Kia ora Koutou, Konnichiwa

We had a great start to the term, well done everyone getting back into routine!! Welcome to all new families.  We hope your first week went well.

This week our Japanese students arrive, we begin the chocolate fundraiser, and there is a disco and school cross country!!

Japanese students –  from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan arrive at 3:15 today from Osaka!! 15 students, their teacher, a group manager, and interpreter will be with us for 10 days. These students are all hosted by 13 families who are all prepared for their guests. We begin on Wednesday morning with a powhiri to welcome our guests. The students have a mixture of English lessons with their own tutor, various trips to places such as Te Hana and horseriding in Warkworth, as well as a session with each team in our school of integration.

Chocolates – We trust the boxes all made it home on Monday and ask each family to sell a minimum of one box to raise funds. If you can do more there are prizes to be had.  This fundraiser is run by our FOWS group and the prizes are listed below. Thank you for helping as the money raised will go towards improving the grounds.

School Cross Country –  This Friday, all students have received the information containing the distance they run and the approximate times, It is about giving things a go!! The top 4 students in Year 5 & 6 will represent the School at the Interschool Cross Country on Thursday 29th August.  The top 4  students in Year 7 & 8 will participate in the Kaipara schools Intermdiate section of cross country in Helensville on Friday 16th August.

Disco – This Friday (2nd August) the annual disco is happening.   The Juniors (Years 1-4) are 5.00 – 6.30pm and the Seniors (Years 5-8) are 7.00 – 9.00pm.  The Japanese students can attend either of these.

Tickets are still available for this fun evening orgnaised by the Year 7 & 8s to raise funds for their end of year graduation dinner. The theme is Country and Western, so find your cowboy/girl outfit or whatever else you would like to wear and come and have fun.


Team Newsletters –  Are all completed and will have been sent home.  These contain all the details of each team, dates, learning focuses and expectations.

Sports teams are practicing and playing – It is wonderful to see the number of teams practicing each evening at school – we have 8 netball and 7 hockey teams all playing each week and having a great time.  Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, teachers, and students coaching and managing teams. You are all doing an amazing job!

FOWS (Friends of Wainui School) meeting – Was held last Wedneday evening, despite it being a cold winters evening.  A lively group met to continue to ensure the school is well supported and we can meet the goal of raising $30,000!! The meeting was fantastic and so well organised.  Chocolate selling by Mel Mayes and Sonja Joubert, Ag Day led by Kylie Allen, Calendars, and a new idea was introduced.

Working Bee – Sunday October 20th 8.30am -12.30pm – A fantastic morning tea will be supplied, a list of tasks will be formulated – put this date in your diary!


Learning Conversation’s – These are happening in Week 4, Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August from 3 – 6:00pm.  Please make a time to meet with the teacher and your child to discuss the mid year report and the goals/vision boards made at the first set of learning conversations. We have over the last years been able to meet our goal of 100% attendance. The partnership between home, school, and your child ensures we can make the best possible learning decisions and make school the best place for your child to be. For some, this is not as easy as others. These meetings are very important for everyone so please go to – Code jug89 to book a time.


Garden to Table – Starts this week. The programme is now including Year 5 – 8 and runs on a Wednesday and is continuing to be so successful!! If you would like to be involved, please do not hestiate to come along as it is very rewarding. I have included the link to the Garden to table website 

Drum Lessons – If you have any lessons that need reimbursement, please come and see Gillian to proceed forward.

Breakfast Fundraiser – From this Friday at 8.30 am, and every Friday following (unless advised), there will be bacon and egg sandwiches and coffee being sold in the bus shelter. This is to raise funds for a variety of sports teams that will be traveling to their competitions – AIMS Games, Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, and Ski Champs. Thanks for your support.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Ag Day 2019   

Friday 25th October

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 25th 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 or lamb for this year.  There will be NO calves again this year.

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.

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.

Whittakers Chocolate FundraiserOur “Whittakers Chocolate Bar” fundraiser has started with chocolate boxes being handed out to every Wainui school family yesterday.  There are 36 bars in each box and you are selling them for $2 each. The total box value and amount to be collected is $72.

Once you have sold your entire box bring the money back to school and if you wish to take a further box to sell you may do so. Extra boxes will be available to collect from the office in the morning from 8.30am to 9.15am. Or phone the office and we will put aside a box to collect/handout. 

All money is due back to school when you sell your box OR by Monday 12th August. 

There are some great prizes on offer for taking part in this exciting fundraiser. Winners for the prizes will be anounced on Monday 26th August.

I know the kids are super excited about this so get behind them help them out and mostly have fun selling – there are endless opportunities!

*1st Prize – For the Family / Person that sells the most Boxes – A choice of technical goodies for students from Noel Leeming.

*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 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!

AND be the very FIRST person/family to sell your box and bring in your money and you’ll get a spot at the Movie, Pizza and Popcorn afternoon too!

BTDA Dance Exams – A big congratulations to Anna-Rose Gulik, Emily Dixon and Georgina Coupe of The Dance Floor.  These girls recently sat their BTDA Dance Exams and all passed with Top Mark of Honours.  Anna-Rose and Emily sat their Primary Jazz Exam, and Georgina sat her first ever exam Silver Rose Lyrical Award.  Georgina was also awarded a Star Award.  Well done girls”

Thrive On – Elise Louard (Mum of Teah and Leonie) and trained teacher is bringing a new programme to Wainui School 

Thrive On Education provides specialised programmes for children displaying learning difficulties at school, or for children previously diagnosed with a learning disability such as ADHD and dyslexia. The programmes are designed to work in partnership with schools to obtain the optimal learning environment for children. The programmes can be used at home, or at school and help the parents become better advocates for their child’s learning needs.

Thrive On Education assesses each child, identifying their individual strengths, interests, learning styles, and optimal learning environment, while also determining the possible gaps in the foundations on which future learning depends.   Elise will be at Wainui School conducting assessments on Wednesdays and will be back at Wainui School on Friday 2nd August 2019 to finish assessing children. Places are still available.  Please click on the link for further details.

Year 1-8 Touch Rugby – It’s almost touch time! Staton Ranby will be coordinating the Wainui School touch rugby teams again this year. Please see the PDF attached for all of the information and permission form. There will be hard copies of the permission form available at the office. Please return your completed permission forms to the office by the end of Week 6, Friday 30th August. Once the teams have been formed, payment details will be given.  Touch Information & Permission Form 2019

Marrzipan – “Guess what? Marrzipan Drama are running awesome self-confidence building sessions at Wainui School!  Marrzipan have gained a huge reputation in New Zealand for the development of shy children, especially those with anxiety, autism and selective mutism. Saying that, this is a class for the super crazy and dramatic types too, as we focus on positive leadership and social skills.Our classes focus on inner and outer self-confidence, and are super fun and exciting for children. Parents are kept up to date with weekly emails about what’s been covered in class and why, as well as what you can work on at home. We have two awesome showcases at the end of every term too, so you can see your child’s development first hand as they perform in one of our termly productions.

Classes will be running on Tuesdays, 12-12:45pm and 12:45-1:30pm in the Hall at Wainui School. Spaces for our non obligatory Trial Class on Tuesday the 6th of August are limited, so please get in touch via our website to secure your child’s space, or call our superstar Office Team to give you the lowdown on why your child simply MUST give it a go. Head to and click REGISTER, then follow the prompts to find Wainui School, or call 027 293 8400. See you there!”


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Yr 1 Astroids vs Pinehill Pixies.  Lost 5 – 3.  POD: Cameryn Colquhoun

Wainui Yr 2 Galaxy vs Forrest Hill  Won 6 – 3.  POD: Vuliana Lodge

Wainui Yr 4 Jets vs BBS Sapphires. Lost 5-9.  POD: Raya Sams

Wainui Yr 4 Gems vs Murrays Bay Tigers. Lost 18 – 3.  POD: Milly Dixon.

Wainui Yr 5 Comets vs Sherwood Terriers.  Lost 6-2.  POD: Ava Elliott.

Wainui Yr 6 Rockets vs Dairy Flat Hornets.  Won 7-5.  POD: Pearle Cameron.  Sportsmanship: Maya Ledger.

Wainui Tui Yr 7.  Won.  POD:  Serenity Harris and Lily Glasgow


Wainui Yr 3/4 Firebirds vs Beachhaven Won. 2-1  POD: Neva Atkinson

Wainui Year Stars 3/4  Draw 1-1.  POB: Melia Meissenheimer

Wainui Yr 5/6 Storm vs Orewa Girls.  Won 2-0.  POD: Ruby Mayes

Wainui Yr 5/6 Thunder vs Campbells Bay Bluestix.  Drew. 1-1.  POD: Bella Browne Hale

Wainui Yr 5/6 Warriors  Lost 4-1.  POD: Staton Ranby


  • Tuesday 30th July – 9th August – Japanese Students visit.
  • Friday 2nd August – Entries close for ICAS Exams.
  • Friday 2nd August – School Disco
  • Friday 2nd August – Cross Country
  • Wednesday 7th August – BOT Meeting
  • Friday 9th August – 9.15am – Pukeko Assembly
  • Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July – Learning Conversations
  • Tuesday 13th August – Collect your Chicks
  • Friday 16th August – Year 7 /8 Interschool Cross Country
  • Monday 19th August – Year 8 Woodhill Mountain Bike Trip
  • Tuesday 20th August – Year 7 Woodhill Mountain Bike Trip
  • Wednesday 21st Agusut – Intermediate Information Evening
  • Friday 29th August – Year 5 / 6 Interschool Cross Country


Nature Play Workshops – My name is Lucy and I am an ECE teacher at Kaukapakapa Preschool. We have begun a journey towards getting our children outside more and fostering a connection to our planet by immersing ourselves in nature.

Nature has the ability to improve physical and mental health. To develop flexibity and gross motor skills. To nurture life long dispositions like resilience, risk taking and social skills, all whilst fostering earth nuturing values for a more sustainable future.

We have decided to create an event as a fundaiser to raise funds to purchase all weather clothes for our children. So we can be outside exploring nature, what ever the weather.

I have managed to get the rights to an award winning film/documentary about nature play and have the amazing Ceila Hogan from Little Kiwis Nature Play in Christchruch coming to present the film and host a discussion following the film.  This film and discussion is suitable for parents, teachers and anyone passionate about reconnecting children to nature.

Following the film, I have organised a second workshop. Ceila, will be faciliating a more in depth look at Nature play and how it connects to both Te Whariki, our ECE curriculum and to our New Zealand curriculum in Primary schools. This workshop will be limited to 30 spaces.

Please find attached the flyers to both events. All tickets are avilable to purchase on eventfinda,

HBCAFC’s Football Fundamentals in Schools Programme – 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. In these programmes, the kids get to work on their coordination and learn football skills by doing fun activities, playing games and football matches.

Click here to see when we are at your school and to register. Sessions start in week 2 so don’t delay!