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Our School Vision and Values

School Vision

Growing, discovering, learning for life

Riverview School grows confident, successful individuals who are:

  • Hooked on HEARTWISE values
  • Co-operative and community-minded
  • Creative thinkers and problem solvers
  • Motivated, lifelong learners
  • Passionate eco-warriors
  • Proud to celebrate achievements
  • Competent in literacy and numeracy
  • Discoverers of personal talents

Our Logo

The school logo was revised several years ago, at the same time as the Vision Statement and motto (Growing, Discovering, Learning for Life) were devised.  It is a blend of old and new: the old being the view of Cape Brett, as seen from this side of the Bay of Islands, from the original logo.  This represents not only our ukaipō (belonging and connection to this place) but also that we should be looking to the horizon, always thinking of what we can discover and learn.

The koru (spiral shape) is based on the appearance of a new, unfurling silver fern frond.  It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving, and tattooing, where it symbolises new life, growth, strength, and peace.  For Riverview School, it also symbolises the importance of relationships (whānaungatanga), in particular, the supportive and nurturing aspect of the tuakana/teina relationship – whether it be teacher/student, student/student, or parent/student (manaakitanga). 

The nine leaves to the right of the koru represent our nine HEARTWISE values.  This is all underpinned by our motto: Growing, Discovering, Learning for Life.


This video, filmed in 2022 with students from our Kapa haka roopu, features Kororipo Pā, which is of significance to Riverview School. The pā site, fortified in the 1770s, and situated in the Kerikeri Basin alongside the Stone Stone, the Mission House, and Te Ahurea, is just a 30-minute walk from the school. Kororipo Pā encloses and shelters the Kerikeri Basin, where the Wairoa and Kerikeri rivers meet – hence, Kororipo means “swirling waters”. The waters are often referred to as Te awa o ngā Rangatira (associated with our local hapū [Ngāti Rēhia] and meaning “the deliberating place of chiefs”).

The school has chosen Kororipo as a metaphor for the merging of the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum, the Positive Behaviour for Learning approach (PB4L), and our HEARTWISE acknowledgement system.

We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to have so much Aotearoa New Zealand history in our own back yard and to be able to work closely with Ngāti Rēhia.

School Charter

For 2024 The Board of Trustees will be using a new Ministry of Education designed charter.