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school overview

The French-English unit at Ridgway School is called Ruru La Chouette and was established with the help of Frenz in 2019. 

Ridgway School is a publicly funded primary school in Southern Brooklyn, Wellington, just a few minutes from the CBD. Our school is committed to bilingualism and diversity. The school has a pleasant setting on expansive grounds and is ideally placed to make the most of all the advantages our capital city has to offer.

Discover Ridgway School.

central school

Ridgway School has about 240 students and is located in a vibrant neighbourhood.

Ridgway is currently in the process of becoming zoned, it is not yet in place.

Green space

Ridgway School has a large playing field with a 400m sealed bike track, as well as a skills track with various cycle challenges. Children have adventures in amongst the trees and plants on our bank, build and create in the sandpit, and take care of the plants in our garden.

Bilingual class structure

The NZ curriculum is taught in French every morning and in English every afternoon, ensuring children become proficient in both languages in all academic subjects.

Enrolment process

(for citizens, permanent residents and work visa holders)

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Enrol with Ridgway School

Children must be enrolled by September for the following school year.

Note that Ridgway School does not take international fee paying students.

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The school will contact you to schedule a language evaluation for your children, usually in October for the following school year.

receive confirmation

Ridway School will score your children's application against a set of priority points and let you know if they are accepted in the bilingual programme. 

Become a 

Frenz member

If your children are accepted at Ruru La Chouette, fill our Frenz online membership form 


contact the Frenz manager at

Ridgway School Principal: 

Kathryn Smith

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Frenz representative for 

Ruru La Chouette: 

Julie Llorca


(French or English)

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