Kia ora Koutou,

Merry Christmas all!!

Santa enjoying the welcome by Wainui School Children 2019

Today is the first official day of Summer and  24 sleeps until Christmas day!!  At school we have two weeks and one day left of school time.  Mrs Collins who is retiring only has 4 teaching days left until she retires!!  Yes, a lot of count downs and the start of the end of year activities is well and truly here. Please feel free to attend as many as you wish, we love to celebrate the end of the year with you and yes this has been the strangest year we have ever had.  If you are new or do not quite understand what happens at an event any one of us will help you so please just ask.

We have the Christmas decorations going up in the office area and are all prepared for the major events this week of Christmas in the Country on Thursday and a special farewell assembly on Friday for Mrs Collins.


Tui Team – EOTC two days – One is at Shakespear Park, Tuesday 1st December experiencing some of the activities they would have done if they had been able to attend camp. The second day is at school but participating in lots of team building outdoor activities run by Kelly Sports. Have lots of fun challenging yourselves, enjoying friendships and having fun.

Christmas in the Country – This is our annual family evening where we all bring a blanket/ deckchairs and join together to watch the children sing and dance to Christmas songs. We all join in singing to some Christmas and kiwi favourites. We can buy hot roast pork rolls, sausages, coffee, ice cream and raffles or we can bring our own picnics and this year the Year 7 & 8’s have their enterprise stalls selling a range of goodies and lots of yummy sweet things as well as other goodies they have made or sourced. The FOWS have tonight off to relax with families as the staff all don their Christmas outfits and serve you all. Bring the family and the neighbours along to share and celebrate Christmas.

Farewell Assembly, last Hellyer Cup Assembly and Master Chef Winners – Friday 4 December Start Time – 1.30 pm to ensure we can get through the programme – Come and join us in celebration of Mrs Collins and her service, not only to Wainui School but as a teacher in schools in New Zealand but overseas as well. This will be followed by afternoon tea in the staffroom at 3.15 pm onwards.

Master Chef Finals – This happened on Monday afternoon. What a competition it has been. I have not seen the level of competition, the commitment and the standard of cooking so high from every level of the school. A huge thank you to Imogen Germain, Mia Thomson and Serenity Harris Hatley.  Thank you, Mr Irvine, for all your organisation of the competition. I am so looking forward to hearing who this year’s winners are!!

Futsal Final Day – This was held on Monday.  We have so enjoyed learning to play this game with Northern Football Federation.  On Monday they brought us special prizes and took photos for some promotions.  We have been very careful not to include people that do not wish to have their photo taken.


Tui Team Production – Your show was awesome!! Everyone can be so proud of the final night show.  All the practising really paid off.  Well done!!

EOTC Week – This included the overnight camp for the Takahe Team (Year 7 & 8).  So much fun, lots of challenges from Tree Adventures, Mountian biking, disc Golf, team building, games in our bush to Snow Planet on the last day and all learning to ski.


Graduation (Year 8’s) – Monday 7th December – This year we are holding this offsite at Northridge Country Lodge, something very new for us all. Graduation is a very special time for the Year 8’s and we celebrate with all the families and teachers with dinner, awards and socialising. This marks the move of this year’s group before they leave for their respective college adventure. For many students, this marks 8 years at Wainui, a journey from 5 years old, a very special journey. Thank you to Vanya Paladin and Nicola Holmes for being the key drivers behind organising this event. We are all looking forward to it.  This year the theme is “Luau”

Prize Giving – Friday 11th December – Early start time of 1.00 pm to ensure we can comfortably get through our programme. Prize giving is for Years 3-8.


Last Day of SchoolMonday 14th December for the children. Tuesday 15th December is a Teacher Only Day. If you need support with child care this day, SKIDS is open for a full day on Tuesday 15th December and Wednesday 16th December.

Strategic Planning Day – BOT and staff on Thursday 4th February –  This is just before you all return. Please help us by filling in the online survey. It only takes a few minutes. We do use a variety of information from staff, community and BOT.  Click this link: Wainui School Consultation 2020


There is a monster pile of unloved “lost property” outside my office!!! PLEASE PLEASE COME and claim your “loved ” belongings back.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Wednesday 2nd December – Juicie sale – $2 each.  Please help Kayla & April raise money for Jingle Bail
  • Thursday 3rd December – Christmas in the Country
  • Friday 4th December – Whole School Assembly – 1.30pm (Farewelling Mrs Collins & Hellyer Cup Recipients)
  • 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 – 1.00pm
  • Monday 14th December – Last day of Term 4
  • Tuesday 15th December – Teachers Only Day
  • Tuesday 9th February – First day of Term 1, 2021!


Christmas in the Country – If anyone would like to donate items or goods and services for our raffles at Christmas in the Country, please email We would be very grateful.

Jingle Bail – Juicie Sale – Wednesday 2nd December – Kayla and April are organising a juicie sale – $2 each which will go towards getting them out of the calf crate on Thursday night at Christmas in the Country.

Year 7 & 8 Enterprise Projects – On Thursday evening at Christmas in the Country the Year 7 and 8 classes will be selling their “Enterprise Projects”.  They have worked very hard to ensure they have some fabulous products to sell. Some of the items would make great Christmas presents, but there will also be some yummy food products for purchase.  See you all then.


email your sports results to Mrs Elliott in the office, 


Wainui Year 2 Asteroids vs Kristen Stars.  Won: 4-3.  POD: Tiana Sweeney & Millie Dunn

Wainui Year 2 Asteroids vs Torbay Whetu.  Won: 8-4.  POD: Vulyana Lodge & Georgina Coupe.


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

  • Rata: Elle Gordon, Ewan Scott.  Matilda Cochran (Respect).
  • Karaka: Sio Alapati, Micky Long.  Caston Kaio (Reflective).
  • Manuka: Emma Clough, Noah Hill.  Adelle Wells-Lakeland (Respect).
  • Miro: Harry Grogan, Danika Skelton.  Jack Huggins (Resourceful & Resilience).
  • Puriri: Jack Cooper, Jake Robertson.  Elora Sothern (Relational).
  • Puriri Rua: Logan Marshall, Tavana McCulluch.  Nikau Laurie (Relational).
  • Pukatea: Leah Andrell, Arielle Oswald.  Indie Hawkins (Respect).
  • Kohekohe: Oliver Bell, George Clayton.  Isla Mexted (Resilience).
  • Kowhai: Pippa Heaton, Eva Sparkes.  Lara Ibbett (Resourceful).


Mind Matters – My name is Danielle Thomson and I am an English / Maths tutor. Please see attached my flyer – mind matters flyer

Kelly Sports –  Silverdale School is running an awesome Christmas and Summer Holiday Programme.  We have trip days to Adventure Golf, Wenderholm and Zaberriworld! Also our famous Cure Kids Day where we raise money whilst having fun with all the other Kelly Clubs and Kelly Sports kids around the Auckland area.  We have a heap of exciting activities planned like our Wheels Day, Super Summer Sports and a Back to School Party, along with lots of crafts, cooking activities and games! For more information or to book please go to

Coast Baketball – See attached flyer for holiday camp programme.

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,

‘THE VOICE” – This Christmas morning on Newstalk ZB – it’s “The Voice of Christmas” singing competition on the ‘Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show’.  If you can sing, and you’re under 13, call 0800 THE VOICE (that’s 0800 843 864) and sing a Christmas carol or Christmas song as your audition. The grand prize is the ultimate smart bedroom bundle complete with an Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker and Alexa-enabled smart coloured light bulbs! Then tune in on Christmas morning to Newstalk ZB from 6am, to see if you’ve won!  If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via email or call me on 022 476 1401.  Please see attached information – Poster – THE VOICE of Christmas