Wainui School Newsletter No.34 – 8th November 2017

Wainui School Newsletter No.34 – 8th November 2017


Kia ora koutou,

What a beautiful day!! I have so much happy news to share and celebrate with you this morning!! From the annual Group Day last Friday, to Kids for Kids Concert on Monday night to the continuing work by the teachers with our Writing programme led in-house by Sandy Blackburn with Gaye Byers the facilitator and developer of the writing programme we are all using and developing for Wainui School.


Spot Bella singing as a part of the mass choir!

Kids for Kids Concert – Congratulations to all the choir children and choir trainer Mrs Richards for making us all proud on Monday night at the Bruce Mason Theatre. Every parent I have spoken to since and all the teachers who attended, thoroughly enjoyed a fun performance by you all with Jackie Clarke and Nathan King. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience performance in a professional show, enjoy singing and take up a challenge to learn 16 songs, parts and actions and some even try out for a solo performance role. Congratulations to Caleb Waller for his solo performance in the “Wonky Donkey” song, wonderful to see such a level of confidence in one of our students!! Performing to hundreds in the theatre. Congratulations to Caroline Gilpin for her dance and exuberance as a part of the mod squad dancers.
Our Choir were: Emily Adlam, Evie Alexander, Jessie Brothers, Grayce Brothers, Bella Browne Hale, Julia Buchajczyk, Ali Campbell, Jordan Davies, Poppy Deery, Lucy Elliott, Ethan Garside, Caroline Gilpin, Christopher Gilpin, Cameron Goodger, Madison Goodger, Zoe Grey, Paris Headford, Jessie Holmes, Reilly Irvine, Samantha John, Chloe Kay, Morgan Keller, Connor Lloyd-Reid, Alexis Lowe, Tara Phillips, Xanthe Poninghaus, Charlotte Robinson, Rebecca Robinson, Honoka Seino, Sienna Stevenson, Nevaeh Searle-Tulevihi, Kalani Stoker, Abigail van Heerden, Charli Wallace-Pram and Caleb Waller.

Caleb and Jackie Clake singing The Wonky Donkey song!!

Caroline “Mod Squad” dancer!! 

Group Day

Lexi, Ty, Neva, Ali and Bella with goats at Group Day.

Last Friday 17  families and their lambs, calves and kid goats all went to Kumeu to compete in the annual Group Day competition for the much coveted cups and ribbons. Thank you to our parents, Kylie Allen and Nikki Browne who represent us on the Group Day committee, run the kitchen and provide a fantastic lunch for the judges and officials. If you would like to help next year please let us  know now as the Group Day committee meet once a month most of the year to ensure the competition keeps so strong. The results are being finalised – we will publish these next week. I can assure you we have done very well as a school and individuals have done very well too. We will have an assembly to present these cups and ribbons and celebrate with everyone who attended. The Group Day committee and judges are all very pleased with the standard of care and quality the animals presented all showed. This is such a special part of the life of a rural school, we are all proud to uphold and be a part of. It is one of my personally favourite parts of this job at Wainui School being able to attend the day and meet up with all the families. We even have one family committing to Easter Show day with her lamb. Duncan McNab told us all at our Ag Day that you can now let the pet lamb/ calf / go in the paddock and then pick up next year before the Easter Show – they will remember all their training!! So let us know if you wish to attend, it sounds as if there are some great rewards for you and the school.

Writing – All the teachers have participated in further development of the teaching of writing and spelling last week. This is under facilitator Gaye Byers and led in school by Sandy Blackburn. As a school we are finding this whole school development of teaching practice so valuable. It is making a great impact on the children’s understanding of the technical aspects of writing and improving engagement of the children in writing tasks. Spelling is also a key focus. Most of the children should be bringing home spelling words to learn. Younger children do best with your support and help, older children need support in self-management to learn to spell the words.


BUG Man is here!! – In the juniors we have a company called “Hands On Creatures” – Brian Lawton is the bug man!! I have heard shrieks of excitement from the children especially with Mrs Collins having the Avondale spider on her face!! He brought in a variety of animals – blue tail lizards, tortoises and huge wetas. This experience will have you all talking at home I am sure.

Athletics – All classes are practising for the upcoming Athletics Days. The year 8 councillors are also keen to get out and provide extra practices for the students at lunchtime. If there are any parents wanting to come down at lunchtime and support and help with athletics please let us know. Haruka and Keane (school councillors) have organised some extra practices for students. They will be supported by adults – ensuring every activity is safe. We are all enjoying practising and getting outside with this warmer dryer weather.


Athletics Year 5-8 – Friday 17th November – Tui and Takahe teams will compete in these events at Sinclair Park. Please come along to the picnic or support the cycling team as they will have a sausage sizzle for lunch with juicies and cupcakes.

EOTC Week Kiwi Team – We wish you a great week of fine weather for all your activities. Please ensure you have read all the notices carefully so you are all well prepared for the days events.


Athletics Years 1-4 – Friday 1st December – This will be at school, we encourage you to join the event, there will be umbrellas and areas to sit on the bank, bring a picnic or buy lunch. More details will come next week.


Our new Website!! It is here and launched!! Thank you to Spectra Online (Anna Downie) for the design, format and the patience with us here at school to get this done. We look forward to hearing your feedback. We have lunches now able to be ordered online starting next week. The aim to is have the website as up to date as we can with events, news and the hub to know what is happening at our school. Thank you to Miss Jenkins, Mrs Morris and Miss Ludwig for your input as well.

Nga Mihi

Gillian Bray


Calendar Art – Final Order REMINDER – Forms were sent home last week if you wish to order more items, or do a new order.  More forms are at the office.  Please ensure you complete all the details, or we may not be able to process your order.
If you would like to view your child’s art (for those who didn’t previously order) it is available at the office.
Calendar $12.50, Pack of 8 cards $14, Diary $17.50, Notepad $15 – examples can be viewed at the office.
(If your child started after the beginning of Term 3 they will not have completed the special calendar artwork).
Orders must be received at the office by Friday 10 November.  This is the final order being placed.


Wainui Yr 1/2 vs Silverdale Rockets. Won: 5 – 0. POD: Emily Coupe.
25/10/17: Wainui Yr 1/2 vs Red Beach Raccoons. Lost: 6 – 2. POD: Nate Morgan.

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


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

  • Kauri: Away at Camp.
  • Kahikatea: Away at Camp.
  • Miro: Lily Glasgow, Ruby Hamilton-Dowling. Writing: Brodie Headford.
  • Rimu: Cole Davies, Kayla Paladin. Writing: Tahlia Moore.
  • Matai: Kasidy McCallion.  Writing: Grayce Brothers, Ricardo Hawken.
  • Totara: Christopher Gilpin, Yudai Seino. Writing: Ashton Russell.
  • Nikau: Ashton Becker-Crawford, Isla Poninghaus.  Writing: Staton Ranby.
  • Kowhai: Logan Grey, McKayla McMaster.  Writing: Olly Smith.
  • Kohekohe: Madie Gooding, Sterling Purdie.  Writing: Hamish Allen.
  • Pukatea: Caelan MacBride, Oscar Price.  Writing: Raya Sams.
  • Karaka: Travis Dunning, Amy Lowe.  Writing: Jackson Wright.
  • Puriri: Kobi Cooke, Noah Peters. Writing: Felix Latham.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Katie McLiver and Celeste Hamilton-Dowling (Matai), Bowen Jonkers-McAllister (Rimu) and Honoka Seino (Miro).


  • Friday 10th November – Final day to place Calendar Art orders.
  • Tuesday 14th November – BOT Meeting.
  • Friday 17th November – Senior School Athletics – Sinclair Park.
  • Tuesday 28th November – Interschool Athletics.
  • Thursday 30th November – Tu Maia Festival.
  • Friday 1st December – Junior School Athletics – At school.


Wainui School Sports/Representative Uniform for sale – Size 6 shorts and size 8 t-shirt in very good condition, only minor pilling.  $25 for the set.  Please contact Nadine Phillips on 021 075 1545 or nadine.standish@yahoo.co.nz

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