 13 December 2019, 12:32 PM


Mrs. Wagstaff joined our staff at the beginning of the 2019 school year.  She has a varied background in Learning Support, ESOL and RTLB roles and was able to effectively use her experience to support young men who required additional support to assist their learning.  Mrs. Wagstaff took responsibility for school table tennis while she was here.  She is moving into a leadership role in the local RTLB cluster and we wish her all the best for this next step in her career.

Mrs. Power joined us in April 2018 in a fixed term position as a teacher of English.  We were extremely fortunate to be able to employ a suitably qualified teacher at that time of the year.  Mrs. Power has enthusiastically involved herself in school life and we wish her all the best for the next steps in her teaching career.

Mrs. Norman began her time with us in January 2018, initially in the English department.  However, a change of staffing in the Commerce Department resulted in an enormous hole that needed to be filled, which she was keen to attempt to do.  Mrs. Norman has consistently demonstrated a genuine care and concern for young men’s welfare and has supported the school co-curricular programme.  We wish her all the best for the next steps in her life and teaching career as she moves to the Hawke’s Bay.

Mr. Forbes joined the PNBHS staff in as a Mathematics teacher at the beginning of the 2013 school year.  As well as having a passion for Mathematics that is peculiar to teachers of the subject, he has taken responsibility for the school timetable, a significant role that requires many hours of work at nighttime, weekends and over the summer holiday break.  Mr. Forbes has been a significant contributor to the school co-curricular programme as the manager of the Premier A Tennis team, coach of the 2nd XI Football team and this year as the assistant coach of the 1st XI Football team.  Mr. Forbes is taking a year’s leave in 2020 and we wish him all the best for this.

Mrs. Burgess was appointed to a teaching position in the English Department in January 2013.  It was immediately apparent that she was incredibly hard working, willing to try new approaches in her teaching in order to meet the needs of the young men in her classes and very strongly supportive of the Palmerston North Boys’ High School ethos and expectations of young men.  Mrs. Burgess’ subject expertise was recognised when she was given responsibility for overseeing the Year 9 English programme in 2014.  Mrs. Burgess has supported our co-curricular programme through her involvement in touch, basketball and tennis, as well as organising the Year 9 Speech competition and teams for the junior Spelling Bee competition.  We wish her all the best as she continues her career with the Central Regional Health School.

Mr. Halford joined the PNBHS Technology Department in January 2000 as a teacher of Graphics and Woodwork and was appointed to ...

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New Zealand Secondary School Championships
by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 2:48 PM

New Zealand Secondary School Championships

Newtown Park, Wellington

6-8 December 2019

In atrocious weather conditions, pouring rain and strong gale force winds, placings not times were important.  The school team of 12 adapted well keeping their composure to record a fine set of results.  Inclement weather meant the Road Race championship had to be cancelled.


Angus Lyver – Junior Boys (U16)

1st 200m – a fine effort in a race run in a torrential downpour – 23.22secs

2nd Long Jump – 6m.33cm – another outstanding effort in trying conditions


The Junior 4 x 100m finished 3rd.  Team members:

Greg Austin, Caleb Evans, Forbes Kennedy and Angus Lyver.  They produced quality changes which meant another outstanding leg from Angus and a gutsy and composed team performance.


In the 4 x 400m run on times the team of Greg Austin, Caleb Evans, Sam Lohrey and Forbes Kennedy finished 8th to gain valuable experience for the future, a top effort 3mins 57.15secs.


Other individual results for Juniors were:

Greg Austin               400m - semi-finalist 55.91secs (12th)

Caleb Evans              200m - semi-finalist 24.28 (PB) (15th)

                                     High Jump -1m.60cm (17th)

Sam Lohrey               Triple Jump - 11m.10cm (15th)

                                   400m - 60.6cm (20th)

Reuben Duker          1500m - 4mins.44secs

Forbes Kennedy       400m - 56.75secs

                                    Long Jump - 5m.49cm (reserve for semi-finals)


Senior Results:

Benjamin Wall ran a fine tactical race to finish 4th in a rough close race in tough conditions.  A fine performance - 4mins.05.60secs. 


Guy Peterson in the javelin with gale force winds, meaning luck played a part. Threw 44.53cm to finish 10th.  This was not a true indication of his ability, none-the-less a creditable effort.  

Liam Wall                  1500m - 4mins 25.83secs, gained valuable experience as a first

year senior. 

Robert Norman         800m – 2mins 8.55secs

Dirki Botha                800m – 2mins 6.18secs


Senior 4x400 finished 13th.  Team members:

Angus Lyver, Robert Norman, Liam Wall and Dirki Botha.  A gutsy effort a valuable experience for the future.


Once again school athletes can perform well if they train regularly and adapt to the conditions.


Finally, thanks to our Manager and driver Tony Chettleburgh from Tranzit Coachlines for your knowledge and support.


It was pleasing to see parents at the meeting, the boys appreciate your interest and support.                  

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by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:26 PM


Leavers gear is now available for collection! 

  • Navy Champion Hoodies and Rugby Jerseys are now ready for collection.
  • Grey Champion Sweatshirts will be available for collection from Thursday 12th December due to embroidery.
You may only collect complete orders! (ie. people whom ordered grey sweatshirts can’t collect until Thursday).


Tuesday 10th December - Friday 20th December (Closed on Weekends)

PNBHS Finance Office (office in carpark, closest to playing fields)

9:00am - 3:00am Weekdays 


Collection on Behalf 
If you are having difficulties collecting within the time frame, you may organise someone trusted to pick up your leavers gear for you. If this is the case, message Name of collector + collectors contact phone/email to Jackson Woodcock via Facebook, instagram, or email ( before collection. If this is not sorted before collection, your collector will get turned away. 

If you are not able to collect gear within the time frame and are (semi-)permanently located out of the local Manawatu Region. You may opt for NZ Post National courier. Courier charge will be a small $5 for New Zealand wide courier. If this is the case, message Name of Recipient + Full shipping address to Jackson Woodcock via Facebook, instagram, or email ( before Monday 16th December. Bank details will then get released and the parcel should be delivered in 3-5 working days from shipment. 

Thank you for your patience and support throughout this process!

Any Questions/Queries?
Contact Jackson Woodcock
instagram: @jackson_wc
Facebook: Jackson Woodcock

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Scholarships for Tertiary Study
by Gerard Atkin - Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:17 AM

At our Prizegiving we were proud to recognise young men who have been awarded scholarships for tertiary study by New Zealand universities and other external organisations. In total these scholarships will provide nearly $190,000 of support for the recipients. Congratulations to:
The Prime Minister's Vocational Excellence Award -Shaun Jeffery, $2,000
Fred Hollows Award – William Wood, $2,000
Colin Spratt Scholarship - John Cole, $2,000
Colin Spratt Scholarship - Mathew Veale, $2,000
Jacobs Florentine Law Scholarship - Noah Lloyd
Lambie Centennial Scholarship - Cody Larsen $1,500
University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship - George Reddish, $10,000
University of Auckland Maori Academic Excellence Scholarship - Andrew Karatea, $20,000
University of Auckland Science High Achiever Undergraduate Entry Scholarship - Antariksh Nag, $5,000
University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship - Nikhil Banerjee, $20,000
University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship - Ajay Bansal, $20,000
University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship - Ahmad Barzak, $20,000
Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship - Carson Hepi, $5,000
Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship - Andre Le Pine-Day, $5,000
Massey University Accommodation Scholarship - Lachie McNair, $5,000
Massey Business School Future Leaders Scholarship - Caleb Bottcher, $5,000
Massey Business School Future Leaders Scholarship - Max Zander, $5,000
Massey Business School Future Leaders Scholarship & Business Week 'Brave Thinkers' Study Award - Caleb Martin, $7,000
Massey University Vice Chancellor's High Achiever with Distinction Scholarship - Campbell Jackson, $7,500
Massey University Vice Chancellor's High Achiever with Distinction Scholarship - Thomas Sun, $7,500
Victoria University Tangiwai Scholarship - Tom Arbuckle, $5,000
Victoria University Tangiwai Scholarship - Noah Lloyd, $5,000
New Zealand Business Parliament Trust Scholarship - William Wood, $2,000
University of Canterbury Emerging Leaders Scholarship - Ethan Johanson, $6,000
University of Canterbury Amanaki STEM Academy Scholarship - Nathan Emeck, $1,000
University of Otago Maori Entrance Scholarship - Finn Campbell, $10,000
University of Otago Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship -Thiliner Ariyaratne, $5,000

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3rd XI Cricket
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:38 AM

3rd XI Cricket Match Report

The 3rd XI played Bloomfield on Ongley Park on a typical (i.e. windy) Palmerston North day. Bloomfield won the toss and elected to bowl. Our batting started slow with 54-5 at drinks with Michael Watkins and Jack Gordan making 34 of those. After drinks the game hope returned when Cooper Ryder hit a 6 and a couple of 4s to add 24 onto the total. Camryn Caffell managed 8 fours (and a total of 50) before being run out when the two batters ended up together on the same crease. We were all out for 157 by the 38th over. A solid effort from the team.

Mehnoor Ghuman and George Simpson opened the bowling and the first wicket fell from George in the 3rd over. From there the wickets kept falling with two catches and a stumping by drinks giving Bloomfield a total of 77/6. After drinks the bowlers applied the same pressure. A stumping of their top batter and a beautiful run out throw by Thomas Bell sealed their fate with Bloomfield all out for 113 runs. Max Herbert (Wkt Keeper), Mehnoor Ghumann 2-20, George Simpson 4-18, and Fred McVerry 2-37.  A win to the 3rd XI by 44 runs.
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Head Prefect 2020
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 6 December 2019, 10:47 AM

Congratulations to Head Prefect for 2020 - Elyjah Crosswell

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Deputy Head Prefect 2020
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 6 December 2019, 10:46 AM

Congratulations to Deputy Head Prefect for 2020 - Ciaran Carroll

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Dux Litterarum 2019
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 6 December 2019, 10:44 AM


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Proximae Accessit 2019
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 6 December 2019, 10:43 AM