Arakura School is a Decile 2 contributing school (Year 1-6) located in Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt. We have always considered ourselves a progressive multi-cultural school that is responsive to the wishes of the community.
Our roll is approximately 170-200 pupils throughout the year. Pupils are from a wide range of different ethnicity and cultures.
The school has 7 mixed year group classrooms. In our Junior School, Room 6 house the new entrants, with Room’s 9, and 10 for our Year 1-2 and 2-3 classes. In the Senior School, we have two Year 3 and 4 classes in Rooms 4 and 5, and the Year 5 and 6 students in Rooms 1 and 2.
(ERO Report, September 2017)
Arakura School is a contributing primary school consisting of 9 full size classrooms, and a library which along with the administration area was remodelled in 2003 / 2004 ; a hall and includes a total of three recently built classrooms to cater for roll growth. Our four senior classrooms were remodelled in 2017 to provide a more modern feel, and provide for more flexible learning spaces. There are two large concrete and asphalted play areas which complement the large grassed area and rugby field. There is a nice junior courtyard between the junior block and senior block. Unfortunately the demountable classroom used as an Aoga amata (Samoan pre school used three days per week) was damaged by fire and had to be removed. An adventure playground and secure garden complement the learning environment where students can extend themselves and engage with the environment.
In 2008 the hall had a major upgrade. This included converting the supper room into a potential teaching space for roll growth, particularly in the new entrant class to support the 1:15 teacher to pupil ratio. Data cables, data projector and a new sound system were installed to future proof the technology capacity.
In 2010 we opened two new classrooms, with variable teaching spaces, in our junior school.
A caring environment extends throughout Arakura School where older senior classes are encouraged to support the new entrants and assist them as “buddies” whenever possible. This emotionally supportive environment is extended throughout the entire school, and fits within the Tuakana Teina model.
Our staff is well balanced with a mix of ages and experience in teaching. We have a reading recovery teacher and supporting teacher aides. In 2013 a ‘Social Worker in School’ began working in our community. She is based in a purpose built room in our school for at least one more year.
Our school strives to recognise cultural as well as individual differences. Students are encouraged to explore their own culture and appreciate ethnic diversity. A Kapahaka programme in collaboration with Wainuiomata High School as well as the local Kohanga Reo has been a huge success to assist in the delivery of Te Reo Māori and Tīkanga Māori for our students.
In our 2014 ERO report, they concluded that “Raising student achievement continues to be a priority. Teachers are working collaboratively to develop their capability and to build consistency across teaching and assessment practices.”. This continues to be our main focus at Arakura School.
Our maximum yearly roll ranges between 185 and 200. Our school’s enrollment scheme was lifted by the Ministry of Education in 2013.