Kia ora Koutou,

It has been great to be back!! Routines are well back in place.  Thank you to you all as parents for respecting our systems and enabling us all to return to school safely and work together again. All the students were genuinely smiley and happy all week and it seems to be continuing this week. Classes have returned to the programme with the changes around break times and any planned offsite activities have all been cancelled.

The office would like to remind you as parents and caregivers to ensure every time you come on the school grounds and particularly if you stay and go to classes you need to not only use the COVID-19 APP but sign in on our school register.

The after school pick up has been particularly pleasing as we also have the building happening with trucks around so once again, thank you.


Mind Lab came to the Year 7 & 8 Classes – Every term as a part of the Education Outside the Classroom the Intermediate area of the school “The Mindlab team” who are based at MOTAT bought the programme to us in a trailer with a MOTAT facilitator. This programme had all the Year 7 & 8’s enthusiastically collaborating, building a battery operated car, and using the concept of hydraulics to build a working draw bridge. Fantastic future focussed learning, exactly why we come to school!! See attached video –


Wai Factor Finals – Friday 11th September – 2.00pm – Always a wonderful example of student voice and agency. Our Student leaders Drew Southwick, Teah Schweitzer and Tara Phillips and have done a great job organising the auditions, judging all the items and acts, and now preparing for the Finals that are this Friday 11th September at 2.00pm. Good luck to all the finalists.  Finalists are: Camryn Colquhoun and Gabby Long – Year 2, Hunter Olliff – Year 3, Emily Kerr and Charlotte Adlam – Year 4, Pearl Glasgow, Rosie Gulik and Rebecca Van Heerden – Year 5, Ryder Olliff- Year 6, Alina Korah – Year 6 and Kiera Taylor – Year 7.

Checking the health of the hive for the first time since lock down

September is the Month of Bees –  Our Bee team have moved into their new shed, we have checked our own Bees that are very healthy and doing well and started preparing for a busy summer.

As well as this we have Grass Esposti, Bee Expert from the region, once a teacher herself in her home country of Italy visiting our school and beginning a series of lessons on bees, their place in the ecosystem and learning lots about honey.  Please see attached for further information –

Learning Conversations Teachers Connecting with you as parents

Last night you would have received a special one off post about the change around Learning Conversations. It has been a very tricky time for all teaches in terms of how to report to parents. Time frames are all changed and a planned Teacher Only Day (we have been granted 8 over two years by the Government) didn’t seem the right thing to do at all since we had only just returned to school. We have decided to put aside the next three Wednesday evenings from 3.00 – 5.00pm to connect with parents / caregivers. You can come in person and have a meeting, you can arrange a ZOOM / Google meet or have a phone call. Please let the teacher know if you would like to talk about how your child is going. If you need another day of the week, or time, please also let us know. Teachers will call you if they don’t hear from you.


Maori Language week – Over the last few weeks we have all been learning waiata with Whaia Leanne Wade to perform and celebrate at a special performance on Friday the 18th September at 9.15am.  Following this the children will be involved in Te Rā o Kowhai (yellow day) to acknowledge the daffodil day which was missed earlier in the term.

Year 8 children will be running house activities and there will be cupcakes available on the day for a cold coin donation.


Welcome to Tracy Munton a Counsellor and Life Coach who has been employed with some of the funding we secured in a special project for health and well being at Wainui School. Tracy will be at Wainui every Thursday to work with some of our students on a needs basis. This is something we have wanted for a long time, not only at Wainui School but all the schools in the Kahui Ako.

Mrs Taylor has organised this and will help coordinate this as a part of her SENCO role. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Taylor for more information. Mrs Tayor does have students who have been identified already needing support, but Tracey is by no means booked.

Tracey lives on the Hibiscus Coast and is very excited to be joining us.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 11th September – Pukeko / Kiwi Assembly – 9.10am
  • Friday 11th September – Waifactor Finals
  • Monday 14th September – Boostrix (Yr 7) and HPV (Yr 8)
  • Friday 18th September – Maori Language Week Performance – 9.15am
  • 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



You will soon have the opportunity to order fabulous 2021 calendars, diaries, cards, sketch pads and mouse mats featuring your child’s artwork!

Due to the second lock down we have had to make some changes to our process and time-frame.  All art will be emailed to families to view, as visiting classrooms is of course restricted.  If you are unable to receive emails and want to view your child’s art before placing an order, please let the office know and we will come up with a plan.

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 online via Kindo.

We will be extending our order deadline into Term 4 (date to be advised), but orders in Term 3 would be appreciated please to ensure we can get our order processed in time.


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

  •  Rata: Harley Gaitan, Parker Maunsell.  Abel Sparkes (Respect).
  •  Karaka: Kora Cooper, Franklin Jarvie.  Micky Long (Relational).
  •  Manuka: Karlo Banlcomb, Bastian Brown.  Adelle Wells-Lakeland (Resilience).
  •  Miro: Harry Grogan, Hayden Uhe.  Ryder Gerrand (Resilience).
  •  Puriri: James Gray, Vuliana Lodge.  Jayden Gaitau (Resilience).
  •  Puriri Rua: Jackson Ledger, Tiana Sweeney.  Natalie Graves (Resilience).
  •  Pukatea: Travis Dunning, Emilie Kerr.  Joel van Heerden (Relational).
  •  Kohekohe: Ella Marshall, Cooper Russell.  Hamish Fincham (Resilience).
  •  Kowhai: Summer Starr, Ella-Brea Wells-Lakeland.  William Hewitt (Resilience)
  •  Totara: Mackenzie Allen, Caelan MacBride.  Amelie Graves (Relational).
  •  Matai: Violet Clayton, Sienna Smith.  Carter Wright (Respect).
  •  Rimu: Harry Browne Hale, Ayden Krynauw.  Jett Le (Reflective).
  •  Kahikatea: Olly Smith, Kaleisha Iremonger.  Kiera Taylor (Resilience), Islan Poninghaus (Resourceful).
  •  Kauri: Brodie Headford, Lucas Keller.  Kealan Bouzaid (Resilience).


Silverdale Tennis Club – Junior Tennie Registration Day – War Memorial Park, Silverdale – Tuesday 8th September – 5.00 – 7.00pm – Free coaching, skill assessment and games. New members welcome.  Junior contact – Sarah Platts-Mills – 021910511.

Dairy Flat Tennis Clubs Junior Hot shots coaching sessions! – Starting Saturday the 12th of September kicking off with the: JUNIOR SQUAD (AGE 5-7 YRS) – Saturdays 9am – 9.45am, followed by the INTERMEDIATE SQUAD (AGE 7-9 YRS) – Saturdays 10am – 10.55am And finishing with the SENIOR SQUAD (AGE 9-12YRS) – Saturdays 11am – 12 midday.

For More information please visit or contact Mike Renwick – 021 422 968

The Music Man Kids & Beauty & The Beast JR Coming this October School Holidays…..2 Shows For the price of 1 – A double bill!!  – 1st – 3rd October 2020 At Centrestage Theatre, Orewa – Northern School of Performing Arts will be producing not 1 but 2 shows this year “THE MUSIC MAN KIDS & BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR” in October of this year at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa.  It will be during the first week of the October school holidays. We hope to follow in the footsteps of our much talked about sell out season of SHREK last year.  As with most theatre this year it has been pretty tough and as you can imagine the cost to put on these shows is huge so we must sell our tickets!!!

We do love it as its all about the kids and producing amazing productions for the community.  Our creative team has vast amounts of experience within Musical Theatre in New Zealand.  Our cast are based all over North Shore and Rodney District.

Director: Sophia Pedersen, Musical Director: Annelie Maddock, Choreographer: Alicia Chadwick-Cook.

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