Kia ora Koutou,

It is hard to believe it is the last day of November and now we are heading into the final two weeks of what has been a year like no other!!!  We have truly loved having your children back, and I would like to thank every single one of you for your support in making this staggered attendance work.  Helping your child wear a mask if they have to and to all the parents of the 5-year-olds being so brave letting them jump out of the car and start their time here at school.  School itself has been a happy place to reconnect, even though it is very hot now, we are very fortunate to have lots of trees and bush, we also ensure the children can use the balconies and shade areas to get out of the sun.

11:59 pm on Thursday 2nd December sees us all move to the new COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework.  Earlier today I sent everyone via email a separate letter around this to ensure you could read this information separately from the newsletter. Here is the link to the letter if you have missed it – Covid-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework Letter 30 Nov 2021

Highlighted areas this week

Entering the School – Please wait in your car and ring us on the school mobile – 027 525 1848 if you need to pick up a child or drop something off. We are operating at COVID Level 3.2 for the rest of the year. Please do not get out and mix and mingle as the Public Health Order Procedures have not changed.

Communication – Yes, our landline has died.  If you call the school landline you will be diverted to the school mobile – 027 525 1848.  We are in the process of upgrading this system.  We have a school mobile and emails. The office ladies are highly efficient at checking these. We have asked all parents to make sure all changes are communicated before 12:00 pm.    Please ensure your details are up to date for us to ring you. We are always happy to check this information for you.

Buses – Changes are planned for our buses in 2022.  Next year will see a change to the bus providers. The Ritchies Buses are being replaced with GoBus buses and drivers. This should not cause too much disruption as the runs should be very similar. We are finalising this with the company. Please say your farewells over the coming weeks to your bus driver as I know many of you are fond of them.

Graduation Year 8’s – A huge thank you to Mr. Irvine and parents: Dee Robinson, Nikki Browne Hale, Bron Smith and Tania Ledger for the time you have spent trying to put something together for the children with the restrictions that we live with.  Graduation has become such a big event for our school and is a wonderful celebration so we are determined this group of students, one of the largest we have had for many years have something. A special evening with only the students, the teachers and myself will go ahead on Friday 10th December. It is an outside dinner /picnic. We will present awards, have speeches, have dinner and live stream some of the awards and speeches.

Prize Givings and Award Assemblies – All teams are having an Awards Assembly and /or Prize Giving. Staggered days mean each team will have a separate event. These will be outside under gazebos following Public Health Order Procedures. We will Live stream these events and take lots of photos for families and caregivers to see.  Please see the dates below:

Monday 13th December,  9:15- 9:50 a.m Pukeko team (Years 1 & 2) Class Awards and Sports Awards Assembly 

Monday 13th December,  10:40- 11:40 am Takahe team (Years 7 & 8) Prize Giving and Sports Awards,  

Tuesday 14th December,  9:15- 9:50 a.m Kiwi  team (Years 3 & 4) Class, and Sports Awards assembly

Tuesday 14th December,  10:40- 11:40 am Tui team (Years 5 & 6) Prize Giving and Sports Awards 

Whittakers Chocolate – Thank you to everyone who has sold a box of chocolates and sent in the money. There are still a few outstanding, please let us know if we are able to help you return these to school.  We will also be phoning all the outstanding box holders to finish this drive.    Thank you very much to Tania Ledger for the massive effort she has put into running this fundraiser. Tania is in the process of organising the prize draw, for those who have made that extra special effort!!! We will share the information in next week’s newsletter. Simone du Bernard from Harcourts Cooper and Co has donated $500 to this fundraiser, we are so fortunate to still have the support and generosity of Simone.

Art Competition – Bella Brown Hale is extending the competition until Friday 3rd December see the details below.  Kia ora my name is Bella Browne Hale and I am one of your student councillors. One of my goals this year was to brighten and tidy up the school entrance. One of the things I wanted to do was to re-do the art that is next to the notice boards at the entrance. I have organised a competition for everyone in the school where if you win, your art could be proudly displayed at the school entrance.  The date to have these in by is now Friday 3rd December which must feature either the team birds or an image of Ag Day. Once you have handed in your art (either by emailing a picture of your art to me at or by handing it to Mrs Bray at drop off) they will all be judged and there will be winners from each team.

The judges will then pick their top 2 overall winners and their art will be enlarged and displayed on the boards at the front of the school. Please complete this on a A4 sized surface (whether it’s card or paper or anything else) and when you hand it in, remember to include your name and year. So what are you waiting for, get creating – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

The Swimming Pool – The pool has been refurbished and repainted.  It is almost full and nearly ready. We can swim for instructional purposes and the kids can’t wait. The teachers will let you know when your child needs to bring their togs. We will be working through numbers and space for changing.  Sadly we cannot sell pool keys this year as pools cannot be open to the public at the current COVID levels. We may be able to do this when we return, but it will depend on the traffic light level when we return to school.


This year we farewell our long-serving Assistant Principal / Senco Mrs. Wendy Taylor. Mrs. Taylor is officially retiring but assures us she will be around to do some part-time and relieving work. Mrs. Taylor has contributed to so many children’s growth, development, and enjoyment of being at Wainui School. Mrs. Taylor’s own children attended Wainui School and went on to achieve wonderful things as a result there were a number of times Mrs. Taylor had to have special leave to support Erin (her daughter) at the Olympic Games. Mrs. Taylor has had a fantastic career in education, she has been a Principal of a small rural school, a teacher of every age group from Years 1- 8. We thank her for her service to education, she will be greatly missed by us all. Wendy has left a legacy to us all with the donation of $3000 to be used for the development of our school bush into a sustainable learning environment for all.  We will farewell Mrs. Taylor as a school on the last day of school at the “Special Farewell Assembly”.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 3rd December – Last day to submit your art for the Art Competition (Date Extended).
  • Friday 10th December  – Graduation Dinner for Year 8’s – 6.00 – 8.00pm – Wainui School.
  • Monday 13th December – Pukeko Team (Years 1 & 2) Class Awards & Sports Awards Assembly – 9.15am – 9.50am.
  • Monday 13th December – Takahe Team (Years 7 & 8) Prizegiving and Sports Awards – 10.40am – 11.40am.
  • Tuesday 14th December – Kiwi Team (Years 3 & 4) Class and Sports Awards Assembly – 9.15am – 9.50am.
  • Tuesday 14th December – Tui Team (Years 5 & 6) Prizegiving and Sports Awards Assembly – 10.40am – 11.40am.
  • Wednesday 15th December – Farewell Assembly – 10.00am.
  • Wednesday 15th December – Last day of school for 2021!   Finish time 1:00 pm
  • Thursday 3rd February – First day of Term 1, 2022


Netball Dresses to be returned – Please wash, name and place the dress in a bag (ziplock bag works great!) so we know whose it is. These will need to be put in a box located outside Puriri (Mrs Allen’s class).  Please remind your child to drop it in there as soon as they arrive at school and I will collect them from there.  If not returning to school please put the named dress in the school letterbox -492 Waitoki Rd and please inform Mrs Howard it is in there.  Any querries please contact Halena Howard -Sports Coordinator –

Asthma New Zealand – Have received calls from concerned parents around the country regarding information on whether it is safe to send children with asthma back to school.  Please see the attached link for further information. Click here to go directly to our school principal resource.


ImpACT-Mental Health – We work with many schools, parents, children, teenagers and educators, who enjoy our Resilience based education programmes, as well as providing one to one coaching packages.  Covid, Lockdowns and our rapidly changing world appear to be causing higher states of anxiety and a decline in overall mental health, for our youth and adults alike.
We thought we would take this opportunity to share with you our latest blog – ‘Building Resilience in Children during Lockdown and Life‘, which has appeared in the media and is being shared by schools.

ImpACT-Mental Health aims to empower Primary Parents with strategies to build solid foundations in their children NOW in order to build resilient, autonomous teens who are prepared with tools to face whatever life throws at them. Here is the link to our upcoming webinar if you would like to share it with your school community. If you would like some references from other schools, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will provide you with details.