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Academic excellence is one of the key drivers for families in choosing a Kristin education for their children, and Kristin’s proud record in this arena has been further strengthened with another set of excellent examination results for 2021. Kristin’s Senior School students choose to follow either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or NCEA pathway in roughly equal numbers, and the recently released 2021 results are evidence of the strength of both programmes of study at Kristin.

100% of Kristin’s IB candidates were successful in gaining their diplomas in 2021. Stella Mackenzie, Sam Zhuang and Lucy Xu achieved the perfect score of 45 points, placing them in the top 1.5% of candidates worldwide, and Shirley Bian, Amy Chen, Sally Kim, Ethan Miller-Goulter, William Parton, Veronika Sevastyanova, Kevin Wei and Guy Williams followed closely on 44.  These were among 37 Kristin students (43% of IB candidates) to achieve a score of 40 or more points qualifying them as NZ IB Top Scholars. The average score of Kristin students was 38 points, compared to the world average this year of 33.
With over 30 years of experience in offering the IB Diploma Programme, Kristin had the largest number of candidates of any New Zealand school in the November examinations session.

Thrilled with her perfect score, Lucy said: “I am so thankful for my cohort, full of smart, talented, passionate people that I aspire to be like. Although sometimes IB was tough, I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world!”

Sam reflected: “Despite the difficulties of the past two years, I am incredibly proud that our cohort was able to achieve these amazing results together, and I am grateful for what I have received.”

Also delighted with her score, Stella said: “I am so immensely proud of my friends and classmates this year. To have endured a pandemic and met the challenge of IB whilst maintaining friendships and building support systems is a uniquely impressive achievement.”

Kristin’s NCEA results also demonstrate the excellent level of academic achievement by Kristin students. With an overall NCEA pass rate of 97%, Kristin’s commitment to the national qualification is celebrated throughout the school. A total of 190 students sat Level 2 and 3 NCEA at Kristin in 2021 and of those over 70% were awarded Merit or Excellence endorsed certificates, while 97% of Kristin's Year 13 who sat NCEA Level 3 achieved University Entrance.

Senior School Principal David Boardman is incredibly proud of his students’ achievements:

"2021 was a challenging year for all students and schools across Auckland.  With a number of lockdowns early in the year and shifting to Remote Learning for the majority of Term 3, our students have shown that they possess the resilience and determination to achieve, even when faced with such challenges.  The excellent results achieved in 2021 are a testament to the hard work of both students and their teachers, ensuring that they can achieve at the highest level possible and receive a world-class education. I wish them all the best with their future studies and adventures."


Kristin's average pass rate over the last 5 years has been 97% and over 27% of Kristin students have been awarded 40+ points out of the potential 45. In addition, the average (mean) diploma score for Kristin students has been 36 points.

Kristin also enjoys the enviable position of having had at least one student achieve the perfect score of 45 points in 8 of the last 10 years.

YEAR  Kristin  World   Kristin World   Kristin World
2021  100 89   43 18   38 33
2020 98 85   27 11   36 31
 2019 97 70    19 8   35 28.5
 2018 99 68   25  8   35 30
2017 95 69    17 7   34 30

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