Kia ora Koutou,

It seems so much can happen in a week!! I wanted to assure you as a school I am constantly updated with support, advice and instruction by the Ministry of Education (MOE) over COVID-19. In fact on Monday two full updates were sent via email with instructions and advice on all areas that concern us from attendance, school trips, assembly and possibly preparation if schools do close.

Hygienic Behaviours – We have put in measures to improve a number of areas within school, please help us by providing a drink bottle, to ensure we don’t share the water tap as this seems to happen at the water fountain. We are all ensuring we wash our hands more frequently and properly.  I am sure you are doing the same at home. We are also ensuring if we need to cough or sneeze and don’t have a tissue we do this in the crook of our elbow.  Lastly as the Prime Minister has said we will all refrain from handshakes, hugging and hongi.

Attendance – If your child needs to stay away from school due to Covid-19 isolation or health concerns, as is the usual practice, please inform us at school.

School Closure – This is under discussion as you will be aware by the government and in the media. In order to close the school our school MUST have permission from The Ministry of Education, we do not make that decison as BOT or myself as Principal.

What you can do now – One of the things the MOE are working on is what will be needed to ensure students are able to continue learning should their school or kura be closed for a period of time due to COVID-19. The MOE are wanting to know now a number of things:

1.  Estimate the number of families that do not have internet access at home?
2. The Google platform could be used to ensure learning continues – this would be fine for our older children.
Please be rest assured all children are safe and happy at school and I will inform you every step of the way if anything will change.  So back to what is happening!

Lost Property – We have a lot of lost property from the pool area, googles, caps, hats, towels and rash shirts.  Please claim from the table outside the office by the end of the week or this will be disposed of.


Interschool swimming – Year 7 & 8 – This was held on Monday at Kaipara College. This was a great opportunity for those who like to compete in swimming challenges themselves, Well done to Marley and Vinnie for achieving some good places in their events.

Wainui Voices – This has started for 2020.  This is a forum whereby our Year 8 student leaders together with representatives from each class meet each week and bring “student voice and agency” to the group.  Our aims are to make Wainui a better place and make Wainui school even more fun!! I take this group usually with another teacher / adult and this week it was Mrs Hill.  We are reviewing the use and type of rewards and tokens in the school.


Bike A Thon – It’s all about the launch of our annual Bike A Thon!! This week we are about to prepare for our annual fundraiser that not only gets us fit but is fun and raises lots of extra funds for our school!!  Attached to this newsletter is this week’s update.  A huge thank you to Mel Mayes and Kate Doherty for all your work to get this organised so fast!!  So here is a challenge – get signed up on the new online platform to sponsor – if you are a business or even as a family  consider being a “Gold Sponsor” This is an exciting change for our Bike A Thon!! Whatever happens with the Covid-19 Virus we will continue to plan for this.  Newsletter update – Bikeathon – Tuesday 17th March

Pukeko and Kiwi team – Swimming sports and show!! Signalling the end of the swimming season and summer all parents, family and caregivers are invited to the end of season demonstration and for the older ones races.   The timetable for the day is:  10.30am – 12.00pm – Kiwi Team (Year 3 – 4).  12.45pm – 1.30pm is lunchtime and 1.45pm – 2.45pm – Pukeko Team (Years 0 – 2)


Learning Conversations – Our partnership around learning is very important!! It is one of the goals in our charter. Coming up in week 9 we ask all parents and / caregivers to come to a conversation around your childs learning map/ vision board. Each year we aim to have 100% attendance and each year we have made this goal because we believe it is so important. You can book a conversation time at the below link.  These are going to be held on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March between 3.00pm and 6:00pm. We have an expectation that every family will make a special time to discuss progress and achievement with their child’s teacher.  Please ensure you have made your time. To book your Learning Conversation/s click on and enter the Event Code: 4usts


Thank you to all families who have already contributed their school donation, we have already exceed our total gained at this time last year. Please ensure you have done so by the end of this term, this will enable us to meet the goals we have set and even more in the annual plan.  You may contribute via online banking – ASB – 12-3046-0155685-00 or by paying at the office either eftpos, cash or credit card using Kindo.


Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Friday 20th March – Juicie sale $2 – Fundraising for House Day on the last day of term – Thursday 8th April.
  • Thursday 26th March – Year 5 & 6 Interschool Swimming Sports at Northern Arena – Postponed until further notice
  • Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March – Sharing the Learning – Details to book above
  • 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.


Calling all baking superstars for the Bike-a-thon! – Do you like baking? We are looking for anyone who would like to bake some Easter themed cupcakes (or any cupcakes!) that the FOWS team will sell on the day. If you are able to make 25 – 50 cupcakes, please let Kate know via 027 939 2656 or email or send a message via the school office.

Sushi – This is now available on a Wednesday also – Yay!

Weetbix TRYathalon – Due to this being cancelled we will keep you posted as we are trying to organise something here at school.  Mrs Hill is working hard on this – Information to follow at a later date.  For further information about the cancelled event please visit the official Weetbix website.

School Book Fair – This will be held again this year in the school hall.  The dates will be from Monday 30th March until Friday 3rd April. Opening times will be 8.15am till 8.50am Tuesday to Friday and 3.00pm until 4.30pm Monday to Thursday.   The Book fair parade will be Monday the 30th March at 9.15am. It would be fabulous if all the children could come to school in costume on this day. The theme this year is Arctic Adventure.

Bike A Thon – As you know the Bike-a-thon is coming up on Wednesday 8th April and the FOWS are going to run the food stalls once again.  Can you please let me know by messaging me on 027 939 2656 if you are able to help on one of the stalls during the day, and what time/s.  Over the last few years we have had the luxury of having people like Denise, Fiona, Kylie to make coffee / run the stall.  Denise and Fiona are no longer with the school and Kylie will be teaching on the day.  I love to drink coffee but wouldnt have a clue how to make it!!
So if anyone does know and is happy to put their hand up please let me know.

Fundraising for House Day – This friday (20th March) we will be selling jucies for $2.00 to go towards our house day on the last day of term (Thursday 9th April).  There will also be a “guessing game” – $1.00 to enter this.  These will be sold at lunchtime (outside the Hall).  See you then!


Kelly Club Silverdale – Is running an awesome April Holiday Programme.  We have trip days to MOTAT and to see Lion King Jnr at Centrestage!!  Also we have planned a Rainbow Day, craft and cooking activities, awesome games plus much more!!!  To find out more or to book, please go to

Family Fun Day – Sunday 22nd March – Kaukapakapa Playground – This is located just before the Kaukapakapa Fire Station.