Kia ora Koutou katoa

Midwinter is here, the shortest day just gone!! Wainui School is once again wet and muddy and having to “share our play spaces a lot more”!! We are all thrilled with the revamped playground, the mulch is lovely and thick and now will not wash away in the next big storm!!

Japanese Students from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan – arrive in the second week of term 3!! Thank you, Mel Ludwig, for all your hard work to ensure each student is placed with a wonderful Wainui family!! We now need only 4 more host families!! Thank you to all the families who have so far offered to host!! We would love to have this sorted before we go on holiday then we can advise Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan school we are ready!! Please think about this, as we have said it is a wonderful opportunity, experience and many families make life long friends. Mr Irvine and I are hoping to visit their school this year, sign the sister school agreement and experience their culture and home. As a host, you are also supported with a generous payment to help with food and care. Please let Mel in the office know if you are open to hosting. Thank you.


Congratulations FOWS – The final count for Quiz Night Fundraiser was $12,460.80!! What a fantastic outcome, this enables us to meet all the planned spends at school. The Board of Trustees, with the staff and community, have a wish list for 2019, and a well-planned budget. It includes $30,000 in fundraising this year. FOWS have done a wonderful job already and raised $26,183.00 almost the total. This means we have upgraded furniture in the juniors – pop your head in and see the new green chairs and colourful tables, revamped playgrounds, upgraded a pod of new iPads and chrome books to name some of the key things.


Trips are happening in most year groups.

Snowplanet – Intermediate students in Takahe team all spent the day challenging themselves at Snowplanet on Monday! Fun, adventure and for many a new activity in skiing and / snowboarding. The “Willliam Pike Challenge” of which the Year 8’s are taking part in requires all students as a part of the programme to challenge themselves in activities throughout the year.


Kaipara College Show “Hansel and Gretel” – Intermediate students in Takahe team are attending this performance on Tuesday afternoon, a wonderful opportunity to watch college students perform.

Kelly Tarlton’s – The Junior children of Pukeko team are all off to see the fish and sea creatures at Kelly Tarltons on Tuesday. They are very excited to be off on a trip, for many this is their first time on a school trip together.

Music Performance has been Postponed until Term 3 – (date will be confirmed next week) – Ross our guitar, keyboard and soon to be drumming teacher is about to be a father again!! The baby is due any day, therefore, Ross is unable to be certain he could be here!!

Rippa Rugby – Tui team Year 5 & 6 students are off to play in the Hibiscus Coast Competition at Silverdale Rugby Grounds on Thursday 27th June.

Wai Factor Finals postponed from Friday 28th June until Thursday 4th July – Due to two groups not being able to perform this day.


Wai Factor Finals Thursday 4th July start time 1:45 pm – The Year 8 leaders led by Celeste Hamilton-Dowling are ready to host this years final of Waifactor. There are 8 groups or individuals performing. We wish all the finalists all the very best. We certainly have amazing talents and confidence in our school, this show is completely student-run!! This year we have a secret judge in the hall!! You are all invited to the show!!

Friday 5th July will be a Farewell Assembly starting at 2.00pm. We will farewell Miss Taylor on Friday at a special assembly and Miss Revell on Tuesday. The staff will hold a special morning tea for Miss Revell and the children will say goodbye in the afternoon at a small assembly. We wish them both the very best and thank you for everything you have contributed to Wainui School.


Kindo – By now many of you will have used the new system for making payments. We thank you for giving it a go, this has certainly freed the office ladies and streamlined our organisation for events, trips, and donations. If you haven’t set this up to use please go to the website, follow the directions and give it a go. Please ensure all outstanding payments have been completed before we go on holiday.

Cyber Safety – A number of serious issues have been bought to our attention in the area of our students using “chat rooms” and Instagram. Whilst this is happening outside of school hours, it does affect relationships and the students in school. Mr Irvine, Mrs Morris and I have all spoken about this. I have included as a final some words from us all around cybersafety and use of devices. Education around this area is problematic and is ever changing as the communication and connections change, improve and new social media platforms emerge. As a school, we constantly revisit this issue, whether it be daily in the classroom or with outside support; Life Education, Community Constable and Netsafe programmes etc.

To be very clear;

  1. There is no access on any school device linked to the network to Instagram or Facebook it is blocked by N4L the filter for our network. Network For Learning: Wainui School are supported in keeping our online Network safer for students by using N4L – Network for Learning is a Crown Company that connects 98% of New Zealand schools to internet services, through our safe and secure Managed Network –  this includes improved internet filtering and firewall services.
  2. Instagram and Facebook have age restrictions on them. It is 13 years old for Instagram and 14 for Facebook, therefore any use is illegal and under a parents jurisdiction if this is not heeded to.
  3. Phones are not used at school, or needed. All phones must be handed into the office, if for some reason your child needs one after school. All contact with home should be through the school office. This enables us all to keep communication very clear and transparent. (This includes messaging from any other device).
  4. Netsafe: Netsafe also have a resource section to help you with supporting your child’s online life – please bookmark this site

Please let us know if you need any further help or advice as we are only too happy to support you.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Garden to Table – Reminder that this Friday we will once again be selling hot chocolate and soup.  This will be running every Friday through Winter. The funds raised from this will be used for our Garden to Table Programme. The cost of each is $2, you will need to bring your own cup.

Wainui School Hoodies – Please let the office know if you’re interested in ordering a printed sweatshirt. The cut off is this Friday 28th June. I will need a minimum of 10 orders to be able to place the order with our supplier. Hoodies will be printed during the holidays and will be ready for pick up the first week of term. 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

Royal New Zealand Ballet – We have had a terrific day with the Chloe from the RNZB! The kids learnt the beginning dance from Black Swan and White Swan, which, is on this weekend at the ASB Theatre! They were all fabulous and had a great attitude towards Chloe and learning something new.

The RNZB’s communications organiser was here videoing the students dancing and talking for a new video to go on their website. If you have any concerns or would not like your child to be included in this video please let me know and we can sort this out.
Thanks to all of you who have already paid the $5. If you haven’t here is a friendly reminder.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Yr 1 Asteroids vs Willow Park Steel.  Lost 8-1.  POD: Jackson Ledger.

Wainui Yr 2 Galaxy vs Sherwood Pugs  Won 12 – 0.  POD: Ayla Lodge and Millie Dunn.  Thank you to Millie for stepping in and helping the team.

Wainui Yr 3 Stars vs Greenhithe Emeralds. Won 9-1

Wainui Yr 4 Jets vs Greenhithe Magic.  Lost 3-6.  POD: Raya Sams

Wainui Yr 4 Gems vs Sherwood Beagles. Won 9 – 1.  POD: Rosie Gulik.

Wainui Yr 5 Comets vs Torbay Sharks.  Lost 10-1.  POD: Ava Elliott.  Sportsmanship: Milla Glasgow

Wainui Yr 6 Rockets vs Dairy Flat Hornets.  Lost 15 – 12.  POD: Xela Odedra.  Sportsmanship: Maya Ledger.


Wainui Yr 3/4 Stars Draw 0-0.  POD: Pippa Heaton

Wainui Yr 5/6 Storm vs Murrays Bay.  Won 1-0.  POD: Zoe Heaton


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

    • Kauri: Ali Campbell, Cam Heaton.  Writing: Ben Thorpe.
    • Kahikatea: Ricardo Hawken, Bowen Jonkers-McAllister.  Writing: Daniel Bell.
    • Rimu: Mackenzie Allen, Andrew Potgieter.  Writing: Bella Browne Hale.
    • Matai: Te Ruawai Bayer, Grace Wallace-Pram.  Writing: Rylan Latham.
    • Totara: Eliza Dunning, Quinn Richardson.  Writing: Lucas Bartrom.
    • Nikau: Harrison Andrew, Meika Pope Smith.  Writing: Hunter Hadley.
    • Kowhai: Noah Murtagh, Felix Latham.  Writing: Pearl Glasgow.
    • Kohekohe: Zachary Lee, Milly Rossiter.  Writing: Scott Tucker.
    • Pukatea: Melia Meissenheimer, Phoenix Sweetman-Jones  Writing: Eva Pengelly.
    • Rata: Charlotte Gooding, Shannon McBride.  Writing: Mitchell Ibbett.
    • Karaka: Millie Dunn, Hunter Olliff.  Writing: Hannah Wallace.
    • Puriri Rua: Jackson Ledger, Kieran Miners.  Writing: Austin Perry.
    • Puriri: Nina Bell, Camryn Colquhoun.  Writing: Kenzie Banton.
  • Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Claudia McBride (Totara), Olly Smith (Matai) and Isla Poninghaus (Rimu).


  • Wednesday 26th June – Board Meeting 6.30pm.
  • Thursday 27th June – Ripper Yr 5 / 6.
  • Thursday 27th June – School photo orders close today.
  • Monday 1st July – Yr 7 / 8 Tough Guy and Gal Challenge.
  • Friday 5th July – Last day of Term.
  • Monday 22nd July – First Day of Term 3.
  • Tuesday 30th July – 9th August – Japanese Students visit.
  • Friday 2nd August – Entries close for ICAS Exams.


The Artisan Workshops is now Workshops at Waitotara
Coming up…
Beginners sewing – 2 spaces left this Sun 30th June 11-3pm
How to prune my fruit trees – Sun 14th and Sun 28th July 1-4pm
Upcycle Sewing, Sun 4th Aug 11-3pm
Kombucha and Sauerkraut- Sun 8th Sept 1-4pm
Introduction to Permaculture Sun 22nd Sept 10am-4pm

Email: for info and bookings. 

Hibiscus Coast AFC – Please see attached holiday programme

Football FUNdamentals in Schools –  Is run during the school term, this programme takes place on the school fields, making it easy for kids and parents, as kids don’t have to travel.

Lunch Clubs or After School Clubs for kids in Years 1 to 6 starting in week 2 of Term 3. In these programmes the kids get to work on their coordination and learn football skills by doing fun activities, playing games and football matches.

This is our website link which shows start dates and whether an After School Club or Lunch Club and costs.