Tēna koutou e te iwi,

The end of the term is nearly with us and what a busy fun time our tamariki are having. Classes have had lots of trips out and celebrations.

A special mention to our Friends of the School for last night, what a fantastic evening for our community. A lot of behind the scenes planning and organisation takes place for an event like this. So a big thank you to the FOS team, kaiako and tamariki who made the event possible.

A big congratulations to our Senior tamariki who participated in the Mount Cluster Athletics and those who made it through to the Western Bay of Plenty Clusters.

Please check in the ‘News and Events’ below for the video of the unveiling of our beautiful poupou and pop in and view it in our entrance way. This was a very special event attended by staff, iwi and tamariki. We are very fortunate to have Mike Carswell on our staff who carved and gifted the poupou to Arataki.

Thank you Mike.

Thank you to all our community who attended our School Identity Hui, we really appreciate your commitment and contribution to our draft statement. This work will continue in 2024. 

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our 2023 Te Rā Tuku Taonga Prizegiving on Friday 8 December, 9.30am. 

Kia pai ngā rā whakatā.

Ngā mihi,

Shelley Craig, Acting Principal

Attendance Review

We have enjoyed celebrating good and improved attendance this year with ATK here Everyday. We are now reviewing this program and our attendance procedures.  

Getting tamariki out of bed and into the classroom everyday is a team effort.  We would really appreciate hearing your whakaaro (thoughts) on attendance and the current procedures.

Please click the link to the Attendance Procedures Feedback to share your voice and help shape how we work together. 

This form will be open for responses until Wednesday, 6 December.

Ngā mihi nui for your time and thoughts.



Friday, 8 December - Te Rā Tuku Taonga (Prizegiving)

Monday, 11 December - Year 6 Graduation - 5 - 6.30pm

Friday, 15 December - Last Day  of School - finish at 12.30


Monday, 5 February - Learning Partnership Hui

Tuesday, 6 February - Waitangi Day (School Closed)

Wednesday, 7 February - First Day in Class

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/Programme
  • Community Notices
  • Holiday Activities
  • 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.



Te Whakatau o te Poupou o Mauao

On Friday, 24 November, we blessed and unveiled a beautiful poupou, depicting the story of Mauao.  This is a very special poupou, as it is carved by one of our kaiako, Matua Mike and is his koha to the kura.  Mike has been training in whakairo (carving) for the last 4 years and has just graduated receiving his Maunga Kura Toi, Bachelor of Māori Arts. 

Tēnei te tuku mihi i a koe, Matua Mike.  Te kino kē hoki o tōu mahi whakairo! Te ataahua hoki o te taonga nei.  

Titiro whakamuri, Haere whakamua 

Looking to the past to inform the future

Time capsule 

Last week, we closed our time capsule for the second time. This time with additional contributions from each class. The aim was to share who we are today. The time capsule was originally sealed on 2 November, 2013 to commemorate the school’s 50th Jubilee.  It is now going to hang in the library until it’s next opening, perhaps that will be its originally intended date in 2038.  How old will we be then! Imagine the changes will happen in the next 15 years.

Enjoy the slideshow to see each class's contribution. 

Hopukiore Waterslide Fun Day


ATK Here Everyday




Mauao Tournament

Over 60 Year 5 & 6 Arataki students represented our kura with resilience, courage and sportsmanship at Mauao Sports Tournament on Monday.  We participated in Water Polo, Cricket, Rip Rugby, Basketball, Netball and Football.  Many tamariki tried a new sport for the day, some playing their code for the first time.

Arataki School was presented with the Best Sportsmanship award. Koina!

Mount College were incredible hosts, their tamariki coached, encouraged, refed and organised the day.








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. 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