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A New Principal for Kristin Junior School

The start of the school year is an exciting time for fresh starts and new opportunities. This is particularly the case for the students of Kristin Junior School who are returning to their classrooms under the guidance of their new Junior School Principal, Mrs Dianna Patchett.
With a background in Science, Sport and Outdoor Education, Mrs Patchett comes to Kristin from Moreton Bay Boys’ College, an IB World School in Brisbane where she has held the position of Deputy Head of College. Her familiarisation with the International Baccalaureate programme will set her in great stead at Kristin where the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is offered from Kindergarten through to Year 6 and then followed by the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma in the Middle and Senior Schools.
Speaking on her new role, Mrs Patchett said, “I am proud to take on the role of Junior School Principal and join the Kristin community. Kristin has a strong international reputation for educational excellence, offering a rich environment for students to achieve greatness in a multitude of pursuits. I bring a passion for supporting young people, developing their academic, physical, social and emotional selves in preparation for success in life.
“Adulthood may be some ways off for our Junior School students, but a firm grounding of academic and social skills will lay a reliable foundation for whatever path they may choose to pursue. With a strong personal interest in the sciences and natural environment, I hope to build on the work of the Kristin School community and develop the important skills of critical thinking in students.”
Executive Principal Mr Peter Clague is confident that Mrs Patchett will be a fitting addition to the Principals team and will continue to build on the strong foundations that Mrs Judi Paape has created in the Junior School; “I concur with Board Chair, Philippa Fee, in her observation that Diana’s obvious passion, professionalism and willingness to innovate will be a natural fit with the Kristin culture.”
An active person who has represented her country in rowing and water polo, Diana loves sailing and has a passion for the outdoors. She relishes the opportunities that New Zealand offers in this regard and is also looking forward the move because of the strong affinity that her Canadian heritage shares with the values and lifestyle of New Zealanders.
Mrs Patchett has joined the senior leadership team at Kristin following the retirement of Mrs Judi Paape who held the position for eight and a half years.

Kristin's 40th Anniversary

When Kristin School first opened its doors in 1972, it was the optimistic vision of a small handful of families. Forty years later, it stands as a North Shore icon, now educating over 1500 young people each year and regarded as one of the New Zealand’s leading schools. Yet it remains a family school, where boys and girls of all ages learn together on a tranquil, safe and modern campus.

Kristin’s reputation has been built on core beliefs that are as relevant today as when they were conceived forty years ago. Encouraging passion, innovation and excellence, balanced with loyalty, respect and traditional values, has been the hallmark of the school’s success. As the North Shore has flourished over the past four decades, so too has Kristin. Its legacy of excellence in the performing arts, sport, service and academic achievement is renowned and admired. Sought after by parents who place a premium on a well-balanced education for their children, the school caters to a wide cross-section of families. What has distinguished a Kristin education for many over the years, has been a personal engagement and recognition of every child’s individuality.
Our 40th Anniversary is a cause for pride and will be commemorated with a series of events throughout 2013. The first of these will be a Kristin vs Alumni All Stars Cricket match which will be held on the Auditorium Field on 3 February. We encourage anyone who is interested in this or any other commemorative event, to take the opportunity to get in touch with the school.
With a strong and ever-growing alumni, the school family now numbers in the thousands and many will be returning for the festivities. Yet Kristin is an integral part of the North Shore community too, and all are welcome to share in our celebrations. Forty years on, Kristin remains as committed, confident and resilient as the young people we educate.

A full list of our 40th Anniversary events can be found on the Kristin website;

Record Success for Kristin Students in the International Baccalaureate

Kristin School has commenced its 40 Year anniversary celebrations in the best possible way, with news this week of a record set of examination results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Kristin was the first school in New Zealand to offer the prestigious qualification, which is held in high regard in universities around the world.

The School’s 2012 results maintain a proud academic tradition which has consistently exceeded world averages over the past 23 years. This includes a 98% pass rate and a record 21 students scoring 40 points or more of the maximum 45 available in the Diploma; 20% of Kristin’s candidates scored at this elite level, compared to a world average of 6%. The top score of 44 was achieved by Kelly Su, with James Allen and Tina Li scoring 43 points.

Executive Principal Peter Clague commends the work required to excel in this challenging qualification. “I am hugely proud of our students and the results they have achieved this year. They have committed to their studies with an enthusiasm and spirit that is a true reflection of the IB philosophy. What is even more impressive is the requirement of the IB Diploma for each student to engage in creative, physical and service activities throughout their two-year programme as well as their academic pursuits. Last year’s graduates are talented and inspired individuals and I have every confidence that they will go on to make a significant contribution to NZ society and the global community.”
Kristin was the first school in New Zealand to introduce the IB Diploma programme in 1989 and since then its students have developed a reputation for producing consistently high results in the demanding course. Kristin’s IB students are regularly accepted into the leading tertiary institutions in Australasia, Europe and the US, many on fully funded scholarship programmes.
The IB Diploma consists of six subject areas including native and acquired languages, social sciences, experimental sciences and mathematics and the arts, and is designed to be academically challenging and holistically balanced. In addition to their six chosen courses, students are challenged to broaden their educational experience through community service, self-directed research (in the form of a 4000-word extended essay) and critical examination in the Theory of Knowledge. Currently there are close to 1 million IB students at 3,440 schools in 141 countries across the world.
Senior School students at Kristin have the choice to follow the NCEA pathway from Year 11 to 13 or to undertake the two-year IB Diploma in Years 12 and 13. On average, 58% of students elect to complete the Diploma, which usually equates to approximately 100 students in each year level. These students represent just over 30% of New Zealand’s IB Diploma students.

by Channel Editorial