Kia ora Koutou,

What a roller coast week we have all had!! Now we are all pleased to say we are back to  COVID-19 Level 1 operations, which for us at school means we can have full school events, we all return to school and we continue with camps. We still keep hand sanitising, we keep our classrooms clean by ensuring all table tops are cleaned off and we still encourage drop off for self-management and independence. I certainly hope the last week for you went as well as it could.

Unfortunately, it has had an impact on one of the events we had organised – Beach Day at Orewa Beach. The decision to BRING the Beach day back to Wainui was not made lightly as a lot of work had gone into the organisation of the return of this tradition by Year 8 Bella Browne Hale. Thank you Bella !!

So Beach Day “WAINUI” with the House team-building games, Kelly Sports, the picnic lunch, the BBQ, juicies and baking for sale will be brought back to school. Beach Day “Wainui” will run from 10:30am – 2:00pm. It will follow the Powhiri to welcome new families and teachers.

  • Wear house colours
  • Bring your togs
  • Bring money for a sausage, juicie or baking – all items $2
  • Bring sunscreen!!!

Please see the following timetable for the day:

  9:15am – Pōwhiri
10:10am – Break starts
10:30am – Break ends and everyone goes down to the hall
10:40am – Rotation 1 starts
11:10am – Rotation 2 starts
11:45am – Break starts and barbecue
12:30pm – Break ends and rotation 3 starts
  1:05pm – Rotation 4 starts
  1:40pm  – Break starts
  2:05pm – Break ends


The New Building – It’s Amazing!!!

Kiwi Team have moved into their new learning spaces!! Although there are a few design features that need to be finished or modified, the Kiwi team are so excited and loving their new modern learning space (MLE).  It is spacious, has amazing audio qualities designed to enhance learning, amazing light and spaces plus storage, storage, storage and break-out spaces!!  Thank you to the Kiwi team teachers; Mrs Richards, Mrs Millar and Ms Robinson, you have been amazing getting everything put away and organised. There will be new furniture, but we wanted to see what would work and how we would use the spaces first. They can’t wait to invite us all to an official opening that the Kiwi team is in the process of organising. I have included some photos here of the happy faces in their new spaces!!


Back to School Night – Wednesday 24th February – 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Come and meet this year’s teacher, even if you know us all, most children have a new teacher.  Come as your child will be introducing you as the parents/ caregivers and your child will be showing you around their classroom. Those students in Mr O’Reilly and Ms Goodyer’s classes (Year 5 & 6), please remember this is not the space they will be in after about the 20th March!! This is only temporary.  The timetable is meet the BOT, FOWS and all the staff.  We are keen to meet you all, there is even a free sausage! Drinks and juices for sale at $2 each.

Powhiri –  Friday 26th February – 9.15am – Welcome to all new families and Teachers to Wainui School.  We have 33 children to welcome to Wainui school this year and one teacher Ms Robinson. We are delighted to have all of you join us and would love all the families with the new children to join us in a formal Powhiri at 9:15am. Please let us know if you are coming and do stay for a cup of tea as it is customary to have Kai.

Welcome to our New Entrants – Miwa Atkinson, Yael Adiv Blanario, Grace Horne, Adriana Magan, Harvey O’Neill, Benjamin Todd and Ella Vermeer.  We also welcome to Wainui School – Kaira Allan – Yr 1, Ethel Baldwin – Yr 2, Sahasra Datla – Yr 5, Talia Flavell – Yr 5, Skyla Flavell – Yr 3, Hollie Fuller – Yr 4, Charlie Graystone – Yr 4, Lehi Greening – Yr 8, O’Rylee Greening – Yr 1, Kai Griffiths – Yr 5, Jadon Linton – Yr 4, Amani Linton – Yr 3, Emilia Miranda Churches – Yr 5, Lincoln Pahuru – Yr 5, William Parker – Yr 6, Lachlan Raikes – Yr 5, Jakob Raikes – Yr 3, Reign Rangihuna – Yr 1, Aleigha Ritchie – Yr 1, Shiva Sivakumaran – Yr 8, Shaleni Sivakumaran – Yr 4, Mia Soulsby – Yr 3, Elias Thompson – Yr 6, Emily Thompson – Yr 4, Karla Vorster – Yr 2, Kassidy van Dam – Yr 4,

Leadership Interviews – The Year 8’s had their interviews for their leadership positions today. All badges and titles will be formally presented at the first full assembly on Friday 5th March at 9.15am.

Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding – Takahe team went surfing and stand up paddleboarding on Monday.  What a great day had by all!!  We can’t wait to see some photos at your assembly on Friday 5th March.


School Donation – A huge thank you to everyone for contributing your donation so fast!! WE so appreciate this.  Once again I have included all the details in this newsletter of how to do this.  It is $200 per child or a maximum of $375 per family of more than one child. You can pay this on KINDO, online banking, eftpos or cash in the office.  The online banking number is 12-3046-0155685-00.

Thank you for all your feedback over the last strange week. I look forward to seeing and meeting you all on Wednesday evening so please introduce yourself if I haven’t met you, or haven’t seen you for a long time!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Tuesday 23rd February  – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 24th February – Back to School Night – Come and Meet the Teachers – 5pm – 7pm.
  • Wednesday 24th February – FOWS Meeting – 7.00pm – Staffroom (straight after Back to School Night)
  • Friday 26th February – Powhiri – 9.15am (Note the date change)
  • Friday 26th February – Beach Day – “Wainui” – 10.30am – 1.30pm (to be held at Wainui School Now)
  • Friday 5th March – Takaha Team assembly – 9.15am
  • Wednesday 10th March – Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (To be confirmed)
  • Friday 12th March – Year 7 & 8 Kaipara Interschool Swimming.
  • Tuesday 23rd March – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 25th March – Year 5 & 6 Interschool Swimming.
  • Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st March – Book Fair.
  • Wednesday 31st March & Thursday 1st April – Learning Conversations (more information to follow closer to the date).
  • Friday 2nd April – Good Friday – Public Holiday
  • Monday 5th April – Easter Monday – Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 6th April – Day after Easter Monday – No School Today
  • Friday 9th April – Kaipara Schools Summer Sports Day
  • Tuesday 13th April – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 15th April – Bike-a-Thon Day.
  • Friday 16th April – End of Term 1.


Back to School Night – Wednesday 24th February – 5:00 – 7:00 pm –  Come and meet the teacher for the year, meet us all, find out more about what happens at our wonderful school. More will be shared about the format next week, but this is our time to welcome you back, share our big goals as a Board of Trustees and start the year!!

Printed Hoodies – See next weeks newsletter for further information as we are in the process of confirming prices.

Ezlunch – See attached for link to view menu for Term 1 – 2021.  Click here for the link.  

Thinking Caps – See attached flyer for information.  Starting back at Wainui on Thursday 18th February 2021.


Wainui Playgroup – Wainui playgroup is open on Wednesday’s and Fridays 9.30-12 every week of the school term, 439 Waitoki Road. Please come and join us for fun, messiness, play, morning tea and adult conversation. All families with preschoolers are welcome!

Silverdale Junior Rugby – See attached information – 2021 Junior Rugby Flyer