School Rules

New Plymouth Boys’ High School Rules

Students should remember at all times that their behaviour reflects on the school and should always act and behave accordingly.

The uniform should always be worn in a way that is a credit to the school (as per the uniform rules).
Speech and manners are also matters which deserve much attention.

Students should remember at all times that the facilities and environs of the school are the responsibility of all members of the school community.

Absence from School

If a student is going to be absent for any reason, parents should telephone the attendance hotline – Ph: (06)759 8839 before 9.00am – preferably on the day of the absence.  The alternative to this is that students must then, on the day they return to school, take a note explaining their absence to Student Services.  In the case of expected prolonged absence, parents must write to the headmaster prior to the absence requesting permission for leave.
NB: NCEA assessments may not be able to be assessed at an alternative time.

Alcohol and/or substance abuse

Offences involving alcohol and/or substance abuse including: consumption, purchase, and distribution, not only are subject to disciplinary action when committed within school property, but also when committed:

In association with any organised school activity beyond the school, when the activity is within the school’s organisation and control;


In any public place where the student is present and recognisable as a student of the school;


In any vehicle being used in the course of any organised school activity or to transport a student to or from school.


Cellphones may be brought to school but may not be used in the classroom/assembly except for educational purposes.

Coverage of Rules

Students are under school discipline from the time of leaving their homes until they return.  A high standard of conduct is expected while travelling to and from school, and opportunities often arise in which students can show consideration and courtesy towards younger children and adults.

Fire alarms

The wrongful use of a fire alarm could bring to the wrongdoer costs up to $1500.00.


Chewing gum is prohibited in the school buildings or in the school grounds.

Leaving the school grounds

Students leaving school grounds: students must not leave the school grounds without permission during school hours.  If they have to leave for any reason, such as a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, they must report to Student Services with a card or note and obtain a pass.

Lunch passes – no permanent lunch passes are issued.

Students needing to leave school at lunchtime must get a temporary lunch pass from Student Services after obtaining a note from one of the deputy or assistant principals.


No student is permitted to have in his possession or to provide to any other student, any medication or drug whether illegal or not.  The exception to this is medication prescribed by a medical practitioner and/or dispensed by Student Services.


Prefects are appointed to assist the headmaster, the staff and the students in the efficient running of the school. Their instructions are to be obeyed.


Damage to school buildings and property must be reported at once to the deputy principal.  Wilful or careless damage must be paid for.

All clothing, books, bags, and other property, must be clearly named.


Students are required to be punctual, and to be at school in the class by 8.40 am. If a student is late i.e arrives at school after 8.40am they must report to Student Services before they report to class.


Illness/Injury during the school day: any sick or injured student must report to Student Services.  Only when a parent has been contacted and care for the student has been arranged, will the student be released from school.


Smoking is prohibited.


Use of motor vehicles: students driving or driven by a fellow student to, or from, the school in, or on, a motor vehicle, must hold a vehicle or passenger pass which may be obtained by presenting a completed application form, available from Student Services, to the deputy principal.  Vehicles must be parked in allocated areas, and must not be driven in the school grounds.

Bicycles must not be ridden within the school grounds and must be left in bicycle stands and locked.