Swimming Carnival skills to be safe were demonstrated and lots of fun was had by us all.

Blue water, we are all working together and demonstrating a safety skill.

Kia ora Koutou,

Loving this sunny autumn weather that still enables us to swim and enjoy the outdoors!!

Focus of this week’s newsletter:

  • Bike-a-thon
  • Swimming
  • The Resilience Project Parent Information Evening


  • Bike-a-thon Update and Registrations! THANK YOU to all the students who have already signed up! So far we have 135 registrations and $8,600 donated already!

There are still lots of children yet to sign up so if you haven’t done this please use the link Any fundraising brought in by your children whether it be $1 or $100 is greatly appreciated. Remember 3 or more donations gets you in the draw for a prize. We will also have spot prizes at Assembly including some wireless earbuds for those students who have already signed up!!

How are you getting creative, and gaining sponsorship for Bike-a-thon? A great example is to create a flyer or card with your QR code (found on your Go Raise It page) and do a letterbox drop to spread the word! Feel free to use the blurb below, to help explain to your friends and family just what you will be doing on the day!

“We need your help! Wainui students will be riding their bikes around the school bike track on the 4th April for a great cause!  We, as a school, have many upgrades we would love to complete throughout the year and our fundraising efforts help us to make this happen.” (Monique Wilcock, FOWS member).

Also a HUGE shoutout to our main sponsor Pitstop Silverdale!

  • Swimming – Junior Swimming Carnival – Was held last Tuesday. It was great to see so many of you as families in attendance and watching the enjoyment, confidence and the skills these children from 5-8 years old have been developing.

The emphasis now is on safety and confidence in the water – each teacher has spent the last 6 weeks developing the skills of being able to float, being under, and on the water blowing bubbles, being able even retrieve a person in difficulty. There is some swimming stroke technique, but I, like you watched a real change from the traditional races that many children found difficult, some even fear, to everyone swimming confidently and with enjoyment. Well done to all the teachers, your classes demonstrated amazing water skills, the ability to listen to instructions, participate as a group and independently. Thank you Mrs Howard and Miss Robinson for your input into this Carnival. Thank you families for watching us and proving those swimming caps do help keep our pool filters clean!!

  • Senior Swimming Sports Years 5-8 – Was held last Friday at Northern Arena. It is here we had races and more competition, with students already having had 4 days of lessons, we were able to put into practice our new skills. Competition and fun was had by all. Thank you Mr. Irvine for organising this.

These swimmers; Georgina Coupe, Ella Dicks, Sophie Elliott, Hollie Fuller, Viviana Hellyer, George Jarvie, Kayden Le, Jackson Ledger, Jayden Lehmann, Jadon Linton, Gabby Long, Olivia Maddox, Isla Mexted, Kobe Olivier, Arielle Oswald, Tyler Robertson and Kristina Sulo will go on to represent our school at the Hibiscus Coast InterSchool Swimming Sports on Thursday 23rd March. We wish you well in your races.

Please ensure you have contributed your payment to these amazingly priced lessons. It is really important you do so in order for us to continue this opportunity in the future.


  • The Resilience Project Parent Information Evening  – This week you can come along and hear more about our new programme we are thrilled to be implementing in every classroom in the school. Resilience is a word we hear all around us at the moment, especially since we have experienced the pandemic, storms, flooding and dare I mention the roads and the stress they are under!! You will see how the new books fit in, you can pay for your contribution towards the books on the night as well.

We are offering a supervision of children service for the hour. Please let us know if you will require this service, it will be of no cost.


  • Learning Conversations – “Relationships are fundamental to achieving optimum learning for your child”. It is proven in educational research and something we know at Wainui makes the difference. We value the partnership between home and school, we know when we are all working together it leads to even more success!! We aim for 100% attendance so if you just can’t make any of the time slots next Wednesday 29th March between 1pm – 7:30pm, the teachers will find another time for you.  See you all next Wednesday 29th March. To book your Learning Conversation:

Click on and enter the Event Code: 3t7bq

Step 1: Enter your email address, parents’ full name, number of students you are booking for and the student’s name/s. Click the “Go” button.

Step 2: For each student, select your child’s classroom under the first dropdown box and select their teacher under the second dropdown box. Click the “Go” button.

Step 3: Choose the time/s you would like for your Learning Conversation/s by clicking on a time slot that suits you. Missing checkboxes mean that the time has already been booked by someone else. Click the “Go” button.

You have the option to print out a copy of the time/s you have booked, a confirmation will also be emailed to you. You can view, change or cancel your booking by using the link in the email confirmation.


Dates to plan ahead – T.O.D’s Teacher Only Days: 

  • 24th April – A planned Teacher Only Day for all the teachers to join with Dairy Flat School and Orewa Beach School in Professional Development around implementing “The Curriculum Refresh.” This day has been approved by the Wainui School Board and is one of two days the Ministry of Education has awarded to teachers this year to participate in this new development.
  • 2nd June – Kahui Ako ki Orewa schools are all joining together to have a joint celebration of learning as a community and participating in development as well. School will be closed for instruction as will all the schools in our region; Orewa College, Silverdale, Dairy Flat, Orewa Beach, Orewa Primary, Nukumea, and Auhutoetoe Schools.


Yes I believe we are continuing our quest to be one of the happiest schools in New Zealand with having so much to celebrate!! One of the areas to celebrate is Attendance at our school!! Thank you for coming every day. It does make a real difference!! Wainui School’s attendance rate is consistently 92% of everyone every day!! Lets make it 100%!! If you intend on taking time to travel, or attend a different programme, permission must be obtained as it is a legal requirement to attend school. Thank you.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Monday 13th – Wednesday 22nd March – Yr 5-8 Swimming Programme at Northern Arena
  • Wednesday 22nd March – The Resilience Project Parent Evening – 6pm
  • Thursday 23rd March – Hibiscus Coast Swimming Carnival Yr 5/6
  • Friday 24th March – Winter Sports Muster – 3:15pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday 28th March – Board Meeting – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 29th March – Learning Conversations – 1pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday 31st March – Whole School Assembly – Kiwi Team – 2pm
  • Tuesday 4th April – Bike-a-thon Day
  • Wednesday 5th April – FOWs Meeting – Staffroom – 7pm
  • Thursday 6th April – Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 24th April – Teacher Only Day
  • Tuesday 25th April – ANZAC Day
  • Wednesday 26th April – Term 2 starts for students


Winter Sports Muster Day – Friday 24th March – On Friday 24th March – 3.15pm-4pm we are having a Muster afternoon for winter sports. This is a great opportunity for students already signed up and their caregivers to learn more about winter sports at Wainui school- Hockey, Netball, Basketball and Flippa ball.  We will discuss the different sports programmes at the school, including which team each student will be in, information about practices and games, and opportunities for adults to volunteer as coaches or managers. We need coaches and managers to run teams otherwise we won’t be able to have them. We will have drills and tips to help with coaching. It is also a great chance for new players to get a better understanding of different sports and what they can expect throughout the season.

South Kaipara Schools Group Day AGM – This is being held on Monday 1st May, 7.30pm at Waitoki School. Everyone welcome! Group Day is the “inter-school” competition for Ag Day lambs, calves and kid goats and is held in November each year. As well as Wainui School, other participating local schools include Coatesville, Dairy Flat, Helensville, Kaukapakapa, Parakai, Taupaki, Waimauku, Waioneke, Waitoki and Wainui Home Ed Group. If you are interested in getting involved and becoming our Wainui School rep please contact the school office for further info,


Orewa Holiday Surf Programme – We’re running our popular Holiday Surf Programme at Orewa Beach over the upcoming April school holidays. This is a great way to get the kids active and into a new sport, we’ll be coaching the kids how to be confident and safe at the beach through the enjoyment of surfing. Click here for information. Orewa Summer HSP April 2023

Good as New Pre-Loved Kids Market – Saturday 25 March. Orewa Community Centre, 9 am – Midday.
45 Stal
ls selling quality preloved Kids’ Clothes, Toys, Books, Buggies, Nursery Furniture and Accessories for Bubs.

Lots of fun, great bargains and a chance to support reduce, reuse, recycle.

Rodney District Sports aims to foster, advance, promote, encourage and support our community and surrounding areas love of sport, by providing a competitive membership structure, and a strong skills based training and development programme that focus’s on fair play and having fun. We hope to see some of your children participating in winter football this season. Click here for the flyer.  FOOTBALL FLYER 2023

Aladdin Kids & Frozen JR – Northern School of Performing Arts will be producing Aladdin Kids & Frozen JR in the April School Holidays at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa.

It will be during the first week of the school holidays. We hope to follow in the footsteps of our much talked about sell out seasons of Seussical & Xanadu, The Music Man & Beauty & The Beast, Shrek etc.
We do love it as its all about the kids and producing an amazing productions for the community.  Our creative team has vast amounts of experience within Musical Theatre in New Zealand.  Our cast are based all over North Shore and Rodney District.

Director: Sophia Pedersen, Musical Director: Annelie Maddock, Choreographer: Tegan Hardy.