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Introducing Diana Patchett, Junior School Principal

Mrs Diana Patchett, M Ed, BSc, Dip Ed, Cert IV Outdoor Rec.

Diana was born in far northern Canada and lived much of her life above the treeline in the land of ice and snow. She gradually moved further and further south, retracing in reverse her parent's adventures as Australian migrants.

Her love of children, biology and M*A*S*H led her towards studies to become a paediatrician, but sporting commitments and travel intervened; so this passion ultimately took her into education. After national representative honours in rowing and water polo, Diana and her husband raised their four sons in Papua New Guinea and then Australia, before moving to New Zealand to take on the role of Junior School Principal in 2013.

Diana maintains a strong affinity with the values of Kristin and the IB Primary Years Programme; and leads a student-centred Junior School that recognises the gifts and natural curiosity inherent in all children and develops their academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual potential.

From the Desk of Diana Patchett 
Be your own best friend
Monday 1st August
Fear of failure is one of the biggest reasons why people do not pursue their dreams. Imagine what you would do if you knew you could not fail? History is full of powerful examples...
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Blindfolded Archery
Friday 1st July
With the arrival of mid-year school reports, the winter holidays offer students the opportunity for critical reflection; a chance to look back on the first half of the school year. It is a...
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Learning by imitation
Friday 1st April
I love to spend time in the Kindergarten; it never fails to brighten my day. Sliding in alongside the free play of children offers a beautiful insight into their wonderings, their...
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Junior School News 
Junior School Bouquets
Congratulations to the following students:   Year 0 Wanika Lee...
Technology Advancement in Year 4
During this first half of Term 3, Year 4 students have inquired into how technological...
1S Changing State of Matter
This term all the Year 1’s are learning about heat energy and the changing state of...
Marimba Festival
On Saturday 2 September, the Kristin Junior School Marimba Band performed in the...
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Upcoming Events 
PYP Exhibition
Monday 18th September - Friday 22nd September
Beijing Tour
Saturday 23rd September - Monday 2nd October
Mufti Day
Wednesday 27th September
Class Co-ordinators Meeting
Tuesday 17th October
Mufti Day
Wednesday 18th October
Book Character Day
Friday 27th October
Box of Birds
Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November
Box of Birds Opening
Tuesday 31st October
Zoo Trip
Wednesday 1st November
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