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 140-180 pupils throughout the year. Pupils are from a wide range of different ethnicity and cultures. The school has 7 mixed year group classrooms, and additional learning spaces that engage and cater for our wide range of learners.
We have a Junior Hub which teaches New Entrants, Year 1 and Year 2 students with a “Learning through Play” approach.
In the Senior School, we have two Year 3-4 classes in Room 4 and Room 5. Our Year 5 and 6 students are in Room 1 and 2.
Arakura School is a contributing primary school consisting of 9 full size classrooms, a library and school hall. There are two large concrete and asphalted play areas which complement the large grassed area that kids love to play on.
We have a school garden, as well as, a growing orchard of fruit trees at the back of our school. These are tended to and grown by our students.
Our Junior Hub learns in two large, open-plan, joined classrooms that were purpose built in 2010. In 2018 our four senior classrooms were modernised and upgraded with new flexible space furniture to allow students to learn in environments that can be adapted and changed to their needs.
In 2020 we opened a new playground which was developed in consultation with the students and the community to meet their needs. It features many elements that are designed to meet additional sensory needs many students have, with a swing, and outdoor musical instruments.
A caring environment extends throughout Arakura School where senior classes are encouraged to support the juniors and assist them as “buddies” whenever possible. This emotionally supportive environment is extended throughout the entire school where well-being and mindfulness are encouraged at all levels.
Our staff is well balanced with a mix of backgrounds and experience in teaching. We have part time classroom release teachers and several supporting teacher aides.
We strive to recognise cultural as well as individual differences in all of our students, and use these as strengths that they can build on.
Our school acknowledges concerns in relation to student literacy and numeracy skills and places first priority on meeting needs in these areas to facilitate better learning in other curricula. Our focus begins, however, as getting students ready for learning first and foremost.
Our main focus is on student well-being; whether physical, emotional, or mental. If we look after the well-being of our children first, this will allow them to then access the learning in the classroom.