Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

Thank you all for a fantastic term, please rest and enjoy the next two weeks holiday.

The opening of our time capsule was a highlight this week.  The children were very intrigued by the ‘old’ artefacts inside. 

See more about the opening of time capsule in News and Events.

Fond Farewell and Warm Welcome

At the end of this term we are saying farewell to Janelle Meacheam (Rm 4 kaiako) who is taking leave and Sonya Simpson (Rm 10 kaiako) who is off travelling with her whānau. We are welcoming Sarah Cunningham to Rm 4 and Raelene Kuka to Rm 10. 

Pump track 

We are noticing an increase in children hanging around the pump track or waiting for parents to pick them up after school instead of going home. When injuries occur they are coming back to school for first aid. While this is the safe and sensible thing to do, our office staff finish work at 3:15pm. 

Our school expectation is that all children go straight home after school and only those under parent supervision should remain at the pump track.

Haere tū atu, hoki tū mai.

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal


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.


Dates for the Diary


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

Wednesday, 18 October - Sports Photos

Friday, 20 October - Hui a Kura - Montessori

Monday, 23 October - Labour Day - Public Holiday (School Closed)

Saturday, 28 October - Pasifika in the Bay Festival - Mount Maunganui College

Friday, 10 November - Rā Whakangahau - Mount Intermediate

Click here for 2023 and 2024 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
  • Holiday Programs
  • 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.

Check out how fast the chicken nuggets are being eaten! 

Wonder if they are still on the menu in term 4?

But not as fast as the sausage rolls!


News and Events

ATK Here Everyday

Ka wani ke! Swayden has won a MADD Scooter for his miharo attendance.

Swayden's name was drawn from the 60+ names of those that had attended school everyday since ATK Here Everyday started in week 4. 

We also drew the prizes for those that were here everyday from week 6 to week 10. Congratulations to:

James Tautuku - Arcade Voucher

Calvin Clark - Bayfair Voucher

Ravyn Tai - Baywave Voucher

Phloem Cooper - United Cinema Voucher

Proud of all these tamariki and the many more who are here everyday that they are feeling well.

ATK here Everyday will be with us next term with weekly, half termly and termly prizes.


Arataki School 60th Jubilee

Memories galore! We held our first get-together on Thursday 7th September.  It was great to see so many people - past students, past and present whānau, and past and present staff.

There was lots of reminiscing with old friends and sharing stories with new ones. Those who have passed, were remembered and their legacy acknowledged with fond memories.  

Photos were pawed over and laughs and tears were shared. And we even got confirmation of the hotly contested original colour of the first school uniform! It was blue! The sports uniforms were red.

Due to hearing that lots of people would've liked to have attended but couldn't due to the early time, we are now looking at moving the time for our next get-together on 2nd November. 

We would love to see you there.

Titiro whakamuri, Haere whakamua 

Looking to the past to inform the future


When I Grow Up - Mufti Day

Term 3 with PIPs


From the Sports Desk

Girls Rugby 7's

Our team had a great day.  They won their pool undefeated.

Finishing the day in second place at the tournament after a strong and physical final.

They showed great character and courage. Ka rawe kōtiro mā!

Ngā mihi nui to our coaches too!

Girl's Playing Sports Day

Girls Playing Sports day was a fantastic day out with the girls getting to try out some summer sports - Rippa, Golf, Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis. 

Great for our girls to get to try a new code they may not have before.

Extra Curriculars 

@ Arataki

After School Care/Program

Holiday Programmes

Community Notices

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