Kia ora Koutou,

Week 10 and Daylight saving is over with just over a week of school until the end of Term 1 . What a term, amazing weather, but Covid-19 has been here and is still here with us.

This Weeks Newsletter Focus:

  • Covid Health and Safety Update
  • Assembly – Full School
  • Bike-A-Thon
  • Easter House Day
  • ANZAC Day
  • End of Term 1 and Holidays

The latest announcement by the Government sees a major change with the Vaccine Mandates no longer being in place, but no change to the Red Level procedures.

  • COVID Health and safety update.  The key changes to the Covid-19 Protection Framework impacting schools are (MOE website):
    • removal of My Vaccine Pass from the framework effective from 11.59pm Monday 4 April (see item below)
    • and from 11.59 pm last Friday 25 March:
      • removal of any outdoor capacity limits at all colours of the framework
      • increased capacity limits when indoors at Red, moving from 100 to 200 (but still allowing for one-meter spacing) and no capacity limits indoors at Orange and Green
      • no requirement to display QR codes at any setting (but be ready to use them again in the future)
      • no need to have alternate check-in systems for Covid-19 beyond your usual visitor register processes
      • no mask requirements when outdoors (but masks remain a requirement indoors for staff and children/students in Years 4-13 when at Red)
      • additionally, masks are strongly encouraged to be worn at Orange.

At Wainui School we will keep most of the procedures we have used in place for the rest of the term as we are still in Red Level and we have cases in all areas of the school and need to be mindful of staffing numbers, and ensure we can get to the end of term with the least disruption.

We are excited to be able to welcome everyone back on-site, however, we ask if you visit classrooms, please wear a mask.  We will still bring your children down for pick up, this system is working well.


Assembly – Full School –  2:15 pm on the new top court – All welcome if fine. If wet the assembly will be on ZOOM and a link will be sent to you by 1:00pm. This assembly will be to award Hellyer Cups for the Kiwi team and the Pukeko team. Teachers will present certificates to their classes in the value of Resilience.

Board Meeting – Tuesday 5th April – 6.30pm

FOWS Meeting – Wednesday 6th April – 7.00pm


Bike-A-Thon!! How exciting our first event we can all participate in as it is outside!!  It has been a long time since the last whole school event was held, we are all very excited to be able to be together, have fun, and oh my goodness the Raise It fundraising page is showing we have a very generous community – THANK YOU!!!  Massive thank you to Tania Cummack-Ledger for leading and organising this fundraising event and a huge thank you to Mr. Cochrane (Year 5/6 teacher ), Mr. Irvine, Deputy Principal, and Miss Robinson (Year 3&4 teacher ) for all your organisation of the actual day and the races. It is shaping up to be a great day!!

Bike-A-Thon update Tuesday 5th April 

Our first fundraiser for the year so let’s grab our gear, We are here to have a blast and go real fast!  Plenty of fun, hopefully some in the sun, Yummy food and treats, so let’s have a feast! Wainui School let’s raise the hype, let’s go ride our bikes (or scooters!!)  BIKE-A-THON is right around the corner… only 1 week to go… and we can’t wait to see families and friends back on school grounds.  Some food can be pre ordered through your child’s Teacher from tomorrow, food and drinks will also be available during the breaks. Thanks to Simone du Bernard at Harcourts Cooper & Co we have the Coffee and Cone cart here for the day!  We will have sausages in bread, juicies, cupcakes/sweet treats, juice boxes/NZ Natural drinks.  A huge thank you and well done to all the students who have already signed up! So far, we have 203 students and just under $17,000 dollars in sponsorship – what an extraordinary effort. That is over 75% of our students!

We have spot prizes up for grabs all this week to any student who has signed up.  If you haven’t signed up yet – head to  We understand that online may not be accessible for every student, so we will have paper forms for cash donations and sponsorships available in the office. Please contact or collect from the office if you would like this.  In order to make this event a huge success we are seeking support from key local organisations.  We are looking for financial support as well as prizes to help encourage our students to raise as much as they can for our bike-a-thon.

Sponsorship options below:

• Gold Corporate Sponsors $100 – $500
• Prize donations – Anything gratefully received

Prize donations: we would very much like to focus our prizes for this event around physical activity or opportunities for spending time with friends and whanau. We recognize our supporters in our weekly school newsletters, our Facebook page, the event itself and of course our online fundraising website too.  Any physical donations / vouchers or financial support can be sent to the school office or contact FOWS at and we can arrange collection. ANY donation is greatly appreciated.

Pre orders and payments can be made directly to your childs teacher before the event.  Pre orders will be delivered to your childs class at their Lunch break.
Some items will be available for purchase during morning/lunch/afternoon tea breaks.

The sausages we use are not gluten free – We do have some vegan sausages available, please specify clearly if required.

Pre Order Food:

Sausages in Bread – $2

Cupcakes/Slices – $1

Juicies – $2

Combo (Sausage in bread, Juicie and Cupcake/slice) – $5

Available on Breaks:

Cupcakes/Slices – $1

Juicies – $2

NZ Natural Sparking Can – $2

Just Juice Small Juice Boxes – $2

Sausages in Bread – $2 (from Lunch break)

Bikeathon 2022 Timetabling

Shout out to the Semenoff family, this wonderful generous family worked a little bit of magic last weekend not only providing gap 40 to ruts and potholes on our bike track but patching up these and rolling it as well!!! This will make our bike track a bit safer for our Bike-A-Thon. We can’t thank you enough!! What an amazing community we have! Check out the photo of the boys on the tools!

COMING UP  Easter, Anzac Day, and End of Term!!

Easter House Day – will be held on Thursday 14th April. Our House Captains have organised some fun activities to celebrate the end of term as part of their leadership and introduce our houses for the first time.

ANZAC Day is very special for the Wainui Community and will be able to commemorated as it has been for many years at the Cenotaph on Weranui Road.


As we approach the end of Term 1 I wish to thank you all for your support as we have navigated the expectations of mandates, and the raft of Health and Safety measures there have been to live with this term. Everyone has been amazing, respectful, and patient.  It is not easy getting in and out of our one gate, having to drop and leave sometimes anxious children, or anxious parents, meet us outside wearing masks and meet us on ZOOM. We know this will change again as the pandemic changes and we will continue to revise our Health and Safety operating procedures. Some things will not return to the old normal, we look forward to being able to have sports and gatherings, but again these might be different, what we have learned is we do love being together to learn, to play and we will continue to adapt, whilst still have fun and being safe.

As is usual at the end of term, please return all borrowed books, take home all clothing, togs, and shoes!!! Thank you.

See you all next term!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 5th April – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 6th April – FOWS Meeting – 7.00pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 6th April -Vision and Hearing Testing – 9.30am – New Entrants who have not had a B4 School Hearing and Vision test at Pre-school. “Children do not need to be tested if they have completed the B4 School Check”
    11.00am – All Year 7 students
  • Friday 8th April – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – Top court if fine but ZOOM if wet weather (link will be sent out by 1.00pm if needed)
  • Tuesday 12th April – Bike-A-Thon – More information to follow
  • Thursday 14th April – Easter House Day
  • Thursday 14th April – End of Term 1
  • Friday 15th April – Good Friday – Public Holiday
  • Monday 2nd May – First day of Term 2


School Hoodies – See attached for pricing and ordering –

Teacher Aide Position Commencing Term 2 – Kia ora Wainui community. Have I got the opportunity for you! We are seeking someone to join our experienced and highly skilled Wainui School learning support team. The successful applicant will be involved in supporting the educational needs of students in the Year 3/4 area, will deliver programmes to small groups of students, and provide in-class support.

Essential skills include the ability to quickly develop positive relationships, collaboration, excellent communication, flexibility, and being responsive. A great sense of humour is also necessary. You are welcome to contact me for further information about this position or if you would like to meet with me and visit our school prior to submitting your application.  This position is 15-20 hours per week during school terms, will start at the beginning of Term 2, Monday, the 2nd of May, and will conclude at the end of the 2022 school year, Friday, the 16th of December.

Please detail your skills, qualifications, and work experience in your application by sending your CV, including the contact details of two referees and a cover letter to  This is an exciting opportunity to join our supportive learning community.  Wainui offers a lot in terms of great students, a supportive staff, a positive work environment, and a range of professional opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application.

Applications close at 3 pm Tuesday, 12th of April.

Winter Sports

Flippa-Ball (Beginners Water Polo) 

Flippa-Ball will be starting as of the 15th of May. Please click the link below to register your child and find the necessary information:

Hockey (Looking for Y5/6 & Y7/8 Boys) 

Thinking Caps – See attached flyer


sKids –  School Holiday Programme (HP) based at the Stella Maris School Hall is offering safe and fun activities for children aged 5 to 13.

  • Full Day 8am-6pm $62.50 | Event/Trip Full Day 8am-6pm $77.50
  • Short Day 8am-3pm $52.50 | Event/Trip Short Day 8am-3pm $67.50
  • Breakfast Club 7am-8am $7.50 extra

Stella Maris School | 50 Silverdale Street, Silverdale, Auckland

From $7.50 to $77.50 per session

Run by Cheery Kids Limited

If you would like to make a booking please ensure you are registered with us through our online booking website:   You can then create your bookings for the Stella Maris April HP here:

Please see attached our Holiday Programme flyer with details on our activities and themes happening each day.  If you might have any questions or need to enquire, please email us at

Seussical Kids and Xanadu Jr coming to Centrestage Theatre these April School Holidays – 8 shows in total –  2 Shows for the price of 1  – These shows will be on during the first week of the school holidays.  We hope to follow in the footsteps of our much talked about sell out seasons of Shrek, Annie, The Music Man Kids & Beauty & The Beast Jr and of course our award winning “13 The Musical”.  We love it as its all about the kids and producing an amazing production for the community.   Unfortunately due to Covid we have had to postponed the shows last October and then last December – so we are thrilled to get to this stage.  Our creative team has vast amounts of experience within Musical Theatre in New Zealand.   Our casts are based all over North Shore and Rodney District.
Director: Sophia Pedersen, Musical Director: Annelie Maddock, Choreographer: Tegan Hardy.

Rise Up Basketball will be hosting its first Holiday Camp for 2022.
Dates: Tuesday – Thursday 26th April – 28th April
Times: 9am – 3pm (Drop off 8:30am – 9am | Pick up 3pm – 3:30pm)
Age: Year 4 – Year 8
Cost: $130 per child
Subway lunch option available – $35
Registration link below