Kia ora Koutou,

Midterm and we are now back in Level 1, Auckland is gripped by a race and we can resume all of the activities we are used to being able to do. Can you believe we have started school 3 times!!! Each time of course is easier and I think we all agree we enjoy face-to-face learning rather than behind a screen all day. Please try to not become over anxious at the fact we have already missed the beginning of the term for learning intensely, but if you had connected and had done some of the learning activities if not all things will return to a more routine way of being!!  Some activities have been outrightly cancelled, some activities have been postponed or are being done in different ways.  We are flexible and at times have to make some tough decisions as has much of the world over the last year.


The CUP came to visit!!


America’s Cup – How lucky we were to have one of only 7 replica America’s Cups come and visit us first thing Monday morning!! The Catchpole family kindly brought in the cup that they had bought at a charity auction for us all to see and touch!!  Thank you Dylan Catchpole for sharing so much information about the “Oldest Cup” in the world!!  Our photo was sent to Team New Zealand and we received a reply from Grant Dalton thanking us for our support!

Tui Team – Miss Goodyer’s and Mr O’Reilly’s classes are now, as of today in their newly refurbished classes and back down as a team with the rest of the TUI team classes. The classes have been refurbished to modern learning and innovative learning standards and are a wonderful place for these teachers to be in. We are thrilled that the company APS was able to deliver these classes within the agreed timeframe to us. Our school is in a great position now for learning, with most classes having been upgraded, or are new over the last 10 years. Only 4 classes are left to do this, these will occur in the next five years plan, which will be in  3 years’ time.

Year 8 Student Councillors  –  Attended a Rural Schools workshop for young students with Auckland Transport and they discussed issues around using the bus and our roads, in particular, speed and have bought up our school entry and exit.

Swimming Lessons at Northern Arena – These are in progress this week for all Year 5 – 8 students.  This is an amazing opportunity to access the cheapest swimming lessons in a pool at the right depth for the older children. Caps and goggles are mandatory and we look forward to assessing how these lessons go as it a new initiative.

Swimming for Years 1 – 4 –  Continues at school most days.  If your child will swim, please ensure at school they have a cap and goggles. Our pool is a real asset and this helps the filters with keeping it clean. Sadly this year like last year we will not be holding a Junior Swimming Festival, Covid-19 has again affected the swimming times we have had and the amount of instruction we have been able to provide. The swimming pool cover is unable to be used as yet as the building site works left it very dirty underneath. We have to wait until the end of the season to properly clean it without contaminating the pool and waiting further for the filter and chemicals to bring it back, Time frames are too short this season. We are so fortunate to have a pool to teach swimming in and the junior children do get swimming and water safety instruction most days at present.

PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) professional development – This starts in 2021 with Mr. Irvine attending a meeting at Dairy Flat School who are also a PB4L school. Our schools set up children for success, teach and review effective behaviour, and works on communicating in a positive way behaviour expectations, as well as having positive relationships that promote appropriate behaviour. This sits alongside all our 5R Values and works on the positive, rather than the negative.


Interschool Swimming Sports at Northern Arena for Year 5 & 6  A team of representatives will be chosen from the TUI team during this weeks lessons at Northern Arena.


Bike A Thon –  Thursday 15th April – Our annual Bike-a-Thon fundraiser is launching on Monday 22nd March – NEXT WEEK!
We will again this year be using our online event fundraiser and further information will be sent out on how to register your child online for this fundraiser and how to get your donations coming in.  The Bike-a-thon is our first fundraiser for the year and is a really fun event for all the children and families, EVERYONE is welcome to attend the day.   The children complete laps of the bike track, according to their year groups in a set time period which is appropriate for their age.   In order to make this event a huge success, we are seeking support from key local organisations. We are looking for financial support as well as prizes to help encourage our students to raise as much as they can for our bike-a-thon.

Sponsorship options below:

Overall Event Sponsor $1500.00
Gold Corporate Sponsors $100 – $500
Prize donations – Anything gratefully received

Prize donations: we would very much like to focus our prizes for this event around physical activity or opportunities for spending time with friends and whanau.  Examples of prizes we would love to provide for our participants include (but not limited to); bikes, scooters, balls, sporting goods vouchers, sporting equipment, vouchers for family activities such as movies, bowling, climbing, mini-golf, etc.  We recognize our supporters in our weekly school newsletters, our Facebook page, and our school website, the event itself, and of course our online fundraising website too.  The earlier we receive a donation, the more advertising coverage your business will receive in the weeks leading up to the event! Any physical donations/vouchers or financial support can be sent to the school office or contact me and I can arrange collection. ANY donation is greatly appreciated!  The funds raised from this event will go to sustaining the levels of support in our school with Teacher Aides, continuing to develop and upgrade our play areas, and continuing to ensure levels of technology, computers, and robotics areas continue.  If you would like to donate, please contact Mel Mayes on 021 2380577 or email me at    for further details.

A HUGE Thank you to Narellan Pools for your Gold sponsorship for the Bike-a Thon 2021

Learning Conversations Will take place in Week 8, Wednesday 31st March and Thursday 1st April from 3.00 – 6.30pm.  An online booking system is “set up” for you to choose a time. If this just cannot work for your family please make an alternative time with the teacher as we do understand. Our interviews are to establish learning goals with your child in a 3-way situation, (parents, child, and the teacher).  See instructions on booking.

Click on and enter the Event Code: j369m

Step 1: Enter your email address, parents full name, number of students you are booking for and the students name/s. Click the “Go” button.

Step 2: For each student, select your child’s classroom under the first dropdown box and select their teacher under the second dropdown box. Click the “Go” button.

Step 3: Choose the time/s you would like for your Learning Conversation/s by clicking on a time slot that suits you. Missing checkboxes mean that the time has already been booked by someone else. Click the “Go” button.

You have the option to print out a copy of the time/s you have booked, a confirmation will also be emailed to you. You can view, change or cancel your booking by using the link in the email confirmation.

The Learning Conversations are being held on Wednesday 31st March from 3.00pm – 6.30pm and Thursday 1st April from 3.00pm – 6.30pm and are 12 minutes in length with 3 minutes in between Conversations.

If you need help making your booking/s please come to the office and ask. We will also have a computer set up there that you can use to make your booking/s.

Wainui School Winter Sport Registration 2021 – The organisers this year are Mrs. Howard and Mr. Irvine who are helping to set up the registrations. Thank you, Mrs. Howard for already getting this going!! We would love to see parents coaching or managing if you can spare the time, you don’t have to be an expert, just keen to help the children!

Please see below for registrations/signup. The season runs throughout Term 2 and 3.  If you would like to play Netball, Hockey or Basketball for Wainui School, please sign up through the registration forms- links below. Please Note: Netball is for Years 1-8, Hockey Years 3-8, Basketball Years 5-8. Please complete Registration by Friday 12th March.  If you have any questions please get in touch with Mrs Howard, Sports Coordinator –

Years 3-4 Hockey is played on Mondays at Metropark
Years 5-6 Hockey is played on Tuesdays at Rosedale Park
Year 7-8 Hockey, depends on the grade, it could be either Monday, Tuesday or Saturdays at North Harbour Hockey Stadium

Netball Registration form-link
Hockey Registration form-link
Basketball Registration form-link


Thank you everyone for your cooperation in Covid-9 Level 2 !!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Monday 15th – Friday 19th March – Northern Arena swimming for Years 5 – 8
  • Tuesday 23rd March – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 24th March – FOWS Meeting – 7.00pm – Staffroom
  • Thursday 25th March – Year 5 & 6 Interschool Swimming.
  • Friday 26th March – Tui & Kiwi Assembly – 2.00pm
  • Sunday 28th March – Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon – Virtual at Wainui School
  • Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st March – Book Fair.
  • Wednesday 31st March – 3.00pm – 6.30pm & Thursday 1st April – 3.00pm – 6.30pm – Learning Conversations
  • Thursday 1st April – Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (New 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 – Pukeko Assembly – 2.00pm.
  • Friday 16th April – End of Term 1.


Book WeekMonday 29th to Thursday 1st April  – Our Wainui School Book Fair will be happening, this is an exciting week with the emphasis put on reading for pleasure. The fair will be held in the school hall and the opening hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.15am till 8.55am and then in the afternoons from 3pm till 4.30pm and Thursday from 8.15 am until 8.55am. Every book purchased earns rewards for the school, we are then able to use these rewards to purchase books for the school library. In the past this annual event has earned us close to $1000 in rewards. 

The Monday of book week will begin with a book parade, all children are able to come to school dressed in costume and parade their costumes with their classes. The theme for this years Book Fair is Space, we encourage children to come dressed as this theme, but if they wish to wear a different costume that’s also acceptable. This parade will be at 9am Monday (weather prevailing).  Teachers will also be visiting classrooms in the afternoon to share their love for reading by reading their favourite stories to different classes.  Book week is always a favourite with the students and this year should be as exciting and fun as it normally is.

Garden to Table – Our first week of Garden to Table started last week finally!!!! It was so great to see all the students so engaged with their learning in both the garden and the kitchen. The wedges and peach and apple crumble were delicious and a big hit with everyone. A big thanks to Stephen Pengelly, and his company “Hard Out Haulage” for the generous donation of topsoil for our garden to table programme, very generous and most appreciated.

Hoodies – We are now taking orders for school hoodies.  The prices are as follows:
Child – 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 – $45.00 and Adult – XS, S, M, L, XL – $50.00.  Extra $6 for printing of name.  Orders close on Friday 19th March.

Weet-Bix TRYathlon – Sunday 28th March – The Weetbix Tryathlon is cancelled at Manly for 2021, but it can be run virtually!  If you wish to complete it virtually the school grounds will be available on Sunday for use of the bike track and pool.   Leslie Ann Linn (Person in charge of the school grounds) will be onsite to unlock, monitor and lock the pool. Supervision, timing and registration by parents for this event is mandatory.

ezlunch is celebrating turning 10! – Every ezlunch order delivered to school Monday 8th  – Friday 19th March will go in the draw to WIN party bags containing fun activities for your whole class to enjoy, including a $10 ezlunch voucher per child.   Go to (or direct to our school shop on to log in and place your order.

Brain Play –  coding, robotics, and 3d printing classes. After-school, weekend, and holiday courses. Free trials available. Ages 5+. Email us for more information on or see”  See attached flyer – Brain Play newsletter ad 1 5


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

  •  Rata: Benji Todd (Respect), Skylah Sweetman-Jones (Respect) and Grace Horne (Resilience).
  •  Kohekohe: Bill Coghlan (Respect), Micky Long (Respect) and Chloe Epp (Relational).
  •  Pukatea:  O’Rylee Greening (Respect), Sophie O’Connor (Respect) Elle Olivier (Relational).
  •  Karaka: Nina Bell (Respect), Donald Lin (Respect) and Adelle Wells-Lakeland (Resilience).
  •  Puriri: Bastian Brown (Respect), Brody Kerr (Respect) and Alicia Bailey (Resilience).
  •  Pohutakawa: Ava-Rose Todd (Respect), Anthony Doherty (Respect) and Jackson Ledger (Respect).
  •  Koromiko: Vuliana Lodge (Respect), Jadon Linton (Respect) and Sophie Holder (Respect).
  •  Kawakawa: George Jarvie (Respect). Vili Alapati (Respect) and Summer Starr (Resilience).
  •  Nikau: Marili Van Dyk (Relational), William Parker (Resilience) and Hamish Allen (Respect).
  •  Totara: Emily Gray (Respect), Eva Pengelly (Respect) and Lucian Allen (Resilience).
  •  Matai: Jacob Brown (Respect), Kai Griffiths and Haele Coghlan (Relational).
  •  Rimu: Lincoln Pahuru (Respect), Caitlin Bailey (Respect) and Ella Marshall (Resilience).
  • Kahikatea: Leonie Schweitzer (Respect), Logan McDermid Venter (Respect) and Ruby Mayes (Reflection).
  • Kauri: Iziah Brown (Respect), Phoebe Walker (Respect) and Alex Poninghaus (Resilience).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Bella Browne Hale (Kauri) and Anna Flinn (Kahikatea).


Holiday Surf Programme – We are running our popular Holiday Surf Programme at Orewa Beach during the autumn school holidays. This has been designed to get children active over the school holidays and build their water confidence through the enjoyment of surfing.

Hibiscus Coast AFC –  We have a special session of Beach girls football coming up, we will have giveaways and prizes.  We are promoting girls football and we might have a Football Fern down on the day so come along to this FUNtastic event on Friday 19th March.  Players can just turn up on the day!  See attached for further information.

Hibiscus Coast AFC  – Please see attached flyer regarding football for 5 to 8 years old at the club – HBC football flyer

Scratch Pad – During the school holiday in April, we will offer a series of high-tech courses for kids.  See attached flyer.

Good as New Pre Loved Autumn Kids Market
Orewa Community Centre
Saturday  20 March
9am – 12 noon
45+ stalls selling pre-loved kids; clothes, toys, books, nursery furniture, buggies and lots more
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