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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 
Images in the Media
Thursday 26th November
Call me a softie, but when the NZ Transport Agency ‘Mistakes’ commercial for safe driving comes on, I turn away, plug my ears and hum a happy tune. The desperate anguish of the father upon...
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Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
Thursday 3rd September
"Money doesn’t grow on trees," said my parents. To which they would often have received rolling eyeballs, a pleading gaze, tears and tantrums – or all of the above. In hindsight, I...
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Much More Than Online LEGO
Wednesday 17th June
Is Minecraft an obsession in your household? Do you sometimes feel as if you are battling for your child’s attention against the continuous pull of the screen? Believe me, you are not...
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Junior School News 
A big day for the smallest members of Kristin Junior School
Monday 16 October marked a very special day for the newest members of Kristin Junior...
Dancing in Year 1
During Term 3, Year 1 Students enjoyed learning dance as part of Sport lessons. ...
Year 6 Beijing Trip
We’re back! We had the most amazing time in Beijing – sightseeing, shopping, swimming...
Junior School Beijing Tour 2017
Day 8: Wangfujing Street and Pearl Market Round 2! It was a relaxing start to the...
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Upcoming Events 
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
Year 5 Camp - Kawau Island
Monday 6th November - Friday 10th November
Mindlab Trip - Year 6
Wednesday 8th November
Botanical Gardens Trip
Friday 10th November
Mindlab Trip - Year 5
Monday 20th November
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