|New Plymouth Boys' High School|
Te Kura Tamatane O Ngamotu
View of New Plymouth Boys High School
|Type||State single sex boys' secondary (Year 9-13) with boarding facilities|
|Motto||Et comitate, Et virtute, Et Sapientia|
"Comradeship, Valour and Wisdom"
|Established||1882; 139 years ago|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||171|
|School roll||1360(March 2020)|
The school currently caters for approximately 1300 students, including 210 boarders, on its 15 hectares (37 acres) site.
The school often collaborates with the very close-by New Plymouth Girls' High School. For example, the Hillary Challenge team for New Plymouth always draws students from both schools and the jazz band and concert band include musicians from both schools.
New Plymouth Boys' High School currently has four houses. Students are sorted alphabetically into their houses, with the exception of Hatherly, which consists of boarders only.
Huia Rop? (formerly called Groups) is a class attended by all students on a Wednesday period 4 (the period 4 class gets shifted into period 3's time, and the original period 3 class gets lost). In the class, students learn about a variety of topics, including time management, mindfulness, anti-bullying, goal setting and career path planning, among others. Students stay in their Huia group throughout their time in school. There are 15 rop? per house, and each rop? is referenced by the first letter of its house followed by its number (e.g. D13 for Donnelly #13).
In 2008, the school acquired a new wing (now known as the French-Wright Block, named for the former headmaster Lyal French-Wright ) with facilities for administration, science and mathematics. The wing incorporates modern architecture to add a new flavor to the traditional school. The wing was opened by the Prime Minister at the time, Helen Clark.
The school has a boarding hostel, providing accommodation for up to 200 boys.
New Plymouth Boys' High also had their own radio station named "Gully FM" (however this is discontinued), as the school's "Gully Grounds" (the terrace-style rugby field of Boys' High) are a major part of New Plymouth Boys' High. Gully FM broadcast locally to New Plymouth on 87.9 FM. Gully FM was founded in 2011 after a small group of students got together and put forward a proposal to the headmaster. Gully FM mainly broadcast pop, modern rock and dubstep aimed at the students of the school.
New Plymouth Boys' High School and New Plymouth Girls' High School are the only New Zealand schools to take part in the Foundation for International Space Education's United Space School which is held in Houston, Texas each year. One student from each school (and in 2009 a teacher), is selected to attend.
A student exchange program has been established with a Chilean High School, Colegio San Nicolás de Myra, so that every year students alternate exchanges between New Plymouth and Santiago. In 2006, NPBHS travelled to Chile for the first time, and the next year students from Chile came to NPBHS in return. This exchange has continued into the present, and is run through NPBHS by Tineka Twigley. The school also associates with schools in New Plymouth's sister cities in China and Japan.
After an incident in 2008 when a boarder was beaten by four other students the school's board of trustees commissioned an independent report on bullying in November 2008. The report, released in late January 2009, identified a culture of bullying amongst students in the school's hostel, although the school's board of trustees disputed some of the report's findings. A 2010 Education Review Office review of the school did not highlight any bullying issues, and gave the school a positive report.
Many successful men have come from the school, including Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, musicians Matt Thomas, Hayden Chisholm, former Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy Rear Admiral Tony Parr,David Gauld (president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society 1981-82), the author and journalist John McBeth, and 24 All Blacks.
In 2018, Professor Emeritus David Penny received one of the highest honours in the science world, to be named a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) foreign associate.