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Tim Oughton, Executive Principal

Celebrating the Performing Arts
We are blessed with considerable Performing Arts talent in the Kristin community – it is a curriculum area we strongly believe in because it encourages so many skills most especially creativity, self-awareness and communication. Every time I watch a Kristin performance I reflect on how much I missed out on in my own school days. I am envious, and also inspired.

Two events this week confirmed my ever-increasing respect for the staff and students who create memorable performances. On Wednesday afternoon I dropped in on the Junior School Poetry Competition. Eighteen individuals from Years 4, 5 and 6 presented their well-rehearsed poems with zest, great diction and impressive dramatic skills. The students were having fun performing and the audience were certainly entertained. All students in each year level produced their own mass “choral poem” and congratulations to the staff for producing such high standards and obvious joy and happiness the students were exhibiting.

On Wednesday evening I was privileged to watch our senior Drama and Theatre students perform an extremely challenging production of the play “Fear and Misery of the Third Reich” – a dark, hard hitting and thought provoking piece of theatre written by the German playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Our senior students had been set a serious challenge – the play would have stretched any professional theatre group – but they were up to it and I came away knowing just how mature and talented our young thespians are and how dedicated they are to produce excellence.

What's been happening?
Kristin School Service
Alliance Team Race 4 Life
By Amy Barrable
The Race 4 Life objective is to reach patients with life-limiting illnesses and create for them some extra special memories. This is a day dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of palliative care patients. Our Alliance Team went to Hampton Downs Raceway to support the annual track day.

The track was filled with voluntary race cars, helicopters, vintage cars, trucks and motorbikes on which the patients were able to have rides. Meals were provided in between all the exciting activities. We helped prepare and serve meals for the patients and their families and helped to set up the day.

I can say, on behalf of the team, that it was a very special day that we will never forget. We were all so grateful and honoured to be part of such an amazing day and we were all so happy that we could help. It was a great experience and we can't express our thanks enough for being given this opportunity.

I thought it was so special that people could come together like this for the sole purpose of giving back to people who are in need without expecting anything in return. The Alliance Team would like to thank Mr Haslam, Mr Gurney and the leaders of the day for allowing us to participate in an experience that we will never forget.
Kristin Junior School
A visit to the Rock Pools
Twenty-eight excited Kindergarten students went by bus to Waiake Beach, accompanied by their teachers and a large contingent of parent helpers. After being previously cancelled due to rain and strong winds, the weather held out for them. The rock pools at low tide didn’t disappoint, with clear water and an abundance of sea creatures, including darting little fish, shrimp, sea anemones and scavenging hermit crabs. Many rocks were carefully overturned to reveal scuttling mud crabs, to the delight of the onlookers.

The visit was a culmination of our unit of inquiry, with the central idea being “Our actions affect the living and the non-living environment.” The children had previously contributed to and drawn up a code for looking after themselves and caring for the living and non-living environment at the rock pools.

Back at the Kindergarten, they continue to care for their environment by recycling paper and packaging from their lunch boxes. A number of parents have commented on children taking action with recycling at home, showing that even the very young can gain an understanding of the problems in our world and attempt to make a difference.
Kristin Middle School
This is Our Epic Story
By Georgina Walker
Year 7 took a trip to the Browns Bay Marine Centre for BASE day. We all had a great time with Reverend Ramsay and Ms Wakeford learning about our lives and how to make the best of them. We talked about our Kiwiana culture and why we should keep it alive. Then we made our own timelines to celebrate the important moments that have happened to us, and how they have affected who we are now. We collaborated together to create a drama skit telling stories from three different cultures about our world and how it began.

We had a great day and discovered a lot about ourselves and our stories. We are looking forward to our second Base Day in Term 3.
Kristin School Bouquets
Bouquets
Congratulations to all students receiving bouquets this week.
Junior School Bouquets >>
Middle School Bouquets >>
Kristin School Sport
Kristin Ribbon Day
The Kristin Intercollegiate Ribbon Day was held at Coatesville Pony Club. Having had to cancel the previous week due to the poor weather, we were lucky to have perfect conditions.

The event was attended by 27 schools and 83 riders, with the overall winning team being Otamatea High School.

The Kristin team of Peta Kuluz, Martha Hudson, Tegan Brady and Francesca Pausler won a variety of ribbons between them in the Open Hack and Maiden Hack rings.
Kristin School Mufti Day
3T Love Mufti Day
By Alpha, Aryan, Brooke, Conrad, Lucas, Oliver and William
Today we were really excited because it was mufti day. It is great to wear our own clothes to school because it is comfortable and soft. It is a treat to have mufti days as we don’t have them very often. They are important because we raise money for charity by bringing a $2 or $1 gold coin. The Junior School helped two World Vision children and we think that is great because they can have things that make their lives easier. What an awesome day.

Note: The Junior School collected $683 for Tuesday’s Mufti Day. This is a terrific achievement, thank you!
Kristin Junior School
Year 5 visit Tiritiri Matangi
Last Friday the Year 5 classes had the privilege to go to Tiritiri Matangi, an open sanctuary for endangered species that are endemic to New Zealand. Their focus was "What makes Tiritiri Matangi a successful conservation organisation?"

Students were guided by fantastic volunteers who helped the students to discover the various ways the organisation protects the species on the island. Their lovely parent volunteers and the warm, overcast weather helped to make the trip a great success. The children returned to school exhausted, having a fun filled day of hands on learning.
Kristin School Sport
Southwell Summer Exchange
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think," said Christopher Robin to Pooh.
It was not to be missed occasion for the students who travelled to Southwell School. While we did not return with the cup the courage, sporting successes and achievements that played out over the day from within the group were great lessons.

Hidden talent was found from within the Cricket group. The boys scored over 80 runs, placing some well-considered shots around the ground and with some quick thinking and deft throws, saw some well-timed wickets fall.

The Touch team fought hard against a well drilled team to get some tries on the score sheet, encouraging each other, working hard and not giving up, in the face of a loss. This team came a long way with such a short team build up.

To celebrate and acknowledge some great play and winning every game hands down, our Tennis team had composure on the court, placed shots beautifully and at times also showed leadership by guiding the Southwell players through the format of the game.

A huge thanks to Richard Harle for his continued support of Junior School Cricket and for the time spent with this group. Also, Rob Hutton and Nathan Calvert for their passion and enthusiasm with their groups. It's great to hear the students so enthusiastic and already talking about the winter exchange coming up in June for Hockey, Football and Netball.
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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 >>

What's coming up?


Key Dates
  • KFF AGM - 5 Apr, 2pm, LIC Foyer
  • Kristin Masterclass with Nathan Wallis: Neuroscience Educator - 5 Apr, 7pm, Auditorium
  • Dads Drinks - 6 Apr, 7pm-10pm, New Brew Bar
  • School Holidays Begin - 7 Apr, 3.20pm
     
  • JS Harvest Festival - 3-7 Apr
  • Year 5-6 Chapel - 3 Apr, 2.25pm
  • Beijing Tour Meeting - 3 Apr, 6pm, Pacific Room
  • Year 6 Swimming - 4 Apr & 6 Apr - AUT Millenium
  • JS Parent Teacher Interviews - 4 Apr & 6 Apr
  • Year 2-4 Chapel - 5 Apr, 2.25pm
  • Kindy Graduation - 7 Apr, 8.30am
  • JS Easter Assembly - 7 Apr, 2pm
     
  • MS Student Council Visit to Salvation Army - 3 Apr
  • Year 7-8 NZ Opera Performance - 4 Apr, Auditorium
  • MS Parent Teacher Interviews - 4 Apr
  • Year 7-8 Cross-Country - 5 Apr
  • Year 7-8 Inter Zone Swimming - 6 Apr, selected students
  • MS Easter Assembly and Sports Awards Assembly - 6 Apr, 11.45am
     
  • Year 9-13 Cross-Country and House Carnival - 5 Apr
     
  • NCEA Level 2 PE Assessment - 3 Apr, Mangawhai Heads
  • NCEA Level 3 Outdoor Ed Assessment - 3 Apr, Wero White Water Park
  • NCEA Level 1 PE Assessment - 6 Apr, Kristin Hockey Turf
  • NCEA Level 3 PE Assessment - 6 Apr, Lake Pupuke
Premier Sports Draw
  • Water Polo Girls: Kristin v Diocesan  A – 26 March, 6.25pm Diocesan A
  • Tennis Boys : Kristin v Mt Albert – 1 April , 8.15am, Mt Albert Grammar 1-3
  • Tennis Girls:  Kristin v Baradene – 1 April, 8.15am, Kristin 1-3
More Upcoming Events   Term Calendar   Kristin Futures Key Dates

Thank You for Movie Support - Entry-only Tickets Available
Thank you to all who have supported the inaugural KFF Open Air Cinema, which is on at Kristin tomorrow, Saturday 1 April. We appreciate the support the whole community has shown for this event and the many other school activities taking place.

While we have had to close off sales of tickets that included food, there are movie entry-only tickets that can be purchased through iticket. If you would like to order a picnic box directly then then you could try picnicbox.co.nz. Coffee, freshly baked pretzels, popcorn, icecreams, drinks, KFF Hot Lemon Honey drinks, Kristin Tea, a wide selection of sweets and a gourmet sausage sizzle are also available on the night.

KFF have a limited supply of fleece throws, air couches and specially prepared Hunt for the Wilderpeople Headbands for sale at the event.

Remember this event will go ahead rain or shine as we will move to the Auditorium and Dove Theatre if the weather is inclement. We will notify a change of venue on the Kristin Facebook Page.

For the outdoor event please remember it can be cool at this time of year, so bring warm clothing, a waterproof mat or chair, perhaps a blanket and make yourself comfortable in the picnic atmosphere. A torch might also be useful.

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. The Lego Movie is timed to finish 5 minutes after the main event to enable parents to have time to collect their younger children.

All Dove Class guests will have a chair to sit on ready waiting for you, with a fleece throw for you to take home with you at the end of the night.

All funds raised will benefit the Kristin Family and Friends (KFF) fund.
Things to note... 

Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews
On Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 April all Junior School and Kindergarten students will have parent interviews. Bookings for these interviews are now open via myChild on the school website.


Bachmann Orthodontics Shuttle
Please note that the shuttle service being offered by Bachmann Orthodontics from school to their surgery on a Thursday will not continue in Term 2. The last day for the service will be 6 April 2017.

Mt Ruapehu Snowsports Weekends
Just something to tantalise you for the winter. Due to popular demand, we have allocated two weekends for the Mt Ruapehu programme:
Year 4-7 - Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August
Year 8-13 - Friday 25 August to Sunday 27 August
Come along and have a fun weekend on the slopes. We cater for all skill levels and interests whether it be skiing or snowboarding. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email Colleen Wassung. Register now >>


Snowsports - Snowplanet Programme
The registration for Skiing/Snowboarding training and lessons for Term 2 are now live. Please register early so that we can have all the groups organised ahead of time. The programme runs on Thursday after school at Snowplanet, 4pm- .:30pm. All information is available on our website or you can email Brent Goldsworthy.

Heaties by Harry's Garden
The Junior School are pleased to bring to you the organic bamboo Heatie which can be enjoyed hot or cold! They are designed in New Zealand and made with hypo-allergenic and organic bamboo then filled with locally sourced organic NZ flaxseed. They're great for cosy cuddling and the fabric is non-irritating which is great for sensitive skin. Use warm for cold nights and cosy cuddles or cold for hot nights and stuffy car rides. Store one in the freezer and use in place of an ice-pack when soothing toothache, headaches and fever.

The flaxseed filled pouch is removable in order to be easily washed of grubby cuddles. Every Heatie comes with it’s own collector card story and is packaged in 100% recycled and compostable pulp fibre packing. Reuse your gift box as a keepsake or fill it with soil, sprout your seed and start your own little garden!
Heatie order form >>


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 MasterClasses@Kristin.school.nz to confirm your attendance.


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.

Kristin Family & Friends Morning Tea Hosts
KFF are looking for a family to offer to host a KFF Parent Morning Tea in the Browns Bay area and Castor Bay area in either Term 2 or 3. If you've got the space to host 30-50 Kristin parents, please email Nicky Shave to discuss.

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.

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 >>
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