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Parish Newsletter

Fri May 24 11:33am


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Newsletter Week 4 Term 2

Thu May 23 01:16pm



KWIK Sticks Hockey is not on tonight due to the weather – Wednesday 22 May.

Wed May 22 09:14am

School opens at 8.25am

Tue May 21 11:48am

We have noticed many children being dropped at school before 8am. Our classrooms don’t open until 8:25am for health and safety reasons. We are not fully staffed until 8:25am. It’s too cold at the moment to have children stand around outside while they wait for their classroom to be opened.

Parish Newsletter

Fri May 17 10:47am


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Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

Thu May 16 03:12pm


Hockey Muster 

Thu May 16 09:07am

Who –  open to all interested Yr 5/6 and 7/8 students
Where – Centralines Hockey Turf, Waipukurau
When –  Sunday 19 May – 10.00am-12.00pm
              Sunday 26 May – 1.00pm – 3.00pm
What to bring – Hockey sticks, mouth guards, shin pads, water bottle, enthusiasm 

For more information please contact Anna Oosterkamp – 


Pie Orders

Wed May 15 01:28pm

Please collect from school hall from 2.45 pm today. Pies have been packed per the order form.

Pie Orders

Tue May 14 11:58am

Pies will be ready for collection from 2.45 pm tomorrow in the school hall.

Parish Newsletter

Fri May 10 11:24am


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Newsletter Term 2 Week 2

Thu May 09 03:44pm


Epic Ministries – Intermediate Youth Group ( AMP*D Dates )

Wed May 08 03:50pm

AMP*D is a place where youth (Year 6/7/8 ONLY) from the local primary schools of Central Hawkes Bay are invited to participate in group activities listed below. AMP*D is hosted every second Friday after school from 6pm to 8pm, if changes are made to this schedule students will be informed through emails to schools, flyers and/or social media. Each student is required to provide age, medical/dietary requirements (if any) and parent/caregiver phone number/s.

AMP*D Dates:

17th May – Photo Challenge
31st May – Neon Disco – ALL AGES
5th July – Sports Night

Address – 1 Saint Andrews Street, Waipukurau

If there are any concerns or questions feel free to email me or call Penny 0276534176
Thank you!


Tue May 07 10:07am

If your child is absent from school for any reason including being late, please notify us either with a phone call or by our School App.

It is most important that parents and staff know of children’s whereabouts at all times.  Each morning and afternoon the roll is taken and absences noted.  If a child is absent without explanation the school will endeavour to contact caregivers to ensure child safety.

Winter Hockey begins this week. We have already had a draw change, so plaese check out the updated draw below.

Mon May 06 03:09pm

Kwik Sticks Hockey Year 6-8

Wednesday St Jo’s/Sherwood vs Tiko @ 3.45 pm. Please arrive by 3.30 pm to meet with your team

Mini Sticks Hockey Year 3-5 

St Jo’s/Pukehou vs Omakere Black @ 4.30 pm. Please arrive by 4.15 pm to meet with your team. 

Fun Sticks Hockey Year 1-2

Saturday morning at St Josephs School turf. 

All players have been issued with a playing t-shirt today. Please check their bags. 

Pie Orders

Mon May 06 10:23am

Just a reminder that the pie forms need to be back with money by tomorrow for delivery on 15 May. These are delicious pies from Doughboys and are always popular with the family so don’t miss out.

Parish Newsletter

Fri May 03 10:16am


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Bus students: Please advise the office of days your child is on the afternoon bus for Term 2 2024. Thank you

Fri May 03 09:53am

Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

Thu May 02 03:07pm




Thu May 02 12:57pm


Unfortunately due to low numbers we have had to cancel the photoshoot we had planned for this weekend. If you have already paid your money for this, someone will be in touch with you to refund it. Sorry this can’t go ahead, hopefully we can organise it again with a date that suits more people.

School Uniform Socks

Thu May 02 11:52am

School socks are now available at the school office.

Girls Navy Under The Knee $6.00 pair

Boys Plain Grey Wool $13.50 pair

School Uniform

Thu May 02 10:13am


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CHB Junior Football Update/Info

Wed May 01 09:10pm

Kia Ora koutou,

The CHB Junior Football Committee have been working hard to make sure everything is ready for the season. If you are keen to join the committee to help us deliver the best football experience that we can for the players please email


Season Start Date:

Local football will begin at 9am on Saturday 11 May at Russell Park in Waipukurau. 

CHB Junior Football Club ask that you ensure that fees are paid as soon as possible, please use the players first and last name as a reference. This information would have been emailed to you upon registering your child.

Local Football format:

The format for local football will be similar to the previous season and will consist of skills and drills followed by a game, and we do require assistance with coaching for the teams. No previous coaching or football knowledge is necessary, coach support packs are provided, and you even get your own whistle! Ideally we would have a couple of people available to help for each team, which will allow for cover if someone is unavailable. If you are able to help out with coaching please reply and I will be in touch to talk you through the plan for Saturdays.


Football Gear:

Shinpads are mandatory for all ages of football in Aotearoa, and boots are recommended for ages 7+. 

There are a very limited number of boots that are available for players to use for the season, these will be in a box at the park on the first Saturday.


We are hoping for good conditions every Saturday, but if we do need to cancel football for any reason we will be posting the information on Central FM and to the CHB Junior Football Inc Facebook page by 7:30am on the day.


I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you during the season.



Mother’s Day Photoshoot

Tue Apr 30 11:54am

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and often mums are the ones behind the camera taking the photos of the kids, so why not come along to our Mother’s Day Photoshoot we are holding on 4 May with Emma Boyd Photography. See our poster below with all the details on it.


Pie Orders

Tue Apr 30 11:53am

Just a reminder that the pie forms need to be back with money by Tuesday 7 May for delivery on 15 May. These are delicious pies from Doughboys and always popular with the family so don’t miss out.

Save the Date – Whole School Mass to celebrate Mother’s Day

Sun Apr 28 11:56am


Save the Date – Open Afternoon

Sun Apr 28 11:53am


Netball draw for Saturday 4 May is LIVE.

Wed Apr 24 07:59pm

Please, if you have not done so already download the Hawke’s Bay Netball app. This has all of the up to date draws and results. 


Below is the draw and some reminders for the first week of netball – Saturday 4 May (week 1, term 2).


Year 1-2 – St Jo’s Ferns vs Waipawa Magic @ 11.00am on court 4. 

Session times are 10 or 11 a.m
Sessions begin with skills and drills followed by a game.
Games are not scored.


Year 4-6 – St Jo’s Squad vs Waipukurau Kahurangi @ 9.00am on court 9.
Game times are 9, 10 or 11am.
Games are 4x 8-minute quarters with 2-minute quarter and half-time breaks.
Games are not scored.
Each team is required to supply an umpire for games with their own whistle.

Year 7-8 – St Jo’s vs The Terrace Tactics @ 9.30am on court 2.

General reminders:
Games will be 2 x 10-minute halves with 2 minute half-time break.
Most teams will have two games so please check the draw carefully.
Games will be scored using the Game Day app.  Please contact me if you need the teams score code.
It is compulsory for teams to submit team lists on the Game Day app before each game starts.
Teams are required to supply an Umpire and a Scorer for each game.  Scorers should stand together when scoring the games.


Uniforms will be issued in week 1 (next week). 

Winter Uniform

Tue Apr 23 09:53am


Newsletter Week 11 Term 1

Fri Apr 12 12:37pm



Parish Newsletter

Fri Apr 12 11:48am


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Confirmation for Miniball year 5-8. There is no game this week. The season has finished. There is a game for year 1-2.

Mon Apr 08 03:35pm

Miniball week 11

Mon Apr 08 12:58pm

Good morning 

I have heard from some students here at school that they believe Miniball has finished for the term. 

The dates that I have and that are on the website are that this week (11-12 April) will be the last game days. 


The app has not updated the draw for this week. However on the website I have found a draw for ;Year 1/2 St Jo’s Rippers vs Waipukurau Thunder @ 3.30pm on Centraline court 2.


I will contact Basketball Hawkes Bay and confirm to all the year 5-8 players ASAP if there is a game this week or not. 

Thank you for your patience. 



Parish Newsletter

Fri Apr 05 02:30pm


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Winter Uniform

Fri Apr 05 11:16am


Netball players registrations

Fri Apr 05 10:31am

Good morning 

If you registered your child through the Google forms notice to play netball for St Joseph’s last month they now need to be registered into their team which has now been created. 

I have sent all netball parents/caregivers an email this morning outlining the team and some important information.


The email also contains a link. This link is to register all of your child’s details into their team portal. This needs to be done before 1st May to ensure your child can play this season. 


If you have any questions about this please come in and see Emma. 


Thank you 🙂 

Newsletter Week 10 Term 1

Thu Apr 04 01:58pm



Bring $2.00 for a yummy ice-block at lunchtime tomorrow 🙂

Thu Apr 04 10:27am


Miniball Draw Week 10

Thu Apr 04 09:23am

Thursday 4 April

Year 1/2 – Centralines Stadium 

St Jo’s Rippers vs Terrace Teina @ 3.30pm 

Friday 5 April

Year 5/6 

St Jo’s Dribblers vs Waipawa Saints @ 5.00pm on War memorial court 2

St Jo’s Hoops vs Waipawa Guards @ 4.00pm on War Memorial court 2

Year 7/8 – at Centralines Stadium

St Jo’s White vs Waipawa Ballers @ 4.30pm 

St Jo’s Black vs P?rangahau @ 4.00pm 

Newsletter Week 9 Term 1

Thu Mar 28 10:57am



Parish Newsletter

Thu Mar 28 10:23am


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Summer Hockey Prizegiving and Skills session this afternoon notice

Wed Mar 27 01:55pm

A friendly reminder about the Prizegiving and Skills session/game this afternoon at the Turf in Waipuk. This will start at 3.45pm SHARP.
Could you please send a reminder out to those players that are attending, as due to time limit they will need to be ready with shin pads/mouthguard/stick for that time.
Also a note to say that this session is strictly for those students who have played summer hockey this term for the Memorial Trophy. (Kwik and Minis).

Any Questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Kind Regards

Annabelle Campbell

Easter Raffle

Wed Mar 27 12:14pm

Tickets and money are due back tomorrow at 9 am.

The raffle will be drawn at assembly tomorrow afternoon.

Hot Cross Buns

Wed Mar 27 12:10pm

These are now being delivered to school today (Wednesday 27 March).  They will be available for pick up from 2.45pm to 3.15pm outside the school office.  To make it easier for us, please have one person collect your whole order.  If you can’t make it in and would prefer your child to bring your order home, please let them know to collect them from outside the office.  Thank you to everyone that brought hot cross buns and we wish you all a happy Easter

Takapau Barefoot 7s Registration Forms

Tue Mar 26 03:59pm

Please see the link below for all information and registration for Takapau 7s for Sunday 7 April. 

Takapau Barefoot 7s Registration Form


Registration must be completed by Monday 1st April.

Hot Cross Buns

Tue Mar 26 03:50pm

These are now being delivered to school tomorrow (Wednesday 27 March).  They will be available for pick up from 2.45pm to 3.15pm outside the school office.  To make it easier for us, please have one person collect your whole order.  If you can’t make it in and would prefer your child to bring your order home, please let them know to collect them from outside the office.  Thank you to everyone that brought hot cross buns and we wish you all a happy Easter

Miniball and Hockey week 9

Sun Mar 24 10:43am

Miniball draw week 9 – There are no games this week due to Easter 🙂

Hockey; On Wednesday 27th March we would like to invite ALL players who have participated in both Kwik Sticks and Mini Sticks for the Grace Thompson Memorial Trophy to join us for a fun and informative skills session, followed by a fun game, prizegiving and BBQ!

The skills session will be around 20-30 minutes and it would be great for parents to get involved also so they can learn some basic drills for the up and coming Winter season. 

RSVP: Can you please email me to RSVP your spot for the skills and prizegiving session for catering purposes if you have not done so already by 3.00pm Monday 25 March?

Parish Newsletter

Fri Mar 22 10:47am


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Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

Thu Mar 21 01:53pm



Winter Hockey registration link

Thu Mar 21 01:31pm

Good afternoon 

If your child has signed up to play winter hockey I would have sent you an email today with a registration link. This has to be done by the caregiver of the child. 

Draws can not be confirmed for games and teams to be finalised until the association has numbers and emergency contact information for every individual player. 

Please register your child ASAP to avoid missing out. 
Thank you 

Hot Cross Buns

Thu Mar 21 10:26am

Final Hot Cross buns orders need to be in today by 3pm.

Bring $2.00 for a yummy ice-block at lunchtime tomorrow 🙂

Thu Mar 21 10:20am


2024 Attendance Dues Information

Wed Mar 20 12:14pm


Feast Day of St Joseph – School Trip to St Joseph’s School – Hastings

Mon Mar 18 02:28pm

A reminder that tomorrow we will travel by bus to St Josephs School in Hastings
Our program for the day includes:
9:00 – Leaving school
10:00 – Combined Mass at Sacred Heart Church
11:15 – Tabloid Games Rotation with Sports Hawkes Bay
12:45 – Lunch
1:20 – House challenges/optional swim (weather permitting)
2:00 – Depart for school
2:55 – End of Day prayer

Can you please ensure your child has:

Water bottle
Packed Snack and Lunch
Togs & Towel
School Hat
And, is wearing their school uniform with pride and a smile 

Swimming Sports Room 4-6

Mon Mar 18 01:06pm

We are looking for 6 handy helpers for Monday 25 March. Please email/call Sarah in the office if you are able to help 🙂

Time: 9.15am-11.00am roughly that you would be required. 


Mini Sticks and Kwik Sticks hockey extend season info

Mon Mar 18 10:12am

Good morning

We are very excited to let you know we will be adding an extra week on to our Summer Hockey Competition for both grades.

On Wednesday 27th March we would like to invite ALL players who have participated in both Kwik Sticks and Mini Sticks for the Grace Thompson Memorial Trophy to join us for a fun and informative skills session , followed by a fun game, prizegiving and BBQ!

The skills session will be around 20-30 minutes and it would be great for parents to get involved also so they can learn some basic drills for the up and coming Winter season. Especially for those who would like to coach. 

We felt that this is an important aspect and we hope to potentially do these skills sessions before games more often in the future.

Could you please RSVP if your child will be able to make this fun skills event with BBQ by emailing me on or letting me know at school ASAP. 

We understand that some of the Mini Sticks (Thursdays Grade) might not beable to make the Wednesday due to other commitments.

The Skills session with start at 3.45 SHARP and we hope to be finished the whole thing by 5pm.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Annabelle Campbell
Central Hawke’s Bay Hockey Assn. Inc.

Hot Cross Buns

Mon Mar 18 08:50am

Final Hot Cross buns orders need to be in today by 3pm.

Hockey Holiday Program registration

Mon Mar 18 08:41am

Good morning,

Love Hockey HB are running a Holiday Program in the up and coming holidays.

The program will run from Monday 15th April – Wednesday 17th April. (3 days) 

Cost: $55 per child per day. 

 Children who register who weren’t at our last program will get a free #LoveHockeyNz Tee! 
It’s the perfect timing right before Winter Season starts.  

Here is the link for registrations:

Miniball and Hockey Draw week 8

Sun Mar 17 07:37pm


Kwik Sticks Wednesday 20 March. St Jo’s have a bye (no game).

Ministicks Thursday 21 March. St Jo’s vs Argyll East @ 4pm. 


Year 1 and 2  – Thursday 21 March 

St Jo’s Rippers vs Waipawa Shots @ Centralines Stadium @ 3.30pm.

Year 5 and 6 – Friday 22 March 

St Jo’s Hoops vs Waipukurau Rockets, 4.00pm @ War Memorial court 1.

St Jo’s Dribblers vs Terrace Hawks, 4.30pm @ War Memorial Court 2.

Year 7 and 8 – Friday 22 March 

St Jo’s White vs Pukehou K?ahu Kings, 3.30pm @ Centralines Stadium 

St Jo’s Black vs Otane Warriors, 4.30pm @ Centralines Stadium 

Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

Thu Mar 14 02:36pm



Parish Newsletter

Thu Mar 14 02:29pm


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Winter Netball Registrations are now open

Wed Mar 13 08:37pm

Kia ora koutou,

Netball registrations are now open for 2024. For those families who are interested in their child playing netball this winter season please complete the google form attached below.
Once you have registered with the school, more information around teams, coaches and rules will be emailed out. Please read the google form carefully as it has the dates for the season and fee information.


Online Netball Registration Link

Caritas Lent Appeal

Tue Mar 12 06:46pm


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Hot Cross Buns

Tue Mar 12 08:44am

Easter is fast approaching so don’t forget to ask friends and family if they would like to support our school by purchasing The Baker Boy hot cross buns. Remember $1.50 raised from each packet will be going towards classroom resources.  Please return all forms and money to the school office by Thursday 21 March.  The hot cross buns will be ready to pick up on Thursday 28 March.  Please keep an eye on the PFG Facebook page and the school app for pick up location and time.

Week 7 Sports draws for Miniball and Hockey please check your times

Mon Mar 11 09:33am

Good morning 

Please see the draws below for miniball and hockey.

The hockey draws for this week: 

Wednesday 13 March – Kwik Sticks Hockey (year 6-8)

St Jo’s Kwik Sticks vs Elsthorpe/Waipawa Kwik sticks @ 4pm 

Thursday 14 March – Mini Sticks Hockey (year 3-5)

St Jo’s/Flemington/Onga Mini Sticks vs Elsthorpe/Omakere @ 4pm 

Miniball Draw for this week

Year 1-2 Thursday 14 March 

Game 1: St Jo’s Rippers vs Terrace Teina, 3.30pm @ Centralines Stadium 

Game 2: St Jo’s Rippers vs Tiko Titans, 4.00pm @ Centralines Stadium 

Year 5-6 Friday 15 March 

St Jo’s Hoops vs St Jo’s Dribblers, 4.00pm @ War Memorial Hall court 1

Year 7-8 Friday 15 March 

St Jo’s White vs St Jo’s Black, 4.30pm @ Centralines Stadium


If all sporting teams and codes could arrive 10-15 minutes before their game to meet with team memebers and managers this would be greatly appreciated. If your child is unable to make their games this week due to unforseen circumstances please let the team manager know, or myself to make other arangements ASAP. 


Many thanks 

Emma Hamilton



Parish Newsletter

Fri Mar 08 10:55am


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Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

Fri Mar 08 10:42am



Winter Hockey Registration is now open

Thu Mar 07 01:04pm

Please click on the link to register your child for winter hockeyWinter Hockey Registration

Summer Hockey Draw with link

Thu Mar 07 12:52pm

Hi there 


The summer hockey draw can be accessed through your child’s PlayHQ account (this is the account you made when you registered them). 


However, here is a link to the draw and for further draws.


Ministicks play today @ 4pm vs Waipawa

Ice Block Fridays – Bring $2.00 for a yummy ice-block at lunchtime tomorrow.

Thu Mar 07 10:51am


MINIBALL… Important notice and this weeks draw

Wed Mar 06 09:00am

Please ensure that you turn up to your games ahead of time so that you can meet with your team prior to the game to get sorted. If you are unable to make your game, please contact your team manager ASAP.

The draw will not be posted each week to the school app. or Facebook page so if you have not done so already, please download the Basketball Hawkes Bay official app. This will give you up to date draws and results. Alternatively, you can also find the draw on the website; Basketball Hawke’s Bay

Week 6 Draw

Thursday 7 March

Year 1-2 St Jo’s Rippa vs Toitu @ 4pm Centralines Stadium

Friday 8 March

Year 5/6

·      St Jo’s Dribblers vs Waipuk Wizards @ 3.30pm, War Memorial Hall Court 2

·      St Jo’s Hoops vs All Stars @ 4.00PM, War Memorial Hall Court 1

Year 7/8

·      St Jo’s White vs Otane Warriors @ 3.30PM, Centralines Stadium

·      St Jo’s Black vs Pukehou K?hu Kings @ 3.30pm, Centralines Stadium





Parish Newsletter

Fri Mar 01 09:33am


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Winter Hockey is coming

Fri Mar 01 08:53am

Yes, Summer Hockey has only been going for two weeks, but we are looking forward to a fantastic Winter Season.

Registrations for the Winter Season will be open shortly.

Keep an eye on our CHB Hockey Association Facebook page for  updates.

Kwik Sticks (Yr 6-8) – Wednesdays (8th May – 26th June, 24th July – 21st August)

Mini Sticks (Yr 3-5) – Thursdays (9th May – 27th June, 25th July-22nd August)

Fun Sticks (Yr 0-2) – Saturdays (11th May – 29th June)

Anna Oosterkamp
on behalf of the CHB Hockey Association

Bring $2.00 for a yummy ice-block at lunchtime tomorrow 🙂

Thu Feb 29 03:04pm

Winter Football information and registration link

Thu Feb 29 02:38pm

Kia ora koutou,
Registration for CHB Junior Football in 2024 is now open, all children 4 years and older are welcome to register for Saturday morning football.

Children aged 4-6 will have skill-based activities and a game, all other players will play games against other teams each weekend. The season will begin on 11th May 2024 at 9am, registration for local football close on April 12th 2024. All local games are at Russell Park in Waipukurau.

Those students who would like to play competitively, across Hawkes Bay, can enter their names for consideration for our Intercity team(s). Students must be Year 6+. Parents should expect to travel to Napier and Hastings at least 50% of the time for games. Practice will take place during the week at Russell Park. Intercity games begin on 4th May 2024, registration for intercity should be completed ASAP to confirm team entry to the Hawkes Bay competition.
Please register children through our sporty website, which also contains fee information for each age group: see website below.

Parents/Caregivers of children who registered with CHB Junior Football in 2023 will (hopefully) have received an email asking them to re-register their child for 2024.

PLEASE NOTE: Winter Football is all done through the CHB club. We as a school send out the information but it is up to parents to register their child. We do not hand out draws or uniforms for this sporting code.

Te Kahu o te Ora: A Consistent Ethic of Life 

Thu Feb 29 02:27pm


The landmark new Catholic bishops’ teaching document Te Kahu o te Ora: A Consistent Ethic of Life has been reprinted, with paper copies available to schools, parishes, Church organisations and individuals for just $3 each.

Te Kahu o Te Ora contains a succinct overview of eight key moral areas including creation; the beginning and end-of-life; discrimination and abuse;  poverty;  war and peace; justice and correction;  and information technology and artificial intelligence. Published by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference last September, it is a revised and much-expanded version of a 1997 bishops’ statement and reminds us that all life is a gift from God.

NZCBC President and Bishop of Auckland Bishop Stephen Lowe says the bishops want every Catholic to read Te Kahu o te Ora: “We are confident that reflecting on the document will foster hope-filled conversations that will lead to attitudinal change and positive action towards a better world in which all life is consistently treasured and protected.”

Read more about Te Kahu o te Ora and look at electronic and PDF copies of it here:

Order printed copies of Te Kahu o te Ora by sending an email with your name, the name of your parish, school or organization as appropriate, your postal address, and the number of copies you require, to with “Te Kahu o te Ora” in the subject line. We will invoice you with your delivered order.

Newsletter Week 5 Term 1

Thu Feb 29 12:37pm



Ice Block Fridays

Thu Feb 29 08:57am



Wed Feb 28 09:55am

2024 Junior Rugby Season

PLEASE NOTE: Junior Rugby is all done through the CHB club. We as a school send out the information but it is up to parents to register their child. We do not hand out draws or uniforms for this sporting code.



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Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.

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