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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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Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

by Tim Oughton, Executive Principal

One of the most enticing aspects of a new year is the opportunity for a fresh start. Returning to routines with a positive mindset and clear head can set the tone for the coming months, and the first few weeks of a year can often provide just the right amount of perspective to set new goals and objectives. But a fresh start means nothing if you don’t take the time to plan your approach.

There are few times in life that we have the opportunity to truly start afresh, but Term 1 in the school calendar is one of them. With a new year come new teachers, new timetables, classrooms and subjects. Exciting and unexpected challenges present themselves on a daily basis and individuals have the opportunity to reinvent themselves based on the skills, experience and maturity they have gained over the previous year.

To the students heading back to school this month, I challenge you to make the most of this opportunity. Ask yourself what you want to achieve this year – be honest – and then plan the steps you will take to realise your ambition. There is, of course, more to success than just this, but if you follow these steps you will be well equipped to achieve your goals.

1 - Get serious. Make a decision about what you want to achieve and hold yourself to it. An unwavering focus will help you to prioritise when the pressure comes on. Make your goals measurable so you can track your progress – this way you’ll know the moment you achieve success.

2 – Identify your limiting step. What area do you need to improve on the most? It is easy to focus on our strengths and to feel that they are the key to success. However, the greatest improvements can often be made by working on the dimensions that are not as strong. It may be that time management can help you unlock a new approach to assessments. Or perhaps reducing distractions will help you improve your effectiveness during revision. Small steps and simple improvements might be all it takes to realise a significant change. Take these improvements and use them, they are the fuel that will inspire the next steps in your journey.

3 – Take care of yourself. It seems simple but too often we forget to look after our own wellbeing. Exercise, diet and a good night’s rest can quickly fall off the radar when the pressures of the year kick in. These are critical pillars and without them we can lack the energy or enthusiasm to face the tasks before us. If you are working hard for six days every week, go to bed early six days a week. Eat well and target 10,000 steps every day – this should be an easy goal for students moving around a busy school campus.

4 – Surround yourself with good people. Broadening your friendship group and surrounding yourself with people who inspire you can have a positive effect on your own success and wellbeing. Ask yourself: how many new friends can I make this year? Talk to someone who you might previously have passed by in the corridor, or befriend someone who is lonely or new to the school. By showing genuine support for others, you will find yourself with a rich network of likeminded friends who will have your back whenever you need it.

5 – Be grateful and enjoy the journey. This year will be full of challenges. It is a given. However, you have before you the opportunity to make 2016 whatever you want it to be. And the one thing that has the greatest bearing over whether you achieve your goals is you. Attitude is key, and maintaining a positive outlook can make all the difference.

I challenge you to identify three positives in every day. Write them down – record them and reflect on them. This will help you to appreciate the life you live, and it will help you to wake up happy, looking forward to whatever your day has in store.

Enjoy the year that is before you. You will never get this time again. Use it well.