Education: Kristin School
Kristin’s Stars Return to Celebrate 40 Years
Kristin’s 40-year celebrations continue this month with two major events drawing past students back to the school from all corners of New Zealand, as well as some from across the Tasman. In a celebration of Kristin’s co-curricular opportunities, the school is hosting a fun Alumni sports tournament where teams face off against the current student teams, as well as a glittering concert of Kristin’s musical Alumni stars.
On the turf, the battle lines have been drawn as Kristin’s Premier teams prepare to take on those who once walked in their shoes. Men’s and Women’s All Star Alumni squads have been formed to battle the current student teams in Football, Hockey, Rugby, Netball and Basketball to celebrate 40 years of sport at Kristin. Earlier this year an All Star Alumni Cricket team took the first win from the Kristin 1st XI, so with the major tournament planned for June 30th, Kristin’s top teams have something to prove.
Already there have been over 130 past Kristin students register to take part in the event, with many more likely to be watching from the sidelines and attending the post-match festivities. Director of Sport Cherry Webster attributes the high levels of interest in the tournament to the value sport holds at Kristin. “The response we have had so far is remarkable. We have players coming back to Kristin who were pupils here over 30 years ago, as well as students who are only a few years out of school.
“Regardless of how long it is since they have been in the classroom, all of these Alumni remember what it felt like to don the Kristin colours and run out on the field or court with their team. As well as being an exciting competitive event, the All Star tournament will be a celebration of 40 years of sport at Kristin.”
From the sports field to the stage, the second major Alumni event will be the Night of Kristin Stars. Thanks to its reputation as one of the leading Performing Arts schools in the country, Kristin has been able to stage some of the world’s most popular musicals over recent years. The astounding talents of student performers have left audiences spellbound and produced numerous standing ovations, and the experiences treasured during school years have launched a large number of successful careers in the arts. The Night of Kristin Stars will showcase a decade of Kristin’s finest Alumni performers as they present hits from the musicals that have been staged at Kristin as well iconic songs from world-famous shows. This unique concert is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Kristin’s top Alumni performers return to the stage for this 40-year celebration of the Arts at Kristin.
Taking part in the concert will be; Gareth Samuels (2003), Kirsten Gray, Ananth Gopal and Catherine Rood (2005), Emily Scott (2007), Sean Topham (2008), Hillary Fee, Christina Orgias and Hamish Polson (2009), Joshua Cramond, Ben Hunt and Eleanor Williams (2010), Taylor Callaghan, Madison Cooper and Hamish Mouat (2011), Matthew Burrows, George Freeman, Hannah Foreman, Joel Granger and Hannah Schunk-Hockings (2012). Together they will be performing hits from shows such as Les Miserables, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats.
Originally planned for one night only but extended due to popular demand, the Night of Kristin Stars will be held over two nights on 2 and 3 July. Tickets are on sale now at www.iticket.co.nz.
All past pupils, families and friends of Kristin School are warmly invited to either of these events. As well as being an occasion to celebrate Kristin’s 40th anniversary as one of New Zealand’s leading independent schools, it is also a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with friends and peers before the school’s major Alumni Reunion in October.