Napier Boys’ High School

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Established in 1872, Napier Boys’ High School remains one of New Zealand’s oldest and most successful schools.

We are justifiably proud of our academic achievement, sporting prowess, cultural excellence and grounding in traditional values. We are a member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and Super Eight Schools Group, synonymous with excellence in education.

Napier Boys’ High School is located in the beautiful city of Napier, beside the Pacific Ocean. Living in Napier is a unique experience. It is a city known for its climate and beauty. Napier’s architecture and natural setting make it an extremely popular tourist destination. Napier is world-renowned for its Art Deco architecture. This architectural beauty complements the magnificent natural environment of beaches, parks, orchards, palms, pines and the South Pacific Ocean. The warm, balmy Californian climate encourages a range of leisure activities.

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30 hectare site, situated by the sea, modern, fully-wireless learning environment, spacious school grounds, including large swimming complex and all weather tennis / hockey facilities, onsite Holt Planetarium, adjacent 13 hectare farm and vineyard, outdoor education camp.

Academic Programmes
  • We know ‘boys’ education’. We blend best teaching practice and twenty-first century learning to foster student success
  • We achieve genuine success across all subject areas
  • We offer a vast range of learning experiences and subjects, from Viticulture to Earth and Space Science, utilising our on-site Holt Planetarium
  • Students, with guidance, select from a wide range of subjects according to their needs, interests and career ambitions
  • Classes are streamed, enabling teaching and learning to be offered at the appropriate level, fostering purposeful and stimulating environments
  • We offer an accelerate programme, with students working above their peers, often undertaking university papers in Year 13
  • Microsoft IT Academy: one of only 10 schools in New Zealand.
Sport and Culture
  • Napier Boys’ is renowned for its participation and success across a wide range of cultural and sporting disciplines
  • Over the previous four years, the school has had in excess of sixty New Zealand representatives, including world champions
  • The school offers opportunities for all students to achieve success and enjoyment, relative to their abilities
  • Over 35 different sports offered, and of 50+ co-curricular activities
  • +PLUS programme, exclusively for international students.
Individualised Programmes
  • We accept up to 25 international students only
  • Dedicated International Department
  • Individualised programmes and academic monitoring
  • Dedicated and personalised management and care
  • Exclusive English Language Tuition programme for international students.
Tradition in Education
  • Emphasis is placed on academic rigour, competition, discipline, respect, strong values, co-curricular activities, formal occasions, school uniform and pride.
  • Old boys from Napier Boys’ High School are prominent in law, politics, commerce and science in New Zealand and beyond.
The International Department

The School has been accepting international students since the 1990s. Party to the NZQA Code of Practice, we pride ourselves on the exceptional care, guidance and opportunity, afforded by four dedicated staff in the International Department.

By offering places for only twenty five international students we are able to offer extremely personalised care and management, in a genuine atmosphere of learning.


Napier Boys’ High School International Students, 2015

Napier Boys’ High School: Farewell Assembly for Headmaster, R G Brown – school haka


Address: Napier Boys’ High School, Chambers Street, Napier 4110, New Zealand


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Russell Trethewey
PO Box 5329, Terrace End
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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