Tēna koutou e te whānau,

I cannot believe that we are at the end of term 1 already. Time in schools always goes extremely fast, as schools are always busy places with lots going on. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the tamariki, whānau, school staff and wider community for making me feel so welcome at Arataki School. It is a warm and welcoming community where we are truly ‘Growing Hearts and Minds - Whakatipuhia ngā manawa me ngā hinengaro’.

Staffing updates and changes Term 2

Tai Ballentyne, our Sports Coordinator, has resigned from his position as he has accepted a position as Sports Coordinator at Tauranga Girls College. I want to thank Tai for his time organising sports and sports teams at Arataki School. 

We have appointed Tatai Kerr-Tuaupiki as our new Sports Coordinator. Tatai will begin her position on Monday 29th April.

We welcome Mike Paton to Arataki School. We have employed Mike as a Specialist Teacher to work alongside our children who receive ORS funding. Mike is joining us from Rotorua Specialist School.

Events across the school

Congratulations to Robyn Parchomchuk & Jimi Gordon who represented the Mount Cluster at the Western Bay of Plenty Swimming Sports on Wednesday. We are very proud that you represented our school at this event.

We have been very lucky to have the team from Bikewise at school this week. The children in Year 5 & 6 have had bike safety checks and have been out learning how to ride their bikes safely on the road. 

Next term, we have our Whānau Learning Conferences on Wednesday 15th May and Thursday 16th May. Early Term 2 we will send out information for you to book your learning conferences with your child’s teacher. We are also in the process of updating our school management system - HERO. Your child’s learning goals will be available for you to view early next term.

Friends of School

Thank you to our Friends of School for your fundraising efforts this term. We have a fundraising metre going. We have a target of $35,000.00 that we would like to fundraise this year so that we are able to purchase a school van. The Friends of School are currently planning a number of fundraising events throughout the year. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for events that you may be interested in helping out with. Alternatively, if you know of any corporate that may be interested in sponsoring or supporting our Kura, please pop into the office and let me know.

Can you help, on Monday 15th April we are having a planting working bee at school from 1:00pm - 4:00pm to tidy up our gardens at the front of school. If you are free come along and lend a helping hand. Please bring your own gardening gloves, everything else is provided. Children are welcome.

Structured Literacy

We are hosting a Structured Literacy information afternoon and evening for whānau on Wednesday 8th May. We will hold the information sessions in the Staffroom. The content of each session will be exactly the same. We are hosting the first session from 3:00pm - 4:00pm, and again at 6pm- 7pm to cater for all of our whānau.

The information sessions will be on what we are teaching the children in regards to structured literacy and how you can help your child at home with their learning. More information will be shared at the start of term 2.

Have a safe and happy holiday, enjoy your time with your family.

Ngā mihi nui, Vicki Hiini




Monday, 29 April - Term 2 Begins

                                       - Pōhiri and new whānau hui

Wednesday, 8 May - Structured Literacy Information Hui - 3-4pm and 6-7pm

Friday, 10 May - Hui-a-kura - led by Student Leaders

Wednesday, 15 May - Whānau Conferences - starts 12.30pm (School remains open)

Thursday, 16 May - Whānau Conferences - after school

Friday, 31 May - Teacher's Only Day (School Closed)

Monday, 3 June - Kings Birthday (School Closed)

Friday, 28 June - Matariki (School Closed)

Friday, 5 July - Last Day of Term 2

Click here for 2024 Term Dates


In this issue:

  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Healthy School Lunches
  • ATK here Everyday
  • News and Events
  • From the Sports Desk
  • Extra-Curriculars @ Arataki
  • After School Care/Programme
  • 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.


ATK Here Everyday

Ka Rawe! An amazing term for ATK here Everyday.  We had our termly prize draw for those that have been here 100% this term.  There were over 80 tamariki here every single day this term. 

Tau ke! Teia, Carter, Julie and Onyx, winning the Bayfair, Baywave and The Cave vouchers.  Hope you enjoy these over the holidays.

 Super excited to give theTerm 1 prize to Lilliana at todays hui. Looking forward to seeing her whizzing around our scooter track.

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga - Fill the baskets of knowledge









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

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