Key Events

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Key Events

Palmerston North Boys’ High School has a range of key events that play a pivotal part in the School calendar year. In addition to these annual events, we have had the pleasure of hosting visits to our School by key members of the New Zealand community, such as New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, and New Zealand Heavyweight boxer, Joseph Parker.

Click here for the 2016 dates for our Key Events.

Sir John Kirwan Speaks at Assembly

On Friday 13 May, 2016 we were privileged to have a presentation at assembly from former All Black, Warrior, Super 15 and international rugby coach, Sir John Kirwan. Post his international sporting career, Sir John has spoken openly about his battle with depression and is actively involved in mental health and depression awareness campaigns in New Zealand.

Shand Shield Choral Competition

The Shand Shield Choral is an annual School event where clubs perform their chosen songs to gain points for the overall Shand Shield.

Shand Shield Winter Tournament

Shand Shield Winter Tournament is an annual School event where clubs play eachother in various activities to gain points for the overall Shand Shield.

Senior School Ball

The annual Palmerston North Boys’ High School Ball is a social occasion for young men in Year 12 and Year 13, and is a really positive event in our school calendar. The Ball is held early in term three and provides an opportunity for young men and young women to socialise in a formal setting.

School Concert

The annual Palmerston North Boys’ High School concert is an opportunity for our cultural performance groups – choirs, such as the all-comers SOAP choir, Barbershop groups and the elite OK Chorale; musical groups, ranging from string quartets and guitar trios, to the stage band, concert band, pipers, and rock bands; Kapa Haka and Pasifika performance groups – to showcase their talents to the school community.

John Key Speaks at Assembly

Friday, 5 June 2015

We were privileged to have the Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable John Key, present at our school assembly today. Mr Key spoke about the importance of education for young people and had messages emphasising determination, hard work and resilience as key ingredients for future success.

Joseph Parker visits PNBHS

Thursday, 4 June 2015

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker visited PNBHS to meet boxers involved in the annual boxing competition ahead of his fight against German Yakup Saglam next week in Palmerston North. His trainer, and former Olympic silver medalist, Kevin Barry, also attended to pass on his knowledge and experience to our young men.

ANZAC Day 2015

Saturday, 25 April – Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Current student Sheridan Smitham gave the ANZAC address at both the dawn parade and at the school ANZAC service. The School service had two significant additions – 199 crosses representing the 199 Old Boys killed in war and a contingent of the Royal Gurkha Rifles who joined our service. The Gurkhas served alongside the ANZACs at Gallipoli

Cross Country

The annual School Cross Country is held at Kebble Farm, a short distance outside of Palmerston North. This location provides us with the opportunity to offer a genuine, challenging cross country course. The Cross Country is a key event in the Shand Shield competition and students compete in one of four age group categories.

Swimming Sports

Swimming is a popular sport at Palmerston North Boys’ High School and has a modern indoor 25m heated pool for year-round use.

Students are able to participate in competitive swimming, which is done in clubs. Palmerston North Boys’ High School holds annual School Swimming Sports, where boys can train and compete in various events in order to score points for their club, including freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and medley.

Road Race

The annual Palmerston North Boys’ High School Road Race is held towards the end of term one. All young men compete in one of four challenging circuits around Ongley park and through the nearby Esplanade to earn points for their club in the Shand Shield competition.

Senior Production

The Senior Production is an annual musical theatre production staged in late Term 1 in the Palmerston North Boys’ High School Speirs Centre for a season of nine performances over two weeks.

The 2016 Senior Production is ‘Happy Days’.

Athletics Sports and Marching

The annual Palmerston North Boys’ High School Athletic Sports and Marching is the first event in the Shand Shield competition. The athletic sports are broken up into three separate competitions; track, field and relays. All young men compete in these events in one of four age groups, and the standard of competition is very high. The club marching, as well as providing a rare opportunity for both junior and senior students to compete in the same event, is spectacular as a spectator event. Students who perform to the highest level may be selected for the Palmerston North Boys’ High School team for the Manawatu Inter Secondary Schools Athletic championships.

Crest to Crest Challenge

Crest to Crest Challenge involves around 20 Year 13 students racing from the Crest of Mt Ruapehu to the Crest at Palmerston North Boys High School over five days. The students apply to be selected for this event with strict criteria for selection. Many of our students aspire to take part in this event from Year 9. The Crest involves the students working together as a team and places all students out of their comfort zone both physically and mentally.

School Calendar

Find out what events are coming up at PNBHS.