Tēnā koutou e te whānau

As we approach the end of another term, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the team here at Arataki School. Our staff give 100% and work tirelessly to provide the best they can for our tamariki and our community.  It has been really exciting to see some of our plans begin to come to fruition this term.

  1.  Our teaching team has embarked on a significant professional learning in Structured Literacy.  As with all new learning the journey provides opportunities to reflect on current beliefs and practices and lots of rich discussion about what is best for our tamariki.
  2. Our Curriculum Development team have been busy gathering lots of voice about who Arataki School is to begin to pull together a concise identity narrative…watch this space lots more to come!

I will be going on a sabbatical for Term 2. During my absence, our Deputy Principal, Shelley Craig will be taking over as the Acting Principal, supported by Tania Solomona and our Team Leaders. I know I leave Arataki School in very safe hands. I would like to thank you all in advance for your support during this time. I am looking forward to returning to our school community with a fresh perspective and renewed energy.

Have a safe and happy Easter.

Ngā mihi

Shelley Blakey

Dates for the Diary


5 April - Hero Reporting today

5 April - Last Day for Term 1

6 April - Teacher Only Day - Kahui Ako

24 April - Teacher Only Day - Curriculum Refresh

25 April - ANZAC Day

26 April - Term Two Begins

26 April - Pōhiri and New Whānau Hui

3 May - Whānau Conferences - 3.15pm - 5.30pm

4 May - Whānau Conferences - 1.15pm to 6.30pm

4 May - Half Day for Whānau Conferences - School finishes at 12.30pm


Click here for 2023 Term Dates


In this issue:

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

News and Events

Hero Reporting


Reports will be available through Hero on Wednesday, 5 March.

For information on how to access hero and the report for your tamariki please click the link below.

Term 1 Hero Reporting Information

Whānau Conferences

From the Sports Desk

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. 

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

Holiday Programmes

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.