Principal’s Welcome

A Note from the Principal

Tena koutou e nga whanau
Greetings to all families

Welcome to RidgeView! I am delighted to introduce you to our little school with a big heart.

Our School

RidgeView is a semi-rural school. We are situated about 8km outside of Albany on a private road. The school is surrounded by quiet green farmland and there is a real country feeling to the area. Most of our children come from the local village and surrounding area, and walk, cycle or scooter to school.
We are divided into three learning areas: Waahi Koru where our junior students learn through a mix of play, Waahi Pitau where our middle school students learn, and Waahi Pakari where our senior students learn. However, we move through the learning areas to groups and activities appropriate for our learning levels. We are small enough that everyone knows each other and we feel like a large family, but have the advantages of being close to a large city. The Maori principle of tuakana-teina relationships can be seen every day on our playground and in our classrooms.

Our school values are respect, excellence, and positive relationships, and we all aim to be fantastic RidgeView REPs who model these values. Our students are regularly commended on their great sportsmanship, have-a-go attitude and exemplary behaviour when we are on trips or at sporting events.

Our Learning

Our goal is for all RidgeView children to be confident, connected, lifelong learners. We are proud of our students who achieve high academic levels, excel on the sports field, and perform proudly and confidently in cultural events and on the stage. We are all learners at Ridgeview – the reciprocal relationship demonstrated in the concept of ako means that we are all teaching and learning from each other.
We are aware of the increasing complexities of the world we live in and strive to prepare our children in such a way that they can be successful now and in the future. We foster resilience, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Our students are agile and adaptive – they make connections with people of diverse cultures and thinking.

Our Community

Our children are supported by a dedicated staff and a wonderful, engaged community. Our parents and whanau involve themselves in many aspects of school life: coaching and managing sports teams, helping at school events, providing transport for trips and events, and as parent helpers in and around the school.
Our staff are invested in the well-being of every child at RidgeView. We believe that relationships are key to a positive and safe community. Our children are known and each one is encouraged to reach his or her potential.

If you would like to find out more about RidgeView School, please phone the office for an appointment. We would love to have a chat and show you around our wonderful little school

Rachael Kemball

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