Nau Mai, Haere Mai - Afio Mai, Maliu Mai - Bienvenue and 
Welcome to 2014 at 
Te Kura o Ritimana - Richmond Road School.

Richmond Road School - Te Kura o Ritimana, Ponsonby, Tamaki - Auckland, Aotearoa - New Zealand.

Aim High – Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi – Tauivi Malosi – Visez Haut

GALA 2014

More information can be found on our RRS Gala Facebook Page

Thanks to our sponsors. What a success!
(more details to follow shortly)

Raffle Prizes

Milly's $100 Voucher

Garden Party $100 Voucher

Clothesline $100 Voucher

OUAT 2 nights acc to Rotorua, incls breakfast & 2 activities

Video Ezy Recent releases & Blu Ray

Rhys Darby 2 Tickets to his show

Bhana Bros Gift Basket

Eco Store 2x Ecostore laundry bundles

Crazy Crayons Voucher

Rainbows End 1 Adult & 1 Child Pass

Motat Family Pass

Auckland Zoo Passes

Stardome Family Pass

il buco Pizza, coffee 2x $25.00 vouchers

Superior Meats $30.00 Gift Voucher for Meat

Hilton Brown 4x child lessons

Frogs NZ Goodies Bag

Pane & Vino Vouchers

Early Settler Recollections 6 Pillows

Ezy Roller

Yoga Coutour $50.00 Gift

Jimmys Fish and Chip Shop $50 Voucher

Trade Aid Store Basket of Goodies

 Silent Auction

Coutts Cars CAR for the Weekend Weekend full of Gas/ car worth $87,900

Zoe & Morgan Jewellery

MALT  $100 Voucher

Shoe Clinic Voucher $100

Cyco - Bikes Bike Service - Voucher

FARRO Fresh $150 Goodies Basket

RIPE  Goodies Basket

Womans Bookstore Stack of Books

Lewis Eady Music 1 term music lessons $155 value

Andrea Moore $250 Lady Bubbles

Nesspresso Coffee Machine

Anytime Fitness 3mth free gym membership

Nature BB Duvet cover set /$500 or 2x $250

Configure Gym Membership

Native Agent goodies

Lunch on a Yatch

Judit Meron 1 Free Macaroon Class worth $79.00

Bijoux - Matt Rawlinson Charms


 Dear parents,

Please take 2 mins to vote for the COLLECTIVE, our sensational sponsor. Without them we wouldn't have had the  Bouncy Castles at our school Gala. They gave us $2000 + worth of amusement on the day !!! So now it is our time to support them. How ? Simple!
Just go on-line by following the link and fill in the survey. You can put " none " if like me you do not own or work at a restaurant.
Vote for at least 10 categories and enter COLLECTIVE when it comes to the Catering category.
Collective are very proud to have now been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Caterer’ category for this years Lewisham Awards.

If you can spare a few moments, it would be wonderful to have your support and vote .  

Thanks to all for your support.

Lady Gala :-))
ps. vote closes on the 25th of May! Only a few more weeks to vote. Please do not forget.




Richmond Road School is a unique primary school that celebrates diversity.  We work in partnership with families/whānau to ensure that children:

love coming to school, challenge themselves in their learning, make and sustain positive relationships with others and are confident in who they are

Nau Mai Haere Mai, Welcome!


Kia ora, talofa lava, bonjour, hello I am the new principal at Richmond Road School - Te Kura o Ritimana and officially started at the beginning of term one, 28 January 2014. I am thrilled to be leading a school with such a long history and reputation for being a community focused school that focuses on providing tamariki with opportunities to discover the joy of learning through their/a heritage language.  My 14 years of teaching experience was preceded with a number of years working at local authorities and a private consultancy as a Town Planner in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland. My time as a kaiako has all been in Central Auckland primary schools. My time prior to arriving at Richmond Road School was spent working with the learning community of Oranga Primary School as Associate Principal.

As a school leader I am mindful that our approach to learning needs to be future focused, but also it must recognize where we have come from. We now know so much more in terms of how studentsbest learn and what comprises effective teaching. Learning needs to be motivating, engaging and provide sufficient challenge for all of our learners. It is also important to me that our students feel happy and safe at school and we provide a nurturing environment.

Te Kura o Ritimana has a lively and active wider school community, focused on making our great school greater.

Our school vision to be a community that creates a life-long love of learning and language, and leads the way in bilingual education is an integral part of every aspect of the learning day at Richmond Road School. Our valuesencourage children to engage with learning, to be actively involved in community, to be leaders, to have an understanding of their identity and that of others and to creative in their response to problem solving.

I encourage you to read the parent links on this website, read the newsletter and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter in order to become more involved in the wider life of our school.If you would like to know more about us, please call in for a visit, and we'd be happy to show you around. If you have any additional questions please contact us directly at the school on 376-1091 or email

Naku noa, 

Jonathan Ramsay

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 seven,
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.

Ex-RRS students at Intermediate Survey - Click Here to take this survey 

Ex- RRS students Parent/Whanau Survey - Click Here to take this survey

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.  
  1. Phone: 376 1091 – option 1, and leave a message
  2. Email:
  3. Text: 021 890 078 (school/office cell phone)
  4. WebsiteAbsentees (on the side bar) and complete the form.
  5. Note: Send a note to the office via a sibling or neighbour.
If your child is not at school, and we are not sure why, someone from the office will give you a call.

Heather Rewiri,
6 Oct 2013 19:15