We are rolling out the red carpet for our Whanau Event this year. Pop the date into your calendars now, and come along to join with our community as we premiere the inaugural Arohanui Film Festival on Thursday 5th November from 5-7pm at our Base School.

There will be plenty to keep hearts, minds and bodies busy with entertainment, snacks, prizes, bouncy castles, face painting, sausage sizzles, treasure hunts and more.

Bring friends and whānau, and come along dressed as your favourite movie character (if you're feeling brave!). There will be spot prizes!

Arohanui Special School

School Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are open for the election of one parent representative to the board of trustees.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Sunday 8 November 2020. To ensure that your nomination is correct and accepted, your form must be submitted by noon Friday 6 November 2020. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 2pm on Friday 11 December 2020.


Nicole Upham

Returning Officer

Home Learning Update

Kia Ora whanau, hope that you are all doing well given our current circumstances. It is such a challenging time yet again for so many.

Today our professional staff met online to talk through expectations for all staff. Our staff are well prepared this time for online learning for our students. Today our teachers would have been trying to get in contact with you as a check-in. This shouldn’t take too long and can be done via your preferred method of communication with us. Online Learning resumes tomorrow.

Hard Learning Packs

We are aware that some of our families may have poor internet connections or no access to the internet. We are in the process of printing hard learning packs off for families.

This time around we are unable to deliver these to families but they will be available for families to pick up from our base school

(82 Tirimoana Road, Te Atatu South) on the following days and at these times:

Tuesday 17 Aug: 12 - 2 pm

Wednesday 18 Aug : 9 - 12

Thursday 19 Aug : 9 -12

It is important that you stick to these times as our school is not operating as usual so our open and closing times are different.

Take care whanau and I will be in touch again shortly.


Please click on the "Resources" tab above. This has helpful activities for you and your young people to utilise from home.

"Dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of our community in the spirit of Aroha."

"Ki tūtakina nga matea rerekē e tautawhitia nga iwi whanau kei roto te wairua" aroha.

Kia Ora and welcome to Arohanui

Arohanui is a school dedicated to meeting the unique learning needs of students from 5-21 years of age in the West Auckland area. We have 28 classes located across 13 sites. These include satellite classes catering for primary and intermediate students, secondary options, and a transition centre for students aged 18 and over. In addition we have an Outreach Service which supports ORS funded students in mainstream schools.

We are a passionate and committed staff focused on helping our students develop to their full potential. We believe strongly in the need for an understanding, inclusive and responsive community and we are aware that we play an important part in helping to create this community for our students and their families.

Shaki Padayatchi


What's on

Term Dates 2020

Term 1

Monday 3rd February - Thursday 9th April

Term 2

Tuesday 28th April - Friday 3rd July

Public holiday Queen's Birthday Monday 1 June

Term 3

Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September

Term 4

Monday 12th October - Friday 11th December

Public holiday Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates 2021

Term 1

Tuesday 2nd February - Friday 16 April

Public holidays in term 1

Waitangi Day - Monday 8 February

Easter break - Friday 2 April - Tuesday 6 April

Term 2

Monday 3 May - Friday 9 July

Public holiday Queen's Birthday - Monday 7 June

  • Term 3

  • Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October

  • Term 4

  • Monday 18 October - Tuesday 14 December

  • Public holiday Labour Day - Monday 25 October