Tēnā koutou e te whānau

What an amazing effort. Our community pulled together to support those impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. We sent over $4000 to Kids Can who have mobilised a massive effort to specifically support tamariki impacted. Our kids helping other kids. A huge thank you for your generosity.

Welcome to Tai Ballantyne. Tai is joining our team as our new Sports Coordinator. Our lovely Kendall is spreading her wings and heading off to a new career pathway. Tai brings with him extensive coaching and sporting knowledge, we are looking forward to him taking on this role.

We are getting closer to our hall being available again, there is still some furniture to clear. We are hopeful to have it back in action over the next couple of weeks, but absolutely by next term.

Upgrading our Courts

We have progress! We have a design (see below), we have been successful in receiving $55,000 in grants (From Grassroots and NZCT) and we have ordered the product. The install should happen within the next 3 - 4 months, depending when the product arrives. The product is called Nexxgrip and is made from 100% recycled materials, has good impact support and is durable and long lasting. We are looking forward to upgrading our space for our tamariki, sports teams and community.

Primary Principals and Teacher Industrial Action

Strike: Thursday 16 March

You are probably aware that Primary Principals and Teachers have rejected the Government's latest offer. Our NZEI union members have voted to take industrial action in the form of a strike on Thursday 16 March. 

Taking strike action is not something any of us want to do and it's important that you, our whānau, know that for us it's about more than just a pay increase and additional release time as the media is focusing on. 

It's about better conditions for kids. A major claim that you may not be aware of is to increase our staffing entitlement to support reducing class sizes and additional teachers to support our learners with additional needs. This would mean more teachers on the ground to ensure our class sizes foster learning and nurture relationships and additional teachers to support those who need it when they need it. The difference this would make for our ākonga and kaiako would be immediate and greatly improve outcomes for our tamariki. We are asking for an investment in our future. 

To show support we ask, if you are able, please keep your children home on Thursday 16 March. We have very few non-union members and will not be able to provide normal classroom programmes that day, we can however provide supervision if needed.

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


16 March - Primary Principals and Teachers Industrial Action 

                               - We ask our tamariki to stay home

18 March - Arataki Kapa Haka performing at the Multicultural Festival

20 March - WBOP Primary League 9 aside Tournament

22 March - Girls Playing Sport Day

29 March - Class Photo Day

31 March - Mufti Day (Arataki Friends of the School)

3-5 April - Kids Can Ride

5 April - Last Day for Term 1

6 April - Teacher Only Day

Click here for 2022 and 2023 Term Dates

News and Events

From the Sports Desk

ATK All Day, Every Day

Attendance letters will be sent out next week.  These letters are sent every six weeks as part of our attendance procedures to ensure whānau are kept updated.

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. 

Get ready for the colder weather.  We have a stack of pre-loved jumpers.

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 for our classrooms. 
  • 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.