What time does school start?
Years 1-3 9.00am
Years 4-8 8.00am
What time does school finish and what nights are sports practices?
Years 1-3 3.00pm finish — Mon & Wed sports practices until 4.00pm (not compulsory)
Years 4-8 Mon/Wed/Thurs — 4.15pm finish after sports (compulsory)
(boys also shower after sport during Term 2/3, so pick up is usually closer to 4.30pm in winter terms)
Years 4-8 Tues/Fri – 3.00pm finish
If it’s a wet day can I pick my son up early if a sports day?
Yes — if he is in Years 1-3
No — if he is in Years 4-8. Boys return to class and are free to go after 4.00pm. They do not go home early on wet days.
If my son is off sport due to injury can he come home at 3.00pm?
Yes — if he is in Years 1-3
No — if he is in Years 4-8. All off sport boys go to the off sport teacher and are free to go after 4.00pm.
Does my son have to play Saturday sport for the school?
Yes he does. If you are going to be away, permission must be given by the coach of his team and early notification is essential.
Can my son stay at school overnight?
Yes, all day boys in Years 4-8 are able to utilise the boarding house during the week or weekend. Casual boarding is offered, although space cannot be guaranteed, with only a minimal charge per night.
How many Sunday Chapel Services does my son have to attend?
Boys from Year 4 must attend 1 Sunday Chapel Service per term. Boys in Years 5-8 must attend two Sunday Chapels per term. They may choose which ones suit their family requirements best.
Do you have school buses?
Yes, we have three buses from Napier, Taradale and Hastings. They arrive at school at 8.00am and depart 4.40pm Mon-Thurs and 3.15pm Friday.
Is food provided at school?
Yes, all food/drink is provided at school and the cost is part of your tuition fees. This includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch. If your son has special requirements (e.g. coeliac, gluten free) our kitchen can usually cater for this: a medical certificate is required to put this in place.
Can my son join the Choir?
Each year all boys from Year 5 upwards audition for the Choir. Boys are then selected from these auditions at the discretion of the Director of Performing Arts.
If my son goes away on an overnight sports trip where will he stay?
We have reciprocal arrangements with other Prep Schools where their parents billet our boys and we do the same when they visit here. We provide transport (buses) for these trips and boys are expected to travel with the team.
How do I keep up to date with what’s happening at the school each week?
Every Thursday afternoon you will be emailed “The Week Ahead”. This gives a breakdown of the following week, including Saturday sports fixtures. These are also placed on our website.
How can I contact staff/teacher if I have a query?
All teaching staff can be contacted by email using the format email@example.com. You can contact your son’s teacher if you have a query by email, or to set up an appointment time at the school.