Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome back to Term 2, 2023, I hope everyone is well rested and ready for a great term. The teachers, myself and all the support staff are thoroughly planned and ready to go. A team newsletter will go home by the end of the week with more details about the specific learning programmes, events and routines for each team. This newsletter will be short as it is a short week a day later due to ANZAC Day.

Focus of Newsletter:

  • ANZAC Day at Upper Waiwera 
  • Gym Kids
  • Lost Property
  • Kitchen Opening
  • Panui Maori & Pasifika Families
  • SHINE ON “Mothers Day” Show
  • School Donation and Other Costs to Pay


  • ANZAC Day at Upper Waiwera – Always such a privilege and special ceremony for all the community to attend. Many of our past and present pupils at Wainui are descendants of those named on the cenotaph at Upper Waiwera. Once again our school plays a part with student councillors both Harry Browne Hale and Jakob Brown speaking as a part of the ceremony and Mr Irvine leading the full ceremony.


  • Gym Kids – Starts this week for 4 weeks. Every child will participate and learn new skills in gymnastics over the next 4 weeks (4 sessions). Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for gymnastics. There is no cost for this activity it is taken by a professional company “Gym Kids” all the apparatus was been delivered in the holidays. The programme has started today!!
  • Lost Property – A huge tub was left over at the end of term 1, please claim by Friday as this is going to a charity. Please name all clothes especially those that might be left behind, eg: jackets, jumpers etc.
  • Kitchen Opening – Our renovated school kitchen looks amazing and will be open this term. We are celebrating with an Opening Party this Friday 28th April.


  • Panui Maori & Pasifika Families – Friday 5th May 3:30pm, School Hall – We have invited our families to a new way of consulting. Click Panui for Whanau for the information, please complete the questionnaire, following is the link and please rsvp if you are attending by Monday 1st May.
  • SHINE ON “Mothers Day” Show – Please get behind this first time event – it will be fabulous!! A fashion show, grazing tables, a glass of bubbles/ juice, raffles and an opportunity to see 2023 fashion!! Please support the FOWS in this term 2 fundraising event. Tickets are available on Kindo, or through the office via Eftpos, cash or on-line banking to: 12 3046 0155685 00, reference your name and “Shine On”.

Mothers Day Fundraiser – You Shine with “SHINE-ON”.


  • School Donation and Other Costs to Pay – It would be great if everyone could start the term by contributing  the school donation for 2023 if you haven’t done so already. If you have any outstanding costs from term 1 or have costs to pay this term, this can be done on Kindo, Internet banking on 12 3046 0155685 00, reference your name and what you are paying for or in the office via Eftpos or cash. We thank you as a board for doing this as we can then meet our goals that need to resourced.
  • Principals Strike Action, what does this mean? – Principals are part of a New Zealand Principals Collective Union that hasn’t as yet agreed on the conditions and pay rise being offered to them as such. This means principals who are a part of this collective union have chosen to do a ‘Work to Rule’. This has been well publicised in the media. On the ground this means we work to rule, I have explained this briefly below. Please be assured first and foremost the school will be running BAU (Business as Usual), no child or staff members welfare will be affected.
  • Working to Rule: 8:00am – 5:00pm. All work except for Board meetings occurring between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, this includes sending or receiving digital communications.
  • Not continuing with any Ministry of Education reforms and Curriculum refresh until this is resolved.
  • All meetings with/ or providing reports to the Ministry of Education cease.
  • All work that is on Saturday, Sunday or public holidays ceases.

Most Primary School Principals on the Hibiscus Coast are in the union, we are all mindful of being clear and transparent in our communities.

Looking forward to a great term. Everyone had a Learning Conversation, everyone is well settled into their class and routine. But if you have concerns do contact the teacher first then contact Jason Irvine the SENCO or myself.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Friday 28th April – Official Opening of the Kitchen
  • Friday 5th May – Panui Maori & Pasifika Families – School Hall – 3:30pm
  • Tuesday 9th May – Board Meeting – 6:30pm
  • Friday 12th May – Pukeko Assembly – 2pm
  • Saturday 13th May – Mother’s Day “you Shine with SHINE ON” event – School Hall – 2pm
  • Tuesday 16th May – School Photo Day – NOTE NEW DATE
  • Wednesday 17th May – FOWs Meeting – 7pm
  • Friday 2nd June – Teacher Only Day


School Photo Day – Due to the Gym Kids programme we have had to shift the School Photo Day to Tuesday 16th May. Forms for “Siblings” photos will be sent home later this week. All orders are taken after Photo Day, the order envelopes will come home then.