Wainui School Newsletter No.01 – 2nd February 2018

Wainui School Newsletter No.01 – 2nd February 2018


Haere Mai, Welcome back to 2018!!

This is a very short week as you will be aware, so a “short” little newsletter to set the scene and begin 2018!! It goes without saying a very hot start to 2018!! Even with yesterday’s rain and the slightly cooler temperatures the spirits of the children, the excitement in the morning as parents and children arrived at school was wonderful to see and feel.

The eager faces, hear the stories of holidays and fun with friends and family. We have welcomed 27 new children to our school.

Next Friday 9 February we have planned a special Powhiri for the new families to be welcomed to Wainui School at 9.15am. This will be followed by a special morning tea for all the new families.

Now it is time for routine to return as school begins. This week is all about routines and expectations and reminders of how we can all live and learn together at Wainui School. More detail in this area will be in next week’s newsletter. But above all please remember the teachers, management team and support staff are all here to help your children!! Please come and meet the teacher, meet us all and do not be shy to ask if there is something you want to know.

The Teachers:

Teachers 2018 – This was us at Teacher Only Day on Wednesday preparing for the year to begin. On Tuesday we all attended a Community of Learning (CoL) Mini Conference at Orewa with over 200 teachers from the Orewa Schools CoL. This day was inspiring for us all with global, national and local trends presented, discussed and workshops were attended.

We are very fortunate as we do have a full complement of teachers for all our classes, unlike many schools as reported in the media. Some teachers have had a change in role, year level or responsibility. This is very usual in all schools as teachers themselves want career advancement or change!

We are delighted to welcome back Mrs Chanel Hertzke to the junior school. Mrs Hertzke began her teaching career with us in 2016 then travelled, returned for a short teaching stint at Orewa North and is now returning to Wainui School.

Teacher Year Management
Mrs Anna Collins New Entrant year 1 Pukeko Team Leader
Mrs Chanel Hertzke Year 1 Pukeko Team Teacher
Mrs Halena Howard Year 2 Pukeko Team Teacher
Mrs Avril Richards Year 2 Pukeko Team Teacher
Miss Charlotte Tarpey Year 3&4 Kiwi Team Leader
Miss Shelley Ross Year 3&4 Kiwi Team Teacher
Miss Maddy Taylor Year 3&4 Kiwi Team Teacher
Miss Andrea Goodyer Year 5&6 Tui Team leader
Miss Leanne Stevenson Year 5&6 Tui Team Teacher
Mrs Sandy Blackburn Year 5&6 Tui Team Teacher – 3 days

Assistant Principal

CoL Across School Leader

Mrs Maria Morris Year 5&6 Tui Team Teacher – 2 days
Miss Lauren Jenkins Year 7&8 Takahe Team Teacher
Mr Jason Irvine Year 7&8 Acting Deputy Principal

Takahe Team Leader

Mrs Wendy Taylor All classes – SENCO Assistant Principal SENCO

The full complement of Support staff will be in next week’s newsletter.


Welcome Powhiri – All new families (including anyone new from the end of last year that wasn’t formally welcomed), are invited to a special powhiri at 9.15am on Friday 9 February. All families to meet under the bus shelter at 9.10am ready to be called in.

Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6 February, is a holiday BUT Monday 5 February we are at school!!

Here are our 5 year olds with Mrs Collins on their first day!!


Lastly, no doubt you will have heard we have Luxury Portaloos on-site (these have caused great excitement!). Our revamped old toilets are due for completion at the revised date of Wednesday 7th February. These toilets are up to date, modernised in every way under the new regulations, including hand-dryers and hot water in each cubicle.

Next weeks newsletter will have more information you might need!! Next newsletter will be Wednesday 7th February.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 6th February – Waitangi Day.
  • Friday 9th February – Welcome Powhiri – 9.15am.
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