Growing and Learning towards a great future

Rai Valley is a small rural community situated 50kms from Nelson and 70kms from Blenheim.
Rai Valley Area School is situated on the main Nelson/Blenheim highway and provides the community with a range of educational opportunities from Pre School to Adult Education classes.

The school caters for students from Years 1-13 in modern and exciting classrooms and facilities. This includes a Technology suite, a computer suite, a school and community library and school hall.
The community is very much part of the school with a lot of community groups using the school facilities for sporting or cultural activities.

The Rai Valley Area School Board of Trustees, staff and parents are committed to providing the best educational opportunities and support for our students and this is reflected in the family atmosphere which is present and promoted in the school.

Rai Valley Area School extends a warm welcome to all its incoming pupils. We look forward to working with you and to including you as part of our family. Likewise a warm welcome is also extended to parents/caregivers. We are very keen for parents/caregivers to know that the doors are always “open” at Rai Valley Area School.

Educating our children is a shared responsibility between the school and the home so that the more we know about what we are trying to achieve, the more effective we are likely to be in helping our children to learn.

Rai Valley Area School belongs to us all, so let’s together strive to make it as effective a school as possible. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact the school at any time regarding matters you may wish to discuss.

The school has a strong focus on EOTC and environmental education and the outdoors are promoted as an excellent learning environment for our students.

Please contact the school office for further information about school programmes.


What is The Rai Way?
The Rai Way is our school own adaptation of a framework known as PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning).
PB4L looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective. The framework is based on international evidence and behavioural science.
The Positive Behaviour for Learning is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. The framework can be tailored to your school’s own environment and cultural needs.
It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices you have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.
PB4L School-Wide is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon in the 1990s. PBIS is now in thousands of schools across the United States and there are over 700 School-Wide schools in New Zealand.

PB4L takes at least 3-5 years to put in place. Over this time, schools should see:
• incidents of problem behaviour decline
• the behaviour of students improve
• teachers spending more time teaching
• students more engaged and achieving.
PB4L takes the approach that opportunities for learning and achievement increase if:
• the school environment is positive and supportive
• expectations are consistently clear
• students are consistently taught desired behaviours
• students are consistently acknowledged for desired behaviours and undesirable behaviours are responded to in a fair and equitable way.
PB4L takes schools through a tiered process.
• Tier 1 is the foundation on which the other two tiers are built. It looks at the support systems and processes across the whole school – things that impact on all students and adults.
• Tier 2 looks at interventions for students who require additional behaviour and learning support.
• Tier 3 looks at more individualised and intensive support for students who experience chronic, severe and challenging behaviour.
RVAS is currently at Tier II. If you have any questions about The Rai Way or PB4L, you can find more information here or contact Mr Wilson or Ms Upsall at the school.