Kia ora Koutou,

Hard to believe it is nearly the end of July!! We are all loving today a reprieve from the wet and dismal weather of last week.  Lots of fun outside with activities and sports happening.


Property News – It has been all go since we have been back, with the sheds and the bus shelter being dismantled or moved and the site being prepared for the three new classrooms to be built. Last Friday felt rather sad as the bus shelter began to be taken down.  This has been there for such a long time, but the good news on this front is we have been allowed by the Ministry of Education to keep the pieces to use and rebuild a structure. The BOT have decided to build the much wanted (for at least 10 years) outdoor shelter over the back of the school!! Watch this space as we will be announcing our Working Bee at some stage!!

Three classrooms, a breakout room, two toilets are all included in the new build. We are really looking forward to watching it grow and hope all goes smoothly for the planned finish date of December 4th.

I have included the architect’s drawings in this newsletter and some photos of the changing landscape.  See the attached link – DOC280720

Roofing Work – The administration block, the library (Kahikatea second classroom), the Intermediate Takahe team classes, and Karaka class have all been re-roofed.  Plans are being prepared for another “toilet” to be built over by the school kitchen and to redo the large steps going from this level down to the big playground.


Basketball with Sport North Harbour In-Schools Coach Coordinator Kaea Samson – This began today. This is a sponsored initiative so it is at no cost to us by North Harbour basketball.  Every class receives some taster sessions on Monday and Thursday for  4 weeks. The student councillors with this passion for basketball, Regan Lowe and Keelan Bouzaid are going to organise a basketball competition alongside this coaching as well. We look forward to seeing how this will go. We have on order a proper basketball goal using some of the funds raised from the Bike a Thon.  We can’t wait for this to arrive.  In the meanwhile, Mr Irvine has put up a basketball goal to use. Lots of fun and all children participating today.

Wai Factor – Is ready and organised by our Year 8 student leaders, Drew Southwick, Teah Schweizer and Tara Phillips, helped by a few others.

Wai Factor 2020  – In week 2 our traditional Wai Factor will begin. 62 participants will be singing and dancing their way to victory where some prizes are up for grabs including a Smiggle voucher for the Year 1 – 4 winner(s). Event Cinemas gift voucher for the Year 5 – 8 winner(s). For the overall winner, they will receive a $30  prezzy card and the Wai Factor Trophy!! All participants in the Grand Finale will receive a lolly or chocolate. All of us are really excited to see your amazing performances and we may have some crazy outfits on the day. All students are welcome to come and watch this amazing show.  From The Wai Factor Team (Drew, Tara, Teah, and Selina) 

Team assemblies for Takahe and Tui Teams – Friday 31st July 9.15am – 9.45am. These assemblies are led by our Year 8 leaders and this year the values certificates being presented for the last two weeks are Respect / Whakaute.   This year we are presenting two certificates for the chosen value of focus and one more certificate for any value the teacher sees fit for the child who has earned it. The children all identified last year they wanted more rewards and a certificate is a prized reward.

Respect Certificate winners from week one are in the photos below:


School Cross Country – We are all training for this every day.  It is a fun day on Friday 7th August for everyone so we will have some food and juices etc for sale.

See attached timetable.  Wainui School Cross Country 2020

Year 8’s – Are beginning their decision and visits to colleges over these weeks at the beginning of the term.  Some have been to open evening’s at Kaipara College, Some will go on Friday to Long Bay’s Open Day.  If any Year 8 parents / caregivers need some support both Mr Irvine and myself are happy to do this. If you are making a choice we cannot do that, but we will certainly help you with information.


Our first lamb appeared at school today!! We are in preparation for Ag Day and the Country Fair.  Many of you have already got your lambs and calves and kid goats. Baby Chickens can still be ordered up until this Friday 31st July.

Dylan with her lamb


SKIDS – Are definitely coming.  The Kiwi team Year 4’s with a few Years 3’s had a wonderful time cooking dinner in the Hapea programme. This showed us what a wonderful, enthusiastic organised team Emma and her SKIDS workers are. The start date looks to be mid / late August.

Thank you – We have been thrilled with how fast and efficient Drop off and Pick up has been!! I was not sure what it would be like with the new project underway.   Could I gently remind you if you are coming up to drop off or pick up, please do just this! If you park and get out of your vehicle to put bags on or get bikes it would be more efficient to park and do so.  This has been pointed out to me by some parents. Thank you everyone, we are really pleased.

Auckland Transport is taking up our case of improving the safety of the road outside the school gate –  we look forward to seeing how and what they come back with.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 31st July – Tui / Takahe Assembly – 9.10am
  • Monday 3rd August – Wai Factor
  • Tuesday 4th August – Wai Factor Semi Finals
  • Friday 7th August – Cross Country
  • Friday 7th August – Pukeko / Kiwi Assembly – 9.10am
  • Tuesday 11th August – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.30pm
  • Friday 14th August – Wai Factor Finals
  • Friday 14th August – Tui / Takehe Assembly – 9.10am
  • Wednesday 19th August – FOWS Meeting – Staffroom – 7.00pm
  • Friday 21st August – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Friday 28th August – Kiwi / Pukeko Assembly – 9.10am
  • Thursday 27th August – Interschool Cross Country – Years 5 & 6
  • Friday 4th September – Tui / Takehe Assembly – 9.10am
  • Tuesday 8th September – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.30pm
  • Monday 9th September – Boostrix and HPV – Year 7
  • Friday 11th September – Pukeko / Kiwi Assembly – 9.10am
  • Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September – Learning Conversations
  • Friday 18th September – Tui / Takehe Assembly – 9.10am
  • Tuesday 22 September – Photo Day
  • Wednesday 23rd September – FOWS Meeting – Staffroom – 7.00pm
  • Friday 25th September – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Friday 25th September – Last day of Term 3


Ag Day – Friday 23rd October 2020 – Update # 4 – All orders and payment for chicks this year, need to be placed by this Friday 31st July.  The chicks will be hatched on August 21st and delivered to school for collection on Monday August 24th.  Orders to: Chicks are $10.00 each.

The chick supplier also stocks 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. They have Shoof NZ products and the German quality brand Trixie for heat lamps.  Check out their prices at:  I’m sure many of you will have your Ag Day animals already but you have until 15th September (this is the last date for them to be born) to get your kid goat, lamb or calf for this year.

School Hoodies – We are looking at placing an order shortly  An order for printed school hoodies (name on the back). We do need a minimum of 10 to place an order.  Please email the office with your child’s name, size, and name printed on the back.  This can be first name, surname, or nickname – you choose!

Child – Size 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 is $42.00.  If you want your name printed on the back it is an extra $6.00

Adult – Size S, M, L, XL is $46.00.  If you want your name printed on the back it is an extra $6.00.

Ministry of Inspiration – Last week some Year 7’s and Mrs Millar, Miss Stevenson and Mrs Van Dyke spent the day learning about circuits and coding arduino’s. This was an exciting and fun day with lots of learning.  Thanks to Amy from The Ministry of Inspiration for the day and the set of STEAM kits. The Year 7’s have now started to teach other Year 7’s how to use these kits, “the knowledge is being spread”.

Garden to Table – Thank you so much to Bunnings and Denise Witherden for the kind donation of plants for our Garden to Table programme.  Thanks also to the parents who have donated money, gardening products and kitchen goods. We really appreciate the support we receive from the community to enable us to run this engaging and authentic learning programme.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Year 7 Shooting Stars vs Parakai Opals Lost: 23 – 2

Wainui Year 8.  Won: 29-14.  POD: Imogen Germain and Lily Glasgow


Wainui Yr 3/4 Wizards vs Torbay. Lost: 2-0.  POD: Travis Dunning.

Wainui Yr 5/6 Dream vs Hauraki.  Lost: 2-0.  POD: Ruby Mayes.

Wainui Yr 5/6 Blue Sticks vs Coatesville Chargers.  Won. 6-2.  POD: George de Leeuw


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

  •  Rata: Chloe Epp, Noah Penman, Chloe Marshall (Resilience).
  •  Karaka: Alfie Keane, Poppy Mexted, Maggie Derriman (Resilience).
  •  Miro: Jack Huggins, Landen Semenoff, Millen Hamblyn (Reflective).
  •  Puriri: George Jarvie, Gabby Long, Aarav Mehra (Resilience).
  •  Puriri Rua:  Tavana McCulluch, Kieran Miners, Hazel Coghlan (Resilience).
  •  Pukatea: Hunter Hadley, Ruby Rowley, Hanco Van Dyke (Respect).
  •  Kohekohe: Kayden Le, Isla Mexted, Scarlett Thew (Resilience).
  •  Kowhai: Anthony Doherty, Isabel Glasgow, Lara Ibbett (Relational).


Wentworth College Information Evening and Open Day – For Parents of Year 6 students:  Wentworth College is holding open days and an information evening this month for parents of current Year 6 students.  All interested parents are warmly invited to attend and see what makes Wentworth such a great place to learn.  You will hear about the programme offered to Years 7 and 8 students at Wentworth, as well as hearing about life in the senior school where students follow the Cambridge qualification system.
Information Evening
Thursday 20th August 2020  7pm till 8pm
Open Day
(Tours at 9am, 12pm and 3.30pm) 
Wednesday 5th August 2020
Wednesday 26th August 2020
Go to for more information and to register.

Teen Brain – See attached information – Helensville-Teen-Brain-Newsletter-Flyer-Template.png-2 (1)