Kia ora koutou katoa,

Tripp Glasgow Principal for the day!!

Monday began with Tripp and Milla Glasgow standing in for me as the Principal!! Here is Tripp off to check on his teachers with a tin full of treats as a reward!! Well done both of you for starting the week off in such a fun way!!

Have you seen the pile of lost property?  Please check your child’s wardrobe and come and claim your clothes, shoes, boots, hats, water bottles etc!!

Suddenly it is summer and many more clothes are left in the playground.  Please help us find their owners!!


Kids for Kids Concert –  To the choir that performed last Wednesday night, a big congratulations!! You were all fantastic. The concert was led by Jackie Clarke and Nathan King, two kiwi music professionals who certainly know how to get the best out of the children and entertain us all with a great line up of songs. Celeste Hamilton-Dowling was a soloist she had an outstanding performance.

Masterchef Finals

Thank you to Julia, Ty, Zoe, Lexie, Serena and Cian for all your hard work organising this competition!! The standard has risen and it is quite amazing what is produced each time by the various ages!! I have included a few photos of the food prepared today and over the past few weeks in the heats. Thank you to Sandy Tucker and Rachelle Alexander, our Support staff, who have helped our student coucillors with the competition and enabled the students to improve so much!! I have definitley seen the impact Garden to Table is having!! Enjoy the benefits at home, you will eat well!!

Our finalist this year were:

Year 1 & 2 – First Place: James Pallet, Second Place: Arno Potgeiter and Third Place: Isla Brothers and Camryn Colquhoun

Year 3 & 4 – First Place: Nate Morgan and Harry Browne Hale, Second Place: Tamati Bayer and Third Place: Emily Coupe.

Year 5 & 6 First Place: Charlotte Robinson and Bella Brown Hale, Second Place: Alex Tucker and Third Place: Anna Flinn and Zali Cooke.

Year 7 & 8 First Place: Lexie Atkinson and Evie Alexander, Second Place: Matt Cator and Jakob Kerr and Third Place: Conner Southwick and Daniel Phillips.

The over all Champions will be announced at the next full school Assembly.  Well done everyone!! Lots of fun!

Kapa Haka Te Rupu

Last Friday was a very special and inspiring day!! The Senior Kapa Haka performed, led by Matt Cator, Ty Browne Hale and Gabby Minton, Senior Year 8 Leaders. Then the Junior Kapa Haka group was launched!! This was the dream and inspiration of Ty and continues the journey of our Kapa Haka. Over 45 parents and friends attended and many then joined in the staffroom for a cup of tea and a “korero” on some of our goals in the area of Te Reo Maori, Tikanga Maori, and Kapa Haka.  Thank you to everyone who stayed, contributed or just listened. It was wonderful to have so many in attendance for consultation.  All opinions are welcome enabling us as a BOT and staff to keep the journey for Wainui School moving on.

If you missed this you are always welcome to come and chat to myself or pop in and see the Kapa Haka group on a Tuesday morning at 10.00am in the hall.


Tuesday 26th November – Interschool Athletics for the Year 5 & 6 – Mr Mahler is taking the team to Metro Park, Millwater to enjoy a day of competition. The team consists of Riley Purdie, Morgan Keller, Te Pourewa Hape-Webby, Ryder Olliff, Ben Prestidge, Kaleisha Iremonger, Daniel Gorshkov, Eliza Dunning, Lily Haswell, Mackenzie Allen, Tyson Welsh, Pearle-Lake Cameron, Tyler Morgan, Paige McGregor, Zali Cooke, Iziah Brown, Lucas Bartrom, Mikayla Wacokecoke, Charlotte Robinson, Joseph Matthews, Yudai Seino, Milla Glasgow and Keira Sams.

Young Farmer FinalsThursday 28th November  – The final activities look very interesting!! Something about a giant cow that has turned up in the hall!!

School Assembly – Friday 29th November – 9.15am –  Led By Kiwi Team, all parents and family are welcome.

Junior and Middle School Athletics – Friday 29th November – These are held on our school field from 10.30am (after assembly). Everyone is welcome to support the children.  The start time is 10.30am and there will be for sale the following; Sausage sizzle, ice blocks and home baking to support Garden to Table.

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge –  On Friday 29th November, Mr Irvine and 10 students will head south, with their parents, to participate in the challenge for the 7th year in a row.  All the best team!


1st December – This means the Christmas tree can go up and we can all get serious about celebrating!! All the students have been practicing for Christmas in the Country with a dance from the company Footsteps. As a part of “Christmas in the Country” four of our Year 8 girls are keen to do something for other people, please see the letter below about the 1000 Can Challenge from Lexi, Gracye, Zoe and Ali.  See attached link – 1000 can challenge letter


Christmas in the Country –  Come and join us at our annual end of year celebration in the evening on Thursday 5th December.  Families arrive at 5.30pm to set up picnics and then we will start from 6.00pm.

Sing, watch your children dance, and have a picnic!!

For sale are: Hot Pork rolls, (but get in quick as these sell out fast). Bowls of choc-dipped strawberries and brownie, bacon sandwiches, sausage sizzle, sweet treats and more! There is going to be another can challenge, so entry is by donation of a can. There will also be raffles and  a very special visitor is taking time out from their busy schedule to visit us.

This Wednesday I have been invited to a meeting in West Auckland with Minister Chris Hipkins. It is with a group of other principals, I will be interested to hear first hand about the changes that are going to affect us at Wainui School with the Review of the Education system now complete and ready to move forward. I have many questions and will report back next week especially on what will affect us and our children.


Once again I am blown away with the generosity of our families!! Huge thank you to the Marshall Family who will be donating to us eight bee suits for our bee keeping, gloves, honey scrapers and various other tools that we do not have for our Bee group. Wow this is just wonderful. I am so excited as there is even a bee suit for an adult that I will be able to use and learn with the group!! THANK YOU!! It is wonderful to think we don’t have to raise funds to participate – now we need a small shed to keep it all in!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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 – Families welcome from 5,30pm to set up picnics. Performance starts at 6.00pm
  • 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 19th December – Last day of Term 4 for 2019 – Finish 1.00pm – Happy Holidays Everyone!


Congratulations Miss Mahler – Miss Mahler has attended a ceremony last Friday to be awarded her Full Teaching Resgistration.  Please see attached photos.

Compost Collective – Phillippa Beagley from the Compost Collective will be taking sessions at Wainui School to teach about bokashi bins. All parents are welcome to attend and learn alongside the students. The date for the sessions is 4th December- Session 1 – 9.15 until 10.15. session 2 -11.30am until 12.30  session 3-  27th November  -1.30pm until 2.30pm. The Compost will also be offering $40 off a bokashi bin, compost bin or worm farm.

Please email Leanne Stevenson to book your place at one of the sessions.  Please click on the below link for further information –

House for Rent – Villa style 3 bedroom house for rent. Available from mid January.  Next to Wainui Primary School.  More info, Phone Trish on 0211622265.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office,


Year 5/6 Wainui Raptors won against Hauraki Black Sticks.  Won: 3-0.   

Touch Rugby

Year 1/2 Wainui vs Orewa North Panthers.  Won: 8-5.  POD: Koby Oliver.  TOD: Jackson Mallon.

Year 3 /4 Wainui White vs Stanmore Bay Ninjas.  Lost 0-5.  POD: Harry Browne Hale.


Good as New Pre Loved Kids Market –  The market is a fun morning for the whole family, a great opportunity for families to on-sell things their kids have outgrown and for new families to pick up bargains on kids; clothes, toys, books, games and nursery furniture.  The market has been going for nearly 10 years and people come from far and wide for this fun community event.

Orewa Community Centre – Saturday  30 November – 9am – 12 noon

40+ stall selling pre loved kids; clothes, toys, books, nursery furniture, buggies and lots more
Free Admission
Let’s all get behind recycling in Auckland
Inquiries 021 217 7904

Kelly Club – Summer Holidays are fast approaching and Kelly Club has an exciting fun-filled Holiday programme to bring you, including trips to Kiwi Valley, water fun, crafts and cooking and much, much more!!! For more information and to book please go to

Please see link for further details – Silverdale 2020 KC – HP Jan – A4 Timetable

Kaipara Ag Center – Sales, Parts, Service