Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

That's a wrap for Term 2 and what a busy end of term. Last week fantastic learning was shared around the school during our Matariki open afternoon. Our wonderful Friends of the School put on three discos for the children and we had an amazing performance from STRIKE. The tamariki and staff were definitely immersed in The Arts. Check out News and Events below to see more.

Principal Appointment

 I will be continuing in the role of Acting Principal for Term 3 while the Board of Trustees follows our recruitment process for a new Principal. Please click the button below to fill in the survey as your feedback will definitely be used throughout this process. The survey closes on Wednesday 5 July.

Arataki School Principal Appointment Survey



This term we farewell two staff members, Sandra Laresen who has been team leader release and a regular reliever in the classrooms and  Darniel Netska who has been a part time teacher in our Montessori team. 

Next term we welcome two new staff members.  Rahera Kuka who will be teaching in Rm 13 replacing Gina Nuku who will be stepping up to support the Senior Leadership team during the Principal recruitment process. We welcome Grace Daniels who will be teaching part time in the Montessori team. 

Changes to lunch eating

Next term we are trialling a new eating time for lunch. Instead of the children eating lunch at 12:30 they will be eating lunch at 1pm. We will also be sharing with you via social media and Hero more about our lunches including where they come from and how the school lunch programme works. 

Structured Literacy

In Term 3 we are excited to share with you the work we have been undertaking in our classrooms and professional development around Structured Literacy. This will be on  Wednesday 2 August at 4pm-5pm in our school hall. You will recently have received a newsletter about Structured Literacy if you have not already read it I encourage you to click the button below and take a look.

Structured Literacy at Arataki Information Sheet


Road Safety

This is a reminder to use the school crossings when entering and exiting the school.  We know that parking can be an issue at peak times however please do not park on the yellow lines as this creates visibility issues for our staff and students on road patrol. 

Have a safe and happy holiday. 

Ngā mihi,

Shelley Craig

Dates for the Diary

17 July - Term 3 Begins - Pōhiri and New Whānau Hui

21 July - Tough Guys and Gals Challenge

25 July - Mount Maunganui College Roadshow - Year 6 Only

25 July - Hikurangi 100 Days Disco

26 July - Kopukairoa Whānau Hui

27 July - Year 3-5 - Netball Tournament

28 July - Hui-a-Kura - led by Mangatawa

Click here for 2023 Term Dates


In this issue:

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

News and Events

From the Sports Desk

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. 
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