Kia ora Koutou,

Still no real rain!! Hard to believe isn’t it? I am sorry it has been affecting our being able to use the pool, water levels are critical.


Routine –  Thank you to everyone for following the processes as asked for last week in attendance requests, most appreciated! Keep up the good work.

Secondly – Thank you to everyone for either contributing your donation or contributing to the garden to table programme either with products requested or with extra donations of money to help.  We are able to keep our programmes going really well with some contribuitons from you all.

Garden to Table – On Wednesday’s the Year 5 -8  students all particpate in this programme.  We are resurrecting the garden and cooking with produce gleaned from the garden or donated from other gardens / orchards. Please do not hestitate to contact us if you have extra produce. This year we have added a few chickens again to the revamped chook run and house. They will be producing eggs to use as well.

Welcome to Abby Cottingham who joins us as the garden specialist. Abby is mum to Riley and Sterling Purdie and was a keen volunteer in the gardens last year. Abby has a weath of knowledge around gardens, plants and foraging and she is always keen to share her knowledge so do come and help and learn from Abby.  You do not have to have older children to volunteer. Richard the caretaker is also involved with composting and waste minimisation.  There is a wonderful garden of sustainability happening.

FOWS (Friends Of Wainui School) – Met last Wednesday for the first time this year. There were a large group of parents keen to be involved and make a difference and this is just wonderful.  Thank you for your enthusiasm and positivity.   2020 will be another great year.  This year we aim to include some time to socialise and get to know each other at the meeting.  The meeting dates are set for the rest of the year and will be on the website. Thank you to all members of FOWS who have put their hands up and taken on a role. Congratulations to

Chairperson – Kate Doherty

Secretary – Nikki Mallon

Treasurer  – Kay Elliott

The first event to be organised is: Bike A Thon – Wednesday 8th April – Details to follow closer to the date

The next FOWS meeting is Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Student Leaders – 2020 – Congratulations to all our Year 8’s for the effort and confidence shown in your interviews for the leadership positions. We will be presenting these students officially with their badges at the full school assembly on Friday 6th March. Pleae feel free to come and join the assembly

A list of all the student leaders and their postions is included in this newsletter – we are all looking forward to seeing these students achieve their goals.

Student Councillors – Drew Southwick (The Arts), Keelan Latham (Sport), Regan Lowe (Sport), Tara Phillips (The Arts), Selina Glasgow (The Arts), Imogen Germain (Library, Sport), Ricardo Hawken (Comms, The Arts), Serenity Harris Hatley (Sport).

House Captains

Lloyd – Lily Glasgow (Sport, Enviro),  Brodie Headford (Sport) and Kate Flinn (The Arts).

Lamont – Mia Thomson (Library, Sport) and Jordan Fincham (Comms, Sports).

Jacob – Dillon Ranby (Sport) and Marley Straka (Enviro, Bikes).

Hutson – Kayla Paladin (Sport) and April Fletcher (Sport).

Bike Team – (Maintenance of bikes and track, competitions) – Ollie Steen (Leader), Lucas Keller, Cole Davies, Vinnie Holmes and Gabe Brewin-Brown.

Communication Team – (Tech, noticeboard, student mentor programme), Daniel Bell (Co-leader), Boston Jones (Co-leader) and Kealan Bouzaid.

Environment Team – (Working with Enviro team, GTT, bees, trapping), Lucas Keller (Co-leader), Bowen Jonkers-McAllister (Co-leader), Ollie Steen and Vinnie Holmes.

The Arts Team – (Wai Factor, Clubs, Arts Cafe), Drew Southwick (Leader) and Teah Schweitzer.

Library Team – (Book Week, library themes), Teah Schweitzer (Leader), Ella Smith and Summer Sabine.

Sports Captains – (PE shed, lunchtime activities, teacher challenges), Kealan Bouzaid (Co-leader), Kayla Paladin (Co-leader) and John Manuel.

Kapa Haka – Ben Partner (kaitataki tane – karakia), Honour Sunkel (kaitataki tane – karakia), Kate Flinn (kaitataki wahine – waiata), Tara Phillips (kaikaranga) and Serenity Harris Hatley (kaikaranga).


ERO are here. This is the Education Review Office. They come to see our school and I quote the opening paragraph sent in a letter.

“ERO’s intent is to ensure all learners in our system are successful. We are interested in supporting your school’s improvement journey”. This week the Board of Trustees, myself and all the teachers will be telling our story. Our reviewers are Kim Hughes and Toni Casserils.  Some times there will be two more people joining them.  These people are reviewing the process of review. Kim Hughes, Toni Casserils and Carol Stoney were welcomed in a Powhiri at first on Monday, this in itself is a journey as we could not do this 6 years ago.

Whole School Assembly –  Featuring Pukeko Team.  The start time is 9.15am and we are celebrating the value of being RELATIONAL.  All welcome.


Senior School Swimming Sports at Waitoki School  – Tuesday 10th March – All students have received a special letter about this. This will be lots of fun and if you can make it please free free to come along and support the children.


Bike A Thon – Wednesday 8th April – More details will be given out in the coming weeks.  This is the first of our fundraisers for the year.


MOTOX  – This year we have a team of 18 students from Year 1 – 8 leaving on Thursday to compete in the schools motox.  This is the biggest group we have had. Thank you to Melissa Glasgow for organising the shirts and the information for us. We wish you all the very best for your competition.

The competitors are – Cole Davies, Milla & Tripp Glasgow, Brody & Connor Kerr, Tyler & Nate Morgan, Beau & Archer Olliff, Indie & Kade Hawkins, Gabby Long, Hunter Hadley, Leo Banton, Millen Hamblyn, Noah & Zain Ouzoun and Benjamin Cochran.

Thank you to Amy for the amazing poster.  You can view this on the Noticeboard outside the hall.

Good Morning Sunshine – Thank you to Emily Derriman of Good Morning Sunshine coffee for the very much appreciated donation of takings at the Back to School Night.  We think it is just fabulous to have this coffee cart down the road.  You will find Emily outside the Wainui Hall.  Please take the time to stop and say hi, the coffee is amazing!  Once again thank you so much Emily.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 6th March – Pukeko Assembly – 9,15am
  • Monday 9th March – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th March – Senior Swimming Sports at Waitoki School – From 9.00am – See you all there if you can make it
  • Thursday 12th March – Winter Sports Registration – Netball / Hockey (outside the court) – 3.00 – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 18th March – FOWS Meeting in the Staffroom – 7.00pm – All Welcome!
  • Friday 20th March – Kiwi Team Assembly – 9.15am
  • Friday 20th March – Pukeko / Kiwi Swimming Sports
  • Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March – Sharing the Learning – Details to book to follow
  • Friday 3rd April – Tui Team Assembly – 9.15am
  • Thursday 9th April – Last Day of Term 1
  • Friday 10th April – Good Friday – Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 28th April – First day of Term 2
  • Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th May – Year 5 / 6 Camp Carey – Henderson Valley.


Garden to Table – A huge thanks to all the families who have donated produce to the Garden to Table Programme. It will be a huge help and we are very grateful for the generosity shown.  Please don’t forget the pumpkin growing competition will be judged this Friday. Get your pumpkins into school – Kahikatea Class before midday Friday.

We are still looking for metal shelving for the tunnel house if anyone has metal shelving they don’t want anymore please email Leanne Stevenson

Winter Sport Registration – Is your child interested in playing netball or hockey for Wainui School this year?

Come along to our Winter Sports Registration afternoon on

Thursday 12th March, Week 6

3.00pm – 5.00pm Outside the Courts

You will find Mrs Hill & Mrs Allen with the sign-up sheets outside the courts on Thursday from 3pm-5pm.  Please indicate if you are interested in coaching or managing a team.

Hibiscus Coast Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon – Saturday 22nd March 2020

It’s not too late to register for the Weetbix TRYathlon.

Online Entry Closes: midnight on Wednesday 18th March 2020

Here are some instructions on how to register your child:

  1. Go to

  2. Click ‘ENTER NOW’ and choose 22 MAR 2020 – HIBISCUS COAST

  3. Fill in all your child’s details

  4. When entering your child’s school, you can click ‘SCHOOL GROUP’ as we have registered Wainui Primary School and can easily keep track of children that will be attending. You can also win cool prizes!

  5. Make your payment online


North Harbour Rugby  – 2020 will see our second year of Boys Non-Contact Grades up and running alongside our Girls grades that are thriving!  We want to make a big push to promote these grades as an alternative option to tackle to keep these young boys in the game.

The links below also provides more information around Rip Rugby (formerly Quick Rip) and points of contacts at the clubs.

Royal Easter Show – Saturday 11th April – We are looking forward to holding the Royal Easter Show Agricultural Pet Competition on Saturday 11  April 2020 and would be pleased if children from your school attend with their pet lambs and pet goats.

A chrome reader or product/voucher to the same value will be awarded for the most points for the school and the most entries from a school.

The event will take place at the Royal Easter Show, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland.