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Jim Kelly (1938-42) Our school community is saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Jim Kelly. Mr. Kelly attended PNBHS from 1938 – 1942 and in recent years has been a regular attendee at our annual Anzac service where he has placed a wreath on the Gallipoli Oak on behalf of our Old Boys. After these services, Mr. Kelly was always keen to engage with our young men and to find out about what was happening at school. His presence and contribution will be missed. Our thoughts are with Mr. Kelly’s family at this time. Jim reconnected with the school in 2007 when driving past a rugby ground in Papakura, he stopped when he saw the jerseys of his old school.He introduced himself to a supporter which started a relationship with the Colts rugby team. Jim and his wife, Pat even travelled around the country to watch them, on the Wednesday night of Colts tournament a BBQ was traditionally held, each year Jim bought ice cream for the boys and red wine for the staff. Jim and Pat had retired to Papakura after a successful teaching career including being the Principal of a number of schools, he also dabbled in the kiwifruit industry for a time.

Tony De Cleene (1952-56)

Tony passed away in Auckland in May this year. He was a member of Albion Club and played Rugby, Squash and Tennis. On leaving school he worked fro Priest and johns, a local Chartered Accounting Firm. However, before completing his Accounting qualification he left to help set up Felvins, a hardware store in Tremaine Avenue. From there he was enticed to Auckland by Fletchers where he remained for the majority of his working life. Tony also worked for Bunnings for a few years before retiring fully, only two years ago. Tony was a loyal supporter of the school and attended many Old Boys events in Auckland over the years. Tony is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Gina and Nicky and Son Scott, His brother Ron and sister Annette are in Australia and Palmerston North. 


Tony de Cleene — Image by: PNBHS

George Petersen (1946-50)

Emeritus Professor George Bouet Petersen ONZM FRSNZ died in hospital on 11 July 2021, aged 87. Although his physical health had been failing for some time, his mind remained as active and curious as ever and he welcomed visits to his home from old friends for spirited discussions.


George Petersen — Image by: PNBHS