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Kristin Junior School PrincipalFrom the desk of...
Diana Patchett, Junior School Principal

If Shakespeare was right and ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’, then Kristin is certainly a theatre that hosts the best show in New Zealand. In the newsletter this week you will read of a remarkable array of endeavour and achievement by our young people.
Rumour has it that there is plenty of hometown glory to share! 
Don’t you remember when we were young and may have dreamed of being an author?  Well, our Year 2 students are on their way to being that one and only.
It may be water under the bridge, but Year 4 has been rolling in the deep of the Auckland dam system, now able to explain how full dams can lead to a water shortage.
This week we celebrate our PolyClub troupe turning tables at a local festival and our senior athletes chasing pavements and records at the Auckland Athletics. Of particular note is the golden ability of our pole-vaulters to skyfall above the rest.
Perhaps someone like you is attending the Adele concert this weekend? If so, keep a lookout for eight Kristin students and Mr Ah Sam in the MVE choir accompanying her on the Bond movie track.
So, it’s clear that Kristin affords opportunities for our students to shine in these early stages of their lives, developing confidence through rich experiences that will enable their continued success on the stage of life.
End note: 11 Adele titles were included in this introduction. I’ll be waiting to hear who found them all (make that 12!)..

What's been happening?
Kristin School Sport
Athletics Championships
Ben Kennedy and Olivia McTaggart competed with great success in the NZ Athletics Championships in Hamilton.

Olivia won gold in the U20 women's Pole Vault and Ben collected a full set: Gold in the U20 110 hurdles, Silver in the U20 Pole Vault, and Bronze in the Open Men's Pole Vault.

 At the Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at Mt Smart Stadium, Kristin came away with three gold and three silver medals as well as breaking two Auckland records.

Olivia McTaggart won gold and smashed Eliza McCartney's Auckland School`s record with a 4m 25 clearance in the Pole Vault. This was matched by Ben Kennedy who also won gold and set an Auckland School`s record of 4m 42 in the same event. Ben followed this with an easy win in the Senior Boy’s 110m hurdles. Angus Syminton won silver in the Junior Boy's Javelin and the 300m and Holly Barry won silver in the Junior Girls' Javelin. Congratulations to all athletes who did so well against the best schools in Auckland.
Full results >>
Kristin School Performing Arts
West Side Story
"The Jets are gonna have their day. Tonight!
The Sharks are gonna have their way. Tonight!"

In preparation for the big fight scene in West Side Story, the male Jet and Shark gang cast members have been learning specialised techniques to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to themselves.

Over 650 tickets to the 'Rumble' have already sold and the Saturday night show is already almost sold out! Purchase tickets now >>
Kristin School Sport
Golf at Kristin
Kristin`s Premier Golf Team this year is captained by Dexin Kong. They have been playing golf on Mondays after school, with Logan Hooper ranked number 1 in the team and currently on a 1 handicap. Logan has also represented North Harbour in a number of representative teams.
Kristin Junior School
Writing like Amazing Authors
This term Year 2 have been working hard on their descriptive writing. They have explored a Moment in Time, and looked at the different ways they can make their writing interesting.

2N has been looking at the way other authors write and have put this into practise by using wow words, similes and beginning their writing with interesting hooks.

“I can see the waves, waving at me.” - Roy
“I am thinking that I might be squashed.” - Finn
“I can hear the waves swishing like a car wash.”
- Joanne
“The sea shimmered like frost freezing across the ocean.” - Georgia
“I woke up in the morning and I remembered it was my birthday…” - Quade
“Brrr! It’s cold for me! Achoo!” - Patrick
“Ahh, I can see a huge wave!” - Andy
“I can see the gigantic, gleaming waves.”
- Tamarah and Eason
Kristin School Sports
North Harbour Swimming Zone Day
It was an exciting day for our Year 7-8 students representing Kristin at the North Harbour Intermediate Swimming Zone Day.

They all competed with pride and great effort against some really strong swimmers, showing great support of one another.

Kristin placed 2nd in the 50m Year 7 mixed freestyle relay and Keira Spilling finished 3rd overall in the 50m Breaststroke final and is now invited to participate in the AAIMES Inter-Zone Day on 5 April.
Kristin School Performing Arts
As seen on Seven Sharp
Friday marked a fantastic day for the Kristin students performing at the biggest Pacific Cultural and Dance festival in the world.

Thirty performers were well received by the big crowd at the Samoan stage and came away with a new found confidence and appreciation of cultures and dance practices. The students with the help of Mr Mataio and Mr Ah Sam, had been practicing for this great opportunity since the beginning of the year and represented the school proudly and with distinction.
Watch Kristin on Seven Sharp >>
Kristin Junior School
As part of their inquiry into Sharing the Planet, 3S have been researching about Biomes. They watched a selection of interesting wildlife videos that inspired them to wonder about the natural environment.

Here are some of the I Wonder questions that they had at the start of the inquiry:

"Why do seals live in the water?" - Lucia
"How many Biomes are there?" - Oliver
"Which country has the most Biomes?" - Hannah
"Where do Cheetahs live?" - Chrystal

Discussing their central idea, ‘All living forms share the natural environment in different ways', led to lots of interesting activities and sharing of thoughtful ideas. Their trip to the Auckland Zoo was informative and helped them to answer some of the questions they had and made them think of new ones too.

This week they have been investigating different animal food chains and thinking about the changes that would occur if one species was removed from the chain. They have been amazed by the winning Wildlife Photographs of 2017, that were taken of sea creatures hunting for their food.
Kristin Junior School
By Class 4B
As part of our Unit of Inquiry ‘Sharing the planet' Sally Smith from Watercare came to teach us about what people do to purify the water and be able to see through it. She told us about polluted rivers and bugs that live in the water. We learnt about nitrate and ph tests, we were fascinated and thought it was interesting. She gave us some water with powder in it to experiment with. The test was the ph test. We dipped the ph sticks into the water and looked to see if it was acid or alkaline.

A few days later we visited the Kristin wetlands to look at the stream pollution, freshwater bugs/macro invertebrates. All Year 4 students made a scoop to collect the water to use in the testing experiments. We tested the nitrate and ph level of the water and the temperature of the water. After that we searched for bugs and we think the best part of going to the Wetlands was finding the bugs.

Next we learnt where Auckland's water comes from and how it is treated. We had fun acting out a drama pretending we were water drops discovering the water cycle. We travelled through the sky and through pipes to the cleaning place where we got cleaned and put in a tank ready to be used. Sally taught us about filters and what things can be used as a filter. Then we had to make a filter out of bark, sand, paper towels and cotton balls. We tried to make the dirty water clean by using a range of filters.

After that we learnt about the difference between stormwater and wastewater and how our wastewater is treated. We went down to the gym by the drain to look at how the water flows. Our first challenge was the mountain, where you had to put rocks on a cardboard and guess how many rivers you can make. Next we had to make a fast flowing river using rocks.

The Year 4 students visited the Upper Nihotupu Reservoir to discover the role the Waitakere Ranges play in catching water for Auckland, to reflect on how necessary clean water is to our survival and to leave with an awareness of the need to conserve this precious resource.
Kristin School Bouquets
Congratulations to all students receiving bouquets this week.
Junior School Bouquets >>
Middle School Bouquets >>
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What's coming up?

Key Dates
  • Mufti Day - 28 Mar
  • Prefect Project Quiz Night - 31 Mar
  • Open Air Cinema - 1 Apr
  • Year 2-4 Chapel - 27 Mar, 2.25pm
  • Year 6 Swimming - 28-29 Mar, AUT Millenium
  • Kindy - Year 1 Chapel - 29 Mar, 8.30am
  • Year 4-6 Poetry Competition - 29 Mar, 1.30pm, Auditorium
  • JS Grandparents Day - 31 Mar
  • MS Hospice Race for Life - 28 Mar, selected students
  • Year 7 Travelwise Trip - 29 Mar, selected students
  • Year 7-8 North Harbour Tennis Zone Day - 29 Mar, selected students
  • MS Parent Teacher Interviews - 30 Mar
  • MS-SS UNESCO Race Unity - 27 Mar, Food Sale
  • MS-SS Nepal Trip - 28 Mar, Sausage Sizzle and Bake Sale
  • Year 9-13 NISS Water Polo Champs - 30 Mar - 2 Apr
  • Year 9-13 Equestrian Dressage - 31 Mar
  • AUT First Round Presentation - 30 Mar, 12.45pm-1.25pm, Tasman Room
  • NCEA Level 3 Outdoor Ed Assessment - 31 Mar - 2 Apr, Wero White Water Park
Premier Sports Draw
  • Tennis Boys : Kristin v Botany Downs – 25 Mar , 8.15am, Kristin 1-3 (Default by Botany)
  • Tennis Girls:  Kristin v Baradene – 25 Mar, 8.15am,– Kristin 1 -3
  • Cricket: Kristin v Liston 1st XI – 25 Mar,10.30am, Kristin G1
  • Water Polo Girls: Kristin v Diocesan  A – 26 Mar, 6.25pm, Diocesan A
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Prefect Project Quiz Night
Prefect Project Quiz Night
Friday 31 March, 6.30pm, LIC Foyer
Do you enjoy challenging your intellect and want to help the children forced into foster care, well, we have the event for you! The annual Kristin School Quiz Night is a fundraiser for the School’s Prefect Project. Every year the Kristin Prefect team organise and carry out a community project aimed at helping those in need.

This year we have chosen to renovate a foster care home in South Auckland during the July school holidays, so that the children who stay there can have a safe and happy environment to call home. Dingwall Trust is a foster care house that has been working for 70 years to improve the lives of children by providing them with a nurturing environment that encourages all of the children to reach their potential. The aim of the Quiz Night is to raise funds for the project to go ahead so that we are able to provide a more homely and pleasant environment for them.

Thank you for supporting this event and we look forward to seeing you there! Tickets $45 pp (10 people per table). Online booking >>

Open Air Cinema
We are down to the final week for you to order tickets to the inaugural KFF Open Air Cinema, so book now by clicking here. All tickets come with a snack box but if you would like to order a picnic box directly you can do so by emailing

Remember this event will go ahead rain or shine as we will move to the Auditorium and Dove Theatre if the weather is inclement.

For those of you with younger children who will be going to the Lego Movie (PG), please note we have qualified staff to watch over the children so you can see Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG). However, it is essential that you are at the event to take care of your child/childrens' needs should they arise.

All funds raised will benefit the Kristin Family and Friends (KFF) fund. So book NOW and bring some friends.
West Side Story
Senior School Production: West Side Story

Tickets on sale NOW! Three performances - 11, 12, 13 May at 7.30pm
Described by some as 'the greatest musical of all time' and winning 10 Academy Awards as the original 1961 movie, West Side Story depicts the electrifying gang rivalry of 1950’s New York and is inspired by Shakespeare’s legendary Romeo and Juliet. Its ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre forever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.
2017 marks both the 60th anniversary world-wide of this momentous production, as well as celebrating the 10th anniversary since this show first ignited the Kristin stage.
Tickets on sale now >>
Things to note...

Kristin Masterclass: With Nathan Wallis: Neuroscience Educator
Kristin School Masterclasses offer the community an opportunity to engage with people who are experts in areas of educational interest.

Nathan Wallis is a father of three and foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. Until recently he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury and was also a board member and senior trainer with the national body responsible for the dissemination of neuroscientific research to professionals. Nathan is a regular on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand, sharing his expertise on child development. Nathan’s presentation will explore how the brain works and how neuroscience can better inform our day to day interactions with children and young people. Nathan presents the practical implications of this research with a focus on how to use this knowledge to create better outcomes.

This free Masterclass with take place at the Kristin School Auditorium 7pm, Wednesday 5 April 2017. If you are interested in attending a class please email to confirm your attendance.

The Alpine Experience - Lake Wanaka and Cardrona
This year we are looking to offer an alpine experience based in and around Wanaka. We will be staying at The Lookout Lodge and spending our days on the snow at Cardrona Alpine Resort. The trip is open to all Middle and Senior School students who can either ski or snowboard and want to enjoy skiing/riding on the mountain. While it is not designed specifically for intense race/freestyle training, we can accommodate these students’ needs through the HPC programme.

The trip will be limited to 20 people. 4-17 July (first two weeks of July break), $3200 per student. The cost includes airfares, transport, breakfast, lunch, dinner, lift passes, coaching and accommodation. This does not include spending money or any extra activities that the student may choose to do. Please note: This trip will only run if minimum numbers are met. Email

Wednesday Walking Group
We are continuing with our Wednesday walks in the Greenhithe area. Please meet outside the Collins Café on Greenhithe Road between 8.45am-9am. Please don’t park inside the café carpark, it only has limited spaces available for café customers. All welcome. If you need additional information, please contact Chiara 021 288 1041.

Dads Drinks
All Kristin Dads are invited to come and share a craft beer with the boys at the New Brew Bar, William Pickering Dr, Albany on Thursday 6 April, 7pm-10pm. Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews are on Tuesday 4 April and Thursday 6 April, so we recommend Dad's get in early to book their interviews on the Tuesday night.

The Entertainment Book
The KFF are fundraising with The Entertainment Book. Discover thousands of valuable discount vouchers for many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotels, travel, shopping and much more! Order your new 2017-2018 Entertainment Membership today to receive some great early bird offers. The Entertainment Book is valid until June 2018. Books are available in both hard copy and digital format making it very easy to use when you are out and about. Order your Entertainment Book >>

Scholarships at Kristin: Close 28 March, 2pm
Kristin School is offering a range of scholarships for new students entering into Years 5, 7, 9 & 11 2018. Academic Excellence Scholarships, General Excellence Scholarships, Foundation Scholarships. Applications for all scholarships close at 2pm on Tuesday 28 March 2017. For more information about Kristin Scholarships please refer to our website or contact Linda Teagle, 415 9566 ext 2324 or email Linda.
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