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Kristin School Bus circa 1973
The Kristin Story, presented by Ted Berry, Founding Principal of Kristin Middle School
Albany Building Site 1977
Official Opening of Kristin School 1974 (16min)

From Humble Beginnings...

It all started with a public meeting in 1972 when a small group of families came together with an optimistic shared vision for independent schooling on the North Shore. The closure of St Anne's School in Takapuna had left a vacuum for parents who believed that an independent education would best guarantee that every child's individual talents would be recognised and nurtured.

Within just three months the fledgling Kristin School was open for classes in February 1973 with a roll of 42 in Campbells Bay. Within five years this number had grown to 235 and the school moved to Albany.

This rapid growth has continued over the years, with classes expanding to cover Kindergarten through to Year 13. In 1990 the roll exceeded 1000 for the first time, reaching 1700 in 2020.

From such humble beginnings, with just a handful of small classrooms, Kristin has grown into a North Shore icon, with a state-of-the-art campus featuring modern, innovative learning environments and some of the best sporting facilities in Auckland. Amidst the new modern buildings and beautifully established gardens, those early days are still visible. The Junior School Village pays homage to the many students who have passed through the gates, each with their own story of how Kristin shaped their schooling experience.

Over 20,000 people have passed through our gates; students, staff, parents, families, leaders, visionaries and supporters. Our alumni have gone on to be the thinkers, makers, doers and leaders of today. Each and every one has contributed to the fabric of our school’s heritage.

As we mark our 50th anniversary, we take pleasure in honouring our school’s visionary pioneering heritage - looking forward in the knowledge that we are grounded by the values of our founders: progress, vision, integrity and love.

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50 Years of Progress, with Vision, Integrity and Love.

Keep in touch

We have an incredible network of Kristin Alumni located throughout New Zealand and around the world.