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August 2014 Update
We have just had our Arts Week celebrating performing arts and culminating in the inter-house singing competition. Dramastudents attended the Indian Ink Theatre Company’s new production, “Kiss The Fish” at the TSB Showplace, followed by a Q&A session with the actors and production team. It’s great to see the boys taking these opportunities and developing their critical thinking in response to seeing professional theatre.
The Speech Winners were Callum Shimmin and Gavin Bishop (Y9); Michael McLeod (Y10); Jerome McSweeney-Novak (y11); James Donovan and Satyam Patel (Y12) and Teague Harvey (Y13).
In the recent Tiger Jacket assembly Richard Gottlieb, Teague Harvey, Josh Ritchie and Cameron Tippett were awarded Tiger Jackets for Drama. All four boys were involved in entries in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and Cultural Super 8s last year, Cultural Super 8s and Stage Challenge this year. They have also given lunchtime performances in the library. Additionally Teague represented the school at the National Youth Drama School and is a Youth Ambassador for the TSB Showplace.
Most of Drama, Stage Tech, Dance boys and the school choir attended NPOS (New Plymouth Operatic Society)’s Open Day for Schools. The boys enjoyed the afternoon of backstage tours including sound, lighting, costume and prosthetics/make-up, before joining the cast for a vocal warm-up and then seeing the evening show of Phantom of the Opera (which included NPBHS boys Hamish Phillips and Jacob Bond in the cast). The boys asked great questions in the workshops. Whether due to this or not, we were extremely fortunate to be give upgraded tickets (from the gallery to the circle) for the evening – the only school given an upgrade. Drama UP are currently working on film scenes and we plan to film these in conjunction with Film UP, to be shown in Arts Week.
Poetry has emerged as a major theme this year as we coincided with National Poetry Day. Old boy Andrew McKay gave a lunchtime poetry performance and seminar.
Congratulations to Liam Duffells-DesForges who won the National Just Cook Challenge.
We are the Taranaki Champions at Snowboarding and Skiing. The Junior Snowboarding title was won by Reef Raumati (Joel Clegg was second; Corban Williams was third) and Jack Parsons came second in the Seniors. The Junior Skiing Champion is Jack Boon with Daniel Cleland coming third. The Senior title was won by Dean Vickers with Nick Wilson third. In Mountain Biking the Senior Taranaki title for Downhill went to James Carly (Sam Evans second and Josh Turner third). The Juniors was won by Daniel Cleland (Hayden Benton came second and Reece Nolly came third). In the Cross Country Josh Turner won the Seniors (Sam Evans second) and the Juniors was won by Jack Boon with Jack Elliot second.
Congratulations to Tom Spencer and Sam Evans for their success in Orienteering. Shaye Hill and Daniel Waite made the Chiefs U18 team. Mario Hildred (Year 9) is a member of the National U21 Snooker team.
Congratulations to the 1stV Basketball team who won the Super 8 competition. Beauden Giddy (c), Dane Brooks and Harrison Meads made the Tournament team with Dane Brooks being MVP. Beauden Giddy and Dane Brooks have been selected for the National U19 Squad.
Our Science Fair results were outstanding with the Y10 team winning the quiz. (Dominic Barry, Quingfeng Du, Eli Gadsby and Morgan Herbert-Olsen)
We came third in the Taranaki Agricultural Competition. The team were Hayden Lee, Blake Patterson, Dean Coplestone, Roy Pratt.
NPBHS came second in the National Surfing Championship. Isaac Kettle is the National U16 Champion. Ben King came 4th in the U18 and Sonny Rapira-Martin came 3rd in the U13.
Angus White and Tom Spencer are the National Rogaining Champions. Cory Sutherland and Noah Jones came second. The Junior title was won by Callum Sutherland and Oak Jones.
Keegan Thompson won the TSS Small-Bore Rifle Shooting competition, with Campbell Graham coming third.
Anton Besseling won two goal medals for 200m Breastroke and 50m freestyle in a recent Swimming Championship in Bay of Plenty.
The following boys all gained a silver award at the National Culinary Competition: Braden Brooks, Troy Miller, Takarangi Henderson, Joe Franklin, Braeden Christen and Daniel Blackburn
In the Oceania In-line Hockey Tournament Jordan Williams, Ryan Cayzer represented New Zealand in U14 and U13 respectively.
Chris Johnson has been selected for the Aqua Knights team travelling to Melbourne in December.
July 2014 Update
Every Thursday afternoon at NPBHS the boys are involved in what we call a “Utility Period” – this entails participation in an extracurricula activity. Sporting activities include the major codes, but it is also great to see boys participating in activities such as Surfing, Mountain Biking, Skating, Wall Climbing, Ten-Pin Bowling, Indoor Bowls, Chess....... It is impressive to see the boys who are making robots. There is also something special about constructing a rocket and firing it into the sky returning to land by parachute. There are a large number of boys participating in Dance and Drama which is good to see.
A number of boys have travelled overseas representing the school or national teams. This year twelve boys went to the Global Young Leaders’ Conference in New York and were involved in a global discussion at the United Nations. As part of the Geography curriculum, boys have just returned from Thailand. Earlier in the year boys studying Spanish went to Chile. In mid-September. three boys are travelling to the World School in Vladivostok. This is a wonderful opportunity to join in with 27 other schools from around the world.
Congratulations to the following Year 9 boys who attended the Ricki Herbert Football Academy in Sydney : Pacey Healy, Cormac Tindle, Darius van Wyk, Owen Smith and Cam Burnell. There is some real talent amongst these boys. Thomas Fletcher and Michael McLeod have been elected on the New Plymouth Youth Council and Thomas is also the National leader in S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drunken Driving). In the recent production “Phantom of the Opera” Hamish Phillips and Jacob Bond were involved. Whatu Ngatai Tangirua has won a scholarship to be involved in a dance troupe in USA. I am thrilled to see the number of boys involved in Music and playing instruments. Fletcher Myles, James Murphy, Richard Gottlieb, Teague Harvey and George Mohi are part of great Jazz Band. The Concert Band is still the major attraction.
In the recent Manu Korero Speech competition Jarvis Oke performed very well and the Kapa Haka group excelled. The staff Kapa Haka group is also doing very well.
We are the Taranaki Champions at Snowboarding and Skiing. The Junior Snowboarding title was won by Reef Raumati (Joel Clegg was second; Corban Williams was third) and Jack Parsons came second in the Seniors. The Junior Skiing Champion is Jack Boon with Daniel Cleland coming third. The Senior title was won by Dean Vickers with Nick Wilson third.
In Mountain Biking the Senior Taranaki title for Downhill went to James Carly (Sam Evans second and Josh Turner third). The Juniors was won by Daniel Cleland, Hayden Benton came second and Reece Nolly came third. In the Cross Country Josh Turner won the Seniors (Sam Evans second) and the Juniors was won by Jack Boon.
Congratulations to Tom Spencer and Sam Evans for their success in Orienteering.
Shaye Hill and Daniel Waite made the Chiefs U18 team. Mario Hildred (Year 9) is a member of the National U21 Snooker team.
Keegan Thompson excels at Small-Bore Rifle shooting.
June 2014 Update
Congratulations to the following boys who have achieved personal goals and brought credit to their family and school:
CULTURAL SUPER 8s: The boys acquitted themselves very well at this event. Results were:
Junior Solo Music – Danny Jones, piano - 2nd place
Group Music - 3 O'Clock Band: Jake McComb, Connor Rust, Richard Gottlieb, Martin Leith and Fletcher Miles – 3rd place
Drama – Cameron Tippett, Josh Ritchie, Richard Gottlieb, Teague Harvey, Fergus Thomson,
Sebastian Molloy, William Challacombe-King – scenes from The Tempest – 3rd place.
The drama group and music entries also gave library lunchtime performances of their Super 8 pieces.
SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST: Reach For Reason (Cody Kivell, Conrad Watt, Adam Bull, Craig Jacobs) placed 3rd in the Taranaki finals. 1st place went to Plainmotion (Joel Robertson, Martin Leith, Jake McComb, Connor Rust) who now have a chance to be in the national finals, depending on the results of the video round.
STAGE CHALLENGE: The combined NPGHS/NPBHS entry was placed 3rd overall and took away awards in the following sections:
Excellence in Stage Crew (lead superbly by Reuben King)
Excellence in set, design and function (thanks Mr John Tullett)
Excellence in costuming character (NPGHS team)
Excellence in soundtrack
Excellence in drama
Excellence in concept (theme of Border Control)
Excellence in health, life skills and creative thinking
Excellence in school community
FILM: The 48 Hour Film Festival team Quantum Studios - Michael McLeod, Jack Newsome, Cameron Bell, Caleb Rapira-Jensen, Liam Clow (all Yr 10) and Colin Rowe (Yr 11) have made themselves available for videoing school events and have been presenting their services in a professional manner.
TARANAKI SECONDARY SCHOOLS CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITIONS were held June 4. NPBHS had 11 students entered, spread between 10 groups, some boys in 2 or 3 groups.
Teague Harvey and Richard Gottlieb (Take Four) were one of the two entries selected for the regional competitions in Wanganui
Sam Tullett ('Samegelle Trio") plus KBB prize for musical excellence in brass/wind or percussion
James Park ('La Rouge").
EXCEL SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS performed in assembly on Wednesday June 4 and many boys took the opportunity to talk with the tertiary students afterwards.
DRAMA UP students will be attending Indian Ink Theatre Company’s new production, “Kiss The Fish” at the TSB Showplace next week, followed by a Q&Q session with the actors.
Emmerson Potts-Broughton has been chosen in the NZ U15 Basketball team to travel to the USA at the end of July.
Matt Chadwick has been chosen for the NZ u17 Football training squad.
Finn Holland won an Under 18 Central Region climbing competition
In Surf Life-saving Reef Robinson won the McLeans Cup, Thomas Cole was the overall points winner and Liam Cole won the James Hunt Memorial Trophy for Volunteer of the Year.
The following boys have been chosen to be part of the Wanderers Cricket team touring UK late June: Davis Mills, Liam Muggeridge, Cam Black, Matthew Boswell, Taylor Williams, Viren Maglani, Josh Quinney.
We continue to excel in Adventure Racing. With GHS we won the Hillary Challenge again. In the Kawerau six hour race William Adlam, Cory Sutherland, Josh Turner and Sam Evans won the Senior Competition; Dean Copplestone and Kyle Bachelor (with two girls from GHS) won the Mixed competition and Calum Sutherland, Jack Boon, Danny Jones and Oak Jones won the Junior section.
Jono Brownjohn came first and Chad Collop second in the Senior TSS Crossfit competition.
Excelling in Ten-Pin Bowling were Sam Morrison, Sharmin Tuuta, Christian Hill and Cale Rapirs-Jensen
In Cross Country the boys continue to excel: Slade Bristowe, Calum Sutherland, Angus White, drew Farnsworth, Chris Devaney, Alex Sturmer, Orin Burmester, Taylor Roberts, Tom Spencer did well in TSS and the BHS team came second in the Super 8 Competition.
The boys will soon be going to National SS Tournament week. We are very hopeful of successful outcomes for our Basketball, Football and Hockey teams and we wish them all the best.
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