Kia ora Koutou,


Young Farmer – Friday saw the heats of all the young farmer contests being held. What a great day we all had to start with the Year 1-4’s and then moving to the Year’s 5-8s in the afternoon. The rest of the heats are being held this afternoon as I write this newsletter.

Young Farmer Finalists – Please see the attached list – Young Farmer Finalists 2020.

The activities are all designed to connect with activities related in some way to the farm, range from, fencing, to stacking wood, to banging in a nail on a fence post, running with the wheelbarrows, horseshoe toss, gumboot throw, a puzzle of animal parts and a brick challenge. We have much coveted cups at stake.  These are awarded to the best boy or girl in, Year 1&2, 3&4, 5&6 and 7&8. The finals of the Year 5-8 will be held on the afternoon of Ag Day!

Only 3 sleeps to go until Ag Day!!  I do hope the lambs, goats, calves are ready as well as your pet eggs! I also hope all parents, grandparents and family friends have some time to join us for our biggest day of the year.  It is not too late to donate or volunteer to help – we need you all!!

1. Today cake boxes are coming home!! Please return these on Friday morning (Thursday if it is easier) full with baking!!

2. Volunteers are still needed for the stalls.  Please help if you can, we need you!

3. Parking – All vehicles with animals, this includes chickens can park in the Bush Road (bottom carpark).  Please follow the directions on the day. There will be some more parking here as well. We are fortunate to have our wonderful neighbours Grant and Trish Oliff offering their paddock to park in right next door on the first driveway past the school on the Waitoki side. There is a hole in the hedge (will be a gate very soon) to come through and walk on in.

4.Market stalls –  Will be a lot less this year, mainly in part due to COVID-19 as we only got the go ahead to have Ag Day just over two weeks ago when we returned to Level 1. This is unfortunate but the way it is.  Please rest assured it will return next year.


PFORM – We are excited to welcome Gracie Pilgrim and PForm to Wainui School.  Many of our families already know this company as they have been providing dance, acting and performance classes to many in the community and are already connected to Orewa and Kaipara schools.

This new partnership will also see PFORM work with each class / team  every week in the area of performance.  This term we will start with support with our Christmas in the Country items.


Team Assembly – Year 1 – 4 – All welcome.  Certificates for respect will be presented. We will spin the wheel to see which children are winners!!

Interschool Cricket – The Year 5 &6 students have an interschool cricket opportunity next week, and even though we do not have a large pool of competitive players we are sending a team from Wainui School to compete in the social level of the game. It is just great to have the interschool sports back.

Weetbix Triathlon – Is planned for next March and you can already enrol for this online.  Just follow the instructions and remember to enrol under our school name.


Group Day – If you win a ribbon with your lamb, kid goat or calf and are in the first 4 you can then represent Wainui School in the Group Day competition for Kaipara, area schools. This is held at the Helensville show grounds on Friday 6th November. We will of course help you if this is your first time to go and navigate the expectations and be prepared. It is a real country tradition wonderful to experience and be a part of.


What a fabulous week we had finishing with Young Farmer and Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt DayWhat a great effort from everybody to pay tribute to the messages around Pink Shirt Day – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying, Korero mai, Korero Atu, Mauri Tu Mauri ora. Constable Bryan joined us, he is the New Zealand Ambassador for Pink Shirt Day and had already been on TV and radio, he was so impressed at our enthusiasm.  I had told him we were planning a very low key celebration!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 20th October – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm in the staffroom
  • Friday 23rd October – Ag Day
  • Monday 26th October – Labour Day – No School
  • Friday 30th October – Team Assembly – Years 1-4 – 9.15am
  • Friday 30th October – School Disco
  • Friday 6th November – Group Day
  • Friday 6th November – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Friday 13th November – Year 7 / 8 Interschool Athletics
  • Tuesday 17th November – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm in the staffroom
  • Wednesday 18th November – FOWS Meeting 7.00pm in the staffroom
  • Tuesday 24th November – Years 5 / 6 Interschool Athletics
  • Thursday 3rd December – Christmas in the Country
  • Friday 4th December – Whole School Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Monday 7th December – Graduation for Year 8’s
  • Tuesday 8th December – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm in the staffroom
  • Wednesday 9th December – Music Performance – 9.15am
  • Wednesday 9th December – Helpers Morning Tea – 10.00am
  • Friday 11th December – Prizegiving
  • Monday 14th December – Last day of Term 4


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, contact Paolo at or at 02102376188.  If you would like to come in for a visit onsite and meet the sKids Team, please feel welcome to contact Paolo as above.

Garden to Table – The Garden to Table programme will be starting this week, if you would like to volunteer some time to help our students with this programme we would love to see you. There is no need for you to be an expert gardener or chef, just supporting the students is all that is required. Please email if you are able to help. We are also desperately needing manure for our gardens. If you are able to donate horse or chicken manure please also let me know.

Pumpkin Fundraiser – See attached information –  Copy of Wainui- Louvres By Design- Pumpkin Growing Competition 2020

Sushi 4U’s Ghostly Sushi – Will be back on the menu again for a very short time only this year, from Tuesday 27 to Halloween (Friday 30 October).  Orders can be made through Kindo.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Year 2 Wainui Asteroids.  Won: 6-2.  POD: Tiana Sweeney.

Year 5 Wainui Gems vs Pinehill.  Won: 9-3.

Year 5 Wainui Jets vs St Josephs.  Won: 28-4.  POD: Taya Hawkens.

Year 6 Wainui Comets vs Oteha Diamonds – Won 16-9.  POD: Zahara Patterson.


Kelly Sports – See attached flyer

Brain Play – coding, robotics, and 3d printing classes. After-school, weekend, and holiday courses. Free trials available. Ages 5+. Email us for more information on or see

Sheep Shearing – Do you have sheep that need shearing?  My name is James and I am a local sheep shearer.  I specialise in lifestyle blocks, pet sheep and flocks of 1-100.  I am currently able to accommodate bookings within 3 weeks.  Please call or text James on 027 345 0724.