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School Life at Riversdale School

Riversdale Primary School is a full primary catering for the needs of children aged 5 to 13 years, living within the Riversdale, Wendon, Wendonside, Kaweku, Mandeville, Waipounamu and Waimea Communities.


We pride ourselves on the fine young people that we develop and receive very positive feedback about our Year 8 leaving children who enrol in local secondary schools.


The school enjoys strong ties with our community, which results in all adults contributing to the broad education of their child. Children’s uniqueness and individuality are valued by the staff.


Our extensive play areas, wonderful play equipment, school hall, and swimming pool are well used. Our school colours are black and white, reflected in our sports uniform.


The school vision is Inspiring Excellence, our Mission is, 'Today’s learners, tomorrow’s leaders' and our values are Respectful - Whakaute, Responsible - Kawenga and Resilient - Manawaroa (the 3 R’s).


The purpose of PB4L - SW in Riversdale School is to support the development of caring, respectful relationships within the whole community.  We will develop self-regulation in everyone to better self manage decision making.  Working collaboratively will ensure today's learners become tomorrow’s leaders.


As a Positive Behaviour for Learning school we use restorative practices to support our students.  This ensures that positive relationships are maintained.  Programmes that provide additional support for behaviour and learning are Pause, Breathe, and Smile, Life Education, Sports Activator and our School Houses.

School Houses

Each family belongs to a school house. Children earn house points through good citizenship and sports or cultural events. Our houses are Karaka, Kowhai, Kakariki, Whero and Kikorangi.

Today's learners, tomorrow's leaders

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