Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

Welcome back to Term 4. We have lots of fantastic events ahead of us this term and fingers crossed the good weather continues. 

The school is very fortunate to have our tumuaki for next year Vicki Hinii available to spend each Wednesday this term with us. Vicki will be in and out of classrooms, meeting with staff and the leadership team to get to know us all and contribute to our 2024 planning. Vicki’s official start date with our kura is Term 1 2024. See her letter to the kura below to get to know a bit more about her.

Student safety before and after school is very important to us. School starts at 8:50 am each morning, we are noticing a number of children arriving well before staff and have concerns for their safety. Our Breakfast club run by Diane is open from 7:40-8:30 and teachers are expected in classrooms from 8:30. School finishes at 2:45pm. It is expected that all children go straight home after school. For any reason caregivers may be late, please notify the school office. The classroom teacher will look after your child or they will be brought to the office.

Enjoy the long weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday.

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal

Nau mai, Haere mai 

ki a Whaea Vicki

Kia ora koutou katoa, 

I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new Principal for Arataki School, starting this position in Term 1, 2024. It will be an honour to lead this school and work alongside the awesome staff, students, whānau and wider community. 

Currently, I am employed as the Deputy Principal of Fairhaven School and the Lead Principal of Kāhui Ako o Te Puke (Community of Learning). I have worked at Fairhaven School for the past 21 years, prior to that, I taught in Auckland at Dominion Road Primary School. 

One of my main priorities when I begin my position will be to connect with the staff, students and whānau of the school. I believe that building positive relationships is crucial to creating a thriving educational environment. I understand the importance of forming strong connections with whānau and I am committed to working collaboratively alongside our families to ensure the success of our students. 

I have an open-door policy, which means that I am available to listen, support and provide guidance. I believe that transparency and communication are essential to creating a culture of trust and collaboration. 

I am excited to bring a wide variety of professional development and experience with me to this position. I am confident that my knowledge and skills will help to enhance the educational experience of our students and school community. 

As part of my transition into Arataki School, I will be at school every Wednesday this term, building relationships and developing my understanding of how Arataki school operates. Please feel free to introduce yourself and say hello. 

Finally, my family and I are excited to become part of the school community. I have included a picture of my sons – Kirwan and Louie, and myself with my husband Dean from my graduation of my Masters Degree. I look forward to meeting you all over the course of this term and next. 

Ngā mihi nui, 

Vicki Hiini


Dates for the Diary


Monday, 23 October - Labour Day - School Closed

Thursday, 26 October - Ki o Rahi Tournament

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

Wednesday, 1 November - Tuakana Athletics

Thursday, 2 November - 60th Anniversary Afternoon Tea - 5pm

Friday, 3 November - Touch Tournament

Friday, 3 November - Hui a Kura - Kopukairoa

Friday, 10 November - Rā Whakangahau - Mount Intermediate

Thursday, 30 November - Christmas Picnic 2023

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:

  • Nau mai, Haere mai
  • 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

Nau mai, Haere mai


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.


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.


News and Events


Our Pasifika group shone in their dress rehearsal today with smiles on the performers and the audiences faces the whole way through.

The group will be performing at Mount College on Saturday, 28 October.  Hope we see our Arataki whānau sitting proud in the crowd.

We would like to thank Freeman Roofing for their generous grant towards our costumes. Chevy for taking our professional photos.

But our biggest, most loudest CHEEHOO to Tua and Quencie.  Tua for his choreographing and for being our patient tutor.  Quencie for the epic work on those costumes with her team of parent helpers.  A special shout out to their whānau, the drummers, for driving down from Auckland.

See you on the 28th whānau

ATK Here Everyday

Check out our ATK Here Everyday week 1 and @ draw winners. Loving seeing these smiling faces here everyday.


Arataki School 60th Jubilee

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.


Extra Curriculars 

@ Arataki

After School Care/Program

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