Kia ora Koutou,

A lot can happen in a week this is for sure!! From ERO visiting to huge pumpkins arriving in the school to MotoX champions, it is a busy fun place with lots of success and fun to share.


ERO (Education Review Office) – The team came to meet us and observe and find out how Wainui School students are going in their learning with opportunities and if the school was well led, a safe place to be and was well governed.  I am very plesaed to report back that they enjoyed their time with us sampling the baking from the Garden to Table, visiting the classes and hearing from the children how their learning was going, talking to the leadership team and Board of Trustees about our systems and procedures. It is always a busy time when people want to find out so much but I am pleassed to say it was a very positive process, they were very complimentary about the improvement and the opportunities we are giving the students at Wainui School. The report will be given to us in writing in 3 weeks so we look forward to sharing this with you then. We are very proud of our school and the outcomes they fed back to us!!

New ClassroomsDid you know we have had two of the old classrooms refurbished? Rimu and Matai (Year 5 & 6) classrooms have been refurbished under our 5YP (5 Year Plan) monies through the Ministry of Education. Rimu and Matai moved back in last Friday and are now in classrooms that have refurbished toilets, floors, walls and roofing and layout producing a more up to date, open plan, better environment for children to work in.  The Company that completed this work was APS, they have also not only delivered the project on time, but donated some fruit trees to us as well – a wonderful gesture and we thank them gratefully.

Giant Pumpkin Competition – Come and see the Giant pumpkins in the office, they are wonderful!! Congratulations to Hunter Mallon (family movie pass) for growing the most giant pumpkin followed closely by his brother Jackson Mallon (double movie pass) in second place.  The weirdest pumpkin went to Phoenix Sweetman Jones (double movie passs), third biggest pumpkin went to Georgina Coupe, prettiest pumpkin went to Ollie Steen, smallest pumpkin went to Kayami Atkinson, smoothest pumpkin went to Ricardo Hawken and the pumpkin that looked the most like a person went to Alicia & Caitlin Bailey.  A big thank you to Louvres By Desgin for donating the prizes.


Senior School Swimming SportsTuesday 10th February – By the time you read this it will be over. It is once again held at Waitoki ‘s larger pool.  It is a time of competition and fun as we have some novelty races, some traditional races to find the best swimmers for interschool and of course the annual battle for the best house swimming team.

Student Absences & Appointments – If you know your child will be away for an appointment or needs to be collected early from school, please contact us in advance so preparations can be made. Please report all student absences (including appointments) by emailing or phoning the school office.

Pick Up Time –  School finishes at 2.55 pm. Please wait until this time to pick up your child, even if you are in a hurry we like to all finish the day together. We would also prefer you wait outside the classroom rather than go in.


Swimming –  There are two swimming events coming up –  the Year 7 & 8 Interschool swimming on Monday 16th March and the Junior swimming sports and sharing of skills on Friday 20th March.

Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting – Tuesday 17th of March 6.30 pm start – Please remember these are public meetings, you are welcome to attend but you do not have speaking rights. I do suggest letting Mel Ludwig, BOT secretary know if you are wanting to attend. It is a great way to see and hear how the BOT runs and what governance is all about.


Learning Conversations –  These are in Week 9 on the 30th and 31st of March.  We will organise a booking system and write more about that next week.

Bike A Thon – Wednesday 8 April – A fun event whereby all the children ride to raise funds through sponsorship!! Please see attached information sheet. Bikeathon Update – Tuesday 10th March


Congratulations – Wainui School Motocross Team – On Monday Morning I was greeted by a very excited group of MotoX children who came in carrying a huge cup!! The team of 18 children ranging in ages from 5 years old to 12 years old.  They had all travelled to Otorohonga and competed in the North King Country Motorcycle Club Schools “King of the Schools”  competition in Otorohanga this last weekend. There were 418 riders from all over the North Island competing in this event. Wainui School had an amazing time and won both the Primary and Intermediate Schools Cup.

They are all very proud of themselves, special mention to Connor Kerr who won 1st place in the 7 – 8 year olds, 65cc race and Cole Davies who won first in the 11 – 12 year olds, 85cc race. Kade Hawkins and Tripp Glasgow gained second place. We are all very proud of our places and the fantastic team effort.  They will be travelling to  Rotorua on Saturday 21st March for the next round.

Past Pupils –  It is always wonderful to get news of past pupils of Wainui School. Mrs Kate Shevland from Orewa College has informed us by letter that this year past pupils Jaiden Bracken and Meghan Cambier who were both student leaders in Year 8 at Wainui School and Emma Sutherland are all part of the 2020 prefect team at Orewa College. We are all thrilled to hear this news.

Donations – Thank you to the large number of families that have contributed a donation this year.  We so appreciate it.  You can set up an arrangement to contribute this weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whatever works for you.  Every little bit helps.   Please make your contribution before the end of Term 1 as this will help us to manage the year ahead.  Thank you to everyone once again.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Monday 16th March – Year 7 & 8 Interschool Swimming at Kaipara College
  • Tuesday 17th March – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.30pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 8th April – Bike A Thon
  • 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.


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. Wainui School Winter Sport Registration 2020

Thank You APS Limited – APS Limited were the contractors that did the Rimu and Matai modernisation project who generously donated two fruit trees to the school for our Garden to Table programme!


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

  •  Puriri: Xavier Boe, Eve Robinson.
  •  Puriri Rua: Benjamin Cochran, Nikau Laurie.
  •  Karaka: Jackson Magon, Landen Semenoff.
  •  Rata: Liam Doherty, Ryder Gerrand.
  •  Pukatea:  Mitchell Ibbett, Mahli Ferrand.
  •  Kohekohe: Isla Mexted, Hannah Wallace.
  •  Kowhai: Emily Gray, Alice Jones
  •  Totara: George de Leeuw, Cade Mumby.
  •  Matai: Caitlin Bailey, Violet Clayton.
  •  Rimu: Harry Browne Hale, Rosie Gulik.
  •  Kahikatea: Riley Purdie, Charlotte Robinson.
  •  Kauri: Serenity Harris Hatley, Ricardo Hawkin.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Hunter Mallon (Rata), Oliver Todd (Karaka) and Gabrielle Long (Puriri).


NZ Barbarian Rugby Club –  Have held an annual Fun Day since 1988, to assist in fostering school’s rugby.  This year the free event will be held at Bruce Pullman Park Papakura on Saturday 24th May. The Auckland Blues are committed to attend on that date along with a multitude of ex All Black members of the Barbarians, to sign autographs and help with the games.

The day is about hundreds of primary school rugby players from across the wider Auckland region (North Harbour, Auckland and Counties Manukau) meeting for mini games, and having fun with skills and drills before hooking into the sausage sizzle.

The 10 a-side barefoot games give primary school boys and girls the opportunity to give Rugby a go in a fun, low key environment for no cost. Each team gets 4 x 20 minute games over the course of a morning with no scores kept. There are always a few giveaways and each team gets assigned a Barbarians club helper. The kids get the chance to meet Blues players and the Barbarians supply a free sausage sizzle and milo.


8am – Welcome

9am – 1st games

12 midday – event concludes

For further information or to enter please contact Peter White (North Harbour Mitre 10 Cup Manager and Barbarian)

Phone – 0274778485

Email –

Autumn Pre Loved Children’s Market at the Orewa Community Center on Saturday 14 March – It’s a great opportunity for mums and dads to recycle all the things their children have outgrown and a good chance for families with new babies to purchase quality 2nd handbooks, clothes and toys, nursery furniture at great prices. We have lots of families from Rodney, The Coast, and North Shore attend as both buyers and sellers, it’s a fun morning out for all the family and helps us all get behind recycling.

Good as New Pre Loved Kids Autumn Market
Saturday 14 March
Orewa Community Center
9am – 12 noon.
45+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand kids Clothes, Toys, Furniture and Accessories
Inquiries 0274 707 151 

Bearcats Basketball Coaching – See attached information

Northern Mystics – Don’t miss the FIRST Northern Mystics home game of the 2020 ANZ Premiership against the Good Oil Tactix.  For this game ONLY they will be playing at Eventfinda Stadium, Wairau Valley, North Shore.  Doors Open: 3.00pm.  Centre Pass: 4.10pm.  Team Ticket Pass:  10 tickets for only $130 – great value as this averages at only $13 per ticket.  Use Promo CODE:  SCHOOLS20 and receive a $5 discount off Adult tickets.

Tickets on sale now at:

Waitotara Sustainable and Resilient Living – Upcoming Workshops.
Edible Crops Seed Saving – Sunday March 15th 9am-12pm, $45.00 includes homemade morning tea. Learn how to harvest and process your seeds for true resilient living:)
Introduction to Permaculture – Sunday April 5th 10am-4pm, $90.00 includes homemade lunch and afternoon tea. Learn how to plan and grow your property according to the 12 guiding permaculture principles.
Contact Robyn at: email: or message on Fb.

ScratchPad Albany – We are a Technology Learning Centre; which means that we specialise in teaching kids about the world of technology and all it has to offer. Our main focus is making sure that kids have the capacity to grow up to be creators of technology, rather than only being users of technology.  We teach topics such as coding, robotics, electronics, 3D modelling and printing, graphic design, character animation, and more after school hours to give kids some great options to explore when looking into the wide world of technology.  Contact Todd Xu on 021 337 472.

WVA (Waiwera Valley Association) Fun Day – See attached information – WVA_CommunityBBQ_2020_withBleed

Rotary Swimarathon, Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre – Sunday 28th June – See attached flyer – Rotary Swimarathon 2020