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Students accessing MS Teams and OneNote on their computers
i le Ella Mitchell - Monday, 6 April 2020, 10:30 AM

Students accessing MS Teams and OneNote on their computers

Please make sure you are checking MS Teams, OneNote and your School Outlook Email to access the resources and receive communication during this time. It is important that you are keeping up with your studies as best you can. 

Mr Waters has provided two documents and a YouTube video to assist you if you are having difficulties. Please email Mr Waters if you are having trouble. 

1. File: Student accessing Microsoft Team on their laptop
2. File: Students adding OneNote to their laptop
3. VIDEO: Students instructions on how to get Microsoft Teams and OneNote. 

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Art Work of the Week
i le Gerard Atkin - Sunday, 5 April 2020, 8:17 PM

This blast from the past is from 2019 Level 2 Painting student Karmeehan Senthilnathan. His investigation for the year was based on the importance of the honey bee. If all the bees died, it wouldn't mean extinction for humans, but it would cause widespread hardship, and possibly famine.

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NZHTA Competition
i le Gerard Atkin - Friday, 3 April 2020, 9:48 AM

The New Zealand History Teacher's Association has launched a COVID-19 competition - open to all secondary school students.

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PNBHS Peer Tutoring
i le Gerard Atkin - Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:41 PM

PNBHS Peer Tutoring

Thanks to the young men in the senior school who have volunteered to work as peer tutors.  Well done to Prefect Paul Lee who has organised for the peer tutoring to begin during this period of lockdown and enforced isolation.  Students who would like assistance with a particular topic should complete the form at the link below.  Tutoring will be provided online, either one-on-one or in small group sessions.  This is a great way to revise topics covered to date this year and to get ahead with topics coming up later in the year.

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Art Work of the Week
i le Gerard Atkin - Sunday, 29 March 2020, 7:47 PM

Level 1 Visual Art students have been working on etchings that reflect NZ’s bird life and patterns inspired by nature.

The two examples are by Cody Whitley and Harrison Gooch.

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It's The Holidays
i le Gerard Atkin - Friday, 27 March 2020, 4:15 PM

It's the holidays - but not quite as we know them!  We need to look after our wellbeing while Level 4 restrictions are in place (remember 4 weeks is a minimum).  Establish routines and make sure you are completing MEANINGFUL tasks EVERY DAY.  Some suggestions to help can be found below.

Family Rituals

Eat together every day – often our busy lives make this difficult but over the coming weeks we all have an opportunity to reconnect.  Make meal times technology free (ample time for that at the moment!) and establish some rituals everyone can be involved in – share something you’re grateful for, talk about someone you connected with today that you haven’t heard from for a while, share something new you learned, share something you did to help someone else.

Family Movie Nights and Family Games Nights – take turns choosing what to watch or play.  For something different, take turns choosing a TED Talk to watch each day – will be a great discussion starter about topics that are important to each member of the whānau

Learn Something New Together

Teach your son to cook – this link provides suggestions of 10 basic dishes, ingredient lists and recipes:

Teach your son some basic car maintenance e.g. how to change a tyre and how to check water and oil levels

Learn a few words in a new language – Te Reo Māori is a great place to start and there are plenty of online programmes, courses and apps to help e.g.

Work together to develop financial literacy – talk about family finances, with lots of decisions being made now about things like Kiwisaver investments or whether to apply for a mortgage payment holiday, it is a good opportunity to involve your son in some of these discussions or use website resources e.g.

Fitness Challenges

Try the PNBHS Fitness Challenges with our Director of Sport, Mr. Finch (@pnbhs_fitness_challenges on Instagram), or download on of the many apps with programmes you can complete on your own.

Find a fitness session on YouTube – there are enough options that you won’t have to do the same workout twice no matter how long we are in lockdown!

Daily free-to-air workouts, ranging from high-intensity training to stretching and meditation, will begin on March 30 on TVNZ at 9am and 3pm, and also offer workouts designed specifically for young children and teenagers. The workouts will also be available on TVNZ OnDemand.

Get all the whānau involved and challenge your mates

Academic Work

TED-Ed – find information about topics you are covering at school or that are of interest to you:

Learning How To Learn for Youth – learn how to maximise your learning with the student version of the most popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Content) in the world:

Khan Academy - a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere:

Learning from Home (NZ Ministry of Education) – more resources will be added to this website in the coming weeks, this link is to the resources for Years 9 – 13 there are also resources for younger children in other parts of the site


Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home


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Richard and Mrs. Julie Fogarty
i le Ella Mitchell - Friday, 27 March 2020, 9:42 AM

The end of this term marks the conclusion of their time at PNBHS for Mr. Richard and Mrs. Julie Fogarty.

Mrs. Fogarty joined the teaching staff and Palmerston North Boys’ High School Art Department in January 2002 as Miss Alexander.  She immediately proved to be a passionate and committed teacher of Art and Photography and frequently ‘went the extra mile’ to assist the young men in her classes.  The Head of Visual Art, Mrs. Pfeffer-Marshall, noted that Mrs. Fogarty “is a passionate teacher and a creative thinker with a strength in Printmaking, Ceramics and Art History. The boys under her care are always challenged to think creatively and to consider their work in context.”

Mrs. Fogarty’s teaching career has been interrupted by maternity leave as she and Mr. Fogarty started their family, as well as a period spent living in Australia in 2018.

Mrs. Fogarty has supported a range of co-curricular activities during her time at Palmy Boys, including set painting for the annual PNBHS/PNGHS Senior Productions, managing Hockey teams and most recently as a basketball team manager. 

Mr. Fogarty joined the Palmerston North Boys’ High School teaching staff in 2004 and quickly made his mark as an extremely passionate and dedicated staff member.  Mr. Fogarty has fulfilled many teaching, pastoral and co-curricular roles both at school and at College House and has made a significant contribution during his time here.

As a qualified builder Mr. Fogarty brought considerable expertise to his teaching and was able to provide an industry insight for the young men in his classes.  He was appointed to the position of Head of Technology in 2016 and has been instrumental in the review of teaching programmes to ensure that they meet industry requirements so that there are appropriate pathways into employment for our young men.  The next stage of this process will be evident in 2020 with the introduction of a joinery course at NCEA Level Two.  In 2016 Mr. Fogarty sought approval from the Board of trustees to begin an incredibly ambitious project – the construction of a classroom to replace the crumbling 50 year old ‘temporary’ classrooms of P block.  After negotiating a series of hurdles put in place by the Ministry of Education, construction was begun in 2018 and used as a teaching space from the beginning of the 2020 school year.  Approximately 120 young men were involved in the project, completing all elements of the classroom construction under the guidance of teaching staff in the Technology department. This has been a significant undertaking and has helped to provide young men with a very practical project on which to develop their skills.  The classroom will be a lasting physical legacy to Mr. Fogarty’s considerable contribution as the Head of Technology.

Mr. Fogarty was a Year Level Dean at Year 10 and Year 11 between 2009 and 2015 and had a genuine desire to work in young men’s best interests.  He was instrumental in the introduction of student tracking so that pastoral issues could be identified early and parents more involved in their son’s education.  He also drove the introduction of mentoring programmes for young men who were struggling and these have evolved into the Academic Support Programme.  Mr. Fogarty worked to strike a balance between upholding the standards and expectations of PNBHS as well as looking after the best interests of young men. 

Mr. Fogarty was appointed as a College House Master in 2014 and was the Assistant Manager from 2015 to 2017.  He worked to form positive relationships with young men and their families and freely gave a significant amount of his time to support hostel activities.  With his construction background Mr. Fogarty made valuable contributions to the College House Board in terms of the redevelopment and modernisation of hostel facilities.

Mr. Fogarty took a year’s leave in 2018 after being appointed to a senior management position at a school in Charters Towers in Queensland.  He never developed a fondness for the large snakes and spiders frequently found around the school and his home and returned to PNBHS in 2019.  In 2019 he has coordinated the introduction of teacher aides into school classrooms to work with a wide range of young men.  This initiative proved very positive and was expanded further this year.

Throughout his time here Mr. Fogarty has been a very willing contributor to the school’s co-curricular programme.  As the Teacher in Charge of Basketball he played a significant role in growing the sport within the school.  He also managed the Premier A team, a significant role with one of our top sporting codes.  Basketball was not a sport that Mr. Fogarty was particularly interested in, but he willingly gave his time and effort in an area that was identified as requiring an administrative overhaul.

In 2019 Mr. Fogarty took responsibility as the Teacher in Charge of Hockey – a sport that he is passionate about – and has applied his usual enthusiasm and genuine interest in the opportunities for our young men.  He managed the 2nd XI team that won silver at the Galletly Cup tournament in Oamaru.

An enthusiastic tramper, Mr. Fogarty was a regular contributor to the Year 10 Outdoor Education programme, often with tramps through the Tararua and Ruahine ranges.  He also provided logistical support for the Year 13 Mountain Trip, another example of his willingness to give up his time to help provide opportunities for the young men of the school.

Mr. Fogarty has been appointed to the position of Hostel manager at Timaru Boys’ High School and we wish him, Mrs. Fogarty and their children Mabel and Harriet all the best for this exciting next step in their family life.

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College House
i le Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 26 March 2020, 6:23 PM

Due to the current situation, the College House Open Day 2020 has been postponed. Communication will be sent in the future with a new date for the College House Open Day.

In the meantime, if you are interested in College House as a prospective boarding establishment for your son, please complete an Expression of Interest Form that can be found at:

Stay safe everybody and we look forward to seeing you when some normality is restored!

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Physical Distancing and Social Connections
i le Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 9:02 PM

We must be in isolation and be practicing PHYSICAL DISTANCING - lives depend on it. But for the sake of our own wellbeing and that of our friends, family and other community members, let's make sure we're also focusing on strengthening our SOCIAL CONNECTIONS.

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COVID-19 Parent Communication
i le Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 9:01 PM