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Diana Patchett, Junior School Principal

Author Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods, 2005) warns that young people today might be suffering from ‘nature deficit disorder’. He remarks that, “Within the space of a few decades, the way children understand and experience nature has changed radically. The polarity of the relationship has reversed. Today, kids are aware of the global threats to the environment – but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading.”

Many parents would agree, remarking that their biggest challenge is minimising screen time for their children – be it TV, computers, iPads, smart phones. The social addiction to communication and media can find us shackled to the indoors. While there are certainly many magnificent DVDs or programs that inspire us with the beauty and wonder of the natural environment, can they replace a real experience in the outdoors, complete with scratches and scrapes or sand in your sandwich?

Dr Ian Lillico, renowned educator and founder of the Boys Forward Institute, has conducted action research internationally on gender and middle schooling. Dr Lillico remarks that, “Boys need to reconnect with nature. At every opportunity they must be challenged by nature and come to understand the forces of nature and where they fit in the universe.” I would argue that this holds true for us all, but especially our children.

Thankfully, Kristin believes the same thing and places great value on outdoor education as evidenced especially in this Camp Week. Our Year 3s discovered  heavy rain can actually improve an outdoor experience, sliding through puddles and running barefoot on the turf; while our middle and senior students have progressed to more challenging journeys around the North Island. At the most basic level, these shared experiences help to develop positive relationships among the students – often bringing out the best in each other through encouragement and camaraderie. Moreover, spending time working with nature (rather than against it), strengthens their independence and resilience. For many young people, Kristin camps are their most significant exposure to outdoor pursuits and offer an opportunity to test themselves in unfamiliar territory, building skills that will foster greater self esteem and confidence.

It can be a wild world we live in, so exposing young people to the power and majesty of nature, in a safe and supportive Kristin camp environment, will surely improve their critical thinking and equip them with a greater understanding of their place in the world.

What's been happening?
Kristin School Sport
A sharp whistle, take your marks, beeeeppp
196 Junior School students hit the water to have some fun and to compete in the Junior School Swimming Sports held at the Northern Arena Swimming complex.

Students splashed, puffed, torpedoed, floated, glided, kicked, powered and fought from end to end by muscle alone, gaining house points and satisfaction. The strongest houses this year were Jupiter boys and Mariner girls, earning places in the race against a team including Olympic swimmer Dean Kent and the Staff dream team! Sorry students the staff team was very competitive this year, led by Mrs Patchett, to win by a tight margin.

Mariner gained the most house points on the day 191 followed closely by Jupiter on 189, well done all for increased participation and support for your house. Congratulations to all the students placing in a final, click here to see these results. Congratulations also to our 2017 age group champions.

8 years and under
  • Jenny Zhang: 1st 25m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
  • Maique Pang: 2nd 25m freestyle and breastroke
9 years
  • Katie Black: 1st 25m freestyle, back stroke, breaststroke and butterfly
  • Luke Paltridge: 1st 25m freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly
10 years and over
  • Eloise Raper 1st 25m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 2nd 25m butterfly
  • Hisashi Ariga: 1st= 25m freestyle, 1st backstroke, butterfly, 2nd breaststroke, 2nd 50m freestyle.
The closest competition for the champion this year was in the 10 year old and over boys age group where Hisashi Ariga just edged ahead of Cooper Clague who also achieved excellent race results with 1st = 25m freestyle, 1st breast stroke, 50m freestyle, 2nd 25m butterfy and 3rd 25m backstroke.

Across all age groups it is exciting to see strong swimmers. We are looking forward to the inter-school competition on 30 March 30 for some of these swimmers. Thank you to all the hardworking parent timekeepers on the day, and also to the senior students who volunteered their time. We are seeking a white plastic bag with a few items of lost property from the swimming day including a lost school shoe. If this has turned up at your home, please bring it to Mrs Ackroyd at the Roy Munn Gym.
Kristin School Sport
Flippa Ball
The Millennium and National Aquatic Centre pools were buzzing with excitement as our Flippa Ball teams competed in their first game of the term.

Our youngest teams, the Kristin Sharks and Kristin Nemos had success in their first outing with each team winning. The Kristin Sharks won 12-0 which is an outstanding score. The Kristin Nemos also had a convincing win at 5-1.

Our Year 4-6 children competed in the Millennium pool where the Kristin Barracudas and the Kristin Marlins both had very tough grading games.

Our student coaches are really looking forward to working with all of our players this term. Well done to all our Flippa Ball players.
Kristin School Sport
Premier Girls' Water Polo
On Saturday morning at the Millennium pool our Premier Girls Water Polo team competed against our close rivals Carmel College.

The girls recently competed in their third game of the Qualifying Tournament to gain entry into the Premier season, starting off strongly and working extra hard to finish in a 4-all draw. The previous weekend they won against St Kentigerns 5-2 and had a convincing win of 13-3 against Long Bay College.

These excellent results have secured the team a place in the Premier Season for Water Polo which is fantastic. They will be competing against the top 8 girl’s teams in Auckland.
Kristin Junior School
Maritime Museum Trip
Year 5 had a great experience at the Maritime Museum as part of their "Where we are in place and time" unit of inquiry looking at migration. There were three different activities that made up the day.

One of the activities was taking part in a workshop where they looked at what migration is and how and why people have migrated, particularly to New Zealand. They watched a short video, which explored the coming of the Maori to New Zealand. It was really interesting how they were able to travel here without any modern equipment. It was also interesting to hear about what they brought with them; things like kumara and coconut. It’s hard to imagine a time without these things.

The second activity was a cool ride on a sailboat. The students were given big coats to put on because of the rain and life jackets. The boat was the type that the first explorers might have travelled to New Zealand on, which were very different from the cruise ships the students could see parked in the harbour! They even watched bungy jumpers under the Harbour bridge. The chants of “Jump! Jump! Jump!” is sure to have helped them have the courage to leap!

After lunch they had a chance to look around the rest of the museum with their group. It’s an amazing place that tells the history of the arrival of different people to our country and the impact it has had on New Zealand over time.
Kristin School Camp
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What's coming up?

Foundation Day Assembly
Friday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, LIC Courtyard. Whole school assembly to celebrate 44 years of Kristin. All families are welcome to attend.

Foundation Day Family Picnic
Friday 3 March, 4pm-7.30pm, Auditorium Fields. BYO picnic or choose from the delicious array of food and drink on offer from our student and community fundraising groups.

Key Dates
  • Kindy - Year 1 Chapel - 28 Feb, 8.30am
  • Year 2 Howick Historical Village Visit - 2 Mar
  • Year 5-6 Chapel - 3 Mar, 2.25pm
  • Year 10 Technology Trip - 28 Feb, SMI's class
  • Year 10 Community Project Parents Evening - 28 Feb, 7pm, Dove Theatre
  • Year 9 DigiTech Trip - 2 Mar, selected students
  • MS Assembly - 2 Mar, 11.45am
  • NCEA Level 2 English Writing Trip - 2 Mar, Auckland Art Gallery
  • NCEA Level 2 Outdoor Ed - 2 Mar, Vector Wero Whitewater Park
Premier Sports Draw
  • Tennis Boys : Kristin v Westlake Boys – 25 Feb, 8.15am, Kristin 1-2
  • Tennis Girls:  Kristin v Carmel – 25 Feb, 10.15am,– Kristin 1-3
  • Cricket: Kristin v Takapuna  – 25 Feb, 10.30am, Kristin G1
  • Water Polo: Kristin v Carmel A – 26 Feb, 6.30pm,– National Aq
  • Golf: Kristin v Wentworth – 27 Feb, North Shore GC
  • Touch Girls: Kristin v Westlake 28 Feb, 4pm, Hato Petera 3
  • Touch Girls: Kristin v Northcote 28 Feb, 5pm, Hato Petera 6
  • Volleyball Boys: Kristin v Long Bay – 1 Mar, 4.45pm, AMI Stadium 2
  • Volleyball Boys: Kristin v Kingsway – 1 Mar, 5.30pm, AMI Stadium 2
  • Touch Boys: Kristin v Dilworth – 1 March, 4pm, Cornwall 1
  • Touch Boys: Kristin v Pakuranga – 1 March, 5.10pm, Cornwall 1
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Things to note...

Open Day - Tuesday 7 March
9.15am - Junior School and 10am - Middle and Senior Schools.
Family and friends who are interested in sending their children to Kristin, are welcome to attend our Open Day. Please register their attendance with Linda Teagle, 415 9566 ext 2324 or email Linda.

Scholarships at Kristin
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.

Entry to Kristin Kindergarten for Siblings
There is high demand for places at Kristin, so please ensure you submit any application for admission to the Kristin Kindergarten of a younger sibling of a current student as early as you can. Although siblings are given priority, we can only offer a place if we have a vacancy, so submitting an application as soon as possible is important. For any further information about admission to Kristin please contact Linda Teagle, 415 9566 ext 2324 or email Linda.

Foundation Day Family Picnic
Junior School Cake Stall

The Junior School is hosting their fabulous Cake Stall at the Family Picnic. Each Junior School student will be been given a cardboard cake box to take home.
  • Please wrap your yummy baking in glad wrap and place inside the box.
  • Clearly label the side of the box eg Chocolate Cake, Fudge etc.
  • Place it in the trailer outside the Junior School Office before school on Friday 3 March.
Homemade cakes, slices, muffins, fudge, toffee and coconut ice! Please no shop bought cakes. If you would like some ideas for your home baking check out the Kristin Kitchen cookbooks available to purchase from the Retail Store. Lots of delicious sweet treats such as; date and walnut cake, chocolate brownies, cinnamon pear and chocolate cake.

Funds raised at the Cake Stall are used during the year in support of Junior School student leadership service projects and emergent charitable needs (e.g. natural disasters).

"Bee Clean" Car Wash
Take your dirty car to the Kristin Family Picnic on Friday 3 March and leave in a shiny clean one - just $7 per car wash.  All proceeds help with our Bee project.  Book your car in for a wash today >>

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

Year 5 and 6 Puberty Education - Parent Information Night, Thursday 9 March
A Parent Information evening will be hosted for all Year 5 and 6 parents on Thursday 9 March, starting at 6pm in the Dove Theatre. The programme facilitators will outline the key aspects of the programme, including puberty education, parts of their 'Body Talk' Programme looking at self esteem, body image, media awareness, critical thinking skills and more.

Homework Assistance Centre
Middle School students can attend the homework centre in LA7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, 3.30pm-4.30pm. Teachers will be on hand to offer assistance.

Wednesday Walking Group
Wednesday 1 March, Greenhithe. The walk 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.

Annual Shoe Collection
Please bring any sports shoes, school shoes, sandals or general footwear in good condition to the team at the Roy Munn Gym. One of our Kristin parents recycles these shoes to the children at Onepoto School in Northcote. Many of these children are unable to play sports or go on school trips due to lack of appropriate footwear. This initiative has been running for 6 years and hundreds of shoes have been donated for recycling to the school. All sizes welcome however Onepoto is a primary school so the smaller sizes are sought after. Please bring your footwear to us by the end of term. Any queries to Evelyn Davis 027 5611 906. Thank you.

KFF Creative Arts Workshop
All welcome to assist on Tuesday 28 February, in the LIC Foyer, 8.30am-11am, no experience necessary. Please register your interest with 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 Herne Bay. Please register your attendance with Trudi Petrie. We welcome everyone.

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. Tickets on sale now >>

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