Nau Mai, Haere Mai - Afio Mai, Maliu Mai - Bienvenue and
Welcome to 2013 at
Te Kura o Ritimana - Richmond Road School.
Welcome to Richmond Road School - Te Kura o Ritimana, Ponsonby, Tamaki - Auckland, Aotearoa - New Zealand. Our primary school was established in 1884. Our unique feature is the focus on teaching and learning through children's heritage languages. Alongside an English unit (rōpū), we have Māori, Samoan and French immersion and bilingual classes.
"The best setting for educating linguistic minority pupils - and one of the best for educating any pupils - is a school in which two languages are used without apology and where becoming proficient in both is considered a significant intellectual and cultural achievement".
(Glen & LaLyre, 1991, p. 43, cited in van Hees, Expanding Oral Language in the Classroom, 2007, p.61, NZCER Press)
Bilingual education underpins the philosophy, strategic direction, policies and practices of Richmond Road School.
The school enjoys international and national recognition for its provision of bilingual education. There are about 350 students attending the school. The following classes (or ruma) cover all the age groups across each ropu:
Te Whānau Whāriki, the Māori bilingual unit, has four ruma
Mua i Malae, the Samoan bilingual unit, has three;
L’Archipel, the French bilingual unit, has three; and
Kiwi Connection, the English unit, has five,
The majority of children in Te Whānau Whāriki and Mua i Malae come from English-speaking backgrounds and focus on acquiring an additional language, te reo Māori or Samoan. Most of L’Archipel children are already fluent speakers of French and focus on maintaining their French language with English as an additional language.
We offer a well-balanced programme based on the New Zealand curriculum framework and in Te Whānau Whāriki, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
In addition, we aim to help children develop as individuals and as members of their community and society in general by fostering the growth of concern for others and respect for differences as well as self respect and self esteem.
Aim High – Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi – Tauivi Malosi – Visez Haut
- love coming to school,
Richmond Road School is a unique primary school that celebrates diversity. We work in partnership with families/whānau to ensure that children:
- challenge themselves in their learning,
- make and sustain positive relationships with others; and
- are confident in who they are.
If you would like to know more about us, please call in for a visit, and we'd be happy to show you around. To find out more information about our school and what is happening, please read the weekly school newsletter or use the search facility on this website. If you have any additional questions please contact us directly at the school on 376-1091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Anich (Tumuaki/Principal)
PLEASE HELP US TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE
Please contact the school in advance to let us know the days that your child is going to be away. Where you cannot let us know in advance, or you don't know when your child will return, please contact us every day that your child is away, and on the day if your child is going to be late.
If your child is not at school, and we are not sure why, someone from the office will give you a call.