Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome to spring!! Spring means daffodils, warmer temperatures, more rain and lambs!! Many of you have seen the pens and the adorable and always entertaining lambs!! Our children are very responsible and respectful with their lambs, it is just wonderful to watch and experience. It also means Ag Day and the Country Fair is just around the corner!! This newsletter is very much about Ag Day – what happens, what to expect and the most importantly IF we all help, it will be an even better day!!

The FOWS, lead teacher of Ag Day, Mrs. Kylie Allen, myself and all the staff are well into planning and preparation for this very special day!!

Most people will tell you I have a saying, “if you are going to take one day off work a year (by choice!) please have Ag Day off, as this is our day to celebrate all things rural, and Wainui Schools traditional roots!”. Please join us and your child for this day when the school invites everyone from families, to ex pupils, neighbours, locals, grandmas, grandads, the local kindergarten children and their families. It is the biggest “open” day we have.

Some people will ask, “why don’t we have Ag Day and the Country Fair on a Saturday, then even more people will come?”

There is a very simple reason, being a school day, every child will be involved and come! We want every child to be involved, we are student centred in what we do, and let’s face it, some families are just too busy to come on a Saturday.

Did you know other local schools are also looking at holding their Ag Days on a Friday rather than Saturday? Historically, rural schools always held their Ag days on Friday or even Thursday as this was the day farmers came to town!!

We have lots more to tell you about Ag Day, BUT start planning if you haven’t already, start thinking about what you can contribute to the raffles, to the white elephant etc.

Ag Day – Friday 20 October 2023 – Update # 7

Animal Registration: You still have until the 15th of September for your animal to be born! And if you are interested in rearing a calf please see the details re: calf to rear in the newsletter. If you have not registered your animal yet, please do so here 2023 Ag Day Animal registration form

Lifestyle Vet Information: If you would like the information Lisa shared with us on her visit, please click on the link Lifestyle vets: Lamb feeding guidelines and basic husbandry

Pet Egg: If you are not rearing an animal then you will need to start thinking about your pet egg. Over the school holidays you will need to purchase an egg, give it a name, birthday, best friend, favourite colour, favourite food, favourite song and hobby/interests. You will need to print off the sheet and bring it with your pet egg and it’s home on Ag day! Pet Egg Information sheet

Market Stalls: We are counting down the weeks to Ag day now! If you would like to have a stall at our Ag day please fill in this registration form Ag day & Gala Market Stalls Registration form If you have any questions please email and put Market stall query in the subject line.

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

Donations: Please find below a list of weekly donations that we would like you to make – if you’re able. Your very generous donations will then be used to make raffles, prizes etc for our event. If you don’t have time to make a weekly donation, you’re more than welcome to make a $30 donation to the school and we will do the shopping on your behalf (you can make this donation via Kindo as well). You can either drop your items off on a weekly basis or else all at once – whatever is easiest for you!





6 Weeks to Ag Day



Luxury/everyday grocery items for raffles – please no expired items.

5 Weeks to Ag Day

11-15 September

Toys for lucky dip wrapped and marked “Girl”, “Boy” and “All” eg $2 shop toys.

4 Weeks to Ag Day

18-22 September

 King sized bar of chocolate for the Chucko-choc game.

School Holidays (Weeks 3 and 2) – If you haven’t donated yet, now would be a great time to get everything together to bring in the first week back at school! Or do you have/know a local business who would be willing to donate an item for our raffles or prize table?

2 Weeks to Ag Day



 King sized bar of chocolate for the Chucko-choc game.

1 Week to Ag Day



A cake box will be sent home to each family to fill with home baking. Cakes are the biggest seller, but any baking is very appreciated.

CALF AVAILABLE– Please contact Colin Mansden 027 473 2661.


  • Thank you for your support in enabling us all to attend Mrs Wendy Taylor’s celebration of Life! Many of you joined us at the Red Beach Surf Club, Jason and I had the honour and privilege of speaking on behalf of the Wainui School Community. Wendy served our community with love, professionalism, spirit, lots of humour and incredible good will for 25 years! Wendy’s own children attended the school and went on to achieve great success.


  • Hibiscus Coast InterSchool Cross Country Year 5&6 – Thursday 7th September – We wish our teams of runners a great day, running fast up the hills of Shakespeare Park. Thank you to Mr. Cochrane for all your hard work organising our Wainui Team and also the full day with Gulf Harbour School. Please keep an eye out though, as this day could be postponed with the current weather conditions.
  • Tu Maia Festival Friday – Friday 8th September – Whangaparaoa College – Our kapa haka group will be performing with all the Hibiscus Coast schools as a part of this very special festival.  This event has been in place for many years now and celebrates Tikanga, kapa haka and the growth of this across and within our schools. Whaea LeeAnne has done an exemplary job of preparing our group to perform, we feel so proud!! The group perform at 11:00 on Friday. I can’t wait to see them perform! They will also perform in the last week of term at our Cultural Diversity Day so you’ll have the chance see them too!!


  • Waifactor Finals Oscar and Eva, our year 8 organisers, are all ready for this and we can’t wait!! They have ensured the contestants all know, they have a special judge joining them and are organising the prizes.
  • New Zealand Principals Conference – This year’s conference takes place next week in Queenstown, and I am fortunate to be attending with many of my colleagues and friends from the Hibiscus Coast. It is always motivating & energising to be with principals from around the country hear the “state of the nation”, be a recipient of up-to-date innovations and research plus what’s working well in our country and overseas.


  • Cultural Diversity Day – Thursday 21st September – This new tradition is being this year led by year 8 Student Councillor, Jakob Brown. On this day we encourage you to wear something special that symbolises your culture, and bring in an artifact from your heritage to share. We also encourage a shared lunch of special food from your family in each classroom. Each class will have a world map to mark on where the students families originated from. This enables us to celebrate our own heritage with each other, learn from each other and acknowledge we are a very diverse group of people. This is also World Gratitude Day, and here at Wainui School we are grateful for so much and sometimes need to take the time, stop, be still and take a moment to be grateful.
  • Music Concert – Thursday 21st September –We are thrilled to be able to incorporate our first music concert this year. Our itinerant teachers, Maria O’Flaherty and Ross Hutchison’s pupils will perform, as well as the kapa haka group. If there are any other groups or individuals that wish to perform on this day please let me know. Music is another arm of cultural diversity that we can all engage, connect with and enjoy.


So proud of this team today! Last dress rehearsal and don’t we look amazing- we are ready and practiced. All the hard mahi of the year is over and now time to share at the annual Tu Maia festival at Whangaparaoa College!! Thank you Whaea LeeAnne for you inspiration, work and talent to get us performance ready!

Kapa Haka performance group 2023 ready and

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 6th September – FOWs Meeting – 7pm – NOTE DATE CHANGE.
  • Wednesday 6th September – Neighbourhood Morning Tea – 10:30am – Kiwi Team.
  • Friday 15th September – Waifactor Finals – 1:50pm.
  • Friday 15th September – DiscoJuniors Yrs 1-4, 4:45pm to 6:00pm. Seniors Yrs 5-8, 6:15pm to 7:45pm.
  • Wednesday 20th September – Winter Sports Prizegiving – Junior Yr 1-4 at 9:10am. Senior Yr 5-8 at 10:40am.
  • Thursday 21st September – World Gratitude & Cultural Diversity Day.
  • Thursday 21st September – Music Concert & Kapa Haka – Times to be confirmed.
  • Friday 22nd September – Kiwi Assembly – 2pm
  • Friday 22nd September – Last Day of the Term.
  • Monday 9th October – First Day of Term 4.
  • Tuesday 17th October – Board Meeting – 6:30pm.
  • Friday 20th October – Ag Day & Country Fair.


Wainui School Disco – (Junior Years 1-4, 4.45 pm to 6.00 pm, and Seniors Years 5-8, 6.15 pm to 7.45 pm).
The annual Wainui School Disco will be back! The theme of this year’s disco will be Glam Rock. Tickets on sale in the office for $15 each.  The ticket price will include a water American hot dog and slice of brownie. Extra water bottles will be available to purchase for $2.

The tickets will be available for purchase from Wednesday 30th August.

Winter Sports Prizegiving- will take place on Wednesday 20th September. The Junior Prizegiving for years 1-4 will start at 9:10am and finish at 10:10am. Following this, there will be a morning tea for all team coaches and managers. The Senior Prizegiving for years 5-8 will start at 10:40am and conclude at 11:45am.



email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Yr5 Asteroids vs St John Kia’s: Won 10-6. POD: The Whole Team.

Wainui School Netball teams placed in Kidzplay Winter Netball season.
Congratulations to the following teams who have done well in their grade this season.
Wainui Sapphires Year 2 placed 2nd in their grade.
Wainui Gems-Year 3 placed 1st in their grade.
Wainui Stars Year 3 placed 2nd in their grade.
Wainui Jets Year 4 placed 1st in their grade.
Wainui Asteroids placed 3rd in their grade.
All teams will receive medals at the Kidzplay Netball Prizegiving on Saturday 16th September.

Well done, all teams and the Year 2 Rockets and Year 6 Galaxy for participating this season.


Winter Hockey
Congratulations to these Hockey teams that placed this winter season.
Wainui Wasps Year 3/4, Wainui Warriors Year 5/6 placing 2nd Equal in their grade and Wainui Hurricanes Year 1/2 placing 2nd in their grade.

To the other teams Wainui Dribblers Year 1/2, Wainui Speed cats Year 3/4, Wainui Wairau Year 5/6, Wainui TomaHawks Year 7/8, thank you for a great season participating in your grade.


Flippa Ball

Wainui Yr 5/6 Surges: Lost 3 – 6. POD: Vuliana Lodge.

Marlins: Won 15 – 5. POD: Isabella Lehmann.


At the last assembly, the following students received certificates:

  • Puriri: Eliza Huszak (Resourceful), Izick Ferreira (Resourceful), Torben Ingleton (Relational).
  • Pukatea: Olivia Lehmann (Relational), Maggie Jarvie (Resourceful), Alex Mlody (Resourceful).
  • Kohekohe: Maia Totua-Herbert (Resourceful), Teddy Williams (Relational), Ziggy Jones (Resourceful).
  • Rimu: Finlay Groves (Resourceful), Elea Johnson (Resourceful), Vogue Whittaker (Respect).
  • Matai: Sophia Rowntree (Resourceful), Remy Hollier (Resourceful), Arlo Fuller (Reflective).
  • Koromiko: Abigail Watt (Resourceful), Skylah Sweetman-Jones (Resourceful), Kaes Kadlec (Resourceful).
  • Kawakawa: Datsun Kockott (Resourceful), Emma Clough (Resourceful), Jackson Magan (Resourceful).
  • Pohutukawa: Milyn McCulluch (Resourceful), Gerogia Dicks (Resourceful), Harry Grogan (Resourceful).
  • Rata: Amal Mamashayeva (Resilience), Kaira Allan (Resilience), Helena Mloda (Resilience).
  • Kowhai: Kristina Sulo (Resourceful), Sophia Holder (Resourceful), Daniel Paul (Relational).
  • Nikau: Ella Dicks (Resourceful), Dylan Mumby (Resourceful), Maya Russell (Resourceful).
  • Totara: Scarlett Thew (Relational), Kassidy Van Dam (Resourceful), Georgina Coupe (Resourceful).
  • Kahikatea: Talia Flavell (Resourceful), Lochie Raikes (Resourceful), Ethan Randeni (Resourceful).
  • Kauri: Alfie Patel (Resourceful), Harlem Kockott (Resourceful), Oscar Price (Resourceful).
  • SENCO: Grayson Buchanan (Resilience), Elle Gordon (Resilience).
  • Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners: Eva Pengelly (Kauri), Melody Davies (Kahikatea), Vuliana Lodge (Nikau) and Eve MacLennan (Kowhai).


Good as New Pre-Loved Kids Market
Orewa Community Centre
Saturday 16 Sept
9am – 12 noon
45 stalls selling pre-loved kids; clothes, toys, books, nursery furniture, buggies and lots more
Let’s all get behind recycling in Auckland
Inquiries 021 217 7904
Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club is now open for registrations for girls and boys aged 5+ through to senior levels
Skills, softball cricket, hardball cricket – there is something for everyone.
Come along, bring your friends and have some fun.  We’d love to see you.
For more information and to register go to