Tēna koutou e te whānau,

Welcome back to Term 2. It is going to be another busy and exciting term of learning and achievement at Arataki School. I want to extend a big mihi and warm welcome to our new tamariki and their whānau that started kura with us this term. I also want to welcome our two new staff members - Whaea Tatai - Sports Coordinator (her sports coordinator office is located in between Room 15 & 16), Mr Mike Paton who is working as an ORS specialist teacher and Luda Shelton who is employed as a teacher aide.

Thank you to our whānau that came into school during the holidays for our working bee to tidy up the gardens at the front of the school. They look amazing!

Good luck to all of our tamariki who are starting their winter sports this weekend!! Remember to play your best, but also play fair. 

Reporting to whānau

I am looking forward to our whānau learning conferences next week, this is a time where we get to celebrate your child’s achievements and progress with their learning. From Monday, you will be able to access your child’s mid term report and see their current learning goals. Please ensure that you have the HERO app so that you are able to access this information. If you are having any difficulties downloading the HERO app, please either phone the office or pop in and see us. 


You may or may not be aware that there have been changes in regards to what schools are required to report to the Ministry of Education in regards to attendance. This has been reported on in the media recently. Every week, our school is required to send through a  data attendance report to the Ministry of Education via our school management system. If a child has an unjustified absence, this is where the school has not been notified of the reason why your child is absent, this will now be followed up with a phone call from the school. If a child has 5 unjustified absences, it will be followed up by senior management. 

Structured Literacy - Information workshop for Whānau

On Thursday 30th May we are having two information sessions for whānau on how we teach structured literacy at Arataki School and how you can help your child at home with their literacy learning. Please note, both sessions have exactly the same content, we are offering them at two different time slots to cater for our school whānau. One is from 3pm - 4pm, the other is at 6pm - 7pm. The information session will be in the school hall. A separate notice will be handed out at our whānau learning conferences so that you can RSVP (this helps us with our catering). 


  • Tuakana will be running their cross country on Wednesday 22 May
  • Our Teina will be doing their cross country on Wednesday 29 May
  • School is closed on Friday 31st May for teacher only day.
  • Whānau learning conferences - Wednesday 15th May & Thursday 16th May. Please book your appointment time using the HERO app.
  • Please make sure that you name your child’s fleece jersey. As the weather is cold in the morning, but warms up during the day, tamariki take their jerseys off and some have a tendency to leave them lying around outside. If they are named, they can be returned.
  • No dogs on our school grounds (exception for on occasion, teachers bring a dog to class for educational purposes).

Have an awesome week, please remember, if you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Hiini





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

Wednesday, 22 May - Tuakana Cross Country

Wednesday, 29 May - Teina Cross Country

Thursday, 23 May - Arataki Friends of the School, AGM

Thursday, 30 May - Structured Literacy Information Hui - 3-4pm and 6-7pm

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:

  • 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


ATK Here Everyday

What a great start to term two with ATK here Everyday with over 200 Friday treats given out to the beautiful tamariki that have been here everyday learning and playing in the gorgeous sunshine (long may it last).

Another big thank you to our local businesses for supporting our school and whānau.  

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga - Fill the baskets of knowledge





Tuakana Cross Country

Looking forward to seeing our tuakana running the beach on Wednesday, 22 May 2024.

More details will come out closer to the time.








Uniform Sale 

School End of the Line Trackpants now $30

Sizes available

13-14 years

Adult XX Small

Adult X Small

Adult Small

Adult Medium

For Sale in our Uniform Shop while stocks last

Uniform Shop is now located in the offices beside Room 11.

Tamariki can wear plain navy blue trackpants purchased from retailers such as Kmart and The Warehouse 

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.

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