Kia ora Koutou,

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us, the changes to what we will do involve mainly the school pick up and drop off as our school continues to be safe to attend, for all staff and children. We have good cleaning and hygiene routines in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage everyone to be independent at drop off and pick up. We will support contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. But, we will return to our usual method of any visitor coming into school must go to the office and sign in.

What is able to change is there is no physical distancing and we can now look forward to inter-school and community sport, cultural events, and performances and assemblies and to welcoming all of our school community onsite for these activities. We are also planning on future trips and other EOTC activities. Coming up soon will be our first whole school community fun activity the annual  “Bike a thon”.

Drop Off – This has been very successful not only in our school, but most schools around the region and country in instilling self-management, independence and building resilience in all our learners.  We are now reviewing what we do in the future and would like feedback from you.  I will send a short survey out later in the week for your thoughts as parents.

Pick UpWe invite you to park to pick up to ensure there are no queues on the road (some of the trucks obviously don’t like this), however we ask you not to go up to the classrooms until the bell has gone at 3.00pm. We will continue to bring the children down to the pickup areas and all teachers will be with the children.  If for any reason you need to collect your child earlier than 3.00pm, please contact the office and the teacher beforehand.  Your child / children will be collected by the office staff from the classroom and can be picked up in the office.  Please do not go straight to the classroom as anyone going early needs to be signed out from the office.  This is for our Health and Safety procedures.

We look forward to seeing you very soon at events but of course all continuing to keep healthy!!

Ngā mihi

What Else Has Been Happening

Bike a Thon –  This has been launched!! A huge thank you to the FOWS team led by Kate Doherty who has set this up.  If you haven’t already done so, please go to the website www.raise and proceed from there, it looks amazing and is so user friendly!!

One thing we have learned over the lockdown period is how much we loved our bikes and how good they were to enable us to physical distance.


Sports Teams – Are practising!! It was just wonderful to walk into school first thing Monday morning and see Staton Ranby practising with his Hockey team!! Nadine Phillips will be in this week with a netball team and I know Mrs Hill and Mrs Van Dyk are in the process of running trials and organising the netball teams!!  Yes, we are returning to a sense of normality!!

Kahui Ako Combined Board Meeting –  This is being held at Orewa College tonight. The schools in our community of learning are the following 6 schools Orewa College, Orewa Primary School, Orewa North School, Silverdale Primary School, Dairy Flat School and Wainui School. Kate Shevland is the lead Principal and she will lead the meeting that will be reporting on the Kahui Ako’s goals and achievements this year, and where we are heading to especially now we are all back on board.

Board Election –  Thank you to everyone who completed and returned their voting papers for the Board of Trustees vacancy. Voting has now closed.  Votes will be counted by Sunday 14th June and the new Board Member will take office on Monday 15th June ready to attend the first meeting on Tuesday 16th June.

Team Newsletters  – These will come home with all the information you will need to know.


Board Meeting – Face to Face – This will take place on site on Tuesday 16th June at 6.30pm.


Please feel free to send me any feedback you have of the last 11 weeks since March 26th.  It has been quite a journey, but one we will review and reflect on as we have all learned so much.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 10th June – FOWS Meeting – 7.00pm in the Staffroom.
  • Friday 12th June – 9.15am – Pukeko Team Assembly.
  • Friday 12th June – 9.50am – Tui Team Assembly.
  • Tuesday 16th June – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm in the Staffroom.
  • Friday 19th June – 9.15am – Kiwi Team Assembly.
  • Friday 19th June – 9.50am – Takahe Team Assembly.
  • Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June – Sharing the Learning Conversations – 2.00pm – 6.00pm.
  • Friday 26th June – Full School Assembly – 2.00pm.
  • Tuesday 30th June – Bike a Thon.
  • Thursday 2nd July – Bike A Thon (Save Day if the 30th June is cancelled due to weather).
  • Friday 3rd July – Last day of Term 2.


Learning Conversations – Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June 2020.

Book a Learning Conversation – Our Learning Conversations are for your child, you and the teacher to meet to discuss the first half of the year and set new learning goals. We have two evenings set aside to make a time.

To book your Learning Conversation/s click on and enter the Event Code: 3hpt6

Step 1: Enter your email address, parents full name, number of students you are booking for and the students 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.

The Learning Conversations are being held on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June from 2.00pm – 6.00pm and are 10 minutes in length with 2 minutes in between Conversations.

Bike-a-Thon –  Tuesday 30th June – Thank you to everyone that has registered so far for Bikeathon, the response has been amazing! As of Monday 7th June the fundraising page was showing a total amount fundraised so far of $4,023.34!.  So far 65 students have registered and the top class fundraiser is currently Puriri!
Here’s a picture of the prize baskets in the office.

Each student will have the opportunity to set up their own fundraising page, and there will be great prizes and incentives for all students!  Information about how to register can be found

The first 50 students that sign up to the Bike-a-thon Fundraiser will receive 100 house points, a Choice Hotels cap, and a chocolate bar! 

We understand that online may not be accessible for every student, so we will still have paper forms for cash donations and sponsorships available in the office.  Please contact the office if you would prefer one of these.

We are also seeking businesses who would like to become Gold Sponsors of the event, or if you would like to donate a prize towards the event please let us know.  To find out more about how to become a sponsor please contact Kate Doherty at

Please find enclosed our fantastic sponsors – Bikeathon Sponsors Logos

Nui News – The Year 7’s have just started to create their own TV channel and this is their first attempt at sharing the Wainui News!  We will get better as the week’s progress, but please enjoy this short video.

Garden to Table – Wednesday Week 8 was a highly productive day in Garden to table.  We harvested all of our kumara with the biggest one weighing 2.1kg. We made some yummy food in the kitchen and tidied the vegetable garden. Under Level 2 the groups of students have been very small, but we have still managed to adapt the programme and continue to run it. We even had some keen smaller people who joined in the gardening at their break time.

Here are some photos of the yummy food we cooked, the kumara digging and the vegetables we harvested including the giant kumara.

Ag DayUpdate # 2 – Friday 25th October 2020 – If you are interested in entering a lamb or kid goat for Ag Day this year, you may procure your animals from now until 15th September!! There will be NO calves again this year.  The school holidays provide an excellent opportunity for the children to bond with their animals – spending time feeding, loving and caring for their new friend!!  Come along to Friday’s assembly, where Nikki Browne will be bringing along her “kids”!!! There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about rearing and showing an animal.  We are ordering the day old chicks again too (Brown Shavers).The chicks will be delivered to school after their August 21st hatch date.  Orders to:  Chicks are $10.00 each.
The supplier for our chicks also stock heat lamps, chick drinkers and chick feeders etc, and parents can opt to have this added on to their chick orders and it will arrive with the chicks. Let Mel ( know if you want any more information about this but the supplier does stock the Shoof NZ products and the German quality brand Trixie for heat lamps.


At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Relational”.

  •  Puriri: Jake Robertson, Maya Russell.
  •  Puriri Rua: Millie Dunn, Kobe Olivier.
  •  Karaka: Kyla Erasmus, Harry Hill.
  •  Rata: Grayson Hewitt, Franklin Jarvie.
  •  Pukatea:  Felix Latham, Jamie Tolhopf.
  •  Kohekohe: Flynn Dixon, Ayla Lodge.
  •  Kowhai: Haelee Coghlan, Phoenix Seetman-Jones.
  •  Miro: Nina Bell, Jackson Magan.
  •  Totara: Daniel Gorshkov, Lily Haswell.
  •  Matai: Thomas Manuel, Dusty Pullen.
  •  Rimu: Azaria Allen, Alex Tucker.
  •  Kahikatea: Zoe Heaton, James Wallace-Pram.
  •  Kauri: Jordan Fincham, Lily Glasgow.

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Mackenzie Allen (Totara), Alizay Clifford (Matai) and Oscar Price (Rimu).


Kelly Club – Is running an awesome July Holiday Programme.  We have trip days to MOTAT and to see Sonic the Hedgehog at the Matakana Cinema!  Also, we have planned a Night at the Museum Day, craft and cooking activities, awesome games plus much more!!!  To find out more or to book, please go to
Please see enclosed timetable – Silverdale KC A4 July Timetable 2020

Wentwoth College – Entrance Scholarship Exams – Wentworth College, Gulf Harbour

Wentworth College is a Private School in Gulf Harbour that follows the Cambridge International Education curriculum.  The Wentworth Trust Board offers a number of Entrance Scholarships each year to potential new students wishing to enter Wentworth College.  Scholarships are awarded by way of a discount off the annual tuition fees, ranging in value up to 50%.

Scholarships are awarded based on the results of scholarship examinations whilst also considering applicants’ all round ability (such as sport, cultural and community endeavours).   Applicants are required to sit assessments in English and Mathematics, each of approximately 1 hour’s duration.

Scholarship examinations for students wishing to enter Wentworth in 2021 will be held on Wednesday, 1st July 2020.  If you wish to register to receive further information about these examinations, please refer to our website email

Wentworth College – Open Day Wednesday 17th June  – Tours from 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.30pm.  Wentworth College in Gulf Harbour would like to invite families to visit our school on Wednesday 17th June.  Our senior students will lead school tours throughout the day and our Principal will give short talks about the International Cambridge curriculum and Wentworth life.

Rodney Basketball Holiday Camp at Matua Ngaru School.