Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

My message this week is around Road Safety and parking habits particularly at our main entrance on Kaimanawa Street. 

My concerns are;

  • Whanau crossing Kaimanawa Street and not using the crossing
  • Whanau using the disability parking to drop off and pick up their children
  • Cars circling the block to find a close park, this just increases congestionLast week we had two children hit by a car. Thankfully no serious injuries were sustained due to the car moving slowly and the quick reactions of the driver.  The children were not using the school crossing.  

We have also noticed a number of cars using our disability parking to drop off and pick up tamariki. We have a number of children at our kura who need access to the two disability parks. This is to ease access into our kura for these whanau, they often have specialist equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs to unload at the beginning of the day and pack up at the end of the day, as well as navigating their individual child's mobility needs. I was very upset to hear from one of our parents that they now arrive after the school bell in the morning to ensure they have access to the disability park. This is not ok. 

How you can support road safety

  • Please support your tamariki by entering and leaving the school grounds using the crossings as a normal everyday routine, no matter the weather.  You may need to walk further from your car park but you are setting good habits for your children to follow. 
  • We are a large school within a built up area so parking will always be limited. We are fortunate to have Arataki Park with plenty of parking surrounding the park available to our whanau. 
  • Please do not circle the block. Plan a regular spot to park and meet your child. This may mean walking a little further.
  • When using the quick drop off and pickups car parks at the front of the school  be mindful of the time. 

Thank you all for keeping our tamariki safe.

I want to acknowledge the amazing performance of the Pasifika group at this years Pasifika in the Bay 2023. Please see the video and multitude of well deserved thanks below.

I am looking forward to seeing our Kapa Haka group perform at Rā Whakangahau on Friday, 10 November.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā.

Noho ora mai,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal


Dates for the Diary

Tuesday, 7 November - Clusters Athletics

Wednesday, 8 November - Orienteering

Friday, 10 November - Rā Whakangahau - Mount Intermediate

Friday, 17 November - Hui a Kura - Student Leaders

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:

  • 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.


News and Events

Pasifika in the Bay 2023

There are lots of people to thank, as there were lots of people working as a team, each playing their part and sharing their talents and time.  

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – with your basket and my basket the people will thrive.  

A huge thank you to Matua Tua for sharing his time, expertise and passion, making learning fun and bringing together an amazing performance. Our exceptionally stunning costumes are thanks to Quencie. We appreciate your creativity, talent and hours of mahi.  We were fortunate, thanks to Tua and Quencie, to have a team of musicians drumming and singing, enhancing our tamariki and adding to their flare!  

Thank you to our parents and whānau who were always supportive.

Special thank you to Michelle who was the lead kaiako, spending many a lunchtime swinging her hips! 

And to our tamariki mānea bringing their enthusiasm, energy and smiles

We would also really like to thank Freeman Roofing Tauranga, who are part of the Freeman Group. Laura, who works at Freemans Roofing, nominated our group for their sponsorship programme and we won! The sponsorship went towards our amazing costumes.  


ATK Here Everyday


From the Sports Desk

Ki o Rahi tournament was a fantastic day out for our students, this inaugural tournament was played with fun and participation in mind. We played four games, won one had some close tussles and learned a whole lot. Fast-paced thinking was needed and happy to see all the students enjoying themselves on a less than settled day weather wise.


Extra Curriculars 

@ Arataki

After School Care/Program

Community Notices

TripleP Parenting Workshops


Triple P are running free workshops on a range of topics in the Mount.  Check out the topics and dates

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