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Kristin Senior School PrincipalFrom the desk of...
Brendan Kelly, Senior School Principal


The recent cold mornings remind me of winter days in the 1970’s, Saturday rugby in Rotorua where the frost was thick on the ground. Juniors played in bare feet, and while I must have been frozen, my only recollections are of running, tackling and scoring. They were happy memories, and the fact I was a pretty ordinary rugby player made no difference at all. I have no idea of what grade I was in, I can’t remember the score of a single game and I wouldn’t have a clue about whether the team finished first or last. I do know that we had blue jerseys, however, and my best mate Paul played in the same team.

As I got older sport became more serious. I played football at high school and was fortunate to enjoy a bit of success. We had a strong cohort and we thrived under the passion and energy of a coaching team that I will never forget. Mr and Mrs Maclaurin were both teachers at my school, and they lived for football. They both knew a bit about the game, but Mr Mac did do more of the coaching while Mrs Mac took care of the organisational details. We played in some pretty decent tournaments, and I think we all believed that we would end up with Manchester United.

School sport is a special thing. For young children it provides a wonderful means to learn the skills of a game, make friendships and have a whole lot of fun. Along the way we learn about success and failure, but do so in a way that is no big deal. As we get older, school sport changes accordingly. It still provides all the friendship and fun but adds a much more competitive element and gives us a chance to really test ourselves and see how far we can take our talent.

In sport at Kristin we aim to do all these things of course, and more. We love the challenges of serious sport, but we also love the fun of the social game. We celebrate success, but we also recognise progress and sportsmanship. Key to our programme are the passionate people involved, whether they are developing an Olympic athlete or giving a small child their first taste of the game. We have been blessed with wonderful sporting leaders in recent years, and today we have much joy in welcoming a new champion of sport to our school.
Just to let you know...

Kristin School's Director of SportNew Director of Sport – Mr Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor joins us from Westlake Boys High School where he has held the role of Director of Sport since 2006. Rob is a passionate sportsman, educator and coach who believes that when a school community is wholeheartedly behind its sports programme, school spirit is enhanced for the betterment of all.

His extensive experience in sports leadership includes the introduction of the Westlake Boys Sport Institute, the building of extensive new facilities and the management of over 1500 athletes within the school’s sport programme.

We are very excited to welcome Rob to Kristin from the beginning of Term 3.

Read Mr Oughton's Food for Thought for more information on the recruitment process.
What's been happening?
Kristin School Food for Thought
Spolit for Choice
Food for Thought by Tim Oughton
Mr Oughton reflects on the high calibre of applicants for the recent senior management job vacancies and asks ‘Why is Kristin such an attractive place to work?
Read more >>
Kristin School Cross-Country
Super Cluster Cross-Country
An exceptionally sunny day and dry course was almost a first for the Super Cluster Cross-Country event, held this year at Long Bay Primary School.

A fantastic team atmosphere prevailed as students cheered on our runners, with many of the team achieving solid individual results. The overall result for Kristin was 5th out of the 10 participating schools.

Outstanding results were achieved by Lachie Heath who won the 8-year-old boys' race comfortably, picking off his competitors one by one on the uphill climb. Hazel Hall fought hard with the first-place runner down the home straight to achieve a 2nd-place finish in the 8-year-old girls' race. Keira Spilling and Nicholas Sparg both placed 5th in their 10-year-old and over races with each demonstrating strong determination.

Thank-you to the supportive parents and grandparents who were able to attend. Also thank-you to Lina Liu who volunteered to assist as a marshal on the course.
Kristin School Drama Class
Year 13 Drama - DNA
By Daniel Walsh-Jones
On Tuesday, the NCEA Year 13 Drama class performed their Performance Assessment to an audience of family, students and staff. DNA is a dark, contemporary play written by Dennis Kelly, which looks at the serious issues of bullying, peer pressure, death and the consequences that can arise from them. A majority of the class has not been touched by these issues and this lack of knowledge brought our class closer together, sharing our perspectives on the serious and life-changing situations that come about in the play.

I would like to thank Mrs Jack for her direction and commitment to our class.
Kristin School Honk Cup
AKSS Individual Fencing Finals
The Kristin Fencers have started their exciting secondary school circuit with great success. The three qualifying rounds had nearly 100 competitors from twenty schools across Auckland and Tauranga.

Congratulations to the following students on their results at the finals, which were held on Saturday 20 June. This is Kristin School’s best ever set of overall results to date:

Men’s Epee
:
1st Cameron Grimwade
Women's Epee:
3rd Anriena Zen
Men’s Foil:
2nd Rhys Davies
3rd Cameron Grimwade
Women’s Foil:
3rd Lena Jacob
9th Sally Zhang
11th Anriena Zen
14th Katja Brand

Teams for the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Event in Term 3 will be announced shortly.
Kristin School Game of Tones
Game of Tones
Less than three months ago, a group of performers merged together to form Kristin’s new barbershop chorus - Game of Tones.

It was a tough start as many of the boys had no experience in the complex style of singing that barbershop entails. Despite this, through vast amounts of effort and the support of our manager and conductors, our group of 13 transformed into a tightly knit collection of voices. In three short months we managed to develop a barbershop performance that was ready to compete in regionals against all of the other college barbershop choirs in Auckland. We placed 1st equal with Auckland Grammar and will soon be competing against the best choruses in New Zealand.
Kristin School Chinese Speech Competition
Chinese Speech Competition
Kristin Junior School’s very first Mandarin Chinese Speech Competition was held on Thursday 18 June. Five brave students delivered beautiful speeches in Chinese to an enthusiastic audience of students and parents. Mrs Katherine Yang and Ms Katherine Chen were the judges, and they were suitably impressed.

Angela Pei spoke about "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Olivia Lai's topic was "Try New Things", Emma Lee's was "My Dreams" and Lorreta Wang spoke about "My Best Friend".

Campbell Deng delivered a speech that hooked the judges; it was humorous and interesting, the way he had many excuses on "How not to do your homework!" Campbell entertained the judges and was announced the winner; runner-up was Olivia Lai. Congratulations to all of our contestants.
Kristin School Piano Competition
Year 10 Speech Competition
By Megan Bruce
On Wednesday the Year 10 students had their speech competition. The participants were chosen based of their performance in the speech assessment where we had to choose a cause worth talking about. The finalists were Max Ramsay, Grace Fennell, Daniel Whooley, Sammy Allan, Tiernan Keane and Finn Blackwell.

The overall winner was Max Ramsay who produced an engaging speech on drug use. He was closely followed by the runners-up, Sammy Allan and Finn Blackwell, who spoke about domestic violence and free rein for scientists. All of the finalists spoke very well; there was only 1.5 points between them.
Kristin School PYP
Year 6 PYP Exhibition Progress
Year 6 is making amazing progress towards their Exhibition. This week we have been very busy, learning how to write concept questions and then turn them into lines of inquiry. These will help guide our research, which we are very keen to start!  We have also written our central ideas and there are a huge range of things we are interested in learning more about. Some of us have already planned visits for the holidays to interview experts and find out more about our chosen topics.

We look forward to welcoming you to our exciting displays at the end of Term 3 to share our learning on everything from service animals, to marine pollution and the impact of palm oil plantations.
     
What's coming up?
 
Alumni Reunions
The reunions we are hosting this year enable us to remain connected with our past students, to keep informed of their progress in life beyond Kristin and to join with them to celebrate their successes and achievements. If you know of any Kristin Alumni working, studying or living in Sydney, Melbourne or Wellington, please let them know of the upcoming reunions.
  • Thursday 13 August - Sydney
  • Friday 14 August - Melbourne
  • Friday 28 August - Wellington
Alumni to register their attendance with Trudi Petrie, tpetrie@kristin.school.nz.

Key Dates
  • Term 3 Starts - 20 Jul
  • JS & MS Class Coordinator Meeting - 23 Jul, 1.30pm, Pacific Room
  • DesignZ Evening -  23 Jul, 6.30pm, LIC Foyer
     
  • Year 4 Trip to MOTAT - 20 Jul
  • JS Assembly - 20 Jul, 10am, Auditorium
     
  • Year 7-8 Dental Van on-site - 20-24 Jul
  • Year 9 Humanities Maritime Museum Trip, 9JJK & 9RCS - 21 Jul
  • Year 9 Humanities Maritime Museum Trip, 9GCL & 9DBR - 22 Jul
  • Year 7-8 Attitude and Perseverance Awards - 22 Jul, 11am, selected students
  • Year 9 Humanities Maritime Museum Trip, 9HMA & 9JDO - 23 Jul
  • Year 9-10 Attitude and Perseverance Awards - 24 Jul, 11am, selected students
     
  • 2015 USA College & University Tour - 28 Jun-17 Jul
  • Russell McVeagh Scholarships Close - 3 Jul
  • NCEA Level 3 Physics Field Trip - 22 Jul
  • SS Assembly - 24 Jul, 12.30pm, Auditorium
  • PwC School Scholarships Applications Close - 24 Jul
     
  • Basketball - Kristin Girls v Rangitoto B - 26 Jun, 7pm - NSEC, Court 4
  • Basketball - Kristin Boys v WBHS B - 26 Jun, 7pm - NSEC, Court 2
  • Netball - Kristin 1 v Takapuna GS 01 - 27 Jun, 10.30am - NNH, 1
  • Football - Kristin 1st XI Boys v Takapuna - 27 Jun, 12pm - Kristin 1
  • Hockey - Kristin 1st XI Boys v Kings College 1st XI - Postponed
  • Hockey - Kristin 1st XI Girls v Rangitoto College 1st XI - 2 Jul, TBA
      
Things to note...

Mt Ruapehu Snowsports Weekends
The snowbase is building up fast and the season is due to open on 27 June. Places are filling up fast for our Mt Ruapehu weekends so get your registrations in.
  • Year 4-6: Friday 7 August to Sunday 9 August (Applications close 27 Jul)
  • Year 7-13: Friday 21 August to Sunday 23 August (Applications close 10 Aug)
For further information please email Colleen Wassung. Mt Ruapehu Snowsports Weekend Registration >>

School Fees
A reminder that Term 3 school fees are due on Monday 20 July. Invoices will be mailed or emailed today. If you're going to be away, please forward a post dated cheque. Any queries, please contact Renee van Reenan on 415 9566 Ext 2814 or email Renee.

The Entertainment Book
The Entertainment Book is now available to order through Kristin Family and Friends (KFF) with 20% of each purchase going towards the KFF 2015-2017 Fundraising Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise funds that will enable KFF to make a significant contribution to the School in 2017, on behalf of the parent body, to commemorate Kristin’s 45th year. Books cost $65 (hard copy or digital).


Click here to place your order.

School Holiday Programmes
Perhaps you are off to the snow or heading to the sun for this term break? If not, don't worry - there are plenty of terrific things on offer for your child as part of the Kristin Holiday Programme. Pick and choose from the variety of activities that are available throughout the three weeks:
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Football
  • Forensics Camp
  • Hockey
  • Kelly Sports
  • Miniball
  • sKids
Click here for more information and registration details or pop into the JS Office for assistance. For easy reference, your child has already been given a printed overview of the programme.
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Year 7-8 Volleyball
All those interested in playing Volleyball in Term 3 please register here or see Mr Goldsworthy. Games are Wednesdays 4pm-5.30pm at Mairangi Bay Beach Centre.

Snowsports Race Teams
Those wishing to register for the school race teams this year please register online.

Snowplanet Programme Term 3
Please register online now to ensure we are ready to go for Term 3. Remember, our school programmes can cater for all abilities and levels including race training and freestyle training (should numbers permit). For further information please contact Brent Goldsworthy.


Year 7-10 Photography Club
Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to join. From complete beginners to seasoned experts, the new Photography Club will be an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, practise new techniques and accelerate your learning curve. We will meet every Day 3 at lunchtime (after tutor time) in room LA11. For our first meeting, everyone can submit ideas for discussion: What interests you about photography? What do you want to know? What can you share with the group? First meeting: Monday 20 July (Week 1). For more information, please email Ms Chapman.


Little Cooks
In Term 3 our theme is Winter Warmers. We will be learning to make a selection of delicious sweet and savoury food to warm you up on those cold winter days and nights! Friday 31 July to 18 September (8 weeks), Hockey Pavilion, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Year 1-6. Cost $200.
To register email: team@littlecooks.co.nz
           
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