Information A-Z

Yes, we have a RidgeView School Facebook page but we do not publish photos or information about students to protect their privacy.

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RidgeView School is part of the Whanau ki te Ako – Albany Learning Pathway – Kahui Ako (Community of Learning).

The other schools in the Community of Learning are:

Greenhithe Primary School

Upper Harbour Primary School

Albany Primary School

Coatesville Primary School

Albany Junior High School

Albany Senior High School

Our schools work together in the Community of Learning to enhance pathways and learning opportunities for the students in our schools.

Dawn Fenn (Principal of RidgeView School) is the Lead Principal of the Community of Learning.  She works with a Leadership Team of up to 28 teachers from across the schools. On the two days that she is leading this group, Rachael Kemball (Deputy Principal of RidgeView School) is in the Relieving Principal’s role at RidgeView.

Please see the attached Achievement Challenge for our Community of Learning.

Whanau ki te Ako Achievement Challenge- Final 27.2.17


Janne Carter is in the School Office during the following times:

Monday – 8.30am – 3.00pm

Tuesday – 8.30am – 3.00pm

Wednesday – 8.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday – 8.30am – 3.00pm

Friday – 8.30am – 12.30pm

You can contact Janne on 09 413 9808 or

School Uniforms can be purchased from The Warehouse in Albany.  


  • RVS polo shirt
  • RVS fleece
  • RVS royal blue bucket hat (Terms 1 and 4)
  • Plain black trousers, legging, shorts, shirts, skorts
  • Sensible shoes for the school environment (e.g. trainers, plain black shoes)

The Board of Trustees requests that all children come to school in shoes and that jewellery is restricted to simple stud earrings and a taonga.

NB  All sizes can be ordered if they are not in stock.

Before School

8.15am daily

Fonterra and Sanitarium support us in providing a Breakfast Club each morning.  This is a lovely time where the children sit down with the Principal, eat a breakfast of Weetbix and talk about the day ahead.  Everyone invited.

Beginning of the school day:

Children may bring in (non messy) raw fruit and vegetables to eat as ‘brain food’.  E.g. apple pieces, banana, carrot sticks

We are supported by Fonterra and provide small cartons of cold milk for children (on request).

Morning Tea

We suggest families provide a small sweet or savoury snack for morning tea time.  E.g. biscuits, muffin, crisps, raisins, cheese etc.

NB  It is best to send children’s food in a lunchbox as the food often gets squashed in a plastic bag and children are reluctant to eat it.


We suggest families provide:

  •  fresh fruit
  • a carbohydrate based ‘main’ (e.g. sandwiches, crackers, pasta, rice)
  • a sweet/savoury snack


Water bottles are allowed in the classes.

Drinks such as juice may be drunk at break times.

We do not allow:

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Anything in a glass bottles
  • Chocolates, sweets/lollies

(We ask that you keep these as ‘home’ treats’ please.”

We ask that if you provide your child with cans of tuna etc., that they have a plastic spoon or fork to eat this with.  It is also very helpful if your child can open their own pre-packaged snacks.  This makes the duty teacher’s life a lot easier. 

RidgeView School has approximately 85 children who are usually organised across three homeroom classes:

Room 3 – New Entrant/Year 1

Room 2 – Year 2/3

Room 1 – Year 4/5/6

Students ‘cross group’ for literacy and numeracy sessions where they move across classes related to their current learning level.  This style of teaching allows students to have greater amounts of teacher contact time and therefore to accelerate progress

Before School Care is available from 7.30am – 8.15am.  Students booked into this programme take part in the Breakfast Club scheme from 8.15am – 8.30am.

After School Care is available onsite from 3.00pm – 5.30pm on all week days.

Before and After School care must be prebooked.  Please contact the school for contact details.

School begins at 9.00am and finishes at 3.00pm each day.  

The bell times are listed below:

1st session – 9.00am – 10.40am

Morning tea – 10.40am – 11.00am

2nd session – 11.00am – 12.30pm

Lunchtime – 12.30pm – 1.30pm

3rd session – 1.30pm – 3.00pm

NB  Students may be onsite before school from 8.30am.

You can enrol your child at RidgeView by making an appointment with the Principal.  You can phone Janne in our School Office on 09 413 9808 or email Dawn Fenn directly at