Kristin Kaleidoscope Issue 64

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From the Executive Principal


West Side Story Thrills


From the Board


Aaja Nachle a CAS Success Story


Kristin Family & Friends


Camp Week


Kristin Masterplan


Wellness Centre


From the Director of Advancement


Alumni Mentoring in the Middle School


A Special Occasion for Alumni Families


Movie Under the Stars


Alumni Reunions

29 Exchanges


Top Scholar Results


Kristin Futures


Spotlight on the Class of 2016


Sports Strategy


Little Doves Takes Shape



Foundation Day


Family Picnic a Sunny Success

Lions Visit Girls Water Polo Success Boys Water Polo NZSS Sailing


Polyfest “They Were Awesome�



Kristin Offers Masterclasses to Parents and Public

North Island Orienteering North Shore Junior Swimming 2017 Athletics Success


Homework a Pioneering Stance


Service and Community


Kristin Robotics on the World Stage Harvard Graduates


Alumni - Edible Insects

PETER TROAKE On Sunday 11 June Peter passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, following a long battle with cancer. Peter never gave up the fight against his illness, never wavering in his commitment, determination or courage. In the end his spirit was not beaten, his body just needed to rest. Peter was a team player in everything he did, whether basketball, hockey or as a Prefect with one of his greatest strengths being able to bring out the best in others. His determination and enthusiasm in everything he did was infectious, along with his smile which did seem to stretch from ear to ear. Peter will be remembered by his friends and the wider Kristin community as someone who drew us together and made him feel that we had known him for many years, when in fact we may have only just met. His ability to make you feel welcomed and valued for who you are, was something that set him apart.


PRINCIPAL “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

KRISTIN GOING FORWARD In education change is inevitable but never straightforward. Perhaps in no other time in history have schools around the world had to face so much change – both inside and outside the classroom. Technology has transformed the mission of schools from simply instilling knowledge to equipping students to navigate an ever increasing complicated world. The ubiquity of personal devices and the challenges of social media have also had significant impact on schools. The development of our strategic plan over the past two years has identified 6 fundamental pillars from which our strategic priorities have been set. We want to ensure that Kristin students gain the benefits of; • Providing an outstanding educational offering: Fostering excellent teaching and learning practice and results. • Growing and caring for our people: Attracting, engaging and developing people to deliver high quality outcomes for our community. • Leading an engaged community: Sustaining and nurturing the health/collaboration of our stakeholders. • Ensuring appropriate infrastructure: Maintaining consistent high quality delivery of our strategic objectives. • Building dynamic information systems: Optimising process and outcomes throughout our school and wider community. • Cultivating our business model: Embracing business opportunities that secure the future of school. A number of exciting projects have been initiated following the confirmation of our strategic plan. This year we have been focussed on: • Developing a Wellbeing Framework throughout the school that positions mental and physical health and positive relationships at the centre of our school experience. • Reviewing our curriculum and pastoral management framework systems to ensure a focus on student outcomes and providing leadership opportunities and career advancement for teachers.

• Completing a Branding, Marketing and Community Engagement Plan that will improve communication and collaboration through the use of our digital technologies. A staffing restructure in our marketing department has matched desired skills and outcomes with the people. • Developing a Campus Masterplan to ensure our infrastructure, traffic and pedestrian movement, grounds and specialist facilities match the future needs of our students and wider community. High on our priority list is the construction of a new bus bay to alleviate traffic flow issues. Kristin is a school that has always been future focussed. Planning for progress has always been done with Vision, Integrity and Love. Throughout our recent planning processes, our core values have permeated all decisions. • A determination to achieve excellence. • A passion for learning. • A willingness to be innovative. • Respect for oneself and others. • Loyalty to, and a pride in Kristin. • Traditional Christian values demonstrated through honesty, trust, respect, kindness, selflessness, spirituality and hope. In this rapidly changing world we must always strive to adapt, adjust and accommodate. George Bernard Shaw put it this way: “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” It is a pleasure to lead an organisation that embraces change; progress will be asured.







that child’s future holds. With this goal in mind, the school management is conducting a review of curriculum and pastoral management which will deliver an organisational structure focused on student outcomes.

Over the past couple of years the Board has spent some time developing Kristin’s strategic direction, by a process of consultation with the community and self-reflection.

The Board realises that great schools need great facilities. With the strong school roll (currently just over 1600) and our continued prudent financial management (including steady debt repayment) Kristin is now well-placed to look to its capital needs in the medium to long term.

Our vision is to provide our students with an exceptional allround education that prepares them to be responsible global citizens who think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and learn enthusiastically throughout life.

We are developing the Campus MasterPlan to ensure we have the right physical environment and structures in place for the future of the school. Many stakeholder groups have participated in its evolution, such as parents, teachers and students.

Our Purpose is similarly defined: to be an outstanding school that cherishes personalised learning, achievement and community well-being. We do this within a distinctive, diverse and progressive education that prepares students for their positive role in the world.

You will have seen the emergence of the concrete walls for the Little Doves Early Learning Facility. This centre will open in early 2018 and you can read more about this facility on pages 11-12.

The focus is now on implementing this Vision and Purpose, by taking action in our areas of strategic focus.

Close to this construction of Little Doves is the gravel carpark, and a priority is a construction of a new bus bay in this area to alleviate traffic flow issues. Construction of this is expected in the year-end holidays so we are working through design and consenting processes now. You can read more about the Campus MasterPlan process on pages 6-7.

There are some things which have been at the forefront of the school from its earliest days, and will continue to be so. The academic results of our students continue to place us at the very top of schools, not only in New Zealand but internationally. There is much more to Kristin than academic success; we offer our students the chance to grow and learn by making available a huge array of unique opportunities: service programmes like the Pasifika project; outdoor education experiences, such as school camps and the Odyssey programme; participation in the outstanding Junior, Middle and Senior School productions; participation in an exceptionally wide choice of sports, performing at a very high level.

Enjoy reading all about how the Kristin students are living the Kristin experience in the pages of this magazine. Thank you for making the decision to invest in your child’s future by providing him or her with a Kristin education.


Kristin offers to every child the opportunity to experience the very best education, in a supportive, caring environment. When a child is nurtured and supported, he or she will learn better, will be confident and respectful, and will be prepared for whatever




87% Land and Buildings ($83m) 6% Cash ($5m) 4% Investment Properties ($4m) 2% Debtors and other ($2m) 1% Other Fixed Assets ($1m)

65% Funds ($62m) 17% Bank Loan ($16m) 8% Fees in Advance ($7m) 5% Kristin Education Bond ($5m) 5% Staff and Suppliers ($5m)

HOW INCOME IS ALLOCATED Salaries Administration Depreciation Repairs and Maintenance 2


$20.1m $2.9m $1.7m $1.4m

THE SURPLUS WAS APPLIED TO: Transport Student Activities Finance costs Class expenditure

$1.3m $1.1m $1.1m $0.9m

Other Surplus

$0.7m $1.9m



Repayment of borrowings Property, Plant and Equipment

$1.2m $0.8m







• Two children attended Kristin

• Three children attended Kristin

• Two children attended Kristin

• Board Chair since 2010

• Comes from a career in advertising and marketing and has held a number of senior management roles with PolyGram (M.D), Puma (GM), Walkers Advertising (M.D) AND Ebus (CMO)

• Board member since 2010

• Board member since 2005 • Graduated from Canterbury University with a LLB (Hons) in 1981 • Philippa has practised as a lawyer since 1982 and is Partner in the Auckland law firm of​Fee Langstone​

• Prior to being a board member Ian played a leading role in the development of several key Kristin projects including the Canon Cloud Suite.

• Three children attended Kristin • Board member since 2013 • Principal of Crowe Horwath NZ Limited • Chartered Accountant in public practice since 1985 • Director of Elevator Group, an organisation supporting employment of disabled Aucklanders


• Two children attended Kristin • Board member since 2014 • Master of Arts (Hons) from The University of Auckland; Diploma of Teaching from Auckland Secondary Teachers’ College • Executive Director of Sheffield Ltd since 1991, serving as Managing Director 1999-2004 • Member of Advisory Board, The University of Auckland’s NZ Governance Centre. Former director, NZ Institute of Management (Northern). Fellow NZ Institute of Management (FNZIM)

• Past roles include senior executive and governance positions in the insurance industry



• CEO Ando Insurance 2012


• Is a long term North Shore resident married with four children - three of whom attended Kristin • Comes from a 30 year career in corporate banking and has held a number of senior executive roles with ANZ National Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank Australia, Westpac Trust and Citibank New Zealand • Currently Director/Audit Committee, Rangatira Ltd; Director, Maxwell Farms Ltd, Chairman, Rainbows End Ltd


• Two children currently at Kristin • Board member since 2012 • A former Banking and Finance lawyer with an MBA from the University of Sydney • Steve leads the national team for ASB’s Commercial, Property Finance and Rural Banking business and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Leadership Team

• Three children attended Kristin (one currently in the Senior School) • Board member since 2013 • Partner in Webb Henderson, practising in corporate/commercial law • Past roles include Board Chair of Russell McVeagh


• Has two daughters who attend Kristin • Currently Head of Global Sales, TruTest Ltd • A current board member of Hockey New Zealand • Was on the board of UWCSEA in Singapore - a leading International School


• A Kristin alumni having graduated in 2000 as Head Girl • Currently provides legal counsel at Air New Zealand • Holds a Master of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce




FAMILY & FRIENDS CELEBRATING OUR NEW ZEALANDNESS A uniquely New Zealand experience is at the heart of the Kristin education and so the KFF made a decision last year to salute our unique Kristin community spirit and celebrate being New Zealanders. Based on understanding the central tenets of our community, KFF in partnership with school, organised the inaugural Kristin Open Air Cinema event in April. More than 400 people arrived, under a perfect, starry sky, to laugh and eat together, entertained by now infamous, mischievous, Ricky Baker and friends in the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

DADS' PROJECT Profit generated from this fundraiser has enabled KFF to support the development of the Little Doves playground. The KFF 2017 Dads' project, with the support of Mitre10 Mega Albany, focuses on creating an eco friendly, custom built, pint sized wooden tractor hay baler and carriage. KFF also plan to appropriate one of the onsite mature trees, enveloping it with a wooden platform hosting a giant birds nest, tailor-made by Kristin dads. This opportunity for parents to contribute uniquely crafted pieces of sculptural

New Parents

art, manufactured from natural products, using their skills, expertise and time exemplifies the nature of our well grounded culture. KFF is proud to have pieces in the secret garden that speak volumes about the people who surround our smallest cohort as they grow up. The KFF Executive Dads are working hard in other ways too. Each term, they work to connect parents socially, as we are cognisant of the fact that friendships forged throughout school years are enduring. Offering moments specifically tailored to enable fathers to enjoy connecting is a priority. Attendees value meeting parents within their own year groups, sports codes or children’s interests. We will continue to refine events to foster connectivity with these points in mind.

PAST PARENT’S CELEBRATION KFF has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Director of Advancement and the Alumni Manager to create an inaugural Past Parents’ evening. Past Parents remain an integral part of the Kristin community and the Kristin Board is governed by past and present parents. Kristin’s Kauri Club members include past parents. While the KFF Executive now has two past parents offering unique perspectives. This year, 50 past parents reminisced together over a buffet dinner and most went on to watch the closing night of West Side Story. Planning beyond this event includes the possibility of connecting sports teams and Euphony families.

STUDENT LEARNING We celebrate being able to directly support student learning. Student groups are exceptionally well supported in numerous ways by the parent body including working with students to complete CAS requirements, encouraging students’ skill development, undertaking reader/writer roles, supporting

The KFF Caravan

KFF Workshop



Kristin Family and Friends aims to foster community spirit throughout Kristin School and to provide opportunities for all parents to be included as an integral part of the Kristin school community. invigilating in the Senior School, going on camp and class excursions, helping in the library or committing to becoming a sports coach/manager.

SERVICE LEARNING This year, KFF has formalised working with Sarah Wakeford, Service Learning Coordinator at Kristin. On several occasions already this year, students have required a robust community response to successfully complete their chosen work. Sarah’s ability to link students with a willing parent body has resulted in fantastic student outcomes. (See pages 34-35) Parent-led service contributions can help to raise to consciousness the value of the role of parents in the student, parent, school triumvirate. The genuine, collective worth of having a highly engaged partnership invested in supporting students as individuals has been shown to increase students’ valuing of education, decrease their feelings of boredom, gift the parent/student partnership with opportunities to have meaningful dialogue, foster students belief that their parents are willingly offering them moral support and that their parents are interested in the students progress as individuals (Crozier, Dewey, Husted and Kenny, 2000).

SUPPORTING PARENTS Most interestingly, parental engagement at school increases students academic achievements (Harris and Goodhall, 2007). If we accept research findings such as Harris and Goodhall’s 2007 report into “Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement,” we can understand Kristin’s ongoing investment in supporting parents to be involved at every level at school. The school was founded on this principle. Today, school management strongly supports KFF in creating innovative, bespoke solutions to maximise support of parents to become involved in a way that suits them best. I encourage you to become involved if time allows. For the hundreds of parents who are already actively engaged, rest assured your value is high and you are very much appreciated by us all for the positive difference you make.


YOUR KFF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Nicky Shave - Chair - 027 270 2736 Christina Hoseason - Deputy Chair

SUB COMMITTEE Jane Liu - Chinese Cultural Antony Thimbleby - Fathers Rep Claire Abel - Kindy to Senior School and Performing Arts Sarah Amos - Kindy/Junior School Lisa Linton - Junior School/Middle School Julia Wei - Middle School and Cultural Chiara Gauld - Middle School Rodd Eddy - Middle School Patricia Holden - Middle School Ganesh Raj - Middle School

Jeneen Harris - Middle School/Senior School Loraine McInnes - Middle School/Senior School Jo Bell - Senior School Paul Stables - Senior School Cindy Beaudin - Senior School, Alumni Parents, Performing Arts Lil Handey - Senior School and Creative Arts

CULTURAL COMMITTEES Jane Liu, Chinese Parent Committee Chair Lois (HeeSeung) Lee, Korean Parent Committee Chair Nely Golovkova, Russian Parent Committee Chair Dalia Zaghal, Hispanic Parent Committee

KRISTIN MANAGEMENT Tim Oughton, Mark Reynolds, Morag Fryer, Nigel Wilkinson



KRISTIN MASTERPLAN The intention is that the wider campus environment will continue to enrich and enhance the learning experience MASTERING THE PHYSICAL CAMPUS One of the features of Kristin School is its physical campus. The Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are all situated on the same site, on 50 acres of park-like grounds with state-of-the-art and award winning facilities. Each school has its own distinctive character relative to the age group of the students and their learning needs. These are characteristics that have been built up over four decades, and now the School is developing a new Campus Masterplan to ensure it has the right physical environment and structures in place for the future of the school over the next four decades, and beyond. The Masterplan is being developed with the assistance of Warren and Mahoney Architects Limited and Boffa Miskell, landscape architects. These leading architectural and design practices have over the past few months compiled feedback from a range of stakeholders as part of drafting a comprehensive plan for the built environment of Kristin. The project is being overseen by Director of Business Services Nigel Wilkinson, who says the architects are developing the plan for the long term and also considering what can be done in the next 10 years. For example, the Masterplan will acknowledge the legacy - and memories - of the school while also looking towards the future. New buildings will present an outward-looking, community-facing identity. Consistency will be important, using a deliberately limited palette of materials to establish a coherent ‘design language’ for the 6


entire campus. Buildings will vary in function and form but should share a connected ‘attitude + outlook’ to provide a clear and cohesive character. A feature of the Campus that is being designed is clear arrival points and circulation routes to create a flow that makes sense to both visitors and students. Kristin is uniquely blessed with a natural amenity and variety in the landscape of its campus. The Masterplan will seek to maintain this Kristin identity, which is a clear point of difference for the school in the Auckland education market. The intention is that the wider campus environment will continue to enrich and enhance the learning experience and build both character and resilience by providing rich and varied sensory encounters; a wide choice of places and spaces for occupation by students and staff, and the opportunity for students to temporarily claim the space and personalise it as their own. The specific needs that will be addressed in the Plan (in no particular order) include opportunities for a new sports hub as a centre of excellence in sport and wellness; a possible student boarding complex, improved traffic flow, a new bus bay and protection of green space, development of outdoor spaces for students, additional classroom spaces, redesign of the technology centre, redesigned music spaces and a revamped Junior School administration centre. The Masterplan will be considered by the Board of Governors before being shared with the community. This will include looking at prioritising any developments and planning for funding them.

Entrance 1982

Entrance 2011 Campus 1969

WHAT’S IN THE TRAFFIC PLAN? Developing a full Masterplan for the School is an ongoing process but one area that is getting special attention is traffic planning - as the community has fed back on the need for that to be a priority. Some of the key feedback about traffic that is being incorporated in the plan is: • Consideration of a partially covered pedestrian circulation route to the main school administration. • Greater separation between pedestrians and vehicular movements • Separation of bus circulation/parking to the north of the pedestrian circulation route and parent/visitor parking to the south. • A controlled vehicle access point could be introduced at peak times to minimise conflicts between vehicular and pedestrian circulation • Shifting the pedestrian circulation route south provides the largest bus bay area possible and removes conflict with pedestrian circulation • Kindy parking is to be continued in the southern parent/visitor parking area • A revised bus bay layout is being designed and consented • Optimised carparking opportunities at separate entry/ exit points to alleviate traffic flow issues • Consideration of offsite shuttles from near the school campus. • Enlarged gate access and additional gate access

NEXT STEPS • MasterPlan Draft shared with Board - Mid 2017 • Priorities considered and fed back to Architects - 2017 • Initial priorities incorporated into planning and Budget - 2018




DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT In the 10 years that I have been involved with our school I have been inspired by the positive attitudes, authenticity and ‘realness’ of the Kristin community. Morag Fryer was appointed to the position of Director of Advancement for Kristin School, commencing January 2017. Morag has been an active member of the Kristin community for 10 years and brings her commercial experience of raising funds for international marketing projects and community based fundraising to Kristin. Morag has a Kristin Alumni at University and another student in Middle School. Here she shares her thoughts on the School’s Advancement activities.

I have always been impressed by the strongly held values that our Kristin community lives and breathes; day in and day out, in small ways and large. In the 10 years that I have been involved with our school I have been inspired by the positive attitudes, authenticity and ‘realness’ of the Kristin community. With high aspirations and ambition we embrace forward and upward momentum with enthusiasm. However our feet remain on the ground and ‘our hands in the soil’ like true artisans. This organisation thrives on and excels at growing great people. As a school we are in the ‘people making business’. These original philanthropic values of our founders that enabled our school to be born and grow are still strong in our community. As many of our parents who lead commercial businesses understand, any organisation that wants to thrive on a sustainable basis must fuel its future growth in order to advance. I see my role as the Director of Advancement as doing just that, by being a connector and enabler that brings in financial resource through fundraising, sponsorship, and community giving. John Lippincott, a US Advancement leader, captures the role of Advancement eloquently: “We turn possibilities into realities at schools, colleges and universities. We do this by forging connections between the



visions of our institutions and the passions of our donors, the dedication of our Alumni, the aspirations of students, and the ambitions of our communities.” This year we will look to activate and build The Kristin Foundation as we prepare for our 45th Celebration in 2018 with some innovative initiatives. With the finalising of our campus masterplan this year we will focus on growing our resources to deliver on key projects towards our 50th Celebration in 2023. The Foundation funds will be built by contributions from our community in the form of an Annual Giving Appeal, donations towards our Scholarship Fund, donations towards key projects, pledges of bond and growing our legacy giving with ‘gifts in wills’ or Bequests. We will also look to expand our corporate partnerships with sponsorships with brands that align with our values. We are a very talented community and together we can build a long term financial strength and resilience that will ensure our students will thrive in an amazing school with resources to ensure every student can flourish. We value your talents and will be reaching out to our community for contributions of time, skills, experience, networks, connections, sponsorship opportunities and ideas. If you would like to chat about contributing in any of these areas please give me a call. Every contribution helps and is truly valued. It is what makes our community powerful beyond measure.


A SPECIAL OCCASION FOR ALUMNI FAMILIES The event provided a wonderful opportunity for past parents and friends to get together and enjoy the camaraderie of Kristin friendships.

On Saturday 13 May, Kristin Family and Friends (KFF) and Kristin Alumni launched a new social initiative especially for past parents and alumni families. Aligned to the final performance of West Side Story, we welcomed 50 familiar faces back to Kristin for a social pre-show dinner in the Senior Common Room. Initiated by KFF and with fantastic support by Antony Thimbleby, our Past Parent representative on the KFF Executive Committee, the event provided a wonderful opportunity for past parents and friends to get together and enjoy the camaraderie of Kristin friendships and to rekindle past connections.

Past Parents and Friends enjoy festivities

“There is a busyness that comes with life at school that makes it easy to forge friendships with other parents. Once our children graduate and we’re no longer a part of the day-to-day of school life, it can become hard to stay connected,” says Nicky Shave, Chairman of KFF. “Events like this help to bridge that gap. They provide opportunities for families to stay connected to their Kristin community in a way that is relevant for them.” Among the guests were alumni parents whose connections to Kristin ranged from 1973 to 2016, as well as past students and staff, grandparents, principals and board members. It was a true cross section of our wider Kristin community. The format of the event was a great success and as a result we have committed to running more events of this nature in the future. 07.2017








ALUMNI REUNIONS WELLINGTON > CHRISTCHURCH > DUNEDIN The 2017 Alumni Reunion calendar kicked off in May with our regional NZ events in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Over three consecutive nights, 75 university students and young professionals stepped back from their busy study and work schedules to enjoy a relaxed evening together, to strengthen existing relationship and grow their Kristin network. While Kristin Alumni often remain well-connected socially, regional events such as these provide a unique opportunity to celebrate personal achievements and reflect on the path taken so far. It’s also a great opportunity to hear news about Kristin directly from the senior leadership team. The three school Principals alternated between the events with Dave Scott hosting in Wellington, Diana Patchett in Christchurch and David Boardman in Dunedin. The Principals shared updates on the school’s recent strategic review and aspects of the campus master planning process, which raised significant interest at each event. Invariably, alumni were keen to know the things they value most about their Kristin experience will be carried forward into the future for others to enjoy. There were strong themes of nurturing positive relationships, encouraging and embracing innovation, and maintaining the depth of the school’s outdoor education offering. As Kristin approaches 45 years in 2018, our alumni community is coming of age. There is significant support 10


The 2017 Alumni Reunion calendar kicked off in May with our regional NZ events in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. within the network for growing the alumni programme and fantastic ideas emerged from discussions at each of these reunion events. We are currently looking at opportunities to establish alumni service programmes that connect into what is already underway at Kristin, as well as the potential for alumni travel and trips. Any individuals who are keen to help us pursue these ideas are encouraged to get in touch with Alumni Manager Lucy Wilson by emailing

UPCOMING ALUMNI REUNIONS 2017 San Francisco - Friday 14 July New York - Sunday 16 July Melbourne - Thursday 24 August Sydney - Friday 25 August Auckland - Wednesday 1 November For the classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. Past staff from these years are also welcome to register their interest. For more information or to register for any of the above events, please contact Alumni Manager Lucy Wilson, If you would like to receive invitations to Alumni events and reunions, make sure you update your details and let us know where you’re based. Simply pop over to our Keep in Touch form at



A proud record of academic excellence is one of the leading

Congratulations to Lewis Fry (Head Boy 2010) on receiving a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. Since graduating from Kristin with a perfect 45 in his IB Diploma six years ago, Lewis has been studying medicine at Monash University in Melbourne where he has just completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

drivers for families who choose a Kristin education for their children and this tradition was upheld with another set of exceptional examination results for 2016. Results across the dual academic pathway were:

• 100% Pass Rate at Level 2 (93% 2015)

At Oxford, Lewis intends to undertake research toward a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), with a particular focus on gene and stem-cell therapy for retinal degradation. He aspires to become involved in the translation of medical research to clinical practice.

• 87% pass rate at level 3 (91% 2015)

Congratulations Lewis, we are so proud of you!

NCEA • 99% pass rate at Level 1 (95% 2015)

An overall Pass Rate of 97% at Levels 1, 2 and 3 with 80% of Level 1 and 2 certificates awarded with Merit or Excellence

IB • A perfect score of 45 points and three of 44 points • 23% of students awarded 40+ (vs 7% worldwide) • Average score 35 (World average 30) Tina Zhang achieved a perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma. She achievedscholarships in Calculus, Classical Studies and Earth and Space Science, as well as outstanding scholarships in Physics, Agriculture, Horticulture and Media Studies. Tina was the only student in NZ to achieve this in the November examination session and this puts her in the top 0.3% of IB students in the world. With 26 years experience in teaching the IB Diploma, Kristin has the largest number of candidates of any New Zealand school in the November session. A total of 24 Kristin students were recognised as Top Scholars at the National IB Top Scholar Awards, which was hosted by the Governor General in February.

Lewis Fry with fellow Rhodes Scholarship recipient Margot Gibson and New Zealand Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Awardees and Staff at Government House







Attended Kristin: Year 7-Year 13

Attended Kristin: Year 1-Year 13

Attended Kristin: Year 7-Year 13

Next Step: Electrical Apprenticeship, ETCO, Auckland

Next Step: Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA

Next Step: BCom/LLB at University of Victoria, Wellington

Why did you choose this pathway?

I had decided a while back that I wanted to study business at university after school subjects sparked my interest. I decided to couple the BCom programme with a Law Degree, because my Dad had told me it would look good for future employers, and the fact that I’d make a half decent Harvey Specter from Suits.

Why did you choose this pathway? I wanted to do something a little bit different from studying and the idea of doing something practical really appealed to me, as well as being financially secure. The opportunities that are available after completing an apprenticeship excite me as the world is changing an awful lot but electrics is something that will be around in the future. What do you look forward to in the years ahead? I am excited to have the capacity to travel the world with the trade that I’ve learnt and to have flexibility with my future. Five adjectives to describe your experience so far: Eye-opening, exciting, practical, futureproof and varied. What is the most meaningful thing you took away from your time at Kristin? The art of communication is probably the greatest thing Kristin that taught me. First impressions stick with people for a very long time, so being able to present a good one is incredibly useful for all aspects of life.



06.2015 07.2017

Credits to Kristin’s Mr Buckley, who was my first ever physics teacher, and who did probably the best job anyone could have done kindling my interest in the subject and helping me lay a solid foundation in Physics. It’s incredible to me that our complex universe can be described in such simple and beautiful terms, and that we can understand and predict nature by studying its laws. I’m hoping to help with that pursuit one day. What do you look forward to in the years ahead? Learning Physics at a small school full of people who are almost certainly some of the brightest Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths students America (and the world) has to offer. Caltech’s curriculum is notorious for being impossibly hard, so I’m a little scared— but statistically speaking I should survive. I’m also really looking forward to doing research. Caltech undergrads have a lot of opportunities to do research, because the school is so small that you get to know a good deal of your professors on first-name terms.

Why did you choose this pathway?

What do you look forward to in the years ahead? I am based in Capital Hall, located in the Wellington CBD. It is an awesome place to live and I’ve made a bunch of new mates from all around the country. Next year, I look forward to flatting, and in the long-term I hope to participate in an exchange to UCLA, and completing my degree before looking into a post graduate degree in the US. How has Kristin helped you? What is the most meaning ful thing you took away from your time here? I feel as though school helped me prepare for this next stage of study, in terms of getting into good work habits and making the most of the opportunities you are presented with. I loved my time at Kristin, and the friends made and memories will last a lifetime.

We recently caught up with some of our most recent graduates to find out what life looks like after Kristin




Attended Kristin: Year 9-Year 13

Attended Kristin: Year 7-Year 13

Attended Kristin: Year 7-Year 13

Next Step: Bachelor of Social Work (Child Protection and Youth Justice), University of Auckland

Next Step: Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA

Next Step: First Year Health Science, University of Otago

Why did you choose this pathway?

Why did you choose this pathway?

Why did you choose this pathway?

Williams College is a liberal arts college, which means it is mostly undergraduates, compared to conventional universities that have both undergraduates and postgraduates. The small student body of approximately 2200 and the fact that only undergraduates are there, I believe, means the students have the opportunity to work more closely with professors and therefore will have a better undergraduate experience. The liberal arts education also means that I can not only study areas related to my major but also other areas of interest, such as philosophy of religion.

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was 4 years old, so I chose this course as it is the prerequisite for medicine.

What do you look forward to in the years ahead?

Fun, nerve-wracking, enlightening, inspiring and cold!

I chose this pathway because I will be in a position where I can help vulnerable individuals to reach their full potential and to advocate for their needs. This career is very draining and every day does come with new challenges but positive outcomes and knowing that a difference or justice has been made for a person and/or their family will be very rewarding. What do you look forward to in the years ahead? I look forward to learning about new theories and topics for every lecture as I have passion for cultivated learning and the variety of things that are discussed in our lectures is very fascinating. What are five adjectives you’d use to describe your experience so far? Zealous, social, nocturnal, studious, eager. How has Kristin helped you? What is the most meaningful thing you took away from your time here? Kristin has given me preparation for keeping up a strong work ethic at tertiary level and the most meaningful thing I took away from my time at school is to have that important balance between work and life.

Studying physics, chemistry, mathematics, and philosophy; living by myself; exploring different parts of USA, such as Boston and New York City; joining the college’s clubs, such as the Koreans of Williams Club and the League of Legends Club (gaming). How has Kristin helped you and what is the most meaningful thing you took away from your time here? The seminars and conferences available through Kristin Futures helped me with the US/UK application process. Mr Peat was responsive to my requests for assistance, which helped me through the Common Application. The most meaningful thing I’m taking away, however, are my friends - I hope I can still keep in touch with them.

What do you look forward to in the years ahead? I am looking forward to finding where my passions lie. In my short three months at uni I have realised that I am really interested in working with children and pregnancies, which is something I was unaware of before coming to uni. What are five adjectives you’d use to describe your experience so far?

How has Kristin helped you? What is the most meaningful thing you took away from your time here? I’m forever grateful for the relationship I had with my Dean and the ways in which she helped me. Kristin’s Tertiary Futures evening was also something I really enjoyed; I went every year in Senior School and each year I learned about different universities, which really helped in having an end goal for the future. My most meaningful thing I took away from Kristin would have to be the way that IB has prepared me for the crazy life that is First Year Health Science, the time management skills and the ability to deal with stress is something that has come in very handy so far. My time at Kristin is something I really treasure and I am so glad that I am fortunate enough to be part of the Kristin community. 07.2017


LITTLE DOVES TAKES SHAPE It is a purpose-built, high-quality full-service child care/development facility that will offer care for 0-5 infants to preschoolers.


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Behind protective screens on the Albany Highway, a little masterpiece is taking shape. Kristin Little Doves is the latest addition to the Kristin family. It is a purpose-built, high-quality full-service child care/development facility that will offer care for 0-5 infants to preschoolers. It is being developed and managed by Kristin, so will be underpinned by the shared beliefs and vision of the Kristin School community, including personalised service, specialised training and a secure, protected and tranquil environment. It will feature the vision, integrity and love that are hallmarks of the Kristin experience. Junior School Principal Diana Patchett, who is leading the overall project, expects Little Doves to be something very special architecturally. The modern single-level development will feature sliding doors across an entire wall that will open onto a large playground area. The centre and its grounds will outlook onto mature trees with unique play features and maximum use of sun, shade and space opportunities. For parents, there will

THE LITTLE DOVES DIFFERENCE Little Doves is a new facility – but has the distinct advantage of being associated with the established Kristin School. Little Doves offers a full-service child care and child development facility for infants and preschoolers. These services will be differentiated through: • a life-long learner model of care • premier facilities • advanced training and development of passionate staff • leadership, oversight and stability from the wider school community, and • a superior physical environment

LITTLE DOVES: KEY FACTS • Little Doves will be open from 7 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. • When fully enrolled it will have three spaces suitable for around 25 children each. The exact numbers per age group have yet to be determined but it will have facilities for infants from the age of 3 months. • On opening there will be approximately 25 children enjoying the facility. be exclusive parking with easy transfer from car to the centre. The playground landscaping will be extensive, including Kristin Dads working on creating eco friendly, custom built, pint sized wooden installations for the playground. While the Little Doves playground will be a bit of a secret garden, not so secret will be the commitment of the team at Little Doves to being highly-skilled professionals who will be passionate about providing high-quality care and a strong educational start to life for your child. Kristin Little Doves will encourage children to be lifelong learners from the earliest age and as such it will provide a premier environment filled with learning opportunities. While there are a variety of early learning centres available on the North Shore, the quality of the facilities and the care offered at Little Doves will be exceptional. Initially Little Doves will open with room for about 25 children, but this will rise to a facility for about 75 children. Expressions of Interest in enrolling can be forwarded to

• The centre will feature 17 square metres per child in outdoor space and 5 square metres per child in indoor space (both incredibly generous) • The facility will be architect designed with a modern, contemporary feel • There will be separate spaces for various age groups, configured to their developmental needs. • The centre will also have a purpose built kitchen and generous provision of amenities • The staffing ratios will be: 1:3 ratio for 0-2 years, 1:6 for 2-5 years with over 80% of the ECE staff being qualified • The daily fee will be $85



Carin Wilson

Rory Sutherland and Houston Murray, Head Prefects with Jacob Guillard and Skyla MacKenzie

FOUNDATION DAY As is tradition, we had our youngest and oldest students join in the lighting of the Foundation candle.



Kristin commemorated its 44 years of existence with a Foundation Day Whole School assembly on 3 March. It is difficult to imagine that any Kristin assembly has occurred under sunnier skies. The assembly was led by Junior School Principal Mrs Patchett, who acknowledged the solid foundation laid down by the pioneers of the school. Guest speaker at the assembly was Carin Wilson, who created the artwork Nga Kaihaina that was installed in the LIC foyer as a result of a generous donation by the Will Family last year. Mr Carin spoke of how the artwork comprises 20 “marks� that were used by tribal Chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi, and how their signing of the treaty was the very first time they left their mark in any printed form. Mr Wilson spoke of the power of leaving a mark and the opportunity this presents for all students. As is tradition, we had our youngest and oldest students join in the lighting of the Foundation candle. There were also a number of Alumni present for the assembly, including Staff Alumni and Alumni Parents. A highlight of the assembly was a performance by Phoebe Jasper, former head girl (2013).


Incredibly sunny weather was likely a significant reason behind a record turnout at the Kristin Family Picnic this year. The KFF ice creams sold out within 60 minutes, but fortunately there were a vast array of treats available from the many service and cultural group stalls at the event to meet the needs of every appetite. One of the features of the Kristin Family Picnic is that it enables groups to showcase and raise funds for Kristin community groups, so thank you to everyone who supported the many groups that were on show.



Polyfest practice in the Dove


Kristin School is one year older than the 43-year-old Pacific Cultural Dance Festival, popularly known as Polyfest. But until this year, a Kristin group had never performed on the Polyfest stages. That all changed when 30 Kristin student performers took to the Samoan stage and wowed the crowd at one of New Zealand’s largest cultural events. The Kristin students were well received and there was special praise from former New Zealand and Samoan rugby league professional Nigel Vagana, who was at the event. “They were awesome,” Nigel said.

The Kristin students were well received and there was special praise from former New Zealand and Samoan rugby league professional Nigel Vagana, who was at the event.

“They were enjoying it and if that’s the case you are just going to get better every time” There are around 1,600 students at Kristin, from Kindergarten to Year 13. The ethnic makeup is about 67% European, 26% Asian, 2% Maori, and 4% International. Just a small number of students identify themselves as Pacifica but the whole school celebrates the multiculturalism of New Zealand. According to teacher Opeloge Ah Sam, who taught the Kristin Pacifica group, the benefit of such groups is about celebrating our “New Zealandness”. “In part that means being aware of the multicultural and multilingual nature of New Zealand and other societies. So the opportunity to participate in events like Polyfest is integral to that ... and great fun.” The Kristin Polyfest performance was filmed by the SevenSharp TV crew and broadcast nationally, and around the world via social media links. As broadcaster Carolyn Robinson noted: “It’s great to see such a celebration of culture.”



KRISTIN OFFERS MASTERCLASSES TO PARENTS AND PUBLIC As one of New Zealand’s leading independent schools, it has always been important for Kristin to position itself as a leader in educational innovation. To this end, the school has recently been offering the community opportunities to engage with experts in areas of educational interest that are associated with Kristin. These are being offered through a series of Masterclasses, available at the School. As Kristin Middle School Principal David Scott explains, the aim of these sessions is to engage regularly with parents on a variety of well-being topics which affect the lives of young people and about which parents may wish to learn more. Topics include: the teenage brain, digital media, mindfulness, coaching, resilience, teenage eating and food choices among other things. The program is still in development but Mr Scott notes the Masterclasses are organised in association with the Kristin well-being team, which is an integral part of the school. The first session took place in April and featured renowned presenter and human development expert Nathan Mikare-Wallis, who presented on the adolescent brain. The presentation covered the emotional and impulsive behaviour of the teenage years, an explanation of risktaking behaviour from a different perspective, and an understanding of how decisions are made differently when peers are involved. The presentation also explored some of the implications these changes have on the everyday life of a teenager.

Lucy Hone

The second session in June features Dr Lucy Hone, who examines why some people cope better with adversity than others, and offers insight and advice on what resilience is and how we can promote and develop it in children - and ourselves. Dr Hone lives in Christchurch and is a research academic in the field of resilience/wellbeing psychology at Auckland’s University of Technology. Lucy’s beloved 12-year-old daughter Abi was killed in 2014 in a devastating car accident in Canterbury that also claimed the lives of Abi’s friend Ella and Ella’s mother Sally. In her Kristin Masterclass Lucy reflected on this traumatic situation and shared her hands on experience and practical insights on how to build resilience in children. She will also talk about how to juggle work, family, community, social and wellbeing commitments. Future Masterclasses are being finalised but one later this year will feature Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of the book ‘Glow Kids”. In his academic career, he has taught the Treatment of Addiction, Psychopathology and Human Behavior at the Master’s level, and Theories of Personality, Self, Collective and Global Psychology and Philosophical Issues in Psychology on the Doctoral level. Dr. Kardaras embraces a perspective that values an integration of both traditional Western therapeutic methods combined with Eastern approaches to health and well-being. This includes integrating psychotherapy with meditational approaches like Zen Buddhism or mindfulness. The Kristin Masterclasses are promoted on the Kristin Website.

Nathan Mikane-Wallis



HOMEWORK A PIONEERING STANCE Kristin has always been a pioneering school and an example of that this year, is our professional review of homework, looking for evidence as to whether it is making a positive contribution to the academic, social, physical, emotional wellbeing of our students. Current educational research is quite clear on the matter, with numerous recent studies concluding that homework is essentially ineffective at a primary level. Despite our best efforts to connect these home tasks to what has been covered in class, to design activities that maintain skills and to offer a choice or variety in hopes of stimulating interest…the truth is that there is no correlation between homework and improved anything, except reading. The research suggests that regular reading is the exception and that encouraging children to increase their reading mileage does actually have a positive effect. So, the Junior School is taking heed of the research and having Reading-only as a set home learning task. As with other areas of our curriculum though, if a child would benefit from the opportunity to explore a particular area of interest relating to a unit of inquiry, or to realise some action in response to their learning, or a specific, targeted improvement regime, we will negotiate that with you and your child. As with everything we do, we have the best interests of the child at heart.

• Children engage in active, creative, unstructured play or physical endeavour • Students read for pleasure (building up to 30 minutes per day as they mature) • We invite parents to “read to” their child every day • Children follow their passions and have choice in what they want to learn after 3.10 pm

WHAT RESEARCH SUPPORTS HOME LEARNING? • Reading has the single greatest impact on student achievement. It expands vocabulary and broadens knowledge across all curricular disciplines. • Unstructured, imaginative, child-centered play and physical activity enhance student performance and lead to better behavioral choices. • The brain develops in childhood through active play and exercise. • Students often sacrifice time for authentic reading in order to complete their homework. • There is no conclusive evidence that homework increases standardised test scores or improves academic achievement.



• empowers students to make choices in their learning

Learning initiated in the classroom will have natural extensions to home learning. For example, your child may be invited to bring items from home to contribute to school projects. In our classroom learning communities, we will celebrate school-home learning connections and invite students to share their passions and learning with their peers.

• includes inquiry, exploration and joy in learning • promotes the desire to keep learning • acknowledges the importance of developing a variety of talents and interests outside the school • fosters intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning




Behind the scenes at VEX

The Louisville team

KRISTIN ROBOTICS ON THE WORLD STAGE The Kristin Robotics Team (K-Force) qualified to compete at the World Championships in Louisville Kentucky.


Having won the excellence award at the VEX Robotics National Championships, the Kristin Robotics Team (K-Force) qualified to compete at the World Championships in Louisville Kentucky. The team made a bold decision to design, build and test an entirely new robot in the six weeks available, which was a major undertaking. They arrived in Louisville, Kentucky on schedule and had a day sightseeing before spending the next two days in preparations. The competition saw 600 teams competing in six divisions over three days. The Kristin team finished their divisional seeding competition with four wins and six losses. The scale of everything at the World Championships was huge and the atmosphere was intense. The team gave 100% throughout and was improving in leaps and bounds finishing the skills competition in a very respectable 50th place and gaining many favourable comments on their robot. Two of the six NZ high school teams competing made it to their respective divisional playoffs but were eliminated. The Auckland University Team won the University Competition. Adam Mcleod, Finn Beavis, Matt Mazer and Tristram Speedy gave their best with 16 hour days and were great ambassadors. The team returned home via Houston and the Johnson Space Centre. The Kristin robotics activity is designed to foster and promote interest and understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students design, build and program robots to play a new game each year and compete in monthly regional competitions which lead to the national championships and possible qualification for the world championships. This co-curricular programme at Kristin is lead by the school’s passionate technology teacher Martin Allen.

Andrew Row received his Masters of Law from Harvard Law School and Simon Johnson received his Masters in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

On 25 May, in Cambridge Massachusetts,

Next steps for the pair will see Andrew

two Kristin Alumni of the class of 2009

start work as a trial attorney in San

graduated from Harvard University.

Francisco while Simon will be moving to

India - he has been invited to work for a government consultancy in South Asia, working to improve government efficiency in developing markets. We are incredibly proud to celebrate these achievements and wish both men well as they tackle these exciting new roles.



WEST SIDE STORY THRILLS A decade on from when it was originally staged at Kristin, it was an honour fto bring back to life one of the most enduring and powerful musicals of all time West Side Story. This year also marked the 60th anniversary of the original multiple award-winning film version, which has touched millions over the years. The intrinsic message and brilliance of West Side Story has not dated – if anything, it is more relevant today than the day of its inception. The story of two star-crossed lovers, based on Shakespeare’s original masterpiece, is expertly integrated on stage – through music, drama and dance. From a world where two 1950’s street gangs of Puerto Rican immigrants collide with local Americans, armed with racial slurs and rumbles, to today, 2017 – a world of hate killings on social media and nightly news dominated by immigration crises and global violence – West Side Story effectively transcends the generations. More than 100 Senior School students, comprising a powerful cast, crew and musicians, worked towards this production season for over six months. With them, guided by a talented and highly professional production team, superb parent support and huge audiences for every show, we were able to mark another milestone in our proud tradition of Kristin productions. Over three superb nights, more than 1600 people from all over Auckland enjoyed the show in Kristin’s Auditorium. The quality of Kristin’s Performing Arts, productions and co-curricular programmes are a point of difference for the school and form the basis of Kristin’s strong reputation in this area. The school’s highly professional and passionate Performing Arts team, supported by a superb group of parents, is committed to consistently providing our students with unique, life-changing experiences. All three schools collaborate in key production events and in addition to performance participation, there are opportunities for hands-on experience in aspects of staging, lighting, sound, wardrobe and theatre management. 22


Jignal Bhagvandas and Priyal Bhoola

AAJA NACHLE A CAS SUCCESS STORY Priyal Bhoola (2012) and Jignal Bhagvandas (nee Patel, 2010) didn’t know each other at Kristin but a mutual love of dance ensured their paths would cross a few years later. Today they work together running the Aaja Nachle dance school - a business that originated from Jignal’s CAS project. We caught up with Priyal at the Wellington Alumni Reunion and she shared this story of Aaja Nachle.

During the week, Jignal and I work as busy health professionals attending to our patients. But outside of work we are dance teachers at an Auckland-based Bollywood dance school, Aaja Nachle. We are both proud Kristin Alumni and everyday after we complete our work commitments, we focus our attention to our budding young dance students. What is unknown to most is that our popular dance school, with four locations around Auckland, was once a CAS project for Jignal’s IB Diploma. Individually we both grew up with dancing backgrounds. Jignal is a skilled contemporary ballet dancer whilst I trained in the Indian classical dance style – Bharatanatyam. Kristin, while academically driven, does lend a big hand in cultural activities and these provided many opportunities for us to push ourselves in our respective specialties. Unfortunately, due to our different year levels we never had the opportunity to collaborate together. However, we both enjoyed performing in Dance in the Dove and International Peace Night, which gave us a great platform to showcase our skills in front of a school audience. Aaja Nachle first began as a CAS project in 2010, led by Jignal. The main motivation behind this project was to

engage students in a unique blend of extracurricular activity whilst staying connected to her Indian heritage. As most humble startups, the first dance studio was in a garage converted into a studio at her parents’ home. After the launch of the first few classes, there was an immediate interest from people all over Auckland. At that point it became apparent that this was a niche area untouched by the Indian-Kiwi community. Fast forward a few years and the school started showing a promising future. Following our individual graduations from Kristin, Jignal pursued Medicine at Auckland University whilst I moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor and Masters in Optometry. During this time, the popularity of the dance school spread and attracted students of all ages in different parts of Auckland. Subsequently this led to the recruitment of more teachers, and the school became operational in Botany, Mt Roskill, Western Springs and the North Shore. With this success, Jignal envisioned more variety at Aaja Nachle by offering different styles of Indian dance. It was at this point, through social media and the alumni network, that we found ourselves communicating over phone about the future of the school. It was an exciting time for us as we shared so much in common in our dancing and professional lives and of course were both ex-Kristin students! Through a series of fortunate events, I returned back to Auckland and started working alongside Jignal in teaching Indian classical dance. The expansion was seamless and soon after we introduced other dance varieties like ‘bolly-fitness’ and drama classes. Our dance school has now been running for over 5 years and we have a total of 250 enrolled students across all our Auckland locations. We have had the privilege of performing at popular events like the Silo Park Markets, Santa Parade, Sticky TV performances and at half-time shows for the Sky City Breakers. We have also been part of two NZ film documentaries, ‘Both Worlds’ and recently had the honor of hosting a famous Indian Belly Dancer on her tour to NZ. Having attended a school with an active alumni, we feel lucky to have met and collaborated to further prosper what was once a CAS project into a successful dance school. Our advice to Kristin students: no matter how small the idea, if you believe in it, pursue it and make it work - the rewards are gratifying. And those of you who want to have some fun, why not join us at one of our Bollywood classes. Look us up on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube to follow our progress. 07.2017


CAMP WEEK A myriad of situations and challenges faced during this experience help students to gain new knowledge and understanding, learn new skills, discover abilities and share attitudes. EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM A KEY FEATURE OF KRISTIN Education Outside the Classroom, or EOTC, is a key feature of a Kristin education. Taking students outside the comfort of their classroom encourages them to embrace situations and challenges to promote personal growth and development, as well as team building. Early in the school year, students take part in Camp Week. A myriad of situations and challenges faced during this experience help students to gain new knowledge and understanding, learn new skills, discover abilities and share attitudes. Key outcomes expected from this week include: • Providing students with opportunities for enjoyment, adventure and challenge, both close to home and far away. • Developing students’ skills so they can move with confidence and safety in urban, rural and wilderness settings. • Helping students develop respect for themselves and others by providing them with opportunities for personal and social development. • Developing independence and interdependence, and to provide opportunities to strengthen links between students and staff. Every Kristin Student has a Camp story. These pictures capture some of them. 24




Annie Carr and Dani Jones

WELLNESS CENTRE At Kristin we pride ourselves on our dedicated Wellness Centre, which is a safe and welcoming environment where the Kristin community can access a full spectrum of holistic support under one roof. Kristin farewelled Karen Howes and Fleur Cray, our School Nurses. Both were well-loved members of our community and we wishing them all the best for the next stage in their career journeys after over 20 years with the School. We are delighted to introduce our two new Registered Nurses; Dani Jones and Annie Carr. Dani is our new fulltime Nurse, working Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm and Annie is providing extra cover Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Dani joins us from Kellett British International School in Hong Kong where she was the School Nurse for over three years. Previous to this role Dani has experience in accident and emergency, palliative care and general practice in New Zealand. Annie has a wealth of experience in Paediatric Nursing, including as a Community Nurse for Homecare 4 Kids, Wilson’s Centre for Respite and Rehabilitation and Haematology and Oncology at Starship Hospital here in New Zealand. Annie is originally from the UK, where she has years of experience working in a variety of hospitals and practices. Both have settled in well to the School and even making themselves known to all the students.



Kristin has farewelled and welcomed some new members to the Wellness Centre for the start of 2017. Also joining the Wellness Centre team at the start of this year was Vicki Hooper, our new Attendance Administrator. She replaces Evelyn Daniels, our long standing Attendance Officer who retired after 18 years at the end of 2016. Vicki has a delightful calm and welcoming manner with all guests to the Wellness Centre, making them feel at ease. She manages an extremely busy desk with stong administrative skills that comes from years working with Victim Support and the Ministry of Justice. Mum to her own six children Vicki, has the ability to spot any discrepancies with late stories or notes. Located in the Wellness Centre are also our capable and encouraging Counsellors Chanel Houlahan, Jane Falkiner and Elaine Driver. This team continues to provide a safe and supportive environment for students to enable them to build resilience in an ever increasingly active and connected world. They work one on one with students as well as support the Deans and Teachers with useful student management strategies in key areas like anxiety and time management. Kristin seeks to add value to the community by also offering parent courses such as the Incredible Years programme where parents can learn the skills to positively connect with their children and redirect unwanted behaviour. Also on offer to Middle School and Senior School parents is the Tool Box programme which equips parents with resources to grow great tweens and teens.

ALUMNI MENTORING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL Towards the end of Term 1, the Year 9 students welcomed three Kristin Alumni back to school to share their experiences of life beyond Kristin. Talia Broederlow (2010) came to speak about Westpac Women in Tech, Tom Lynch (2010) talked about the challenges and rewards of the construction industry and his company Artisan Developments, and Thomas Lloyd (2012) shared insights from his studies in engineering at Canterbury and AUT and his work in drone development. Middle School Assistant Principals Deb Plummer and Jason Gurney worked together with Year 9 teaching staff to initiate the talks as part of the Year 9 Pastoral Care Programme. This programme includes teaching students life skills, looking after personal well-being, developing resiliency and exploring possible career pathways. Each of the talks provided insight into life after Kristin but they also went beyond potential future pathways. Talia, Thomas and Tom each highlighted, in their own way, the opportunities that exist if you’re prepared to go for them. Their message was to take risks, pursue what interests you, be prepared to work hard and adapt when necessary. “These are powerful messages, presented by inspiring people who are also incredibly genuine and authentic,” says Mr Gurney. “It’s not that long since they were here at Kristin, walking the same corridors as today’s Year 9s. By meeting them face-to-face and creating a personal connection, students can gain a deep and powerful insight into their own potential.” “We can’t underestimate how valuable this real-life context can be for these students,” he goes on to say. “Listening to someone who has already walked your path can make what

The mentoring session

“These are powerful messages, presented by inspiring people who are also incredibly genuine and authentic”. we’re doing in the classroom make sense, and by learning about the many pathways that our alumni have followed, our students can gain knowledge that will help them choose their own path – both through school and beyond.” For Mark Haslam, the Middle School Assistant Principal responsible for Pastoral Care, mentoring is a valuable tool in providing a broad base of support for Middle School students. “These guys are the real deal, they’ve been here as students and they know what its like,” he says. “They are genuine and authentic; they can help our current students understand what they need to prepare for in the future because they are on that journey themselves.” “It’s not always smooth sailing and our students need to be prepared for that,” he says. “Some of our alumni have faced challenges when they were at school, or since leaving Kristin, and people like Talia, Thomas and Tom are genuine examples that you don’t always need to know the answers. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, the important thing is to learn from your experience and use that experience to try again. Eventually, you will find your way – as these young people have - and it will be fantastic.” As a result of the success of the Year 9 talk, Mark will continue to work with Thomas on further mentoring opportunities, including speaking at Year Level Deans’ Assemblies in Term 3 and working with the Everest boys’ group. Many opportunities exist within Kristin for alumni to help and mentor students across all year levels. We welcome expressions of interest from anyone who would like to be involved. For more information or to discuss mentoring opportunities please contact our Alumni Manager Lucy Wilson at

Year 9 students and staff





The movie night, featuring the New Zealand hit film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG), was aired on an 11 metre screen installed on Kristin’s rear soccer fields in the heart of the school’s 26 hectares of park-like grounds.

Several hundred Kristin students, friends, family and acquaintances enjoyed a movie under the stars at the inaugural Kristin Open Air Cinema.

getting this film to screen. The story behind the making of the

The movie night, featuring the New Zealand hit film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG), was aired on an 11 metre screen installed on Kristin’s rear soccer fields in the heart of the school’s 26 hectares of park-like grounds.

by Barry Crump, through to Taika Waititi being engaged to

As an added bonus, Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Executive Producer Charlie McClellan was interviewed live before the screening about his labour of love in

for the community thanks in part to the sponsorship of several


movie was a screenplay in itself, with it taking several years from securing the rights on the 1986 book Wild Pork and Watercress write and direct the movie and ultimately its premier at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Open Air Cinema was a great evening of entertainment supporters including Canon, Bayes Coachlines, RedCoats Commercial Cleaning Services and sKids.

EXCHANGES There are many Dovetail Exchanges on offer at Kristin School. These range from three to six week exchanges. The Dovetail programme provides an avenue for Kristin students to experience school-life in another culture, often in a second language. What began 20 years ago as a straightforward system of sister-school-type liaisons, has become a strategic initiative to develop partnerships with schools overseas for the reciprocal exchange of students, staff and resources. Crucially this exposure helps domestic students to develop their appreciation of the challenges involved in adapting to new cultures, which in turn strengthens their resolve to welcome their international counterparts. In short, it is one of the many paths available at Kristin for students to build up the requisite skills for nurturing future global relationships.

ST GEORGE’S DOVETAIL EXCHANGE There were so many people at the Lollapalooza music festival and the atmosphere was great! It was especially exciting because we knew many of the artists such as Cage the Elephant, the Strokes, the Weekend, the Chainsmokers, Vance Joy and Metallica. Everything was fantastic, from the music to the food to the friends around us.

A Santigo street scene Elinor Graham and Amritha Sreenivasan

We’ve been to the famous Iguazú Falls, situated on the three borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, and saw the Devil’s Throat. It was very beautiful and powerful imagery, with many animals, such as coaties, butterflies, monkeys and even a caiman. On the first day we were there we went to the Devil’s Throat, and on the second we walked the upper trail to the top of the falls, took a jungle tour through the rain forest and went in a boat to the bottom of the falls. It was wonderful. Amritha went to Chile with her host family to indulge in some retail therapy. She went to the capital, Santiago de Chile, and in between the shopping sprees she also found the time to walk about the streets in Santiago and get a real feel for the city. Overall this has been a great experience so far and we can’t imagine leaving! ELINOR GRAHAM AND AMRITHA SREENIVASAN

The Dovetail programme provides an avenue for Kristin students to experience schoollife in another culture. 07.2017


The Kristin Futures Committee


The Kristin Futures model continues to evolve in response to the changing face of Higher Education and the dynamic demands of the workplace.


The workshop schedule is designed around application flashpoints - to

At the heart of the Kristin Futures model is the relationship developed between each Senior Student and their House Dean. Together, they formulate an academic and personal plan that clearly supports and aligns with their future ambition. Our mentoring programme is about setting goals, developing self-awareness, exploring opportunities and making good decisions. The team has recently been joined by Assistant Principal Gillian McCaskey. Gillian has a wealth of experience in college and university counselling for leading international institutions. On their journey through the Senior School, students are encouraged to find ways of investigating their future pathways and to be flexible and responsive in their approach to this. Our annual Academic Pathways evening is a must for exploring options. Beyond this, Kristin welcomes a huge diversity of tertiary institutions onto campus each year and provides extensive support for all aspects of any application process. The Kristin Futures model continues to evolve in response to the changing face of Higher Education and the dynamic demands of the workplace.

INTRODUCING IFUTURES WORKSHOPS FOR SENIOR STUDENTS iFutures is a new workshop series that helps our Senior students navigate specific elements of the process of applying to university – wherever this may be in the world. A new initiative; led by Gillian McCaskey arises however out of research undertaken by the Kristin Futures Committee. Chaired by Jaffar Al-Sakini; this student committee works to further develop the Kristin Futures programme and to ensure it is aligned to current student needs. 30


ensure its delivery is timely and relevant. This term, students have been learning more about aptitude tests from Mr Cho. Focus groups for ‘Write that Essay – for both the Common App and UCAS’ are being held as well as an information session on ‘Scholarships - at home and abroad’. Says Jaffar: “Our aim with the iFutures workshop is to respond to the needs of senior school student body and address the uncertainty that they have regarding certain prerequisites for admittance into universities both home and abroad. We hope that in conducting regular workshops, it will instigate students to develop a more proactive mindset when planning their tertiary future, so there is a little stress as possible when the time comes to decide their future”. The iFutures workshops cover a range of different themes and topics, including how to write application essays to the US/UK, learning about scholarship opportunities both home and abroad, and understanding the general process and necessary exams to receive entry at their ideal university. “Students who wish to learn about such topics and more in an interactive and supportive environment should certainly consider attending one of our iFutures workshops,” says Jaffar. In the future, we are looking to expand the series to include workshops for parents and to include information sessions on specialist items such as Oxbridge and the Ivy League, specific testing such as the UMAT and UKCAT as well as more general items such as timelines and guidelines for applying to university in NZ, Australia, UK and the United States. We continue to welcome suggestions from students and parents regarding additional workshops that they would like to see included in the programme. Workshops are currently advertised on the Senior Student forum and the Kristin Futures Facebook page: KristinFutures/. Here we also promote all university visits to the Kristin campus as well as links and information about careers and study options.

SPORTS STRATEGY STRATEGIC GOALS FOR SPORT Kristin has a proud tradition of sporting success and it is looking to build on that with a strategic focus on sport. Rob Taylor, Kristin’s Director of Sport, says the mission that drives the strategy is to “empower all students to be physically active for life and strive for excellence in all aspects of Kristin Sport”. Team sports and individual representation will be supported, within a positive sporting environment that embraces all abilities.

New Sports Uniforms

There are four main streams to Kristin’s sports strategy: 1. Advance: Provide quality sports programmes that reflect our student needs, generate athletes of significance and engage all staff and the Kristin community 2. Captivate: Create a sporting environment within the Kristin community that challeneges all involved to be the best they can be EVERYDAY 3. Outshine: Sporting excellence is sought across all sports programmes 4. Sustain: Build and maintain sports facilities and sports programmes that reflect the sports needs of all Kristin students. The need to develop and articulate the sports strategy was identified in research undertaken with the Kristin community and there are a number of action points that will begin to be visible in the near future. At a base level, this will involve articulating and making visible a Kristin Sports mantra, which is “Sport our Way: Be the best you can Every Day.” The intention is that all students, community and staff are empowered to enjoy positive experiences in sport at Kristin. This is expected to increase student participation across the main team sports and increase the number of students representing Kristin school in sport. As Rob points out, school sport is much more than a pastime and healthy activity: it is also the context in which students can experience success and failure, realise their dreams and aspirations, and strengthen their teamwork skills and camaraderie in pursuit of their goals.

Director of Sport Rob Taylor with Lion Alun Wyn Jones

“Empower all students to be physically active for life and strive for excellence in all aspects of Kristin Sport”. 07.2017


LIONS VISIT Kristin had the pleasure of hosting Rory Best, Alun Wyn Jones and Jonathon Joseph, from the Lions Rugby Team. An Irishman, Welshman and Englishman, three tremendously proud Lions rugby players who were totally at ease joining in and signing autographs for our Kristin students.Alun addressed the 1st XV before their match with Northcote 1st XV in the Kristin changing room. He spoke of the tremendous opportunities the game has given him and he hoped all the boys would continue to play and enjoy their rugby. The boys responded with a 22-5 win over a tough Northcote side.Kristin presented the three players with a “goodie box” full of traditional “kiwi” goods.

GIRLS WATER POLO SUCCESS Kristin’s Premier Girls season of Water Polo has finished on a high with the team coming fourth place at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships. The tournament was held in Wellington during the second week of the school holidays. In the pool games they beat Carmel College, St Kentigerns, Baradene, Combined Schools and narrowly lost to St Cuthbert’s 6-9. These pool game results moved them into a quarter final against Westlake Girls who we beat convincingly 5-1. The semi-final was very close and we narrowly lost 3-1 to Diocesan. Coming 4th place in New Zealand is an excellent achievement.

BOYS WATER POLO Kristin’s Senior Boys have also finished up with a very successful season taking out first place in the College Sport Senior B Division 1 competition with an exciting final game against Western Springs in a penalty shoot out. The Senior Boys headed to Rotorua to compete in the New Zealand Secondary School Championships. The boys had a fantastic week of competition and ended up winning the Division 2 Plate Final.

NZSS SAILING After a long week with very close racing between the top teams in the Gold Fleet, Kristin finished their NZSS Team Sailing Championships in third place. The top 3 were so close that results weren’t known until the boats returned to shore at the end of the day. This was a very successful campaign for a new look younger team. It’s exciting to see that the bulk of this team will remain together for the next three years. Team: Josh Berry (C), Jackson Keon, Ben Gentry, Thomas Crook, James Baker, Henry Elworthy, Jack Rush, Carrington Brady.


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NORTH ISLAND ORIENTEERING A small team of Kristin Orienteers travelled to Taupo to compete at the NISS Orienteering Championships. This event coincided with the coldest weekend that NZ had experienced in a long while, so conditions proved challenging for all involved. As team manager Kay Knightbridge said, “That’s Orienteering!” The team received several top 10 finishes as: Sprint Finals, Georgina Dibble – 7th; Snr Girls Pippa Plummer – 6th; Y7&8 Girls Long Course Finals Georgina Dibble – 4th; Snr Girls (Championship) Tegan Knightbridge - 5th; Snr Girls (Championship) Pippa Plummer – 7th; Y7&8 Girls (Championship) Arthur Elworthy – 2nd; Jnr Boys (Standard Race–non Championship) Nate Leavy – 7th; Jnr Boys (Standard Race–non Championship)

NORTH SHORE JUNIOR SWIMMING 2017 All Junior School members of the 15 strong team who attended the North Shore Swimming Competition at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, achieved a top 10 placing or better from a field of 23 schools. Congratulations Jenny Zhang, Eloise Raper, Cooper Clague and Sadie McGavin who achieved a first place in one or more of their races. All students showed determination and focus in their individual races, while combining with flair and spirit to achieve two 1st places, a 2nd two 3rds and a 4th in the Freestyle and Medley relays. All relay teams placing in the top 4.

Ben Kennedy in action

ATHLETICS SUCCESS Kristin students Ben Kennedy and Olivia McTaggart competed with great success in the New Zealand Athletics Championships in Hamilton in March. Olivia won gold in the Under20 Women’s Pole Vault and Ben collected a full set of medals: Gold in the Under 20 110 hurdles, Silver in the Under 20 Pole Vault, and Bronze in the Open Men’s Pole Vault. Both Ben and Olivia also competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools Champs with distinction in March, and had great success, along with a further 18 athletes from Kristin who qualified through the North Harbour Championships. A total of 45 Kristin students had competed at the North Harbour Secondary Schools Athletics Champs held at AUT Millennium. Kristin had some fantastic results with many students achieving their personal best on the day. Successes at the North Harbour Champs included: 1st - Senior Boys 110m Hurdles - Ben Kennedy, 1st - Senior Boys 100m - Ben Kennedy,1st - Junior Boys 300m Angus Syminton, 1st - Junior Boys Javelin - Angus Syminton, 1st - Junior Boys Shot Put - Angus Syminton, 1st - Junior Girls Javelin - Holly Barry, 2nd - Intermediate Boys Javelin - Tim Hassall 2nd - Senior Boys Javelin - Lamapeti Fuimaono, Fagueli, 2nd - Senior Boys Long Jump - Sam Gentry, 2nd - Senior Girls 400m - Grace Hickson, 2nd - Intermediate Girls 4x100m Relay Team - Amber Paki, Ella Tobin, Yasmin Knight, Tegan Brady, 3rd - Intermediate Boys 100m - Tim Wang, 3rd Junior Girls 200m - Tess Porter, 3rd - Senior Boys Discus - Lamapeti Fuimaono, Fagueli, 3rd - Junior Girls 4x100m Relay Team - Tess Porter, Lucy Steele, Holly Barry, Grace Kingsnorth. 07.2017



Students at Kristin regularly engage in a variety of activities that make a positive impact in our communities. These service learning experiences are at the heart of both curricular and co-curricular learning. Already this year we have seen new connections, understandings, appreciations, partnerships and a sense of purpose connected with projects and events making a difference.

ANOTHER HARVEST Each year our Junior School take on the responsibility of helping those in need by donating boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables during Harvest Festival. This week gives students the opportunity to reflect on the importance of food equity and the value of helping those less fortunate. Thousands of fresh fruit and vegetable items were donated to the Salvation Army, City Mission, De Paul’s House and the Women’s Refuge. All charities were overwhelmed at the generosity, as van loads of fresh produce were distributed to families all over the North Shore and beyond. Lane Kennedy from Womens Refuge said “our volunteers were just blown away and they immediately got in cars and distributed to the families we work with”.

BUILDING A NEW CONNECTION This year our Middle School Library Leadership team decided to break with tradition and take action beyond our Library Information Centre (LIC) walls. Taking advantage of a Kristin parent connection, the team visited Rise Up Academy, a charter school catering to the needs of children in Mangere. The school started in 2014 and has just 101 students. In May, our team met with all the students, and found out what library needs they had and what books the children loved to read. This visit has created the foundation of a new, authentic partnership, with each school having much to learn from each other. The harmony from the powhiri welcome at Rise Up Academy will not be forgotten.


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FOOD TECH COOKING FOR ELDERLY Kristin’s Year 9 Food Technology students took their assessment task of generating a meal recipe to a whole new level. Students visited elderly ‘clients’ in their North Shore council homes, interviewed them about what meals they enjoy the most and returned to school ready to generate fantastic gourmet frozen dishes. This provided an excellent authentic opportunity for our students to understand what it is like to live independently in old age and help their ‘clients’ to access enjoyable meals tailored to their requirements and tastes. The feedback from the residents was very positive and they hope our students will be returning next year.

RACING AROUND A service tradition at Kristin is the support we give to the important work Hospice do. This year was no exception as our Middle School Alliance team donated a day to the Mercy Hospice Race of Life, on 28 March. This event is about giving palliative care patients the opportunity to do something different and have a day to focus on exciting and fun experiences. Kristin students helped make this event possible by cooking and serving delicious food for patients, caregivers, family and the hospice Race for Life team. Yr 10 student Amy Barrable said “It was great to give, without expecting anything in return and seeing everyone have so much fun”. This opportunity allowed students to gain an insight into the work of hospice and the value they provide in our community.

BOOK FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED Christine Min decided to create a book for visually impaired children as part of her community project. With a creative mind and lots of research Christina generated a prototype book that was truly world class, that teaches preschool children, with limited sight, about different sea creatures. Christina (now in Year 11) is taking her publication to the World Future Problem Solving competition in Wisconsin in June. She has been working in her own time to manage the production and distribution of over 60 books. Our KFF team responded to Christina’s request for help in February and organised a ‘working bee’ to glue different textures onto the book pages. Christina has now donated all her books to childcare facilities throughout Auckland.



Matt and Todd Selak



Insects on the menu may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of your weekly shop, however brothers Matt and Todd Selak (2010 and 2013) have been working hard to redefine the way people think about food. Early last year, Matt and Todd established their own company, Primal Future, with the intention of leading change in New Zealand by providing healthy and edible insect foods for a sustainable future. Primal Future specialises in healthy food products made with edible insects. With the world rapidly heading towards a population of 9 billion people and meat continuing to be the main source of protein for much of the Western world, the brothers say new ways of thinking about food are desperately required. “Insects can host more than double the protein content in dry weight than traditional sources of meat, which is why they are increasingly seen as a candidate for the protein of the future,” says Matt. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), insects form part of the traditional diets of at least 36


2 billion people worldwide. Matt and Todd are trying to normalise the act of eating insects in New Zealand by introducing them into food products people are already familiar with. The pair successfully ran a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in February this year in which they raised $2500 to launch their healthy corn chips and bliss balls, made with cricket powder. This cricket powder is made from organic crickets that are farmed specifically for human consumption. They are dried and milled into a fine powder that can be added to smoothies, baking or any recipe choice to increase the protein and nutritional content. Both brothers propose that sustainable foods are the future of eating and believe farmed insects will become popular for the smaller amount of land, food and water they require as well as the significantly smaller amount of greenhouse gases that they produce in comparison to traditional sources of protein such as beef, pork, chicken and fish. “People in Western cultures are becoming more openminded about non-conventional food sources as we are all becoming increasingly aware about the sustainability of the foods we eat,” says Todd. “They also taste great and can offer a unique component to typical foods.” To find out more about Matt and Todd’s work with edible insects, visit

Matt graduated from the University of Otago in 2014 majoring in Marketing, with a minor in Psychology. Todd is currently in his last year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

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