Kia ora Koutou,


Haere mai, welcome back to a more normal Term 3!!

I hope you all had a wonderful break, perhaps got out and about to enjoy a different part of New Zealand or have begun to take care and rear your lamb, goat or calf for Ag day!!

I have just re-read my newsletter for the start of last term!!  Wow, what a different time that was!! Almost dare I say it “ hard to believe” but myself, like all other New Zealanders want it to stay this way.

We will still therefore keep a number of health and safety changes in place;

These being:

  1. Health and Hygiene vigilance – all classes have hand sanitizer and are continued to encourage regular use.
  2. All classes clean the tables themself regularly with a good disinfectant cleaner.
  3. Please ensure if your child is sick with winter colds, flu etc that you keep them at home for a more rapid recovery.
  4. Drinking fountains will stay off as mouths are directly on the water fountain. Please provide a full water bottle.  Teachers will ensure children can refill these. All water from our taps anywhere in the school is good for drinking.
  5. Cough or sneezing into your elbow – good to keep practising and reminding your child.

    These actions are our “new norm”.  Something we spoke about a lot last term.

So much happened at the end of Term 2.  We did not get time to report this so here is a recap plus I will fill you in on all the property work that has been actioned at school over the holiday period.

Bike A Thon Outcome

What a fantastic way to finish the term.  So many smiles, so much fun and action. It was a wonderful day in every way.  There are lots of people we need to thank and lots of people we need to congratulate and report on who the winners were.

Firstly to report the final amazing amount of money raised was – $17,374.00.  This is the total profit made from the Raise It Page and the food and drinks sold on the day.  This is just outstanding.

A huge thank you to Kate Doherty, Chairperson of the FOWS (Friends of Wainui School)  group firstly for being brave enough to go ahead with an event like this in such strange times and for organising all the prize baskets and the promotion material.

Thank you to all the “FOWS “on the day that made it such a fun day with the stalls, food and beverages.

Bike A Thon 2020 Prizegiving Winners

Most Money Raised – Landon Semenoff – He needs a special mention as Landon not only raised on his own $1,310.00 but at just 5 years old made his own marketing video!

Major Spot Prize “The Bike” – Grayson Hewitt – Thank you to Platinum Homes for sponsoring this wonderful prize

Most Sponsors – Eve Robinson – 24 Sponsors

Pukeko Team Spot Prize – Taylah Hadley

Kiwi Team Spot Price – Sophie Scott

Tui Team Spot Prize – Ryder Olliff

Takahe Team Spot Prize – Phoebe Walker

Whole School Spot Price – Hayden Uhe

Top Class Fundraiser – Movie Afternoon with Pizza and Popcorn – Miro – $3,180.00

Second Place Class Fundraiser – All receive an Ice block – Rata – $2,573.00

Third Place Class Fundraiser – All receive 20 minutes of extra playtime – Puriri – $2,537.00

Wacky Helmet

Year 1 – 4 Girls – Dylan Catchpole

Year 1 – 4 Boys – Hamish Fincham

Year 5 – 8 Girls – Ruby Mayes

Year 5 – 8 Boys – Joseph Matthews

House Relay

4th – Lamont

3rd – Lloyd

2nd – Hudson

1st – Jacob

Matariki – This was celebrated in the last week of term with performances of waiata by all teams and a delicious shared Kai of scones, jam and cream. 

Wainui Voices planted 3 fruit trees, two were donated by APS.  Complete Property Services the company that completed our renovation upgrade down in Rimu and Matai classes (a completed transformation of these old prefabs) and just recently in the school holidays replaced the rooves over the admin block and karaka class.  We also had another tree donated by past teacher, Mrs Morris as these are symbolic of  “new beginnings” and the Maori New Year Matariki.  The masks are worn because we were handling compost (not because of Covid).

Kiwi team performing their Waiata

Holiday News – The school was very busy with contractors moving on site to upgrade our school.  A number of projects have been completed and one large one has been started finally.

  1. Admin block, Kauri class, Kahikatea, the library and Karaka class have all been re-roofed.
  2. The artificial turf has been cleaned and maintained and it will seem more sandy as a result. 
  3. The tech shed, Mr Lee’s shed and the enviro shed are all being moved and rebuilt to make way for 3 new classrooms, a break out room and two toilets will be built in the area at the front of the school that has been fenced off. This is all built and paid for by the Ministry of Education. Much planning by the Wainui School BOT with Architects, DLM and MOE Project Managers. The plans and design are in the office for you all to see.

This is very exciting and the finish date is December 4th.

“Drop off” and “Pick up areas” are well fenced off.  It will provide a bit more pressure on our parking space, but the first day seemed to go very smoothly – thank you everyone for your patience. 

Term 3 – What is Happening

Classes – Our school continues to grow.  Welcome to Mr Rody O’Reilly who has joined the Takahe Team.  Mr O’ Reilly will share half of the Year 7 class with Mrs Stevenson as they had 35 children in the last week of Term 2.  They will be based in the library which has been disbanded (not completely) at least until next year.

Pukeko Team – Are now 5 classes and will be moving towards a 6th class. We welcome 5 New Entrant children – Charlotte Andrell, Reuben Jones, Parker Maunsell, Nyana Santos and Abel Sparkes.

Welcome to Ms Smith who is supporting the New Entrant class in the mornings until a new teacher is engaged later in the term. Please let us know and enrol – this is all moving online over the next week and can be accessed through the website if you or a neighbour have a child to enrol for this year.

Tui Team – Welcome to Alina Korah, Year 5 and her family to Wainui School

Kiwi Team – No changes to report.

Sports – Yay this is all happening again.  

School Sports

Basketball – North Harbour will be coming in the next three weeks to run some “taster “ sessions and some games .

Cross CountrySchool Cross Country is planned for Week 3 – Friday 7th August.  Attached to this newsletter is the cross country information letter.  Wainui School Cross Country 2020

Inter-School Cross Country – Year 5 & 6 – Thursday 27th August – Shakespeare Park.  Year 7 & 8 Interschool Cross Country is on Friday 14th August at Muriwai.

After School Sport Teams – Netball and Hockey – They are all practising.  Good luck everyone for your games over the next weeks.

Wainui School Website – Please refer here to all the dates for the term and events.  We are going to endeavour to ensure all this information is in one place and up to date.

Cybersafety – A revised agreement is going to be sent out to most children. Please read this as it is so important so we are all aware of this safety aspect.

Other Admin

Drop off –  8.15am – 9.00am – Please continue to drop off as we did so well in Term 2.  Research shows it increases independence and resilience.  Fridays you are welcome to come up to the classroom.  Try not to be late, it does “stress” your child and they like to get organised and have time to see their friends and teachers.

There continues to be no playing before school with balls on the courts etc, only those in organised practices can do so. All practices are to be completed by 8.45am – 8.50am to enable children to get to class on time.

Pick up – Please continue with where we left off in Term 2 rather than waiting right outside the classroom.  Please feel free to come up the driveway and path by the hall and top court, but let the children and the teachers get all children packed and out of the classrooms.  Unless you have arranged previously, children should not leave the classroom before 3.00pm.

Buses – All children must be supervised at the bus stops before school until the bus comes.  All children must be picked up from the stop. It is a wonderful service and very well used.

Communication is vital – If you are away, changing your arrangements, please contact the office as soon as you know.  Thank you.  If you do not understand or have a concern, please chat to us, we are always willing to help / listen.

SKIDS After School Care – Are opening at our school in August – Yay! We are very excited about this as it has a great reputation and will mean more choice for our families and those that currently travel down to Waitoki will now not need to.  I will share more details on this next week.  They are in today running a special cooking programme with all the Year 4’s and some Year 3’s. “Hapea Cooking Programme”  will see every child cook and produce a dinner!!.  Attached are some wonderful photos from today.


Teams and teachers all connected with you at the end of Term 2.  We always aim for 100% engagement here.  If you didn’t get this time, please make one now as it is so valuable.  There is lots happening in Term 3 from new arts and dance classes to basketball coaching, Waifactor and cross country,  Year 8’s it is time to start planning for.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Monday 20th July – First Day of Term 3.
  • Wednesday 22nd July – FOWS Meeting in the Staffroom – 7.00pm.
  • Monday 3rd August – Wai Factor
  • Tuesday 4th August – Wai Factor Semi Finals
  • Friday 7th August – Cross Country
  • Tuesday 11th August – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.30pm
  • Friday 14th August – Wai Factor Finals
  • Wednesday 19th August – FOWS Meeting – Staffroom – 7.00pm
  • Friday 21st August – Pukeko / Tui Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Friday 28th August – Kiwi / Takaha Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 27th August – Interschool Cross Country – Years 5 & 6
  • Tuesday 8th September – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.30pm
  • Monday 9th September – Boostrix and HPV – Year 7
  • Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September – Learning Conversations
  • Tuesday 22 September – Photo Day
  • Wednesday 23rd September – FOWS Meeting – Staffroom – 7.00pm
  • Friday 25th September – Last day of Term 3


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Good as New Market –  The market is a fun morning for the whole family, a great opportunity for families to on-sell things their kids have outgrown and for new families to pick up bargains on kids; clothes, toys, books, games and nursery furniture.  The market has been going for 10 years now and people come from far and wide. We think now more than ever when family budgets are stretched that the market will be of help to the community and we’d appreciate your help to promote the morning.
Orewa Community Centre
Saturday  01 August
9am – 12 noon
45+ stall selling pre-loved kids; clothes, toys, books, nursery furniture, buggies and lots more
Free Admission
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Inquiries 021 217 7904
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