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Kristin's Cricket All Stars Return to Claim Victory

Twelve of Kristin’s most influential cricket players from recent years returned in February to take part in the Alumni All Stars Cricket match, going up against the school’s young and talented 1st XI boys. The match was the first in a series of Alumni All Star battles being held this year to mark Kristin’s 40th anniversary.
All Stars by name as well as by reputation, the older team included five past 1st XI Captains and four MVPs and while it took some players a while to get back in the groove, by the middle of the match the Alumni All Stars were making their presence felt. The 1st X1 fielded first and had the All Stars under pressure early on after a wicket from the first ball of the match by Year 12 student Thomas MacFarlaine. The All Stars were struggling at 5 - 56 before Aidan O’Connor (2004) consolidated the innings, scoring an unbeaten 46 not out. Some hard hitting from Tom Lynch (2010) and Simon Blom (2009) towards the end of the innings saw the All Stars finish with 174-9. Year 11 student Marko Garlick was the pick of the Kristin bowlers taking a five-wicket bag and finishing with figures of 7-22-5. Chasing 175 for victory, the 1st X1 lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 116, losing by one wicket and 58 runs. Opening batsman Sharn Fonseka (Year 11) top scored with a well-compiled 47 runs. Year 12 players John Shaw and Thomas MacFarlaine were the only other batsmen to get a start, scoring 17 and 14 respectively. Zac Watson (2011) had three wickets for the All Stars and recent graduates Douglas Carson and Thomas Lloyd had two wickets apiece.
The day went to the All Stars this time around but with upcoming battles in Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Touch, Kristin’s Premier teams will have plenty of opportunity to claim back victory.

Kristin Presents New Zealand Premier of Peter Pan

Thanks to its reputation as one of the leading Performing Arts schools in the country, Kristin has secured the rights to produce the NZ premier of the revamped stage production of the timeless classic, Peter Pan. 

Featuring the award-winning music score by Stiles and Drewe - the creative duo behind the recent Mary Poppins tour – this production of Sir James Barrie’s much-loved tale is set to capture the imagination of audience members of all ages with spectacular scenes of flying and fantasy.
The audition process was complete by the end of Term 4 last year and for a core group of cast, crew and the production team, the summer months have been spent preparing for what will undoubtedly be one of the most ambitious shows in the school’s history. The principal performers attended a series of workshops in January and the full company of 70 students have embarked on an intensive rehearsal process this term.
 “Peter Pan is by far the most technically demanding show that Kristin has ever produced,” says Director Lorna Rood, Director of Performing Arts at Kristin. “It is a huge honour to be the first performance group in New Zealand to be granted the rights to this spectacular production, and we are thrilled to be staging such a show in Kristin’s 40th year. Our audiences should prepare themselves for a true spectacle.”
This year, the unique casting requirements of Peter Pan have provided a platform for some of the school’s younger stars to shine alongside their senior peers. Year 11 student Mitchell Hageman has been cast in the role of Peter Pan following his fantastic lead-role performance in last year’s Guys & Dolls. Alongside him will be fellow Year 11 classmates Conrad Edwards as Smee and Harper Finn as John, and Year 8 student Finlay Jackson as Michael.
“To be able to offer such high calibre performance opportunities to our students is a source of great pride for our school,” said the show’s Producer and Executive Principal Peter Clague. “In the last few years we have put on Jesus Christ Superstar (2011) and Cats (2012), and each was more demanding than the last. This year I have every belief that Peter Pan will redefine what an audience can expect from a school production.”
The magic of Never Land will come to life on stage thanks to a production design that will incorporate stunning costumes, set, lighting and sound. As with any production, the stars can only shine with the support of an extensive team who work behind the scenes to help create the magic and this is surely the case with this Kristin School production. Team members are working intensively to prepare the stage for the 5-show season, which commences with the premiere on 10 April.
Tickets for Peter Pan are on sale now at

Academic Results set
New Records for Kristin

A proud record of academic excellence is one of the leading drivers for families who choose a Kristin education for their children.  As the school celebrates its 40th Year, this tradition has been upheld with another set of exceptional examination results. 

The Dual Academic Pathway which allows Kristin’s Senior School students to choose between the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or NCEA is one of the many features which differentiates the school and the recently released 2012 results are evidence of the growing strength of both qualifications at Kristin. Record results were set in both NCEA and IB, with individual marks and year-level averages demanding recognition amongst the school community.
Kristin’s Level 3 NCEA students achieved almost 70% more Excellence endorsements than the national average. The highest grade point average went to NCEA Dux Rosaria Kelly, with over 80 of her credits at Level 3 awarded with Excellence. Joining Rosaria in securing Excellence endorsed certificates in Level 3 NCEA were Olivia-Grace Forde, Arden Haar, Julitta Lam, Michelle Meuli, Hannah Schunk-Hockings, Georgina Thompson and Rebecca Wilton.
Of the 250 NCEA certificates awarded across all three year levels, more than 70% were endorsed with Merit or Excellence.
Kristin’s IB students have achieved similar success with 22% of Kristin students achieving a score of at least 40 out of 45, placing them in the top 6% worldwide.
The highest score of 44 went to two students, Kelly Su and IB Dux James Allen, followed by Tina Li on 43. A further five Kristin students achieved 42, 11 were on 41, and three secured a score of 40. This is the largest group of Kristin students to qualify as Top Scholars in the 24 years since the programme was first introduced, and the largest group to represent their school at the IB Schools of New Zealand Top Scholar Award Ceremony at Government House on Wednesday night. The Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae presented the awards and commended the students on their discipline, dedication and achievements in the demanding two-year Diploma.
As well as scoring the school’s top mark in the IB Diploma, James Allen finished his year with Scholarship Awards in three subjects, two of which were at Outstanding level, a bronze medal at the 2012 International Mathematical Olympiad in Argentina and the highest mark in New Zealand for a Year 13 student in ICAS Mathematics.
Senior School Principal Mr Brendan Kelly recognises these results as the start of great things for his graduates. “We in the Senior School are incredibly proud of the achievements of our seniors. The 2012 examination results are a testimony to the dedication they have shown towards their studies, and we look forward to hearing of their many academic successes in their future tertiary studies.” Most of Kristin’s 2012 school leavers have already been accepted into universities in New Zealand and Australia, with many offered scholarship positions at some of the world’s most notable universities in the UK and USA.
In 2013, 58% of Year 12 and 13 students at Kristin have elected to follow the International Baccalaureate programme, with the remaining 42% pursuing their Level 2 and 3 NCEA certificates. Both qualification pathways are supported at Kristin by the richly talented teaching staff and students from both programmes are regularly accepted into leading tertiary institutions here in New Zealand and overseas.
All of Kristin’s Senior School students undertake Level 1 NCEA in Year 11 before being offered the choice to either continue with Levels 2 and 3, or to begin the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Year 12. NCEA and IB are both challenging qualifications. The dual pathways provide the opportunity for students to take greater control of their learning, allowing them to choose an academic format to suit their learning styles and to customise their qualification towards their tertiary aspirations.

Join us as we Celebrate 40 Years

Kristin v Alumni All Stars Sports Games
Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Touch
Kristin Picnic for Family & Friends
Friday 8 March, 4pm – 7.30pm
Thanksgiving Service and Dedication of
the Harold Clark Memorial Courtyard

Tuesday 26 March, 9.30am
Foundation Day Assembly
Tuesday 26 March 11.15am

by Channel Editorial