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Newsletter Welcome to the Term 2 newsletter for NPBHS. Term 1 ended with us sadly farewelling the schools’ seventh Headmaster - Mr Tom Ryder. Tom passed away peacefully, pain-free on the morning of the 5 April, 2018, aged 83. Tom gave an impressive 16 years of service as Headmaster from 1979-1994. Foremost in his mind was an unrelenting focus on excellence. He demanded, rather than requested, the best from everyone. Students, teachers and even parents were very clear on the required standard and, while not everyone liked this pressure and attention, no one was in any doubt as to why he demanded it. It was for the betterment of the boys and our school. Mr Ryder’s legacy is our proud history. It is woven throughout the fabric of New Plymouth Boys’ High School in the form of our impressive grounds and buildings, excellent results (academic and extracurricular), and most importantly, throughout the fabric of our communities via people whom he pushed, supported and expected to reach their potential and who now contribute positively to society. The full school haka (in the rain) was a tremendous tribute and greatly appreciated by the family.

Super 8 Cultural Festival NPBHS is part of the Super 8 groupings of schools. Super 8 is made up of eight high-performing traditional boys schools in the North Island. Some people think Super 8 is just about sport; it's not. We collaborate on academic initiatives, professional development with staff, and cultural exchanges. We were very proud to host the Super 8 Cultural Festival. Over 600 students descended on NPBHS and competed in over 17 different categories of culture. What a tremendous showcase of talent. There were many highlights from the two days of competition. Pacifika and Kapa Haka were extremely popular with the crowds. There were many fabulous performances from our students and perhaps one of the most memorable was Hysan Shi who took out first place in the junior music solo.


Hysan Shi - Winner - Music Solo - Junior


Tiger Jacket Assembly We awarded Tiger Jackets to seven students for outstanding sporting and cultural success this term. Congratulations to the following boys: Cam Pettigrew - Football Zac Drinkwater - Adventure Racing Lachlan White - Adventure Racing Fletcher Moles - Kayaking Jack Bublitz - Drama Thomas Foy - Drama Daniel Rona - Rugby

Giving back to the Community 55 classes (totalling 1200 students) all giving back something to the Taranaki Community is part of our ambitious ‘Something for Nothing’ programme. Students in their Huia Ropu (vertical form classes) are busily preparing for this community service. ‘As a huia teacher myself with a class of 24 students, we are planning on donating some hard labour to Project Mounga. I also can’t wait to see the difference we can collectively make as a kura, and at the same time teach our students the value of giving back. I am so impressed with how much our students are buying into this ambitious project.’ - Headmaster For more information, visit

Opening of Sir Graeme Douglas Dining Room It was fantastic to celebrate another legacy this term: the legacy of old boy and Alumni Meriti (Distinguished Old Boy) Sir Graeme Douglas. Sir Graeme’s family trust generously donated money to the school to earthquake strengthen and refresh the hostel dining room. We are grateful for the family’s support and are so proud to have renamed this important building in his honour.

Congratulations to some of our students this term... Well done to Theo Cook and Zac Drinkwater who competed in the Taranaki Performing Arts competition with some outstanding results. Zac took out the Open Classical guitar section (with Theo 2nd) and placed 2nd in the Open Group ensemble. Theo (Year 9) entered three guitar categories U14/U16/Open and finished 2nd in all of them as well as winning U16 ensemble and open large ensemble (against all musical instruments!)

The 2018 Torpedo7 Hillary Challenge champions with the Hillary Challenge trophy!

Congratulations to the Marist Bell Block Dragons U15 League team that won the lower NI U15 club league champs - Le Treal Ross, Trent Polata, Tipene Williams, Koby Smith, Tryce Heke, Reihania Potts-Broughton, Topia Barrowcliffe, Autahi Anderson, Callis Quinn-Armstrong and Cade Greenbank (travelling injured).


Upcoming Events

School App Launched In order to continuously improve our communication we have launched a new app. It’s an easy and simple way to stay connected to us. We will still be using our various Facebook pages but the app provides a really seamless way to get to the important information when you need it.

The app is available now on apple and android devices.

Cours se Selection 2019 All students are beginning the course selection proce ess for 2019. It is important that students (along with their caregivers) take this seriously. Stud dents are well and truly into their work and it’s b been pleasing to see the majority of students are e really focussed on their study. Continued ca aregiver support in ensuring students are co ompleting their homework and are focussed on school work is greatly appreciated. o

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Nathan Wallis Renowned neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis provides an informative narrative on how our day-to-day interactions with children and young people, significantly in the early years, plays a critical role in defining later outcomes for our children and for our future. With a profound reputation as a lively and engaging speaker, Nathan uses humour and plain language to make this complex topic burst into life. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear Nathan Wallis speak at two events:

The Developing Brain (Parenting 0 to 12 years) Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 7.30pm - 9.00pm, Ryder Hall

The Teenage Brain (Parenting 13 to 19 years) Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 7.30pm - 9.00pm, Ryder Hall Tickets available on


Open Evening - Tuesday, 31 July Term 3 is where families start to make their decisions for their Year 8 sons and daughters. There are no bad choices of school in Taranaki, just different ones. Before you make your choices I encourage you to come and check us out. NPBHS has been fantastic for me. I couldn’t be happier with the broad subject options, focus on academics and standards, while at the same time the cultural and sporting opportunities have been immense. Our Open Evening is on Tuesday, 31 July at 3.15pm -6:30pm - I look forward to seeing you there. As always, if you have any feedback, suggestions, or concerns you can call the office or email us anytime at: Yours in academic achievement. Kia Tu Hei Tauira

Mr PJ Verić Headmaster

Important School Dates • Tuesday, 31 July - School Open Evening • Thursday, 2 August - Friday, 3 August - Parent Teacher Interviews • Old Boys’ Association Function - Black Tie Soirée, Saturday, 4 August, Pridham Hall

NCEA Review NCEA is being reviewed and anyone (students, parents, teachers, industry, or members of the community) can have their say on this important topic. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say!

NCEA, Have your say Public Workshop/Hui Thursday, 26 July 2018, 7.00pm - 9.30pm, Sacred Heart Girls’ College

NPBHS Newsletter - Term 2, 2018  

New Plymouth Boys' High School

NPBHS Newsletter - Term 2, 2018  

New Plymouth Boys' High School