Kate Rivers

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Service to Art Education


Kate joined the staff at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School as an Art Teacher in 1999.  She was appointed Director of Sustainability in 2015, and is also Head of Printmaking and Head of the Visual Arts Junior Curriculum.

Kate is an expert practitioner with a strong teaching and learning philosophy, underpinned by extensive research and experience. She is generous with her time with her colleagues inspiring them to challenge their own assumptions about learning and to consider new approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners.

She is progressive in her thinking, always open to new learning herself and is constantly experimenting with innovative strategies to engage and empower learners. Leading trips to the Biennale in Sydney and involving students in authentic community projects, where their learning is acknowledged and celebrated in real life contexts.

Kate has driven a number of community engagement projects over the years. As President of the Canterbury Art Teachers’ Association Kate chaired the committee to organise the BIG PRINTMAKING FESTIVAL 2014. Another significant project was the installation in the Canterbury Museum of a deconstructed Home showing the impact of the Christchurch Earthquake which was both confronting and breath taking!

Kate is also a member of the Wellbeing group that has planned and is currently implementing a school-wide Wellbeing programme.

As a passionate advocate for green living, Kate has led the design and implementation of a school wide sustainability project, which has completely transformed how waste is managed across the campus.

An outstanding teacher, colleague and mentor. It is with great pleasure that we present Kate Rivers with a 2016 ISNZ Honours Award for Service Art Education.