Kia ora Koutou,

Matariki Week!!! The celebrations and observance of this special week have begun at Wainui School.

In Week 9 of Term 2, te kura o Wainui will acknowledge and celebrate Matariki. Matariki began on the 19th of June and runs through to the 11th of July, with the official acknowledgment being on Friday 2nd of July. Below is a link to the Auckland Council Matariki Festival website, which outlines the range of events taking place to celebrate the Māori New Year.

Classes are all participating in a range of activities planned by the teams that are based around this theme but will integrate all areas of the curriculum. 

Thursday 1st of July – The house captains will be running a Matariki house day, starting in the second block and concluding in the third block. 

Thursday 1st of July – A group of Year 4’s and Year 8 leaders will be visiting the Flat top Quarry in Haruru Road to see a working Quarry, begin a new partnership with Winstone Aggregates “Flat Top Quarry”, and help with restoring Wainui land by planting trees.

Friday 9th of July – During the final assembly of the term, each team will perform a waiata they have been practicing with Whaea LeeAnne. 


Year 8 Netball team

Netball – Year 8 Girls Team – We can’t go past letting you know our Year 8 girls had an amazing day last Sunday at their netball tournament!! The feedback we had about their play, their attitude and commitment was just outstanding.  We are all so proud of you all!! Thank you to coaches, Jackie Cameron, Pare Hape and Gabby Minton.

Here is the full story from Pearl Cameron, Captain of the girl’s team:  Kia Ora. Ko Pearle Cameron ahau. Recently, our team participated in a tournament at Netball North Harbour. We were part of the Year 8 grading and we were to play 5 games. Originally, our games were to be 40 minutes long but to fit in all the games, they were shortened to 20 minutes. In between each game, we had a 30-minute break so we would sit as a team and discuss all the things we could improve on during the next game. After a lot of hard training and a lot of teamwork, we managed to win all 5 games, which meant we qualified for the finals. We eventually went on and won the finals with a score of 14-9 to us. At the end of our very tiring day, we all gave each other a pat on the back as we congratulated each other for our hard work though. Even though we had no subs, we pushed through and managed to complete an amazing achievement.

Lego Came to Rata class.  Last Friday Ollie Smith bought his color-coded boxes of lego to school with his robot to set up our first “lego block”. What a fantastic time for the Year 2 students; they were led through challenges by Ollie to build their own robots with a number of Year 8 leaders to support them. Congratulations Ollie this could become very regular at our school.


Quiz Night – Is almost here. Thank you to Annaliese Hewitt and Nikki Mallon for your amazing organisation, it is awesome, from the food, the cocktail bar to the amazing array of auction items. Top work FOWS – please support this evening, there are still a few tables left.

Music Performance Assembly – Wednesday 30th June at 9:15 am – All students learning with Maria O’Flaherty and Ross Hutchison are invited to share their talents and learning with us on Wednesday morning. Some children are not ready to, it is not a must, but an opportunity. If anyone else is learning a musical instrument and wishes to participate, please do so.  There will be a morning tea to follow for all parents and visitors that wish to join us.

PUMS – All teachers who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa will be attending a paid union meeting on Thursday 1st July with some attending in the morning and others in the afternoon.  The purpose of these meetings is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of your children. These meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is the legal right of all members to attend a meeting and have their say.  While there will be some impact on the usual school program that day, we have adjusted the program to minimise disruption, and the school will remain open.  We have our House Matariki day planned for this day as one of the adjustments.

Life Education Van returns to Wainui School – Thursday 1st July – They will remain here through the holidays until Thursday of the first week back. This will ensure with our busy end of term every class gets two lessons. The themes vary from team to team but are very much concerned with healthy life choices. Our Board of Trustees are committed to hosting this activity and has done so over the years, only missing last year because of COVID-19.

Next Week – Last week of term and Wai Factor finals.

Wai Factor Finals – This will be held on Tuesday 6th July. This week the Year 8’s are finalising the organisation and look forward to the show with a very special guest judge. All parents are welcome to attend.


Wainui School Communication Survey – We have also included a short survey for you to fill in to help us plan for the future.  This will also be emailed to every family group.  Would you kindly fill this in by Friday 2nd July.  See attached link Wainui School Communication Survey 2021

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 30th June – Music Performance Assembly – 9.15am
  • Friday 2nd July – Matariki Assembly and House Day
  • Friday 2nd July – Wainui School Communication Survey due today
  • Saturday 3rd July – Quiz Night
  • Monday 5th July – Life Education Caravan Visit – All Week
  • Tuesday 6th July – Wai factor finals
  • Friday 9th July – Whole School Assembly – Kiwi Team – 2.00pm
  • Friday 9th July – End of Term 2
  • Monday 26th July – First Day of Term 3
  • Friday 6th August – Wainui School Disco


Quiz Night – Quiz night is this Saturday, get in quick to get your last minute tickets. There are some smaller tables already signed up so if you want to come but don’t have a group let us know! Tickets cost $20 per person and to purchase tickets please email your name and number of tickets required to You may reserve a table of 10 and then individual members can pay for their seats, rather than one person paying for the entire table up front.  Thanks to the amazing JR (a Wainui Dad) and his company The Production Agency we have an amazing MC Aaron Ward and DJ Ronni for a small party after the quiz has finished.  Batch10 will be there selling their amazing drinks and food is available to purchase from Morepork BBQ, or alternatively BYO Food and drinks.The theme is Americana so dress in any American theme you like, you could dress as famous Movie Stars, a pop icon, a president, country singer … a half completed wall…your imagination is the limit!  We have some amazing auction items including a night glamping at Eden Park, loads of restaurant vouchers, a family weekend away in Rotorua and a digger/driver operator for 2 hours to name just a few.  We also recommend you bring lots of gold coins. After each round of questions, tables are allowed to buy 2 answers for $2 each to help your score. We also run plenty of other gold coin donation games to keep you entertained during the night.  We look forward to seeing you at Quiz Night!

Thank You – Wainui School would like to thank Sam Watt and Platinum Homes for their generous sponsorship of tools for our technology programme. Having these extra tools will mean our children, when they have learned how they work and are trusted to operate them independently, will build self-confidence, develop motor skills, improve concentration and increase their understanding of the material world. Ngā mihi nui Sam!

Chicken Pox – For your information, we have a few cases of chickenpox in the year 3/4.

Ag Day Information – # 4 – Please see attached – Ag Day 2021 – #4


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Yr 1 Sapphires vs Murrays Bay.  Lost: 7-4. POD: Poppy Mexted.

Wainui Yr  2/3 Asteroids vs The girls. Lost: 2-1. POD: Limari Van Dyk

Wainui Yr 4 Galaxy vs Willow Park Ferns.  Won: 5-0.  POD: Shaleni Sivakumaran. MI: Morgan Price.

Wainui Yr 5 Stars vs Torbay Donkeys. Lost: 13-15. POD: Emily Gray

Wainui Yr 6 Jets vs Marina View Diamonds. Won: 9-8.

Wainui Yr 6 Gems vs Pinehurst Kia.  Won: 6-1.

Wainui Yr 8 vs Mahurangi.  Won: 27-19.


Wainui Yr 3/4 Wildcats vs Gulf Harbour.  Lost: 1-2. POD: Indie Hawkins

Wainui Yr 3/4 Wizards vs Red Beach.  Lost: 6-1.  POD: Viviana Hellyer.

Wainui  Yr 3/4 Warriors vs Silverdale Stars. Lost: 0-3.  POD: Manu Sparkes

Wainui Yr 5/6 Blue Sticks vs Belmont Meteors. Lost: 3-1 POD: Ryan McCann


Wainui Yr 5/6 Boys Basketball vs Kingsway Ignite Won: 14-4 MVP: Hamish Fincham.


Hibiscus Coast AFC – Please see attached holiday programme

Some interesting events happening around Auckland

The Glitter Garden | 25 – 27 June | Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre


Discover the enchanting world of The Glitter Garden, where you will meet Hugo the gardener, Skipper the snail, Honey the bee, and all their sparkling buddies. Together they will take you and your whānau through a magical Pride parade of sensational costumes, song, dance, and hilarity. You’ll leave feeling empowered by self-care, and loving life and planter boxes.

Recommended for ages 4+ | Tickets: $20 – $28 + booking fees

Aotea Square Ice Rink | 17 June – 1 August

Lace up, Auckland! The Aotea Square Ice Rink is back. Grab your warm winter clothes and glide into the cosy season with the iconic ice rink and 35-metre, multi-level slide.

Whether you’ve never stepped skate on ice before, or you’re a seasoned pro perfecting your axel jump: icy adventures, themed parties, and many more wintry delights await you in Aotea Square.

All ages | Tickets: $10 – $22

Drop In School Holiday STEAM Fun Program – During the July School Holiday’s Creative Trust with funding from GCSN have organised a Drop-In School Holiday STEAM Fun Program to take place over the full two weeks of the holidays.  Please see enclosed flyer for further information – July School Holiday Program_CreativeTrust_GCSN