Tēna koutou e te whānau,


Last night we held a ‘Friends of the School’ wine and cheese evening to inform our school whānau about what ‘Friends of the School’ is all about. Thank you to the parents who attended our hui, your support is much appreciated.

Friends of School is a group of enthusiastic parents who are keen on organising fundraising activities to support our school with ‘extras’ that are not provided with funding from the Ministry of Education. 

Some of the things that Friends of School have fundraised for in the past include - the remodelling of the sandpit area, sports uniforms, plants for around the kura, sandpit toys. So far this year, the Friends of School have purchased a new BBQ, a sound system for using outdoors, a garden shed to store our sandpit toys and equipment.

This year, the Friends of School are focussing on two projects:

  • Purchasing a school van
  • Continuing to develop our outdoor play areas for children

Are you keen to be involved or help? Our next meeting will be on Thursday 4th April at 7pm in the staffroom. You are welcome to bring your children if you don’t have a babysitter. Many hands make light work and we have various different fundraising activities planned that don’t require too much of your time.

Alternatively, if you know of any businesses that would be willing to sponsor our kura in any way, please pop in and see me and let me know. All support is appreciated.


Children attending kura everyday is something that I am deeply passionate about. It is so important for a child's development and education that they attend school everyday (unless they are sick of course).

This year, we are trying something new. Each term, once in the middle of the term, and at the end of the term we will be sending a letter home to every whānau letting you know what your child’s attendance at kura is so far this year. These will be sent by email next week.

Did you know that the expectation is that children attend kura at least 90% of the year. Absences are either justified or unjustified. A justified absence is being sick from school, or attending a tangi/funeral. An unjustified absence could be having a day off to visit family or going on holiday during term time. These classifications are set by the Ministry of Education. You can also regularly check your child’s attendance by using the HERO app.

Questions & Concerns

At times, you may have a question or a concern about something that has happened at school in regards to your child. This is just a reminder to all of our whānau of our within school processes to follow up on any concerns.

Please always speak or email your child’s class teacher in the first instance. If you feel that your concern has not been resolved, please contact your child’s team leader.  The next person is the Deputy Principal, followed by myself.

Thank you to all of the whānau that have introduced yourselves to me, either in the morning at the gate, or when I am at the pedestrian crossing in the afternoon or just popping into the office to say hi. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all.  

Also a reminder on Tuesday 26th March, school will be closing at 12:30pm so that Teachers can attend their paid union meeting. All children will need to be collected from school at 12:30 on this day.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā.

Vicki Hiini




Tuesday, 26 March - School Closing at 12.30pm for teachers paid union meeting.

Wednesday, 27 - 29 March - Mauao Camp

Friday, 29 March - Good Friday - School Closed

Monday, 1 April - Easter Monday - School Closed

Tuesday, 2 April - Easter Tuesday - School Closed

Friday, 5th April - Crazy Hair Day

Friday, 12th April - Ice Block Day 


Wednesday, 15th May - Whānau Conferences - School Closes 12.30pm

Thursday, 16th May - Whānau Conferences - after school


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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
  • ATK here Everyday
  • 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.


ATK Here Everyday










Tauranga City Council are planning changes to the Oceanbeach/Girven/Maranui Street intersections. Council will construct a single-lane central roundabout at the Girven–Maranui intersection and redesign Oceanbeach Road for a seamless transition to Girven Road.

They will also construct new shared pathway links and four raised pedestrian crossings to define safe pedestrian crossing points. Three of these crossings will have central islands that divides the crossing into two movements to reduce driver disruption.

Phase one works will begin in late March and are expected to take up to four months to complete with reduced speed through the construction zone. Stop/go traffic management will be required at times, as will occasional night works. Digital information boards will be positioned to inform drivers and others of roading changes and any short-term detour requirements. Hours of work are 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

The 'Improving travel links between Papamoa and the Mount' web page can be found here:


Holiday Activities

Pre Loved Uniforms


Needing a few pieces of uniform.  Come and see our pre-loved uniforms at the school office. 

Have your tamariki grown out of their uniforms? We are especially in need of Polo Shirts if you have any spare.

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:

Use the ‘Report an Absence’ function on your HERO app

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