What a busy fun time we have been having! This is the second week of our hosting of the 15 students, teacher, travel agent and coordinator. I would firstly like to thank all the families for hosting, we have heard so many good tales of families welcoming these students into their homes. The visit is primarily for the the students to practise their English and experience Kiwi life . Mrs Taylor and I spent Saturday at the Matakana market with Mr Tamuki and Kanoko enjoying the atmosphere and having some delicious food. We also visted a number of beaches.

On Thursday we will have the Sayonara Party where by we hold a special assembly and share some of the experiences of the week. All host families are invited to attend the assembly that starts at 2:00pm and then to a special afternoon tea.

The host families of Allen, Doherty, Gray, Headford, Joubert, Latham, Mallon, Marshall, Mayes, Mexted, Minton, Partner and Robinson, you have all been doing a wonderful job and we thank you very much.

Below is a link to the blog Mr Kumaki is keeping  it is a wonderful insight into the trip!!


Disco – What a great night we all had! A huge thank you to Mr Irvine, students Matt Cator who was DJ for the evening, what an amazing job you did Matt, Serena Wyers all night helping at the disco “shop”  and to all the Year 8’s who helped prepare for the night!!  The funds raised go towards the Year 8 Graduation. We have some special moments to share, one being the student initiated ” disco haka”

Cross Country – Held last Friday. What a great turn out from parents to support this event. Despite the wild and windy weather we all tried our best and ran our races. Congratulations to the first four students in Year’s 5 -8 who will go on and represent us at the Interschool Competitions. Thank you to the AIMs Games parents for the bacon and egg butties and coffee. Results of the cross country will be in next week’s newsletter.


Sayonara Assembly and Party – This will be held on Thursday afternoon the 8th August. Sayonara Japanese for goodbye. This assembly is a time for us to say farewell, our Kapa haka group will perform, the students will speak, both Hatsushiba students and Wainui students and we will exchange some gifts.  Following this there will be a special party for the students and families until 4:00pm. All parents are most welcome to attend, even if you were not a part of hosting the students.

Whole school assembly – Pukeko team will be the featured team this week sharing their fun and learning. Value to celebrate in certificates is “Resilience” and the assembly starts at 9:30 am.


Chocolate Sales End!! – Already we have lots of empty chocolate boxes with the money returned!! All monies must be returned by Monday 12th August. We are all doing a fantastic job of selling chocolate! If every family sells at least one box we can get on with more improvements to our play areas as we will make a good profit. Lets see if we can have every box sold by Monday (Please return a full box now if this is impossible!!).


“Learning Conversations” are next week !! Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August. We expect every family to come with their child.  It is so important for us at school for the best success. Go to School Interviews to make a time.


A big thank you from me for the after school pick up!! It is so much safer and calmer at the round about this year. I thank you for being considerate in your parking to pick up your children. Very soon we are having civil works to improve and widen this area. It will cause a bit of upheaval for a short time but the long term gain is exciting. I will keep you all posted on the time frames and what will happen after a meeting on Thursday.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


Our “Whittakers Chocolate Bar” fundraiser is well underway with many families already onto their second or third box! WELL DONE to those who have sold all of theirs so far! There’s one more week to go – if you are running low there are more boxes to sell so come and see us at the office in the morning from 8.30 – 8.55am. 

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

And don’t forget those amazing prizes up for grabs!

*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 you box and bring in your money and you’ll get a spot at the Movie, Pizza and Popcorn afternoon too!

Hot Chocolate and Cookie – Come and get your hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookie at morning tea for $4 this Friday 9th August.  This is fundraising for AIMs Games, the Ski Team and Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

2 Pairs of Silverdale Rugby Socks FREE – We have been kindly donated 2 pairs of Silverdale Rugby socks in near new condition in size small and medium.  Please see the ladies in the office if you would like them.  First in first served!

School Disco – I would like to thank all of you, who lent a hand at the disco on Friday night. All of the students, including the Japanese students, had a great time. I also saw some staff busting out some moves, too! The clean up at the end of the night was so fast with the remainder (bunting and lights) being sorted on Monday.

Again, thank you. To steal a line from Kyla, it was great to ‘add to the student’s library of experience’.

Garden to Table Fundraiser – Click here for further information BOUNTY offer

Munchbox – Please see attached flyer as this is has now be taken over by one of our parents, Candace Pope.


Ag Day 2019  

Friday 25th October – Update #5                       

Chicks have been ordered and will be ready for collection next Tuesday – 13th August!!

Please bring a suitable box to school to put your chick in to transport home.

The chicks will be ready for collection at the end of the day.

More information regarding rearing your chick (or kid goat or lamb) is available from the office.

Just a reminder that 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’s Ag Day.  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.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Yr 1 Astroids vs Dairy Flat Superstars.  Lost 4 – 1.  POD: Logan Marshall

Wainui Yr 2 Galaxy vs Greenhithe Sapphires  Won 5 – 1.  POD: Ayla Lodge

Wainui Yr 3 Stars vs St Johns Tulips.  Won 7 – 4.  POD: Nina Keller

Wainui Yr 4 Jets vs Daity Flat Stingers. Won 10-1.  POD: Katie Bow.  Sportmanship:  Harper Laurie

Wainui Yr 4 Gems vs Willow Park Magic. Lost 7-2.  POD: Harley Kippa

Wainui Yr 5 Comets vs Bayfield Bandits.  Won 10-6.  POD: Lily Haswell.  Sportmanship: Caitlin Bailey

Wainui Yr 6 Rockets vs Oteha Valley Stars.  Lost 7-5.  POD: Talia Minton.  Sportsmanship: Mackenzie Allen

Wainui Tui Yr 7.  Won.  POD:  Tara Phillips


Wainui Yr 3/4 Firebirds vs Kristin Hawks. Drew 1-1  POD: Harry Browne Hale

Wainui Year Stars vs Campbells Bay Swifts.  Lost 1-0.  POD: Pippa Heaton

Wainui Yr 5/6 Storm vs Hauraki Storm.  Won 5-0.  POD: Claudia McBride

Wainui Yr 5/6 Thunder vs Northcote Jaquars.  Lost. 2-3.  POD: Anna Flynn


  • Wednesday 7th August – BOT Meeting
  • Thursday 8th August – 1.30pm – Sayonara Assembly and Party
  • Friday 9th August – 9.30am – 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 August – Intermediate Information Evening
  • Friday 29th August – Year 5 / 6 Interschool Cross Country
  • Friday 30th August – Daffodil Day
  • Friday 6th September – 9.15am – Tui Team Assembly


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!