Kia ora Koutou,

This week our thoughts and sympathies are with Pigeon Mountain School as they try to deal with the terrible loss of a child from a car accident in the school carpark. I have passed on a message to the school from our school community of care, support and sympathy.  I would like to thank you all for the care you take in dropping off correctly and at pick up. We have tightened our own procedures to ensure we can all be as safe as we can.

After School Pick up Clarification – Every teacher walks the children down to the new concrete area by the new building and the roundabout. Bus children are dropped to the bus lines up by the office first. Teachers are all in their “hi viz vests”. There is one teacher at the bottom steps by the hall and can help direct children to cars in the bottom car park. CHILDREN WILL NOT BE IN THE TREES please as it is too close to the driveway. Pick up is from 3:00- 3:15. If you cannot make it by then we will bring the children up to the top. If it is going to be really late then they can be booked into after school care at SKIDS –

Thank you everyone for supporting the procedures, as it enables everyone to be safe at both drop-off times and pick-up times.  If you need to pick your child up earlier, this must be organised through the office. Children will be brought to you, rather than you going straight to classes and doing this yourself. Then the office will record the child as being present or not.

Bus Safety – Our children have recently been given some further training and advice from Constable Brian and Mr Irvine on how to use the bus, appropriate behaviour, and older children caring for each other.  This seems to be going really well for our students using the service. Please be aware that the bus service has always been a privilege, not a right for families. The only children who have the first right to travel on the bus are those in the (TEZ) TRANSPORT  ENTITLEMENT  ZONE. Please check our school website for this if you are unsure, almost everyone is advised of this on enrolment. All parents are required to wait with their children in the morning and to be there at pick up in the afternoon. This can be a shared responsibility between families if this works, but must be organised by you as parents. We are aware of some difficulty at pressure points of pick up, such as Kowhai corner. The privilege of using the bus will need careful consideration by all parents of where to park to catch the bus and ensuring you wait, if it is not safe then perhaps driving closer to another stop or to school is the best solution.  Maybe parking a bit further and walking to the stop will work for you. Please do inform Jason Irvine or myself of any issues or questions you may have to do with buses as we are the “Bus Controllers” for  Wainui School.


Pippa and Sorelle !!!!

Book Week We had an awesome day yesterday dressed up as space characters and starting the day with a parade.  Congratulations to every child, mum, dad, family member or caregiver that spent the weekend creating, it was just fantastic and lots of fun for Monday!!.

Book week is all about focussing ourselves on Literacy (our school target), reading more stories, teachers reading to different classes and having a book fair in the library whereby you can come and purchase books as well. Thank you to Ms. Stevenson and the Year 8 Library team of Alex Poninghaus, Grace Wallace Pram, Reghan Portig, Brooke Nathan and Phoebe Walker for all your hard work getting the library ready and transforming it into such a fun place.

Board Of Trustees 

One of the main focuses at last week’s meeting was the Charter that sets the direction for the next 3 years. Every school has to have a charter that includes goals for at least 3 years, annual plans and a focus target. This is in its final draft and is the culmination of gathering information from the community which includes ( FOWS, Surveys, Maori Consultation, Kahui Ako information and Board of Trustees members).  It also includes data and input from the teachers, support staff and students. A day in the holidays was set aside to work through these goals with an independent consultant, Jan Hill from The Education Group. This enables all of us BOT and myself to be free to contribute in the same setting rather than running the day. We are thrilled with the new goals that set the direction, we also thank Sarah Bell for her graphics that contribute to our new look and feel Charter!! The Charter is attached and shared here in the newsletter and will be emailed to each family.

2021 -2023 Strategic Plan – Wainui Community

Please feel free to contribute your thoughts via email to the Board Secretary, Mel Ludwig –


Year 5 & 6 Interschool Swimming Team

The Year 5 & 6 swimming team of  Harry Browne Hale, Seamus Avery, Connor Kerr, Jett Le, Ayden Krynauw, Caitlin Bailey, Sahasra Datla, Neva Atkinson, Nevaya Thrupp, Capri Fairhurst and Ruby Rowley competed at the Hibiscus Coast Interschool Swimming Sports.  Years 5 & 6 had a great day at the event with Mr Ng, in fact the results were the best we have ever had in many years with the team achieving 1st place for the boys and 11th place for the girls.  The combined team placed 3rd overall.

Well done to the following students for individual results –  Seamus Avery who placed 3rd in the individual medley, 2nd in backstroke, 1st in breaststroke, 4th in freestyle and 2nd place in the relay, Harry Browne Hale who placed 3rd in backstroke and 2nd in the freestyle relay and 4th in the medley, Connor Kerr who placed 3rd in backstroke and 2nd in the relay medley and Aidan Krynauw who placed 2nd in the freestyle relay.  The girl’s freestyle relay team of Caitlin Bailey, Ruby Rowley, Emily Coupe and Nevaya Thrupp came 4th place overall.  A massive congratulations to all.


Learning Conversations – These are happening this week. Please ensure you have made time as one of our goals is to ensure we have 100% attendance at these conversations. These conversations are to ensure that in Term one we have set the scene (even though we have been in lockdown twice!!) parents, the teacher and the student are all able to discuss where the student is at and how everyone can work together to ensure the best possible learning takes place.  Each child has a learning map, page or slides depending on which team they are as this will enable you to know where your child is at in learning and where they are heading. Mrs. Taylor (SENCO) and myself also have time slots available, if you wish to make a time.

Swimming –  Pool News – Sadly as we approach Easter swimming has ceased. We have noticed many children had stopped swimming due to colds and a bad virus that seems to have hit the senior school. The pool is now closed for the season.  The pool will be emptied at some stage this year to be repainted.

Easter House Day – Thursday 1st April –  On Thursday will be the first event run by the house leaders. If you can, your child is encouraged to wear their house colours for this day. There will be some chocolate as it is a treat for Easter. If you do not wish your child to have the little tiny chocolate eggs, please ensure the teacher knows.

Treats –  We do at Wainui School encourage at all times healthy eating and only water in water bottles to drink as do all schools in New Zealand. Now and then chocolate or lollies will be a treat by a student leader or an adult or at fun days. BUT, this is most definitely a treat, not an everyday occurrence as for most people in their everyday life.  We do not have a tuck shop and only Sushi can be ordered for a bought lunch enabling parents to have full control over the lunch box and what their child eats. Children are expected to bring home all their leftovers and lunch wrappers as this also enables you as the parent to see what they are eating as sometimes children need further help or monitoring which the Junior Teachers are often able to do.

Weetbix Triathlon – Thank you Leslie Ann Linn for being here on Sunday to do the Weetbix Triathlon.  Congratulations to all that completed the course!!


Easter brings a short week, Easter Monday and the traditional Tuesday are both holidays. For your information, the reason schools have always had Easter Tuesday is it is a  hangover of a “shopping day” for the country people who needed to get to town.

Kaipara Summer Sports – Friday 9th April –  All the Year 7 & 8s join the Kaipara Schools in a summer sports day to celebrate the end of summer.  All information for this day has been sent home by Ms Stevenson the Team Leader.


Bike A Thon – Thursday 15th April  – Have you signed up on Line yet? Have you seen the baskets of prizes and talked about this at home. If you haven’t you could do so this weekend at Easter to get Grandma and Grandpa to sponsor you!!

Thank you to Mel Mayes for all her hard work in getting the prizes organised and from the $500 grand prize for a bike to the 7 baskets all lined up in my office!! I love this day and look forward to seeing everyone on their bikes having fun.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP! So far we have 62 students and nearly $4000 dollars in sponsorship – what an amazing effort!  If you haven’t signed up yet – head to  Click on the top right hand corner link ‘Fundraising Hub’ and follow the ‘Steps’ to register each child. *Note each child will need a different email address – and can use their individual Wainui school address’s if they want to.  Every student has the opportunity to set up their own fundraising page, and there are great prizes and incentives for all students! We have over 50 spot prizes to giveaway during registration!  If you need any help email for direct assistance.  We understand that online may not be accessible for every student, so we will still have paper forms for cash donations and sponsorships available in the office. Please contact or collect from the office if you would prefer one of these.  We have secured a ‘Brand New Bike’ ($500 Torpedo 7 Voucher) for the Major prize. All children who raise more than $50 in sponsorship will go into the draw to win this. AND all children with $20 or more in sponsorship will go in the draw to win a basket full of goodies – we have 5 to give away and there’s an even bigger basket of goodies for the child with the most sponsors, and the child with most amount raised. AND don’t forget our class prize – for the class that raises the most money, they will be treated to a Movie, Popcorn and Pizza afternoon!  For a full list of prizes this year head to:  Again – a huge Thank you to our Event sponsor SJA Honey, and our Gold sponsor Narallen Pools!  Thanks to your sponsorship this years Bike-athon will be a SWEET success!  Any other queries or help – please email Mel Mayes at  Have a Happy Easter and THANKS from your FOWS team.


A very happy and safe Easter everyone.  There will be no newsletter next week, just information on the Bike a thon.

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • 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)
  • Thursday 1st April – Easter House Day
  • 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
  • Monday 12th April – Pumpkin Judging – 12 noon.
  • 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.


sKids WainuiEaster Tuesday 6th April – Will offer a special 8:30am – 3pm session on Easter Tuesday, 6th April. Registrations, enrolments and bookings can be made via Aimy, sKids Parent Portal & Booking system. sKids will be short-staffed on the day so the 6th April programme will be run at sKids Stella Maris (50 Silverdale St, Silverdale).

  1. Go to Aimy website at
  2. Register parent account (if not yet registered)
  3. Enrol children
  4. Load booking – select Special Day as booking type.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with booking, please email

sKids Wainui | m: 027 846 1725 l w:

Thinking Caps – See attached flyer

Sushi4U – Clever sushi4U are at it again, this time making FUN Easter sushi for the kids (and for the staff too!).  Easter sushi will be on the menu from Monday 29 March through to Thursday 1 AprilTo get orders in QUICK, sushi4u have dropped the price for orders placed before Saturday 27 MarchOrders placed from Saturday 27 March will be an extra $1 per pack. 

ezlunch is celebrating turning 10!  PARTY ON!!  We don’t want the party to end!  So we’ll be running another class party competition.  Order ezlunch for delivery Now – 1 April and be into WIN!  Party bags for your whole class including a $10 ezlunch voucher per child…. AND there’s 10 cupcakes for the school office!

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.

Learning Conversations – You are now able to book your Learning Conversation/s for your child/ children via the School Interview booking system.

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/

Wainui – Louvres By Design – Pumpkin Growing Competition – It’s that time of year again- time to judge the pumpkins that you have grown.  If you entered this competition last year by buying pumpkin plants from the Garden to Table programme, now is the time to bring them into school for judging. You have until Monday 12th April to bring them into school, judging will be on this day at noon.

The pumpkins need to be placed on the deck outside Kahikatea class (beside the office), with the child’s name attached to the pumpkin in some way.

Thanks to Louvres By Design for their generous donation of prizes.


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

  •  Rata: Miwa Atkinson (Resilience), Ella Vermeer (Resilience) and Adriana Magan (Relational).
  •  Kohekohe: Hayley Smith (Resilience), Nyana Santos (Resilience) and Grayson Hewitt (Respect).
  •  Pukatea:  Helena Mloda (Resilience), Harley Gaitau (Resilience) and Thomas Pengelly (Resourceful).
  •  Karaka: Zain Ouzoun (Resilience), Sio Alapati (Resilience) and Franklin Jarvie (Respect).
  •  Puriri: Alfie Keane (Resilience), Jackson Magan (Resilience) and Evie Drinkwater (Resourceful).
  •  Pohutakawa: Jake Robertson (Resourceful), Hannah Wallace (Resilience) and Emily Thompson (Resilience).
  •  Koromiko: Manu Sparkes (Resilience), Liam Ingleton (Resilience) and Natalie Graves (Resilience).
  •  Kawakawa: William Hewitt (Resilience), Tiana Sweeney (Resilience) and Maya Russell (Resilience).
  •  Nikau: Caekan MacBride (Resilience), Felix Latham (Resilience) and Lily Cameron (Reflective).
  •  Totara: Jacob Todd (Resilience), Oliver Bell (Resilience) and Seamus Avery (Relational).
  •  Matai: Nina Keller (Resilience), Liam Miners (Resilience) and Leo Banton (Resilience).
  •  Rimu: Harper Laurie (Resilience), Eva Sparkes (Resilience) and Hunter Hadley (Resourceful).
  •  Kahikatea: Violet Clayton (Resilience), Sunny Odedra (Resilience) and Ashton Becker-Crawford (Reflection).
  •  Kauri: Shiva Sivakumaran (Resilience), Morgan Keller (Resilience) and Isabella Green (Resourceful).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Travis Dunning, (Rimu), Pippa Heaton, (Matai), Sterling Purdie, (Totara), Lachlan Raikes, (Nikau), Leah Andrell, (Pohutukawa),  Charlie Graystone, (Koromiko) and Skyla Flavell, (Kawakawa).


Hibiscus Coast AFC – Football for 5 & 6 year olds and 7 & 8 year olds – see attached flyers