Kia ora Koutou,

I trust you all enjoyed having the extra day with the Queens Birthday weekend,  I thought I would share one of my little moments.  Time to enjoy breakfast and this weekend it was our very own Wainui School Honey, absolutely delicious.  There is still some for sale, I feel very privileged to be able to eat this!!!


  • Garden to Table 
  • Support Staff Week
  • MasterChef heats start next week.
  • Road and Drive Way Safety


Garden to Table – The gardens are amazing!!! I had to include these wonderful photos of Travis Dunning last week working in the garden. Sue Johnson, our Garden to Table specialist has enabled the gardens to flourish!! Do come and have a look for yourself, you are most welcome. If you have any seedlings at any time to donate we would always welcome these. We are keen to establish this year our bigger tunnel house to raise our own seedlings.

Wednesdays  – Continues to be a hive of activity in our senior school each week and I will feature one or two of the activities happening.


Support Staff Week – Time to celebrate our Office staff; Mel Ludwig, Kay Elliott, Barbara De Cort, our  Teacher Aides; Tanya Glover, Mel McDermid, Tammy Fuller and Barbara De Cort and our Caretaker/ Property Manager Richard Bray.  We can’t thank you enough for everything you do!!! This week the teachers will treat you.  Schools cannot do it without you!!

Football Hibiscus Coast Year 5&6 Tournament – Thursday 9th June at Stanmore Bay –  Mr. Cochrane is taking our teams to the tournament and all students have received their permission slips by now, they should be handed into the office. Students need to wear Wainui School representative T shirt, take warm clothes and a raincoat as well as lunch and a drink.

MasterChef Registration – There will be sign-up sheets at the registration desk outside the office and posters around the school with the information. Sign up days are Tuesday – Thursday.


Heat, Date, Time  Year Group  Cooking
Heat 1:  Monday 13 June  1 Sandwiches
Heat 2:  Tuesday 14 June 2 Sandwiches
Heat 3:  Wednesday 15 June 3 Pikelets
Heat 4:  Thursday 16 June 4 Pikelets
Heat 5:  Monday 20 June 5 Spinach and Corn Quiche
Heat 6:  Tuesday 21 June 6 Spinach and Corn Quiche
Heat 7:  Thursday 23 June 7/8 Spinach and Corn Quiche

The semi-finals will be on Tuesday the 28th June, Week 9 & Wednesday the 29th June, Week 9. 

If you have any questions please email Ashton (leader of MasterChef) or Gillian Bray. Their emails are down below.


Matariki  Assembly and Pukeko Team – Friday 17th June – This is our next full school Assembly. All classes will be sharing their Waiata, plus our Junior Team will feature some of their performance items. Matariki Week –  This follows in Week 8, 20th – 24th June with the focus on celebrating Te Ao Maori, Matariki (new beginnings) and finishes with a day of celebration on Thursday 23rd June.

Farewell Afternoon Tea – Shelley Ross – Friday 8th July – A special afternoon tea will be held in the staffroom at 3:15pm to farewell Miss Ross. All parents who wish to join the staff are most welcome. If you would like to attend please RSVP to the school office by Monday 27th June to finalise catering numbers.

Road and Driveway Safety – We continue with this focus as I have been including this in my newsletter each week.  This week, FOWS Chairperson Leslie Ann Linn has organised another meeting with all important parties, Local MP Chris Penk,  Waka Kotahi representatives, and Wainui School Board to attend on Friday afternoon 2:30- 3:30pm to emphasise the need for the speed limit to be dropped outside our school gate. Every week we are hearing stories of trucks and cars passing through at a fast rate. especially at pick up time!!


Mid-Year Reports –  The teachers are continuing to write mid-year reports, you will receive a short summary that grades your child’s demonstration of the school values and a short general comment. The next three pages will summarise data judgements that use the learning progressions. Here is the next comment following last weeks introduction to help you as parents understand the report:

Reporting to Parents

Our report forms have undergone changes over the last two years and we are now using the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) that reports to parents on progress and achievement.

Our PaCT report will be informing parents of the Teacher judgements for Reading, Writing and Maths. These are in graph form, reporting on progress over time, and they have several key elements:

  1. Progress chart –  (A little like a Plunket growth chart) The student’s progress in relation to both curriculum expectations and typical student progress and a projection of the student’s likely progress over the next year.
  2. Describing progress – A short description which gives an overview of what students can typically do at the part of the scale that the student is achieving at. Next steps to move to the next curriculum level are also described.
  3. Current achievement – The student’s most recent achievement profile across the aspects of the PaCT reading, writing, or mathematics framework.

A more detailed description of the progress chart will be provided in next weeks newsletter.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Monday 13th June – MasterChef Heats – Year 1
  • Tuesday 14th June – MasterChef Heats – Year 2
  • Tuesday 14th June – Board Meeting – 6.30pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 15th June – MasterChef Heats – Year 3
  • Wednesday 15th June – FOWs Meeting – 7pm – Staffroom
  • Thursday 16th June – MasterChef Heats – Year 4
  • Friday 17th June – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Monday 20th June – MasterChef Heats – Year 5
  • Tuesday 21st June – MasterChef Heats – Year 6
  • Thursday 23rd June – MasterChef Heats – Year 7/8
  • Friday 24th June – Matariki Holiday (Public Holiday – No School Today)
  • Tuesday 28th June – MasterChef Semi-Finals
  • Wednesday 29th June – MasterChef Semi-Finals
  • Wednesday 6th July – MasterChef Final
  • Friday 8th July – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Friday 8th July – Last Day of Term 2
  • Monday 25th July – First Day of Term 3


Year 8 Fundraising – The Year 8 students are in the process of fundraising in order to help fund the purchase of the Year 8 leavers hoodies.   They will be running hot chocolate and biscuit sales in the second break on Week 6 – Friday 10th June, Week 7 – Friday 17th June and Week 9 – Friday 1st July.

The cost is:
Hot chocolate $2
Biscuit $1
The year 8’s will be visiting each classroom to provide all children with further details.  Thanks so much for your support.

Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste – Last Friday the Year 8’s had a visit from Betsy Kettle of Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste, she presented a lesson on how to use a bokashi system using Biochar in order to reduce food waste. This action is one of the top 100 actions humanity has to reverse climate change.  Starting in Week 7, Wainui School will be using this system to minimise food waste at our school. The Year 8 Leaders will be trained to help all of the classes to manage the system effectively so we can instigate change at our school. All students will be asked to place their food scraps in special classroom caddies rather than take them home. The “compost” we make will then be used in our Garden to Table gardens to improve the soil and increase productivity.  Thanks so much to Foundation North for donating all of the equipment that we needed to get this system up and running at our school. We are so grateful for the wonderful community support we have.


MATARIKI GLOW SHOW – MATARIKI GLOW SHOW is a giant scale glow-in-the-dark puppet show!  We’re at ÕREWA EVENT CENTRE this Saturday – collaborating and fundraising with your community college!
11am for 0-5 yo ( shorter show)
1pm family show for all ages
Please book at EVENTFINDA!
or DOOR SALES accepted!
or get in touch so we can put tickets aside for you!

Please find further information – MGS Info Sheet – Orewa