Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome back everyone to Term 2, I hope you have all had a wonderful break and are fit and well for the term!! During the holidays you will see there has been plenty happening to improve our school. The steps between the staffroom and the Pukeko classes are almost finished and these will make it safer and easier to reach the big playground and the bottom fields.

The bottom playing field has been raked, rolled and grass seeded, which will affect the playing fields until the grass grows. We have planned to use alternative areas, we will open the bush and use the bike track to ensure we all have room to play.

The offices, sickbay and small toilet have all been painted in the holidays and it has only just been finished so Monday will see us all moving everything back, we are sorry if this is an inconvenience.

Lastly, we have curtains in the hall! A huge thank you to Lindsay and Tania Ledger for making this happen.  They look amazing and will be fabulous for various events.

Congratulations Everyone!! – What an amazing success Bike-a-thon was. Thursday was fun and enabled everyone who wanted to participate.  Thank you FOWS for the food, drinks and treats.  The school raised $24,600.61 – Amazing!

The Bike donated by 99 Bikes raised $560.00.  A huge thank you is extended to 99 bikes located in Barrys Point Road, Takapuna on the North Shore.   The bike was won by Lisa McHardy (sister of one of our parents), who came up from Wellington to receive her bike!!

The prizegiving for everyone will be held this Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. Thank you Mel Mayes for all your organisation and drive to ensure this event had prizes and the Raise It website was accessible to us all. What a fantastic end to Term 1.  Well done FOWS (Friends of Wainui School) we are well on the way to meeting our target as a BOT of raising $35,000 in 2021.

I have added some photos of the day, a great way to end the term!!

What else has been happening over the holidays – ANZAC Day at the Upper Waiwera Cenotaph was very special, firstly because we were able to celebrate together, last year due to COVID-19 the service was cancelled. This year many of the local community gathered to commemorate those that lost their lives in a service led By Mr Jason Irvine and attended by probably the largest gathering of locals, children and special dignitaries, Members of Parliament, Auckland Councillors and especially a huge gathering of the locals. Thank you to Maureen Patterson for opening her home to the whole community for afternoon tea, a very special day for the community.

Student Councillors, Bella Browne Hale and Iziah Brown lay the wreath from Wainui School

Mr. Irvine leading the commemoration at Upper Waiwera Cenotaph, Bella and Iziah both contributed with readings.

News HUB item on speed outside our school gate – Some of you may have seen a small appearance of myself on TV 3 Newshub On Saturday 24th April with the proposal that Government are looking at all schools will have speed limits reduced to 30kms per hour in urban areas and 60kms per hour in rural areas. This would be greatly received by us, but sooner rather than later!!

Here’s the link to the video if you want to watch –

Monday Morning – Many of you would have seen a gathering, including myself, Board of Trustees members, Constable Bryan, Leslie Ann Linn, FOWS Chairperson, an engineer from Auckland Transport (AT) all gather with MP Chris Penk to further discuss the issue of speed and how we can fast track lowing the speed requirements outside our school gate at drop off and pick up times. We know many parents are concerned about the volume and speed of traffic going past the school gate. This is not proving to be easy but with some discussion with these members we hope to “fast track” the process. In the interim, we have agreed that AT will provide red slow signs and will double school signage within 2 months.  AT will also reassess the attachment of speed cable to be fitted across the road outside of Wainui School for further evidence of speed and traffic usage.

Constable Bryan will continue to support Wainui School and has offered road safety suggestions which the school staff and possible parent group will follow. Leslie Ann will arrange another date for Chris to visit Wainui between the hours of 2.30pm – 3.30pm.  The FOWS group will continue to discuss and ensure this is an ongoing priority for our school.


Welcome to all new families and to Ms Sandy Tollemache, the new teacher in Pukatea class (Year 1) and to the 4 student teachers we have in training with Mr Ng, Miss Ross and Miss Robinsons. We look forward to getting to know all of you and wish you, especially in this first week a great start.

Official opening of the new building – Friday 7th May 2:00pm – We are very pleased to now celebrate our wonderful new learning spaces!!!  Kiwi team children and teachers are organising and leading the official opening and invite everyone to attend. There will also be a staff member from the Ministry of Education Property Team, our Labour Minister Maraja Lubrick, the Architects from DLM, Builders and Board of Trustees members past and present attending.  The celebrations including speeches, waiata, and afternoon tea. There will also be more celebrations. at 3:30pm in the staff room.


Assembly – Friday 14th May – 2:00pm – First assembly for the term will be led by the Tui team in Year 5 & 6. We will welcome new students and teachers to the school and celebrate the value of Respect Whakaute.


Team Newsletters – Will come out at the end of the week.  These contain all the information you wish to know for each team, all dates for the term are there and will be updated on the website.


Thank you to Mrs. Howard and Miss Robinson for all the work getting the winter sports teams organised, Thank you to all parents, caregivers, and students for all the pre-season training, practice, and organisation to get the sports teams ready for the new season!! Let’s hope 2021 is successful, fun and everyone can play until the end of the season!!

Ka kite ano,

Gillian Bray


  • Monday 3rd May – First Day of Term 2
  • Friday 7th May – 2.00pm – Opening of the new building
  • Thursday 13th May – School Photos
  • Friday 14th May – Whole school assembly – Tui Team – 2.00pm
  • Monday 17th May – Road Safety Week
  • Tuesday 18th May – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 19th May – FOWS Meeting – Staffroom – 7.00pm
  • Thursday 20th May – Otago Problem Solving Challenge
  • Friday 21st May – Pink Shirt Day
  • Friday 21st May – Kaipara Triathlon
  • Friday 28th May – Whole School Assembly – Pukeko Team – 2.00pm
  • Monday 31st May – Wednesday 2nd June – Takahe Team Camp – Shakespeare Park
  • Friday 4th June – Teachers Only Day – NO SCHOOL TODAY
  • Monday 7th June – Queens Birthday – Public Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday 8th June – Wai Factor Semi Finals this week
  • Monday 14th June – Science Roadshow – Years 5 – 8
  • Tuesday 15th June – BOT Meeting – Staffroom – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 16th June – FOWS Meeting – Staffroom – 7.00pm
  • Friday 18th June – Whole School Assembly – Takahe Team – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 24th June – Otago Problem Solving Challenge
  • Friday 25th June – Wai Factor Final – 2.00pm
  • Monday 28th June – Matariki Week
  • Friday 2nd July – Matariki Assembly and House Day
  • Saturday 3rd July – Quiz Night
  • Monday 5th July – Life Education Caravan Visit – All Week
  • Friday 9th July – Whole School Assembly – Kiwi Team – 2.00pm
  • Friday 9th July – End of Term 2


Garden to Table – This term we will continue to run the Garden to Table programme for Years 5- 8 on a Wednesday. Garden to Table’s aim is to introduce young children to the wonderful world of good food by developing a productive food garden and an exciting kitchen environment which provides a nurturing place to share food. We hope to ignite the curiosity of our tamariki and help them learn how to grow delicious food, how to recognise when it is ripe and at its best, how to prepare it easily and enjoyably, and how sharing food you have grown and prepared together is a lot of fun. We rely on parents to help with this programme alongside our specialist staff, if you would be able to help on Wednesdays please contact You do not have to be an expert in this area, as your learning can happen with the children and the programme is led by our specialist staff.

School Photos  – School photos is Thursday 13th May.  Please see attached flyer. The only form that needs to come back to school BEFORE Photo Day is the Family/ Sibling Photo order form. This will be handed out to students today.

Waitotara Sustainable & Resilient Living – Winter Workshops

– Ferment (kombucha and sauerkraut), Sunday 16th May 1-4pm, $45.00 includes scoby, mother brew and sauerkraut and homemade afternoon tea.
– How to use my chainsaw, Sunday 23rd May 10.30am -11.30am, $10.00.
– Introduction to Permaculture, Sunday 30th May, 10am-3pm, $90.00 includes healthy homemade lunch and afternoon tea.
– Winter Fruit Tree Prune, Sunday 13th June and Sunday 27th June 1-4pm, $45.00 and includes home made afternoon tea.
Go to our facebook page for more details, direct message us, email: or call 027 234 3242.


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

  •  Rata: Reign Rangihune (Resourceful), Harvey O’Neill (Resourceful) and Yael Blanario (Resilience).
  •  Kohekohe: Ewan Scott (Resourceful), Charlotte Andrell (Resourceful) and Poppy Mexted (Reflective).
  •  Pukatea:  Chloe Marshall (Relational), Kylie Thomas (Resourceful) and Milyn McCulluch (Resourceful).
  •  Karaka: Jasmine Flavell (Resourceful), Kyla Erasmus (Resourceful) and Millen Hamblyn (Resourceful).
  •  Puriri: Kenzie Banton (Resourceful), Limari Van Dyk (Resourceful) and Danika Skelton (Resilience).
  •  Pohutakawa: Kobe Olivier (Resourceful), Sophie Elliott (Resourceful) and Nalia Searle-Pauli (Resourceful).
  •  Koromiko: Kyron Sams (Resourceful), Mackenzie King (Resourceful) and Isla Mexted (Resourceful).
  •  Kawakawa: Kian McMillan Mayes (Resourceful), Maya Russell (Resourceful) and Austin Perry (Resourceful).
  •  Nikau: Taya Hawken (Resourceful), Charlotte Adlam (Resourceful) and Emily Coupe (Respect).
  •  Totara: Hanco Van Dyke (Resourceful), Talia Flavell (Resourceful) and Ruby Rowley (Resilience).
  •  Matai: Neva Atkinson (Resourceful),Harry Browne Hale (Resourceful) and Pearle Glasgow (Resourceful).
  •  Rimu: Lara Ibbett (Resourceful), Amelia Graves (Resourceful) and Milly Rossiter (Resourceful).
  •  Kahikatea: Samantha Neely (Resourceful) and Sebastian Oswald (Resourceful).
  •  Kauri: Maya Ledger (Resourceful), Logan Grey (Resourceful), Quinten Clarke (Reflective).

Our amazing Hellyer Cup Winners were Karlo Baulcomb (Puriri), Adelle Wells-Lakeland (Karaka), Helena Mloda (Pukatea), Micky Long (Kohekohe) and Ella Vermeer (Rata).


Kelly Sports – See attached flyer for Term 2 information