Kia ora Koutou,

We were SO lucky with the weather last Friday for the school Cross Country and today once again the sun is out and it feels like spring is on the way!! So much has been happening, and so much to share. I want to thank every single parent who has supported one or all of the events at school over the last week – it has been amazing!

Newsletter Focus:

  • Cross Country
  • Quiz Night
  • Waifactor
  • Intermediate 2024 Information Evening
  • Life Education
  • Daffodil Day
  • Chocolate Sales – Prize Giving


Mr. Cochrane organised a great Cross Country. He used the new Gazebos gained with a grant, ensured everyone had fun, ran their race and even managed to find a great day of sunshine!

  • Cross Country – Last Friday, all students who were able, ran our school’s Cross Country course. Thank you for a great day, organised by Mr. Cochrane and Mrs. Howard. The winners in year 5 & 6 will go on to represent Wainui School at the Hibiscus Coast Interschool Event at Shakespeare Park.

  • Quiz Night – A great night was had by all, and as you may have heard, there were amazing costumes, loads of great silent and live auction prizes, and an awesome band sponsored by LTD Architects, Fresh Freight Ltd & Pit Stop. A huge thank you to the FOWS team, especially Milly Mexted and Cairin Long, for all your hard work getting all of it organised, set up and cleaned up!! Our teachers and staff thank you especially because this was actually the first time ever we did not need to stay and clean up at the end. Thank you to our generous sponsors:

“Punk Rock” and 80’s theme was well represented by the staff team!

  • Waifactor – We have had the Semi-finals for the Pukeko and Kiwi teams students, and what a treat, what talent!! The year 8 Leaders organise, MC and host the whole event and are doing an amazing job. Next up, are the Tui and Takahe semi-finals this week. The final will be held in September giving all contestants time to prepare and perfect their performances. Well done to Oscar Price and Eva Pengelly for all your excellent organisation!


Intermediate 2024 Information Evening – It is hard to believe, but at this time of the year our year 8’s are all choosing their college for next year! We are also holding an evening for year 6’s to hear what Wainui School offers at year 7&8 level. The meeting will be held in the Staffroom, beginning at 5.30 pm, and will run for approximately 45 minutes.

We ask that all parents consider continuing at Wainui for year 7&8 for so many reasons! Smaller class numbers mean a personalised programme where teachers can offer genuine care and support for each and every student. In these challenging teenage years, and in a world where anxiety has risen, we can develop confidence in a very safe environment.

Students have more chances to be a leader, and develop self-confidence.  Students will have opportunities to organise and lead whole school assemblies, school events, house days and more. We can also guarantee less, if not zero exposure to the social challenges faced by many schools e.g vaping, smoking, bullying.

We can offer more individual teaching time as the numbers are lower, where students learn in authentic situations for real reasons. Remember our motto “Small enough to nurture dreams, big enough to realise them” – we live by this; where else can you integrate learning in the garden, use a 3D printer and robotics equipment so much? So, come along to listen and ask questions before you make up your mind and see what we have to offer!!

Screen Shot 2023-08-18 at 12.07.58 PM.pngIf you are unable to attend please click on the link or scan the QR code to view the digital copy of our Intermediate brochure.

If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Stevenson:

  • Life Education – the mobile classroom has arrived with Harold the giraffe and Cindy Barrett the teacher. Each team is exploring different themes as outlined in your team newsletter.
  • Daffodil Day & Wacky Hair Day – Friday, 25th August- Come dressed in yellow, with wacky hair!! This day supports the nationwide focus on Cancer and raising money for research. Dig out your yellow and join in the fun. Children need a gold coin to make a donation. The year 7&8 leaders have organised a parade and some special activities for the break on Friday.
  • Chocolate Sales Prize Giving – Friday, 1st September– We still have 14 outstanding boxes please ensure they are either returned or money is returned. I am starting to hear some impressive stories on chocolate selling and how some of us sold so many boxes.


Congratulations to our teachers in the Junior school: Abby Cavanagh, Halena Howard, Kylie Allen, Leana Chambers and Sandy Tollemache, for being awarded their  Better Start Literacy Approach (BSLA) credential. Which means they have passed their intensive training for this structured literacy approach!! Well done, this has been hard work but directly impacts the learning and progression of every Junior student at Wainui School.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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.
  • Wednesday 23rd August – Wainui Intermediate Information Evening- 5:30pm.
  • Friday 25th August – Daffodil Day & Wacky Hair 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 # 6

Lifestyle Vet visit: This Friday the 25th of August at 2.30pm, Lisa from Lifestyle Vets will be discussing 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. We have the pen made up and ready for your lambs/goats to put in if you are bringing them for ringing and tailing on Friday after Lisa’s talk.

Here is a little more information on How to care for your Ag day animal (Goat, Lamb, Calf) if you wish to have a look. It has some tips on how to prepare your animals and what judges will be watching out for in the ring on Ag Day.

Here is information on How to care for your chicken/s and what judges will be looking for on Ag Day.

Here is the link to the  2023 Ag Day Animal registration form This will remain open until the end of term 3.

Lamb/goat daycare: Sometimes we have lambs at school so the children can care for them during the day. This is only for animals that need feeding during the day because you are at work. The grounds are still very wet and we have limited grass for them to feed on.

Classroom judging: We need grandparents, neighbours and friends to be our classroom exhibit judges. If you can give us a couple of hours of your time on Thursday the 19th October from 3pm we would love to see you! Please email Mrs Bray on


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Rockets vs Torbay Ferns.  Loss 2 – 1.  POD: Bella Bartrom. Coaches Award: Sophie Starr. Captain’s award: Leané Conradie.


Wainui Thunder Y5  vs Silverdale Hawks. Won 15-13. Then played a back-to-back game.

Wainui Thunder Y5 vs Silverdale Ninjas. Won 14-10.  POD The whole team!! Awesome effort boys!


LIFEcraft after school drama classes are coming to a venue near you! Personal growth for kids through the clever lens of Creative Arts! A jammed-packed hour of fun for your child each week in a welcoming and inclusive environment.