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'mei a Gerard Atkin - Monday, 26 August 2019, 12:46 PM 'aho

REMINDER - 2020 subject selections are due by 3.30pm TOMORROW, Tuesday 27 August. Subject selections need to be made via the Parent Portal (instructions in the image below). If your son is not returning to PNBHS in 2020 please indicate this by selecting LEAVER as a subject option. If you are having difficulty logging into the Parent Portal please contact Mrs. Abbey Etchells for assistance.

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College House
'mei a Ella Mitchell - Monday, 26 August 2019, 12:44 PM 'aho

Last term, PNBHS and College House farewelled GAP student from England Mr J. Black and Teaching Assistant from Germany Mr K. Malicki. This term, we welcome GAP student Mr L. Herbold and Teaching Assistant Mr M. Hümpfer to both Palmy Boys' and College House for one year, both from Germany.

Back (L-R): Mr S. Davidson, Mr R. Doyle, Mr L. Herbold, Mr J. Cudby (Assistant Manager), Mr M. Hümpfer.
Front (L-R): Mr J. Meehan, Mr B. Kensington, Mr W. Docherty, Mr M. Davidson (Manager), Mr D. Braddock, Mr A. McDougall, Mr T. McGrath.

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1st XV v Scots College
'mei a Ella Mitchell - Monday, 26 August 2019, 12:06 PM 'aho

PNBHS 1st XV vs Scots College Knock Out Game - Saturday 24 August

The 1st XV travelled to Porirua to play the recently crowned Wellington champs Scots College in the Hurricanes semi-finals.  Scots had gone through their regular season unbeaten, had enjoyed a good run of form and were going to be tough opposition. 

The game started true to that form with Scots ball runners breaking our set piece defence at will and crossing for 17 unanswered points inside the first 15 minutes.  After such a hot start from the opposition, we were lucky to only be down by three tries and worked our way back into the game as the first half progressed.  Our attack was faltering with very narrow play but our defence, as it has done all season, started to aim up and we finished the half with some momentum albeit with no points to show for our endeavours.  We had however managed to stem the flow and the halftime score was 17-0.

The second half started very well with a try inside the first ten minutes and the momentum well and truly shifted.  As we grew in energy and confidence, Scots were suddenly under the pump and we took two more opportunities to score further tries.  From 17-0 down we were 21-17 up with ten minutes to go.  Scots found their second wind and scored a try to take a 22-21 lead with 5 minutes to go.  With two minutes to go, we again took the lead with a penalty.  We claimed the kick off and attempted to wind down the clock.  We were successful for 90 seconds before we gave away a penalty and Scots had one last crack at our line.  Cue our defensive wall and we held on for the 24-22 win.

This was a superb game of rugby between two evenly matched teams.  Many cliché boxes were ticked – ebb and flow, shifts of momentum, impact from the bench and the classic game of two halves.  At the final whistle, we were fortunate to be on the right side of the score line and so head to the Hurricanes Final where Hastings Boys’ High await us. 

Once again we are very grateful for the support of the White Jersey Club for funding the trip down and it was great to see members Mr Euan Hubbard, the WJC Patron, and Mr Barry Clevely on the side lines once again.  Thank you also to our sponsors from NZSC – Todd Collins and Matt McKinnon – and Aaron Currie from Higgins who continued their travels to watch the team in action. 

Finally, and as always, thank you for the large group of parents and family who have travelled every weekend to watch their sons in action.  As a team we are indebted to you for the support and sacrifice you make to allow us to do that which we love week in week out. 

Points Scorers:

Tries:                 Ruben Love, Logan Love, Bryn Gordon

Conversions:     Ruben Love x 3

Penalty:            Ruben Love

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Ngani Laumape
'mei a Ella Mitchell - Monday, 26 August 2019, 12:00 PM 'aho

It was a great pleasure to welcome Mr Ngani Laumape to the assembly hall this morning to make presentations to the Manawatu Rugby Secondary Schools winning teams’ captains and also to present his most recent All Blacks playing jersey to the school, accepted by 1st XV captain Tamati Ruawai.

Mr Laumape attended Boys’ High from 2007-2011. He was in Phoenix club and in his final year played a part in Phoenix’s 2011 Shand Shield triumph.

Mr Laumape was heavily involved in the school’s co-curricular programme throughout his time here: he was involved in athletics, competing at the MISSA Championships on a number of occasions. He was also involved in volleyball, touch rugby league and the Pasifika group. But it was in rugby that he achieved the most success: selected for the 1st XV as a Year 10 pupil, Mr Laumape was a rarity in spending four seasons in the 1sts, three of which were as a midfield back, and one where he spent more time at number eight.

He played 49 times in the white jersey, scoring 39 tries, including five in a 70-point win over Hastings BHS in 2011. In Year 9 he was a member of the U15 Colts team that won the National Invitational Tournament, and in his senior years he was selected for the Hurricanes Schools, the NZ U17 rugby league team and the NZ Schools rugby team.

Upon leaving school Mr Laumape joined the Warriors league team, with whom he had signed while still at school. In 2013 he made his first-grade debut and he went on to play 30 times in the NRL over the next two seasons before injury curtailed his 2015 year. In that time Mr Laumape played for the Junior Kiwis and he was selected in a wider training group for the Kiwis.

However, in 2016 Mr Laumape returned to rugby union, joining the Hurricanes for whom he has now made 61 appearances, as well as returning to represent the Manawatu Turbos. An All Black call-up in 2017 saw him make his debut off the bench in the second test against the 2017 British and Irish Lions and he was subsequently selected for the starting XV in the third and deciding test of that series, which turned out not to be the deciding test as it was drawn. Mr Laumape has played 15 times for the All Blacks, including 13 test matches, most recently in the 36-0 victory over Australia at Eden Park.

The 2011 Palmerstonian noted that Mr Laumape was “an explosive, powerhouse midfield back in a similar vein to a certain All Black number 12. He is deceptively fast and his strength and speed, even from a standing start, are extremely hard to contain…(he is) an absolute menace for opposing teams”. He and midfield partner Jason Emery, himself a Super rugby and NZ Maori representative, formed one of the best midfield pairings the school has ever seen.

Mr Laumape has always been a great supporter of the school and it was certainly a privilege to have him with us today to assist in making a number of presentations.

PNBHS Rugby teams were in the finals in seven grades of the Manawatu Rugby Secondary School Competition this year. The 2nd XV were in the final of the Premier 1 competition, the 3rd XV in the final of the Premier 2 competition, U15 Colts in the final of the Premier 3B competition, the 4th XV in the final of the Premier 3A competition, the 5th XV in the final of the Premier 4 competition, the U14A team in the final of the Youth 1 competition, and the Junior 7 team in the final of the Youth 4 competition. 

Congratulations to the following teams and their captains on their finals wins: U15 Colts v Feilding High School - 20-13 win – Zayne Poole (C); U14A v Whanganui Collegiate - 39-31 win – Zach Graham (C); and Junior 7 v Hato Paora College - 71-19 win – Bryson Campbell (C).

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Junior Green Complete Unbeaten Season
'mei a Gerard Atkin - Sunday, 25 August 2019, 7:38 PM 'aho

Congratulations to the Junior Green Football team, whose win against Horowhenua College on Saturday saw them complete an unbeaten season in the Under 14 Division One grade.  Thank you to PNBHS parent Phil Riley for his time and expertise in coaching the team. 

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'mei a Gerard Atkin - Friday, 23 August 2019, 3:43 PM 'aho

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Rugby Finals
'mei a Ella Mitchell - Friday, 23 August 2019, 3:28 PM 'aho

PNBHS Rugby teams are in the finals in seven grades of the Manawatu Rugby Secondary School Competition. Good luck to the Colts U15 for the final of the Premier 3B competition, the 4th XV for the final of the Premier 3A competition, the U14A team for the final of the Youth 1 competition, and the Junior 7 team for the final of the Youth 4 competition. The 2nd XV played in the final of the Premier 1 competition, the 3rd XV played in the final of the Premier 2 competition and the 5th XV played in the final of the Premier 4 competition last weekend. 

4th XV v Awatapu College - Bill Brown 2 - 12.45pm 

U15 Colts v Feilding High School - Bill Brown 3 - 12.45pm

U14A v Whanganui Collegiate - Bill Brown 1 - 12.45pm

Junior 7 v Hato Paora College - Bill Brown 1 - 9.50am

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'mei a Ella Mitchell - Friday, 23 August 2019, 2:03 PM 'aho



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'mei a Ella Mitchell - Friday, 23 August 2019, 1:57 PM 'aho

Higgins take second student…

Congratulations to Nick Tuck who is the second student to leave PNBHS today to begin an Automotive Diesel Apprenticeship at Higgins.  Nick was a Gateway student this year and as well as undertaking the initial stages of his Automotive Apprenticeship via the Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO) whilst at school, he was also completing his work placement at Higgins.

We would like to thank Higgins for not only providing one, but two apprenticeship opportunities to young men from PNBHS.