paul-vericHeadmaster Paul Verić started as Headmaster at New Plymouth Boys’ High School in Term Two 2015.

Paul is an Old Boy, former Head Boy, and former teacher at New Plymouth Boys High School. Paul has a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Leisure Studies and a Diploma of Teaching from Waikato University. His former positions include classroom teacher, CEO and Senior Management roles in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has represented New Zealand as a Sprint Canoeist and is a multiple national title holder in Canoeing and Surf Life Saving. Paul is married with two children. In his spare time Paul enjoys surfing and trail running.

Assembly Speeches

The Headmaster posts his key assembly speeches. For parents and caregivers, students, Old Boys and the community to read and reflect on his messages.

2018 Speeches

Headmaster’s Speech Senior Prize-giving 2018

Headmaster’s Speech Awards Dinner 2018

Headmaster’s Speech Mr David Bremner September 2018

Headmaster’s Speech Dr Sam Hazledine August 2018

Headmaster’s Speech Our Crest June 2018

Headmaster’s Speech Resilience May 2018 

Headmaster’s Speech Tom Ryder April 2018


2017 Speeches

Headmaster’s Speech Senior Prize-giving 2017

Headmaster’s Speech Awards Dinner 

Headmaster’s Speech Assembly. July 2017. Caring 

Start of School Assembly 2017

2016 Speeches

Headmaster Speech November 2016 Senior Prize Giving 

Headmaster Speech October 2016 AwardsDinner

Headmaster Speech July 25 Family

Headmaster Speech February 3 2016 Start of School 2016

Headmaster Speeches May 23 ,2016. Effects of Alcohol

2015 Speeches

Headmaster Speech May 11 2015 No speed limits or shortcuts

Headmaster Speech May 18 2015 Community Service

Headmaster Speech June 8 2015 Social Media

Headmaster Speech June 15 2015 Music Culture Technology

Headmaster Speech, June 22, 2015. Academic Success

Headmaster Speech.10th August 2015.The Female Huia

Headmaster Speeches. October 16, 2015. Good is the Enemy of Great


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Previous Headmasters

Name Term # Years
E.  Pridham
MA.A. [Ernest]
1882 – 1911 29
W.H.  Moyes
C.M.G., M.A., B.Sc. [Bill]
1912 – 1941 29
G.J.  McNaught
D.S.O.,  E.D., M.A. [Jack / Gifford]
1942 – 1957 15
J.S.  Webster
M.Sc.,  Dip. Ed. [John]
1958 – 1967 9
W.E.  Alexander  
G.A. [Wit]
1968 – 1971 3
G.R.  Cramond  
M.A. (Hons). [Geoff]
1972 – 1978 6
T.T.  Ryder  
M.A. (Hons). [Tom]
1979 – 1995 16
L.R.  French-Wright  
B. Sc., Dip. Tchg. [Lyal]
1995 – 2008 13
M.J.  McMenamin  
MA (Hons) Dip. Tch. [Mac / Michael]
2008 – 2015
End Term One
P.J. Verić
B.Ed,  BLS,  Dip.Tch.[Paul]
2015 →
Beginning Term Two


Previous Headmasters