Year 2 girls, Kyralee, Leané and Murphy made Teriyaki Chicken served with juice!!

Year 7’s Hamish and Lochie with their Burger and fries.

Holly made delicious Churros.

Shylah and Emma made French Toast.

Kia ora Koutou,

Hard to believe it is August!! I am sure like me you have loved having the calm sunny days we have experienced over the weekend and have enjoyed some or all of the amazing sport that is happening in New Zealand and overseas!! FIFA World Cup, Bledisloe Cup Netball World Cup, the competition and skills we are seeing in our sportspeople is fantastic!! It is obviously inspiring our own young people at Wainui who love playing every break either football, basketball, netball etc etc. We are an active school and make time to enjoy ourselves, keep healthy and play sports and games.

Newsletter Focus:

  • MasterChef
  • Learning Conversations.     
  • Book Fair
  • Chocolate Sales
  • Waifactor
  • Cross Country
  • Quiz Night – FOWS
  • Ag Day 

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING – so many amazing things!!

MasterChef – What an amazing competition the final was on Friday showing skill, collaboration, competition, participation, fun and enjoyment!! Congratulations to every single person that was in the final; the competition is in years groups and has a prize winner for each section.

Year 3/4 Girls: Skylah, Francesca and Grace made delicious sliders!!

Year 1&2’s: Arlo and Finlay,  The lolly Cakes Team: Leané, Murphy and Kyralee. Sparkle Pink Team, Harper and Megan.

Year 3&4’s: Pepper Pig Team, Liam, Ryder and Nina. Girl Power, Shylah & Emma. Fern of the Meow Meow Girls, Skylah, Francesca and Grace.

Year 5&6’s: Holly Fuller, “Showjumping Chefs” Sophie, Scarlett, and Mia. “Pancake Girls”, Elora.

Year 7&8’s: Dooper Troopers, Hamish Fincham & Lochie Raikes. Avocato Team, Ayla, Zoe and Amelie. Wild Crew, Isabella, Ella Brea & Melody.

There is a trophy for the overall winner i.e. MASTERCHEF Wainui 2023, James Pallatt will present this on Friday to the winner.

Thank you to Chef Jon Bayer for joining the year 8 leaders Harry Browne Hale, Oscar Price & Jakob Brown for all your work, judging and setting up. Jon was impressed and amazed at the skill level and dedication from the students!!

The winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at our Assembly on Friday afternoon. Thank you to the Browne Hale family who have generously donated all the prizes for this years competition.


  • Learning Conversations Wednesday and Thursday Evenings from 3:30- 7:30 pm – Please ensure you have made a time to meet the teacher and if these days are impossible we will help you find another time. These conversations are so important as we talk about progress your child is making in their learning this year.We aim to meet 100% of families, that is how valuable they are.
    • 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.

    Year 2’s Arlo and Finlay made Banana French Toast.

  • Book Fair – Is this week!! It is great to hear and see such a buzz in the library. Come and support the Book Fair, every book or item sold also helps contribute towards a few more books for our library.
  • Chocolate Sales – Wow, thank you everyone!! There are lots of chocolates being sold and I guess being eaten!! This is an awesome fundraiser for school. Big thank you to Melissa Soulsby for your hard work getting this organised and distributed. 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!

  • Waifactor – Student councillors Oscar Price and Eva Pengelly are busy ensuring everyone is signed up for the annual Waifactor show and competition. The heats are in week 4 – next week so there is still time to enter.


  • Cross Country – On Friday, the 18th of August, week 5, our annual Wainui School Cross Country Day will be held at school. It starts at 9.15am and will finish before the last break. Click here for information and a timetable of the day. Wainui School Cross Country 2023 There will be a sausage sizzle and juicies for sale $2 each. There will also be a coffee stand onsite. If you have any queries, please contact one of the Wainui Sports Coordinators: Halena Howard, or Luke Cochrane,
  • Quiz Night – The FOWS ladies, Melissa Mexted, Carin Long, Lisa Vermeer and Monique Ritchie are working so hard to bring us all the annul Quiz Night!! You will need a babysitter, an 80’s costume and to buy a ticket from the office or kindo!! If you don’t have a table of people to join we can help you join another table!! Come and have fun at the Quiz Night you might win a prize!! Come and bid on the amazing auction items, and then there is an 80’s band!! Come for a fun night in your community!!
  • Ag Day 20th October – We have started this organisation!! Thank you Kylie Allen for getting the ball rolling at school, we have updated the hand book and information will soon be updated on the website. I know many of you have started raising your lamb, calf or kid goat. I hear from Miss Ludwig the chicks are due! (see below for further information). Ag Day is our  biggest community day!! I always say if you have one day off a year for work please have Ag Day and join your children for this very special day. We have the animal judging, classroom exhibits, stalls and games.

    Update # 4 

    Thank you to everyone who has ordered a chick for this year’s Ag Day. We look forward to seeing how well they’ve been cared for when they are presented at Ag Day on 20th October.

    I’m sure many of you will have your Ag Day animals already but you have until 15th September (this is the last date for them to be born) to get your kid goat, lamb or calf! It has been a slow season for lambs as the ewes have not lambed yet but you still have until the 15th of September.

    Please send me an email if you wish to have help sourcing a lamb

    Just a note for new families – children may only have ONE pet to care for. A lamb or kid goat or chick. The students will need to be with their pet when judging takes place on Ag Day.

  • Pet Egg – For all children who don’t have an animal to care for, the expectation is that they have a Pet Egg which they create a habitat for. We have had many and varied habitats created over the years and it’s always amazing to see what the children come up with!
  • Chicks – Reminder that your chicks and any products you ordered will be ready for collection from the school staffroom this 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.

FINALLY  Here are the rest of the finalists for MasterChef!!

Peppa Pig team of Liam, Ryder and Nina made “Pepper Pig Burgers”!

Sparkle Pink team of Harper and Megan created delicious pink “Sparkle Pancakes”!

Team Wild Crew with their dish of “Carbonara”.

Elora cooked us “Mum’s Pasta” – smelt divine!!

Team “Showjumping Chefs” created this Pancake Cake!! Wow, it looked amazing!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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 – Pukeko Assembly – 2pm.
  • Friday 4th August – Collect Ag Day Chicks – from 2:30pm – Staffroom.
  • Friday 11th August – Chocolate Box money or unsold chocolates due.
  • Friday 18th August – Cross Country.
  • Saturday 19th August – Quiz Night – Hall.
  • Friday 25th August – Visit from Lifestyle Vets.


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Rockets Yr 2 vs St John’s Blossoms.  Lost: 4 – 2.  POD: Leané Conradie. Coach’s Award: Murphy Mia. Captain’s Award: Genevieve Watt.

Wainui Asteroids Yr 5 vs Target Road Kea.  Won: 10 – 0.  POD: Georgina Coupe.

Wainui Galaxy Yr 6 vs Coatesville Dragons.  Lost: 6 – 5.  POD: Ayla Lodge.


Wainui Wairau Yr 5/6 vs GHS.  Draw: 2 – 2.


Wainui Stingers Yr 3/4 vs Gulf Harbour.  Lost: 3 – 5.  POD: Oliver Todd.

Wainui  Thunder Yr 5 vs WGP Bananas.  Won: 27 – 0.  POD: Kobe Olivier.

Wainui Hawkes Yr 6 vs Silverdale.  Lost: 7 – 15.  POD: Kassidy van Dam.


Girls Futsal – Coaching for ages 8&9, click here for flyer. Girls Futsal Flyer.pdf