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Super similes
Wednesday 17th October
The Year 1 students have been studying writing techniques used by children’s author Mem Fox. 1C learnt that Mem Fox uses similes to help develop a picture of the book’s characters in the...
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Year 5 go Swimming
Wednesday 17th October
As part of our Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC) Kristin Junior School is partaking in their annual swimming lessons. The swimming season is upon us…5B travelled by bus to the...
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North Harbour Hockey U15 win
Wednesday 17th October
Huge congratulations to Finn Burridge and Kevin Wei who both won hockey Nationals with the North Harbour U15 team in the holidays. We look forward to seeing what they achieve next.
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Middle School Sports Leaders
Tuesday 16th October
Last term our Middle School Sports committee engaegd in a 6 week training programme with Wairau Valley Special School and Glenfield College special needs department. The aim was to prepare...
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Ski Racing Success
Wednesday 3rd October
Mikayla Smyth Year 9 has continued on her winning way, dominating the results at the at National Championships held at Cardrona in the South Island. New Zealand Youth Series: - 1st...
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Snowboard Success
Thursday 27th September
Congratulations to Juliette Perera who won the Giant Slalom and the North Island Snowboard Championships. This was an outstanding effort in difficult conditions, there was a large...
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Year 6 Exhibition 2018
Wednesday 26th September
Year 6 have spent Term 3 working towards their PYP Exhibition Inquiry, and what an exciting, challenging and busy term it has been. This year the children were able to pick issues that...
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Wheels Day
Wednesday 26th September
The Junior School Student Council organised a Wheels Day on Wednesday 12 September. The Student Council, with the aid of Mr Hutton, Mrs Harris, and many other selfless teachers, worked...
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Kristin Golf Championships
Tuesday 25th September
Yesterday we held the annual Kristin Golf Championships, we had six boys and six girls entered. The weather was incredibly changeable from heavy rain and high winds to lovely warm...
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North Island Ski Champs
Friday 21st September
After some appalling weather on the Monday and Tuesday, racing finally went ahead on the Wednesday. After all the rain from the previous days the snow condition was extremely poor being...
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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.