Millie Dunn,  Natalie Graves and Viviana Hellyer are proud chefs at Garden to Table.

Kia ora Koutou,

Thank you so much to everyone who has bought, sold and eaten chocolates!! Almost all of the boxes of chocolate have been paid for or retuned. We do still have some we are waiting on, so if you were not able to sell them, please ensure you have returned the unsold chocolates. What a great fundraiser this has been! The proceeds will go towards a new shade over the courts and upgrades to our bike track. Thank you to FOWS members Melissa Soulsby, Tania Cummack-Ledger & Leslie Ann Linn for your help in distributing the boxes and counting the money!!

Newsletter Focus:

  • Waifactor 
  • School Cross Country
  • Daffodil Day
  • Health and Wellbeing: Healthy Harold Life Education, Food For Thought, Garden to Table 
  • Quiz Night


  • Waifactor – The first heats were amazing!! Thank you Student Councillors Oscar Price and Eva Pengelly for a wonderful show. It is great to see so much confidence! We enjoyed hearing the singing, jokes, watching the dancing, and being entertained. Well done Lyla-Rose for being one of the best MC’s we have ever had. We are now ready for the semi-finals, we do apologise for the change in times and dates, but as is happening in most work places we too have been hit with sicknesses. Adjusting the dates has given everyone more time to participate, as SO many students entered the competition. The times for the semi-finals have been sent out via a separate email, but to make it easier here they are:

Pukeko and Kiwi Teams:  Thursday 17th August 1:50pm 

Takahe and Tui Teams:  Tuesday 22 August 1:50pm

Finals Date:  Friday 15th September 1:50pm  


  • School Cross Country on Friday 18th August – We have all been practicing our running for many weeks and will participate in the annual School Cross County on Friday. Do come and support this event! Here is link to the timetable: Wainui School Cross Country 2023. There will be barista made coffees and a sausage sizzle to celebrate the day!!
  • Daffodil Day – Planning has started for Daffodil Day, Friday 25th August!! This is one of the charities we have chosen to support as a school, so please send in a gold coin donation. Dressing up is encouraged! Be as creative as you can and wear lots of yellow!! The House Captains will be running activities for the students to participate in throughout the day.
  • Health & Wellbeing Education –  This is an important topic being currently being discussed throughout New Zealand, and in fact the world. At Wainui School we aim to support children with various carefully selected programmes so that they develop life skills relating to their health and wellbeing.
    • Healthy Harold Life Education –  This programme features the very famous Healthy Harold the Giraffe. The mobile classroom will be here for 2 weeks and comes with its own expert teachers who will provide interactive learning experiences. Our students will learn and understand how to make healthy choices, gain knowledge about health and their bodies and also develop self esteem and a positive understanding of themselves.
    • Nutrition & Food for Thought Programme – Years 5 & 6 classes will participate in two classroom sessions, run by a Food for Thought nutritionist. These sessions cover: general healthy eating, food group information, how to read food labels, and understanding sugar levels in drinks. They will then receive a ‘Sponsored Healthy Lunch’ in the form of a $60 voucher per class to spend on food using the knowledge gained.
    • Garden to Table – Our kitchen learning is in full flight now! Last week I enjoyed a beautiful hearty nutritious soup full of vegetables, herbs, garlic and pasta with a freshly picked garden salad and homemade rosemary focaccia bread – delicious!! The garden is already yielding beautiful lettuce, rhubarb, silverbeet, potatoes and radishes. We would love extra help in the garden on Wednesday, so if you or a friend/relative would like to volunteer please let us know in the office.


Quiz Night – Saturday 19th August – The evening is almost here, and it’s not too late to book a table or join others!! Dress up and enjoy a fun night out – just think 80’s!! Here are a few things to expect and prepare for this Saturday:

    • Doors open at 6pm with the Quiz starting at 6:30pm.
    • Silent & live auctions donated by so many generous families and businesses.
    • $500 International Travel Voucher being raffled – $5 for one ticket, $10 for three tickets.
    • Bring your $2 coins to purchase answers to quiz questions.
    • “The Back Up” Mobile Kitchen food truck will be there, click here for the menu The Back Up Mobile Kitchen Menu or bring your own snacks.


Buses and Behaviour – The bus is an extension of our school and therefore also needs to be a happy place to ride. We have had to remind some of our students who ride the bus that they need to respect each other, sit in their seats, and keep voices low. Please help us by reminding your children in the morning before they hop on the bus of these expectations, thank you.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Thursday 17th August – Yr 5/6 Hockey Zone Day.
  • Thursday 17th August – Pukeko (Yr 1-2) & Kiwi (Yr 3-4) Teams Waifactor Semi-Finals – 1:50pm.
  • Friday 18th August – Cross Country.
  • Saturday 19th August – Quiz Night – Hall.
  • Tuesday 22nd – 30th August – Healthy Harold Life Education.
  • Tuesday 22nd August – Tui (Yr 5-6) & Takahe (Yr 7-8) Teams Waifactor Semi-Finals – 1:50pm.
  • Tuesday 22nd August – Board Meeting – 6:30pm.
  • Friday 25th August – Daffodil Day.
  • Friday 25th August – Visit from Lifestyle Vets.
  • Wednesday 30th August – FOWs Meeting – 7pm.
  • Friday 1st September – Tui/ Takahe Assembly – 2pm.
  • Friday 15th September – Waifactor Finals – 1:50pm.
  • Tuesday 19th September – Board Meeting – 6:30pm.
  • Friday 22nd September – Kiwi Assembly – 2pm.
  • Friday 22nd September – Last Day of the Term.


Ag Day – Friday 20 October 2023

Update # 5

If you are wanting a lamb or a goat but cannot source one, please contact me asap as I have several contacts and may be able to help you. Just email me at

Also if you have any questions or are unsure on the rules or how it all works just come in and see me at school (I am in the Puriri classroom) or email me. Here is the link to the updated Wainui School Ag day rules

Can you please fill in the animal registration form in asap, so I can gauge the numbers of animals coming to Ag day. Here is the link to the  2023 Ag Day Animal registration form This will remain open until the end of term 3.

A gentle reminder to save the date for Lisa from Lifestyle vets, who is coming to Wainui School at 2.30pm Friday 25th August. Lisa will discuss their veterinary services in preparation for your Ag Day pets. She 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. It 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 numnust device, anathestic 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 anathestic, anti infammatory medication, lambvax vaccine and upgraded 7 in 1 vaccine (first dose).

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

You still have until the 15th of September to source your animal!

 We look forward to seeing your animals when they are presented at Ag Day on 20th October!!


email your sports results to Ms Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Yr 2 Sapphires vs Sherwood: Won 12-2. POD: Sophie Starr. Coaches Award: Penelope Campbell. Sportsmanship Award: Harper Reid

Wainui Yr 5 Asteroids vs  Pinehill Ferns 7-8. POD: Natalie Graves.

Wainui  Yr 6 Galaxy vs HPPS Redwings: Won 13-12. POD: Summer Starr. Sportsmanship: Nalia Searle-Pauli.


Wainui Yr 3/4 Wasps vs OPS Hotstix.  Lost 0-5.

Wainui Yr 7/8 Tomahawks vs Takapuna Normal Intermediate School: Lost 6-0.

Wainui Yr 7/8 Tomahawks vs Pinehurst: Lost 3-4.


Wainui Y5 Thunder vs SBS Raptors: Won 12-10. POD Jackson Magan.

Wainui School Senior Yr 7/8 Basketball vs Half Court Hustlers: Lost 6-36. POD: Noah Mash.

Wainui School Senior 7/8 Basketball vs Kingsway Pulse: Lost 16-24. POD: Harry Browne Hale.