Kia ora Koutou,

I hope everyone had a good break over the long weekend despite all the rain!! It let us all have a rest and recharge of the batteries.

Life Education This week we have the Life Education truck with us. We have been participating in the Life Education programmes for many years now. In fact for 30 years Life Education has been teaching health in New Zealand schools! The Life Education truck has this year had a refit. It is even more high tech but will still have Harold, the Life Education mascot!! I have included the link to the back story around the Life Education Truck and Trust. Each team has a different focus but the core elements are the same for all and built around five major strands: food and nutrition, human biology, relationships & communities, identity & resilience and substances. Each team has their own focus which is tied into their programme. As a parent you are most welcome to pop your head in and say hi to Chris the teacher for Life Education.


Japanese Students Homestay: Thank you to the families who have offered to host a student in term 3. We would love some more. This has been a valuable experience for many families in the past. Please come and see Mel if you can help. If you need another pack with all the details Mel can find you one. The students from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan always love coming to us. The students love being with younger children, if this was a question you had.

Bike-a-thon – Please send in your money for the Bike-a-thon, we’re in the last two weeks to send in your sponsorship money. Thank you to everyone who has already done so. The prize draw will be at the assembly on Friday 22nd June led by the Tui team.

Football – Hibiscus Coast AFC tournament – Tui team (year 5&6) has three teams that are attending this tournament on Thursday 7th June. Have a great day and thank you to the coaches Caroline Gilpin, Ty Browne Hale, Cam Heaton, Roman Hutchison, Reilly Irvine, Sam Robinson and Conner Southwick for preparing the teams.

Assembly Friday 8th June – Pukeko team are celebrating the value of being Relational!


PUM – Paid Union Meeting (Primary Teachers) – Currently a negotiating team for the primary teachers collective are in talks with the government over changes to teacher shortages, pay conditions and workloads. There is another PUM meeting coming up on Tuesday 19th June at 2pm. At this meeting, outcomes from talks with government will be discussed and decisions will be voted on by teachers. Please help us sat school by picking your child/ ren up early at lunchtime as we will be on a skeleton staff again. Thank you.


Matariki Week – Next week we are celebrating Matariki week. Our kapa haka group will powhiri Orewa College’s kapa haka group next Friday here at school. This is a first for us welcoming the college so we are all very excited. Orewa College’s kapa haka group will then perform for us. We will all be performing after the college Kapa haka performance.

I would like to invite all parents of our kapa haka to the morning tea and then have a time for all parents of Maori children to have a korero with myself re achievement or anything else we would like to talk about. Each parent will get a special invitation to this over the next few days.

Matariki timetable:

Monday 11th June          – Values Assembly on being Resourceful.

Tuesday 12th June         – Kapa haka to perform for school.

– Classes to work with Whaea Lee-Anne on performance item.

Thursday 14th June       – Matariki House Day.

Friday 15th June            – Powhiri for Orewa College kapa haka roopu.

– Shared morning tea followed by a korero.

– Classes present their performances.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Hoodies – We are looking at putting another order in for school hoodies (with your name on the back). We need to have a minimum number so if you would like to order one, please come to the office to fill out the order form.



Remember to email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, There are less results this week due to no play at Queen’s Birthday weekend.



Wainui Blue Team Yr 7/8 vs Takapuna Normal. Won 4 – 1. POD: Bradyn Yacyshen.



Wainui Comets Yr 4 vs Sunnynook Starlights. Lost: 0 – 3. POD: Eliza Dunning. Sportsmanship Award: Keira Sams.


Wainui Heat Yr 6 vs Kingsway Edge. Won 21 – 0.  POD: Tommy Rossiter.


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

  • Kauri: Chloe Kay, Bojan Paladin.  Writing: Rita Straka.
  • Kahikatea: Zoe Grey, Bradyn Yacyshen.  Writing:Gabby Minton.
  • Rimu: Ricardo Hawken, Tara Phillips.  Writing:Maddy O’Neil.
  • Matai: Teah Schweitzer, Jacob Woodcock.  Writing: Reghan Portig.
  • Totara: Lucas Keller, Ella Newman.  Writing: Tahlia Moore.
  • Nikau: Caitlin Bailey, Madison Houghton.  Writing: Lily Haswell.
  • Kowhai: Ava Elliott, Leonie Schweitzer.  Writing: Blake Sawyer.
  • Kohekohe: Amelia Bridges, Carter Wright.  Writing: Ziv Adiv-Blanario.
  • Pukatea: Capri Fairhurst, Alice Jones.  Writing: Hamish Allen.
  • Rata: Pippa Heaton, Riley McIntyre.  Writing: Phoenix Sweetman-Jones.
  • Karaka: Flynn Dixon, Arno Potgieter.  Writing: Felix Latham.
  • Puriri Rua: Mitchell Ibbett, Alexis McGregor.  Writing: Archer Olliff.
  • Puriri: Kian McMillan-Mayes, Morgan Price.  Writing: Millie Dunn.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Noah Murtagh (Kohekohe), Harry Browne Hale (Kowhai) and Katie Boe (Nikau).


  • Tuesday 5th – Wednesday 13th June – Life Education Caravan.
  • Thursday 7th June – Interschool Soccer Year 5/6 – Departing 8.45am.
  • Friday 8th June – Pukeko Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Monday 11th – Friday 15th June – Matariki Week.
  • Tuesday 12th June – Board of Trustees Meeting – 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday 13th June – ICAS Spelling.
  • Wednesday 13th June – FOWs Meeting – 7pm.
  • Thursday 14th June – ICAS Writing.
  • Friday 15th June – Powhiri, morning tea and korero.
  • Friday 15th June – Bike-a-thon Sponsorship Money Due In.
  • Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June – Year 5/6 Camp.
  • Friday 22nd June – Bike-a-thon Awards Assembly and Tui Assembly – 9.15am.


The Artisan Workshops

Permaculture – Sat 30th June, 10-4, $90.00.

Perma what?  Permaculture isn’t just organic gardening, it is a totally integrated design system modelled on nature as a way of living harmoniously on this gorgeous planet:) Suitable for both urban dwellers and lifestyle blockers – soup, home baking and great coffee included:)

How to prune your fruit trees – Sat 28th July, 1-4 pm, $45.00

Fix the problem of fruit trees that just look at you blankly and unapologetically. With coffee and baking of course:)

To book, go to on Fb/027 234 3242

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