Kia ora whānau

I hope everyone is keeping well as we are reminded that winter is on its way.  

Thank you for a great turn out at our Whānau Conferences last week, we had over 70 % attendance. It's such a privilege being about share, celebrate and work together to make sure we do the best for our tamariki.

We are farewelling Stephanie Latto this week. Stephanie is the Team Leader for Hopukiore and Room 21's teacher. We wish Stephanie all the best. Janet Fletcher will be taking over the Team Leader and teacher roles at the beginning of Term 3. Rachal Spencer will be the class teacher for the remainder of the term.

The wellbeing of the tamariki at Arataki School is at our heart. Attendance is strongly linked to the sense of wellbeing and belonging of all tamariki.  It is also important for their learning and achievement.

Good attendance will help your child:

  • to make and keep good friends
  • Participate in the range of activities provided at Arataki School
  • Learn and grow alongside their peers
  • Feel safe and a part of the school whanau
  • Develop skills that will help with their independence and resilience
  • Improve their chances for a positive future

The Ministry of Education has set the expectation that tamariki should be at school at least 94% of the time. See below for a breakdown of what this looks like.

It is important to inform school when tamariki are away so that we know that your children are safe and/or if we can provide any support for your child to be at school. If you do not notify us we do send a text each day to request information, this costs the school 16c per text. 

When we don't receive notification from home for an absence, they will get marked as truant.  This will be followed up by phone calls from the school, home visits and if required reporting to Attendance Services.

When reporting an absence please provide a reason for the absence.  Absences and their reasons are reported to the Ministry of Education.

To report an absence please let us know your child’s name, class number and the reason for the absence via one of the following:

Call our absence line (07) 575 3497 select option 1 and leave a message.

Text 022 565 0021.


Complete our online form

We encourage you to ensure your tamaiti is present at school every day unless they are unwell. If you need support with this please contact their kaiako/teacher or you can contact the office who will get you in touch with the right person to help.  The office phone number is (07) 575 3497 or email 

Ngā mihi nui

Shelley Blakey

In this issue:

  • News and Events
  • From the Sports Desk
  • Upcoming Events
  • Extra-Curriculars @ Arataki
  • Community Notices

News and Events


Upcoming Events

Book Character Dress Up Day - Friday 27 May (FoS event)

Cross Country - Wednesday 1 June

Bike Safety check day - Thursday 2 June (Year 5-6 students)

Teacher Only Day - Friday 3 June

Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June

Bike Safety Programme -Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 June (Year 5-6 students)

Matariki Breakfast - Thursday 23 June (FoS event)

Matariki Public Holiday - Friday 24 June

Matariki Open Afternoon - Tuesday 28 June 

Click here for 2022 Term Dates

Report 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.


Complete our online form

Please include your child's name, room number and reason for your child's absence. 

Extra Curriculars @ Arataki

Community Notices