Kia ora Koutou,

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING – Much celebration!!

Christmas in the Country – What a fantastic night we all had celebrating at Christmas in the Country, the weather was amazing, so many of you came with the extended family as well.

Santa enjoying the welcome by Wainui School children as well. It was wonderful to have such a full turnout.

I have to thank the staff at Wainui for their hard work serving food, selling raffle tickets and especially to Jason Irvine and Sandy Blackburn for the organising and compering of the show with the year 8 students Lexi, Zoe and Grace.

Each team practiced the dances over the last four weeks with Footsteps Dance Company. Each year we love to extend our dance and do something new!!

Wainui Staff having fun at Christmas.

The finale of the arrival of Santa and his elf was a wonderful return of tradition by the Board of Trustees!! Thank you to Lindsay Ledger and Pete Adlam for proving such a highlight to all the children, both big and small!!

1000 Can Challenge – We are still trying to get there!! So bring down those cans and let’s see if we can make it, even half way!!


Last night we had the most amazing send-off for our year 8’s!! Our hall was transformed into a venue you did not recognise, it was truly amazing, beautiful, classy and could easily be mistaken for a “high-end wedding venue”!! The class of 29 graduates of 2019 and their families, together with Mr Irvine, Miss Stevenson, Mrs Taylor and myself all had a wonderful evening celebrating the end of Wainui for 10 children completing the full 8 years at Wainui School and for the other 19, their special years at Wainui School. The hall was full of fairy lights, greenery and candles plus an amazing dance floor that lit up. The students were all picked up at the Wainui Community Hall in a very special car “a 1956 Buick” lent by the Mexted family for the occasion, and transported up the driveway by chaffeur “Irvine”!! We then mixed and mingled having delicious canapes and mocktails, admiring ourselves all dressed for the occasion and having photos.

We all enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Chef Jon Bayer and served by 9 of our year 7’s. Speeches, a drumming performance and dancing was a wonderful celebration for everyone. Special thanks to Cindy Di Leva (Matt Cators mum) the vision and inspiration behind the evening, the mums and dads that all helped put this together. Photographer mum,  Mel Mayes and of course Mr Irvine and Miss. Stevenson the teachers on the ground planning and pulling this together. Photos will be shared in our last newsletter of the year next week.

Bee Team Presentation to Warkworth Bee Group – Last Wednesday evening Morgan and Lucas Keller, Vinnie Holmes and Neva Atkinson, with Kyle Atkinson presented our journey so far with the bees to their group in Warkworth. This is an exciting project for us at Wainui and a journey that has only just begun!!

The bee team with our hives placed and in buisness


The pool is open (thanks Mr. Lee) All classes are swimming and cooling off.

Music Performance Assembly, Wednesday 11th December 9:15 am start – We all love the music opportunities there are at Wainui. This time we hear from Ross Hutchison’s students, Maria O’Flaherty’s students, the Kids for Kids choir and the drumming with Jaqui Barrett in year 6, 7 and 8 classes.

Wheels Day and Juicy Sales – Thursday 12th December – bring your wheels!! The year 8 boys have organised a fun day. Bring $2.00 to buy a juicy to cool off.

Helpers Morning Tea – We love to say thank you so don’t forget to join us for the annual Christmas thank you at 10:30am on Thursday 12th December!!

Junior School – Friday 13th December is a whole school Assembly and the rest of the Junior Athletics.


The last week we have

  1. Prizegiving our most formal assembly of the year!! Start time is promptly at 1:30pm so early lunches etc. This is only for years 3-8.
  2. Junior Beach Picnic – Monday 16th December at Orewa Beach. This is your special time for all familes and children with the teachers and support teachers to celebrate with some fun and a picnic. All meet at the beach – details have been given to you by your class teacher.
  3. NEW Class Visit Wednesday 18th December at 10:30-11:00am. By then you will have received your end of year report and can start to think about next year. This helps children to transition to new levels and new classes. Some will not have a teacher as they are still teaching at their old schools but will have someone to talk about the class, the space and the people.

Finally, please remember we are all getting tired and excited at the thought of a holiday and celebrating Christmas. Take time to listen and talk to your children if they are worried or feeling overtired, it is “normal”!! Please return all readers, library books and school sports uniforms etc. Please pick up clothes shoes etc left behind, we have a huge overflowing box of these!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 11th December – Music Performance Assembly – 9.15am
  • Thursday 12th December – Helpers Morning Tea – 10.30am
  • Thursday 12th December – Wheels Day – bring your bike / scooter / skateboard to school if you want
  • Friday 13th December – Pukeko Team Assembly – 9.15am
  • Friday 13th December – Junior Ahtletics will continue after Pukeko Team Assembly to finish events off.  All parents / caregivers welcome.
  • Monday 16th December – Pukeko Beach Bash!
  • Tuesday 17th December – Prizegiving – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 18th December – New class visits for 2020 – 10.30 – 11am
  • Thursday 19th December – Last day of Term 4 for 2019 – Finish 1.00pm – Happy Holidays Everyone
  • Tuesday 4th February – 1st day of Term 1 for 2020


Junior Athletics Day Continued – Friday 13th December – Following the Pukeko Team assembly, we will be finishing the athletic events we were unable to do in Week 7 due to poor weather.  We will be following the normal school bells. Please see a brief outline of events below.

10.30am-11.00am: Rotation 6
11.00am-11.30am: Morning Tea
11.30am-12.00am: Rotation 7
12.00pm-12.30pm: Rotation 8
12.45pm-1.30pm: Lunch

1.40pm: Sprint Heats & Finals

Year 8 Graduation DinnerMonday, 9th of December 2019 – 6.00pm struck and the Wainui Year 8’s were on their way to a memorable night dressed in elegant attire. Arriving in a lavish 1958 Buick (thank you to Chad for lending us his car) and being welcomed by a red carpet leading into the hall. The theme was “A Night with the Stars” and in no doubt Mr Irvine, Cindy Di Leva, Nikki Browne and their team pulled off an amazing night.

By 9.00pm speeches were shared, certificates were given and a few tears had been shed. It was now time for the Year 8’s to showcase 2 songs they had been learning with Jackie on the African drums.

For many, the food was a highlight. Thank you to Jon Bayer for catering this special evening. For others it was the dancing at the end of the night (even the parents joined in).  Thank you to Melanie Mayes for being our photographer for the night and everyone else who helped out and made this night possible.  All in all, it was an amazing night that we will cherish forever.

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, gingerbread men, gingerbread christmas trees, rice bubble bars, chocolate tarts and lemonade will be for sale too – $2.00 for each item – available morning tea and lunchtime.

Garden to Table – If any families would like to purchase Garden to Table hampers to give to people at Christmas please email Leanne Stevenson They can be made up to any value with a selection of preserves made at Garden to Table. I’m happy to discuss all options with you.

All orders must be in by Friday 13th, to enable me to get them to you at the beginning of next week.
Examples of the sort of thing you can purchase.

Netball Uniforms – We need all netball uniforms (named) returned to the school office by the end of this week – Friday 13th December.


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

Semi Finals – 27th November – Year 1/2 Wainui vs Red Beach Raiders.  Won: 5-4.  POD: Logan Marshall.  TOD: Jackson Mallon.

Finals – 4th December – Year 1/2 Wainui vs Waitoki Jets.  Won: 2-2.  POD: Hunter Stevenson.  POD: Kobe Oliver.

Congratulations to the Wainui Year 1/2 Touch Team for Winning the Year 1/2 Boys Grade – Super Well Done Boys!  A very special thanks to Phap and Nicola for taking the time out of their day to coach a great team of kids for the past 9 weeks.

Year 5/6 Wainui Raptors vs Long Bay Panthers.  Won: 2-1.  POD: Ruby Mayes.


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