Kia ora Koutou,

Hi all – beautiful weather has seen us all out enjoying the sun, beach and BBQ’s.  We are feeling very fortunate this week compared to our family, friends and colleagues on the other side of the world. We are still keeping vigilant with our hand sanitiser and ask you all to log in when you visit either using the COVID-19 tracer APP or the sign-in book in the office. Thank you.

Apologies from myself and the newsletter editor. All the names are now correct for the actors on the couch as they were incorrect last week.  I have reposted their photo with the correct names.

Kate Flinn, Tara Phillips, Charlotte Robinson, Drew Southwick on the couch with Olly Smith aka Mr Jones.


Athletics Senior School and Interschool for the Takahe Team – Intermediate –  Once we navigated the rain and changed the venue we had a great day. Those traditional sports of high and long jump, discus, shot put and sprints all provided many of our students with challenges and fun!

The results of the Senior School Athletics will be celebrated this Friday at a school assembly for Years 5 – 8 where certificates will be handed out.

Interschool – Years 7 & 8 – This was held in Helensville last Friday with all the Kaiapara Schools. We had a team of 23 students compete and some amazing results obtained by all. Congratulations to the team of Ricardo Hawken, John Manuel, Serenity Harris Hatley, Imogen Germain, Charlotte Robinson, Kaleisha Iremonger, Te Pourewa Hape-Webby, Iziah Brown, Riley Purdie, Noah Richardson, April Fletcher, Mia Thomson,  Regan Lowe, Cole Davies, Brodie Headford, Marley Straka, Destiny Harris Hatley, Ben Partner, Cody Climo, Bella Browne Hale, Lucas Keller, Honour Hulbert-Sunkel and Maya Ledger.

Some impressive results were – First in Year 7 Boys High Jump – Iziah Brown. I am very proud of you all for your attitude and spirit, Wainui Intermediate, well done!


Board meeting Tuesday 17th November –  These meetings are public meetings you may attend.  Please let Miss Ludwig know as the Secretary for the Board if you intend to attend.

Junior and Middle School – Years 1 – 4 Athletics – Friday 20th November – This is being held on the school field.  You are all welcome to attend this day but please ensure your child is well set for warm weather. We ensure that there is sunscreen and extra water available on the day. There is a sausage sizzle and juicies for sale – all $2 each.

Maori Performance and Conversation / Hui – Thursday 19th November start time 9:15 am – We welcome Kaukapakapa School to join us in a celebration performance of our kapahaka and learning in te reo, tikanga and waiata. We will begin with a powhiri to welcome our visitors, this will move on to performance from both schools, some sharing of kai and then afterwards a conversation / hui on anything connected with te reo, maori achievement and Tikanga that is important for our school. We look forward to this annual sharing of ideas.

Assembly Years 5 – 8 – Friday 20th November – start time – 9.15am – Celebration time for Tui and Takahe teams with values certificates, the spinning of the wheel and presentation of senior school athletics certificates.


TuiI Team Production – The Tui Team will be performing the production “Wanui School Christmas Musical” next Wednesday 25th November starting at 6.00pm.  A matinee performance will be held at 11.00am on the same day for the school and any parents, grandparents etc who might like to attend during the day.  We are looking forward to a fabulous performance.  See you there!

EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) begins on Tuesday for the Year 7 & 8 Takahe Team – COVID-19 put a stop to going to the usual camp on Motutapu Island that we all look forward to.  However, Mr Irvine, Mrs Stevenson, and Mr O’Reilly have put together a fun week of challenging team building competitions that include an overnight camp in our bush at school.  We know you will all have a great time.

EOTC (Education Out teaching classroom) For Tui team is the following week.

Hibiscus Coast Interschool Athletics (Year 5 & 6) – Tuesday 24th November – Congratulations to the team representing us at Metro Park, Silverdale. Mr Ng will be accompanying the group made up of – Year 5 – Carter Wright, Harper Laurie, Jett Le, Taya Hawken, Ayden Krynauw, Harry Browne Hale, Coupe Kelly, Raya Sams, Tamati Bayer, Thomas Manuel and Milly Dixon.  Year 6 –  Joseph Matthews, Ziv Adiv Blanario, Daniel Gorshkov, Lily Haswell, Mackenzie Allen, Logan McDermid-Venter, Tyler Morgan, Tina Alapati, Sunny Odedra, Ava Elliott, George de Leeuw, Keira Sams and Ryder Olliff.


Prize Giving – Start time 1.00pm on Friday 11th December – This is one of the few traditional times we keep, whereby we do recognise excellence in all areas of school life. It is never easy making the final choice of person to present the awards to,  I will say every year I struggle to award the Principal’s Cup as there are so many wonderful students at our school. The Event  is during the day to ensure all children can be present and we celebrate together. I am hoping to arrange live streaming of this event for parents / caregiver / family to connect from work or home if they cannot make it in person.


Community Consultation / Conversations  – It is that time of the school calendar we would like input from you as families as to the direction of the school for the next 3 years. Tonight at the BOT meeting we will be coming up with questions to consult with you all. I am hoping these can be ready to go out by the end of the  week. The staff and the Board will meet with an independent facilitator and use all the information we gather to set the Charter direction for the next three years .

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 17th November – BOT Meeting – 6.30pm in the staffroom
  • Thursday 19th November – Maori Consultation and Conversation / Hui – 9.15am
  • Friday 20th November – Junior School Athletics.  Juicies and Sausage Sizzle available – all items $2 each
  • Friday 20th November – Year 5 – 8 Assembly and Senior School Athletics Certificates handed out – 9,15am
  • Monday 23rd November to Friday 27th November – EOTC Week – Year’s 7 & 8
  • Tuesday 24th November – Years 5 / 6 Interschool Athletics at Millwater
  • Wednesday 25th November – Tui Team Production – “Wainui School Christmas Performance” at 11.00am and 6.00pm
  • Friday 27th November – Years 1-4 Assembly – 9.15am
  • 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


Garden to Table – Last week at Garden to Table we started our wicking bed gardens by laying down the base layer of crushed lime. Well done to the Year 7 boys who wheelbarrowed and racked it all out. This week we will begin to assemble our beds by bolting together the macrocarpa edges.

Thinking Caps – See attached flyer


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Year 2 Asteroids vs Glamorgan Angels.  Won: 8-2.  POD: Isla Brothers and Nikau Laurie.

Wainui Year 3 Galaxy.  Won 7 – 4.  POD: Charlotte Gooding.  Sportsmanship: Leah Andrell

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


Wainui Year 5/6 Qwikies.  Lost 1-8. POD: Blake Sweeney.


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

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.

Rodney Basketball – My name is Matt, I run Rodney Basketball which is a Basketball Club giving opportunities for our kids and adults to play socially and competitively – locally, nationally and internationally.   I am wanting to announce that in Term one of 2021, February 6th – April 10th, we will be running two Junior Competitions out of Kaipara College for Year 5/6 and Year 7/8.  It is all done online and can be done by each individual player (parent) or as a whole team registration.  Games will be held on Saturday mornings, competition draws will be found on our website.
Uniforms are not necessary as we have bibs but are encouraged if you have them available. More information can be found at including the registration links. There is also a flyer/poster attached,

Kumeu Village Brass Band – Coudrey House, Wenderholm Regional Park – We have an upcoming event that your staff, students and their families may be interested in – The Kumeu Vintage Brass Band playing at Couldrey House & Garden on the 21st of November between 1.00 and 3.00 pm.
This is a FREE concert.  Bring something to sit on, a picnic to share and enjoy the music in the beautiful garden.  
The band are playing “Movie Themes” this year, which should be fun.  The museum will also be open – just $5 admission for adults and FREE admission for accompanied children under 16.

Please see attached flyer with all the information –  Kumeu Vintage Brass Band at Couldrey House – 21 November 2020 – 1.00 to 3.00 pm