Kia ora koutou,

This week is a full and busy one with Learning Conversations, Cross Country, and Book Week, we look forward to welcoming lots of you over the week. There is a lot in the newsletter, thank you in advance for reading!!

Newsletter Focus 

  • Quiz Night
  • Board Elections
  • Book Week
  • Learning Conversations 
  • Cross Country
  • Intermediate (yr 7 &8) Information Evening 2023


Quiz Night – Fun, laughs, great costumes, a Quiz, silent and live auctions and the added bonus of live music and dancing made for a fabulous night last Saturday!! Huge thanks to Annaliese Hewitt, Nikki Mallon our key organisers, Milly Mexted for the food, Joseph Long for the donation of the Puhoi beer. The FOWS team of Nikki Browne, Cairin Long and Lesley Ann Linn for the extras and help on the night.  Simone du Bernard, Harcourts Cooper & Co for her generous sponsorship of the night. Simone actually bid on the Torpedo 7 donated bike, won the auction and has now donated this back to the school!!! Another huge thank you, it will be a wonderful auction item later in the year.

This annual fundraiser has raised approx $11,000 we are all thrilled!!! Thank you to everyone for supporting this night by attending or donating. Many local business donated vouchers; special thank you to the Van Dam family who donated another Pool Robot for the Live Auction. A full list of the generous donations will be in next week’s newsletter.

Sadly neither of the staff teams came anywhere near winning!! But Mr Irvine did win best dressed male!! The winning team was VOTE JOE – yes led by Joe Long!! Congratulations to the winners!

Board Elections – Seven parents are standing in this election for the Wainui School Board. This is very positive for our school, each member is keen to contribute to the future of our school with service, and skills you will read about in their bios. Thank you to each candidate for standing to be a Board member, we are fortunate as a school to have a this amount of interest. Voting papers are being issued by 10th August and there is a Ballot box in the office for the return of the voting papers. Voting closes at 4pm on Election Day, 7th September 2022. If you are posting your voting papers, they must be received no later than 5 days after the date of the election, so try to post them as early as possible.

  • Pip Catchpole
  • Annaliese Hewitt
  • Cassandra Horne
  • Lindsay Ledger
  • Joseph Long
  • Chad Mexted
  • Chris Scott

Congratulations to Jason Irvine who is once again the staff representative for the next three years. Jason was unopposed and will continue this role with his professionalism and enthusiasm to ensure the future of Wainui School continues to be successful.


Book Week – Our annual Book Fair is here! It is like having an exciting bookstore come into our school. Each class is given a time to visit and explore the books on offer. The Book Fair is open for purchases before school, from 8.30am – 9.00am, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, and will be open after school on Wednesday and Thursday during our Learning Conversations. EFTPOS and credit card payment is available at the school office with each book sold earning rewards for our school!  

Learning Conversations – This Wednesday 10th August from 1 – 5 pm and Thursday 11th August from 3 – 7pm we have the second round of school interviews/ conversations for families to come and talk with the child and teacher about learning, the mid-year report and set goals for the rest of 2022. We always aim for 100% attendance as this partnership is very important to enable us all to work together in moving forward.

The last  few years have led to “Learning Loss” for some children, for reasons we are all well aware of. At this time you can also make a time to meet with myself or Mr Irvine (SENCO). Please free free to email us to make a time. Please note, school finishes at the normal time of 3pm on Wednesday 10th August but if you would like to pick up your child/ children at 1pm you are welcome to. Please come to the office to sign them out first.

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 – We are ready for our races!! We have done the training!! Cross Country is this Friday 12th August.

The timetable is attached below, we will be competing in our House colours, the points go towards the Straka Shield!! This is presented to winning house at the end of the year. Wainui School Cross Country 2022

Juicies will be for sale on the day $2 each by the year 8’s.


Wainui Intermediate (7 &8) information evening 2023 6:30pm in the School Hall – Wainui School is a full Primary school years 1-8, we are classed as a rural school. This is a point of difference we have compared to most schools on the Hibiscus Coast. Waitoki School, Kaukapakapa School, Ahuroa School, Helensville School are all full Primary schools with year 7&8’s.  Come and hear about the programme we run at Wainui School. The personalised programme, leadership opportunities, technology, the everyday expectations, camps and commitment to the core learning areas. This meeting is open to parents/ caregivers of all year groups not just year 6. You have a choice of schools at this level, we ask that you do come and hear more about our programmes that we are very proud of.

Kāhui Ako ki Orewa – The two new schools in our area, Ahutoetoe School and Nukumea School would like to join our Kāhui Ako ki Orewa. If you would like to discuss this or give feedback about the schools joining our Kāhui Ako please contact Cameron Lockie, Silverdale School


Lost Property!!! There is a huge pile of sweatshirts, hoodies and jumpers, lots of sneakers and some hats and various other bits. We have laid it all on two tables outside Matai classroom by the office. Please name your sweatshirts and hoodies, only 3 were found with names, this would make returning the “lost property” much easier.

Ka kite ano,
Gillian Bray


  • 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


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Yr 1 Sapphires vs HPPS Hercules.  Won: 4 – 3.  POD: Genevieve Watt.  Coaches Award: Aimee Clough.

Wainui Y 2 Rockets vs HPPS Seasprites.  Lost: 4 – 5.  POD: Poppy Mexted and Ella Vermeer. Thank you to Micky, Adriana, Ella and Charlotte for filling in for us this week.

Wainui Yr 3 Jets.  Won: 5 – 3.  POD: Karla Vorster and Alicia Bailey.

Wainui Yr 4 Astroids vs St Johns Daffodils.  Won: 12 – 0.  POD: Emily Thompson.

Wainui Yr 5 Galaxy vs Bayfield Bulldogs.  Won: 7-1.  POD: Leah Andrell. Coaches Award: Ayla Lodge.

Wainui Yr 6 Stars vs Sherwood Huskies.  Won: 15 – 3.  POD: Lara Ibbett and Nina Keller.


Wainui Speed Cats Yr 3/4 vs Gulf Harbour Shark Sticks. Won: 7 – 0.  POD: Millie Dunn and Gabby Long.

Wainui Wasps Yr 3/4 vs Waitoki Sweepers.  Drew: 0 – 0.  POD: Harry Grogan.


Wainui Ripples Yr 3/4 vs Whangaparaoa Penguins.  Won: 12 – 2.  POD: Tiana Sweeney.

Wainui Surges Yr 5/6 vs Whangaparaoa Orcas.  Draw: 4 – 4.  POD: Ayla Lodge.