Palmerston North Boys’ High

Palmerston North Boys’ High

Nihil Boni Sine Labore – Nothing Achieved Without Hard Work




Founded in 1902, Palmerston North Boys’ High School is a traditional boys’ school whose vision is to Develop Educated Men of Outstanding Character. Since 1902, we have grown to become a multi-cultural school of more than 1,700 young men. Our vision emphasises two key aspects of what we do at PNBHS – an emphasis on academic achievement and on providing character education.

We offer international students a comprehensive and encompassing education. Our students are consistently top performers, academically, culturally and on the sporting field.

We provide a safe, friendly environment to learn English and other curriculum areas, all delivered by passionate teachers. Our students have clear guidelines in regards to their behaviour, grooming and academic performance which provide structure and discipline, and in turn, will ensure their success at Palmerston North Boys’ High School.

We want you to have the best educational experience in New Zealand, which is why Palmerston North Boys’ High School is a school of choice.

“Our vision emphasises two aspects of what we do at PNBHS – an emphasis on academic achievement and on providing character education”

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We run one of the most extensive sporting programmes in New Zealand and while we are extremely proud of our first team results, the opportunity exists to compete at any level in the extensive list of sporting codes offered at our School. Pride, passion and sportsmanship are key ingredients of the School’s sporting ethos which is instilled in every young man.

Students compete with distinction at local, national and international levels, and have a proud and strong tradition of competing at the highest levels in National Secondary School Competitions.

Performing Arts and Cultural

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.

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