Kia ora koutou katoa,

As I write this the Christmas tree is going up in the office!! Quite hard to believe it is this time of the year!!

This Thursday is Christmas in the Country!! Always a lovely time to get together and celebrate the year.


Christmas in the Country

Come and join us all at Christmas in the Country.  Your child will be performing their Christmas dance, and leading some of the singing. There will be hot pork buns, sausages on the BBQ, coffee, bacon rolls, strawberries and brownie for sale or bring your own picnic!! This is always a fun relaxed evening for all the family to come together.

Bring some extra money to spend at the Garden to Table final Christmas stall, and to buy some raffle tickets.  Start time is 5.30 pm and the venue is outside on the upper courtyard.


Wainui School Cycle Team – What a fantastic weekend you all had.  Thank you Mr Irvine for being instrumental in inspiring and motivating everyone to give it a go!!

Junior Athletics Last Friday – What an amazing day Mrs Millar and Mrs Hill organised for us last Friday. Sadly it was rained off halfway through. The other half will be finished next week – date TBC.


Graduation Year 8’s –  Monday 9th December –  A very special night is planned for the Year 8’s to celebrate, for many of the students it has been 8 years at Wainui School!  The hall will be decorated by a group of mums and dads  over the weekend. Thank you to everyone helping  to make this night so special. Please contact Jason Irvine if you wish to help as a parent of the Year 8’s.

This year the theme is “A night with the Stars”.  The Year 7 ‘s also help by being the wait staff for the Year 8 families and teachers who come together to have a meal, share stories, awards and celebrate.


The last few events for the year:

Music Performance Assembly – Wednesday 11th December at 9.15 am.  All of Ross and Maria’s music students will perform, if they wish to.  The Kids for kids choir students will sing also.


We will have one or even two transition visits for the students in the last week of term to ensure everyone is placed in a class for 2020.

We will have two new teachers joining us next year. One on a permanent basis and one to cover Ms Goodyer’s maternity leave. It is great to know we are fully staffed for 2020. This will be reported after the next BOT meeting.

There will be some classes moving as we have two rooms being modernised and refurbished over the holidays. Matai and Rimu classes will need to move to a new location ready for this to start on the 20th December. Hopefully building will start on the new classroom block in 2020.

This is without the extra funding we will gain in the lateset round of Govenment funding announced on Sunday. Wainui is set to gain $200,000 which is a lovely thought to improve more of our property!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Thursday 12th December – Wheels Day – bring your bike / scooter / skateboard to school if you want
  • 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!


Wheels Day – Thursday 12th December – Year 8 Student Leaders will be running a Wheels Day on Thursday 12th December.  This is an opportunity for your child to bring their bike / scooter / skateboard to school and ride during the day.  Juicies will be for sale too – $2.00 per juicie – available morning tea and lunchtime.

Senior Athletics Prizegiving – On Friday, the 6th of December, at 2.30 pm, an Athletics prizegiving will be held for Year 5, 6, 7, and 8 children. Certificates for place getters at our Wainui School Athletics will be handed out and children, who performed well at Interschool, will be acknowledged. The house trophy will also be presented to the winning house.

Taupo Cycle Challenge – I hope you had a great weekend. We did. The weather in Taupo was fantastic, as was the event. All students and one teacher made it back to the finish line in one piece. All of the children completed the challenge, including Cian who rode the 60km in 5 hours and 43 minutes, 17 minutes quicker than his goal time. Marley and Ollie completed the 30km in 1 hour and 49 minutes, only a couple of minutes slower than Thomas Steen last year. Thomas, now a Year 9, rode this year and finished the 30km in 9th overall and 2nd in the under 18 division – he’s 14!

In other news, Wainui School has won the top school trophy for the second year in a row and we also won the ‘Get Your Kit On’ best-dressed team award. So, all-in-all, a pretty good weekend for all involved.

After School Care – We are investigating the idea of having an after school care programme at Wainui school for 2020!! It could be Skids or it could be another provider e.g YMCA.  We do need some information from you so please go to the Link listed below and fill out the survey.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office,


Year 1/2 Wainui Wolves won.  Won: 4-1.   


  • At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Resourceful”.
      • Puriri: George Anderson, Kayami Atkinson.  Writing: Jack Huggins.
      •  Puriri Rua: Dylan Mumby, Oliver Todd.  Writing: Elora Southern.
      •  Karaka: James Pallatt, Manu Sparkes. Writing: Mackenzie King.
      •  Rata: Leah Andrell, Jackson Ledger.  Writing: Tyler Robertson.
      •  Pukatea:  Madie Gooding, Ryan McCann.  Writing: Carlow Murtagh.
      •  Kohekohe: Leo Banton, Haelee Coghlan.  Writing: Milly Rossiter.
      •  Kowhai: Tamati Bayer, Emily Coupe.  Writing: Ella Marshall.
      •  Nikau: Harry Browne-Hale, Nate Morgan.  Writing: Ava Portig.
      •  Totara: Isabella Green, Samantha Neely.  Writing: Tyler Morgan.
      •  Matai: Ziv Adiv Blanario, Anna Flinn.  Writing: Sebastiabn Oswald.
      •  Rimu: Cody Climo, Noah Richardson.  Writing: Violet Clayton.
      •  Kahikatea: Kayla Paladin, Drew Southwick. Writing: Teah Schweitzer.
      •  Kauri: Julia Buchajczyk, DJ Harris Hatley.  Writing: Cian O’Brien.
    • Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Dylan Catchpole (Pukatea), Carter Wright (Kowhai), Lily Cameron (Nikau).


Hibiscus Coast Interschools Athletics Champs – So that’s a rap for this years Hibiscus Coast Interschools athletics Champs. Was another amazing day and thanks to all those that helped out to make the event run smoothly and ensuring that our athletes enjoyed the day.

I was quite blown away once again by the level of competition on display today, and while a few do belong to our athletics club and Bays there were plenty that did not and set such a high standard of competition out there today.