General Information

Ōrākei School is a co-educational state integrated full primary school catering for students from year 0-8. Our current roll of 400 students provides a unique inner-city environment where we can provide each and every child enrolled with us the individual attention and support as required. Our school buildings and grounds have undergone recent major developments  including new classrooms and upgrades (Innovative Learning Environments) and play-space landscaping.

We are a registered signatory for International Students and continue to foster our long standing relationships both within our local community and internationally.

As well as our mainstream classes, we also offer Montessori education and Rumaki Reo education.

School Hours

8.30am – 8.50am: Road Patrol operates on Grace Street – Teacher on duty

8.30am Classroom doors open – Teachers are present

8.50am:  Bell – Children assemble in house groups for Tuning In and Karakia

9.00 – 10:30am   – Learning Block #1
10:30 – 10:50am – Play
10:50 – 11:00am – Eat and Clear
11:00 – 12:30pm – Learning Block #2
12:30 – 1:15pm   – Lunch Play
1:15 – 1:30pm     – Eat and clear
1:30 – 3:00pm     – Learning Block #3

The school office is staffed from 8 am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday

Important Processes For Communicating With Our School

Communicating the Positives

We love hearing about the great things that are happening for your child at our school. We also love hearing about their personal achievements. During tuning in on a Monday we have time to acknowledge and celebrate achievements from activities that your child achieves and excelled in outside of school.  If they have a certificate or award please bring these to the office on a Monday before 8:45am and we will present it in from of the whole school.

If your child shares an area of their learning at school that they love please communicate this to your child’s teacher. It makes a great difference to our teaching team to hear this positive feedback. We also encourage you to meet with your child’s teacher regularly to let them know the areas that they are passionate in. This helps us to plan activities that will meaningfully engage your child in their learning.

Caught Being Good

If you see a child or become aware of a child who is making a positive difference in our school please let the office know so that we can reward the child using our token system. This usually involves Mr Earl giving them a gold token.

Communicating Concerns Regarding your Child

From time to time you may need to communicate with our school in regards to seeking clarification in areas you may have a concern about. Following is the procedure for you as a parent to undertake.

  1. Contact your child’s teacher by making an appointment with them. This can be done through the school office or by emailing the teacher directly.
  2. Should your concern require further action please contact your Hub Leader
    1. O Hub – Mrs Ashley Lau –
    2. R1 and R3 classes – Miss Amanda Good –
    3. R Hub/E Hub – R4, R5 and R6 classes – Mrs Fehm Hussain –
    4. A Hub – Whaea Karen Russell –
    5. K2 and K3 – Miss Renee Pennington –
    6. K1, K4, K5, K6 – Miss Jane Farrelly –
  3. Our school Deputy Principal is:
    1. Fehm Hussein –
  4. If this process has not addressed your concern and you have followed this procedure please make a time to meet with the school principal Mr Michael Earl. Appointments can be made via the school office or Mr Earl’s PA Rangi Tamaariki-Liddle –

Tuning In

On Monday morning our school meets together to ‘tune in’ to our learning for the week. We also present children with any awards they may have won over the weekend. Part of this tuning in involves us reciting our Morning Prayer / Karakia. The prayer below is led by our senior students and repeated by the rest of the school. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join our Tuning In every morning.

E te Atua – Oh Lord, Manaakitiamai matou – bless us all, Me o matou mahi mo tenei ra – within our work for today, Arahinamai matou katoa – guide us all

Ko Ihu Karaiti – Jesus Christ, Te Kaiwhakaora – redeemer of life, Amine – Amen


Our Values

Our school values are fully integrated into our learning environment. Our values are Self-Belief, Inquiring Minds, Respect, Excellence and Creativity. Each value is represented by a symbol and these are clearly displayed around our school. At our community assemblies, students are awarded certificates in acknowledgement of them displaying these values. You will also see our students being awarded stickers showing the values icons.



We take great pride in our uniform and the sense of belonging it brings. We encourage all students to wear the correct Ōrākei school uniform and to make sure they are well presented at all times. For a list of our current uniform requirements and prices, please contact the school office. Students are required to wear our Ōrākei School hat during Term 1 and 4 for outside play. The Ōrākei School Sports Uniform can be worn as an alternative school uniform during Terms 1 and 4 also.



Every second Friday, one of our classes runs a community assembly. This is an open assembly to which everyone is invited. the host class will share some of their learning and perform items Values awards and presentations across the school are made at this assembly. These assembly are held at 2pm in our school hall.



Each child at Ōrākei school is placed into one of our four houses. Kowhai, Pohutukawa, Rimu and Totara. These houses compete for the weekly house points trophy and serve as another opportunity to develop a sense of belonging. Houses also compete at our sports days and cross-country.



Students are welcome to bring healthy pack lunches and morning tea to school, however if you wish to order a lunch, the options are listed below.

Lunches on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday cost $4.50 and include a piece of fruit. Lunches are ordered at the office before 9.30am

Monday           =          Chick/Ham/Salad Filled Roll

Tuesday           =          American Hot Dog

Wednesday     =          Sushi (prices vary)

Thursday         =         Subway (prices vary and get envelope from office)

Friday              =          Seniors – Big Pie, Juniors – 2 Small Savouries

We do not sell drinks as we encourage the children to drink water. Please note, we are a litter free school therefore all packaging and rubbish will be placed back in each child’s lunchbox


School Song

Ōrākei e

E karanga e te iwi e                                     Our tribe is calling to the people
Kua eke mai nei
Kua eke mai nei ki runga te marae e     
who have just set foot on this marae

Mauria mai ra
Mauria mai ra e nga mate o te motu e  
Bring with you the memories of all our dead
Me nga tini roimata
Me nga tini roimata e maringi whanui e    and so many tears spilling forth nation-wide.

Titiro e nga iwi
Titiro e nga iwi e nga mahi o te motu          Look at our people working across the land
E hora atu nei e                                               spread out far and wide

Rū ana te whenua
Rū ana te whenua, whatiwhati te moana    Shaking is the ground, quivering is the sea. 

Aue te aroha                                                      Oh, the love and the pain within me. 
Aue te aroha te mamae i ahau e.

Rū ana te whenua whatiwhati. Hei!               The ground shakes and quivers, yeah! 


Road Safety and crossing

Ōrākei School is bordered by busy suburban roads. Children are crossed in a supervised way by the teachers and senior students on crossing duty at the following times:

Grace Street: 8.30 – 8.45am and 3.00 – 3.15pm              Coates Ave 3.00 – 3.15pm ONLY



At Ōrākei School we try our very best to create clear lines of communication so that you and our wider community are kept informed. To do this, we use a number of tools.

1) Website: On our website you will be able to see our Flexibuzz Feed, read the newsletters, view our achievement data and strategic goals plus much more.

2) If you have a smart phone, please download the free FLEXIBUZZ App. Then simply find our school and select the classes or groups you wish to hear from.  Newsletters, notices and reminders will be sent through this app.

3) For regular quick updates about things happening around our school please follow our twitter account @Orakeischoolnz

Please note that we will be increasingly moving towards using the above electronic options of communication in favour of paper notices and newsletters.

With this is mind, please make sure we have your correct email address.



Stationery needs for each classroom can be purchased on-line by clicking on this link: Stationery Orders





Emergency Action Plan

In an emergency such as a school lock down or civil defence situation, the school will attempt to communicate to parents through a variety of ways. Flexibuzz, our website and our Twitter account will be the first places we will place information.  Twitter account @Orakeischoolnz

Please be aware that if our school activates its lockdown procedures, no parents will be allowed into the school buildings and telephones will not be answered.


For more information please contact our main office.


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