Mrs Allen holds the umbrella for Madison and Scarlett.

Despite the rain and mud we are still smiling! Congratulations Ollie and Taylah!!

Harry with Supreme Champion Goat “Oreo”. Wow, goats really do not like the rain and mud!

Emily still smiling despite the rain and mud!!

Kia ora Koutou,

We are loving the sun and the feeling of summer! The grass has grown back around the bike track, and yesterday we were all out enjoying this amazing improvement as well as practicing for the upcoming athletics days!! Luckily, for Mr Bray, the rain has stopped so he’s able to mark out the athletics track and throwing areas. And now we can all get practicing!!

This week’s newsletter focus:

  • Camp Raglan
  • Group Day
  • Chess Tournament
  • Pukeko Team Museum Trip
  • Athletics Years 4-8
  • Young Farmer
  • Teacher Only Day
  • Bus Update


Camp Raglan – The year 5-8 students and their teachers accompanied by 37 parents/ relatives all spent a successful 3 days and 2 nights at Camp Raglan. They were so fortunate as the weather on their side of the North Island was far better than we experienced!! So much fun was had by all, there was an amazing water slide, archery, and hilarious camp concerts! Thanks to a wonderful group of parents and teachers these students were able to all have a wonderful time. The smiles are still very apparent; so much laughter and confidence brimming. Thank you to Miss Stevenson for all your wonderful organisation and to the teachers: Mr Irvine, Mr Cochrane, Mr Ng and Mr Wotton for working hard over these days, giving of your time and having so much fun. Thank you parents helpers: Joseph Andrell, Heidi Austen, Kelly Barnes, Isaac Brothers, Anthony Campbell, Emma Coupe, Michelle Davies, Casey Dicks, Marcus Dixon, Benn Francino, Carla Freestone, Tony Graystone, Cam Hadley, Bill Hale, Ryan Hewitt, Marisia Inger, Paul Jarvie, Matt Jones, Keagan Lehmann, Julie Linton, Damian Lodge, Jane Maddox, Chad Mexted, Simon Olivier, Shai Patel, Hein Pretorius, Karin Robertson, Sasha Robertson, Paige Robinson, Emily Russell, Chris Scott, Elle Seamons, Tui Shepheard, Michelle Thomas, Justine van Dam, Nicola White and Tui Whittaker for taking time off work and giving of your time so generously! Without parents we cannot have a camp, you are all vital to its success. A special mention to Billy Hale for all the years of camp you have given, Harry is the last of 4 children leaving at year 8 – we think you’ve done 13 camps! Thank you!

Group Day – I want to congratulate the children, parents and animals led by our wonderful Mrs Allen for braving the most awful weather to compete at the annual “Group Day” at Helensville Showgrounds!! The mud was challenging, the rain although not cold also challenging but Resilience was strong, we were all smiling and most of the students got a ribbon if not quite a few. Special mention goes to Harry Browne Hale with his goat “Oreo” winning Supreme Champion of goats, the biggest prize meaning a cup as well, along with the overall Points Prize cup. Harry also won senior Champion for Rearing & Grooming, Leading & Personal Control and High Jump. In the Lamb competition, Emily Thompson (Senior) won Call & Most Obvious Pet, Madison Freestone (Senior) won best for Wool, Sailor Sandwell (Junior) won the Rearing & Grooming section and also the overall Champion cup for Rearing & Grooming. From Mrs Allen – Despite the rainy, cold weather during last week’s Group Day, Harry, Emily, Scarlett, Madison, Ollie, Taylah and Sailor showed remarkable resilience. Your determination and effort made me extremely proud. None of you gave up and you all gave your absolute best. Kia kaha team!

This was a very special day for Kylie Allen as in remembrance of her own father, Neil Sidwell who was a judge for many years at Ag Days and Group Days a new trophy has been added to the table of cups. Neil Sidwell passed away last year.


Chess Tournament – Hi Everyone, just a reminder that Wainui School’s inaugural Chess Tournament is taking place this week in the second and third breaks of each day in the school hall. We have a group of chess players who are playing in a round robin tournament where they will all play each other and are given 3 points for a win, 0 points for a loss and 1 point for a draw. On Friday we will have our last games and we will be awarding prizes to our top players from Yr 0-4 and Yr 5-8. Thanks to everyone who is participating in this event and to the parents and teachers for supporting the children. Harry Browne Hale.

Pukeko Team Museum Trip – All the Pukeko Team head to the Museum on Thursday 9th November, really exciting to go to the museum this integrates into their studies on myths and legends.

Athletics Years 4-8 – Is on this Friday 10th November on our school field. All the children prepare for this with practice daily in the disciplines of running, jumping, throwing. From these games the InterSchool teams are chosen. Please feel welcome to attend and support everyone. There is also a sausage sizzle on this day run by the FOWS. PLEASE if you are free for a couple of hours on Friday could you come and help on the BBQ with the sausage sizzle.

Young Farmer Years 1-4 – There are much coveted cups at stake here for the two groups – years 1&2 and years 3&4. This competition is on Thursday 16th November, again you are most welcome to attend and support your children.


Teacher Only Day – This is planned for Friday 17th November. It is the second of the two days this year the Government awarded to all primary school teachers. We will be reviewing and improving our core subjects ideology and practice, aligning our planning and thinking with the new goals the Board is setting for 2024/25. 

Bus Update – From Monday, the 13th of November the Tahekeroa Bus 3 #20213, driven by Graham, will revert to the original route now that the road has re-opened. This may alter the timings for some pickups and dropoffs. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.


Massive thank you to the FOWS and Board member Annaliese Hewitt, the fundraising this year is amazing!! PLEASE think about stepping up and helping in the future, it makes such a difference to the school to you child!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Thursday 9th November – Pukeko Team Museum Trip.
  • Friday 10th November – Athletics Day Years 4-8 & Sausage Sizzle.
  • Monday 13th November – InterSchool Athletics Day Yr 7/8.
  • Tuesday 14th November – Board Meeting – 6:30pm.
  • Thursday 16th November – Young Farmer Yrs 1-4.
  • Friday 17th November – Teacher Only Day (TOD).
  • Thursday 23rd November – InterSchool Athletics Day Yr 5/6.
  • Thursday 23rd November – Athletics Day Years 1-3.


Turning 5 in 2024? – Do you have a child turning 5 in 2024? Please enrol your child this term so we can plan for the upcoming school year and know who will be joining us. We look forward to welcoming them into the new entrant classroom!


email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, 


Wainui Senior Basketball Team vs Whangaparaoa Hoopers. Won 36-0. POD: Noah Mash.


The Sound of Music at the ASB Waterfront Theatre – Encore Theatre company is doing 5 shows from the 8th-10th of December. Wainui School student Tigerlily Allison will be playing the role of Gretl the littlest VonTrapp family member in the Saturday 9th of December 2pm show.
Tickets can be purchased from