Kia ora Koutou,

A few housekeeping matters as we come to half way through term 2!!

  • School Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times – These are 8:15am drop-off and pick-up 3:00pm, please be mindful there are no duty teachers before school. Teachers finish after school supervision by 3:10pm.
  • Clothing – The lost property pile is increasing, please name jumpers and jackets etc to ensure all are returned their owners.
  • Payments and Donations – Please ensure the school donation – $200 per child and the activity payments are all up to date. If you need to put this on a longer time payment then let Miss Ludwig in the office know, we are always happy to help.

News Focus:

  • Winter Sports Teams and Managers
  • Industrial Action and What’s Happening for Teachers
  • Teacher Only Day Friday
  • Hosting a Japanese Student
  • MasterChef 


  • Winter Sports Teams and Managers – The school is a hive of sports practices most mornings and after school. It is awesome to see and hear!! Huge thank you to firstly the sports code managers – Melissa Mexted – Netball, Carin Long – Hockey, Tanya Cummack-Ledger – Basketball and Luke Cochrane – Flippa Ball. We have a total of 23 teams amazing!! I hear from many children the scores, the game and how they are all going. Thank you first to the key drivers of all our school teams and to all the mums and dads coaching teams, getting children to games and practices, well done!! Any support needed or issues please ensure you let these managers know or Mrs Halena Howard or Mr Luke Cochrane.


  • Industrial Action and What’s Happening for Teachers and Principals – This week teachers are meeting to discuss their latest offer that includes not just pay but conditions as well. This is instead of the Strike we warned of last Friday. The Principals offer is yet to come which is why I am part of the working team on Wednesday.
  • Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day Friday 2nd June – Planned for a long time we are all as teachers across the Kahui Ako excited to come together again (it has been 3 years since our last mini conference due to the pandemic). This year all 8 schools; Orewa College, Silverdale Primary, Dairy Flat School, Orewa Primary, Orewa Beach School, Ahutoetoe School, Nukumea School and Wainui School will join to together to hear key note speaker Hamish Brewer aka the Tattooed, Skateboarding Principal!! We are all excited to hear Hamish speak, having met Hamish a few times he is incredibly passionate, shares amazing stories from his work in the United States but as a kiwi is keen to contribute and understand what is going on in Education in New Zealand today after being away for so long.


  • Hosting a Japanese Student 1st – 11th August – Thank you to everyone who has offered to host a student or two!! We are thrilled as like the mini conference we haven’t done this for 3 years because of the pandemic. We are thrilled to be able to bring back this cultural exchange it will be a wonderful experience for everyone. If you are not sure please come and talk to us about hosting e.g. it doesn’t mean you have to rush around and be a tour guide as the whole idea of the exchange is to experience “kiwi” life. It can be as simple as joining the weekly supermarket visit, playing games with your children, helping look after your animals, going to the beach! We still need to more host families, please consider this, it is a big fundraiser for school as well. Thank you!
  • MasterChef – 163 children entered this year so we have had to put our heads together to design a competition that will enable everyone who wants to compete and has a few surprises and changes this year. Year 8 student councillor Harry Browne Hale together with Jakob Brown, Oscar Price, myself and Nikki Browne (Harry’s mum) are putting together the event that will see the heats completed this term and the finals at the beginning of term 3. This will enable the finalists  to practice their own creations over the holidays!!                                                                                                               

Organisation – Next week (Tuesday 6th June) our MasterChef competition will begin and over the following weeks we will be holding the Heats, Semi-Finals and the Grand Final. If your child has entered MasterChef they will be bringing home a letter with more details this week. However we wanted to give you a brief overview of the timetable and what to expect, so that you can start practising now!

For the Heats the Year 1-2s are making Sandwiches and the Years 3-8 are making Pikelets. The letter will set out the details of this, but the children are expected to bring all their ingredients and any utensils they need to complete their dish. Please find below the timetable for the Heats:

HEATS – Tuesday 6th June to Friday 16th June

Heat 1 – Tuesday 6th June – Kohekohe

Heat 2 – Wednesday 7th June – Pukatea and Puriri

Heat 3 – Friday 9th June – Kahikatea

Heat 4 – Monday 12th June – Nikau

Heat 5 – Tuesday 13th June – Kowhai and Totara

Heat 6 – Wednesday 14th June – Pohutukawa and Kawakawa

Heat 7 – Thursday 15th June – Koromiko and Rata

Heat 8 – Friday 16th June – Matai and Rimu

The top 6 dishes from each heat will go through to the Semi-Finals. Please note that as Heat 3 Kahikatea has low numbers, the top 3 dishes from this heat will go straight to the Grand Finals. If your child makes it through to the Semi-Finals they will be given another letter with further information on or before Friday 16th June.

SEMI-FINALS –  Monday 19th June to Wednesday 21st June

For the Semi-Finals the Years 1-4 will be making Scrambled Eggs and the Years 5-8 will be making Omelettes. The Semi-Finals dates are below:

Semi-Final 1 – Monday 19th June – Top 6 from Heats 1, 2 and 4

Semi-Final 2 – Tuesday 20th June – Top 6 from Heats 5 and 6

Semi-Final 3 – Wednesday 21st June – Top 6 from Heats 7 and 8

The top 3 dishes from each Semi-Final will go through to the Grand Final.

GRAND FINAL – Friday 28th July and Prizegiving

In true MasterChef style, in the Grand Final, the finalists will be allowed to cook anything either sweet or savoury, whatever they believe is their “signature dish”. They will have up to 45 minutes to prepare and cook their dish and then they will present their dish to the judges.

We hope this gives you an overview of the MasterChef event and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me Also we’re looking to have a “celebrity” judge for our Grand Final so if anyone has any contacts can you please let us know. Thank you!

Harry and Jakob


Despite the rain our Garden to Table programme has begun again!! If you would like to volunteer in the gardens please let us know and come and be a part of this fabulous day. It’s Wednesdays weekly from 10:30am – 2:00pm.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 30th May – Whanau Ropu Hui
  • Friday 2nd June – Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 5th June – King’s Birthday – No School
  • Tuesday 6th June – Hoodie orders due
  • Tuesday 6th June – Board Meeting – 6:30pm
  • Friday 9th June – Hot Chocolate Fundraiser
  • Friday 9th June – Kiwi Team Assembly – 2pm
  • Wednesday 14th June – FOWS Meeting – 7pm
  • Friday 23rd June – Tui/ Takahe Team Assembly – 2pm
  • Tuesday 27th June – Whanau Ropu Hui
  • Friday 30th June – End of Term 2


Hoodies – School hoodies can be ordered by completing an order form in the office. Child sizes 6 – 14 are $60 including name on the back. Adult sizes XS, S, M, L & XL are $66 including name on the back. We need to have a minimum number of hoodies before we can put the order through. Please place your order by Tuesday 6th June.


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Rockets Yr 2 vs CIC.  Won: 9 – 7.  POD: Murphy Mia. Coach’s Award: Genevieve Watt. Captain: Sophie Starr.
Wainui Stars Yr 3 vs BBS Red Stars.  Lost: 2 – 7.  POD: The Whole Team.
Wainui Asteroids Yr 5 vs Mairangi Bay Galaxy.  Draw: 2 – 2.  POD: Viviana Hellyer.
Wainui Galaxy Yr 6 vs HPPS.  Lost: 1 – 18.  POD: Nalia Searle-Pauli & Morgan Price.


Wainui Wasps Yr 3/4 Boys vs Orewa Beach.  Won: 4 – 1.  POD: Bastian Brown.
Wainui Warriors Yr 5/6 vs Kingsway Impact.  Won: 5 – 1. (previous week)
Wainui Warriors Yr 5/6 vs Kingsway Intent.  Won: 5 – 0.
Wainui Tomahawks Yr 7/8 vs Westminster Christian School Sentinels.  Won: 10 – 2.


Wainui Stingers Yr 3/4 vs Wainui Jets Yr 3/4.  Draw: 6 – 6.  POD: Frank Jarvie.
Wainui Thunder Yr 5 vs Ahutoetoe Pythons.  Won: 6 – 1.  POD: George Jarvie.
Wainui Warriors Y5/6 vs Stella Rockets.  Lost: 8 – 16.  POD: Milyn McCulluch.
Wainui Hawkes Yr 6 vs Lightning Starz.  Lost: 25 – 5.
Wainui Senior Yr 7/8 vs Kingsway Thunder.  Won: 22 – 19.  POD: Hamish Fincham.


Want to learn first aid, life skills and make amazing friends? Join our St John Youth programme! Our local division is based at the Kaukapakapa Bowls Club at 1015 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa (next to the school). We meet every Tuesday evening during term time from 5:30pm – 7pm. The youth programme is open to all children aged 5 – 18 and we offer a comprehensive and fun programme where children earn badges for their learning. St John also host a number of optional camps and weekend activities throughout the year. For more information please visit: or contact Caroline Thompson, Assistant Division Manager on or Sheryl Pawley, Division Manager on


The best gift you can give to your child/children is to allow them to free play in nature these School Holidays with CK!
The Conscious Kids Social Enterprise invites your tamariki to create deep/emotional with Natural Environment + Communities around them in a 100% play-in-nature school holiday programme this July.
Winter will be fantastic to comply with our number 1 ‘rule’: HAVE FUN! We’ll play in the rain, get muddy, make tree huts, huddle around the fire and go on WILD adventures.
Nature free play has proven physical, emotional and social health benefits. Our all-day programme allows the children to fully immerse themselves in nature, learn about risk and set challenges for themselves in a supervised setting. We provide basic equipment suitable for exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, hammocks, magnifying glasses and much more. Staff are present for supervision and support, letting tamariki lead their own activities – mudslides, tree climbing, puddle splashing, hammock and hut building, etc. Social competence is a strong focus, as children work together to set rules within a framework of respect for others and the environment. Our vision is “Little Seeds for a Better Future” as we believe that children who spend time in nature will develop the skills and attributes needed to be successful in their school years, and beyond.
Our Holiday Programmes will run in July (WEEK 1: from Monday 3rd to Friday 10th of July / WEEK 2: from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th of July) at a cost of $75/child per day.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS SALE will be available from Monday 29th of May to Sunday 4th of June, at a cost of $70/child per day!

Daily programmes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are designed for children aged 5 – 12 yrs old. For booking and more information, please visit