Kia ora Koutou,

So much to celebrate in this newsletter!! I hope you all enjoyed Labour weekend with the truly stunning weather!! It was great for the fishermen, the sports, the gardeners and just relaxing with friends and family over the long weekend.


Ag Day and Country Fair – What a truly amazing day!!

Thank you community for turning up and supporting our annual day so fully.  I know I had suggested taking a day off work which is tricky particularly in this COVID-19  year but so many mums, dads, nanas, grandads, ex-pupils, members of the community came along to support and be part of this wonderful day.

Thank you FOWS for the tremendous organisation in such a short time frame!! led by Nikki Browne, Kylie Allen, and Mel Mayes.  You all did an amazing job from BBQ’s to cake stalls, and to set up the rings for the animal judging. The hall was then full of enterprising students with their market stalls, A Bee display, Garden to Table selling their plants and cups of tea to chat about what it is we do at Wainui School in Garden to Table and of course all the “Pet Eggs”!!

Entrepreneuer Quinn

Thank you to all the grandparents and ex-staff who came along to judge the classroom arts and crafts, what an amazing job you did as it was so hard.  The rooms looked fantastic, the teachers and children had made a huge effort to get this ready.

Thank you to the children and the staff. The classrooms looked amazing.  This year I made sure I visited every room the night before whilst judging was on!! Always astounds me the creativity of the new ideas and the traditional ones that all motivate and inspire the children to produce amazing exhibits.

Thank you to every family and of course, the child that reared the lamb, calf, kid goat or chicken, for firstly taking on this challenge as it takes time and can be expensive. The bond with animals is something to be proud of!! It takes time for children to develop a bond to call their lamb or handle their chicken, lead the calf or kid goat. It then takes resilience and patience to be in the ring and be judged so well done everyone.  Our raffle winners were: Sarah Becker-Crawford, Nancy Combes, Neil Sidwell, Louise Pengally, Reece McDermid-Venter and Kathryn Todd

Special congratulations to Supreme Champion Winners :

Lamb: Kiera Sams

Calf: Bella Browne Hale

Kid Goat: Harry Browne Hale

Chicken: Aiden Krynauw

The full results will be published in next week’s newsletter. In each category, there were ribbons for various elements, e.g if it is a lamb, wool, meat, rearing, and leading. If your lamb received a ribbon and was in the first 4 you can attend GROUP DAY which is like an interschool event.

Thank you to our sponsors Harcourts Cooper and CoSimone du Bernard has supported us for many years now and is always so generous. The coffee and cone van give us a percentage of their takings on the day. Judging by the queue for both this year it will be great!!  Not only is it through this but Simone sponsors us with donating a $5000 sum to enable us to run events with almost no costs!! This makes a massive difference.  As well if she sells a house of a school family she will donate $500 from the proceeds of the sale!! This has just happened so a “cheque” was presented on Ag Day with this amount by her CEO Martin Cooper who then added another $500!! This generosity just added to the day on Friday. If you would like to sponsor the school with your business, please contact myself or the FOWS group for more information.

Lastly this wonderful day of tradition and new was once again a pleasure to be a part of. I felt very privileged that we could hold events again this year after the various lockdowns and COVID-19 levels we have had to navigate. We will let you know the total amount we have made hopefully in next week’s newsletter, but as you would expect all the volunteers and staff had a long weekend break and didn’t have time to count the tickets and monies!!

Ayden, mum and his winning chicken !!!


Team Assemblies – Years 1-4 are on Friday 30th October at 9.15 – 9.45. These are shorter assemblies that present value certificates to three children per class – two in the celebrated value and one in any of the 5 values. This time it will be the value of Respect / Whakaute. We will also address items, behaviours, celebrations around things more pertinent to these year levels. There will be no Hellyer Cup as these are only presented at the full school assemblies. Parents are welcome to attend.

COVID-19 Level 1 – Please remember to use the APP at the entrance to the school to sign in. We still encourage you to drop and go in the mornings but feel free to visit classes on a Friday. I will continue to keep you all updated if any thing changes for schools in this area. We will continue to be vigilant with hand sanitizing and keeping tables etc clean.

Master ChefThis is being organised by our Year 8 leaders.  The signup sheets have been up for a while, the heats will be planned – Please see attached from Imogen and Serenity.  “Hi everyone, this year Serenity and Imogern are running Masterchef, you can be in groups of up to 3 people or by yourself.  The Year 1-2’s are going to be making wraps, Year 3-4’s are making club sandwiches, Year 5-6’s are making french toast and Year 7-8’s are making pancakes.  The auditions will take place on Tuesday 3rd November to Friday 6th November”.


Group Day – Friday 6th November – Group day is held at the Helensville Showgrounds.  It is a busy competitive morning with lots of fun and interesting to see all the winners from the other schools in the region who have Ag Day.  Mrs Taylor will help you with registration if you need this. It usually finishes by 1:30pm so if you know you are needed at a whole school assembly you have time to return to school.

Whole School Assembly – Friday 6th November – 2:00 pm – All are welcome.  We do understand it is difficult with Group Day as well, but this term we are very short on Fridays that would work as we have teams with EOTC weeks and various other activities. The Hellyer Cups will be presented, the spinning wheel will be in use again!!


Summer feels as if it is here.  A number of reminders, please ensure your child has a hat, they are compulsory for any play or sport outside now. The choice of hat is yours as a parent, this is in our Board policy on Sunsmart. Also ensure your child has a full water bottle, we have not turned the fountains back on as we are still in COVID-19 Level 1 and may never turn them back on due to the health issues around a water fountain that someone’s mouth can cover.

Swimming Pool –  With the end of the year fast approaching and the new building unfinished, we discussed as a Board when we would open the pool. As we cannot guarantee the pool can be ready for the end of the year as the pool is in the area the builders use, it is more likely it will be ready for the end of January. We will then sell keys if all is functioning as it should. We do apologise for this but we thought best to let the community know early.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 30th October – Team Assembly – Years 1-4 – 9.15am
  • 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 11th 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


Sushi4U – Are kindly donating 1 pack of FREE sushi per week to a Wainui student nominated by Mrs Bray or the PB4L Team.  This student has stood out by showing either Respect, Relational, Resourceful, Reflective and Resilience.  The student will be informed on Friday’s with the sushi for the following week.

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.


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

Next Chapter Parenting – is offering a free parenting course to parents who might be having a struggle in managing their children, or just need some tips and advice. This course does work and has the potential to be very helpful. All it requires is for parents to look, read, watch and hopefully gain out of the process. The course is offered on the website and is set out in video, and in written format.  Based on filial therapy principles, it is child centred and most definitely works for those that put in the time. Have a look! and happy parenting:). Should you require further information please do not hesitate to

Orewa Summer Holiday Surf Programme – We’ve set our dates for our popular Orewa Summer Holiday Surf Programme. This has been designed to get kids active over the school holidays and into a sport they can enjoy for years to come. We will coach children how to be safe and confident at the beach through the enjoyment of surfing, plus they’ll make some new friends along the way.