About us

Ranzau School is a decile 9 state contributing school situated in a wonderful rural setting, just 3 km from Richmond and 18 km from Nelson.

Our school is well supported by the local community and we always strive to develop strong relationships. We currently have an enthusiastic Parent ‘Connect’ Group and Board of Trustees. We have a committed and hard working teaching and support staff who share the vision and values of the school and community. They participate actively and willingly in all aspects of school life.

Students achieve well at Ranzau School. We place strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, producing results consistently above the national norms. We also place high emphasis in developing responsible community members – children who are balanced, self managing, self disciplined, confident, caring, inquiring and who display a love of learning. We have strong student leadership opportunities. Our students care for each other which is visible in our highly successful buddy system and the pride they show in their school.

Ranzau children excel in Sports and The Arts. We believe it is important to give children as many opportunities as we can to be active and creative and to participate in these disciplines. We currently have a  kapa haka group and the community always looks forward to the biannual school production. Ranzau is always well represented at interschool sporting fixtures.

Our facilities are well maintained and modern. Resource development is always ongoing and aims to ensure the enhancement of our learning environment. We have upgraded all our classrooms into wonderful modern, purpose built learning spaces. These spaces enable us to effectively deliver a broad and rich curriculum.

Ranzau School has a long history, being one of New Zealand’s oldest schools. Its origins are centred around an early German settlement in the 1840’s and the school has been in continuous existence ever since.

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