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Nepal 2018
Sunday 22nd April
  Trekking from Machapurchare Base camp to Annapurna Base Camp   April 22 @ 12 noon Nepal time   Andrew Churches has...
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Secondary Schools Equestrian Cup
Friday 13th April
The Kristin team of Peta Kuluz, Madeleine Crook and Amie Chang took part in the Secondary Schools Equestrian Cup at Woodhill Sands on 12th April. Together with a draft rider from...
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Sports Committee in action in the Junior School
Friday 13th April
At lunchtimes once per week the senior school sports committee arrange fun physical activities for all those in the Junior School who wish to participate. It is part of the...
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Lego jar estimation winners
Friday 13th April
Over the last few weeks the children in the Junior School have been taking part in an exciting maths competition, estimating how many pieces of Lego were in a glass jar. Lots of teachers...
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St Georges, Quilmes Blog
Thursday 12th April
St Georges, Quilmes - Argentina We arrived in Argentina at the start of the long Easter weekend. This was perfect as it gave us a chance to look around the city and meet some of the...
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Middle School Bouquets
Thursday 12th April
Congratulations to the following students:   Year 7 Asad Hamid for kindly sharing his lunch with Flynn Andy Zhang for his enthusiasm and positive attitude...
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Grandparents Day
Wednesday 11th April
On Friday last week, the Junior School hosted their annual Grandparents day. Students from across the Junior School were excited to show their Grandparents their classroom and share their...
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Who we are in 1P
Wednesday 11th April
Our journey is just beginning as we come to the end of our first term in Year 1. We are working on gaining independence as we organise ourselves for our school day. Like social butterflies...
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Year 6 Water Safety
Wednesday 11th April
Year 6 have been having a wonderful time at the Millenium Centre! Over the course of 6 sessions we have had small group instruction in swimming technique, to improve our stroke; and in...
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Biomes in 3S
Wednesday 11th April
Year 3 have been enjoying their current Inquiry which started with a trip to Auckland Zoo. Our central idea is, ‘All forms of life share the natural environment in different ways’ We...
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Diversity helps make better schools

by Tim Oughton, Executive Principal

Diversity is a wonderful thing – diversity of culture, people, geography, history and lifestyle all make the world a fascinating place.

Maya Angelou, a well-known American writer and civil rights activist said not long before her death in 2014, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” The same advice applies to schools.

Schools, by their very nature and communities they represent, are diverse organisations, but in this period of rapid educational evolution they are becoming more and more diverse in terms of what is being taught, how it is taught and assessed, who is teaching and who is learning. Our national curriculum encourages diversity and isn’t overly prescriptive; that is a good thing because students learn in different ways. Providing a diverse range of learning experiences and allowing students to explore and enquire make school learning programmes a far cry from yesteryear.

At Kristin we teach an alternative curriculum, the International Baccalaureate, and in the Senior School we offer the IB Diploma alongside NCEA as qualification pathways. This suits our student population and they appreciate having alternatives, especially those wanting to pursue international tertiary education options.

Researchers from the University of Auckland studied this programme last year, and noted that the learning experiences focus on internationalism and intercultural understanding. Their finding are summarised elsewhere in this edition of Channel. For Kristin students, this is framed in terms of global self-positioning, and yet the language and the requirement is interpreted as local in its implications. In a New Zealand context, for example, “intercultural” can be translated into an inquiry into relations with indigenous peoples. Global responsibility is emphasised in classroom discussions but, again, often with local connections. Students are able to place themselves at the centre of issues and current events, such as the rising costs of petrol and oil, the housing market boom in Auckland and urbanisation. Students are encouraged to think about what such things might mean and how to mitigate the impacts in their own families, communities and country.

They are learning to embrace diversity, and place their own diversity in the world around them.