Kia ora Koutou,

With exactly a week to go until we shut the gates for the year, it is with pride we can celebrate!!

Thank you community for supporting our annual Christmas in the Country.  What a fantastic turnout it was and so wonderful to see you all!!  We were so lucky with the weather enabling us all to join together and celebrate. For the first time ever we ran out of roast pork and sausages!!  We are usually eating it as a staff for lunch the following day.  I hope everyone found something to eat, whether it was a toffee apple or some delicious Christmas goodies at the Christmas Market run by the Year 7 & 8 students.

Wasn’t the enterprise market fabulous?  This was the culmination of a unit of work run by the Intermediate area of the school, whereby the students had to run their own stall.  They had to come up with a product, either make it or obtain, pay for their table to sell the products, market, and work out the prices and then sell the product. We can certainly let you know we have some amazing entrepreneurs in this group!!  Some of the groups have made an excellent profit after all the expenses were removed.

Thank you to Gracie from PForm this year.  All the dances were choreographed by Gracie and each team, except the Tui team had a few practices.  I think you will agree these were just great!! Well done to all the individual performers, Tina, Daniel and Ryder from the Tui team singing and Ryder Oliff and Phoenix Sweetman for their singing and guitar performance, you were all so confident and made us very proud!!

A huge thank you to Leslie Ann Gray, a member of the FOWS group who took on the organisation of Christmas in the Country ensuring all the meat was ordered, everything was set up, the raffles wrapped and able to run, Harcourts Cooper and Co coffee and cone were there and the whole evening was the success it was.  Please think about offering a hand in the future, we do need more people to help run our events, it makes a huge difference.

Kayla and April in their cage as part of Jingle Bail raised $796.50 ($405.50 at Chrismas in the Country and $391.00 from the juicies sale last week). This money raised goes towards Kids Can.  Well Done Girls!


Farewell Assembly for  Mrs Collins – We had a fabulous assembly and lovely afternoon tea! Mrs Collins is retiring after 45 years of service in the education profession and 14 years at Wainui School.  She has been a much loved member of our staff and we wish her all the very best for retirement. Luckily for us Mrs Allen will now be a permanent class teacher and will be full time as the New Entrant Teacher.


Graduation for our Year 8’s and Prize Giving – An amazing night was had by all the graduating students of 2020 at Northridge Country Lodge.  30 students graduated at a “Luau ” a Hawaiian tropical themed night!! A huge thank you to Nicky Holmes and Vanya Paladin, parents of Vinnie and Kayla who transported us to a tropical island for our celebrations.  It was a very special night to celebrate for all the students and their families, 100 of us in total. Thank you to Jon Bayer for catering in the kitchen and the Year 7’s who were still, as is the tradition able to be the wait people last night helped by parents Pete Adlam and Dee Robinson.

Of the 31 students graduating 11 of these students began with us as New Entrants!!  We farewell 15 families as this is the end of your journey with us!!  Listed here are all of the names. We wish you all the very best for the future:

Daniel Bell, Gabe Brewin-Brown, Cole Davies, Imogen Germain, Brodie Headford, Vinnie Holmes, Boston Jones, Kayla Paladin, Tara Phillips, Dillon Ranby, Summer Sabine, Drew Southwick, Ollie Steen, Marley Straka and Mia Thomson.

Farewell to the families leaving, you have contributed so much to the school, the fundraising, the sports teams coaching, going to camp and helping with graduation.


On the last day, we will farewell all families, children, and staff leaving.  We say farewell to Miss Mahler who is leaving to become the Manager of an ECE Centre and Miss Smith who rejoined us and picked up a junior class. Miss Smith is off to start a new life on a Flower Farm in Marlborough.  We also farewell Alice Hill who goes on Maternity Leave.


Staff for 2021

We have a full complement of staff for the beginning of the year. We welcome Marion Robinson to our staff next year.  Marion will be in the Kiwi Team in Year 3 & 4.  She is currently teaching at Kingsway School.

Pukeko Team – Years 0 – 2 – Shelley Ross – Team Leader, Kylie Allen, Halena Howard, Marinda Van Dyk and Kyla Jackson.

Kiwi Team – Years 3 & 4 – Avril Richards – Team Leader, Marion Robinson and Pam Miller.

Tui Team – Years 5 & 6 – Sandy Blackburn – Team Leader, Andrea Goodyer, Rody O’Reilly, Keon Ng and Lauren Jenkins.

Takahe Team – Years 7 & 8 – Leanne Stevenson – Team Leader, Jason Irvine, Deputy Principal.

Classrooms – The new building will be completed to start the year!! The Kiwi Team will be moving into this as it is 3 classrooms with breakout rooms!!

The Tui Team will all be in refurbished rooms by the end of March, Totara, Kowhai and Nikau.  These classrooms are all being refurbished after the holidays so they will be in Miro and Manuka rooms to start the year.


This is the final newsletter for the year!!   What a year it has been, the year of COVID-19.  We cannot, and will not ever forget this unprecedented year and the effects it has had on all we have planned and achieved.

I am thankful we are able to operate at Level 1, now with relativity no restrictions and we have had an amazing Term 4.  As a result of this I must thank the teachers, all of you at home for supporting all we have done!!  I am so thankful to a wonderful FOWS group, we were able to fundraise and almost meet our goal of $35,000.  The final total of Christmas in the Country is being completed this week!

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support, your flexibility when things changed, and above all for being a part of this Wainui School Community.  Enjoy the freedom we have in New Zealand to have Christmas with our families and friends. I look forward to meeting up again in the New Year when we are refreshed and ready for 2021.

A big thank you to the Coupe Family for the donation of 2 Microphone Stands, thank you so much, it is very much appreciated.

Mere kirihimete

Gillian Bray


  • 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 – 3.00pm finish
  • Tuesday 15th December – Teachers Only Day
  • Tuesday 9th February – First day of Term 1 2021


Thinking Caps – See attached flyer

Gravity Trampoline Park – We have a number of FREE passes available in the office for the Mt Wellington and Manukau Park.  Come and see us if you would like one!


At the last assembly, the following students received certificates.

    • Rata: Aaron Ferreira (Resilience), Elle Olivier (Respect), Thomas Pengelly (Relational).
    • Karaka: Kora Cooper (Resilience), Datsun Kockott (Resilience), Emma-Rose Waldrom (Resilience).
    • Manuka: Alicia Bailey (Relational), Karlo Baulcomb (Relational), Kyla Erasmus (Respect).
    • Miro: Vincent Bryant (Resourceful), Landen Semnoff (Relational), Limari Van Dyk (Relational).
    • Puriri: Georgina Coupe (Respect), Jaydon Gaitau (Reflective), Nalia Searle-Pauli (Relational).
    • Puriri Rua: Kayami Atkinson (Relational), Benjamin Cochran (Reflective), Taylah Hadley (Reflective).
    • Pukatea: Leo Banton (Reflective), Charlotte Gooding (Respect), Hanco Van Dyk (Resilience).
    • Kohekohe: Jackson Mallon (Relational), Scarlett Thew (Respect), Scott Tucker (Relational).
    • Kowhai: Vili Alapati (Resilience), George Beaumont (Relational), Phoenix Sweetman-Jones (Relational).
    • Totara: Mackenzie Allen (Resourceful), Ruby Mayes (Relational).
    • Matai: Caitlin Bailey (Resourceful), Thomas Manuel (Reflective), Eva Pengelly (Resilience).
    • Rimu: Emily Coupe (Resourceful), Staton Ranby (Relational), Leonie Schweitzer.
    • Kahikatea: Grace Wallace-Pram (Resourceful), James Wallace-Pram (Resourceful), Sorelle Jonkers-McAllister (Relational), Morgan Keller (Respect).
    • Kauri: Kate Flinn (Resourceful), Ollie Steen (Resourceful), Bowen Jonkers McAllister (Relational).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup winners were: Milyn McCulluch (Rata), Lily Fincham (Karaka), Donald Lin, (Manuka), Jackson Magan (Miro), Elora Sothern (Puriri), Eden-Rose Dixon (Puriri Rua), Jacob Todd (Pukatea), Morgan Price (Kohekohe), James Pallatt (Kowhai), Harper Laurie (Totara), Carter Wright (Matai), Jakob Brown (Rimu), Ben Partner (Kahikatea), Talia Minton (Kahikatea) and Drew Southwick (Kauri).


Wainui Settlers Church – Carol Service at the Wainui Setttlers Church – Sunday 20th December – 7.00pm.

Orewa Community Christmas Lunch – FREE and no need to book
11:30am on 25th December – Orewa Community Centre

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