Kia ora Koutou,

Haere Mai to week 12 of Term 2.  What a term it has been from COVID-19  lockdown Level 4 (we were all at home), to Level 3, to Level 2 to Level 1.  Often it is hard to remember back to the beginning of 2020 that amazing summer. 2020 began with Term 1, Week 5 with the ERO (Education Review Office) visiting our school to review and evaluate our programmes, our culture, our education achievement to give parents, whānau, and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education children and young people receive. ERO reports on the equity and excellence of learning outcomes for all students and for specific groups including Māori students, Pacific students, and students with additional learning needs. It also includes a focus on accelerating learning for students. ERO also reports on the quality and effectiveness of the school’s processes and practices for continuing and sustaining improvement. The report gives evaluation findings.

As a BOT and staff we are very pleased with the report our school got and it is now approved and will shortly be on the ERO website.  It is a wonderful outcome for the first half of the year, one we can all be proud of.

Here is a direct quote from part of the report.   I will attach the full report to our website and the link to ERO’s when it is posted up on theirs.

Students are supported to be enthusiastic, capable, and confident learners. They enjoy positive relationships with classroom teachers and adults who support their learning. The school has high expectations of their academic achievement and for their social and emotional wellbeing. Explicit school values complement shared expectations of positive behaviour for learning.

The school’s curriculum provides broad and meaningful learning opportunities for students, while ensuring that literacy and mathematics are central to teaching and learning. Students develop inquiry-based learning skills, using relevant and local contexts. An increasing focus on local Māori history, te reo me tikanga Māori is adding connections that enhance children’s sense of place and identity.

Support for teachers has resulted in a collegial culture across the school….


Bike A Thon – By the time you read this, it will be all completed!!  Thank you, everyone, for your support, your friends, families, workmates and neighbours generosity has blown us away and we are thrilled with the response.  We were not sure if we should go ahead, but the support has been tremendous. This means we can go ahead with a basketball hoop and replacing Junior Ipads and Chrome books.

Thank you to Kate Doherty, Mel Mayes, and the team of FOWS for organising the prizes, the food and the coffee. A big thank you for Nikki and Billy Browne Hale for finding and donating the coffee cart.  We have the machine and now the cart and we look forward to this having lots of use.  Thank you to the sponsors, firstly our Platinum Homes – (Watt family) who have sponsored the main prize – a bike and to New Zealand Composite for becoming a gold sponsor.

A HUGE thank you to Chris Scott our newest Board of Trustees member and Mr Lee along with the Year 8’s, Vinnie Holmes, Lucas Keller, Olllie Steen, Marley Straka, Cole Davies, Gabe Brewin-Brown and Bowen Jonkers McAllister for clearing the fallen tree on the bike track on Monday morning as it would have been very difficult to run the Bike a Thon without your fast work.

We will share lots of photos and the prize winners as soon as we can. Below is a photo of James and Vinnie from 2019!!

We all are not only getting fit having fun but raising money through sponsorship of our laps for our school to improve the grounds

It is all Matariki this week as well as biking we are all practising our waiata to share at a performance on Friday morning.

We have planned a week of activities all around the theme of Matariki.  Today every class I went into were all engaged in activities that used this theme, from making constellations out of tiny mallow puffs and toothpicks to making a circuit in the Year 7 class that would enable a star constellation to light up. In a Year 3 /4 class a range of strategy games were being played around the theme of Matariki that used maths skills and strategic thinking.

We will be planting some citrus trees donated by APS and Mrs Morris and we will all be having a special morning tea to celebrate as this has become our tradition (to share “Kai”)

Sports Teams – Are practising now in the mornings ready for their competitions that have either just started, or start next term. Thank you to all the coaches and managers that we have seen at the early morning practices.

Learning Conversations – Well done everyone for turning out on those miserable wet evenings –  thank you!!  The conversations have been so very valuable enabling teachers, the SENCO and myself to begin making decisions for next term in a more focussed way around the needs of your child and the classes. It was a great turnout. If you missed making an appointment please do so by the end of the term if you can. Otherwise early next term. We aim to have 100% attendance!!


Holidays  – Time to relax, it has been a long term and everyone is looking forward to a rest!!  But before you go please please rescue your lost property. We have a rather large pile hanging on the fence outside the office. It will be given to hospice if not claimed.

New Classrooms – Accent ConstructionWill be moving in and setting up the building site and starting the moving of the tech shed and the caretakers shed to make way for the new classrooms to be built. When you all return the area in front of the pool and the courts will all be fenced off and look quite different. We hope this will not affect the drop off and pick up area too much, but as you all know we have become very good at being flexible with this over the last year or so!!

Roofing The administration and Intermediate classes roof will be replaced. This will complete the roofing that was done in the summer holidays. Let’s hope the weather is good enough for this to happen.


TERM 3 –  The Student Councillors have planned lots of activities.  Wai factor starts the term and I am sure you will have children practising in the holidays!!  Term 3 is also Cross country time, netball, hockey, and Rippa rugby competitions plus lots more!!


Thank you everyone for your patience, your support, help and kind words over the last term, it has been unlike no other term I have ever experienced in my career, one there was no training for.  We are so fortunate to have a positive community at Wainui School so take care over the holidays,  keep well and stay safe if you are travelling around New Zealand and seeing the country.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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  – From tomorrow 1st July 2020 you are able to acquire your animal for Ag Day.  Happy rearing and bonding in the holidays.

Teen Brain – Thursday 3rd September at Kaipara College – In collaboration with Helensville Primary and Kaipara College we are pleased to bring Nathan Wallis to our community, to talk about the Teen Brain.  This is a great opportunity to hear one of Aotearoa’s renowned neuroscience experts.  Helensville Teen Brain – Newsletter Flyer Template.png 2

Thinking Caps – Please see attached flyer 


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Year 7 – Wainui Shooting Stars –  Game 1: Wainui Shooting Stars vs Riverhead Panthers 5 – 1
Game 2: Wainui Shooting Stars vs Waioneke Magpies 11 – 2.
Year 8 – Wainui Hearts – Lost: 7-10 vs Waimauku Panthers, and won 16-0 vs Matua Ngaru.


  • At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Resilience”.
    •  Pukatea: Charlotte Gooding, Hunter Olliff.
    •  Kohekohe: Seamus Avery, Ava Portig.
    •  Kowhai: Blake Sweeney, Zoe Thomas.
    •  Kahikatea: Lucus Bartrom, Ben Prestidge.
    •  Kauri:  Teah Schweitzer, Drew Southwick.
    •  Puriri: Georgina Coupe, Elora Southern.
    •  Puriri Rua: Tavana McCulluch, Kobe Oliver.
    •  Karaka: Donald Lin, Zain Ouzoun.
    •  Miro: Hunbter Mallen, Oliver Todd.
    •  Totara: Kelly McMillan-Mayes, Raya Sams.
    •  Matai: Violet Clayton, Yudai Seino.
    •  Rimu: Azaria Allen, Tyler Newman.
    •  Rata: Casten Kaio, Helena Mloda

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Grayson Hewitt (Rata), Evie Drinkwater (Karaka), Brody Kerr (Miro), Manu Sparkes (Puriri), Austin Perry (Puriri Rua), Amy Lowe (Pukatea), Hamish Allen (Kohekohe), Summer Starr (Kowhai), Cade Mumby (Totara), Caitlin Bailey (Matai), Riana Bouzaid (Rimu), Bella Browne Hale (Kahikatea) and Regan Lowe (Kauri).


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

Jump Jam – 25% Off Deal Expires Soon + Pre-Register for Strictly JJ Comps by 1st July – Just a quick reminder. Entries close for the Pre-Registration Strictly Competition next Wednesday 1st July and our 25% off deal expires on the 3rd July.

Strictly Competitions

To enable us to move forward to live competitions, we need all teams pre-registered by 1st July. With final details (tee shirt sizes, team & routine name etc.) and payment by the 5th August. Click this link to pre-register your team(s) Pre-Registration Link. Dates for our live events are on our (Updated Rules Link)

25% Off Any New JUMP JAM License
Special offer expires 3rd July. Get in quick for this great deal. Or simply upgrade your DVD/Cd’s to downloadable digital files instead.

Student Development Workshop

The 2020 SDW is now available to register for. Click this link to register your school. Student Development Online Video Registration Form

JUMP JAM 4 Star Jam(have you registered?) Email Kiri

When: Friday 14th August 2020 (no change)

How: Simply use JUMP JAM at your school, as a fund-raising event for Star Jam.

Receive: Wrist bands for all students and on offer are some fantastic prizes from Ultimate Ears,

Why: To support young New Zealanders with disabilities, unleash their full potential through the magic of music, dance, and performance. Raising funds 4 STAR JAM.

Register: Email Kiri

Challenge Competitions

Preliminary round registrations (with team video & payment) close Wednesday 19th August (Rules Link) Click this link to place your team details Challenge Preliminary Round Entry Form

If you have any questions, please email, or call me.

Linda Fairweather
Kidz Aerobix LTD
Ph: +647 575 3575

Basketball Camp – See attached flyer – Hoopcamp June Holiday Camp Flyer 2020- Lindsay Tait

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.