Kia ora Koutou,

Hi all, having just driven almost the length of the North Island over the last few days, my husband and I talked a lot about how fortunate we are! Our country may have a few issues but it is truly beautiful, the people are always friendly everywhere we go and the food and coffee are amazing.  In contrast, the world seems more and more difficult with relatives in Scotland and America who we have talked to recently and their lives are increasingly frustrating, as well as being shut down!! As we get busier with the end of year and with Christmas looming, we need to remember it has been a very difficult and strange year and still is for many parts of the world so let’s hope we keep our freedom and our lives the way they are.


Interschool Cricket (Year 5 & 6) – Just awesome to be able to return to interschool sport.  We had 3 teams of students from Year 5 & 6 play in the Hibiscus Coast schools competitions. It was so much fun to return to this event. A huge thank you to Silverdale Cricket Club for running this day with Kingsway School. I am sure after this day there will be a few of our students joining up to play as well.  Well done to the three teams who represented Wainui School – two boys teams and one girl’s team. Thank you to Mr Ng and Mrs De Cort for supporting the students on the day, as well as all the parents who attended. There were some tense final moments as well when the Boys A team with Carter and Sunny batting had to enter into “Super Over” to decide the winner of the game!!


Just to let you know the Masterchef heats for Years 1 & 2 were held today, Tuesday 3rd November and the Years 3 & 4 will be held on Wednesday 4th November. All of the information went home at the end of last week. Because there are so many teams, the leaders will run the heats during class time as well otherwise they’d never get through them. The team leaders know and are fine with this.

Takahe Team Show – This Thursday, after many delays, the Takahe Team children will be presenting a show named ‘A Journal Through Time’, a brief look back at the timeline of the School Journal and a few of the plays found within their pages. All of the children will be involved on the stage in a speaking capacity, which will use the strengths and abilities of some of our learners and help to develop the confidence of others. This will be held on Thursday 5th of November, with a matinee (dress rehearsal) during the day and an evening show.

Group Day – Is this Friday 6th November. Group day is where all the ribbon winners of the lambs, goats and calves compete in the “interschool” competition at Helensville Showgrounds.  Students and their families need to have registered.  The event starts at 9.30am with registrations opening at 8.30am. It is competitive, but fun. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Kiwi Kids Can Cook – We have 5 representatives from Year 7 & 8 going to the Seafood Cooking School to compete in a live cook off consisting of 30 minute heats where the winners of each heat go forward to the Grand Final, again 30 minutes, with the winner being crowned New Zealand’s“Kiwi Kids Can Cook” Champion for 2020. This is at the Auckland Fish Market Seafood School on Sunday 8th November 2020.  An exciting opportunity made possible by SKIDS, the after school care company we have at school.   Tara Phillips, Kayla Palladin, Bella Browne Hale, Charlotte Robinson, and Drew Southwick have been preparing for this competition as they need to incorporate 3 vegetables in their dishes. We wish you all the best of luck and of course to have fun!!

Assembly Whole School – 2.00pm start.  This week we celebrate at a full assembly with Hellyer Cup winners for this half of the term being announced. We do understand that many will attend Group Day but it is always finished well before 2.00pm enabling students to return to school, if they wish to attend the assembly.


Wainui School Senior Athletics Day – On Tuesday 10th November all Wainui School students from Years 5 to 8 will be competing in our annual athletics day. We will travel to Sinclair Park to take advantage of the space they have available, including a 100m running track and a large long jump pit. Children will also be competing for the Wainui School Athletics Trophy, won last year by HUTSON! On completion of the day the Interschool team will be chosen to compete in the Interschool Athletics (Year 7/8 – Friday 13th November at Rautawhiri Park and Year 5/6 – Tuesday 24th November at Millwater).


Intermediate EOTC  – Week  7 –  24th – 27th November –  Rather than having no camp at all this year, the team has made a decision to have an EOTC week with an overnight camp in the bush at school. This will be lots of fun, have some challenges, and lots of outside activities. Please ensure you have spoken to the teachers if your child is involved in this week and you need more the information.


Suishi4U Whangaparaoa has very kindly started a donation of a free sushi pack each week for a student who displays the values at our school in a special way.  Last week I had the privilege of being able to choose a student, you can see here pictured Teah Schweitzer, Year 8 student who is exemplary in her values, often spending time caring for other children and offering to help Miss Ludwig in the Office!! Congratulations Teah.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 6th November – Group Day
  • Friday 6th November – Whole School Assembly (Cross Country Certificates handed out today) – 2.00pm
  • Friday 13th November – Year 7 / 8 Interschool Athletics at Rautawhiri Park
  • Tuesday 17th November – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm in the staffroom
  • Wednesday 11th November – FOWS Meeting 7.00pm in the staffroom
  • Friday 20th November – Junior School Athletics.
  • Tuesday 24th November – Years 5 / 6 Interschool Athletics at Millwater
  • 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


Garden to Table – The first week of Garden to Table went extremely well, the weather was gorgeous and it was great for the students to be able to use the produce from the garden to cook with. Thanks to Mrs Alexander and Mrs DeCort for running the kitchen this week. Takahe team used microbits during their session and coded some interesting programmes, during the next couple of weeks they will start making the wicking bed gardens, these will help our vegetables grow during the holidays and won’t need the constant watering that normal beds would. If you are interested in seeing how these gardens are made then we would love to have you visit and see us making them. We will start making our gardens next Wednesday at 12.15pm – see you then.

Cross Country Certificates – At assembly on Friday, we will be handing out the Term 3 Cross Country certificates. Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their race will receive a certificate.  2.00pm assembly start.

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


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Year 2 Asteroids vs Willow Park Mystics.  Won: 7-1.  POD: Georgina Coupe.

Wainui Year 6 Comets vs HPPS Dream team.  Won: 8-4:  POD: Te Ruawai Bayer.

Wainui Year 8 girls came second in the Kaipara Tournament over the weekend.  Well done girls!


21st October – Wainui Year 5/6 Touch v Orewa Beach Kruzers.  Lost 5-2. POD: Tyler Newman.

28th October – Wainui Year 5/6 Touch v Orewa Beach Strikers. Lost 3-2.  POD: Quinn Richardson.


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

  •  Puriri: Aarav Mehra, Dylan Mumby.  Kauri Herbert (Resourceful)
  •  Puriri Rua: George Anderson, Austin Perry.  Kieran Miners (Resourceful).
  •  Karaka: Helena Mloda, Noah Penman, Harley Gaitau (Resilience).
  •  Rata: Parker Maunsell, Thomas Pengelly.  Milyn McCulluch (Respect).
  •  Manuka: Maggie Derriman, Jaroam McCauley.  Evie Drinkwater (Respect).
  •  Miro: Hunter Mallon, Abigail Watt.  Oliver Todd (Respect).
  •  Pukatea: Hunter Olliff, Jacob Todd.  Joel van Heerden (Respect).
  •  Kohekohe: Jackson Mallon, Ava Portig.  Flynn Dixon (Respect).
  •  Kowhai: Viliamu Alapati, Max Lodge.  Kyron Sams (Resilience).


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.