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Tim Oughton, Executive Principal

Welcome to our new school year everybody, especially new families and new staff. You have joined one of the happiest, high performing and caring communities you could ever wish for.

I sense 2017 is going to be a vintage year for Kristin; we have our largest roll in ten years, we have a wonderfully talented team of staff, and we have identified and are actioning key strategic priorities including the construction of our new Early Learning Centre (Little Doves – due for completion in December), the development of a campus master plan, and a school-wide curriculum review. The year ahead is chock full of opportunities for our students to learn and enjoy.

It is always a pleasure to return to the beautiful physical environment that Kristin offers; I need to say a big thank you to our grounds staff who take such pride in keeping the trees, gardens and grounds as attractive as they are and to our maintenance staff who go the extra mile to ensure the best and brightest teaching facilities. Our support team is one of our greatest assets.

As we begin the new school year I encourage all parents to remember that your perspective on your son or daughter is invaluable. I can recall many instances when parents have shared stories or anecdotes about their children that have immediately given the school important insights that made a significant difference – enabling us to provide guidance or support. If ever you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. This kind of communication is welcomed and part of the critical partnership between your child, your family and Kristin.

As we embark on this exciting year, here are five tried and tested teaching guidelines for children which ring true for parents and teachers alike;

  • Help your children focus on problem-solving, not the problem
  • Provide ways for your children to be givers and not takers
  • Listen, and recognise the process of listening to your child is more important than the outcome
  • Work towards long term goals as a parent – fight battles small enough to win and big enough to matter. That means – let some things go!
  • Finally and most challenging – sometimes say “no”. We can make life hard for children by trying too earnestly, to make it easy for them.

I wish you all the very best for an exciting and fulfilling year ahead.

Just to let you know...
Suspicious Incident on Appleby Road
Kristin has been informed of a suspicious incident where a man approached a Senior School student on Appleby Road (near Albany Junior High School) this week. The incident involved the driver of a white van approaching the boy. Police are involved in the incident and are requesting staff and caregivers remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity like this immediately via 111 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We are delighted to welcome Vicki Hooper as the new Attendance Administrator, replacing Evelyn Daniels who retired last year. If you need to inform the school of an absence, then please contact Vicki on or phone 415 9566 Extension 2393 or 2300. Vicki is based in the Wellness Centre, so feel free to introduce yourself when visiting the school.

For students arriving late or leaving early, Middle and Senior School students must be signed in and out of school at the Wellness Centre accompanied by a parent or with a parent note or email. Junior School students arriving late or leaving early, must be signed in and out of school at the Junior School office accompanied by a parent.

Little Doves Construction and Pedestrian Access
Temporary construction fencing has been erected in the South East corner of the school grounds in preparation for works on Little Doves, our new early childhood centre, set to open January 2018.

With tree felling and major earthworks scheduled for the early stages of construction, pedestrian access along the southern edge of the school will not be safe. Parents and children wishing to walk or cycle out of the school grounds should do so via the Middle School pedestrian crossing and the Gate 1 exit pathway.

At the conclusion of construction, improved pedestrian access will be reinstated along this boundary. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

If you family has more than one student at Kristin and would like a further copy of the Yearbook please let us know. Please email to arrange for a copy to be sent
What's been happening?
Kristin School Sport
New Sports Staff
Rob Taylor, Director of Sport, is delighted to announce the appointments for Head of Football, Netball and Water Polo.

Carl Tinsley steps up after eight years of coaching and administration of Football to lead our Football programme. Carl is full time and will also coach the 1st XI girls side. His passion for the game and experience working within the Kristin Football community will ensure the sport continues to develop. Carl will also coach in the academy programme. We also wish him well as manager of the NZ U20 side that have qualified for this years World Championship tournament later in the year in Korea.

Kate Denman, the new Head of Netball, comes from Sir William Perkin's School in Chertsey, England. She was involved in all levels of netball coaching and leading their elite programme. Kate is PE trained having taught Year 7-13 at GCSE , AS and A2 level. Kate is keen to introduce the use of video analysis within Netball and is excited about building our Netball programme. Kate will coach our Premier netball team this year.

Tracey Lee has a background in Physiotherapy and is from the North Shore. Tracey graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science - Physiotherapy in 1998 and has worked both here and overseas in the sports injury rehabilitation area in many different private practices and sports clubs. Tracey is passionate about all sport. She has had extensive experience in managing different codes of school sport and also through being an active member of the Milford Tennis Club. Her experience and maturity will add real value to the management of our growing Water Polo programme.
Kristin Junior School
Our first day in 1P
What an exciting year lies ahead. It felt a little scary, everything was so new but before too long everyone was busy making new friends, exploring our area and playing together. By morning tea we were starving. Some of us almost ate our lunch. Lunchtime was a chance to run around and play on the playground and in the sandpit. After lunch we were all exhausted, we lay on the mat under the fan, relaxed and listening to a story. What a great first day at school.

Everyone is ready
School has just begun
We’ve come to school and we’re in year one.

For Jennie, Victoria, and Yolanda
School is exciting, and so much fun
They made new friends and played with everyone.

Lucas, Lincoln, Murdoch and Evan
Tried new things and they had a go
They all felt excited to come back tomorrow.

Now Calvin, Keith and Junwoo
Enjoyed cool activities, arts and crafts
They went to choir and the library and had lots of laughs.

Beatrix, Liz and Luna
Worked in a group and found it fun to learn
They were great at sharing and taking a turn.

Day one is over, but we have just begun
We’ve joined together as classmates
To learn, make friends and have lots of fun.
Kristin School Sport
Water Polo Tournament
Over Auckland Anniversary weekend our Premier Girls and Senior Boys’ Water Polo teams were competing in the Super 7 pre-season tournament. The girl’s competition was held at the Aquatic Centre at St Cuthbert’s College. The team showed a promising start to the season and finished in 3rd place overall after winning an exciting game against Carmel College with a score of 7-4. Well done to the girls and good luck for the qualifying games coming up soon.

The Senior Boys team were competing at Sacred Heart College. Our Senior Boys played against some very strong teams in the boy’s premier competition. We had a great win against Saint Kentigern College with a score of 7-4 on the Saturday. The competition provided the team with some excellent experience playing against the premier level teams, especially for the younger team members. The boys displayed perseverance and determination throughout the entire games and show promise as a developing team. Good luck to the boys for the upcoming season.
Kristin Middle School
The Amazing Race
By Lorelei Leavy
All of Year 7 took part in The Amazing Race. We gathered into our House groups and chattered nervously as we got our instructions. The first groups of each House were called. I stood up and my trio walked over to our Apollo table. We got our first clue, 'Where would Lydia Ko hang out?' We were off, sprinting across the field to the golf house.

Along the way, we laughed and talked. It was great getting to know others in my group. The clues were fairly easy when you had two friends to work with. It was great getting to know the school. There were secret pathways and little staircases that until now, we did not know existed.

Once we had collected all the letters, we unscrambled them to make the word and sprinted to the finish. First place! Then our group collapsed on the floor with very sore feet from running all around Kristin.
Kristin School Dovetail Exchange
Ritsumeikan-Uji Dovetail Exchange
By Tom Hine
Today I woke up, and to my delight, there had been a large covering of snow throughout the city. After the initial joy of going outside and playing in the snow, my host family informed me that we would be going to Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion). This was somewhere that prior to our trip I was keen to visit, and it did not disappoint. Being able to see one of the best world heritage sights in Kyoto was well worth the long wait. After a long day of walking, we stopped off for some food at McDonald's. I enjoyed trying the McTeriyaki burger, although it was different from the McDonald's in New Zealand.

The next day, I went to Universal Studios in Osaka, accompanied by Rory and couple of other exchange students. After a long train ride, we finally arrived at the theme park. Rory and I had never been to a place like this before and we both loved it. Since we had chosen to go on a school day, we were able to see much of the park without many queues. Overall, the day was very enjoyable.
Read more blogs from Tom and Rory >>
Kristin School Sport
Rowing Success
Congratulations to Sophie Wallace for gaining selection in the Auckland Light Blues rowing programme at the end of last year. She has recently been chosen to compete in the North Shore Rowing Club’s Senior 4 rowing crew.

Last weekend she won a gold medal at the North Island Club Championships in the Women’s Club Coxed 4, and two silver medals in the Women’s Senior 4 and 8 crews. Sophie will row for Kristin in the single sculls at the North Island and National Schools Championships later this term.
Kristin School
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
We arrived safe and sound to a rather hot, muggy and busy city where we were whisked off for a lovely dinner before heading back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

Our first morning of activities took us to the West of HCMC to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. We explored a variety of tunnels and onto the War remnants museum (a sobering experience for all). We then visited Vietnam's version of Notre Dame and the classic Saigon Post Office, a spectacular French colonial building that still functions as a Post Office. The evening meal involved trying a variety of 'street food' such as shrimp pancakes and Pho.

Today we drove down to the Mekong Delta for a beautiful cruise along the river and its tributaries stopping off at a few local industries including brick making, coconut husking and sweet making. We then jumped on bikes and cycled to a rice paper factory before stopping off for a delicious lunch on an island in the Ben Tre area of the Mekong. Tomorrow we head to Hoi An for more excitement in Central Vietnam.
Read more of the Vietnam blog >>
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What's coming up?

Key Dates
  • Waitangi Day Holiday - 6 Feb
  • Year 4 Watercare - 8 Feb
  • Kindy - Year 1 Chapel - 8 Feb, 8.30am
  • JS Meet the Teacher Evening - 8 Feb, 5.30pm, Auditorium
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Snorkelling Trip (SSM's class) - 8 Feb, Millennium Aquatic Centre
  • Year 9-10 Swimming Sports - 9 Feb, National Aquatic Centre
  • Year 11-13 Swimming Sports (optional) - 9 Feb, National Aquatic Centre
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Things to note...

Vacancy for School Nurses
Kristin farewelled Karen Howes at the end of 2016 and will sadly farewell Fleur Cray at the end of Term 1. So we are looking for a full-time registered nurse Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, and a part-time nurse 3 hours a day Monday to Friday, both term time only. If you are interested or would like further information please contact our Director of Human Resources, Rebecca Isted on (09) 415 5097 or
Applications close Friday 10 February 2017.

Sun Hats
This term all students must wear a school sun hat when outside (no hat, no play). We recommend sunscreen is applied before coming to school in the morning and a small tube packed in their bag.

Class Co-ordinators
Each class in the Junior and Middle School asks for volunteers to be Class Co-ordinators. The role of the coordinator is to help encourage interaction within the year level community. They also play an important part in supporting the classroom teachers. If you are willing to take on this role in your own child’s class, please email Gaynor Kimber in the Junior School office or email Carol Rowley in the Middle School office. Your help would be very much appreciated. The first meeting for the class co-ordinators is scheduled for Monday 13 February, LIC Foyer, 1.30pm for coffee, 2pm meeting.

GAIL Trip to South Africa - Opportunity for Year 11 and 12
Each year Kristin give 10 students the opportunity to attend a GAIL convention, joining over 70 students from around the world, to connect and collaborate on a topic as an international team. This year, the convention is being held at Prestige College in Hammanskraal, South Africa. The 19-day trip will involve a week of convention, a 4-day safari and a visit to Cape Town in the 2017 July holidays. We now have space for two more students. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with email Ms Wakeford or phone Ext 2487 . 

World of Wearable Art
KFF's Cultural Arts Group invites you to join them at WOW in Wellington on Saturday 30 September 2017. Preferential ticketing opens shortly. Please confirm your interest in joining this group to enjoy WOW and all its glory by emailing Nicky Shave urgently. Ticket price including programme $180 pp for excellent seats. Payment needed into School account by 24 February. Travel and accommodation will need to be individually arranged. Group will have the option to meet for dinner prior and attend other events Wellington has to offer that weekend.

Hold the Date - 1 April. This is Not a Joke
Saturday 1 April will be a special night, with Kristin Family and Friends (KFF) planning an inaugural Open Air Cinema event at the school.

We have secured the right to show Hunt for the Wilderpeople under the stars and for the younger children we will be showing the Lego Movie. We will be offering an all-inclusive ticket of entry to the movie and a snack bag – with a Gold Class option of preferential seating and food. A major UK cinema publication has just named Hunt for the Wilderpeople the best film of 2016. Wilderpeople topped Empire magazine's list of the 25 best movies of 2016, beating out the likes of Arrival and Spotlight.

This will be a fun open-air event – so hold the evening of 1 April in you calendar. Tickets on sale soon.

Wednesday Walk
The KFF walks will continue this year with a 30-45 minute walk around the lovely, leafy suburb of Greenhithe on Wednesday 8 February. Although our first two walks are in Greenhithe the plan is to walk in other locations after camp week so keep an eye out each week in the newsletter for the different locations. The walks won’t be strenuous but you should wear good walking shoes. Please meet Chiara Gauld outside the Collins Café on Greenhithe Road between 8.45am-9am. The walk will be on even if it’s raining. Please don’t park inside the café carpark, it only has limited spaces available for café customers. All welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

KFF Meeting - Meet the new Head of Mathematics
Join us on Thursday 16 February at 1.30pm in the Pacific Room, LIC for coffee and attend the presentation starting at 2pm on Mathematics at Kristin. A short Q and A session will follow.

KFF Creative Arts Workshop
All welcome to assist on Tuesday 28 February, in the LIC Foyer, 1.30pm-3pm, no experience necessary. Please register your interest with Nicky on

Foundation Day Picnic
BYO picnic or choose from the delicious array of cosmopolitan food and drinks on offer from our student and community groups on Friday 3 March, 4pm onwards, Auditorium Fields. Eftpos is available on site. This event celebrates family and community in a fairground atmosphere where we gather to enjoy the company of our year groups as the sun goes down.

KFF Parents Morning Tea
This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents in your local area and for new families to meet others in the comfort of one of our homes. Our next morning tea is on Wednesday 8 March, 9am-11am in Pt Chevalier. Please register your attendance with Trudi Petrie. We welcome everyone.

Designer Easter Eggs - change of date
Using old fashioned techniques, the KFF makes designer Easter Eggs to sell online for Easter treats. If you would like to join us on Tuesday 14 and Friday 17 March, 8 30am-11am in the LIC Foyer, please register your attendance with Nicky on All welcome. No experience needed.
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