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Vanessa Burmeister Excels Overseas
Monday 11th December
Vanessa Burmeister travelled to Singapore to compete for North Harbour Synchro in the Singapore Synchronised Swmming Open (24th -26th November). Here they competed against a number of...
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Phantom Of The Opera Cast List
Thursday 7th December
We are thrilled to announce the Cast of the 2018 Senior School Production - The Phantom of the Opera. Click here to view the cast list>> Congratulations, and a huge thank you...
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Junior Boys' Water Polo Results
Friday 1st December
Congratulations to the Junior Boys A Water Polo team who have had an outstanding finish to the year. The team won a bronze medal placing 3rd in the North Island Junior Championships last...
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Junior School Bouquets
Friday 1st December
  Congratulations to the following students: Year 0 Jacqueline An for communicating her thoughts, questions and ideas confidently Harmony Li for being a...
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Middle School Bouquets
Friday 1st December
Congratulations to the following students:   Year 7 Sam Zhang for having the initiative and confidence to take a proposal to the Middle School Management on how...
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NZJSS Baminton Champs
Friday 1st December
The inaugural New Zealand Junior Secondary Schools Badminton Championships were held at Auckland Badminton Stadium in Epsom from Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 November. Our Kristin Junior...
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Indoor Cricket Reps
Friday 1st December
Congratulations to Jack Crook and Dylan Harle on their recent Indoor Cricket success. Both boys were selected to represent Auckland at the Junior Provincial Indoor Cricket Tournament held...
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Fencing Friendship Teams Cup
Thursday 30th November
New South Wales Fencing hosted the Friendship Teams Cup and Koala Mini Challenge (23-26 November) for younger fencers aged U7 – U13. Fencers from Australia, Asia and Oceania were invited...
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Junior School Cluster Athletics
Thursday 30th November
Kristin School hosted the Northern Bays Cluster Athletics on Tuesday 28 November. Kristin had a 25-strong team qualify across track and field events. Top Placings: Lucinda Cotton,...
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Yachting Results
Thursday 30th November
It has been a rushed end of year for many of our yachting students with two events in the space of a week. The Kohimarama Intermediate Schools Optimist Regatta was held at Kohimarama on...
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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.