Kia ora Koutou,

Haere Mai, welcome back to Term 3, the term of cross country, learning conversations, life education, science in a van, winter sports teams continuing, chocolate sales, a disco, Kia Kaha with Constable Bryan and Constable John, and much much more!!

Today we began with our values assembly with a focus on RESPECT/WHAKAUTE.  Sometimes I think the value that is the one we always need to focus on. Respect for each other, the teacher, our environment, property, and ourselves. We began with reference to the Olympics in Tokyo, the world coming together despite the challenges and barriers with COVID-19.  The respect the world over we have for competition, sport and reaching high for these goals.

Did you know Wainui School has had an Olympian, Erin Taylor, Mrs. Taylor’s daughter competed in the Beijing 2008, London 2012, and in the field of kayaking. Erin was at Wainui right through to Year 8, swimming and netball being some of her early passions!!

Lucian Allens’ Mum Andrea Kilday has competed at the Rio Olympics in the field of Taekwondo.  We are always proud of our Olympians, and no doubt many of you are watching in awe as I do at the Athletes, their dedication and their commitment to the range of events.


Welcome to our school – Matalena Alapati, New Entrant, Marlow Oswald, New Entrant, Liam Scott, New Entrant, Finlay Groves, New Entrant, Christi Vorster, New Entrant, Mikey Smith, Year 2, Madison Freestone, Year 4 and Sean Van  Heerden, Year 4.  We welcome you and your family to Wainui School and look forward to getting to know you all.

Staff News – Mrs Taylor is away for the first 6 weeks having a knee replacement. Mr Irvine and I will be taking over the SENCO role.  If you are concerned or need to clarify a programme or need support in any way for your child, please do contact us.  Welcome to Mrs Kerr (Brody and Connors’ Mum) who will be teaching with Mrs Clampitt in Rata class, taking Mrs Taylor’s place.  Mr Bray is also away for the next month as he is having a knee replacement. Mrs Johnson will continue to look after the gardens and pick up a few extra tasks. Other caretaking tasks will be outsourced or covered by various staff members, luckily the grass is not growing very fast in winter!

Congratulations FOWS – Quiz Night raised over $17,000!! We can’t believe it.  This is attributed to the amazing organisation by Annaliese Hewitt and Nikki Ellis, together with the ongoing generous sponsorship by Simone du Burnard (Harcourts Copper and Co) and of course the generous family and friends that attended on the night, thank you!!  The next FOWS meeting is on Wednesday 4th August.  Please come and join this fabulous fun group, not only is there a meeting but time to socialise with drinks and nibbles.  It makes a massive difference if we can fundraise for what we can do and achieve as a school.


Wai Factor – The last week of term ended with so much to celebrate.  Congratulations to all the contestants, there were so many of you!! Every year the talent just gets better! The competition was harder and it was wonderful to welcome past pupils Geena and Maxwell Hutton (twins) back to Wainui School, Geena to judge and Maxwell to support and come and talk to us all.  They were both pupils here and left in 2013.  Geena instigated the first Wai Factor as a Year 8 leader. We are proud to host our past pupils, these wonderful students love to perform and are making their lives in the creative world. Geena having been in Madagascar, the musical in the city and Maxwell is now at university studying fashion design.

Geena Hutton past pupil, guest judge and professional actress, singer with Tina Alapati, the winner of Wai Factor 2021

Year 8 judges and organisers celebrate their successful show with Geena Hutton –  guest judge and past pupil.

2021 Wai Factor Winners –  Tina Alapati, Yr 7 & 8, Phoenix Sweetman Jones, Yr 5 & 6, Taylah Hadley Yr 3 & 4 and Ewan Scott, Yr 1 & 2

Dancers from the show

Life education’s Harold came to visit at lunchtime, hugs were the order of the day for all ages!!!

Some Housekeeping Reminders

  1. If you have a concern about your child or a query, please approach the teacher as it is always good for the teacher to know. I am always happy to help, support or advise but usually the teacher can help you.
  2. Drop off and Pick up – Please keep to the Monday to Thursday drop off and pick up action (unless your child is 5 and very young). On Friday we welcome you all to come to the school.  This really helps children settle and develop independence. Drop off can be from 8:15 a.m, if you need to be earlier we can make arrangements for you so please inquire at the office.
  3. Sickness, thank you for adhering to the “don’t soldier on with a cold” since COVID-19 has been a part of our lives we are all aware we cannot come to school if we are unwell. Please keep this up as it keeps us all healthier and we are aware there have been cases of chickenpox and RSV virus’ in our community over the holidays.
  4. Please name clothes and shoes.  We have a huge pile of clothes, shoes, sneakers and jandals. We will be passing these on to a charity if they are not claimed by the end of the week.


Learning Conversations – Interviews are being held in Week 3.  Please see below on how to book these.  We look forward to seeing you all.  It is here you can further discuss the levels of achievement as shown on the report you would have received at the end of the term. We always aim for 100 % attendance at these conversations. There is time to meet with your child and some time to chat as parents with the teacher.

Click and enter the Event Code: TFFNX

Step 1: Enter your email address, parents full name, number of students you are booking for and the students name/s. Click the “Go” button.

Step 2: For each student, select your child’s classroom under the first dropdown box and select their teacher under the second dropdown box. Click the “Go” button.

Step 3: Choose the time/s you would like for your Learning Conversation/s by clicking on a time slot that suits you. Missing checkboxes mean that the time has already been booked by someone else. Click the “Go” button.

You have the option to print out a copy of the time/s you have booked, a confirmation will also be emailed to you. You can view, change or cancel your booking by using the link in the email confirmation.

The Learning Conversations are being held on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th August – 3.00pm – 6.00pm and are 12 minutes in length with 3 minutes in between Conversations.

If you need help making your booking/s please come to the office and ask. We will also have a computer set up there that you can use to make your booking/s.


I will be away from Monday – Wednesday next week in Rotorua at the New Zealand Principals Conference. There are at least 6 principals from the Hibiscus Coast attending as well as hundreds from around the country to hear from Ministers of Education, explore current themes, complexities and viewpoints. Mr Irvine will be Acting Principal for the time I am away.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 28th July – Wainui Intermediate Information Evening – 5.30pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 4th August – FOWS Meeting, 7.00pm – Staffroom
  • Friday 6th August – Assembly – Kiwi Team – 2.00pm
  • Friday 6th August – School Disco – 5.00-6.30pm Juniors (Yr 1-4) – 7.00-9.00pm Seniors (Yr 5-8)
  • Monday 9th – Friday 13th August – Maths Week
  • Monday 9th August – Takahe Team – Trip to Motat
  • Tuesday 10th August – Schoolwide Maths Competition – 9.10am – 10.10am
  • Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th August – Learning Conversations – 3.00 – 6.00pm
  • Friday 13th August – Whittakers’ Chocolate fundraiser coming home – Yum!
  • Tuesday 17th August – School Cross Country
  • Thursday 19th August – Tech Challenge – Orewa College
  • Friday 20th August – Pukeko Team Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 25th August – Takahe Team – Interschool Cross Country – Muriwai
  • Thursday 26th August – Otago Problem Solving Challenge
  • Friday 27th August – Daffodil Day and Sausage Sizzle
  • Tuesday 31st August – Asia Experience Day – Takahe Team
  • Friday 3rd September – Assembly – Takahe Team
  • Thursday 9th September – Immunisation – Years 7 & 8
  • Friday 17th September – Tui Team Assembly
  • Wednesday 29th September – Year 3 & 4 Production
  • Thursday 30th September – Young Farmer


The Family Whittakers Chocolate Fundraiser is back – Our Wainui School community fondly remembers the fun and excitement that the 2019 chocolate fundraiser brought to our tummies, now we get to do it again!  On Friday 13th August each family will receive one box of chocolates to sell via their eldest child.  The chocolates are a little different this year due to supplier constraints.  There are some great prizes and incentives for the kids to get involved. Watch this space … more information to follow!  Got any questions? Reach out to us at

Wainui School Disco – Friday, the 6th of August – Juniors (Yr 1-4) 5.00 – 6.30pm, Seniors (Yr 5-8) 7.00 – 9.00pm – The annual Wainui School Disco will be back! With the Olympic Games finishing on Sunday, 8th of August, what better way to celebrate the values of the Olympics – Excellence, Respect, Friendship – and the meeting of athletes from around the world than with our own excellent meeting of friends dressed as their favourite athletes. Just like the Olympics have their five rings, we have our 5R’s, which will be on full display. Tickets on sale in the office for $10 each.

Garden to Table – Just a reminder that if you are able to help with our Garden to Table program this term please let me know.  Remember no experience is necessary.  Please email  


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Yr 3/4 Wildcats vs Red Beach Comets.  Lost: 2-3. POD: Millie Dunn

Wainui  Yr 3/4 Warriors vs Kingsway Focus.  Lost: 5-1.  POD: Noah Ouzoun.

Wainui Yr 5/6 Blue Sticks vs Kristin Falcons.  Lost: 2-1.  POD: Travis Dunning.


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

  •  Puriri: Vlad Maties (Reflective), Hudson Stannard (Reflective) and Arlo Fuller (Resourceful)
  •  Rata:  Teddy Callaghan (Reflective), Oliver Smithies (Reflective) and Romi Van Loggerenberg (Reflective).
  •  Kohekohe: Micky Long (Reflective), Chloe Epp (Reflective) and Ewan Scott (Resilience).
  •  Pukatea: Elle Olivier (Reflective), Thomas Pengelly (Reflective) and Benjamin Todd (Resourceful).
  •  Karaka: George Anderson (Reflective), Kora Cooper (Reflective) and Jaroam McCauley (Resourceful).
  •  Pohutakawa: Casey Austen (Reflective), Nevaeh Lonsdale (Reflective) and Jackson Mallon (Reflective).
  •  Koromiko: Ashleigh Lloyd-Read (Reflective), Soul Dixon (Reflective) and Camryn Colquhoun (Reflective).
  •  Kawakawa: Arielle Oswald (Reflective), James Gray (Relational) and Mitchell Ibbitt (Reflective).
  •  Nikau: Emily Coupe (Reflective), Samara Allen (Reflective) and Charlotte Adlam (Respect).
  •  Kowhai: Sterling Purdie (Reflective), Emilia Miranda Churches (Reflective) and Raya Sams (Relational).
  •  Matai: Harry Browne Hale (Reflective), Oscar Price (Reflective) and Jakob Brown (Reflective).
  •  Rimu: Ella Marshall (Reflective), Eva Sparkes (Reflective) and Flynn Dixon (Resilient).
  •  Kahikatea: Alyssa Linton (Reflective), Zane Austin (Reflective) and Quinn Richardson (Reflective).
  •  Kauri: Pearle Cameron (Reflective), Kaleisha Iremonger (Reflective) and Ben Prestidge (Resourceful).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Vincent Callaghan, Pohutukawa, Manu Sparkes, Koromiko and Mihai Maties, Kawakawa.


Hibiscus Coast AFC – Please see attached flyer – FUNdamentals programme-2