Wainui School Newsletter No.36 – 21st November 2017

Wainui School Newsletter No.36 – 21st November 2017


Kia ora Koutou,

What interesting weather we have been having but today felt like summer was well and truly on its way!

I have to include a wonderful piece of writing from Oscar Price (just 7yrs old) a year 2 in Pukatea class. Last week Wainui School and the immediate area experienced a fierce hail storm with stones the size of a dollar coin!! Mrs Richards’ class used the opportunity to write about this. I am sure you will agree this is a wonderful description by Oscar.

“ Boom” the thunder crashed loudly in the grey sky. The white hail flew quickly to the snowy ground. When the hail dropped quickly to the ground it made a carpet of see through ice”. (Oscar Price).

The hail caused great excitement at school, quite unbelievable for November!!


Senior School AthleticsA big thank you to Mr Irvine for his organisation of an excellent day at Sinclair Park. Well done to all the students for their great attitude. Many students have been out practicing the various activities at lunchtimes. The team to represent us at the Interschool Athletics next week has now been chosen. All students have received the information as to where and when. We wish them all the best for competing.

EOTC Week Kiwi Team – Last week was a great success!! The Kiwi team (year 3&4) all participated in a variety of activities that did not involve the usual classroom based learning. They spent time in our bush participating in team building, thinking creatively, building friendships, cooking on camp fires and creating interesting wool sculptures. Well done Mrs Millar, Mrs Berghan, and Miss Taylor for organising this programme. From the smiles on everyones faces it will become more regular.

Lost Property – Please check the now overflowing box and shelf of left over clothes, lunch boxes, shoes, hats etc. It would great to have this all returned to their homes by the end of the year. Come and have a good look in case it does belong to you. Thank you.


Junior school Athletics (years 1-4) Friday 1st December – This year we have split into two groups for Athletics due to the fact the school has grown. This is a trial to see how this works as activities such as high jump takes a long time with a big group. This will be held at school on our field. We are all set for the Juniors to participate in a range of running, jumping and throwing activities. Start time is 9.30 am. There will be sausages and juicies for sale as well as the school’s coffee machine and some baking by Sarah Becker.

Round Taupo Cycle Race Team – This year we have a year 7&8 team of girls made up of Neve Roe, Haruka Seino, Jessie Brothers, Reilly Irvine and MacKenzie Suckling who have entered the cycle challenge. They will be supported by their dads, Mitch Roe, Isaac Brothers, Yoshi Seino, Jason Irvine and Peter Suckling. Together with Mrs Taylor and myself, we are also off to Taupo on Friday for the challenge. Let’s hope the last few months of learning to ride on our roads and training up the local hills stands us in good stead for the 80km race we are all heading off to do. A very big thank you to Mr Irvine for all his organisation, encouragement and coaching of the team. Think of us all this Saturday and hope for no wind or rain!

Music Performance Assembly 29th November – This is the end of year performance by all the children that have been learning guitar, vocals, keyboard and drums with Ross Hutchinson, Maria O’ Flaherty and Pete Warren. Plus we have some of our students who learn privately with other tutor and students from the choir. All families are welcome to attend the performance that starts at 9.30am and usually finishes by morning tea. We always enjoy sharing the musical skills that we have learnt. We all enjoy listening to these students and sharing in their achievements. All parents, family and friends attending are invited to attend the morning tea in the staffroom afterwards.

“Tu Maia kapa haka festival” Thursday 30th November at Orewa College – We are all very excited to know our kapa haka group is participating in the local Tu Maia festival for the very first time in a number of years. Whaea LeeAnne Wade has worked so hard with our committed and proud kapa haka group. The boys will be in their new uniform making this a very auspicious occasion for Wainui School.


Thank you to all the families that have let us know their intentions for next year, we are currently planning all classes so this really helps.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


The next FOWS meeting is tomorrow night, Wednesday 22nd November in the Staffroom at 7pm. All are welcome, they will be talking about the first event for 2018!



Wainui Raiders vs Silverdale Rockets. Won 5-3. POD: Jamie Tolhopf.
Remember to email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, exo@wainui.school.nz 


  • Wednesday 22nd November – FOWS Meeting – 7pm, Staffroom.
  • Thursday 23rd November – Netball 2018 Meeting – 3.15pm, Staffroom.
  • Friday 24th November – Kiwi Assembly – 2pm.
  • Tuesday 28th November – Interschool Athletics – Metro Park, Millwater.
  • Wednesday 29th November – Music Performance Assembly – 9.30am.
  • Thursday 30th November – Tu Maia Festival – Orewa College.
  • Friday 1st December – Junior School Athletics – At school.
  • Tuesday 5th December – BOT Meeting.
  • Friday 8th December – Takahe Assembly – 2pm.
  • Monday 11th December – Year 8 Graduation – School Hall.
  • Wednesday 13th December – Xmas in the Country.
  • Thursday 14th December – Prizegiving.
  • Friday 15th December – Farewell Assembly.
  • Friday 15th December – Last Day of Term 4.


Kelly Club’s December Holiday programme is now up on our website. To book please go to www.kellyclub.co.nz  We have a lot of Xmas and Summer fun planned!! For any further information, please contact karen@kellyclub.co.nz.

The Original Gypsy Fair will be in Orewa on the weekend 2-3 December 2017 at Centreway Reserve, Orewa.

The Gypsy Fair is a great day out for the family and it is free entry. The fair has something for everyone, handmade crafts of all types, many being made before your eyes, clothing, a unique obstacle bounce for the kids, awesome coffee, food, face painting, candy floss, music, which you can come up and have a go too, if you feel so inclined and, lots of good old fashioned toys and entertainment in the green. So come along for a couple of hours or even the day and soak up the atmosphere of the Gypsy Fair.

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