Wainui School Newsletter No.03 – 13th February 2018

Wainui School Newsletter No.03 – 13th February 2018


Kia ora Koutou,

Every two weeks we focus as a school on a different value. This week we began the next two week focus on “Resilience”. Resilience will be needed this week as we meet our first full week for the term. Whether it is a brand new five year old, a year 8, or even us as teachers, mums and dads!!

A few tips we have all learned over the many years!!

  1. Get sleep patterns organised!! We know it is hot and humid but bed time and sleep are so important.
  2. Water, freeze the drink bottle the night before helps keep it cold all day.
  3. Make time to talk about school each day, read together!

If you can organise bags and lunches the night before it really does help.

Lastly please get to school in time for your child to socialise, meet their friends, and say hello to their teacher. Children do not like last minute stress, they like to be on time.

This week you will be able to meet the teacher and find out all about the class routines at our “Back to School Night”.


Leadership Interviews – The year 8 students all gave their leadership presentations last week. Myself, BOT member Nikki Browne and Mrs Taylor had the unenviable task of listening to these wonderful presentations and then choosing the Student Councillors, the House Captains, the Bike Team, the Library leaders, the Communications Team, the Arts Team and the Kapa haka leaders for 2018. All of the year 7&8’s also were able to vote for their choice in leader after the presentations. We marry the student choice and the adult choice together, it is very much a shared decision. Of course this year Mr. Irvine had no choice, input or influence with his own daughter being a contender!!

The commitment these young people show, their passion for social action, and their enthusiasm is so exciting to see. These students will receive their badges at the next full assembly. We will ask some of them to share their thoughts ideas and goals for the year.

We have a great year ahead of us.

Congratulations to our Student Leaders for 2018:

Student Councillors

Reilly Irvine

Chloe Kay

Rita Straka

Paris Headford

Caroline Gilpin

Tai Iremonger

Caleb Waller

Thomas Steen

House Captains

Lloyd – Charli Bunce and Dillon Finnegan

Lamont – Sam Robinson and Cameron Goodger

Jacob – Lucy Elliott and Ella Woodcock

Hutson – Bojan Paladin and Briar-Rose Stevenson

Bike Team

Chalise Tolhopf- Leader

Roman Hutchison

Tai Iremonger 

Thomas Steen 

Communication Team

Ethan Garside – Leader

Sam Hussey

Sam Robinson 

Caleb Waller

Library Team

Jessie Holmes – Leader

Xanthe Poninghaus

Charlie Wallace-Pram

The Arts Team

Seth Mothersole (Music) – Leader

Jessie Holmes (Vis. Art)

Chloe Kay 

Reilly Irvine 

Caroline Gilpin 

Kapa Haka

Sam Robinson (kaitataki tane – karakia)

Caroline Gilpin (kaikaranga, kaitataki wahine)

Reilly Irvine (kaikaranga)

Chalise Tolhopf (kaikaranga)

Chloe Kay (kaitataki wahine – powhiri)

The Powhiri last Friday was so well attended!! It was wonderful to meet almost all of the new families at this special occasion. The 2018 Kapa haka group were very impressive after one practice. Congratulations to DJ. Harris–Hatley, Ty Browne Hale, Reilly Irvine, Caroline Gilpin, Cloe Kay and Chalise Tolhopf for taking on the leadership roles this year and leading us so ably on Friday.


Back to School Night Thursday 15th February – Our semi-official welcome back to you all. Come and have a BBQ sausage on us and coffee will be available as well. The children will be introducing you as parent/ caregiver to their teacher and showing you around the classroom. Please see the attached invite and the time frame.


UK BBC TV children’s presenters Joe & Andy bring us the Ridiculous Rhyme Show – Thursday 1st March – I am very excited to be able to host Joe and Andy from the UK who are visiting schools around the country. Not only will they be presenting their humorous show but will also be running a 30-minute session after the show for all the year 5-8 children to share their story and for the children to find out more about the life of a TV presenter in London. There will be a cost to this show of $5.00 per child.

Just a note re outside performances, each term we endeavour to have an invited cultural performance at a small cost to each child. This would never be more than $10.00.

FOWS (Friends of Wainui School) – This group meet to organise different events and do most of our fundraising. Last year they raised well over the budgeted $30,000, they also had lots of fun doing this. So this year come and be involved, meet new people whilst making school (for your children) even better!! They have a Facebook page which you can sign up to, to get reminders about school events etc. First meeting for the year is Wednesday 21st February at 7pm, all are welcome. The first event is the Fishing Competition and Summer Festival on Sunday 18th March, come and help, donate a few hours of time to make this event even better.


Bees – Have you seen the beehive in the foyer? Our school has been donated two beehives by the Warkworth Bee Society. Miss Stevenson and I were presented with these last week at their monthly meeting. This society are really keen to help us at Wainui School learn how to look after bees. They will help us with picking a good site, learning how to care for the bees, making honey and ensuring everything is very safe.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Thursday 15th February – Back to School Night – 5 – 7pm.
  • Tuesday 27th February – Trip to Auckland War Memorial Museum – Yr 7/8.
  • Thursday 1st March – BBC’s Ridiculous Rhyme Show.
  • Sunday 18th March – Fishing Competition and Summer Festival – 11.30am – 3pm.


SILVERDALE KINDERGARTEN – Bikeathon/gala, Saturday 17th March from 10am-1pm, 2 Longmore Lane, off Millwater Parkway, games, food, entertainment, silent auction, pony rides, bouncy castles and much more…


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