Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you all had a restful break and got to enjoy some sunshine. We have a busy but exciting term ahead of us. 

Next week we have our Learning Matters Whanau Hui on Wednesday 2 July 4-5pm. This is to share with you what Structured Literacy is all about and for you to have an understanding of how we are teaching Literacy at Arataki School. Please return the slip that was sent home last week so we have an idea of numbers for catering and it also puts you in the draw for a prize. 

For more information on Structured Literacy please click the button below

Structured Literacy at Arataki Information Sheet


Principal Appointment

The Board of Trustees is well into the process of recruitment, the Principal’s Job advertisement has been posted and applicants have a couple more weeks to complete these. By the end of this term the Board will be able to inform you of the successful candidate.


It is with much sadness that I am informing you that Rachel Allen will be leaving us before the end of Term 3. Rachel has taught at Arataki School since 2011 and in recent years held the position of Team Leader of Hikurangi. We all wish Rachel well in her next endeavours. 

We also are saying farewell to Janelle Meacheam at the end of this term, Janelle is taking leave and will be returning in 2025.

Drop off and Pick Up Parking

The car parks directly in front of the school were set up to support whānau with quick drop-off and pick up each day. It would be much appreciated if whānau stick within the 10 minute time frame sign posted. We are noticing more and more traffic congestion and vehicles circling the block add to this congestion. We also have a number of additional needs children who’s whanau need to access this parking as the 2 mobility car parks are currently not enough. Your support in this would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to an exciting Term 2

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig

Dates for the Diary

2 August - Structured Literacy Hui - Hall - 4-5pm

7 August - Kopukairoa Hui - 5.15-6.15pm

9 August - Year 6 Open Day at Mount Mauganui Intermediate - 9am-12pm

10 August - Year 6 Netball Tournament

11 August - Hui a Kura (School Hui) - Led by Hikurangi

Click here for 2023 Term Dates


In this issue:

  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Healthy School Lunches
  • Meet Our New Staff Members
  • News and Events
  • From the Sports Desk
  • Pre Loved Uniforms
  • Extra-Curriculars @ Arataki
  • After School Care/Program
  • Community Notices
  • Report an Absence

Ka Ora, Ka Ako


Welcome to our Ka Ora, Ka Ako, Healthy School Lunches Programme section of our school newsletter, where we aim to share photos, information and updates with what's happening. 

  • We are fortunate to be one of 974 schools nationwide participating in the Ka Ora, Ka Ako, Healthy School Lunches Programme. 
  • We have partnered with Freeport to provide our yummy kai.  
  • Each term the menu is reviewed and updated.  

Check out this term’s menu:

Burgers were a great success last week, Here's the Freeport crew hard at work making enough yummy burgers for everyone.  

Meet Our New Kaiako

News and Events

From the Sports Desk

Sports Uniforms Return

If any student has any Arataki Sports Uniform from last term or previous terms and is NOT participating in Term 2/3 sports, please could we have these returned to Tai at the Sports office or to the school office as soon as possible.

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