Kia ora Koutou,

The shortest day of the year is this week the 21st June!! Mid Winter Solstice. Many of us celebrate this time of the year with special family times and some of us are just pleased from now on it will be lighter in the mornings when we get up!!


Property News

The builders have finished our new decking where the old toilets used to be. This creates a new space for us to use especially in the drier, warmer months. We thank this building company, Smith and Co, as they have (as an added extra), built us some extra steps allowing better access to the toilets by Rata class (Junior Block).

We are investigating upgrading a block of toilets over the next months, resurfacing our hard court area/s and working with the MOE on developing a new block of classrooms. All projects take time, negotiations, lots of paperwork and consents through the Ministry of Education. However they are always about improving the teaching and learning spaces for our children.


Hangi, Powhiri and Matariki Celebration Days – Thursday 22nd June and Friday 23rd June.

Our first hangi for a long time thanks to the newly formed partnership we have with Te Aroha Pa!! Rewana Walker has been liaising with Mr Irvine and myself to make this happen. As this is a new venture we are welcoming in a formal powhiri, Rewana Walker, her father Haahi Walker, Jason (hangi expert) and various other members of the pa to our school. Our kapa haka will do this on Thursday 22nd June at 10am. We invite you all to attend especially if you are Maori, as we would like to korero, (talk) after over a cup of tea about our new partnership, the Whiti Ora o Kaipara Development Trust and anything else you as parents wish to bring up as Maori parents. This will be a part of our annual consultation time with you all. Please come along and join us. I am afraid this time we are only cooking enough hangi packs for the year 7 & 8 students and the kapa haka students, plus the adults at school. We would love to cook a hangi for everyone but as this is our first, we are taking it carefully!!

On Friday all students will be participating in the hangi by watching the process, having a shared lunch and making a trifle or dessert to share. There will be a concert of all the practiced waiata on Friday at 12.30pm, which was learnt during Matariki week. Again, you are invited. Details of the shared kai will be sent through your class teacher.


Wainui Cross Country: Friday 30th June – The whole school will compete in this event. Please see the notice at the end of the newsletter.

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge – This is on Wednesday 28th June for the year 7&8s, Mr Irvine will be sending information home.


Art Attack!! 4-6th July – Evening Wine and Cheese from 5-7pm Wednesday 5th July – Every three years we have a celebration and focus on ART!! A team of teachers led by Mrs Collins have been putting this together. Students are all creating special pieces of Art to display in the hall. We have Artists in the community displaying their Art and some will be for sale. If anyone else would like to display art and sell their Art (15% commission would be great for the privilege), please let Mrs Collins know.


Thank you Fiona McIntyre (mother of Riley McIntyre) and community liaison for FOWS (Friends of Wainui School), for our first networking evening at Wainui,the golf club. It was a great evening to socialise, network, make new friends and meet up with old friends.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Bike Track News –  The bike track timetable is below for all the dates you will be riding the track. Remember to bring your bike, helmet and covered shoes. Each class/classes will have a week to ride the track.

Week 8, 19th – 23rd June – Takahe team (Yr 7 / 8)
Week 9 and 10 is T.B.A.


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui 3 vs Stanmore Bay. Lost 6 – 3.  Outstanding Player: Keira Sams. Most Improved Player: Lily Haswell.

Wainui Yr4 vs GHS Stars. Won 6 – 4. Player of the Day: Te Pourewa Hape-Webby. Most Improved Player: Kaleisha Iremonger.

Wainui 5B – the game was cancelled due to lighting failure.

Wainui 7/1 vs Birkdale 7/1.  Lost 25 – 16. POD: Rita Straka.


Wainui Yr 3/4 vs St Josephs.  Won 3 – 0.

Wainui Yr 7/8 vs Northcross.  Won 10 – 0.  Player of the Day: Ella Woodcock.

Basketball Basket Ball

Wainui Yr 7/8 vs Orewa.  Won: 16 – 6.



At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Respectful”.

  • Kauri: Taine Bracken, Katie Wicks. Writing: Neve Roe.
  • Kahikatea: Paris Headford, Jessie Holmes. Writing: Seth Mothersole.
  • Miro: Jakob Kerr, Honoka Seino. Writing: Ethan McBride, Bonnie Smith.
  • Rimu: Kate Flinn, Jake Glasgow. Writing: Kayla Paladin.
  • Matai: Tara Phillips, Molly Taylor.  Writing: Grayce Brothers.
  • Totara: Ava Elliott, Jacob Woodcock. Writing: Connor Lloyd-Read.
  • Nikau: Destiny Harris-Hatley, Staton Ranby.  Writing: Eliza Dunning.
  • Kowhai: Anna Flinn, Claudia McBride.  Writing: Talia Minton.
  • Kohekohe: Emilie Kerr, Sterling Purdie.  Writing: Riana Bouzaid.
  • Pukatea: Harry Browne Hale, Nina Keller.  Writing: Emily Coupe.
  • Karaka: Emelia Quarterman, Jackson Wright.  Writing: Charlize Taylor.
  • Puriri: Tripp Glasgow, Liam Miners. Writing: Flynn Dixon.


  • Thursday 22nd June – Powhiri and korero – 10am.
  • Friday 23rd June – Hangi.
  • Tuesday 27th June – Waifactor Finals – 11.40am.
  • Thursday 29th June – Spellathon Test Day.
  • Friday 30th June – Cross Country.
  • Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th July – Wainui ‘Art Attack’.
  • Friday 7th July – Footsteps Dance Performance & Sports Awards Assembly – 2pm.
  • Friday 7th July – Last day of Term 2.
  • Monday 24th July – First day of Term 3.
  • Friday 28th July – Spellathon sponsorship money due in.
  • Term 3, Week 2 – Music Performance Assembly – Date TBC.


House for Rent Wanted – A Wainui School family with 2 cats are looking for a 2-3 bedroom house to rent in the Wainui/ Waitoki area. Please contact either mobile 021 0228 1236 or via email:

October School Holiday Care – A school family is looking for assistance over the October school holidays for care for their year 3 son, in the Kaukapakapa, Wainui, Waitoki or Helensville area.  Daily rate to be negotiated. If interested please contact Sarah 021 0266 3478.