At a recent assembly, we said farewell to staff who are leaving Palmerston North Boys' High School at the end of the 2020 school year.
Mr. Chase Maniapoto (PNBHS student 2015 – 2019)
Mr. Maniapoto joined the staff in the position of Teacher Aide at the beginning of the 2020 school year, having completed Year 13 in 2019. Mr. Maniapoto has supported young men in years 9, 10 and 11 and we have also appreciated his involvement as a basketball coach. Mr. Maniapoto is joining the New Zealand Army in 2021.
Mr. Tom Hobson
Mr. Hobson joined the English Department at the beginning of the 2020 school year. He immediately made a very positive impression with the young men in his classes for his firm, fair and friendly classroom approach and the relationships he consequently developed. Mr. Hobson has enthusiastically involved himself in all aspects of school life, managing a touch team and coaching the Junior White football team.
Mr. Hobson is returning to Australia with his wife so that they can develop their careers there. We wish them both all the best for this and would welcome him back to PNBHS in the future should the opportunity arise.
Mr. Raphael Sa’u (PNBHS student 2006 – 2011)
Mr. Sa’u joined our staff in 2019 as a Teacher Aide and worked to support young men in years 9, 10 and 11. He worked as a strength and conditioning coach for young men who have an interest in weightlifting and in 2020 was the Strength and Conditioning coach for the 1st XV. Mr. Sa’u also helped with our Pasifika mentoring and support programmes. We are very pleased that Mr. Sa’u is going to train as a teacher and hopefully we might see him back at Palmy Boys’ again in the future.
Mr. Flyn Yates (PNBHS student 2014 – 2018)
Mr. Yates joined our staff in 2019 as a Teacher Aide, having been the Deputy Head Prefect in 2018. We have appreciated his work supporting young men in years 9, 10 and 11 as well as his contribution as a rugby coach. We wish him all the best for the future as he continues to pursue a career in rugby.
Miss Shelley Morgan
Miss Morgan joined the teaching staff at Palmerston North Boys' High School in August 2018. She immediately invested a huge amount of time and energy into reviewing teaching and assessment programmes to ensure that they met the needs of young men. In particular, Miss Morgan is passionate about developing the literacy levels of all young men to assist them to achieve in all curriculum areas. She is also fervent in her belief that students with good literacy skills need to be pushed and encouraged to achieve at the highest level they can. Miss Morgan has contributed to our co-curricular programme in debating. We thank Miss Morgan for the enthusiasm she has brought to her role and wish her all the best for her return 'up north' to be closer to family.
Mrs. Ashleigh Nixon
Mrs. Nixon joined the Palmy Boys’ teaching staff in May 2013, taking up a position in the English department and has also taught Media Studies during her time with us. Mrs. Nixon has impressed with her subject knowledge, something that both the young men in her classes and her teaching colleagues have benefited from.
Mrs. Nixon has supported the school’s co-curricular programme managing basketball and football teams and serving as the teacher in charge of chess.
Mrs. Nixon is taking maternity leave. We wish her all the best for the next stage in her family life and look forward to welcoming her back to the teaching staff in 2023.
Miss Kate Tutavaha
Miss Tutavaha joined the PNBHS teaching staff at the beginning of the 2013 school year as a teacher of English and Media Studies. Throughout her time she has taken a special interest in the well-being and achievement of our young Pasifika men and took on the position of Dean of Pasifika students in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 Miss Tutavaha took leave and spent six months living in England before returning to the Palmy Boys’ English department. Since 2017 she has been the Year 11 Dean and filled the role of Dean of Pasifika students again in 2019.
Miss Tutavaha is heavily invested in ensuring the well-being needs of the young men in her care are met, at the same time as upholding the standards and ethos of PNBHS and has a particular affinity with our Pasifika students and community. She has formed positive relationships with young men and whānau, who have appreciated her input and support.
Miss Tutavaha has been heavily involved in co-curricular activities, supporting the young men involved in the Pasifika Fusion Festival, managing debating, squash and volleyball teams and was regularly involved in the Year 10 outdoor education programme.
Miss Tutavaha has made a significant contribution to PNBHS and will be missed by both the young men of the school and the staff. She is returning to further study to reconnect with her affinity for the outdoors and environment and will be studying Earth Science at Massey University. Miss Tutavaha will be joining our relief teaching staff, so we look forward to welcoming her back in 2021 in a different capacity.