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Congratulations Bree Ackland
Wednesday 5th December
Bree has been nominated to compete in the following overseas competitions next year for diving, this will be subject to selection criteria in 2019. • Australian Age Group Championships...
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1st XI Cricket Win
Monday 3rd December
Despite the weather, the Kristin 1st XI finished their season on a high note with a fine win over Western Springs College. Batting first Kristin scored 209. Kabir Patel top scored with 67....
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NZ Secondary Schools Athletics
Monday 3rd December
What a fantastic weekend for our Athletics students participating in the NZ Secondary Schools Athletics Nationals in Dunedin, alongside 205 other schools from around NZ. Holly Barry -...
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NZ Selection for Kristin Students
Wednesday 28th November
It has been an exciting week for 5 Kristin athletes who have all been selected into NZ teams and squads. Lucia Doak has been selected in the NZ Secondary Schools Water Polo Team to...
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NZ Ski Squad Selection
Tuesday 27th November
Congratulations Mikayla Smyth, Michol Hinton and Harrison Messenger. Snow Sports NZ congratulates the following Kristin athletes who have been named in the 2019 Alpine FIS...
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College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year
Friday 23rd November
Congratulations to both Greta Stewart and Macsen Sisam who were last night announced as the winners at the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the year awards in their sports of Sailing...
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Year 6 Beach Day
Wednesday 21st November
Year 6 had a wonderful day at Long Bay Beach on Monday. Swimming, sandcastle competitions, cricket, football and frisbee were just a few of the activities on offer. It was a day full of...
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Year 5 Coast to Coast walk
Wednesday 21st November
On Monday Year 5 completed the Auckland Coast to Coast Walk. What a great day it was! It was the second time that we had tried to complete this walk and this time the weather nearly...
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Year 1 Release a Frog
Wednesday 21st November
The central idea of the Year 1 inquiry this term is ‘The world is shared by living things’. One of the lines of inquiry linked to this is, ‘Our responsibility for the wellbeing of animals...
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Storytelling in 0D
Wednesday 21st November
  Our Inquiry this term has taken us on a journey to the land of make-believe and storytelling. The children have openly embraced this topic, as it is very age appropriate and...
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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.