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Policies & Procedures

Ravensbourne School Board maintains, updates, and reviews our policies and procedures. 

The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.  Our Board follows a review cycle and has the opportunity to view and add suggestions that are inline with the Ravensbourne school parent community.

Strategic Plan 2023


“Kia kaha, Kia maia, Kia manawanui”

“Be strong, Be brave, Be willing”

Vision Statement 

Empowering and inspiring our learners to be the very best they can be!

Our Core Purpose

With our tamariki at the forefront of all we do, we will create a safe, inclusive and vibrant environment for our learning community, enabling people to reach their full potential socially, mentally and academically through collaborative, professional relationships, a curriculum lens and Hauora.

School Statement

Ravensbourne School was opened in 1877 and has a proud history. Situated just a few minutes drive from Forsyth Barr Stadium on the West Harbour on the way to Port Chalmers, we have arguably the best view of any school in Dunedin. Our spacious site allows plenty of scope for adventure based learning, including trees, banks, a large grass field, tennis/netball courts and a playground.  A BMX bike track is in the development stages.

The school is a U1, decile 6, state co-educational school with a roll of approximately 17 students with 20% of students identifying as Maori and 5% identifying as Pacifica. 

Ravensbourne School is representative of a wide socioeconomic group and some families currently in attendance having been part of the school for three generations.  

Ravensbourne School is staffed for 1.7, with the principal release teacher working three and a half days per week. Ravensbourne School has two support staff - our Office Administrator and a Learning Assistant.  

The Board of Trustees is a mixture of local community members, school whanau and staff.

Our classes are multi-level which allows students to make progress at the level that meets their specific needs.  We often use our local environment and opportunities to participate in learning outside of the classroom.  Children are taught to swim throughout Terms 1 and 4 in our heated indoor swimming pool.  We are also fortunate enough to have an amazing Pump BMX Bike track on our grounds!

Our school values together with the whakatauki that was gifted to the school in 1923, underpin all that we do

 - Hauora - Excellence - Aroha - Respect - Teamwork -

Kia kaha, Kia maia, Kia manawanui - Be Brave, Be Strong, Be Willing

Strategic Plan - Priority for 2023-24.

 National Education Learning Priority: Objective: 1               National Education Learning Priority: Objective 2

Learners at the Centre                         Barriers free access

Strategic Goal 1:                                                                   Strategic Goal 1:

Have high aspirations for every learner/ākonga,                   Ensure every learner/akonga gains sound 

                                                                                               foundation skills

and support these by partnering with their whānau               including language, literacy and numeracy.

and communities to design and deliver education 

that responds to their needs, and sustains their 

identities, languages and cultures

1.To meet the individual needs of learners in the refreshed curriculum.

2.To encourage students to develop self management to meet the challenges of learning independently and collaboratively.

3.To develop and investigate new technologies to enhance classroom engagement, increase digital fluency, develop student agency so our students can better manage their own learning, teaching self-management, and develop a love of learning and creative and innovative digital citizens. 

Our Special Character:

We run under the Enviroschool umbrella which include the guiding principles of 

Empowered students

Learning for Sustainability

Maori perspectives

Respect for the diversity of people and culture

Sustainable communities

We are  also a STEAM school, this means in our programmes we prioritize




The Arts 


These are all underpinned by a solid foundation of skills in reading,writing and math.

This is all put together in a problem based/ project based approach giving the students a voice in their learning and the ability to problem solve and design solutions.

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