Kia ora Koutou,

We have planned for learning conversations, our first full assembly, and for next week’s bikeathon. We also will stop for a moment and take the time to think of a local family who have lost a son, a brother and for Constable Bryan and our local police force –  a colleague.  We send them all our very deepest sympathy with the passing of Constable Matthew Hunt in Friday’s tragic events. Constable Hunt attended Orewa College and became a police officer, first working on the Hibiscus Coast at the Orewa Police Station.


Board of Trustees –  Met last week for our first face to face meeting since lockdown. Here are some words written by our Board Chairperson Nadine Phillips:

“The Board of Trustees were delighted to meet in person last week – the first time since lockdown.  Unfortunately, our newly elected member, Chris Scott, was unable to attend – we look forward to working with him from our next meeting in Term 3.

The key message we want to convey to our school community at this time, when we are facing a global pandemic, is that the well being of people is paramount.  As has been communicated by our Principal, the Ministry of Education has placed a priority on well being during this return to school period (i.e. Term 2).

Your children continue to be educated, but like all New Zealand school children, they are also being carefully supported during these unprecedented times.  If a child is anxious, they are not able to learn.  Some children embraced learning at home and were more engaged than they sometimes are at school.  Some children found it a challenge.  Some children embraced returning to school, and some found it a challenge.  What our staff continues to do, is assess how to best support your child to be engaged and ready for learning back at school.  Our teaching team have been able to modify programmes to utilise some strategies and tools that were successfully implemented during lockdown.  They continue to tweak processes as they evaluate what works best for the children in their class.  New drop off and pick up systems have allowed children to reconnect with their friends, classmates, and teaching staff, and quickly settle into their school day.

Please rest assured that the partnership between school and parents/caregivers has not diminished in importance.  We appreciate that learning from home and subsequent changes due to COVID 19, may have left some families feeling disconnected from our school community.  We are hopeful that the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher this week during learning conversations will help bridge any gap and ensure we all move confidently forward together.

The New Zealand school curriculum is an evolving one, and this year saw the introduction of the digital curriculum component.  Wainui School has incorporated digital learning for many years, and we are lucky enough to have some teachers for whom this is such a passion that they have undertaken postgraduate study on the topic.  As such, we are well placed to already be into our journey of blended traditional and digital learning.

A digital device is just like a pen and paper… it is a tool.  While at school your child will spend far more time engaging with their classmates and teaching staff, and playing outside than they will looking at a screen.  These days many children go on to secondary schools where the vast majority of schoolwork is done on a device – however, we are confident that children will leave Wainui School as learners capable of both traditional and digital learning methods.

Finally we would like to pass on our thanks to all our school families – for your continued resourcefulness, resilience, positivity and support of your children and Wainui School.

Nadine Phillips – June 2020


Learning Conversations – Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm. By now everyone will hopefully have made a time to meet the teacher, your child has a learning map ready to share with you and the teacher and it will be great to welcome you all back to the classroom. If you are unable to meet this week please make an alternative time.  If you can pick your child up earlier on these days we would appreciate it otherwise they will be more than happily catered for in a group situation by myself, Mrs. Taylor, Mr. O’Reilly, and Miss Smith. Please let the teacher/office know if you can do an early pick up at 1.55 pm.  Thank you.

Whole School Assembly – 2.00 pm – Friday 26th June – our first since the last term!!  The Takahe team will share some of their work, the Student Leaders will share their activities and each class will present a Hellyer Cup. You are all welcome to join us.

Year 8’s and college choices and visits – On Thursday 25th June the Deputy Principal from Long Bay College and some students are coming to talk about College options for 2021.

Kaipara College Representatives – Are also coming to visit in the near future.
All Year 8 students need to be starting to think of their options and choices for college in 2021. Please contact me or Mr Irvine if you need any more information.


Matariki – Maori New Year – We have over the last few years enjoyed celebrating Matariki.  We have planned this year to continue this tradition, each team has been learning a waiata with Whaia Leanne and will perform these on Friday 3rd July at 9.15 am at a special performance assembly on the last day of term.  This will be followed by a shared Kai and then we will be planting a number of citrus trees to celebrate this time as it is the time to celebrate growth and change, as we are all well aware 2020 has bought to us all tremendous change “unprecedented”  Two of the trees we have have been donated by APS and the third one was donated by Maria Morris last year as a farewell gift to us all. If anyone else would like to donate a citrus tree to plant or would like to plant one more, please let us know.

Bike a Thon – Tuesday 30th June – A massive thank you, everyone, for sharing the sponsorship page to all your friends and family.  We are so thankful for everyone getting behind this fundraiser, we were unsure if we should, so thank you to everyone who has been able to contribute. The funds raised will enable us to upgrade the ipads and chrome books in the Year 1 – 4 and purchase a basketball goal for the courts, we have so many keen senior basketball player who can’t wait for this. Bikeathon is so well organised by our FOWS group led by Kate Doherty. Next Tuesday will be a great day with all children in their classes completing their laps, these can be on a bike of their own, a school bike, or on any other form of wheels they feel comfortable on.


End of Term 2 – Friday 3 July – Dare I say it.  It has been quite a term as we all know.  Please make sure you pick up all your left behind clothes and shoes as the pile is growing daily and these will be disposed of in the holidays.


The Board of Trustees has been talking with “Skids” afterschool child care for quite a while before COVID-19 about setting up a facility on-site at Wainui School rather than running a minibus down to Waitoki School. We have met with Emma and Chris from the Head Office a number of times to discuss this, now in order to make this happen, we need some feedback from our parent community in a survey to see if it is a viable option for Wainui School. Please fill in the survey below.

They have 30 sKids balls to give away (basketballs/soccer balls/rugby balls). The first 30 respondents will get a free ball as long as they provide their contact details.

In Term 3 Skids will be running their HaPea Programme for Year 4 students at Wainui School.  Each Year 4  will get the opportunity to cook a meal for the family with their facilitator and will then be able to cook for you at home – More details to come next week.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June – Sharing the Learning Conversations – 2.00pm – 6.00pm.
  • Friday 26th June – Full School Assembly – 2.00pm.
  • Monday 29th June – 3rd July – Matariki Week.
  • 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 – Matariki Assembly and Kai – 9.15am.
  • Friday 3rd July – Last day of Term 2.
  • Monday 20th July – First Day of Term 3.
  • Wednesday 22nd July – FOWS Meeting in the Staffroom – 7.00pm.


Ag Day – Friday 23rd October 2020Update Number 3 – This year, Wainui School will celebrate its annual tradition of Ag Day on Friday 23rd October.  This day has become the biggest day for our families – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and past pupils are all welcomed to this important community event.

To enter an animal, the lamb, calf, or kid goat must be born between 1st July and 15th September. Yes – calves are back this year after confirmation from MPI for their inclusion.  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.

Pool Key – Please return all pool keys to the office as soon as possible to receive your $10.00 refund bond.

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 – Please see the attached schedule for the day – Bikeathon Timetable 2020


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Hearts Yr 8 vs Helensville Eagles.  Won 16 – 2 and also played Waimauku Pumas.  Won 27 – 0.


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

  •  Pukatea: Charlotte Adlam, Leo Banton.
  •  Kohekohe: Oliver Bell, Hannah Wallace.
  •  Kowhai: Angel Manuel, James Pallatt.
  •  Kahikatea: Te Pourewa Hape-Webby, Reghan Portig.
  •  Kauri:  Regan Lowe, Ella Smith.


Estuary Arts Centre – Orewa – We have a wonderful series of Art Classes scheduled for the July school holiday break.  Please see attached brochure for further information

Qualified Child Therapist/Counsellor – Orewa Kahui Ako is seeking a qualified child therapist / counsellor with expertise in working with students who experience anxiety at varying levels.  The age group is 5 -11 years  old.  Employment will be for one day per  week for Terms 3 and 4 2020, term time only. The position will involve interactions with students across four schools in two school venues.

Applications to:     Lead Principal
Orewa Kahui Ako

Email  no later than 9.00 a.m., 26 June 2020 with cover letter, c.v. and contact details of 3 referees. Thank you, Janet. Ngā mihi nui.

Long Bay College Open Evening – Wednesday, July 22, 4.00pm – 7.30pm

Long Bay College warmly invites parents/caregivers and students of all ages to visit our Open Evening. Discover how Long Bay College can offer your child a quality, secondary school education through our extraordinary culture of care. Open Evening provides a great opportunity to meet our students and staff and take a tour of our school. There will be an information presentation at 5.30pm in the auditorium which will be repeated at 7pm. We look forward to meeting you.