Napier Boys’ High School was first established in 1872 on the Hill, and then called Scinde Island. The name Scinde, like many in Hawkes Bay, had its origin in British India - the province captured by Sir Charles Napier. When the boarding house opened in 1885 it took on the name Scinde House. Many writers at the turn of the century called it "the rectory", a common name for boarding houses run by Headmasters (rectors). When the school and hostel moved down onto the flat land in Napier South in 1926 (as Napier Girls' High School took over the hill site) the name Scinde House came with them.
As a school boarding establishment we are committed to academic success and the social development of boys to young men. Academic success can only be achieved with a genuine commitment to study. Evening prep is a fundamental expectation of all students and is compulsory for all forms on weeknights. Juniors complete one and a half-hours a night (7 - 8.30 p.m.) and the 5ths, 6ths and 7ths have two hours (7 - 9 p.m.). In both cases a half-hour extension before bedtime is possible. Seniors have individual study facilities. Access to computer facilities is available after school and during prep time.
I am delighted that you are considering your secondary schooling at Napier Boys’ High School. Not only are you taking on the special learning opportunities that the school offers with its strong emphasis on study, cultural life and sports, but also you are going to be part of the wider Scinde House experience. This boarding experience is an opportunity to meet new people and establish lifelong friendships - something that is more difficult for a day student.
Some of you will be away from home for the first time and may need a little time to adjust to a different environment. You will have to make responsible decisions about money, work habits, recreational time and friendships as you go about your day to day activities.
This is your life and your opportunity. Scinde House will provide a host of learning opportunities and a chance for social growth. The staff will help you have a positive and rewarding experience as you learn to cope with life away from home.
Mr. Murray Barker - Head of Hostel
If you require further information please use the form provided below or click here for contact information.