Tēna koutou e te whānau,

How fantastic were our Matariki Disco’s yesterday! The children had such an amazing time. It was so great to see the children dress up and have an awesome afternoon or evening socially connecting with their peers. A big mihi goes to our Friends of School parents who set up and organised our disco. A lot of work went in behind the scenes to transform our school hall and to prepare the goodie bags & stalls. Also, a big thank you to our school staff who stayed to support our Friends of School parents and to assist with the smooth running of the Disco. I hope that your children really enjoyed themselves. One child asked me if we could have another Disco again next week. My answer - probably next term 🙂


We have had children representing our kura at the following sports events over the last two weeks. Our children always represent our kura with pride and exemplary behaviour.

  • Congratulations to our children who participated in the Mount Cluster Cross Country last week, it was great to be able to get down to the beach and watch our children race. Congratulations to Julian Graham who will now represent the Mount Cluster at the regional Cross Country champs.
  • Tackle Rugby 5’s, for the first time we had a team of Year 5 & 6 children participate in this event at Blake Park on Wednesday
  • Basketball World Cups - Our Year 3 & 4 team participated last Thursday and our Year 5 & 6 children participated yesterday.
  • Earlier in the term, we had a team of Year 5 & 6 children participate in the football world cup and I was extremely proud of Rehua Randall who received ‘Sportsmanship of the day.’ Rehua was selected out of every player who participated in the tournament.
  • Congratulations to Whaea Gina's daughter Manaia Nuku and Whaea Tatai's partner Ngarohi McGarvey-Black for making the NZ Olympic Rugby 7's Team.
  • We also have all of our Winter sports teams playing in the local competitions. I really enjoyed watching some of our netball girls play on Saturday.


Next Thursday 27th June is our annual Matariki Breakfast and we are all looking forward to it.  You are all invited to come and have breakfast with us from 8am - 9am in the hall. After breakfast we are having an open learning morning where our classrooms are open from 9:00 - 9:50am for our tamariki to share their learning with you. Following this, we will conclude our morning celebration of Matariki with a whole school waiata at 9:50am. Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday. Reminder, school is closed on Friday 28th June for the Matariki Public Holiday.

Thank you to Fresh Choice Pāpāmoa for your support of our Matariki Breakfast and the donation you have given to Friends of School to enable us to put this breakfast together for free. Please support businesses who support our kura.


Thank you to Ingham Mora Chartered Accountants for your generous donation of $5000.00 towards our school van. We are getting closer towards our target of $35,000.00. Keep an eye on the Friends of School Facebook page which has our van Fund-o-Meter and is updated regularly.

Also remember to scroll down to find videos, photos and stories from our classes, events and sports. This issue we have mahi from rooms 8 and 22, video from the Matariki Disco and highlights from sports events of the past two weeks.

Thank you to our community for your support of our school, as always, please remember, if you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and chat.

Ngā mihi nui

Vicki Hiini





Thursday, 27 June - Matariki Parakuihi (Breakfast) - 8am in the Hall

Thursday, 27 June - Matariki  Morning - Classes open from 9-9.50. Whole School Waiata at 9.50

Friday, 28 June - Matariki (School Closed)

Friday, 5 July - Last Day of Term 2

Monday, 22 July - First Day of Term 2 - Pōhiri and New Whānau hui

Click here for 2024 Term Dates


In this issue:

  • News and Events
  • From the Sports Desk
  • ATK here Everyday
  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Healthy School Lunches
  • Extra-Curriculars @ Arataki
  • After School Care/Programme
  • Holiday Programs
  • Community Notices
  • Pre Loved Uniforms
  • Report an Absence




Click the pictures to watch the videos below




ATK Here Everyday

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.

Remember you can let us know if you would like to opt in or out of the Healthy Lunches by contacting the school office.

Here's a reminder of the menu that The Freeport are providing for Term Two. 









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