Kia ora Koutou,

Winter is here, even though we don’t have snow, we have rain, hail, wind and sun!!  Lots of warm clothes and jackets being worn to school!! Thank you for all your vigilance in keeping children at home if they are unwell. Our Covid numbers are tailing down, now only 3% of us. Numbers with coughs and winter ailments are rising. We are so fortunate all our learning spaces are well heated and ventilated and we have our increased concrete playground to use for play.  It is certainly making a big difference.

Focus this week

  • Soccer 
  • Wainui MasterChef 2022
  • Matariki
  • Mid-Year Reports


Soccer – Thank you Mr Cochrane for managing, coaching and enthusing our soccer teams last week. It is just great to be participating in tournaments, representing the school, winning and losing as it is important to experience.  Mr Cochrane has been really impressed and proud of the attitude of all our teams he takes to sports competitions so well done to all involved.


Wainui MasterChef 2022 – Yes we are ready for this much loved competition that has had to take a back seat for a year or so, but its back with lots of children registered to compete!!  We start with the Juniors on Tuesday creating sandwiches, then the Year 3 and 4’s this week are making pikelets. All children registered for the competition have received a letter outlining what they need to bring and the criteria they will be judged on. This is a student councillor led competition, they organise the children, judge the competition, and clean up between heats. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Matariki “Manawatia a Matariki Celebrating Matariki” – This starts for Wainui School on Friday with our Matariki Assembly.  All teams have been learning a new waiata with Whaea LeeAnne on Tuesdays and we will share these and more.  It is also Pukeko Team Assembly and they will be featuring some performance items as well as presenting the Hellyer Cups, our very special award.  There is only one per class, so it is very difficult for the teacher to choose the recipient.  We will be presenting certificates for the value of being Relational.


Manawatia a Matariki Continues – The teachers have planned a week of activities to celebrate Matariki, integrate into learning programmes and will culminate in a house day on Thursday before we all break for the new holiday to celebrate Matariki and have a long weekend.


Mid-Year Reports – These will be sent home on the last day of Term 2.

Reporting to parents

At the end of the term your child will bring home their mid-year report. As outlined in previous newsletters we changed our reporting format a number of years ago and are using the Progress and Consistency Tool that reports to parents on progress and achievement but COVID meant we did not send this out at the end of last year.

Next term, at our planned learning conversations, whānau will have an opportunity to discuss the report and ask any questions that you may have.


Our youngest team of sports people – Wainui Year 1 Sapphires – Congratulations Christine Starr for all your coaching and support.  Christine wrote: I am proud to coach the Year 1 Wainui Sapphires team. All the girls have never played before and are doing well with their ball skills and shooting the goals. The Wainui Sapphires won their first game on Saturday. They showed great team work and improvement. The team consists of Sophie Starr, Aimee Clough, Leane Conradie, Heidi Pohl, Murphy Mia, Sanskruthi Gopinath, Genevieve Watt and Christi Vorster.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Saturday 6th August – Quiz Night – Wainui School Hall


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 7 – Friday 17th June.

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.

Quiz Night – Saturday 6th August – “FOWs are excited to let you know the date for the much anticipated Wainui School Quiz Night. We are currently on the hunt for some amazing silent and live auction prizes, if you have an item you would like to donate or know an amazing person/ company who would like to please email . Put the date in your diaries now and come join us for the school night of the year! “

Thinking Caps – See attached flyer


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Year 1 Wainui Sapphire vs Torbay Ferns.  Won: 2-1.  POD: Aimee Clough and Leane Conradie.

Year 2 – Game 1 – Wainui Gems vs Browns Bay Dragonflies.  Won: 4-0.  POD:  Micky Long and Charlotte Andrell.  Thank you to Kelsie for playing for us.

Year 2 – Game 2 – Wainui Gems vs St John’s Violets.  Won: 12-0.  POD: Adriana Magan and Amal Mamashayeva.  Thank you to Helena for playing for us.

28/5/22: Year 4 Wainui Asteroids vs Torbay Storm Lost 3-4.  POD Viviana Hellyer.

11/6/22:  Year 4 Wainui Asteroids vs Marina View Starts.  Lost: 1-3.  POD: Amani Linton.

Year 5 Wainui Galaxy vs Pinehill Dragons.  Lost: 8-1.  POD: Ayla Lodge.  Sportsmanship: Morgan Price.

Year 6 Wainui Stars vs Longbay Dragons.  Won: 17 -1.  POD: Ruby Rowley and Amy Lowe.


Year 3/4 Wainui Wasps vs Wainui Speed Cats. Lost: 5-6.  POD: Zain Ouzoun.

Year 4 Wainui Speed Cats vs Wainui wasps.  Won: 6-5.  POD: Kora Cooper.

Year 5/6 Wainui Wairau vs Silverdale Sticks.  Won: 8-1.  POD: Capri Fairhurst.

Wainui Tomahawks Hockey v Orewa College Black. Won: 6 – 2. POD: Nikolai Pelser.

This was taken after our win last week. This team plays in the Intermediate grade (Yrs7-8) though we are a team made up of Yrs 5-8. Each week they try their hardest and battle it out against much bigger and older sides. We’re all so proud of how much they have developed their game and how they always keep trying no matter what!


07/06/22 Wainui Warriors vs Red Beach Raiders.  Won: 10-2.

Wainui School Senior Basketball v Whangaparaoa College Black. Lost: 2 – 24. MVP: Oscar Price.


Wainui Ripples. Won 10: – 0.  POD: Vuliana Lodge.

Wainui Surges.  Lost: 1-11.  POD: Leo Banton.

If anyone is keen to try flippaball in year 5 or 6, please contact Sandy Tucker at We would love some new players.


Tim Bray Theatre Company Kia Ora banner
Badjelly the Witch photo by David Rowland /

Photo by David Rowland /

Badjelly the Witch  by Spike Milligan, adapted for stage by Tim Bray, QSM

Her name is Badjelly and she can turn children into sausages or chop them up to make boy-girl soup. Sometimes she turns policemen into apple trees, and bananas into mice!

Spike Milligan’s classic fairy story about two children, Tim and Rose, looking for their lost cow Lucy, is brought to life on stage through his many magical enchanted forest characters, Dulboot the Giant, Binklebonk the Tree Goblin, Mudwiggle the Worm, Dinglemouse and Jim the Giant Eagle.

4-8 July, The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna

SOLD OUT 26-29 July, Māngere Arts Centre, Māngere