At Palmy Boys’

At Palmerston North Boys’ High School, a wide range of Performing Arts and Cultural activities are available, and participation is strongly encouraged.

From drama classes to major stage productions and musicals, from the symphonic, stage and concert bands to the pipe band and rock groups, the opportunities in music and drama are extensive. Groups such as OK Chorale, the elite choir, are renowned nationally for their ability and for those with focus, dedication and desire, there are opportunities to audition for places in National Secondary School groups within the fields of Music or Drama. The School has a strong reputation for the quality and diversity of its music. Instrumental and choral groups cater for all levels of ability. Many young men start music tuition in Year 9 and then proceed to a very high level of competency in later years.

The School’s annual drama productions, in conjunction with Palmerston North Girls’ High School, are widely acclaimed. Interest is high and, through professional instruction, many young men and women achieve at levels they would not have thought possible both on the stage and behind the scenes.

„The School’s Kapa Haka group and Pasifika Club provide a significant bicultural dimension to school life. Participation and success in Manu Korero and Pasifika Fusion competitions is growing and is well recognised. Consistent performances to a high level have promoted an increasing interest in debating and public speaking.

The links below will direct you to Stratus, PNBHS’s online learning and communication portal.


There are opportunities to join a variety of bands during your time here at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, including the Stage Band, Senior Concert Band and the PNBHS Pipeband.


There is an opportunity to join in the Palmerston North Boys’ High School Choir. The Choir performs at all school formal occasions as well as the regional Big Sing and community events.

Contemporary Music

“School of Rock” creates a student network of musicians who organise jam sessions for fun and form groups with the view to competing in Smokefree Rockquest and for School/ community performances.


There are opportunities to get involved in the Senior Production, Junior Musical Theatre Group, Junior Play, Theatre Sports, Dance & Theatre Technology.


Debating is available at both the Junior and Senior level. Opportunities are available to represent the School in annual school exchanges with Napier Boys’ High School & Wellington College.

Ensemble Groups

Classical and jazz ensembles, aimed at developing quality ensembles with outstanding performance skills for competition and School/community performance.

Kapa Haka

Kapa Haka is available to all students to: nourish, nurture and encourage our young men to become involved in kapa haka; and to enhance self-worth, self-esteem, pride and a positive identity of being Māori.

Pasifika Club

Pasifika Club offers a range of activities, academic support and mentoring to all of our Pacific Island students, such as the Pasifika Fusion Festival, a Homework Centre, Study Skills Workshop & a mentoring program.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking consists of opportunities to participate in several speaking contests throughout the year, including Lions Club Speaking Competition, Nga Manu Korero Secondary School Speech Competition, The RSA Speaking Competition and School Speaking Competitions.

Theatre Sports

Theatre Sports is improvised drama that teaches teamwork, thinking on your feet, and creative thinking and is a great opportunity to get involved, act and have fun.

Performing Arts & Cultural