Tēnā koutou e te whānau

 Thank you again for the beautiful kind words of support last week. I know that for many of our whānau who have friends and family in the worst effected areas, this will continue to be a stressful and worrying time for you. I hope everyone you love is accounted for and OK. 

Welcome to Stacey Davy.  Stacey will be working alongside Cindy in the office. Hayley is still with us but has been seconded to support our Learning Support project for the 2023 school year. 

Kaiarataki. You will have noticed that we have taken down many of the Kaiarataki (the jellybean like characters) from around the school. Kaiarataki were part of a branding package rolled out in 2015, with the intent of bring a cohesive brand to Arataki School. With the work in progress around creating our identity narrative, we feel that Kaiarataki no longer fit with our direction. The identity narrative that will be developed this year, with lots of input from you, will inform future visual artefacts and branding. So come along to our Whānau Hui on Wednesday 1st of March to be part of this exciting journey.

There's a lot happening over the next couple of weeks. A short term calendar was sent out to help make it easier to keep track of everything,  as I can imagine you will be getting lots of notices and Hero Posts and it would turn into information overload. 

A reminder….


You may be aware that teachers rejected the Governments offer late last year. This means our union members need to meet to decide on further action moving forward. The majority of our teaching staff are union members and they will be attending their Paid union Meeting on THURSDAY 2 MARCH. We ask that children be collected at 12:30pm this day. Reminders will be sent out over the next few weeks.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Ngā Mihi

Shelley Blakey


In this issue:

  • Dates for the Diary
  • News and Events
  • From the Sports Desk
  • ATK All Day, Every Day
  • Pre Loved Uniforms
  • Extra-Curriculars @ Arataki
  • After School Care/Program
  • Community Notices
  • Report an Absence

Dates for the Diary


1 March - Tuakana Swimming Sports - Y5-6

1 March - Whanau Hui - 5.30pm, School Hall

2 March - Paid Union Meeting - we ask children to be collected at 12.30pm

10 March - Ice Block Day

5 April - Last Day for Term 1

6 April - Teacher Only Day

Click here for 2022 and 2023 Term Dates

News and Events

ATK All Day, Every Day

For more information on attendance please click the link below.

ATK. All Day, Every Day! - Attendance Booklet

Pre Loved Uniforms

Needing a few pieces of uniform.  Come and see our pre-loved uniforms at the school office. 

Have your tamariki grown out of their uniforms?

Please consider donating them back to the kura.  These uniform donations are :

  • sold to our whanau for donations of $5-$10. The money raised is used for resources that support the learning of our tamariki. 
  • used for our tamariki who may need them.

These donations are gratefully received at the school office.

Extra Curriculars 

@ Arataki

After School Care/Program

Community Notices

Reporting an Absence

Does your child need to stay home today?

To let us know about any absences, please:

Call our absence line (07) 575 3497 select option 1.

Text 022 565 0021.

Email office@arataki.school.nz.

Complete our online form

Please include your:

  • child's name,
  • room number, 
  • how long they will be away and the
  • reason for your child's absence.