1989: (Year 30)

  • The start of the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the introduction of "Tomorrow's Schools".
  • The roll for 1989 is 1248, with predictions that in 1990 it will peak between 1200 and 1300 with a gradual decrease in 3rd form roll numbers over the next few years. 
  • The building upgrading programme began with painting of B Block, the "Plaza" in the quad and the planting of some trees.
  • Kristin Holm is selected from lower North island school to attend a two-week science summer school in Canberra, Australia.
  • In the August holidays, 13 students and staff had a 10-day trip to Australia.
  • Music: String Orchestra, Concert Band, and Choir.
  • The Debating Club held a number of debates during the year including one against Fraser HS (Hamilton).
  • Major production - "The King and I".
  • Students take part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi
  • Maori Culture group of 30. This group combined with NPBHS and NPGHS to form "Whanau Te Reo O Taranaki" and were placed 4th in NZ. They won the Taranaki regionals in September.
  • Sports teams: 8 Boys' & 8 Girls Basketball; Boys' & Girls' Cricket; Boys' & Girls' Hockey; 10 Netball; Rugby; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball;
  • The Equestrian committee developed a 21 jump cross country course between the Top field and the Omata Road fields to host the Taranaki Secondary Schools one-day event.
  • The Soccer 1st XI had inter-school games against Hawera HS, Wellington HS(both at home) and Fraser HS (away).