Kia ora koutou,

Last week of 2019!! Always hard to believe but we are almost there!!

Today we have celebrated achievement, effort, attitudes and skill at the annual prizegiving!! By the time you read this the awards will have been presented – congratulations go from me to everyone, not just these winners but to everyone as together we have had a fantastic year!!

Enjoy the last few days together, pick up the last of the lost property (it is all hanging on the fence) Have fun and celebrate!!


Final Music Performance – Last Wedneday we had a wonderful end of year music performance!! All of our itinerant music teachers, Maria O’Flaherty and Ross Hutchison and pupils, performed together with our 3 classes that have been learning the djembe drums.  The Kids for Kids choir also shared their practiced pieces. What a fabulous morning we had being entertained by all these musicians and singers. Music is integral and a very important part of our life at Wainui School. If you wish your child to have lessons or even have a musical talent to share please let us know.

Junior Athletics – The Junior school were able to complete their athletics day last Friday with the better weather. Congratulations Mrs Hill, what a great day for all the juniors and middle school.  There will be a special prize giving on Wednesday 18th December at 2.00pm. Please feel free to join Pukeko and Kiwi team to celebrate their achievements.

Pukeko Beach Day –  Despite the downpour and thunder, the Pukeko team were able to have some fun and celebrate the end of year at Orewa Beach. Thank you to all the parents who attended and the team teachers for your organisation.


Pool Keys – Are for sale from the office for the summer. These are $80.00 and with your pool key there is a pool agreement to be signed. On return of the pool key at the end of Term 1, 2020 a $10.00 bond will be returned to you. Mr Lee, the caretaker will be on holiday from the 24th through to the 31st of December.  He will also be away from the 3rd, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 23rd and 24th January 2020. In order for the pool to be kept open we will need a family to volunteer to test the pool each day and keep it clean. This is not a hard job but needs someone who is willing to keep it going if the pool is to be kept open. The pool must be tested daily. Please let us know if you can do this, a pool key will be given to you, if you can as compensation.


Last DayThursday 19th December – 1.00pm Finish –  We will farewell this year two teachers.

Mr Mahler from Totara class. Mr Mahler stepped in as teacher when Miss Taylor left to travel. Mr Mahler is planning to return overseas and continue his teaching career overseas.

Mrs Morris will be leaving us to take up a new postion in West Auckland as a “Learning Support Coordinator” These are new postions that some schools have secured, in the latest changes from the Government . Unfortunately, Wainui School and all the schools in this area have not received these positions. We wish Mrs Morris all the very best.  Mrs Morris has been with us for the last 7 years and we thank her for everything she has contributed to Wainui School over this time.

2020 Information 

First day of school is Tuesday 4th February 2020.

Classes and teachers –  There will be a number of changes for 2020 and we can now inform you of.  This is usual for any school as teachers leave or take leave for a period of time. Your child will be informed of their class and teacher for 2020 in their school report which will be sent home on Wednesday. We are fortunate to have secured new teachers who are passionate about joining us.

All children will visit their new classes and teacher or teachers. Some teachers will not be with us however until next year as they are still completing their year.

Some physical spaces will be different as we have classes being renovated and the Year 2’s are all moving to the Puriri classroom and the New Entrants and Year 1’s are relocating to different classes.

I have created a table of the classes and spaces for the beginning of 2020. Please note Rimu and Matai classes (Year 5 & 6) spaces are both being modernised to be of the standard they should be for 2020 in the holidays.

Junior Teacher – Pukeko Team:

Mrs Collins and Mrs Allen – New Entrant / Year 1

Mrs Howard – Year 1

Mrs Hill – Year 2

Miss Ross – Year 2

Kiwi Team Teachers

Mrs Millar – Year 3 & 4

Miss Mahler – Year 3 & 4

Mrs Richards  – Year 3 & 4

Tui Team Teachers

Mrs Blackburn & Miss Jenkins – Year 5 & 6

Mr Ng (replacing Mr Mahler) – Year 5 & 6

Mrs Van Dyk (relieving for the year for Miss Goodyer) – Year 5 & 6

Takahe Teachers (Intermediate Team)

Miss Stevenson – Year 7

Mr Irvine – Year 8

Mrs Taylor will contiue in the role of Learning Support Leader

2020 is well organised with most themes and programmes planned and orgnised. We have some major building projects happening which will mean some classes will be temporary classes (Year 5&6) but the outcome will be some wonderful revamped new spaces.


Have a wonderful break everyone.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!! Be safe, be happy and have lots of fun!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 17th December – Prizegiving – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 18th December – Pukeko & Kiwi team Athletics prizegiving – 2.00pm in the hall
  • Thursday 19th December – Last day of Term 4 for 2019 – Finish 1.00pm – Happy Holidays Everyone – Buses run at 1.00pm today
  • Tuesday 4th February – 1st day of Term 1 for 2020


Surprise – A special gift will be handed to each child tomorrow morning.  This has been organised by the Fincham family and the New Zealand Breakers.  That’s all we are going to say for now!

Buses – Thursday 19th December – Buses will be running at 1pm today as school finishes then.

Garden to Table – If anybody could please help during the Christmas holidays with watering the Garden to Table garden and a little weeding just to keep it tidy and alive please email thanks, Leanne.

Buses – 2020 – Please let the office know in January what your requirements for buses are so we can update our list as we will not be carrying the list over from 2019.


  • At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Resilience”.
      • Puriri: Vincent Bryant, Brody Kerr.  Writing: Nina Bell.
      •  Puriri Rua: Camryn Colquhoun, Austin Perry.  Writing: Freedym Stirling.
      •  Karaka: Nikau Laurie, Hunter Stevenson. Writing: Millie Dunn.
      •  Rata: William Hewitt, Kian McMillan-Mayes.  Writing: Kayden Le.
      •  Pukatea: Harley Kipa, Sterling Purdie.  Writing: Alissa O’Connor.
      •  Kohekohe: Oliver Bell, Blake Sawyer.  Writing: Lachy Hendrie.
      •  Kowhai: George Clayton, Liam Miners.  Writing: Tamati Bayer & Carter Wright.  Resilient: Cade Mumby.
      •  Nikau: Harrison Andrew, Harper Laurie.  Writing: Katie Boe.
      •  Totara: Lucas Bartrom, Kelly McMillan-Mayes.  Writing: Charlotte Robinson.
      •  Matai: Sorelle Jonkers-McAllister, Grace Wallace-Pram.  Writing: Lennox Watson.
      •  Rimu: Morgan Keller, James Wallace-Pram.  Writing: Zahara Patterson.
      •  Kahikatea: Imogen Germain, Keelan Latham. Writing: Marley Straka.
      •  Kauri: Micaela Bartrom, Matt Cator.  Writing: Ruby Hamilton-Dowling.  Relational:  Gianni Tidswell.
    • Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Kayami Atkinson (Puriri), Kobe Oliver (Puriri Rua), Leo Sawyer (Karaka) and Leah Andrell (Rata).


Kelly Club – The 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