Kia ora Koutou,


Children doing amazing things – The best thing about this job is you never know what will quite happen or come your way next!!

Neva and Lexi Atkinson are just amazing!! – On Monday morning they presented me and the school with an envelope of $34.20 raised over the weekend at their market stall selling ice pops to go towards Bee Suits for our Bee Group!! Truly humbling and generous. We aim to raise enough for our group to have at least 6-8 Bee suits.  Already some of the children have their own!! We wore them for the first time last week and opened the hive – very exciting.

Congratulations to Dillon Ranby – Dillon had a great day at representing Wainui School at Inter-School Ribbon Day at Papatoetoe Pony Club in Brookby. She came away with Champion Jumper, Year Seven Rider.

The family think there were over 60 kids taking part from a variety of schools, St Cuthberts, Waimauku, Pinehurst, ACG, St Kentigerns and Mahurangi. Dillon made up the Waimauku team as they had three riders and needed a fourth.  Dillon would love to have a team of  Intermediate riders for the next event. Please let us know if you are interested and could do this.

Masterchef – Is just amazing – the food that has been prepared by every year group has been amazing!! Many families must be eating well with all the practice that has happened.

Today the Year 8 leaders completed the heats with the Year 7 & 8’s. They will then begin the semi finals. Julia Buchajczyk, Year 8 Student Counsellor has done the most amazing job at communicating the competition rules and procedures to all the contestants.


Kids for Kids Concert – Wednesday 20th November – These concerts have been going for 26 years and are all about enjoying singing as a large chorus, having fun, experiencing a live audience in a large auditorium led by professional singers; Jacqui Clarke and Nathan King.  I always love this night, it is so professional, so much fun and an experience the children never forget!!

Kapa Haka Roopu – Friday 22nd November 9.15amWe are looking forward to the launch of the Junior Kapa Haka!! Well done to Year 8 leader Ty Browne-Hale for initiating this and leading the practices each week. Both senior and junior kapa haka groups will perform.  All parents are invited to the performance. Following this will be kai (morning tea) and a time to talk / consult with as many parents who are able on Maori achievement, Maori aspirations and Te Roupu programmes including kapa haka. Please join us even if you don’t have a child in a Kapa haka group.

Congratulations – Miss Rowlands leaves us to go on leave today and become Mrs Hill. We wish her the very best for the coming weekend celebrating her wedding. The staff all enjoyed celebrating at our Monday morning assembly with a special fun rendition of what her wedding could be like!! Miss Rowlands will be on leave unitl next week.

Lost Clothes and Belongings – The pile of unloved belongings is high outside the office doorway. Please reclaim and find your belongings, Thank you.


Young Farmer – Thursday 21st November –  Mrs Taylor has organised a wonderful event so we hope to get the heats completed this week and then schedule a final for Monday 25th November.

End of the Year – Please ensure you have all the dates for the end of the year.  We are currently placing teachers and children in classes, interviewing for new teachers to replace Miss Goodyer who leaves us this Friday to go on maternity leave and Mr Mahler who has made a decision to continue travelling and combine teaching.


To add to my mention of “Mad November” there was special mention of this theory by a Child Psychologist, Emma Woodward talking with a Reporter on Seven Sharp on Monday night!!

Here is the link

So early to bed could help everyone, please give it a go!!

Failing that if you are having issues at school please keep using the processes we have:

  1. Contact classroom teacher.
  2. Contact the team leader.
  3. Contact the Deputy Principal, Jason Irvine or myself.
  4. Use the complaints procedure and contact the Board of Trustees

On that note have a great week!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 20th November – Kids for Kids Concert at Bruce Mason – 7.00pm
  • Thursday 21st November – Young Farmer Competition
  • Friday 22nd November – Kapa Haka Ruupu Maori Consultation and launch of the Junior Kapa Haka
  • Monday 25th November – Young Farmer Finals – Years 5-8
  • Monday 25th November – Milla & Tripp Glasgow – Principals for the day!
  • Tuesday 26th November – Year 5 / 6 Interschool Athletics
  • Friday 29th November – Year 1-4 Junior Athletics
  • Friday 29th November – Kiwi Team Assembly – 9.15am
  • Thursday 5th December – Christmas in the Country
  • Monday 9th December – Year 8 Graduation Dinner
  • Wednesday 11th December – Music Performance Assembly
  • Friday 13th December – Pukeko Team Assembly – 9.15am
  • Monday 16th December – Pukeko Beach Bash!
  • Tuesday 17th December – Prizegiving – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18th December – Last day of Term 4 for 2019 – Happy Holidays Everyone!


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office,


Year 5/6 Wainui Raptors won against St John’s Black Sticks.  Won: 5-1.  POD: Milla Glasgow.  

Touch Rugby

Year 1/2 Wainui vs Waitoki Jets.  Lost 5-3.  POD: Jackson Mallon.  TOD: James Gray.

Year 3 /4 Wainui White vs Orewa Sharks.  Lost 5-1.  POD: Harper Laurie.


  • At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Resilient”.
      • Puriri: Kenzie Banton, Sophie Elliott.  Writing: Kayami Atkinson.
      •  Puriri Rua: Jack Cooper, Jake Robertson.  Writing: Hazel Coghlan.
      •  Karaka: Ashleigh Lloyd-Read, Eve Robinson. Writing: Leo Sawyer.
      •  Rata: Charlee Andrew, Kian McMillan Mayes.  Writing: Isla Mexted.
      •  Pukatea:  Maximus Lodge, Jacob Todd.  Writing: Amelia Bridges.
      •  Kohekohe: Beau Olliff, Scott Tucker.  Writing: Amy Lowe.
      •  Kowhai: Hamish Fincham, Lara Ibbett.  Writing: Rosie Gulik.
      •  Nikau: Ayla Lodge, Jaime Tolhopf.  Writing: Lily Cameron.
      •  Totara: Logan McDermid-Venter, Tyson Welsh.  Writing: Pearle Lake Cameron.
      •  Matai: Te Ruawai Bayer, Ben Partner.  Writing: Sorelle Jonkers-McAllister.
      •  Rimu: George de Leeuw, Keleisha Iremonger.  Writing: Ava Elliott.
      •  Kahikatea: Gabe Brewin-Brown, Kealan Bouzaid. Writing: Vinnie Holmes.
      •  Kauri: Benjamin Baker, Stephen O’Flaherty.  Writing: Lexi Jones.
    • Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Milla Glasgow (Totara), Leonie Schweitzer (Matai) and Iziah Brown (Rimu).


Silverdale Junior Rugby Fundraiser – Please see enclosed flyer to buy your fresh Christmas trees!!

Toki Explorers Childcare – See attached flyer

Gypsy Fair – 23-24 November 2019 Centreway Reserve – The Gypsy Fair is a great day out for people of all ages, and entry is free!. The fair has something for everyone, handmade crafts of all types, many being made before your eyes, Clothing, a unique obstacle bounce for the kids, awesome coffee, food,  face painting, candy floss, music, virtual reality, and lots of good old fashioned toys and entertainment in the green. So come along for a couple of hours or even the day and soak up the atmosphere of the Gypsy Fair.

STS Student – Become a Host Family 2020 – See attached flyer – Host Family

Parent Helpline – See attached information