Taking students outside the comfort of their traditional classroom encourages them to embrace situations and challenges that promote personal growth and development, as well as team building.
Valuing People and Places
From the Junior School to the Senior School, students take part in a huge variety of experiences to build their confidence, learning, determination and independence.
- Annual camps for all age groups
- Excursions and field trips to places relevant to the topic of learning, across all subject categories
- Opportunities to serve the community as part of our Service Learning programmes
- Leadership programmes
- Overseas experiences and school exchanges
Beyond the Curriculum
Whatever their age, students have the opportunity to be involved in clubs, groups and committees which deepen their experience of school, socially and academically. Here are some of the opportunities our students participate in:
Language, cultural and service trips offer students from all three schools the opportunity to experience life in a new and challenging environment.
Recent trips have included:
- London Globe Trip
- NASA Space School opportunities in the USA
- Canada Rugby Trip
- 8-day service trip to Ladakh, India
- Netball trans-tasman tournament - various Australian destinations
- Musical tour of Europe for our premier girls' choir, Euphony
Dovetail International Exchange Programme
Encouraged by the success of Kristin’s first exchange established in 1999 with Carey Baptist Grammar, Melbourne, the Dovetail International Exchange Programme was created to build a range of overseas opportunities for our Year 9-13 students.
Further schools in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas were steadily added, so that over the last 10 years, 250 of our students have benefitted from these enriching and life-changing experiences.
Due to the consequent immersion in school and family life in another culture, and often in a second language, the students develop independence, and the confidence to respond to different ways of thinking and practices, while establishing life-long connections. The Dovetail Exchange Programme enables our students to build skills enabling them to confidently collaborate and interact across cultural boundaries.
Kristin School is part of the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL), a community of schools that are geographically dispersed (Australia, India, China, South Africa, Scotland, USA and Peru), but share a common vision for school education in the 21st Century. All of the members of the Global Alliance are independent, not for profit, co-educational schools committed to fostering understanding and authentic, purposeful friendship around the world.
Every year, ten students (from Year 11 and 12) are given the opportunity to connect and form lifelong friendships through an annual GAIL convention. Students from each school gather together, working on a meaningful global challenge, sharing their culture and perspectives on important issues. Past themes have included energy, ethical leadership, life balance and building community. Each year the location moves to a different school.
In 2020 it will be held at Kristin in the first week of the October holidays. In 2021 it will be held at Newton College in Peru and in 2022 it will be Scotch College in Adelaide.
GAIL Student Exchanges
Exchange opportunities are always available for students who would like to spend time to experience life in another GAIL school. The exchange aims to engage students in a broader educational experience, immersing them in the culture and tradition of a host school, while also developing a wider global perspective.