Kia ora Koutou,

Congratulations to all who planned, organized and ran the annual Fishing Competition and Summer Festival!! What a fabulous day we all had last Sunday. We raised approximately $8,500.00 – what a fantastic result!! Our 2018 FOWS group led by Denise Ditchburn, did the most amazing job. As is always the case, there are a core of very special people who enabled us to raise a wonderful amount this year. Thank you to Kylie Allen and Nikki Browne, these two ladies were the force behind the Summer Festival. Kylie made all the games that were incredibly popular and are packed away carefully until Ag Day!!

Huge thank you to Jason and Fiona McIntyre and Catherine and Chris Southwick for the Fishing Competition. The table was loaded with prizes Jason had sourced, these are listed by the FOWS group later in this newsletter. We all loved the fish filleters from Oceanz – I was even given a recipe to use by the guy filleting my fish!!

I have included a few of the many photos we have of the day.

I must lastly mention the generosity of the many families who sponsored everything from the coffee to the inflatable pirate ship.




Year 7&8 Interschool Swimming Sports at Kaipara College – Our team had a great day last Friday, enjoying the new competition immensely and doing very well as a bonus. Thank you Mr. Irvine for making this change and leading the group.

Of our twenty-strong team, nine made finals, with the notable results as follow:

  • Caroline Gilpin – Champion in Year 8 girls Freestyle, Backstroke and Medley, second place in Breaststroke
  • Reilly Irvine – Champion in Year 8 girls Breaststroke
  • Caleb Waller – third place in Year 8 boys Freestyle
  • Ali Campbell – second place in Year 7 girls Backstroke
  • Bradyn Yacyshen – second place in Year 7 boys Medley, third in Year 7 boys Freestyle
  • Ty Browne Hale – second place in Year 7 boys Breaststroke

Our relay team placings were as follows:

  • Year 7 girls – third place
  • Year 7 boys – second place
  • Year 8 girls – third place
  • Year 8 boys – second place


EOTC Week, Kiwi Team – They have had two days this week and will have one day in the last week of term. They enjoyed a day on Monday in our bush fishing for eels and yesterday they went to Shakespear Regional Park. Thank you to all parents who have been able to help and be involved.

Paid Union Meeting (PUM) –  Wednesday 21st March. Thank you for helping us out by picking up your children at lunchtime today.

Assembly Pukeko Team (9.15am start time) – We are continuing our new time for whole school assemblies at 9.15am We hope you can join us this Friday 23rd March!! This week we are celebrating and awarding certificates around the value of Reflection.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon – Is on this Sunday 25th March. Look out for the blue gazebo and Wainui School flags. There will be a sausage sizzle available too. If you can’t find the school’s gazebo please text Kylie on 021 178 1546 and she will let you know where it is. Good luck to all those competing!


Learning Conversations – Make a time to meet with your child’s teacher, see the goals and talk about your child’s learning with your child and their teacher. If you can’t make it at the times we have set aside, please make another time. We have a goal of 100% attendance, to ensure we engage with all parents. We know this is vitally important for all parties involved in the learning journey of the child.

To book your Learning Conversation/s click on and enter the Event Code: uekab

Step 1: Enter your email address, parents full name, number of students you are booking for and the students name/s. Click the “Go” button.

Step 2: For each student, select your child’s classroom under the first dropdown box and select their teacher under the second dropdown box. Click the “Go” button.

Step 3: Choose the time/s you would like for your Learning Conversation/s by clicking on a time slot that suits you. Missing checkboxes mean that the time has already been booked by someone else. Click the “Go” button.

You have the option to print out a copy of the time/s you have booked, a confirmation will also be emailed to you. You can view, change or cancel your booking by using the link in the email confirmation.

The Learning Conversations are being held on Tuesday 27th March from 2.00pm – 5.30pm and Wednesday 28th March from 3.00pm – 8.00pm and are 12 minutes in length with 3 minutes in between Conversations.

If you need help making your booking/s please come to the office and ask. We will also have a computer set up there that you can use to make your booking/s.


The senior management team of myself, Mr Irvine, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Blackburn had the privilege of hearing one of the world’s most prominent and inspiring speakers this week, Sir Ken Robinson. The theme of his presentation was “Creative Schools: Revolutionising Education”. This was around an analysis of the revolutionary times in which we are living and why creativity and imagination are more important than ever before.

How to start thinking differently about ourselves and challenging common misconceptions around our own creativity. He is world renowned particularly for his TED talks in the theme of creativity and schools, many of you may have listened to him.

I have purchased one of his latest books for you as parents to borrow if you so wish. Please let me know. “You, Your Child, and School Navigate your way to the best education”. I will finish today’s newsletter with one of his many famous quotes:

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” (TED: How schools kill creativity) Sir Ken Robinson.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Scholastic Wild West Book Fair – 26th – 29th March – Just a reminder that our yearly book fair is on again this year. This is a great opportunity for everyone to purchase books at an exceptionally great price. A percentage of the sales are also given to the school so that we are able to purchase new books for the library. In past years the library has done very well from this Fair. We would love you to pop in and have a look at the books. The Fair will be in the school hall and is open for viewing on Monday 26th from 3pm till 4pm, Tuesday 27th 8am till 8.45am and 2.30pm till 5pm, Wednesday 8am till 8.45am and 3pm till 7pm and Thursday 8am till 8.45am.

We will be opening the fair on the Monday morning with a parade. It would be fantastic if all children could come dressed up for this (Wild West Theme). The parade will be at 9.15am on Monday 26th March, followed by some fun activities organised by the Year 8 Librarians.

Fishing Competition and Summer Festival Update – A fantastic turnout for the Fishing Competition and Summer Festival with some great big snapper entered on the day. Despite weather conditions not being ideal on the first day of the comp, we still got some great entries with the Snapper and Sprat categories proving really popular.

Thanks to all the fishermen/fisherwomen that donated their prize catches to the school on weigh-in day. All these fish auctioned on the day raised a total of $985.00 that goes towards improving our school. Thanks to everyone that had a go in the auction and took home some fantastic fresh fish! And a big thanks to all our sponsors and families who contributed time, money, prizes and help on the day to help make this event a great success – it’s getting bigger and better every year! Special thanks to Fishing Direct in Silverdale who provided advice, awesome prize packages and complimentary bags of salt ice.

This event would not have happened without the support of the parents, caregivers, teachers, extended family and support staff in our school. As usual, we were absolutely blown away by how many families either helped on the day, or sponsored stalls and donated prizes. Lastly to the kids (both present and past pupils) who helped on the day, we really couldn’t have done it without them.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors:


Wainui School student Felix Latham with his prize-winning 4.5kg snapper held by organiser Chris Southwick (Nemo).

Prize winners:

Kids Snapper: 1st Felix Latham, 2nd Sterling Purdie, 3rd Riley Purdie.

Kids Sprat: 1st Archer Olliff, 2nd Oscar Gore, 3rd Brodie Headford.

Kids Kingfish: 1st Molly Taylor, 2nd Elliot Straka, 3rd Maddie Ditchburn.

Kids Kawhai: 1st Ryder Olliff, 2nd Rylan Latham, 3rd Vinnie Holmes.

Adult Snapper: 1st Brent Goodger, 2nd Robbie Purdie, 3rd Robbie Purdie.

Adult Kawhai: 1st Fiona Taylor, 2nd Briar Straka, 3rd Briar Straka.

The winners of the raffles: Marjolein de Graaf, Pete Adlam, Taylor Irvine, Louise and Ian Coupe.
The winners of the colouring competition were: Yr 0-2 Emilie Kerr, Yr 3-4 Yena Bang, Yr 5-6 Bella Browne Hale, Yr 7-8 Anneke Tinsel.



13/3/18: Wainui Heat vs Whangaparaoa Bolts. Won 33 – 8. Player of the Day: Vinnie Holmes.

20/3/18: Wainui Heat vs Red Beach Supanova. Won 18 – 6. Player of the Day: Ricardo Hawken.


  • Thursday 22nd March – Interschool Swimming Sports – Yr5/6.
  • Friday 23rd March – Pukeko Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March.
  • 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.
  • Friday 6th April – Kiwi Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Tuesday 10th April – Board of Trustees Meeting – 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday 11th April – EOTC Yr 3/4 – School Bush.
  • Friday 13th April – End of Term 1.


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