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Samoa/Pacifica Experience 2018
Monday 23rd July
Follow the blog detailing the experiences by our Year 9-10 students in Samoa here:   https://discoverkristin.school.nz/news-events/categories/international-blogs/
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Year 5 Brian Falkner visit
Wednesday 4th July
On Thursday 28 April Year 5 were treated to a visit from a fantastic author, Brian Falkner. He stayed with us for the whole day! He began his visit by sharing some of his books and the...
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Building the Albany Campus
Wednesday 4th July
Excerpt from “25 Years of Kristin” jubilee publication, 1997 Text from Terry Findlay, former executive officer, property manager and teacher (Kristin staff 1977-2002 ) ...
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Kristin Alumni Dominate in VBC Competitions
Wednesday 4th July
Spotlight on Victoria Business Consulting Club. At university, learning isn’t restricted to lecture theatres and tutorials; workshops aren’t the only place to refine your...
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Y7 & 8 Gems Girls' Celebration Day
Monday 2nd July
On Friday 29 June, the Gems Girls from Year 7 & 8 welcomed in Jacqui from  Heart Place , and Lyn-Marie from  Dizzie Pixie Designs  for a fun filled day of creating, and...
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Hockey U13 Representative's
Thursday 28th June
The Kristin Hockey community would like to congratulate the following students for being named in the North Harbour under 13 representative programme.   U13A Boys  ...
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Junior School Bouquets
Thursday 28th June
Congratulations to the following students:   Year 1 Lucy Chang for thinking of innovative ideas in our Maker Space Zoe Gottschen for talking confidently...
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ELA Classes Visit to Settlers
Thursday 28th June
On 26 June, the Year 7 and 8 ELA classes visited Settlers retirement village in Albany. We all interviewed some of the residents about their experiences when they were growing up.  In our...
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Junior School Speech Competition
Wednesday 27th June
We all enjoyed listening to our annual Speech Competition. As always, the speeches were original, entertaining and of an exceptional standard. From problems associated with animal cruelty...
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Year 4 MOTAT Adventures
Wednesday 27th June
As part of our Unit of Inquiry '‘How we organise ourselves', the Year 4 students visited M.O.T.A.T to inquire into the Technology and inventions of the home, workplace and leisure...
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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.