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1st XV vs Gisborne BHS - win 23-21
Dominic King - Sunday, 27 May 2018, 2:11 PM

Gisborne Boys’ High School Report

Pictures of the Match  Gisborne BHS

The 1stXV kicked of their Super Eight campaign against the visiting Gisborne Boys’ High School 1stXV.  Gisborne always present a massive challenge being superbly coached and a very proud team. A physical encounter was expected and, from the outset, it was clear both teams were set for a great game.

We gained visible momentum in the opening 15 minutes of the game and our creativity on attack was rewarded with space down the edges of the Gisborne defence.  A number of times we worked our way into a scoring position that was not realoised due to an errant pass or taking the option of contact when players were unmarked.  As a result, we let the opposition into the game and they prospered by working their way into our half and setting up camp inside our 22. Our defence was staunch and, while we cleared our line on numerous occasions, eventually the workload counted against us and Gisborne were the first to score with a converted try. The next stanza of the game was played between the 22’s as ill discipline from both sides prevented any pressure from being built through possession.  Eventually we were able to get into attacking position 5 m off the tryline and while initially we turned the ball over, we created a turnover of our own through our defence and were able to even up the scoreboard with a converted try.  Shortly thereafter Ruben Love nailed a long range penalty and Stewart Cruden added a second just before halftime to take a 13-7 lead into the half.    

The halftime messages were around getting up and meeting the big runners of the opposition and being more clinical in our edge attack. 

The second stanza saw some tremendous play from both sides, with neither willing to yield.  Educated kicking pinned Gisborne in their 22 and a superbly worked converted try saw us jump out to a 20 – 7 lead with 20 minutes to go.  Gisborne showed a ton of heart however and started placing us under tremendous pressure with a smart kicking game of their own.  The pressure led to errors in our own 22 and, while our scrambling defence was at times superb, again the weight of possession was telling and in a 10 minute period, Gisborne scored two converted tries, taking the lead 21-20. With time almost up on the clock, one last effort from the scrum produced a tight head and from the resulting play we were awarded a penalty 40m out on the angle. Stewart Cruden made the necessary adjustment from an earlier miss in the same position and duly slotted the kick. Final score 23-21.  

This was a superb example of 1stXV rugby with both sides showing what it means to wear their 1stXV jersey.  While we created enough to win the game in the first 15 minutes, the fact that we won it in the last shows the tightness of this fixture and the composure this team has.  

Our next game will be yet another big challenge with Tauranga Boys’ College coming to play on the number one on Friday 1stJune, kick off at 12:45. 

Points Scorers:

Tries:                       Ethan Johanson

                                    Bryn Gordon

Penalties:            Stewart Cruden x 2

                                    Ruben Love

Conversions:      Stewart Cruden x 2      

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Wellbeing @ School Survey
Gerard Atkin - Friday, 25 May 2018, 10:12 PM

We need your help.  Please complete the Wellbeing @ School survey to help us identify your concerns at school so we can help you.  To access the survey, click on the link below and then use the password for your Year Level:


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That Bloody Woman
Ella Mitchell - Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:49 PM

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PNBHS Renaissance men Waikato Visit
Ella Mitchell - Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:48 PM

Five of our Renaissance Men spent a day at Waikato University Open Day on Friday 18 May. The focus of the group was a mix of engineering, business and geography/earth sciences. However, they were offered much Niger besides. They students were exposed to a wide variety of disciplines as well as excellent workshops on how to structure undergraduate study for the best employment outcomes as well as post graduate opportunities. Our students found the workshops on scholarships, their availability and the application process very helpful as well. Students were given a comprehensive tour of the campus as well as the halls of residence and came away very impressed with what the Waikato has to offer. Certainly, from a teacher's perspective, as far as University Open Day's go, Waikato University provided an outstanding and well thought out programme.
Students attending were: Wade Bennett, Rishabh De, Ethan Dodds, Jarod Govers, Kaleb idemaru, Campbell Stevens

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PNBHS 2nd XV vs Manawatu College 1st XV
Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:01 PM

PNBHS 2nd XV vs Manawatu College 1st XV

Tuesday 22 May

PNBHS started the game superbly with the forwards carrying hard and the backs moving the ball into space. Following a short lineout play and a couple of strong forward carries, Isaiah Sua received the ball in space and crashed over. On the back of some intelligent kicking from Logan Love, PNBHS were soon back on the attack and after a series of pick and go’s, Soane Fakahau scored from close range.

Manawatu College responded with some good attack, using their wide players to challenge the PNBHS defence. A quick tap penalty saw them break the PNBHS line and score to reduce the deficit. PNBHS again took control of the game and a quick tap penalty of their own saw them create space for Soane Fakahau to score his second. From the kick off, a good carry from Faipau Sekona fractured the Manawatu defence and Soane Fakahau exploited a hole before feeding Josh Ellingham for another score. Half time score 26-5.

Injuries meant a reshuffle in the forwards at half time and this, coupled with some poor execution, gifted Manawatu College a way back into the game. PNBHS found themselves in their 22 and under pressure and after a number of phases Manawatu College capitalised and reduced the deficit.

A poor tackle from Isaiah Sua then saw him receive the yellow card and put the PNBHS defence under further pressure. However, the forwards began to assert their authority. A break from Carson Hepi saw him find Faipau Sekona in space and he scored in the corner. A 5m scrum saw PNBHS attack the line hard and after some good work again from the forwards, Isaiah Hauraki scored.

A good win for the 2nd XV and they look forward to Gisborne in the Super 8 on Saturday.

Final Score – 38-10


Tries: Isaiah Sua, Soane Fakahau (2), Josh Ellingham, Faipau Sekona, Isaiah Hauraki

Conversions: Logan Love (3), Reif Dawson

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International - Homestay
Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:55 AM


Namiki High School from Japan is visiting Palmerston North Boys’ High School from Sunday 29 July to Tuesday 7 August.

The boys' ages range from 15 to 16 years old. They will attend normal school days, some classes will be integrated and they will also have ESOL classes.

Requirements for Homestay are below:

We need warm, welcoming family homes to take care of these boys for their visit here in Palmerston North. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to experience learning about a new country, culture and language.

The student must have their own room, they cannot share and the bedroom must be in the home, i.e not a sleep out.

The homestay is for 9 nights, this is to include all meals with a packed lunch on school days.

Daily transport is required or they must be accompanied if walking to school or taking the bus.

There is to be only one Namiki student per homestay family and there can be no other Japanese student residing at the home.

You will receive a lump sum of $350 to host your student.

A Police vetting form is required to be completed in advance for all family members in the homestay over the age of 18 years.

Please email Wendy Christophers, Accommodation Manager at for a homestay application form or phone 354 5176 extn 775

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Lunchtime in the Square
Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:50 AM

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2018 PNBHS Cricket Tour to Perth and South Africa
Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:42 AM

2018 PNBHS Cricket Tour to Perth and South Africa

To purchase tickets, please contact Rachel Wenham on or 027 442 3285.

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Bleeding Black
Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:35 AM

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Hawke's Bay Festival of Bands
Ella Mitchell - Monday, 21 May 2018, 4:18 PM

Hawke's Bay Festival of Bands

Sunday 20 May

PNBHS had two bands compete at the Hawke's Bay Festival of Bands on Sunday 20 May.  Congratulations to the Concert Band who were awarded with silver and the Stage Band who were awarded with gold and the award for The Best School Band.