Kia ora Koutou,

Te wiki o te reo Maori!!  Welcome to Te Reo Maori Week (Maori Language Week).   Today we celebrated by joining New Zealand at 12:00 pm together as a school and all sung a waiata and did the haka. As I am sure every school in New Zealand joined the “Moment”  This Māori Language Week we are inviting New Zealanders to join us in an unprecedented Māori Language Moment!!


Wainui Wai Factor Final – Lots of fun and admiration went to all our finalists at the annual Wai factor last Friday afternoon.  This show is entirely student led, organised and enables our Year 8 Student Leaders to take the stage and be entertainers.  These leaders were – Drew Southwick, Teah Schweitzer, Tara Phillips and Selina Glasgow.

Congratulations to all who made it to the finals we are all so proud of you and loved your singing, magic, and entertainment!!  Finalists were – 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.

This year’s winners were – Years 1- 4 – Charlotte Adlam and Emile Kerr, Years 5- 8 – Kiera Taylor and Supreme Winner – Kiera Taylor.  A big thank you to our Year 8 Leaders.

September Bee Month – This is being celebrated well at Wainui!!

Bees with Grass Espostis. Grass is back again this week and we had a wonderful day with every class learning about bees. Our own Bee team have also moved into their new BEE BASE!! and checked our hives with Kyle!! All is very well in the hives and the base is starting to look great!!

Miss Mahler our wonderful teacher in Kohekohe has had a snowboard accident and broken both her wrists.  We hope she has a speedy recovery and Mrs Burton will be relieving in her class until the end of the term.


Covid-19 Levels are still at 2.5.  The Prime Minister’s announcement on alert levels is we stay at Level 2.5.  For Auckland the same limit to gatherings will continue to apply (10 people). This decision will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday 21st September with a view to increasing the maximum numbers able to attend gatherings, then hopefully we will be able to have a full school assembly with everyone.

Please can we remind you to social distance, if you come at pick up and mingle with the children, you will need to ensure you are 2 meters away.  We have noticed some parents are coming a lot closer than before. If you wish to come in at any stage, please sign in or use the COVID-19 APP tracer.

Kowhai Day  – Organised by the Hutson House Captains, Kayla Paladin and Mia Thompson and is tied in with Te wiki o te reo Maori !! Our student leaders traditionally always run a house day (Kowhai Day) on Daffodil Day. Sadly this was one of the many events cancelled, but they were determined something would still happen!!  So we have a Kowhai Yellow Day on Friday, a Waiata Performance for Maori Language Week by every class and then a house fun day.

392 yellow cupcakes were baked today!!  Please bring your money.  These will be iced on Friday morning ready to sell and raise funds for the Cancer Society!! Sadly we cannot invite our parents, friends and wider family because of the COVID-19 Levels.


Last week of Term 3 – Seems again we have only just started again, and it is certainly a very strange year and term for us all. Please, as always return all books, both library and daily readers.

Lost Property – There is a massive big bin of clothing, mainly sweatshirts to be claimed before we go on holiday. These will be available to look through and given to a charity in the holidays.


This week Mr Irvine, myself, Mrs Stevenson and Mr O’Reilly, the Intermediate (Year 7 & 8 ) team put our heads together to bring the programme for 2021 in the Intermediate area alive!!  We were hoping to have an open night but still Covid-19 levels continue to stop any form of us all meeting, so in our usual innovative fashion, we are bringing the programme to you via technology!!  We are happy to say this is one of our strengths, the creativity and the skills our students have and our teachers.

We know many of you with students in Year 6 are making the decision about next year.  As we also know there is not just one choice, but quite a few.  So, before you make a choice it is time to hear what we offer with our programme, vision and outcomes.  Over the last few years our programme has gone from strength to strength and the numbers have also increased as a result. We are proud of the opportunities we can provide from personalised learning, leadership, sports, environmental and enterprise, all in our caring supportive environment. We will invite the Year 6’s to visit the classes and hear from the students, what they do either next week or the first week of Term 4.  We will be sharing with you a movie and more information to follow.

Ka kite ano, ngā manaakitanga

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Monday 12th October – First day of Term 4.
  • Friday 23rd October – Ag Day


School Photos – Please see attached sample.

Ag Day – This week’s Ag Day donation is a luxury grocery item for the raffles.  Thank you to all that have sent in donations.


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.

sKids Wainui After School Care Service – A safe place for the kids to relax after school, have fun, and play with friends while meeting new ones. At sKids Wainui, afternoon tea is provided as well as homework supervision, along with a range of enjoyable indoor and outdoor activities.  Registrations, enrolments, and bookings at
For more information, please contact Paolo at


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

    •  Rata: Reuben James, Kylie Thomas.  Charlotte Andrell (Respect).
    •  Karaka: Grayson Hewitt, Tristan Krull.  Datsun Kockott (Relational).
    •  Manuka: Alicia Bailey, Emma Clough.  Preston Catchpole (Relational).
    •  Miro: Jasmine Flavell, Ollie Smithies.  Limari Van Dyke (Resilience).
    •  Puriri: Vuliana Lodge, Eve Robinson.  George Jarvie (Relational).
    •  Puriri Rua: Isla Brothers, Sophia Holder.  Eden-Rose Dixon (Relational).
    •  Pukatea: Soul Dixon, Hunter Stevenson.  Dylan Catchpole (Relational).
    •  Kohekohe: George Clayton, Liam Miners.  Ashleigh Lloyd-Read (Respect).
    •  Kowhai: Isabel Glasgow, Reece McDermid-Venter.  Sophie Scott (Reflective) and Beau Olliff (Reflective).
    •  Totara: Neva Atkinson, Keira Sams.  George de Leeuw (Resourceful).
    •  Matai: Caitlin Bailey, Samantha Neely.  Blake Gordon (Resourceful).
    •  Rimu: Ziv Adiv Blanario, Amelia Bridges.  Dieter Bezuidenhout (Relational).
    •  Kahikatea: Brooke Nathan, Phoebe Walker.  Iziah Brown (Reflective) and Emilie Adlam (Resourceful).
    •  Kauri: Tara Phillips, Dillon Ranby.  April Fletcher (Relational).


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.

Love Tennis National Open Weekend – Join us on the 10th & 11th October from 1pm – 4pm for Love Tennis 2020! Tennis Clubs across the country are opening their doors for a fun weekend filled with prizes, giveaways, activities, and a BBQ, with racquets supplied on the day.

Best of all it is 100% free to attend.

Come down to Orewa Tennis Club and check out what we have to offer.

Call Michelle 027 2799 802 for more information.

sKids Stella Maris Holiday Programme – There are a variety of fun activities: from arts and crafts to coding and robotics, from game-shows to sporting activities, as well as talent shows. sKids also has a Guest Dance Instructor joining them on their sKids Got Talent Day! Amazing times ahead where the kids can have fun and make new friends! Registrations, enrolments, and bookings at
For more information, please contact Paolo at

Touch Starting Wednesday 21st October –  The dates have been announced for this year’s touch module next Term (fingers crossed we are outside by then). Staton Ranby (Snr) will be organising again this year. He will coach one of the Y 5-6 teams, but would be looking for managers and coaches to step up also.  If you are keen for your child to play this year, please get back to me at with all the required data, child’s name, gender, dob, age and school year, parents name and contact information.  Also let me know if you are keen to manage / coach. Think the cost is $40, payable to the Sharks before start of season.

Note: Usually there is a mad scramble at the last minute trying to get kids into teams, so trying to alleviate that now. Let me know if any issues or questions you have.  Please see attached registration details HBC Sharks Touch 2020