Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

What a great celebration Grandparents day was . The kura was buzzing with visitors and the tamariki enjoyed presenting and sharing their learning to the many whanau in attendance.

I had the pleasure this week of attending The Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival,  our choir under the expert guidance of Fran Mortell were outstanding. Hours of training and administration go into events like this and I would like to extend my thanks to all who supported Fran and the tamariki. 

Structured Literacy

Our staff are continuing to build their knowledge and teach specific skills to our tamariki using the Ideal platform. Please look out further down in this newsletter for links to how you can access information and support your child at home.

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. 

Grenada Street 

Good news… Tauranga City Council has given the green light for More ways to move on Grenada Street. Now it’s just Waka Kotahi who needs to approve the plans and then the construction of a cycleway and more on Grenada Street can kick off. This project is all about giving our tamariki safe options to travel to and from school, so our fingers are crossed that this will go ahead. Keep updated on the council’s website


Keep on reading for the Principal Appointment Announcement from the Board and information about Kopukairoa (ReoRua) class placement openings for 2024

Kia pai tō rā whakatā.

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal


Principal's Appointment Announcement


Kopukairoa 2024 Spaces Available 


Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! 

We are taking enrolments for the 2024 reorua (bilingual) classes  

Tēnā koutou e te whānau whānui o Arataki. E tuku ana i ngā tai o mihi ki a koutou. 

We have started organising our classes for 2024 and there are a limited number of spaces in our bilingual classes. 

Our bilingual classes are set up for whānau and tāmariki who would like to be in a class learning from a Māori perspective, based on Māori values, and learning te reo Māori.  Along with our school values, our reorua classes are strongly based on whanaungatanga/ relationships and tuakiri/identity. Between 30-50% of the programme is delivered in te reo Māori, with te reo Māori being taught through conversation, modelling, and explicit teaching.  It is important to understand that students continue to learn reading, writing and mathematics in English. Being in a reorua class is designed to enhance students’ learning and success at school. 

At present, whānau requirements are supporting the learning of te reo Māori, attending termly whānau hui and for students to participate fully in kapa haka.  These commitments are really critical for the success of the child and for all the tāmariki.

We presently have a limited number of places covering the year levels.  To indicate you would like your child to move to Kopukairoa or to express interest or obtain more information please do one of the following: 

For all options please include your child’s full name and present year  and classroom. 

There are only a limited number of places so sadly we are not able to guarantee a placement.  If there are more students than places, the remaining tamariki will be placed on the waiting list for the next available openings.


Structured Literacy

If you are interested in doing some more research yourself into the Structured Literacy approach please feel free to check out the Learning Matters page.


You could start with their Leap into Literacy (Bite Sized Learning) videos in the Learning Matters Knowledge Hub. https://www.learningmatters.co.nz/knowledge-hub/


Dates for the Diary


Thursday, 14 September - Girls Play Sports Day

Thursday, 14 September - Arataki School Identity Hui

Friday, 15 September - Mufti Day - When I Grow Up

Monday, 18 September - Teacher Only Day

Friday, 22 September - Hui a Kura - Hopukiore

Friday, 22 September - Last Day of Term 3

Monday, 9 October - First Day of Term 4 - Pōhiri and New Whānau Hui

Click here for 2023 Term Dates

Please remember to enrol your preschoolers as early as you can. This helps us to get prepared for their arrival.

To enrol you can click this link to the online application form or come into the office for an application pack.

For more information on enrolment check out our website www.arataki.school.nz


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.

 Freeport trip to see how our lunches are made

Last week a small group of tamariki went to Freeport and met Kylie and Wai in the Freeport kitchen. Sushi was on the menu, and the tamariki got to see how Kylie and Wai make 500 lunches! They even got to make their own sushi roll!


News and Events

Hopukiore Local Parks Tour

Grandparents Day

Choir Hits the Stage

When I Grow Up - Mufti Day


Arataki School 60th Jubilee


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 Steel

Super proud of this Y6 netball team. A great season where they were tested and triumphed to show their resilience and fortitude.

Their team work and positive attitude made for a great season finishing up second in division 1.

Kei runga noa atu koutou!

Arataki Lightning

The Lightning Y6 netball team have come together in an amazing way under the leadership of their coach Jess.  The girls have improved immensely since the start of the season and work together every week to show the Arataki spirit on the courts. Finishing their season winning the top of their table. Woohoo!

Arataki Lakers

This Y5/6 Basketball team played exceptionally well this round, winning their division final with a very strong final score of 26 to 8 against St Mary's. Overall each player's contribution was the reason why they did so well, and their improvements as a team and player have been exceptional!

Arataki Gators

This year we had a combined Y3/4/5/6 hockey team. What a cool bunch of kids, turning up every practice and game day with full commitment and a positive attitude. We played so well, having to compete against year 5/6 teams. Big thanks to our coach Kate. She was an absolute star. Awesome supportive parents on the sideline too. Yay ATK Gators! 

Arataki Magic

The Arataki Magic Year 1/2 netball team had a great season learning new skills and working together to improve each week! Awesome team and parents to work with. 

Thanks parents for all your support, hope to see you all next year!

Rugby League 9's

Great day- topped our pool with good sportmanship. won 1 draw 1 lost 3. Whole team had a great day

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