Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome/ Haere mai to the last newsletter of the term! What a term, despite so much illness from Covid, now to flu/cold and stomach bugs, but the best thing was we didn’t have to close the school, so congratulations to everyone, the teachers and support staff for supporting each other and to all you as families for ensuring your children kept safe and well, and at home if they had to be.  We have had MasterChef, Garden to Table and so much sport being played, the number of students being involved in such a wide range of activities is so inspiring.   I want to thank you, the parents and caregiversYour support for your children is amazing and the number of coaches and managers practicing from dawn until dusk, it seems, getting the teams to their games is amazing!!  The number of recipes I saw written out for your children to follow with lovely messages was just amazing!!  The holidays will bring a bit of a circuit breaker and a chance for everyone to recuperate.

News focus:

  • MasterChef Semi Finals and Finals  
  • Congratulations to Seamus Avery 
  • Mid Year Reports
  • Quiz Night
  • End of Term Assembly
  • Driveway Safety


MasterChef Semi Finals and Finals  – I have included some of the many photos I have taken over the last week in the semi finals.   The standard of cooking was amazing!!! from 5- 12 years the competition has been fierce and very difficult for the judges.  Congratulations to all the children in the semi finals:

Year 1 and 2 -Amal Mamashayeva and Varnika Kotra, Lily Fincham, Ella Vermeer and Kora Cooper.

Year 3 and 4 – Jackson Ledger and Oliver Smithie, Oliver Todd, Olivia Maddox and Eve MacLennan

Year 5 and 6 – James Pallatt, George Clayton and Jacob Todd, Isla Mexted and Hollie Fuller

Year 7 and 8 – Lachy Hendrie, Connor Kerr, Blake Gordon, Soul Dixon and Alisher Mamashayeva

You were all so well prepared, so confident and had all obviously practiced .  This week we have the finals with just 3 children from each year group. They will all make vegetable fritters and will be judged by a teacher from each team, plus one of the student councillors. all the very best of luck to every contestant.

Thank you to Ashton Becker-Crawford, Year 8 Student Councillor for taking the lead in this competition. Thank you to your team of, Samantha Neely, Ella Maddox, Quinn Richardson, Violet Clayton, Alyssa Linton, Sunny Odedra, Blake Gordon, Kelly Mayes, Logan McDermid-Venter and Zane Austen for all your help at each event. It is a challenging competition to run, especially as we have been unable to do this event over the last few years.

Congratulations to Seamus Avery – Seamus has qualified for the Auckland Swimming Association (ASA) Junior Championships next weekend as part of Coast Swim Club.  He managed to qualify for all the events he entered into in the last couple of months of racing and has chosen to compete in the following – 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly


Mid Year Reports –  This week each child (unless you have been at school for a very short time) will receive a mid year report. This will contain a report in each of the three core areas of learning, reading, writing and maths plus a page with a general comment and an assessment against our 5R values.  Some points to think about when receiving this report. This is the first assessment since mid year, last year, due to the affects of Covid. The last two years have been disjointed with most children at home for various lengths of time. We have scheduled in a time for a learning conversation in the first weeks of Term 3 (Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August) to discuss the report as a family.

Quiz Night – Friends Of Wainui (FOWS) – Will be hosting its annual Quiz Night on Saturday 6th August. We are expecting many parents, staff, & friends to attend.  Tables of ten can be bought, or join a table and make new friends.  Tickets are $20;00 each.  Can you donate an item for the auction?  Please let the office staff know if you can.

End of Term Assembly – Friday 8th July2:00 pm start – Kiwi team will present their performance for the term, and the Hellyer Cups to 3 deserving students.  Some special animal guests will make an appearance to talk about Ag Day 2022.  Certificates for the value of resilience will be presented by teachers and MasterChef winners will be recognised and celebrated.

Friday 8th July – Farewell Afternoon Tea for teacher Shelley Ross – Sadly we farewell Shelley, a special teacher at Wainui School whose long term medical leave is now unfortunately needing to be permanent. Shelley has taught in the juniors and the senior end of the school, taken hockey teams and just loves Ag Day and all the events Wainui has.  The afternoon tea is an adult afternoon tea in our school staff room.

Driveway Safety – This week, please think about indicating when you move off from drop off or pick up and when you leave the driveway at the gate. This is some thing Constable Bryan has observed and we need to improve in our driveway behaviour. Thank you.


Ag Day – Friday 21st October 2022 – Update #3 – From last Friday, the 1st July 2022 you are now able to acquire your animal for Ag Day.  Happy rearing and bonding in the holidays!  We are ordering the day old chicks again too (Brown Shavers). The chicks will be delivered to school after their August 24th hatch date.  Orders to:  Chicks are $10.00 each and you can pay for these chicks on Kindo, Cash, Eftpos & online banking.


We have all the dates set for Term 3 and beyond.  These will also go on the website and on this newsletter.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holidays to you all, Kia ora kia hari nga hararei ki a koutou katoa.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Thursday 28th July – Pukeko Team Bush Day
  • Friday 29th July – Last day to get your chick orders in for Ag Day
  • Wednesday 3rd August – Kiwi Team Maritime Museum – 1st Group
  • Thursday 4th August – Pukeko Team Motat Visit
  • Saturday 6th August – Quiz Night – Wainui School Hall
  • Monday 8th – Friday 12th August – Book Week
  • Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th August – Learning Conversations
  • Friday 12th August – School Cross Country
  • Thursday 18th August – Kiwi Team – Maritime Museum – 2nd Group
  • Friday 19th August – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – Pukeko Team Performance
  • Friday 30th September – Last Day of Term 3
  • Monday 17th October – First day of Term 4
  • Friday 21st October – Ag Day and Country Fair
  • Friday 26th August – Daffodil Day
  • Wednesday 31st August – Wainui School Intermediate Information Evening
  • Friday 2nd September – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – Kiwi Team
  • Wednesday 7th September – BOT Election
  • Friday 9th September – Wai Factor Final
  • Friday 16th September – Tu Maia Festival
  • Wednesday 21st September – World Gratitude and Cultural Diversity Day
  • Friday 23rd September – School Disco
  • Monday 26th September – Tui/Takahe Team – Whale Rider Trip
  • Friday 30th September – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – Tui/Takahe Team
  • Friday 16th December – Last day of School for 2022


A HUGE Thank You – Thanks to everyone for supporting our hoodie fundraiser, we are nearly there. We will be having our last hot chocolate sale on Wednesday of this week.

Hot chocolates $2
Biscuits $1

This will be our last sale, hopefully, after this sale we will have raised enough to cover the purchase of our hoodies.  Thanks so much to you all for supporting us.
Miss S and the Year 8’s

Yummy Sticker Promotion – Yummy Stickers supply our school with great sports equipment for our students.  Please remember to send your yummy stickers with your child to school, to give to their teacher.  This promotion runs till the end of term 3.  YUMMY!

Flippa-Ball – A new Flippa-ball season kicks off in Term 3. Any students wanting to give Flippa-ball a go in term 3, please contact Ms. Robinson directly –   League games are Sunday evenings.

Thinking Caps – We’d love you to refer a friend!
Tell us the names of the people you refer and if one (or more) enrols, we’ll give you a 50% credit note to go towards your Term 3 invoice.

They can choose from our in-school, after-school, or virtual options!

Terms and conditions:
1. your friend must enrol their child/ren for lessons for the whole of Term 3, 2022
2. they must complete the enrolment form by 5pm on Friday 22 July, 2022
3. you must have your child enrolled for Term 3, 2022
4. you will receive 50% off your own invoice for Term 3, 2022 only


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Year 1 Wainui Sapphire vs CIC.  Won:  8-4.  POD: Sanskruthi Gopinath.  Coaches Award: Murphy Mia

Year 2 Wainui Gems vs St Joseph’s Shooting Stars.  Won: 6-0.  POD: Charlotte Andrell & Amal Mamashayeva

Year 4 Wainui Asteroids vs St Joseph’s magic.  Won: 2-0.  POD: Isla Brothers.

Year 5 Wainui Galaxy vs St Joseph’s Hot Shots.  Lost: 5-10.  POD: Nalia (thanks for helping out our team). Coaches Award: Summer Starr

Year 6 Wainui Stars vs Sherwood Huskies.  Won: 14-9.  POD: Nina Keller and Lara Ibbett.


Year 3/4 Wainui Wildcats vs Waitoki Sweepers.  Won: 7-1.  POD: Mia Soulsby

Year 3/4 Wainui Wasps vs Red Beach Ninjas. Won: 3-1.  POD: Seth Murray


Year 5/6 Wainui Tomahawks Hockey.  Won: 7-1 POD: Harry Browne Hale

Wainui Senior Basketball vs Orewa College Silver. Lost: 40 -7. MVP: Tai McKenna


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


sKids Stella Maris Holiday Programme – If you are looking for a July holiday programme, sKids Stella Maris is open for the July School Holidays and have spaces left! Visit: to book now!”

Estuary Arts Charitable TrustJuly School Holiday Programme

A fun programme for our young tamariki  age 5 years and up as well as specialist workshops for our teens. More details can be found on our website and a programme can be picked up from the Centre at 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway.

July Exhibition FREE entry “Wear your Art out”

A visual feast of wearable garments featuring WoW winners and local young talent. I would be very happy to welcome visiting school groups and give a gallery floor talk during the first few weeks of Term 3.

The exhibition will conclude with two Catwalk shows to be held at the HBC Youth Centre on 06 August. Tickets go on sale from 01 July. Group concessions available email for more details.

Tim Bray Theatre Company Kia Ora banner
The Whale Rider, photo by David Rowland /

We are thrilled to bring Witi Ihimaera’s classic story The Whale Rider back to the stage in a children’s theatre show unmatched. This beautifully rich story of whānau and tikanga is masterfully translated into a live performance that will absorb the viewer, from start to end.  Destined to become leader of her tribe, no matter how hard she tries to show her worth, Kahu’s koro (grandfather) won’t accept that a kōtiro (girl) can take over his role of chief. But a rescue of the ancient whale beached in the Whāngārā Harbour, changes things.

26-30 September, The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna – buy tickets

19-21 October, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau – buy tickets

26-28 October, Te Oro, Glen Innes – buy tickets

1-4 November, Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden – buy tickets

8-11 November, Māngere Arts Centre, Māngere – buy tickets

Discounted ticket prices

$11-$15 for education groups of 20+

1 FREE adult ticket for every 10 student tickets, only at

The PumpHouse Theatre.