Haere Mai a warm welcome back to you all!!

We made it to Level 2.5 enabling us all to return to school and a somewhat sense of normality.  The smiles and happy faces that arrived at school on Monday morning were just delightful!! We were all happy to be back together again, children, teachers and support staff.

Arriving from on Monday on the bus happy to be back!!

There were even sports teams practising before school.  This was great to see, please remember not to drop and leave children if there is no one there. teachers do not need to arrive until  8:15. I cannot guarantee there will be anyone here earlier even though some times they are.

Congratulations to all parents for your drop off and pick up!! Wow, this went so well both in the morning and after school.  Thank you, everyone, it was a great start, it will be trickier in the rain, but if we can all bring raincoats it will be ok.

For those who have chosen to stay home a bit longer, please ensure the teacher is informed and we can provide some work for you. Tonight the Minister of Education once again reiterated that it is safe to return to school and encouraged everyone to do this. Please be assured we have an excellent routine for everyone to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser very regularly, and lots of spays and wipe for more regular cleaning of the tables and surfaces.


Monday afternoon began with the water pump dying on us!! Not what we wanted, but it was soon fixed and rest assured there is water flowing again.  Routines all began and we are back into everything that happens on-site. This includes the Dance and Art Therapy Class, Thinking Caps and Thrive On,  Kapa haka and the Mau Rakau group with Whaea Leanne and Bee group with Myself and Kyle Atkinson on  Tuesday, Music lessons with Ross or Maria, and Garden to Table. After school, we have on Mondays Kelly Sports and Skids have begun their after school care.

Wai Factor Semi finals – Wednesday 2nd September in the two breaks for the Years 5 – 8 students.

Congratulations to all the students who participated before the lockdown in the auditions.  Drew, Tara, and Teah, the Student Leaders are keenly organising the semi-finals for you all to participate in.   We are all looking forward to hearing you all perform again this week.

  • Summer and Eva – Kowhai 
  • Mackenzie – Pukatea 
  • Abigail – Miro  
  • Camryn and Gabby – Puriri  
  • Hunter – Pukatea  
  • Charlotte and Emily – Pukatea
  • Felix and Hamish – Pukatea 

Day 2

  • Emily Coupe – Rimu 
  • Pearle, Rosie and Rebecca – Totara, Rimu, Rimu  
  • Alizay and Sam – Matai 
  • Ryder – Matai  
  • Alyssa – Matai 
  • Zahara’s group  
  • Kiera – Kahikatea 
  • Alina – Rimu 

Welcome  “Skids” (Emilio and his team of supervisors) to Wainui School!! This is a great service now on site, the children do not have to get in a van and go to Waitoki School anymore. You can book in as a casual or for a more long term standing arrangement. The programme is based in the hall, but do run a variety of activities using the outdoors and inside.

Assemblies on Friday – This week we will have a short team assembly for each team whilst we are in Level 2.5.  You may attend the assembly, but please ensure you sign-in on the visitor register. The times are – Pukeko – 9.10 am, Kiwi – 9.45 am, Tui – 10.10 am and Takahe – 10.40 am.

Change of Dates or Cancellations – Sadly the fall out of COVID-19 is more events have been cancelled due to the restrictions of large gatherings. This term means the Interschool Cross Country and the Hockey competitions are all cancelled and the Year 7 & 8 trip to MOTAT.  One day we will return to being able to compete and join larger groups, but for now “it is what it is”.  We are all so thankful we had our own Cross Country and had such a great day.

Today is the first day of Spring – September is the month of bees and each week our bee team will share in the newsletter some information about bees and beekeeping!! Next week we are fortunate to have Grass Esposti, a bee expert and enthusiast running a series of lessons over the next three weeks in September around bees and beekeeping.

Grace with her pet lamb


Lost / Left Behind Clothing – Over Level 3 I washed and dried all the clothes left behind. There is a huge pile in the office, plus even after the first day another small pile of clothes, mainly children over the age of 8 years old!! To help improve the pickup and return of clothing, please write your child’s name on the label or somewhere we can find to identify who belongs to what.  If your wardrobes and drawers seem to have less in them, maybe it is at school. It will all be given to a charity at the end of the term if not claimed!!

Stop the Spread – Poster done by Caelan in Totara Class.  Awesome effort Caelan!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 1st September – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 2nd September – Waifactor Semi Finals
  • Friday 4th September – Team Assemblies – Pukeko – 9.10am, Kiwi – 9.45am, Tui – 10.10am and Takahe – 10.40am.
  • Friday 11th September – Pukeko / Kiwi Assembly – 9.10am
  • Friday 11th September – Waifactor Finals
  • Monday 14th September – Boostrix (Yr 7) and HPV (Yr 8)
  • Thursday 17th September and Friday 18th September – Learning Conversations – (To Be Confirmed)
  • Friday 18th September – Teacher Only Day (CANCELLED)
  • Friday 18th September – Last day to order Calendar Art via Kindo
  • Friday 18th September – Kowhai / Daffodil Day
  • 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 Donation – This weeks Ag Day donation is a king size bar of chocolate for the chucko choc game.

Calendar Fundraiser – From Wednesday 2nd to Friday 18th September you will have the opportunity to order fabulous 2021 calendars, diaries, cards, sketch pads and mouse mats featuring your child’s artwork!  You can see product examples at the office.  Children’s art will be displayed in classrooms Monday 31st August to Wednesday 9th September, then will be available to view at the office.  We are also hoping to be able to email photos of class art, in case you can’t get to school. 

All items are priced at $15 each:  calendar, pack of 8 cards, diary, sketch pad, mouse mat.  These make fabulous gifts for family members, or to have yourself as a keepsake of your child’s work.

Orders and payment are made done online via Kindo.

We will be placing our only order at the end of Term 3 – so ensure your order is made via Kindo by Friday 18th September.  Items will be distributed in the first few weeks of Term 4 (depends on how quickly the printing company process our order).

The Yummy Sticker competition is back for 2020!!  We have got sticker sheets in all the classrooms now, so save up and bring them in.  We will enter all the sheets into the yummy sticker company and we will hopefully win a lot of sports gear.  Thanks from your organisers Miss Ross & Mia Thomson, Year 8.

Calves for Ag Day – If any school families are still looking for a calf to raise we have plenty available.  Surplus Murray Grey, Angus, Jersey and Friesian X Bull and Heifer feeder calves from small organic family farm near Wainui.  From 4 days to 5 weeks old.  From $50.00 to $150.00 depending on age, breed and sex.  Raised naturally on cows from our closed herd.  Herd TB status is C10 with latest test 06/01/2020.  All NAIT registered and tagged.

Please contact:

Janice Penney, Magnolia Dairy Limited, 1139 Weranui Road, RD1, Silverdale, Auckland 0994

Phone: (09) 426 5713, E-mail:

Ezlunch – It’s time to celebrate dads and how better than to get something a little different!.  Please an order with ezlunch for delivery from Monday 31st August – Friday 4th September and be in the draw to win a $50.00 voucher for Dad!  Winner will be drawn on Friday 4th September and notified by email.  Go to to start ordering.


Orewa Beach Holiday Surf Programme – We’re running our popular Orewa Holiday Surf Programme over the upcoming school holidays. The surf programme aims to teach not only the fundamentals of how to surf but how to enjoy the water in a safe manner, teaching water safety, surf etiquette and hazard awareness. In addition we have heaps of fun playing some beach games making loads of new friends!  We are also taking bookings for our Surfing Education in Term 4 & 1.  NZ Surf Academy, phone 09 4343843, mobile 0277344877,,

‘check out our surfing for schools video’  See attached information – Orewa Spring HSP 2020

Dairy Flat Tennis Club – Dairy Flat Tennis Club is now taking registrations for the 2020/2021 tennis season and we are inviting people to register. 

Kelly Club Silverdale –  Is running an awesome October Holiday Programme.  We have trip days to Skateland and also Inflatable World!  We have some exciting activities planned with a PJ Day, crafts, cooking activities and lots of games plus much more!!!  For more information or to book please go to
Please see enclosed timetable – Silverdale KC OCT HP Timetable 2020

Brain Play Coding, Robotics, and 3D Printing Classes –  After-school, weekend, and holiday courses. Holidays on sale now! Free trials available. Ages 5+. Email us for more information on or see”