We celebrate, with sincere gratitude, Kristin’s founders in creating a school with an inspirational vision and traditional values strongly focused on respect for all individuals. This solid foundation has enabled Kristin to evolve into the school we are today – an environment to open minds that open doors, and an establishment still hugely proud and committed to our very fitting original motto: “Progress with vision, integrity and love”.
Kristin's annual Summer Carnival is traditional held on Foundation Day, and celebrates family and community in a carnival atmosphere, where we gather to enjoy the company of our year groups as the sun goes down.
The entire Kristin community is invited to enjoy a BYO picnic or choose from the delicious array of cosmopolitan food and drinks on offer from our student and community groups on Kristin's Auditorium Field, and and support our students as they fundraise for community and global charities.
Red Socks Day
Red Socks Day is held on the last day of Term 2 each year. The Sir Peter Blake Trust are the recipients of the money raised by selling socks to the Junior School students. Following in the tradition of wearing red socks started by Sir Peter during the 1995 America’s Cup the whole Junior School is resplendent in red throughout the day.
The Red Socks Assembly provides the opportunity to celebrate leadership and recognise one student in the school who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. The Young Leader Award prize pack they receive includes a medal and certificate, along with the recognition in front of their peers of their leadership skills.
There is no doubt that Red Socks Day is one of the more colourful days on the Kristin calendar.
Grandparents Day in the Junior School provides an opportunity for our students to show their biggest fans what we do at Kristin. On the day grandparents enjoy time in class, often given challenging activities to complete alongside their grandchildren, with both sides learning something new about each other. After spending time together eating morning tea and playing a range of different games we share some of our performance items with our grandparents in the Kristin Auditorium.
Grandparents Day provides the opportunity for us to share our learning, teach our grandparents something new, have fun with them at school, share a meal and entertain. There is no doubt that Grandparents Day is one of the ‘must be there’ events on the Kristin calendar.
Mothers Day Lunch
Junior School Mother’s Day lunch is an annual event, taking place on the first Monday following Mother's Day. Each year the Junior School welcome some very important members of the Kristin School family – our mothers and other special women in the lives of our students, to visit and share lunch with their children.
It is a special moment as our playground comes alive as our mothers take the opportunity to play and interact with their children in the lunch hour. This event is an auspicious occasion to pay tribute to the treasured women in the lives of our students.
“Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all”
Dance in the Dove
Dance in the Dove is Kristin’s Annual Dance Showcase, featuring performances from all of the School’s co-curricular dance groups, and some highlights from curriculum dance classes. Through three separate shows and performance programmes, the event embraces the passion of our Kristin dancers, from Kindergarten to Year 13.
Across all the groups involved in Dance in the Dove – from the Kindergarten to the Junior and Middle Schools, through to our most senior performers – each and every dancer contributes exceptional effort in bringing a colourful and moving spectacle to the Dove stage. As a result, the audiences are taken on a powerful and energising journey of beauty and universal expression.
This major calendar event gives our students the chance to see how Dance develops through the years and understand how Dance can be used to express an individual’s own views on current affairs and social issues. This showcase is a highlight for our students and is reflected in the professional standard of work they produce year after year.
It is a wonderful celebration of our students’ talents and hard work and is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the Performing Arts’ calendar.
International Peace Night
International Peace Night concerts annually celebrate through dance and music a variety of cultures within our community. The evenings provide an opportunity for many students to share their heritage, in fact what it is that makes them who they are. As a student-led production Year 13 students from the International Committee, together with UNESCO club members are responsible for this event and bring to the Kristin community a wonderful display of colour, sound and sheer enthusiasm.
The Chinese Night concert features students from Year 1 to 13 performing traditional dances, instruments and kungfu that has long been associated with the Chinese culture, but also showcases modern Chinese art forms - a highlight of which is the Lion Dance. As the closing act for Chinese Night, our performers are sent out with the sound of cymbals and drums to bring prosperity and happiness for our guests.
Fathers Day Lunch
This is a day to celebrate and honour the fathers, and the father figures, in our students’ lives. This special occasion is celebrated by our special guests sharing lunch with their children on the first Monday after Father’s Day. It is lovely to see dads having quality time exploring our Kristin environment with their treasured children in tow.
“ My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me”
Book Character Day
One of the highlights of the Junior School year is Book Character Day! On Book Character Day, students and staff dress up as their favourite characters from books they love. The school empties as we watch their parade to assembly - it's a blast! There is so much creativity and obvious love of reading!
The ‘Grad Walk’ is one of the events during the Senior School year that is unique to Kristin. Taking place just before the start of the Senior School prize-giving, it marks the last time that our Year 13 students come together as a cohort, in uniform and before they start their end-of-year examinations.
Starting 10 years ago, the walk continues to follow the same route, involving students from across all year levels. It traditionally starts in the LIC Foyer before proceeding in front of the Junior School, around the Administration block and Chapel, down the Kauri Walk (which becomes more impressive with every passing year) and finishing on the steps of the Auditorium. This provides an opportunity for younger members of the school, staff and parents to pass on their best wishes to the Year 13s before they begin their examinations and finally leave Kristin a few weeks later.
For some of these students it does mark the beginning of the end of a journey, which may have lasted for up to 14 years in several cases, and is an opportunity for the whole school community to wish them well for the future and to once again show the support that the school has for its students, as they approach this new stage in their lives. This incredible event is clearly a celebration, in every sense of the word, bringing cheers, congratulations, colour, sound and an indication of the love that the school community holds for each and every one of them. It is a fitting way for the students to gather, before entering their final Senior School prize-giving, taking on the challenge of their final examinations and finally graduating.
Kristin's annual Blokes Breakfast is a great opportunity for dads to mix and mingle with other like minded dads, some of our amazing staff, and of course spend the morning with your children. All welcome!
This is a charity event, and all proceeds are donated to Ronald McDonald House and Cure Kids.