Tēnā koutou e te whānau

What a fantastic morning we had at the beach with our Tuakana cross country yesterday and a special mention to the two orca’s who made an appearance and wowed the crowd. Thank you friends and whānau who supported this event . Next week we look forward to our Teina cross country here on our field. 

Winter sports have started with much excitement so good luck to all our winter teams in their individual codes over the coming term.

On Friday 26 May at 1:45pm we have our special Farewell assembly for our departing Principal Shelley Blakey. You are all warmly invited to attend.

Ngā mihi,

Shelley Craig

Dates for the Diary

21 May - Class Photo orders in for FREE delivery to school

25 May - Teina Cross Country

26 May - Shelley Blakey's Farewell

29 May - Mid Term Pohiri - for our new tamariki.

2 June - School Hui - Led by Mauao

4 June - Kings Birthday - School Closed

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

Arataki Friends of the School AGM

Travel Safe Workshop

On Tuesday our student leaders attended the Travel Smart Workshop. 

Here is their recount of the day. 

It was really fun and we made new friends.  We learnt about Road to Zero, which is about road safety, reducing the amount of cars on the road and also reducing the road toll. We did a lot of activities about road safety.  We did a Speed test.  We learnt that the faster cars go, the longer it takes them to stop. We had to walk, run, then sprint, and when she said stop we had to stop. The faster we went the further we went, it was hard to stop.  This is like when cars go fast and there's a red light, the car might not be able to stop in time and cause a crash.  

We also did a Bike shop activity where we had to buy things to make us safe on our bikes. We did a Graduate walk, and we walked around listening to our surroundings and thinking about what we are grateful for. We were grateful for Papatūānuku, friends and family, being a student leader, and for life.  We also got ideas for different rewards for the Wenerei (Wednesday) Challenge, which we are really excited to start. 

So it was a busy day of learning and fun. 

Arataki School is part of the Wednesday Challenge. This is about reducing the amount of cars on the roads by encouraging tamariki to think about the way they travel to school. Each week the student leaders collect the data and name the winning class for each team. We will be sharing more in the future. 

From the Sports Desk

ATK All Day, Every Day

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.