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The Barrowclough Programme assists the achievement of the Palmerston North Boys’ High School vision To Develop Educated Men of Outstanding Character, who embrace the school values of Courage, Humility, Industry, Integrity, Pride, and Respect.

This is achieved through encouraging young men to strive to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their lives. The Barrowclough logo, an impression of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, symbolises the pursuit of challenging goals. The Barrowclough Award provides extra incentive and recognition to young men in the senior school who seek to challenge and extend themselves.

The Barrowclough Programme and Barrowclough Award are named in memory of a prestigious old boy, Sir Harold Barrowclough, KCMG, CB, DSO and Bar, MC. He was a prominent sportsman and academic at school, he studied Law at Otago University, and he served his country in both the 1st and 2nd World Wars. He was awarded the Military Cross for his “exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy” as a Company Commander during the Battle of the Somme and later was decorated with the DSO for “conspicuous gallantry and able leadership” whilst commanding the 4th Battalion later in this campaign. During World War II he was awarded a Bar to his DSO for his “conspicuous bravery and brilliant leadership” as the Commander of the 6th NZ Brigade during savage fighting around Sidi Rezegh during the second Libyan campaign. He reached the rank of Major-General and was selected to command the 3rd NZ Division in the Pacific. Following World War II he became the Chief Justice of New Zealand in 1953, a role he fulfilled for 13 years. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1954 and was instrumental in the formation of the Court of Appeal as a separate court in New Zealand.

In the junior school, the Barrowclough Programme will recognise young men who have gained positive attitude grades in their end of year reports, have had excellent levels of attendance, have completed the requirements of the formal leadership programme at Year 9 and Year 10, have been involved in school and extra-curricular activities, undertaken community service in Year 9 and participated in the Year 10 outdoor education programme. Students who meet these criteria will be presented with a certificate that acknowledges their successful involvement in the Barrowclough Junior Programme.

Barrowclough Programme