Boarding at College House

College House

Boarding at College House

Housing the Values of Yesterday and the Men of Tomorrow

College House is the boarding establishment of Palmerston North Boys’ High School. The School has a roll of approximately 1800 students. College House is a focus and strength of Palmerston North Boys’ High School and provides quality accommodation for a maximum of 180 boarders.

The facilities and operation of College House are designed to meet the needs of teenage males as well as the expectations of parents who entrust College House with the care of their sons.

College House has existed for over 100 years. The main campus occupies the site adjacent to the school playing fields on the corner of Featherston Street and North Street. Murray House, the former residence of Mr John Murray (Rector 1919-46) is situated across North Street opposite the main campus and provides supervised accommodation for some senior students. As a mark of respect for Mr Murray, the letter M is carried by all College House sports teams.

Seven Day Boarding

College House offers quality accommodation and provides seven day boarding for students from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Seven day boarding means that students can remain in the hostel during the weekends. Parents apply for weekend leave to allow their sons to go home in any given weekend.

Students participate in a range of activities and team sports while pursuing study in a traditional well-disciplined environment. Hostel rules are strictly enforced and there is zero-tolerance of alcohol, drugs, smoking, theft or bullying.

Student Welfare

Student welfare is the responsibility of the Hostel Manager, Matrons and 8 residential Masters. College House staff supervise daily routines, tend to student concerns and dispense health needs as required. Although dormitories vary in size at College House, boarders can expect to be accommodated in dorms sleeping as many as 30. Bed areas are in pairs, separated by partitioning walls.

A number of events during the year such as the Round the Ranges Relay, Niger House rugby match, Athletic Sports Day, Golf Day and Church Day provide an opportunity for parents, family and staff to interact.

In the evening students have recreation time and 90 minutes of study in school classrooms (Prep). Prep is under the supervision of Hostel Masters at all year levels apart from Year 13. All students complete an academic school day at Palmerston North Boys’ High School and in the after school they participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities offered by the school. During the weekends, boarders have the opportunity to relax once school and sports commitments have been completed. Boarders have the opportunity to take leave to specific destinations as well as participating in a wide range of organised activities.

College House and Palmerston North Boys’ High School provide an opportunity for students to grow and extend themselves in an environment that encourages participation, excellence and a sense of occasion.


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