Sideline Support

PNBHS Supporters Code of Conduct

At school we discuss our expectations of our teams and our young men and it is important that these are supported at home and on the sidelines.

The PNBHS Supporters Code of Conduct outlines the expected behaviour of those choosing to support our teams and groups.  Involvement in co-curricular activities is strongly encouraged, is a fundamental part of the ethos of Palmy Boys' and assists with the realisation of our school vision Hai Whakapakari i Ngā Tamatāne Kia Purapura Tuawhiti To Develop Educated Men of Outstanding Character.

  1. Always remember the boys are involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  2. Set an example – applaud good play and good effort.
  3. Do not criticise team members or opponents for making a mistake.
  4. Criticism of referees or umpires is unacceptable – officials give freely of their time and effort and do not deserve to be harassed by people on the side-line.
  5. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  6. Do not come on to the field of play; do not enter changing rooms. No parents in halftime huddles.
  7. Recognise the value of coaches and managers who give their time to provide opportunities for our young men.

At the heart of the matter is that we want our young men playing because they enjoy playing. They do not want to be embarrassed by the conduct of family members or supporters on the side of the field. Not everyone will be a national representative; it is important to keep that in mind to provide a realistic context. It is important to remember also that not all staff members will be the next national coach and yet some on the sideline think it their right to criticise team selection and offer uninvited advice; not every referee or umpire will be a professional. We want to encourage all those involved to stay involved.

Through their co-curricular involvement young men learn many practical lessons that link directly to our school values, some of which are outlined below:

  • Tū Māia | Courage - the physical and mental courage to take on an opposition team who are older and bigger; to continue to give one's best effort as the score mounts against you.
  • Ngākau Mahaki | Humility - learning to appreciate victory in a way that maintains the dignity of the opposition; appreciating an outstanding performance without taking away from the efforts of the rest of the team or group.
  • Te mahi tahi | Industry - consistently producing a determined effort at training/rehearsals and in games/performances.
  • Tū Rangatira | Integrity - playing within the rules and the spirit of the game; being fair and truthful; living up to the commitment we make to our teammates.
  • Tū Whakahī | Pride - Tū Whakahī | Pride - being proud of representing PNBHS by ensuring we have the correct playing uniform; understanding that we can be satisfied with our performance and that of our team or group while also showing humility.
  • Tū Whakaaute | Respect - treating the opposition, officials, teammates, coaches, managers and supporters with courtesy and good manners regardless of the outcome of the game or an official's or coach's decisions.

Regular attendance at school is fundamental to academic progress and achievement and young men's academic work is the priority over co-curricular involvement.  Young men must be present at school the entire day before they compete - if they are too sick to be at school then they are deemed too sick to compete.  Similarly, acceptable levels of attendance must be maintained in order for young men to be considered eligible for selection for their team or group.

We look forward to your positive engagement from the sidelines as you support your son in his chosen co-curricular activities.