Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

I hope you are all enjoying our beautiful winter days. Thank you to those who are using our quick drop off and pick up parking directly outside of school within the 10 minute time frame. This little change does make a big difference with access and congestion outside our kura.

Structured Literacy Evening

Thank you to all those whānau who attended our Structured Literacy Hui last week.

We had a great turn out, the hui was very informative and we will continue to keep you updated through Facebook and newsletters. If you missed the evening or have further questions please speak to your child's classroom teacher. 

Teachers Only Day Monday 18 September 2023(Term 3 Week 10)

Our full staff will be attending the public launch of Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana Te Ao Māori local curriculum. The development of our curriculum through the collaboration of three Iwi, 67 kura, all ECE’s and kohanga reo is a huge achievement. On this day the content and the structure of our local curriculum will be shared and staff will be instructed on how to use it.  

This is a Ministry of Education second approved teachers only day for Curriculum Refresh. 

Principal Appointment - Quick Update

The Board of Trustees are meeting this weekend to shortlist the applicants.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā.

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal

Dates for the Diary

15 August - Mount Intermediate Information Night for Year 6 - from 5pm

15 August - Mangatawa Art Gallery/Library Visit- Room 5 & 6

16 August - Mangatawa Art Gallery/Library Visit- Room 7 & 8

18 August - Year 5/6 School Speeches

18 August - Hikurangi Local Histories Trip

21 August - Pōhiri for our New Cohort Entry 

25 August - Hui a Kura (School Hui) - Led by Student Leaders

18 September - Teacher Only Day

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


News and Events

ATK here EveryDay

We have kicked off a new attendance initiative called ATK here Everyday.  This started on Tuesday 8 August.  We are celebrating great attendance! 

Weekly Prizes: Yummy Treats

Each week we have random spot prizes drawn from those whose attendance has improved and reached 100% for that week.

Half Termly: Movie vouchers, Baywave Passes …

Tamariki who are here everyday for the two weeks from Tuesday 8 until the end of week 5, Friday 18 August go into the draw for the above prizes. 

This draw will be held again for those who are here everyday for the last 5 weeks of the term and drawn on Friday 22 September.

Termly: An MGP Scooter

There will be a prize draw for those who have been here Everyday from 8 August to 22 September to win an MGP Scooter.  

Already loving the happy faces of those who have received their ‘Yummy Treats’

Tauranga Community Food Bank

Arataki School are getting behind the Tauranga Food Bank Appeal this year. We haven't been able to hold this over recent years due to Covid, but now that we can, let's show them all the manaaki and awhi that Arataki is made of.

Please bring your donations into the office foyer where boxes will be set up until 25 August.

All donations of non-perishable goods are welcome.

However, they are specifically requesting:

  • tinned soup
  • tinned fish
  • tinned fruit
  • boxes of muesli bars
  • jam and peanut butter
  • cereal
  • pasta

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

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