Wainui School Newsletter No.13 – 15th May 2018

Wainui School Newsletter No.13 – 15th May 2018


Kia ora Koutou,

This week it’s all go, practice cycling, find some pink to wear and get those sponsors for the Bike-a-thon! This Friday 18th May we will be participating in 3 events!!

Pink Shirt DayConstable Brian and his friends will be with us to start the day off. We will be selling pink cupcakes and holding a small coin collection for this cause.

The unveiling of the sponsors board for the bike track and finally the bike-a-thon.

We look forward to seeing you in pink!! Don’t forget we will have coffee, cupcakes for sale at morning tea and sausages, drinks, coffee, ice creams and juicies at lunchtime.


Road Safety Week – Thank you for supporting the focus on belting up and staying off your mobile when driving!!

Kaipara Schools Triathlon – Thirty Year 7&8’s competed in the Kaipara Schools Triathlon in and around Parakai last week. All the students who participated really enjoyed the experience, some achieving great results as a bonus.

  • Thomas Steen – 1st place Year 8 Boys
  • Reilly Irvine – 2nd place Year 8 Girls
  • Anneke Tinsel – 2nd place Year 7 Girls
  • Zoe Grey, Grayce Brothers, Ali Campbell – 1st place Year 7 Girls Team
  • Lexie Atkinson, Celeste Hamilton-Dowling, Ruby Hamilton-Dowling – 3rd place Year 7 Girls Team

Our Innovation Projects have begun in our teams:

Tui team (Year 5&6) have begun the “Garden to Table” project. There are over 100 schools around New Zealand operating this programme. The concept involves children participating in all aspects of gardening in an environmentally sustainable garden, they cook and share the food they prepare themselves. This will be happening most Fridays and will involve lots of the parent and friend community to ensure we develop gardens with produce to cook in the kitchen. We have observed this programme in a number of schools now and are very excited at the learning, the enthusiasm and the actual gardens we have seen. Miss Stevenson is leading this programme.

Takahe team (year 7&8) technology (WISP) has begun. This term the students are all participating in a variety of technology focused options, from soft tech (sewing) with Anna Dowling and Jane Straka, hard tech using wood with Mr Irvine, Lego robotics with Miss Jenkins, creating a craft “memory monster” with Mrs Taylor through to food tech in the kitchen with Anissa Gilpin. Thank you to the parents helping, we are very fortunate to have such skills amongst you all.


BOT Meeting Tuesday 15th May – 6.30pm in the staffroom. The Board are meeting with the new Property Project manager at 7.30pm. This year we head into our new round of a 10 year plan. This begins with infrastructure and then moves to renovating the current classrooms and facilities. We will keep you informed as to the priorities after the assessments by tradespeople; electrical, drainage, security, heating, light, insulation, the rooves are all assessed first.


Rhythm Interactive are coming to our school. Date: 25th May. Cost: $5 per child. In this interactive drums show each student is given an African styled hand drum to play along during the show.


This week there is a focus in New Zealand tying into “Pink Shirt Day”, (see the link https://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz) to keep New Zealand free of bullying. See this link for further information https://www.bullyingfree.nz/. At Wainui School we use our values, the Five ‘R’s, to help children focus on the positive aspects of relating to each other and managing their behaviour. As much as we would like to see we are free from bullying or hurtful behaviour, every school including Wainui does deal with incidents of this nature at times.

Can I remind you to first always bring this to the attention of the teacher. You can make a time to talk in person, email or call on the phone. Addressing any issues early ensures we can sort out anything that may be causing distress. I am of course always available to discuss your issues with as well. Please make a time with Mel Ludwig at the office.                          

What is bullying?

It isn’t uncommon to hear someone say something insensitive or mean to someone else. In fact, probably all of us have said or done something that wasn’t very nice to someone else, in a moment of anger or frustration. And although such comments or actions are not okay, bullying has some specific features that make it much more serious and harmful.

  • Bullying is deliberate – harming another person intentionally
  • Bullying involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • Bullying is usually not a one-off – it is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time
  • Bullying involves behaviour that can cause harm – it is not a normal part of growing up

(Bullying-Free NZ Week website, 2017)

Why do some people get bullied?

There is never a good reason for bullying. But, we know people are more likely to be bullied
if they seem different from their peers in some way. This might include being clever or popular,
differences in race, sexuality, gender identity, religion, disabilities and abilities, weight, height.
That’s why it’s so important to celebrate diversity and embrace our differences – we aren’t all the
same and that’s a great thing! (Bullying-Free NZ Week website, 2017).

This last sentence is the key and embraces our “5 R’s”!! Have a great week.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Garden to Table – In the Year 5/6  we have started our new Garden to Table programme and our Enviro Group has also been working hard in the gardens. We would really like to continue to improve our gardens around the school so are asking for any donations of the following please; planter boxes and large pots, mulch, garden mix, fertilizer, seedlings or seeds or plants, pieces of timber suitable for the Enviro Group to make planter boxes, gardening gloves, gumboots.

I am also looking for an outdoor shelving system (Metal and wood shelves) if you can help me with this please email  lstevenson@wainui.school.nz. Thanks so much for your support.

No Lunches This Week – There will be NO lunch orders this Friday 18th May due to the Bike-a-thon. We will have a sausage sizzle, cupcakes, drinks, juicies for sale on the day.

Pool Keys – Please return your pool keys to the office, you will receive a small bond back.


Remember to email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, exo@wainui.school.nz 


Wainui Boys Yr3/4 vs Greenhithe Mixed Juniorsticks. Won: 7 – 1.  POD: Dieter Bezuidenhout.

Wainui Black Team Yr 7/8 vs Whangaparaoa. Won 6 – 1.Wainui Blue Team Yr 7/8 vs Orewa. Won 2 – 1.


Wainui Stars Yr 2 vs Dairy Flat Daisies. Won 4 – 0. POD: Pippa Heaton.

Wainui Jets Yr 3 vs Pinehill Unicorns. Won 15 – 0.

Wainui Comets Yr 3/4 vs Torbay Tigers. Won 13 – 0. POD: Milla Glasgow.  Sportsmanship Award: McKayla McMaster.

Wainui Gems Yr 3/4 vs Glenfield Unicorns. Won 3 – 0. POD: Rosie Gulik.

Wainui Rockets Yr 5 vs Sherwood Primary. Lost 4 – 12. POD: Samantha John.


Wainui Heat Yr 6 vs Orewa Primary. Won 18 – 0.  POD: Brodie Headford.


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

  • Kauri: Dillon Finnegan, Jessie Holmes.  Writing: Cameron Goodger.
  • Kahikatea: Lexie Atkinson, Celeste Hamilton-Dowling.  Writing: Cameron Heaton.
  • Rimu: Connor Lloyd-Read, Phoebe Walker.  Writing: Selina Glasgow.
  • Matai: Ashton Fairhurst, Morgan Keller.  Writing: Sienna Stevenson.
  • Totara: Xela Odedra, Ollie Steen.  Writing: Dillon Ranby.
  • Nikau: Violet Clayton, Anna Flinn.  Writing: Te Ruawai Bayer.
  • Kowhai: Taya Hawken, Sam Shen.  Writing: MacKenzie Allen.
  • Kohekohe: Amelia Bridges, Melia Meissenheimer.  Writing: Nikolai Pelser.
  • Pukatea: Travis Dunning, Nathan Morgan.  Writing: Alice Jones.
  • Rata: Flynn Becker-Crawford, Ella Marshall.  Writing: Jaime Tolhopf.
  • Karaka: Soul Dixon, MacKenzie King.  Writing: Kobi Cooke.
  • Puriri Rua: William Hewitt, Kayden Le.  Writing: Oliver Tiedemann.
  • Puriri: Indie Hawkins, Archer Olliff.  Writing: Stella Robinson.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Molly Taylor (Kahikatea) and Lucy Elliott (Kauri).


  • Tuesday 15th May – Board of Trustees Meeting – 6.30pm.
  • Friday 18th May – Bike-a-thon, Pink Shirt Day and Bike Track sign unveiling.
  • Friday 25th May – Rhythm Interactive Show.


Home help needed!  Busy working from home Mum in Ireland Road, Waitoki is looking for another local Mum or Nana to help with minding active 10 month old baby as well as house cleaning.

Also help with washing and a bit of cooking for family of 5. Hours would be from 10 – 2 (4-5 days a week).  $25p/h.

Please call Tania on 021 231 8845 if interested.

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