Kia ora koutou katoa,

The long weekend was a very welcome break for us all, not only did it bring unexpected sunshine and less in the storm department but enabled us all to catch our breath midterm!!

Winter is officially here. At Wainui it means mud and less room to play as our fields can get so bogged. Bring some gumboots (named of course!!) with some clean inside shoes and we could all get outside and even in the bush to play!!


Strike Day – Thank you all for keeping your children at home last Wednesday whilst many of us joined the thousands in Queen Street. At the time of writing the newsletter I have no more news as to whether strikes will continue or what will happen now. It is only the PPTA (the High Schools) that are now having rolling strikes, not NZEI (Primary Schools). Information will be sent out as soon as we do know.

Board of Trustees (BOT) – The new BOT for 2019-2022:

Nikki Browne, Jason Irvine (Staff Representative), Nadine Phillips, Brent Robinson, joined by new members, Dr. Pete Adlam, and Lindsay Ledger.

As there was no need for an election with the exact number needed for BOT being nominated, our hand-over will be this coming Wednesday 5th June at the BOT meeting. We farewell Drew Gilpin as Board Chairperson and Tracey Woodcock, who has very competently been the BOT finance person. Both these members have over the last  5 or 6  years been proactive, positive BOT members ensuring our school has been governed very competently. Thank you!! We will be appointing a new Chairperson and revisiting the subcommittees. A BOT meeting is open to anyone to attend, it is always good to let the BOT Secretary, (Mel Ludwig) know you will be attending.


Life Education Mobile Classroom – Continues for this week. All the classes are involved in lessons in the classroom, with Jo and Harold (the Life Education Giraffe!!). The lessons are around the themes of health, friendships, life issues of health and wellbeing, vital and very motivating for our students. We have chosen as a staff and BOT to have the caravan every year, as it has been so positive.  There is now no charge to you as families as this is how much we value the messages.

Science in a Van – Is here on Wednesday 5th June, in fact, it comes in a van and sets up in the hall. We are looking forward to each class having time to interact, investigate and inquire into science-themed activities. Again there is no cost to an extra activity as Miss Stevenson who has organised this has raised some extra funds with the Juicie sales. Thank you!!


Matariki Week – Next week, from the 10th until the 14th of June, Te Kura o Wainui (Wainui School) will be celebrating Matariki. For those not familiar with Matariki, it is the beginning of the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster (the Pleiades or Seven Sisters). Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

Tamariki ma (children) of Wainui School will spend the week engaged in activities based on Matariki, including making ngā whetū (stars), singing waiata (songs), sharing kai (food), and engaging in a house day on Thursday, organised and run by our Year 8 House Captains. During the Takahe Team assembly on Friday, the 14th of June, all classes will share a waiata they have been learning.
On Wednesday, the 12th of June at 5.30 pm, we will be holding a hui to discuss the success of our Māori learners and how we can improve our implementation of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori at Wainui School. Invitations will be sent out but all are welcome.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact tumuaki tuarua (Deputy Principal) Jason Irvine on


Triv Night Don’t be Shy!! – Come and join the community in a fun night at Quiz night, either make a table of your friends and family or buy tickets and come and make new friends. You don’t have to be an expert in Trivia, just willing to have a go!! Come and support our wonderful FOWS group and the school which of course directly links to your child.  Tickets on sale in the office for $15.00 per person.

Wai Factor Semi-Finals – The year 8 leaders led By Celeste Hamilton-Dowling have now a made a decision and have given all the competitors the news as to whether they are in the next round. The competition is next week, Tuesday 11th June for the year 5-8’s and Wednesday 12th June for the year 1-4’s. The competitions are at lunchtime with wonderful entertainment and are so well organised by our school leaders!


I am always happy to discuss anything you would like information on or explaining as to how we do things or the curriculum or anything in education that I can help with. Please feel free to make a time. For example, why have we put Year 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 together was a question I had last week?

A few simple reasons why lots of schools are organised in this way (not just Wainui!)

  • These group curriculum levels of learning are Year 1 & 2 – Level 1, Year 3 & 4 – Level 2, Year 5 &6 – Level 3 and Year 7 & 8 –  Level 4.
  • Plus it is a numbers issue as well – gives more choice for classes as a school our size tends to have not enough Year 3 or 4’s for two classes. More options for placing children across three or four classes, not one or two.
  • Lastly, we know this works!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Garden to Table Stall – This week we will be running our Garden to Table stall on Friday afternoon 7th June – from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. There will be delicious cupcakes and slices, pot plants for sale and produce from the Garden. We will also have wedges with aioli, plum jam, green tomato chutney, hot chilli jam, lime marmalade and carrot cupcakes.
If you have donations of eggs or surplus produce that you would consider donating please bring to Leanne Stevenson in Kahikatea prior to Friday. The money raised from this stall will be going towards fixing our school chicken coop which is in serious need of repairs, our chickens will then be able to enjoy being back at school.  The Garden to Table team is also looking for jars for preserves so if you have any spare would you kindly bring to Leanne Stevenson in Kahikatea.

Wainui School Country & Western Quiz Night – Saturday 15th June 2019

ONLY TWO WEEKS TO GO!!…………….polish up those cowboy boots, grab your hat, and ride on over. Tickets are selling fast so get in quick before they sell out!

Click here, Quiz Night Live and Silent Auction Items and Raffles to see some of the amazing items we have gathered for the LIVE and SILENT auctions on the night, with some great raffles up for grabs too.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors, click here for the updated list, Quiz Night Sponsors

KidsLink – KidsLink is a website that aims to link parents and schools to a range of services specializing in kids, teens and their families educational, physical and emotional needs. Parents can go to find the information and service providers you need to support your parenting and children.

ICAS Exams (available for Years 4 – 8) will be sat online this year and all papers are $15.00 each. The testing dates are as follows:

  • ICAS Digital Technologies – Tuesday 3rd September.

  • ICAS Science – Thursday 5th September.

  • ICAS Writing – Tuesday 10th September.

  • ICAS Spelling Bee – Thursday 12th September.

  • ICAS English – Tuesday 17th September.

  • ICAS Maths Thursday 19th September

If you are interested in your child sitting any of these exams, please let Mrs Taylor know via email: Further information about these exams can be found at:

The closing date for all entries is: Friday 2nd August 2019.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Galaxy vs Forrest Hill. Lost 2 – 3.  POD: Charlotte Adlam.


Wainui Storm Yr 5/ 6 vs Hauraki Storm. Draw 0 – 0.  POD: Madison Houghton

Wainui Hawkes Yr 7/8 vs Birkdale.  Won 2 – 1.

Wainui Yr 7/8 vs Orewa.  Won 16 – 6.


  • Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th June – Life Education Van.
  • Wednesday 5th June – Science in a Van.
  • Wednesday 5th June – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm.
  • Monday 10th June – Boostrix Immunisation – Yr 7.
  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th June – Matariki Week.
  • Wednesday 12th June – Hui 5.30pm at Wainui School
  • Saturday 15th June – Country & Western Quiz Night – 6.30pm.
  • Friday 21st June – Tui Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Monday 24th June – Snow Planet Trip – Yr 7 / 8.
  • Tuesday 25th June – Kelly Taltons Trip – Yr 0 / 2.
  • Friday 2nd August – Entries close for ICAS Exams.


The Artisan Workshops at Waitotara 
Great for the Guts” Kombucha and Sauerkraut Workshop with local and amazing mum Anna Dowling as tutor.
Sunday 16th June 1-4 pm (note revised date:)
Beginners Sewing with local and equally amazing mum Lauren Richardson as tutor
Sunday 30th June 10am-3pm
Contact: Christina on 027 2343242/ for info and to book