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David Boardman, Senior School Principal

IB Top Scholars Awards – Government House
Last night I was fortunate to attend the IB Top Scholars Awards, which were held in the stunning surrounds of Government House in Auckland. The Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy presented certificates and took time to talk to each student in attendance. To gain an invite to this special event requires students to achieve 40 or more points from a maximum of 45 in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, an incredibly worthy achievement. Kristin was proud to not only have 24 students from 2016 be invited to the evening, more than any other school, but also to once again have the only perfect ‘45’ from any New Zealand school in the November exams, along with three ‘44s’. This achievement cements Kristin as one of the top IB World Schools in Australasia.

These students were recognised at the Academic Awards Assembly this afternoon, along with their peers who sat the NCEA exams in 2016. Last year saw the highest ever achievement rates in Level 1 (99%) and Level 2 (100%), feats that these students should be incredibly proud of and which reflect that Kristin School is a place where we all constantly strive to innovate and give our students every opportunity to succeed.

Kristin students have continued to excel in scholarships this year, with 14 being achieved, three at the Outstanding level. Lizzie Collyer’s painting portfolio is now touring New Zealand as an exemplar of excellence. Tina Zhang achieved seven scholarships, four at Outstanding level along with her 45 points in the IB diploma. Tina has also been awarded a Premier Scholarship, one of only 10 in New Zealand and was the top scholar in Agriculture and Horticulture.

This week has not all been about academic achievement and we need to be careful to ensure that this is balanced with other areas where students can experience challenges and excel. Yesterday saw the Swimming Sports at the Millennium Pool. Watching the students challenge themselves, swimming for their own pride and that of their Houses, helped remind me that schools are about far more than lessons and examinations. They are a place of challenge, achievement, and personal growth in all areas.

Just to let you know...
Late Departure Bus Trial
In response to enquiries from parents, Kristin will be testing a late departure bus service for students who stay after school to attend activities such as sports or performing arts practices. At this stage this will be a six-week trial to assess demand for the service and its viability.

The trial late bus service will comprise a service to Devonport and one to Westgate shopping mall, with the services departing from the bus bay at 5.30pm Monday to Thursday.  This trial will commence on Monday, 27 February (Day 5, Week 5).

We are excited to be able to test this new service and once the trial is completed we will let you know about its longer-term prospects. To purchase tickets or for any enquiries please email Ngaire Clayton.
What's been happening?
Kristin Senior School
Academic Awards Ceremony
Today we welcomed our 2016 graduates back to Kristin for the Senior School Academic Awards Ceremony. NCEA Level 3 / University Entrance and IB Diploma recipients were acknowledged and congratulated. High-achiever awards were presented to students who attained excellent results in NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3, and the IB Diploma, and Distinction and Honours Awards were presented to graduates who achieved at the highest levels in NCEA Level 3 and the IB Diploma.

Honours Awards were presented to Hyeongjin Kim, Charles Law and Sophia You (IB Diploma - 44 points). Ruby Langstone was awarded a Distinction Badge and the National Qualifications Cup for the highest achieving NCEA Level 3 student and Tina Zhang received an Honours Tie and the International Cup for the top IB Diploma student (45 points). 
Kristin Junior School
Oral Language in 4D
Although we have only spent a few days in school it is obvious that the children in 4D love to talk! This is great news because throughout the year they will continue to develop the three different types of talk: ‘Exploratory talk’ where we talk to help us understand and develop ideas, ‘Presentational talk’ where we talk to share ideas and information and to entertain others (very important with the Poetry Competition approaching at the end of Term 1) and ‘Conversational talk’ where we talk to build relationships.

We have already trialled ‘Doughnut Circles’ where the children introduced themselves to each other using a ‘Talking Strip’. Before we began, we discussed how to be a successful partner and the children decided that they needed to make eye contact, listen carefully and wait for their turn to talk. This new activity was great fun and the children obviously felt at ease because they talked and talked and talked.

The children have also worked co-operatively in House groups to formulate their Class Treaty by sharing ideas, taking on different roles and responsibilities so they all contributed to the group task. Terrific talking 4D.
Kristin Senior School
How do you measure up?
By Mr Trevor Hayes, Sports Exercise and Health Science teacher
Your children have been under observation. I just thought you should know, but it’s okay because it’s been in the name of science – sports exercise and health science to be exact.

The Year 13 Sport, Exercise and Health Science students have been completing a longitudinal study looking at the 12-minute run performance of Year 10 boys and girls. As you will observe, the overall trend is that over time the distance run by this cohort is gradually decreasing.
Kristin Junior School
Playground Exploration
In Year 1 we are lucky to have exciting outdoor equipment to play on. Students love to express their creativity using the sandpit tools for building and digging. The new Year 1 students have been having a great time exploring the playground this week.

“I like the playground.” - Lucas
“I like going on the slide.” - Ishaan
“I like playing with my friend Murdoch on the playground. My favourite is the tennis courts.” - Jacob
“I like playing on the playground. I like sliding down the slides.” - Sam
“Today I went on the monkey bars. My favourite thing on the playground is the monkey bars.”
- Ella
“I like going down the slide on the playground.”
- Alvera
“I like to go on the slide. Today I played with George and Ethan on the playground.” - Martin
Kristin School Exchange
GAIL Exchange to Kimball Union
By Lily Wigglesworth
Over the summer holidays, I had the privilege of being the first GAIL exchange student from Kristin to experience life at Kimball Union Academy (KUA) in America. Founded in 1813, KUA’s thirteen hundred acre campus is tucked away in a rural city in New Hampshire. 325 students, including Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, attend KUA as either a boarder or a day student.

Over my two months I experienced so many new things that was everyday lifestyle for KUA’s students. The sun setting around 4 o’clock, snow during the Christmas season, no school uniform, living in a dormitory, classes on a Saturday and the brutal temperature of -18 degrees.

I chose to be part of the recreational ski team and I would head to the mountains most days, making it home just in time to support the KUA Wildcats at a varsity basketball or ice hockey game. This was one of my highlights, as the ice hockey games atmospheres were full of loud cheering and chanting. After the evening's exciting events, students have a compulsory study session from 8pm-10pm, with lights out at 11.30pm.

During the winter break I lived a vibrant life of a New Yorker, with my host sister Kelsey in her home in Manhattan. I visited so many beautiful monuments and museums, along with a road trip to Washington DC.

Another thing I loved about KUA was its diversity. The boarding facilities enabled students to attend from all over the world. Not only did I meet students from numerous American states, but I also have made friends from Finland, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Canada.

I would encourage any Kristin student to take up an opportunity to step away from the familiar and experience something new like an exchange. This experience will be with me forever.
Kristin Middle School
Year 7 Tent Pitching
By Keira Spilling
This afternoon the Year 7 cohort participated in a tent pitching practice. After the first camp meeting last week, spirits were high and students were already buzzing with excitement for this year's camp at Waipu. Everyone set out very enthusiastically and on a mission to overcome their first obstacle in the lead up to camp.

In the heat of the sun, we gathered in our tent groups and unpacked our homes for the week. After many discussions and gusts of wind, we finally worked out a way to pitch our tents. After testing out the room inside and satisfied with our tent, we did a reverse operation to take our tents down. After a successful exercise, we helped others and eventually we headed back to class.
Kristin School Sport
1st XI Cricket v Mt Roskill Grammar
This was a real team effort by Kristin, which saw them defeat Mt Roskill by 20 runs.

Batting first we amassed 173. Nick Thompson 37, Pero Garlick 27 with great support in the form of batting partnerships, from Nick and Angelo and then Angelo and Max Osborne with 53 runs. Angelo made 27 and Max 17. In reply, Mt Roskill fell 20 runs short. Bowling Matt Spicer 4/33 and Pero Garlick 2/23 with Jack Gray and Will Hunt also contributing. What a great way to start the cricket season.
Kristin Junior School
Cultural Display
The latest display for Celebrating Our Cultures went up recently in the Junior School, opposite JS2, celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Mrs Antonia Su and her team have kindly created a wonderful arrangement of posters and paper cuts that celebrate the Year of the Rooster. It's well worth a look!
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What's coming up?

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.

Key Dates
  • Year 5-6 Chapel - 13 Feb, 2.25pm
  • iPads for Parents - 14 Feb, 1.30pm and 6pm, LIC Foyer
  • Year 4-6 Swimming Sports - 15 Feb
  • Year 2-3 Chapel - 15 Feb, 2.25pm
  • Year 4 Watercare - 16 Feb
  • Year 5 Maritime Museum Trip - 16 Feb
  • Year 3 Camp - 16-17 Feb
  • Kindy - Year 1 Chapel - 17 Feb, 8.30am
  • Year 10 Technology Trip (SMA's class) - 13 Feb
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Snorkelling Trip (JTA's class) - 13 Feb, Millennium Aquatic Centre
  • Year 7-8 Swimming Sports - 14 Feb
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Snorkelling Trip (BGOs class) - 14 Feb, Millennium Aquatic Centre
  • MS Meet the Teacher Evening - 15 Feb, 6pm, Auditorium
  • Year 9-10 Athletics Day - 16 Feb
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Snorkelling Trip (SSMs class) - 17 Feb, Millennium Aquatic Centre
  • Year 11-13 Athletics Day (optional) - 16 Feb
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Things to note...

Junior School Swimming Sports
Wednesday 15 February. Parents are welcome to join us at the Northern Arena Swimming Pool, 8 Polarity Drive, Silverdale. Parents are asked by the Northern Arena Swimming Pool to please park out on the street or the grassed area well below the swimming pool, or down in the Silverdale Shopping area. The parking in the main car park outside the pool area is reserved for Mothers and Baby swimming classes which are on going through the day. Note, we are unable to give exact times of each race, morning tea break is also a guide. Swimming Sports Programme >>

Junior School PAT Testing
This year we will be making use of the online testing environment provided by NZCER to complete the PAT testing for Year 3 to 6 students online. PAT Testing Timetable >>

Surfing Opportunity for Competent Year 9-13 Surfers
Are you able to paddle into and catch your own waves competently? Do you have your own surfing equipment like a board and wet suit? Are you interested in participating in a surfing holiday to explore the Australian surfing culture in the July school holidays?
Email Mrs Newbold for more information before 15 February. There are 12 spaces available.

GAIL Exchange to India for Year 10-11 Students
This year we have the opportunity for two Kristin students to visit Woodstock School situated in the tranquil Himalayan mountains, in India. The timing of the exchange is flexible, but could involve 5 weeks away in September/October. The exchange would involve hosting a student from Woodstock in late July to September. To find out more please email Sarah Wakeford or visit

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.

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.

Open Air Cinema
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 now >>

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 Family 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. The KFF are looking for 25 helpers for an hour or two to help run their stalls. If you're available to help, please contact Nicky on

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.
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