Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

Congratulations to all our tamariki who have participated in winter sports over the last few months. Team sports are a fantastic opportunity to have fun, make new friends and to keep healthy and active. Thank you to the coaches and managers who have given their time during practices and on game day. 

With our increase in sunny days we notice an increase of clothing in our Lost Property bins. Please pop in and check the bins which are located next to  Rm 11. It is also really helpful if your childs clothing is named. 

Principals appointment

The Board of Trustees is interviewing prospective Principals on Saturday 2 September.

Teachers Only Day

Just a reminder that school will be closed on Monday 18 September. 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. 

Swimming at Baywave

We are very fortunate to be able to offer swimming lessons for all our tamariki at Baywave. This consists of 10 small group sessions with a qualified instructor over one term. There is a cost to the school so it is really important that tamariki come with their togs and towel on their swimming day. This term Rm 25/24/23/22/19 & 13 swim on a Thursday.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal


Dates for the Diary


Monday, 28 August - Montessori Coastal Care Discovery Day

Tuesday, 29 August - Mount Cluster Speech Comp - Kia kaha, Demi and Patch!

Tuesday, 29 August - Leagues 9 Tournament

Friday, 1 September - Grandparents Day Hikurangi, Mangatawa and Hopukiore

Tuesday, 5 September - Choir performance

Thursday, 7 September - Arataki School 60th Anniversary Celebration 

Friday, 8 September - Hui a Kura (School Hui) - Led by Mauao

Thursday, 14 September - Arataki School Identity Hui

Monday, 18 September - Teacher Only Day

Click here for 2023 Term Dates


In this issue:

  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Healthy School Lunches
  • News and Events
  • From the Sports Desk
  • Extra-Curriculars @ Arataki
  • After School Care/Program
  • Community Notices
  • Pre Loved Uniforms
  • 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.

Here’s a factsheet for parents and whānau on how to  safely manage food that is brought home.

guide-for-taking-home-leftovers-English[PDF, 183 KB]

guide-for-taking-home-leftovers-Te Reo Māori[PDF, 243 KB]


News and Events

Who Are We?

We need you!

Watch this short video to find out if we have captured what the ‘Arataki School Identity Statement’ should include.

Is anything missing?

Please come to our important hui on Thursday 14th September to write our Identity Statement together. 

Cup of tea at 3:15pm then kōrero start at 3:30pm. 

R.S.V.P. to mcarswell@arataki.school.nz

By 10th September. 

Looking forward to seeing you there…

ATK here EveryDay

Congratulations to Elyssa, Elay-Siahn, Fletcher and Letiola for winning our ATK here Everyday Week 5 award.  They were picked from all of that tamariki that had 100% attendance for the first two weeks of the initiative.

We've reset the clock at the beginning of this week and will be giving away more prizes.

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’

Year 5 and 6 Speeches


A massive congratulations to all of our Year 5 and 6 tamariki who worked really hard on their speeches. It can be a nerve wracking experience to stand and deliver in front of your classmates but you did and you should be very proud of yourselves.

And pakipaki nui to all that went through to our Arataki School speech finals. Ka mau te wehi!

Below are our Arataki School Year 5/6 speech winners. 

Year 5 Speech Winners: 1st: Patch McLean, 2nd: Motuhia Dickson, 3rd: Grae Illingworth 

Year 6 Speech Winners: 1st: Demi Fisher, 2nd: Ada McLean, 3rd: Sennen Harris

The two winners of our speech competition who will be going through to the Mount Maunganui Clusters are Demi Fisher and Patch McLean.  Ka pai!


Arataki School 60th Jubilee

Hikurangi's Local Histories Trip

Tauranga Food Bank Appeal

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

You are an amazingly generous lot!  These donations were picked up today and will be filling the puku of a lot of appreciative whānau.


Wednesday Challenge


Take part in the Wednesday Challenge.  

Challenge your family to avoid single-family car use on a Wednesday and make use of other modes of transport, such as carpooling, bus, walking, cycling, skating and scootering.  

Do it for your health, the planet, your wallet and your community.  

We're having fun and giving away prizes.  Go to www.wednesdaychallenge.co.nz to find out more.


From the Sports Desk

Winter Sports Wrap-Up

Our winter sports seasons are drawing to a close. We'll be giving a run down from our teams on a season well done.

Ngā mihi tino nui to all of our coaches and managers without whom our tamariki would not be able to play.  You guys rock

Arataki Ferns

My sweet Arataki Ferns had a rough season but showed resilience & determination right to the bitter end!!! I look forward to seeing these girls back in the court next year :)

Coach: Vicky McGreal

Arataki Firebirds

Arataki Firebirds had a great season after a rough start. They turned up every week full of energy and determination. They work together flawlessly, always supporting and encouraging each other. It’s been my pleasure to coach these amazing girls this year!!!

Coach: Vicky McGreal

Extra Curriculars 

@ Arataki

After School Care/Program

Community Notices

Holiday Programmes

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.

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