Kia ora Koutou,

Newsletter Focus:

  • Bike-A-Thon 
  • ANZAC Day
  • Term 2 Powhiri 
  • Some Celebrations
  • Student Leaders
  • Enrolment Zone Consultation

Bike-A-Thon – Wow, wow, wow, what a phenomenal amount raised, we are all blown away! Thank you to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, and neighbour for their support.  So now the weather is holding us to ransom and it is too risky to try and hold the event today with such a bad forecast of Cyclone Fili, the management team has made the difficult decision to postpone. We look forward to a fun-filled day on Thursday, the food is ordered and ready to go! You are all welcome!

The timetable remains the same –  Bikeathon 2022 Timetable

Unfortunately, Harcourt’s coffee and cone van cannot come on Thursday, it is sponsored by Simone du Bernard BUT we will endeavor to get our coffee cart resurrected and going. If anyone is a coffee maker and can spare an hour or so on Thursday, please let us know.

ANZAC Day Service –  This is such a privilege as a community to be a part of the Upper Waiwera Service and Celebration at the Weranui Road Cenotaph. On Monday, the 25th of April, an ANZAC Day Commemoration will be held at the Upper Waiwera Cenotaph (705 Weranui Road) beginning at 2:30 pm. This commemoration is open to the public and it would be great to see our school families in attendance. Wainui School has a close association with the service at the Upper Waiwera Cenotaph, having been involved for many years following the closure of Upper Waiwera School in the 1970s. Many families at Wainui School, both past and present, have close connections to the cenotaph. Harry Browne Hale and Sunny Odedra will represent the school.

Our students are providing some artwork to put on display at the afternoon tea  At the conclusion of the service, a pipe band will lead the way to Maureen Patterson’s house, 1a McCathie Road, for a shared afternoon tea. If you intend to attend the afternoon tea, it would be fantastic if you could provide a plate. If you have any questions, please direct them to

Please find the enclosed flyer with all the details – Anzac Day – 2022_A5_V2

Term 2 Powhiri – Friday 6th May 9:15 am –  We plan to begin the term with a Powhiri to welcome new staff members, teachers Mr. Luke Cochrane, Miss Brooke Hunter, and Mr. Nick Wotton. We also wish to welcome all new families that have not been welcomed officially at a Powhiri as has been our tradition in the past. This includes families from, not only this year, but those who haven’t been welcomed in 2021. There will be kai to follow.

Some Celebrations –  This term we have had much to celebrate; from producing our first jars of honey and creating a label, with the support of SJA Honey to re-establishing the gardens in the weekly Garden to Table programme. Sue Johnson, since taking over the role of garden specialist has revived the gardens and with the teachers and children of the Tui and Takahe teams invigorated the gardens. They look amazing and are producing food again. You are most welcome to wander down and have a look during the bike-a-thon.

Student Leaders – One of the highlights of my week is always my time to work with our student councillors. These young leaders are a joy to work with! Violet has already got student voices up and running. Click on the link to listen to their plans!!!

Sunny, Ashton, Violet, Samatha, and Quinn (front) are our young leaders of 2022!!

Shout Outs and Thanks – With just two days to go until the end of Term, I wish to thank every parent/ caregiver, grandparent, and support person for helping keep our school community safe, supported, and enabling our tamariki/ children to attend school as much as we can within the rules and the procedures that living with Covid-19 has had.  I also wish to thank every member of the staff, the teachers, and the support staff for all their hard work, the relentless positivity, the care and commitment everyone has shown to keep the learning going, developing the hybrid learning, keeping hygiene Red Level procedures in place, but most of all providing such a positive learning environment for our akonga/ learners.

Finally, I wish to thank the Wainui Board and the FOWS team of parents for your endless support at meeting in Red Level and for ensuring Wainui School is a school that is inclusive of the community and continues to make it a better place.  Your support and productivity is amazing.  The outcome of the first fundraiser is amazing.  Special thank you to Tania Ledger-Cummack for organising and driving the Bike-A-Thon Raise It fundraising side, the prizes, and coordinating the food – outstanding!!


Enrolment Zone Consultation – With Milldale being built over the next year and the growth continuing we as a community have a say on whether we put in an enrolment zone around Wainui School. This means children within the Zone get first priority to enrol, then we can fill up the classrooms. Currently, we have the capacity for 350-400 children. Our current roll is 273 and will reach 300 by October with the enrolments we have now.  The Board has some jurisdiction but would like feedback from all the community we have, many of you are out of zone enrolments.  If there was to be a zone, it would mean you need to apply in a ballot to attend Wainui School.

Please read and complete the consultation here on Wainui School website

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Thursday 14th April – Bike-A-Thon – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
  • Thursday 14th April – End of Term 1
  • Friday 15th April – Good Friday – Public Holiday
  • Monday 25th April- ANZAC day
  • Monday 2nd May – First day of Term 2
  • Friday 6th May – Powhiri to welcome new staff and families – 9.15am –  10.00am followed by morning tea
  • Thursday 12th May – Photo Day
  • Friday 27th May – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Monday 6th June – Queens Birthday – Public Holiday – No School Today


Bike-a-Thon UPDATE – NOW ON THURSDAY 14TH APRIL – Well, the weather was not on our side today unfortunately so Thursday here we come!  Something that we cannot control and all the planning and hard work from everyone will pay off come Thursday and the kids will still have a fun, fantastic day!  The timetable will be the same and still hope you can join us for plenty of food and fun.  We have reached over $25,000 – what a spectacular effort by our children, families and friends near and far! Our cut-off for fundraising will finish at midday tomorrow (Wednesday 13th) and all the prizes will be awarded on Thursday afternoon for the winners to enjoy over the school holidays – good luck everyone! Thank you to our sponsors Simone du Bernard at Harcourts Cooper and Co and Build2 (the Ritchie Family) for making our fundraiser possible and for the fantastic prizes up for grabs.  IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC IF ALL THE CHILDREN WORE THEIR HOUSE COLOURS, THERE ARE HOUSE POINTS UP FOR GRABS!!!!!

We have sausages (plain, gluten-free and vegan) brownies, cupcakes, cookies,  and juicies available for pre-order and at breaks to enjoy on the day.  Any child that doesn’t have access to a bike or scooter please let the office know as we will have a few bikes and scooters available to borrow on the day, there are also helmets.  Please let us know if your child is at home in isolation for the event and we will put aside some spot prizes for their return. If they are doing something at home on the day, please send us photos!  Oooh and don’t forget we have an awesome Easter basket raffle – $2 a ticket or 3 for $5.  We can’t wait to have families and friends back onto school grounds and having a great time (following the Schools Health and Safety Guidelines and the Parent Code of Conduct is adhered to, to ensure the safety of all our children, staff and visitors).  Any questions please contact the FOWS team on or the office.

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:

School Hoodies – See attached for pricing and ordering –

Photo Day – It will soon be time for your photos again and your photo day is on Thursday 12th May.


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