Kia ora Koutou,

Matariki at Wainui School – Matariki is a special occasion in the New Zealand calendar which marks the start of the Māori New Year. Signified by the Matariki cluster of stars reappearing in our night sky, this is a time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead. We began the celebrations with last Fridays assembly. Congratulations to all classes for your waiata and to the junior team for a wonderful performance celebration. Classes will be integrating themes and ideas of Matariki throughout the week, teachers and children will be involved in a rotation of activities, which include mahi ā-ringa (crafts), waiata (songs), rangahau (research), and purakau (stories). On Thursday, our Year 8 house leaders will run a House Day for our tamariki to enjoy. At Wainui School, we have acknowledged Matariki for many years and celebrated it in many different ways.  Whatever you are doing over the Matariki weekend, take time for yourself to pause and reset. It might be cold and dark now, but summer is creeping slowly around the corner. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!

Newsletter focus:

  • Wainui School Board News 
  • Wainui Food Waste Management System
  • MasterChef
  • Sponsorship
  • Basketball Fundraiser

Wainui School Board News – Farewell and thank you to Nadine Phillips immediate past Presiding Member (Board Chair) of the Wainui School Board has stepped down at last Tuesdays meeting. Nadine has in fact been overdue to stand down as all her children have left Wainui School, the last one at the end of 2020. Nadine wanted to finish her 3 year tenure as close as possible to the end of the term.  Nikki Browne has stepped in and is now the Presiding Member (Board Chair). Nikki has been on the Board for 2 terms of tenure and currently holds the Community portfolio.  We now only have two more Board meetings until a new Board is elected. We will have space for new Board members to step in, please consider this rewarding role, especially if you are wanting to be a part of the strategic direction of our school and are keen to understand the governing role of a Board member.  Nikki Browne and I will be available for a ZOOM Board information meeting on Tuesday 28th June at 1:30- 2:00pm and in person on Tuesday 28th June at 5:00pm- 5:30pm. Please R.S.V.P. if you will be attending either of these meetings as we will then share a ZOOM link with you.

Board Election Dates:

  • 15th July nominations called for all members.
  • 3rd August nominations close
  • 10th August voting papers issued
  • 7th September ELECTION DAY
  • 14th September New Board takes office 


Netball Tournament – Year 6 – Thank you to mum and manager Kelly Fairhurst for organising this opportunity for a team of Year 6 students to compete in a schools netball tournament on Wednesday 22nd June.  We wish you all well.

Wainui Food Waste Management System – We have had a fantastic start to our Wainui food waste management system this week. The students were all fabulous at putting all of their food scraps in their food caddies and delivering them to the bokashi station. The year 8’s have started quite a few bokashi buckets and are very enthusiastic about doing their bit to help climate change. If you would like to find out more about the system we are running at school, then here is an opportunity to attend a workshop.  “If you are interested in finding out more about how to build topsoil and create a carbon sink on your property, please attend one of three free informational meetings.  Everyone is invited to hear more about the Zero Waste Zero Carbon Programme happening at Wainui School and the City to Farm Project on either 7 Aug, 2 Sept or 1 Oct from 1-3 at the Wainui Hall.”

MasterChef Competitions – Years 5-8  – These are being held this week. we do apologise for the change of day as students organising we want to make sure everyone knows and has the correct day and information. All year 5-8s are making pikeletes, the jam and cream will be supplied . Our emphasis is on less wastage and food we will eat.

Tuesday 21st June – Year 5 heats. 

Wednesday 22nd June –  Year 6 heats

Thursday 23rd June – Year 7&8 heats

Year 5-6 Basketball Fundraiser – On Thursday 23rd June the years 5-6 basketball girls and boys will be serving up yummy hot sausages and juicies for lunch.  Come bounce with us on the courts at lunch time for a fun intro to basketball if anyone is interested in playing basketball for next year.  Orders/ payment to class teachers by Thursday morning this week.  See attached flyer – Basketball fundraiser 23_6_22

Sausages $2 (gluten free/vegan available)

Juicies $2

The Year 5-6 basketball teams  – Hawks and Warriors are kicking off fundraising to assist in buying new, and updating the old sports uniforms and equipment we have at the school. Unfortunately we don’t have a budget for this and rely on parents/ caregivers. Our school is passionate about a variety of sports and would like to represent the school with some Wainui sports gear.  We also have a basketball representative coming along from North Harbour Basketball to share some skills and knowledge, so join us on the courts at lunch time!  If you are sports mad or a company and would like to sponsor a team/ or sport please contact the office and we can look at getting your logo/ business name on our gear or advertised in some way.  If you are in the clothing/ screen printing business or have access to sports equipment and could help the school, please also contact the office.


MasterChef Semi Finals Competitions – Years 1-8 will be held on Tuesday 28th June and Thursday 30th June.   

Tuesday 28th June – Year 1-4m semi-finalists. Year 1 & 2’s are making wraps and Year 3 & 4’s are making scrambled eggs.
Thursday 30th June – Year 5-8 semi-finalists. Year 5 – 8’s are making omelettes.
All criteria and what to bring will be sent to you in a seperate letter from the Student Councillors.


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.


Sponsorship – Currently we are updating a new sponsorship document which we will share shortly with everyone. There is opportunity for families to support the school with all types of sponsorship. Thank you to the Huggins family who are keen to work with us in the area of tree trimming, mulch and water with their company A1 Sure Services.

We are also offering a family sponsorship of the matting to go on the Boardwalk. If anyone would like to sponsor this, please let me know. The total cost is $3,700. Every little and big bit helps the schoool.

Quiz Night – Something for the parents.  Quiz night is coming up on Saturday 6th August.   This year our wonderful Nikki Ellis and Annaliese Hewitt have everything in hand and are asking for us to round up some auction items for people to bid on (excessively) on the night. If you have something to donate, please let us know as this is another great school fundraiser.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 21st June – MasterChef Heats – Year 5
  • Wednesday 22nd June – MasterChef Heats – Year 6
  • Wednesday 22nd June – Year 6 Netball Tournament
  • Thursday 23rd June – MasterChef Heats – Year 7/8
  • Thursday 23rd June – Matariki House Day
  • Thursday 23rd June – Basketball Fundraiser – Sausage sizzle and jucies for sale – $2 each
  • Friday 24th June – Matariki Holiday (Public Holiday – No School Today)
  • Tuesday 28th June – MasterChef Semi-Finals – Years 1-4
  • Tuesday 28th June – Board Information Meeting via ZOOM 1.30-2.00pm, In person 5.00-5.30pm
  • Thursday 30th June – MasterChef Semi-Finals – Years 5-8
  • Tuesday 5th 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
  • Friday 29th July – Last day to order Ag Day chicks
  • Saturday 6th August – Quiz Night – Wainui School Hall


Ag Day – Friday 21st October 2022 Update # 1

This year, Wainui School will celebrate its annual tradition of Ag Day on Friday 21st October 2022. This day has become the biggest day for our families – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and past pupils are all welcomed to this important community event.

To enter an animal, the lamb, calf or kid goat must be born between 1st July and 15th September.

We are ordering the day old chicks again too (Brown Shavers).The chicks will be delivered to school after their August hatch date. Orders need to be given to the office before Friday 29th July to

Chicks are $10.00 each.

Children raising a pet lamb, calf or kid goat to present in various categories is at the heart of Ag Day and ribbons are distributed at the conclusion of judging for each category.

Children with their animals who receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place ribbons are eligible to represent Wainui School at the South Kaipara Schools Group Day which is held at Helensville Showgrounds. Group Day this year: Friday 4th November 2022.

Kelly Sports – See attached flyer –Kelly Sports


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Year 1 Wainui Sapphire vs Pinehurst King Fishers.  Lost: 6-3.  POD: Sophie Starr and Genevieve Watt

Year 2 Wainui Rockets vs Pinehurst.  Won: 9-2.  POD: O’Rylee & Lily

Year 4 Wainui Asteroids vs St John’s Daffidols.  Won:  5-0.  POD: Georgina Coupe

Year 5 Wainui Galaxy vs Bayfield Bulldogs.  Lost: 9 – 3.  POD: Ayla Lodge & Arielle Oswald


Year 5/6 Wainui Wairau vs Silverdale Strikers.  Won: 3-0.  POD: Hollie Fuller


Year 5/6 Wainui Hawks.  Won: 10-8

Wainui Warrior vs Red Beach Raiders.  Lost: 10-2.


Wainui Ripples. Won: 7-0 . POD: Lars Gill

Wainui Surges – (2 games). Won: 8 – 1. Won: 10 – 2. POD: Willem Byleveldt

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


At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Relational”:

    •  Puriri: Tigerlilly Allison, Tilly Drinkwater, Avalon Wyatt.
    •  Pukatea: Bowie Robertson, Christi Vorster, Finlay Groves (Respect).
    •  Kohekohe: Marlow Oswald, Sophia Rowntree, Keanu Dezinho (Respect).
    •  Rimu: Chloe Epp, Varnika Kotra, Helena Mloda.
    •  Matai: Gene King, Tristan Krull, Nyana Santos.
    •  Koromiko: Georgina Coupe, Eden-Rose Dixon, Viviana Hellyer.
    •  Kawakawa: Jack Huggins, Nalia Searle-Pauli, Logan Marshall (Reflective).
    •  Pohutukawa: Camryn Colquhoun, Liam Doherty, Sophia Holder.
    •  Kowhai: Dylan Catchpole, Sahasra Datla, Lara Ibbett (Respect).
    •  Nikau: Haelee Coghlan, Isabel Glasgow, Soul Dixon (Reflective).
    •  Totara: Kayden Le, Felix Latham (Respect), Amy Lowe (Resilience).
    •  Kahikatea: Tai McKenna, Ryan McCann (Reflective), Eva Pengelly (Reflective).
    •  Kauri: Zane Austen, Sebastian Oswald, Ashton Becker-Crawford (Reflective).
    •  SENCO: Grayson Hewitt (Resilience), Vuliana Lodge (Resilience).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Milo Laurie (Puriri),  Hudson Stannard (Pukatea), Sanskruthi Gopinath (Kohekohe), Aleigha Ritchie (Rimu) & Aaron Ferreira (Matai).