Kia ora koutou,

Being very much mid-winter we all need a bit of “livening up”, something to look forward to!! This weekend our very own FOWS have organised the annual Quiz Night for all parents, caregivers and friends to have some fun, close to home!! There is still room for last minute tables to be purchased or if you want to come and don’t have a table we can join you with another! Big thank you to Annaliese Hewitt, Nikki Mallon and Tania Cummack-Ledger for all your hard work being the key organisers!! The staff have two teams, do come if you are considering this fun event.

Newsletter Focus 

  • Quiz Night
  • Winter Sports Teams
  • Tech Programmes
  • Learning Conversations 
  • Cross Country


  • Winter Sports Teams – Once again all teams are back into competition. It is fantastic to see so many children involved more than ever before!! Thank you once again to all the coaches, the managers, drivers and supporters at every single game. It has been a wet and wild winter, let’s hope this is on the change!! We have 7 netball teams, 5 hockey teams, 3 basketball teams and 2 flipper ball teams. The children all love their team involvement, please do not hesitate to send me photos and information about your team.
  • Tech Programmes – The years 5-8 have all begun their term 3 rotation of tech programmes. Each Wednesday the school is

Ashton and Ella share a hearty vegetable soup and delicious homemade bread with Mr Irvine.

transformed with these programmes. Food tech, delicious recipes being made using the herbs and vegetables from the garden with Mr Wotton. Hard tech, in our tech shed creating items from wood with Mr Cochrane. Soft tech, creating “ugly dolls” in the hall using fabric with Mrs Blackburn. Art in our art space with artist and college art teacher for many years Mr Graeme Irving. The garden component with Sue Johnson in our gardens that have flourished all year, music making, ukelele, guitar including electric guitar with Mr Ng, and lego problem solving with Miss Stevenson.


  • Board Elections – Last day for nominations is noon on Wednesday 3rd August. They can be emailed to or handed in to Mel Ludwig, Returning Officer in the office. In my time as principal at Wainui School I have been very privileged to work with many amazing members of this parent community on our School Board. We have achieved so much over the last 10 years, Wainui School has thrived with strong governance ensuring the children are always at the centre of decisions. It is a privilege to be able to serve and represent your community, if you have been considering this role it is still not too late!!


  • Learning Conversations – Please book a time for a learning conversation next week with your child’s teacher if you haven’t already. These conversations are to enable you to discuss with your child and teacher the mid-year report, the next steps and how all of you, teacher, child and parents can help with learning, reset goals and ensure everyone is working in a positive partnership. The last few years have been difficult for everyone with intermittent face-to-face schooling and so much sickness often resulting in longer periods than usual of absenteeism. This year we are returning to a more normal run of schooling enabling us all to meet face-to-face and talk, we can make the most of this opportunity.

Click on and enter the Event Code: qaxpe

Step 1: Enter your email address, parents’ full name, number of students you are booking for and the student’s name/s. Click the “Go” button.

Step 2: For each student, select your child’s classroom under the first dropdown box and select their teacher under the second dropdown box. Click the “Go” button.

Step 3: Choose the time/s you would like for your Learning Conversation/s by clicking on a time slot that suits you. Missing checkboxes mean that the time has already been booked by someone else. Click the “Go” button.

You have the option to print out a copy of the time/s you have booked, a confirmation will also be emailed to you. You can view, change or cancel your booking by using the link in the email confirmation.

  • Cross Country – As long as it is not torrential rain we are training daily for our annual Cross Country next Friday, 12th August. All ages will compete, there is a timetable for these races of which we endeavour to keep to.


  • Interschool Cross Country – Year 7&8 is on 19th August at Muriwai Beach (starts at the Surf Club). Year 5&6’s compete with the Hibiscus Coast schools at Shakespear Park on 22nd September. Mr Cochrane is planning on training with the teams once the teams are formed, to build further capacity for longer distance running.


Mask wearing is recommended for all staff and children years 4-8. Please encourage your child to wear a mask. If you have an exemption please ensure the teachers and office knows. This recommendation is for the next 3 weeks and comes from the Ministry of Education and is a nationwide expectation in schools. Like you I look forward to one day not having to worry or talk about the pandemic. Thank you.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 2nd August – Board Meeting – 6.30pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 3rd August – Kiwi Team Maritime Museum – Koromiko & Pohutukawa
  • Wednesday 3rd August – Board Election Nominations Close – 12 noon
  • Wednesday 3rd August – Last day to get your chick orders in for Ag Day – Note change of date
  • 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
  • Wednesday 17th August – FOWS Meeting – 7pm – Staffroom
  • Thursday 18th August – Kiwi Team – Maritime Museum – Kawakawa
  • Friday 19th August – Yr 7/8 Interschool Cross Country – Muriwai Beach
  • Friday 19th August – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – Pukeko Team Performance
  • Wednesday 24th August – Pick up day for Ag Day Chicks – Staffroom
  • 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 – Board Election Day
  • Friday 9th September – Wai Factor Final
  • Friday 16th September – Tu Maia Festival
  • Wednesday 21st September – World Gratitude and Cultural Diversity Day
  • Thursday 22nd September – Yr 5/6 Interschool Cross Country – Shakespear Park
  • Friday 23rd September – School Disco
  • Monday 26th September – Tui/Takahe Team – Whale Rider Trip
  • Tuesday 27th September – Board Meeting – 6.30pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 28th September – FOWS Meeting – 7pm – Staffroom
  • Friday 30th September – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm – Tui/Takahe Team
  • Friday 30th September – Last Day of Term 3
  • Monday 17th October – First day of Term 4
  • Friday 21st October – Ag Day and Country Fair
  • Tuesday 1st November – Board Meeting – 6.30pm – Staffroom
  • Wednesday 2nd November – FOWS Meeting – 7pm – Staffroom
  • Friday 4th November – Group Day
  • Tuesday 29th November – Board Meeting – 6.30pm – Staffroom


Quiz Night – Just a reminder to get your orders in for the delicious burgers available on the night ASAP, email to place your order. And get your Quiz Night tickets on Kindo now, nearly sold out!!!!!!!  Tables of 10 or buy individual tickets. $20 a ticket.

Amazing silent & live auction items on the night!

Don’t forget to bring cash on the night to buy answers & for raffle tickets. BYO food & drink on the night or/and buy a burger & fries & purchase tasty cocktails & Puhoi beer.

See you Saturday!

Ag Day Chicks – I have been able to extend the deadline for ordering one-day old chicks until the end of the day this Wednesday 3rd August. You can order via Kindo or email the office on Payments can also be made online to our bank account: 12 3046 0155685 00, please reference “Surname” and “Chicks”, eftpos or cash to the office.

You can also purchase other items for your chicks (these are not on Kindo so please email the office):
– 25cm x 25cm Chick Heat plate $125 each.
– Heat lamp with 2x 250w heat lamps and hanging chain $99 each.
– 1.5ltr chick tube Drinker $10 each.
– 300mm long 16 hole trough chick feeder $10 each.

– 10kg Bag Chick Starter crumble $21 each

Here is an info sheet on how to care for your chicks. Looking After Chickens 2022 The chicks are arriving at school on Wednesday 24th August.


email your sports results to Mel Ludwig in the office, 


Year 1 Wainui Sapphire vs Bayfield Tui’s.  Draw: 0-0.  POD: Christi Vorster.  Coaches Award: Heidi Pohl.

Year 2 Wainui Rockets vs Pinehurst Kiwi.  Won: 13-3. POD: Kelsie Ibbett and Adriana Magan. Thank you to Micky, Adriana and Charlotte for filling in for us this week.

Year 3 Wainui Jets.  Won: 10-0.  POD: Skyla Flavell, Coaches Award: Eva Albert.

Year 5 Wainui Galaxy vs Mairangi Bay Tui.  Lost: 8-5.  POD: Scarlett Thew. Coaches Award: Morgan Price.


Year 1/2 Wainui Dribblers vs Red Beach Rockets.  Draw 1-1.  POD: Poppy Mexted.

Year 3/4 Wainui Speed Cats vs Wainui Wasps.  Won 4-1.  POD: Camryn Colquhoun.

Year 3/4 Wainui Wasps vs Wainui Speed Cats. Lost: 4-1.  POD: Zain Ouzoun.


Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste and the City to Farm composting project have created a Soil Health Soil Carbon Fair with a number of educational events at the Wainui and Waitoki halls. We are looking to find another local research site for the composting project. The Fair is also of interest to property owners looking to improve their topsoil. Click here for the information and dates. Soil Health Soil Carbon Fair-brochure