Kia ora Koutou,

Naumai, harere mai. It is a bit of a welcome back as many of us were away last week for various reasons from conferences, camp and family reasons.

Every week I write the newsletter I feel so very fortunate as it is always full of celebration and great news, this week is no exception!!

I have just returned from a few days in Wellington at a conference titled, “Creative Leaders Flourishing Futures”. Six hundred principals heard a range of speakers in Wellington, the “Cultural“ capital of New Zealand. Discussing the future of education, creativity, innovation, collaboration and sharing research from overseas and in New Zealand with case studies of what is successful, what is making a difference in learning. I am always happy to discuss the concepts, innovations, new research shared with anyone who would like to.


Camp Motutapu – The intermediate area of the school had a fantastic camp last week!! Firstly, a huge thank you and congratulations to Mr Irvine who despite all the last minute challenges, enabled our group of students, parents and teachers to have a wonderful time of challenge, fun and friendship. Mr Irvine, Ms Jackson and Mrs De Cort with 11 parents supported and aided all the students. Thank you to these parents who took time off work to help and support everyone at camp. The parents were; Bill Hale, Brett Taylor, Brent Robinson, Vanya Headford, Tracey Woodcock, Nichola Holmes, Mark Alexander, Aaron Iremonger, Mario Di Leva, Tony O’Brien and Dave Kay. Special shout-out to Dave Kay as this was his final camp at Wainui School, 3 girls ranging in age from 13-19 he has done 13 camps!! Thank you Dave, you are our camp legend and will be very much missed!!

I have included some of Mr Irvine’s photos. There are lots of wonderful photos of camp, come to the next assembly where we get a further look at what happens on camp. As you can see the weather was amazing enabling all activities to be enjoyed!!

Ag Day – Last newsletter I briefly mentioned our wonderful day on Friday. Further thanks need to go to all parents and children that took the time to raise an animal or a bird!! It takes time, patience and resources to do this so well done to everyone.

The results of the animal judging are below:

Goats Champion Junior Goat Reserve Champion Junior Goat Champion Senior Goat Reserve Champion Senior Goat
Harry Browne Hale Phoenix Sweetman-Jones Bella Browne Hale Marley Straka
Supreme Champion Goat: Harry Browne Hale
Lambs                                      Champion       Reserve Champion
Senior Rita Straka Lucy Elliott
Intermediate Lily Haswell Kiera Sams
Junior Hamish Allen Emelia Quarterman
Supreme Champion Lamb Overall: (Senior/Intermediate/Junior):

Rita Straka

Big mention to all the champion lambs and goats especially Rita Straka with her champion lamb.We wish you all the very best at South Kaipara Schools “Group day” this Friday 2nd November at Helensville Showgrounds. Please come in and talk to Mrs Taylor at school if you are new to Group Day and would like some further information. “Group Day” is the regional competition with 11 schools competing; Coatesville, Dairy Flat, Wainui, Waitoki, Kaukapakapa, Waioneke, Helensville, Taupaki, Waimauku, Parakai and Wainui Home Ed Group.

The day was most successful raising money for the school. Huge thank you to the FOWS group, particularly Kylie Allen, Isabelle Blais-Smith for enabling all the stalls to add to such a festive atmosphere. I have included lots of photos taken by Reilly Irvine here.

Garden to Table – Continues to feature in our celebrations. Last week Bowen Jonkers-McAllister, Ollie Steen and Gabe Brewin-Brown all went to TVNZ in the city to meet with the Café team on TVNZ and be interviewed about our wonderful Garden to Table win!! We are all very proud of your interview, well done. Congratulations to the Tui Team lead by Miss Stevenson, what an amazing feat winning the T&G award for best emerging school. Our prize consists of a trophy, certificate, Tui voucher and plaque to go with the nectarine fruit tree and boxes of T&G apples to share with everyone in the school, including staff. The date of the assembly to present the prizes is to be confirmed.

Strike Action (Teachers and Principal) –  There will be a second primary school teachers and principals strike on Monday 12th November. We will once again seek information from parents and caregivers so we can determine if the school stays open for supervision only, or if the school will need to close for that day. Further information will be sent home in the next few days.


A massive thank you to the very special surprise Mrs Collins and I found yesterday morning. The Allen family (Kylie and Grant) have built the juniors a wonderful Mud Kitchen. This is something we have wanted for our children’s play for awhile. Wow, I am constantly amazed, blown away and awed at the generosity of you all as parents! It is around the side of the Pukeko classroom by the sandpit. How amazing are you – thank you!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Wai Day Fundraiser – This Friday, the 2nd of November, the Year 8 House Captains will be running a Sausage Sizzle lunch order to raise funds for a free Wai Day at the end of the year. The Wai Day is for all students to participate in, and includes a dunk tank, two large water slides, and use of the school pool. The lunch order forms were handed out on Monday to each class and can be returned to the office. If your child didn’t receive an order form, please ask them to see one of the Year 8 House Captains in Kauri class. Order forms must be returned by Thursday at the latest.

Touch Results – Remember to email your Touch results to

Wainui Bulldogs vs Dairy Flat. Won: 3 – 2. POD: Keelan Latham.




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

  • Kauri: Were at Camp.
  • Kahikatea: Were at Camp.
  • Rimu: Regan Lowe, Noah Moss.  Writing: Pearle Cameron.
  • Matai: Morgan Keller, Noah Richardson. Writing: Kaleisha Iremonger.
  • Totara: Hannah Garside, Talia Minton.  Writing: Cole Davies.
  • Nikau: Caitlin Bailey, Jett Le.  Writing: Jakob Brown.
  • Kowhai: Daniel Gorshkov, Cade Mumby.  Writing: Logan McDermid-Venter.
  • Kohekohe: Zali Cooke, Carter Wright.  Writing: Yudai Seino.
  • Pukatea: Alice Jones, Cooper Russell.  Writing: Dylan Catchpole.
  • Rata: Charlotte Adlam, Felix Latham.  Writing: Alissa O’Connor.
  • Karaka: Soul Dixon, William Hewitt.  Writing: Summer Starr.
  • Puriri Rua: Hunter Olliff, Morgan Price.  Writing: Leo Sawyer.
  • Puriri: Taylah Hadley, Eve Robinson.  Writing: Benjamin Cochran.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Lucas Keller (Totara), Shakya Manarangi-Clough (Matai) and Tara Phillips (Rimu).


  • Friday 2nd November – Kiwi Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Friday 2nd November – Group Day.
  • Friday 2nd November – Wai Day Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser.
  • Tuesday 6th November – BOT Meeting – 6pm.
  • Thursday 8th November – Kids for Kids Rehearsal.
  • Thursday 8th November – Kids for Kids Concert – 6.45pm.
  • Friday 9th November – Yr 5-8 Athletics Day – Sinclair Park.
  • Monday 12th November – Teachers Strike Day – further information to be sent home.
  • Friday 23rd November – Yr 1-4 Athletics Day.


Click here for information on the Noel Leeming Offer for Wainui School

Free Bike and Toy RepairsDon’t throw it away! Bring it to the Repair Cafe! A Repair Cafe is where volunteers donate their time to repair bikes, toys, clothing and electrical appliances  for free.  Saturday 3rd November,  9am to 3 pm  at the Whangaparaoa Community Hub, 707 Whangaparaoa Road, limit one item per person please. Queries to: Betsy Kettle 021 0826 8196

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