Kia ora Koutou,

Yes, the rain came – we all needed it, the farms, the home water tanks the school tanks and our gardens, but unfortunately, it is causing a bit of havoc with our events.

We made the decision on Monday to move the Senior School Athletics to this Thursday 12th November as the forecast is clearer and there will still be time to finalise the team for Year 7 & 8 on Friday. We do not make these decisions lightly, but jumping events, particularly cannot go ahead if the ground and equipment are wet.


Group Day – Congratulations to all 17 students; Ben Partner, James Wallace Pram, Hamish and Mackenzie Allen, Kiera and Raya Sams, Lily Haswell, Ava and Sophie Elliott, Bella and Harry Brown Hale, Danika Skelton, Mia Thomson, Taylah Hadley, Ashleigh Lloyd Read, Kyla Erasmus, Imogen Germain and their families that attended at the Helensville Showgrounds.  The bonds we see develop with you all with your animals is one you can all be proud of, your hard work is well-noted thank you!!

First ribbon for James ever (left) and Danika and her sister doing well in the Junior Lambs (right).

Thank you to Kylie Allen, Nikki Brown for being our wonderful representatives on the group day committee and on the day your efforts to ensure this lifelong tradition continues for not only our school but the Kaipara Community!!  Thank you Kay Elliott for the kitchen work and support and to Jane Straka for being a goat judge.

Takahe Intermediate Team – Show – Below (Kate, Tara, Charlotte and Drew on couch) and Ollie standing.

Congratulations to Mr Irvine for the show you wrote.  Congratulations to all the performers and the teachers, Mr  O’Reilly and Ms Stevenson for presenting a wonderful hour of entertainment.  It is not easy to practice and get up on stage and perform, many students find this very difficult, it is not their thing!! But so many of you made yourselves proud with your confidence and ability to entertain and perform. Special congratulations to Drew Southwick. Charlotte Robinson, Tara Phillips, Olly Smith, and Kate Frantzen for learning all those lines and doing such a great job with your characters. Well done.

Kiwi Kids Can Cook Competition Sunday 9th November at SEAMART cooking school on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.  Drew Southwick. Charlotte Robinson, Tara Phillips and Bella Browne Hale all participated in a very competitive, fun, and professionally run cooking competition.  Congratulations to Tara for making it into a final, the competition was to cook a dish in 30 minutes containing 3 vegetables.  This competition is sponsored by SKIDS, thank you to Emma Torres, Manager of our SKIDS on-site for supporting us to get there. It was a wonderful opportunity to be a part of it.

At the competition, thank you Mums for getting the team, Bella, Drew, Charlotte and Tara to Auckland Seamart to the Kids can Cook Competition!

Master Chef Wainui School Competition – Last week we had the heats for the Year 1 & 2 and the Year 3 & 4.  Thank you to the Year 8’s led by Imogen, Mia and Serenity for an amazing start to this very popular competition. The organisation and the positive motivation of all the children that entered were amazing.  Congratulations to everyone that entered. The competition was fierce. Mrs Taylor also helped judge.

The Wainui Master Chef Judges

Gabby and Camryn creating a wrap!!


Athletics – Senior (Years 5 – 8) Held at Wainui School on Thursday 12th November at school.  There will still be food, juices, etc for sale so bring your money.

Kaipara Schools Athletics – Friday 13th November at Rauatwhiri Park, Helensville for our Year 7 & 8 students.  Start time is 9:00 am. Even though the team will not be finalised until Thursday, we can make a few decisions beforehand. We will also need help with private cars for transport.

The Taupo Cycle Race – This was planned to be this coming weekend!! This was another victim of COVID-19, many are still travelling down as accommodation was booked to enjoy the weekend. Mr Irvine and his family being some of them. Have a great weekend everyone and travel safely.

FOWS Meeting – Wednesday 11th November –  7.00pm in the staffroom – WOW come and celebrate the fact the FOWS raised $11,699.43 profit from Ag Day.  What an outstanding effort all round.  Special thanks to Nikki Brown, Kylie Allen, and Wendy Taylor for getting this to happen in COVID times!!

Tui Team – Will be selling juicy ice blocks this Friday 13th November. $2 each and all proceeds go towards our EOTC Programme.  See advert below;


Kapa Haka Performance, Kaukapakapa School Performance and Consultation Day – Thursday 19th November at 9:00 am.  All are welcome.  What an exciting morning we have planned for next week.  A special invitation has been already sent to invite you to this special event if you have identified as Maori on our school roll, but this morning is for everyone to be a part of. We are, however bound legally to consult with parents that do identify as Maori in case you were wondering why?

We are excited to welcome Kaukapakapa School to our school with a Powhiri, Whaea Leanne works with this kapa haka group as well and as there are no big festivals this year to participate in due to COVID-19 their group approached us to have a mini celebration.  This will be a wonderful celebration of the two schools. We will join together for ” kai and a cup of tea” as is customary and then have an informal korero / chat around Maori achievement, cultural celebration and how we are going at Wainui.

Junior/ Middle School Athletics –  Years 1 – 4 Friday 20th November at school – All students will participate and compete in the traditional areas of athletics, running, throwing and jumping as well as some fun games. This is a great day for us all. All families are welcome to come and support.  Sausage sizzle, Juicies and home baking available – all $2!


Dates for the End of Year:

1. Prize Giving – Friday 11th December 1:00 pmFor years 3 – 8 to celebrate cultural, academic, sporting, performance, values, and achievements for 2020.      This year has been a very difficult, strange one, making these even harder to award as we have all been champions!!

2. Farewell Assembly Monday 14th December 1:00 pmAll graduates of Year 8, other families leaving and staff leaving.

3. Last day for all students – Monday 14th December finish time 3:00 pm.

4. Teacher Only Day for staff Tuesday 15th December.

5. Skids will operate a full day programme on Tuesday the 15th December and Wednesday 16th December.


Lost Property – This is full to overflowing.  Please come and rescue your clothes, shoes and water bottles etc. Thank you for naming things, this really does help.

Congratulations to Charlotte Robinson and Drew Southwick pictured here with their dance group IKONIK.  We will hopefully see them perform at Christmas in the Country.

Buses – A short survey will be sent home this week to gather information around the possible change one way to the timing of the buses. If we were to change this, information from all bus users need to be gathered. Please help by filling in the short survey online that we will run. Thank you

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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
  • Thursday 12th November – Senior Athletics – Wainui School (new date)
  • Friday 13th November –  Year 7 & 8 – Interschool Athletics at Rauatwhiri Park, Helensville
  • Friday 20th November – Junior School Athletics.
  • Monday 23rd November to Friday 27th November – EOTC Week – Year’s 7 & 8
  • 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
  • Tuesday 15th December – Teachers Only Day


Kapa Haka Performance and Consultation Hui – On the morning of Thursday, the 19th of November at 9.00 am, we will hold a pōwhiri welcoming new families and the Kaukapakapa School Year 5/6 kapa haka rōpū. Following that, Te Kura o Wainui Ngā Kapa Haka Rōpū (our kapa haka groups) will perform, followed by the rōpū from Kaukapakapa. All children from our kura will be part of this performance. Following the performances and the sharing of kai (food) and a kaputī (cup of tea), we would like to host a hui (meeting) in the staff room, where we will have a conversation and discuss the Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, and Māori achievement at Wainui School. If you would like to contribute to the conversation at the hui, we would love to see you there.

Thank you – Countdown Silverdale have kindly donated $50 towards our Graduation Fundraising.  Thank you so much for supporting us!

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 – 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 Pinehurst Pukeko.  Lost: 4-8.  POD: Eve Robinson and Isla Brothers.

Wainui Year 3 Galaxy vs Mairangi Bay.  Lost: 4-0.  POD: Leah Andrell.  Awesome Defence from Eva Sparkes.

Wainui Comets Year 6 vs Glenfield Diamond Sparks.  Won: 15-9. POD: Mackenzie Allen. Sportsmanship Lily Cameron.


21st October – Wainui Year 5/6 Touch v Orewa Blues.  Lost 3-1. POD: Harper Laurie.


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

  • Puriri: Gabby Long, Manu Sparks. Elora Southern (Resourceful).
  • Puriri Rua: Viviana Hellyer, Kobe Olivier.  Millie Dunn (Resilience).
  • Karaka: Chloe Epp, Grayson Hewitt.  Franklin Jarvie (Respect).
  • Rata: Reuben Jones, Elle Olivier.  Kylie Thomas (Reflective).
  • Manuka: Karlo Baulcomb, Mikaela Scott.  Franklin Jarvie (Respect).
  • Miro: Jackson Magan, Ollie Smithies.  Brody Kerr (Reflective).
  • Pukatea:  Mackenzie King, Amy Lowe.  Jacob Todd (Resilience).
  • Kohekohe: Ayla Lodge, Hannah Wallace.  Ella Marshall (Respect).
  • Kowhai: Lara Ibbett, Ella Brea Wells-Lakeland.  Kian McMillan-Mayes (Relational).
  • Totara: Harper Laurie, Lily Haswell.  Sophie Colquhoun (Resilience).
  • Matai: Blake Gordon, Carter Wright.  Oliver Beaumont (Resilience).
  • Rimu: Tina Alapati, Jakob Brown.  Coupe Kelly (Resilience).
  • Kahikatea: Jurgen Bezuidenhout, Destiny Harris Hatley.  Ben Partner (Relational) and Zoe Heaton (Relational).
  • Kauri: Cole Davies, Keelan Latham, Drew Southwick.  Imogen Germain (Resourceful).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Charlotte Andrell (Rata), Noah Penman (Karaka), Liam Doherty (Manuka), Nina Bell (Miro), Eve Robinson (Puriri), Logan Marshall (Puriri Rua), Flynn Becker-Crawford (Pukatea), Hamish Fincham (Kohekohe), Capri Fairhurst (Kohekohe – Term 3), Eva Sparkes (Kowhai), Amelie Graves (Totara), Yudai Seino (Matai), Rebecca Van Heerden (Rimu), Maya Ledger (Kahikatea), Xela Odedra (Kahikatea) and Kayla Paladin (Kauri).


Healthy Active Learning –  Is a joint government initiative between Sport New Zealand and the Ministries of Health and Education to improve the wellbeing of tamariki and young people through healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity.  To understand the impact that Healthy Active Learning is having and to improve what we do for our tamariki we need your input.  Specifically, we would really like as many parents, teachers and principals as possible to give us feedback, so we would love for you to share our surveys with your school’s principal, teachers and whānau community. Massey University is conducting the evaluation on behalf of the Ministries of Education and Health and Sport New Zealand. The evaluation is to:

  • better understand school culture/environment, teachers’ Health and PE teaching practices, confidence in teaching and opportunities for physical activity for students within New Zealand schools.
  • learn more about healthy food and drink policies and practices at schools and kura across New Zealand.
  • to understand from parents and whānau how their children participate in physical activity and healthy eating and drinking.

See attached for further information – HAL Evaluation Information for all schools

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.