Old Boys' Newsletter


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.
    by PNBHS

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

  1. Obituaries
  2. Turbos squad for the 2021 season
  3. Old Boy Carson Taare to perform original songs at Globe Theatre
  4. Old Boy Bob Burgess - All Black looks back at Springboks tour, 40 years on
  5. Old Boy Graeme Elston
  6. (1984) - Palmerston North Boys' High School band
  7. Old Boys' News
  8. World Refugee Day
  9. Sports Hall of Fame recipient Stuart Jacobs
  10. Jim Stuckey with the McKegg Cup
  11. Ray ‘Butch’ Hewer with the Hewer Trophy
  12. Old Boy Brian Plimmer
  13. Loyal Old Boy Bill Pearson
  14. Old Boy Tasi Vaha'i performed in the staffroom
  15. Congratulations to Campbell McKay who has started at his 3rd school as Principal at Mount Waverley Primary School
  16. Bob Burgess is discussed in this recent documentary on Māori Television (the interview with Dr. Bob Burgess starts at 11.40).
  17. Congratulations to Adam Milne and Dane Cleaver, who have been added to the group of contracted players for Central Districts cricket
  18. Always great to hear from our Old Boys:
  19. Congratulations Nick Wilson
  20. Hurricanes Old Boys
  21. Shayne Harris has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Manawatū District Council.
  22. Nick Wilson is chasing the dream of competing in his third Olympic games
  23. Old Boy and professional musician David Shanhun (1997 – 2001)
  24. Old Boys News Letter August 2021
  25. 2001 Cricket Reunion February 2021
  26. Palmy Steel
  27. Sports Hall of Fame 2021
  28. Lunch date with a few loyal Old Boys.
  29. PNBHS Old Boys' Annual Golf Day April 2021
  30. PNBHS Anzac Service April 2021
  31. Palmerston North Boys' High School Anzac Service
  32. Anzac Service Wreath Laying
  33. Rugby Reunions in June
  34. Old Boys in Hastings, Lunch at Summerset in the Orchard.
  35. Tauranga Old Boys' Function July 2nd 2021
  36. Auckland Old Boys' Function
  37. Revamping the 1st XV Changing Rooms under the Grandstand
  38. Up coming Palmerston Old Boys' Events
  39. Old Boys Dinner and Day at The Races. It's time to buy your ticket.