Wainui School Newsletter No.07 – 13th March 2018

Wainui School Newsletter No.07 – 13th March 2018




Kia ora Koutou,

The office area is overflowing with generous provisions of prizes for the Fishing Festival!!

The Fishing Competition and Summer Festival – The FOWS group will be at their meeting tomorrow night finalising all the details for our first major fundraiser of the year this SUNDAY. Come and support the event, bring the family, neighbours and your friends!! Sign up to the Wainui Facebook page for updates on this event. The generosity of the community is amazing, we have sponsors for ALL of the activities which means every dollar taken on the day is profit. Please see the list of sponsors later in the newsletter. Our focus this year with the profit is to improve the grounds for your child to use and play in. Last year we raised enough to increase the shade areas. Finally, the new shade has been erected in the junior area and the sandpit is fully shaded, one of the projects the BOT committed to.

Mr Bray and I are both keen fisher people and are checking out a new spot to catch that big one!!


Junior Swimming Carnival – Last Friday saw so many parents, grandparents and family members come to celebrate the progress your children have made over the first half of the term in swimming. It was great to see so many of you turn out on such a beautiful day. We are very fortunate to have a pool, enabling us to swim daily in summer. The progress as observed by many is often rapid at this young age as the confidence grows very quickly in a safe situation. Swimming will now be dependent on how long the weather stays warm and keeps the temperature in the pool warm enough for the children to swim. Keep putting togs in daily as the weather is so changeable. The pool will continue to be available until the end of term one for swimming.

P.A.T. (Progressive and Achievement Tests) are being administered and sat by all children in the middle and senior school. These are only one small snapshot of how your child is doing. They are Nationally Standardised, but will not be used as a National Standard. The teachers will use the information as one piece of the jigsaw that makes up how your child is currently progressing in their learning.


Interschool Swimming Sports Year 7&8 – A team of 20 students are competing at the Kaipara Interschool competition at Kaipara College. All the very best for your competition.

Wainui School Interschool MX Challenge – This year a group of seven students are competing in the Rotorua MCC Interschools MX Challenge as a team representing Wainui School. Connor Lloyd-Read (Trail Class 7-12 years), Hunter Taylor (65cc 9-11 years), Charlize Taylor (50cc MX5-6 years), Hunter Hadley (50cc MX 5-6 years), Connor Kerr (50cc MX 5-6 years), Cole Davies (85cc 8-10 years), Matthew Grieve (65cc 9-11 years). We wish the team all the best for their competition on Saturday.


PUM’s for Teachers (Paid Union Meeting) Wednesday 21st March – The talks with the Government re pay, conditions, recruitment and retention of teachers is very much in the media currently. We will be operating on a skeleton staff on that day. The principal’s meetings are on a different day as we have a different union. Myself and 5 teachers will be here to look after the children that afternoon. If you are able to pick up your child at lunchtime please email the teacher to let them know, this will help us. Thank you.


Learning Conversations are in week 9, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March – All children will be participating, we like to ensure every child and parent gets to meet the teacher and talk about the learning so far this year. We aim for 100% attendance. A booking system will be set up by tomorrow to book a conversation time.


Thank you to everyone who has been vigilant at labeling their clothes. The amount of lost property has decreased immensely since we have made an effort in our classes to gather up our belongings at the end of the day and for all children to name their clothes.

As the cooler weather is now here, please ensure sweatshirts, jumpers, jackets, and shoes being worn in the morning are all named, then they find their owners!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Fishing Competition and Summer Festival – A big thank you to all our sponsors (listed below), please support our sponsors by shopping with them. We are still looking for helpers on the day. You can either use the sign-up sheet in the office, outside the hall or email isabelle.blais-smith@harcourts.co.nz.

A Cake Box will be coming home, one per family, please fill up with home-baking, sweet treats, cakes, biscuits etc and bring to the Cake Stall on the school field on Sunday morning. There will be someone at school from 8.30am.

FOR SALE – Wainui School Representative (Sports) Uniform
T-shirt size 8-10 years x 2, shorts size 6 x 1
Good condition, minor pilling
$5 per item
Contact Nadine Phillips 021 075 1545



Wainui Heat vs Wentworth Rockets. Won 14 – 6. Player of the Day: Regan Lowe.


At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Resourceful”.

  • Kauri: Caroline Gilpin, Thomas Steen.  Writing: Tai Iremonger.
  • Kahikatea: Cameron Heaton, Serena Wyers.  Writing: Benjamin Baker.
  • Rimu: Cody Climo, Olly Smith.  Writing: Samantha John.
  • Matai: Alex Colborn, Noah Richardson.  Writing: Imogen Germain.
  • Totara: Lily Glasgow, Tahlia Moore.  Writing: Hunter Taylor.
  • Nikau: McKayla McMaster, Tyler Morgan.  Writing: Ellie Quarterman.
  • Kowhai: Cade Mumby, Zahara Patterson.  Writing: Lily Cameron.
  • Kohekohe: Locky Jordan, Yudai Seino.  Writing: Madie Gooding.
  • Pukatea: Ayla Lodge, Carlow Murtagh.  Writing: Beau Olliff.
  • Rata: Hamish Fincham, Amy Lowe.  Writing: Flynn Becker-Crawford.
  • Karaka: Kobi Cooke, Felix Latham.  Writing: Noah Peters.
  • Puriri: Noah Ouzoun, James Pallatt.  Writing: William Hewitt.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Ben Partner (Totara), Keelan Latham (Matai), and Kayla Paladin (Rimu).


  • Wednesday 14th March – FOWS (Friends of Wainui School) Meeting – Staffroom – 7pm.
  • Friday 16th March – Interschool Swimming Sports – Yr7/8.
  • Sunday 18thMarch – Fishing Competition and Summer Festival – 11.30am – 3pm.
  • Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st March – EOTC Yr3/4.
  • Tuesday 20th March – Board of Trustees Meeting – 6.30pm.
  • Thursday 22nd March – Interschool Swimming Sports – Yr5/6.
  • Friday 23rd March – Pukeko Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Tuesday 27th March – Learning Conversations – 2 – 5.30pm.
  • Wednesday 28th March – Learning Conversations – 3 – 8pm.
  • Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April – Easter Break – NB: Schools are not open on Tuesday.


Kelly Club will be running a holiday programme Easter Tuesday 3rd April.  Schools are closed on this day, but it is not a public holiday. To find out more about this day and to book, please go to our website www.kellyclub.co.nz or click Kelly Club – HP Easter Tues

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