Kia ora Koutou,

Matariki, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraising, a visit from Jeff Thomson, Sculpture Artist – term 3 learning has well and truly begun. We have had a great start to term 3 despite more of the rain and mud!!

Newsletter focus:

  • Matariki
  • Jeff Thomson, World Famous Sculpture Artist
  • Edtech’s Donation of Story Lines Books 
  • Term 3 Learning
  • Mid-Year Reports
  • Learning Conversations
  • Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraising
  • MasterChef Finals 
  • Waifactor 
  • Quiz Night


Mr Ng and Kiwi team performing at Matariki assembly

Matariki – Celebrations kicked off our term 3 and culminated in a fabulous performance at assembly on Friday. Our tamariki shared the waiata they have been practicing with Whaea LeeAnne, signalling the celebrations of new beginnings which enabled us to share our skills and learnings as a kura. It was truly a wonderful morning enabling the rain to be forgotten.

The classes have been listening to legend, writing, completing art works in celebration. A wonderful morning tea was prepared for us by our new Garden To Table Specialist, Laura Watt, with the help of support staff member Mel McDermid. Thank you!!

Matariki star biscuits and scones for the celebration morning tea.

Jeff Thomson, World Famous Sculptor Artist –Jeff happens to be the brother of our support staff member, Sue Johnson and Great Uncle to Jacob and Ella Vermeer! Jeff came and fascinated us with his photos of the wrought iron sculptures he has created over many years, and incredible stories of his art journey which has taken him all over the world. Many of you will recognise his art work. You may have seen the giraffe at Gibbs Farm, the corrugated car at Te Papa, and the giant elephant welcoming visitors at the Auckland Zoo. His talent and skill is just amazing! We are hoping to secure a grant for Jeff to work with us in 2024 to create, with the help of some students, a special piece of work for our school! We all have so many ideas, I just can’t wait to see what we decide to create and where it might go!  Thank you to Board Member Annaliese Hewitt who is helping us with the grant application!!

Two beautiful hens, screen printed on corrugated iron.

  • Edtech’s Donation of Story Lines Book – Thank you to Paul Wright from Edtech for the generous donation of a set of story lines books for our library. You may remember I was at a Principals Conference in Taupo before the holidays, and luckily I won a set of books from the accounting company. These were presented to our student councillors, library leaders and students who love books!! We’ve learned that every year there are at least 150 entries in the story lines competition. Go to, for more information.
  • Term 3 Learning –  A huge thank you to all of our teachers for your awesome preparation for Term 3!! By now every family should have received their team’s newsletter which contains all the information to help you know and understand what it is your child is learning. Learning Conversations are held next week, so please ask anything you want to know more about.
  • Mid-Year Reports – These were given out on Friday to students, and report on mid-year progress in the core curriculum areas, contain a general comment on your child’s attitude, behaviours and values. Plus a special comment on our newest programme ‘The Resilience Project”.


  •  Learning Conversations – Make a time to discuss the mid-year report with your child and the teacher . We have a goal of 100% attendance at these conversations as we feel it is SO IMPORTANT!! Please make a time to come in next week on either Wednesday or Thursday early evening. To book your Learning Conversation:

    Click and enter the Event Code: xy9tw

    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.

  • Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraising – Wow so many of you have made an amazing effort to sell a carton of chocolate over the weekend! We are thrilled!! Thank you to FOWS member Melissa Soulsby. What an amazing effort you have made to get this organised and it is fantastic!!
It’s all go with the chocolate fundraiser! Thank you to those who have sold their box already and have taken more. Amazing effort! There are plenty of spare boxes for those families who are wanting more. Once your box is sold please either pay by kindo or bring the money to the office between 8.45 and 9.15am. Remember all money or unsold chocolates are due back to school either when you sell your box OR by Friday 11th August.

*1st Prize – For the Family / Person that sells the most Boxes

*Sell two or more boxes and you’ll be invited to join us for a fun Movie, Pizza and Popcorn afternoon! (Incl all children in your family at Wainui School).

*Sell one box and go in the draw to win a spot at the Movie, Pizza and Popcorn afternoon! 20 Spots to be won!

A huge thank you to ABA Chartered Accountants for sponsoring the prizes this year!

  • MasterChef Finals – It’s finally almost here! This amazing competition has been totally organised by our student leaders!! This year they get one hour to cook whatever they like, to use as many cooking skills they can! In the final, only one element per person or group and one pot/ frypan may be used. We can’t wait to see what you all do!  Parents & Caregivers, if you have any contacts for a special guest judge please let us know!

Hi it’s me, Harry the MasterChef organiser and I wanted to remind everyone that it is the MasterChef Grand Final this Friday 28th July at 1.50pm in the hall. In true MasterChef style the finalists are allowed to cook anything either sweet or savoury, whatever they believe is their “signature dish”. They will have up to 45 minutes to prepare, cook and present their dish to the judges. The contestants can present their dishes however they like, but any decorations must come from the school gardens or grounds. The MasterChef “catch” is that the dish must be able to be prepared on an electric hob (provided by the school) and must be something that the children would eat themselves.

We will have a professional chef helping us to decide who will be the Wainui School MasterChef Champion for 2023 and everyone is welcome to come along and see our future generations of chefs! I hope that all of our finalists have had enough time to practice and perfect their MasterChef dishes and I can’t wait to see (and taste) what you have come up with. Good luck to everyone. It is a real achievement to make the Grand Finals as we have some amazing cooking talent in our school. See you Friday!

  • Waifactor – Sign ups for our other much loved competition are finally here as well. This week student councillors Oscar Price and Eva Pengelly can’t wait to get this SHOW organised for 2023!!!


Quiz Night – Get your tickets and table organised for a night of fun with your friends or MAKE new friends – we will find a table for you!!  This year the theme is 80’s (very easy for some of us!!). This event is a real tradition at Wainui School but the FOWS team have got even more fun in store for everyone with a band, a food truck and of course the usual Quiz Night and auctions!!


Caleb Waller, Deputy Head boy and Riley Irvine, Arts Prefect of Long Bay College 2023.

Caleb Waller, Deputy Head Boy and Riley Irvine, Arts Prefect 2023 visited our year 8’s to talk about transition to College. We are immensely proud of these two who were themselves year 7&8’s at Wainui School 5 years ago!! They are now at Long Bay College about to finish their schooling that has been successful, fun and yes they were more than prepared to do well after being in year 7 & 8 at Wainui School. Despite being small the opportunities are endless to develop in a caring, competitive environment that grows confidence and leadership. We are very proud of the outcomes many have gone on to be, Olympians lawyers, on the world stage as part of musicals, band members, builders, mechanics, rugby players, hockey players, cricketers!! Don’t forget before you make your decision for the future we do things very well at our place!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 25th July – Positive Puberty Plus Parents Info Evening – 5pm.
  • Tuesday 25th July – Board Meeting – 6:30pm.
  • Wednesday 26th July – Coaches & Managers Morning Tea – 10:10am – Staffroom.
  • Wednesday 26th July – BSLA Info Workshop – 3pm – Hall.
  • Friday 28th July – MasterChef Grand Final & Prizegiving – 1:50pm.
  • Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August – Book Fair.
  • Wednesday 2nd August – Learning Conversations – 3 – 6pm.
  • Wednesday 2nd August – FOWs Meeting – 7pm – Staffroom.
  • Thursday 3rd August – Learning Conversations – 3 – 7:30pm.
  • Friday 4th August – Collect Ag Day Chicks – from 2:30pm – Staffroom.
  • Friday 11th August – Chocolate Box money or unsold chocolates due.
  • Saturday 19th August – Quiz Night – Hall.
  • Friday 25th August – Visit from Lifestyle Vets.


Wainui School Book Fair 31st July to 4th August – On Monday to Friday of week 3 the Wainui School Book Fair will be open in our school library. The opening hours will be 8.30am until 9am Monday to Thursday and 8.30am until 9am Friday. All books sold will gain Scholastic rewards that can be used to purchase new books for our school library.

Junior Summer Touch Competition 2023 – Registrations are now open for Junior Summer Touch starting in term 4. Grades are- Years 0 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 6, 7 – 8.   There is a minimum of 8 players per team.   
Teams can either be all girls, all boys or mixed grades. This is played on Wednesday afternoons at Sharks Sports Club, Victor Eaves Park, Orewa.Please sign up, on the Registration form below. Registrations close Friday 25th August

Summer Touch Registration Term 4

Ag Day – Friday 20 October 2023 – Update #3 – If you are interested in entering a lamb, kid goat or calf  for Ag Day this year and you didn’t get your animals over the holidays, you still have time! Your animal can be born between the 1st of July and the 15th of September!

On Friday 25th August we will be having a visit from our vet nurse/Ag day judge Lisa from Lifestyle vets to discuss their veterinary services in preparation for your Ag Day pets. They will be giving guidance and tips to help you in your journey of hand rearing a farm animal. It will focus mainly on lambs and goat kids and will include:

  • A courtesy vet chat (10-15 minutes on feeding, vaccines etc.) and then they will be on hand to provide the services in their van afterwards.

  • Lifestyle vets can provide a Bronze package which will include a first dose 5 in 1 vaccine and ringing of tails/testicles for free. (NO PAIN RELIEF IN THIS PACKAGE)

  • Silver Package $30 include Tail and testicle ringing using the numnuts device, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication, Single dose 5 in 1 vaccine.

  • Gold Package $55 includes a full check over, tail and testicle ringing using the numnuts device, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory medication, lambvax vaccine and upgraded 7 in 1 vaccine (first dose).

  • There are also extras for sale such as covers, thermometers, drench, bottles etc.

PGG Wrightson have generously given us discount cards that you can present in store for a discount on animal rearing products. You can collect your discount card when register your animal for Ag Day. Ag day flyer for Schools 2023

Ag Day Chicks – Your chicks and any products you ordered will be ready for collection from the school staffroom on Friday 4th August from 2.30pm. Click here for info on how to take care of your chicks Looking After Chickens 2023. Please bring a suitable box to take them home in eg: a shoe box with bedding (the link gives info on bedding). They will need to be kept warm on your trip home.


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 

Flippa Ball

Wainui Yr 3/4 Ripples: Won 9-0.

Wainui Yr 5/6 Surges: Won 18 – 0. POD: Vuliana Lodge.

Wainui Yr 7/8 Marlins: Won 10 – 9. POD: Zoe Thomas.


Wainui Yr 2 Sapphires: Won 4 – 2. POD: Lily Lyth. Sportsmanship: Murphy Mia. Coaches Award: Penelope Campbell.

Wainui Yr 3 Stars vs BBS Ravens: Won 1 – 0. POD: Kelsie Ibbett. Sportsmanship: Adriana Magan. Coaches A ward: Lily Fincham.

Wainui Yr 4 Jets vs Westminster Pearls: Draw 6 – 6. POD’s: Emma-Rose Waldrom and Romi Van Loggerenberg.

Wainui Yr 5 Asteroids vs Bayfield Blues: Won 15 – 0. POD: Viviana Hellyer.


Wainui Yr 3/4 Wasps vs Red Beach Ravens: Drew 1 – 1.  POD: Zain Ouzoun.

Wainui Yr 5/6 Warriors vs Red Beach Quick Sticks: Won 12 – 1.


Wainui School Senior Basketball vs Monstrarz: Lost 18 – 20. POD: Jakob Brown.

18/7/2023: Wainui Warriors vs Kingsway Storms. Won 12 – 2.

Wainui Thunder Yr5 vs Orewa Beach. Won. POD: James Gray.


Parenting for Positive Self Worth Course – Click here for Flyer Parenting flyer July 23