Kia ora Koutou katoa,

Matariki – Signifies reflection, hope and our connection to the environment at Wainui School.  It has become a great tradition for us to celebrate this time of the year!! We have a full timetable of events this week so join us for our assembly on Friday 14th June to celebrate together.


BOT News – Last week we farewelled Drew Gilpin as Chairperson of the Board. We co-opted Tracey Woodcock back on to the BOT for the rest of 2019 to ensure the finances are then handed over to the new BOT. We welcomed in Pete Adlam and Lindsay Ledger as new BOT members. Brent Robinson has taken up the role of Chairperson, Nikki Browne continues in the role of Comunity liaison, Nadine Phillips as Property and Jason Irvine continues as the staff rep. Drew has written a farewell letter to all the community which we will send out later this week, it includes the new Parent Code of Conduct. We are so fortunate to have a fantastic group of people to govern our school.

Playground Improvements –  The senior playground has finally had the drainage improved and a new retaining wall built, a project enabled by the BOT. We have also had 118 cubic meters of cushion fall (bark mulch) delivered!! Now the mulch will not drain away every time there is a storm!! This was all delivered last Thursday.  A huge thank you to Brett Taylor who has added spreading the mulch onto his task of building the retaining wall. As a part of their community service for the William Pike Challenge, our Year 8’s spread the mulch. We aim to have this finished by the end of the week.

Grant Applications – Thank you to parent Annaliese Hewitt for your work in applying for Grants to help pay for the playground mulch. Annaliese had great success applying for three grants and successfully obtained two!! $2500 from Pelous Trust and $500 from Dragon Trust. This all helps us afford to improve our playgrounds for the students!! We are next going to apply for Grants to try and reseal and increase the hard play space up by the classrooms and office. If you have any contacts or ideas for sponsorship in this area please let us know. Thank you, Annaliese, it certainly helps Miss Ludwig and I immensely and enables us to meet our goals so much more quickly!!


This week it is all about Matariki then it’s off to the Wild West!!

Matariki Celebration and a real focus on Te Reo, kapa haka, sharing, planting for new beginnings will all occur over the week. Most classes will end the week with a shared kai of some sort. There will also be a house Matariki day on Friday 14th June to end the celebrations. Please ask your child what they are involved with. Everyone is learning a new waiata to perform at a sharing time on Friday. We have introduced a change for the way students greet their teachers – students can address all teachers including, myself as either Whaia (women teacher) or Matua (male teacher) and their first name e.g Matua Jason or Whaea Gillian. This was trialed at Silverdale School last year and proved very successful.

Maori Consultation Evening on Wednesday 12th has been cancelled – We will try for a new time perhaps during the day when people are available as we did not have any RSVP’s at the time of writing this newsletter.

Wild West Quiz Night – Is this Saturday 15th June!! Lots of tickets have been sold so well done to everyone for getting behind our FOWS event!! Please get into the office and get your tickets as soon as possible as these are selling out fast.

Wai Factor Semi-Finals – Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June – All participants have been contacted and we look forward to fun lunchtimes. I know Celeste and the school Year 8 leaders really enjoy getting this competition organised.


Japanese Students from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan –  Are visiting once again from Japan in Term 3. Dates are Tuesday 30th July – Friday 9th August 2019.  Miss Ludwig has a pack with all the details in for every family to consider hosting a Japanese student!! If you have never done this before and wish to it is a wonderful opportunity for your family to learn a little more about Japan and their culture. It is also a way of supporting the school as we need 15 students this year hosted by our families. We have been participating in this partnership with Japan for 9 years. We have hosted students and their teachers from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan for the last 4 years. This school is going to become even more special to our school as we are both keen to sign a Sister School Partnership. These students are all 12 – 14 years, we find this works with our students as they love being with our younger students. You can host one or two students and I know families like to do this every year. I hope we have enough students this year for everyone who wants to host!! Please think about this, you do get reimbursed for all expenses as well.


Kindo – Is going very well, please remember all activity costs are now expected to be online through Kindo. If you have any questions, Miss Ludwig, Mrs De Cort and Mrs Elliott are all in the office to help you.  The school donation is on there as well and as we are a Decile 9 school we will not be getting the government subsidy for this. Please contribute our school donation, you can do this as one lump sum, or in parts. A huge thank you to the families that have contributed this. We are trying to keep all other costs down to a minimum.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Matariki – As you all know this week is Matariki week, on Friday 14th June we would like all the classes to plant a fruit tree to celebrate Matariki. If your family would like to donate a fruit tree to the school we would be most grateful. The trees will need to be brought into school by Friday morning (at the latest).

Dwarf Citrus trees or a feijoa tree would be our preference. If you have any questions please email Leanne Stevenson- 

Wainui School Hoodies – Please let the office know if you’re interested in ordering a printed sweatshirt. I will need a minimum of 10 orders to be able to place the order with our supplier. The prices are as follows;

Child size –  6,8,10,12,14  – $42
Adult size – S,M,L,XL         -$46
Printed name on the back  -$ 6

Country & Western Quiz Night – 15 June 2016

Only a few days to go……..& tickets have almost sold out!

Thank you for getting behind this fantastic fundraiser, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday Night

The doors will be open at 6.00pm, so please feel free to arrive from this time, the Quiz will begin at 7.00pm.

Don’t forget to bring your food and drinks, coins and cash for the raffles and games, and of course your EFTPOS card/cash if you’re planning on bidding on some of the fantastic auction items! (No cash out facilities available).

Click here for Updated Sponsors for Quiz Night

ICAS Exams (available for Years 4 – 8) will be sat online this year and all papers are $15.00 each. The testing dates are as follows:

  • ICAS Digital Technologies Tuesday 3 September

  • ICAS Science Thursday 5 September

  • ICAS Writing Tuesday 10 September

  • ICAS Spelling Bee Thursday 12 September

  • ICAS English Tuesday 17 September

  • ICAS Maths Thursday 19 September

If you are interested in your child sitting any of these exams, please let Mrs Taylor know via email: Further information about these exams can be found at:

The closing date for all entries is: Friday 2nd August 2019.

Healthline – A free 24-hour telephone advice line providing support for parents. Registered nurses assess health needs and can refer parents to appropriate local services. Phone: 0800 611 116

Parent Helpline – A free telephone advice line providing support with all parenting challenges. Available from 9am to 11pm, seven days a week. The Parent Helpline also provide affordable family therapy, counselling, parenting education, mediation service and information on parenting. Parent helpline has no time limit on calls. Phone 0800 568 856.

Kidslink – KidsLink is a website that aims to link parents and schools to a range of services specialising in kids, teens and their families educational, physical and emotional needs. Parents can go to to find the information and service providers you need to support your parenting and children.

Thinking Caps Maths Tutoring in School – Lessons are designed to build children’s number knowledge and basic facts recall. We also help children develop efficient strategies to solve mathematical problems. We run in-school lessons at Wainui Primary so book in NOW! More info: or call Julie on 424 3536


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Yr 1 Asteroids vs Bayfield Ladybirds.  Lost: 2 – 1.  POD: Isla Brothers.

Wainui Y2 Galaxy vs Bayfield Butterflies.  Lost: 3 – 6.  POD: Summer Star and Arielle Oswald.

Wainui Yr 3 Stars vs Glamorgan LOLs. Won 7 – 2.  POD: Emily Gray and Capri Fairhurst.

Wainui Yr 4 Gems vs St Johns Daisies. Won 3 – 0. POD: Emily Coupe.

Wainui Yr 4 Jets vs Marina View Comets.  Won 4 – 3.  POD: Lily Cameron.

Wainui Yr 5 Comets vs Bayfield Blaze.  Lost: 2 – 8.  POD: Mila Glasgow.  Sportmanship: Claudia McBride.

Wainui Yr 6 Rockets vs Oteha Shooting Stars.  Lost: 3 – 13.  POD: Xela Odedra.  Sportmanship: Maya Ledger.

Wainui Yr 7 Tui vs Helensville Falcons.  Lost.  POD: Imogen Germain.


Wainui Yr 3/4  Lost: 0 – 2.  POD: Nina Keller.

Wainui Yr 3/4  Won 1 – 0.  POD: Neva Atkinson.

Wainui Yr 5/6 Thunder.  Won: 4 – 1.  POD: Bella Browne Hale.


  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th June – Matariki Week.
  • Wednesday 12th June – Hui 5.30pm – CANCELLED
  • Friday 14th June – Takahe and Matariki Assembly – 9.15am
  • Saturday 15th June – Country & Western Quiz Night – 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday 19th June – Kiwi team production, matinee – 1.30pm.
  • Wednesday 19th June – FOWS Meeting – 7.00pm.
  • Thursday 20th June – Kiwi team production – 6.00pm.
  • Friday 21st June – Tui Assembly – 9.15am.
  • Monday 24th June – Snow Planet Trip – Yr 7 / 8.
  • Tuesday 25th June – Kelly Taltons Trip – Yr 0 / 2.
  • Thursday 27th June – Ripper Yr 5 / 6.
  • Monday 1st July – Yr 7 / 8 Tough Guy and Gal Challenge.
  • Friday 2nd August – Entries close for ICAS Exams.


The Wentworth College Trust Board is pleased to offer a number of Entrance Scholarships for students wishing to enrol at Wentworth as Year 9 students in 2020.

Scholarships are for fee assistance ranging in value from $2,500 up to 50% off the annual tuition fees.

Scholarships are based on a mix of academic, cultural and sporting excellence, with scholarship examinations taking place on Wednesday, 26th June.

To request an information pack please contact Gail Clews on (09)424-3273, or by email at

Sewing for Beginners – with amazing local mum and tutor Lauren Richardson
When: Sun June 30th 11am-3pm (includes coffee and home baking).
What: BYO machine and material of your choice for a tote bag ($60.00).
Where: Waitotara Sustainable and Resilient Living, 93 Bayer Rd, Upper Waiwera
Call Christina on 027 2343242 to book or for any queries.
Upcoming Workshops
– how to prune fruit trees (Sun July 14th and 28th 1-4pm)
– upcycling Sewing (Sun Aug 4th 10am-3pm)

– kombucha and fermentation (Sun Sept 8th – 1-4pm

Kelly Club –  has Holiday Programmes running from Stanmore Bay through to Orewa.  We are doing trip days to Extreme Edge Rock Climbing and the Movies to see Toy Story 4!!  We also have many more fun activities planned like a mid-winter Christmas Party and much, much more!!  To find out more or to book, please go to

Please click on the following link for more information – Kelly Club Holiday Timetable