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Camp Week at Kristin

Camp Week at Kristin is one of the biggest student experiences on the school calendar and is looked forward to by the more than 1200 students who simultaneously head out into the mountains, the beaches, the islands or the wilderness.

From the Junior, Middle and Senior School, students are challenged to leave the comforts of home and engage with their classmates in challenging activities, to push their own limits in the unique environment of Camp Week.

While Year 3 students explored the local bush reserves of Albany, Year 4 set up camp in Huia and Year 6 journeyed to Hunua. Middle School students were dotted up and down the North Island, from the beautiful coast of Waipu to the stunning landscape of the Tongariro National Park. Year 11 students embraced their house colours at Whananaki, Great Barrier, Motuora and Slipper Island, while their older counterparts took on the challenge of the Tongariro OPC or the urban landscapes of New Zealand’s major university campuses.
The experience offered by each camp was completely unique, however there is one element that remains the same across each year level. From the Year 3 students who sleep under canvas in the Kristin playgrounds and tramp the native reserves of Albany, to the Year 13 Outdoor Education students who traverse the mighty Mohaka River, all students experience teamwork, overcome personal challenges and learn about their place in our environment.
Education outside of the classroom is a key feature of a Kristin education. The challenges presented by taking students outside of their comfort zone encourages them to embrace situations while promoting personal growth and development, as well as providing team building and leadership opportunities. More information on Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) at Kristin is available on the School’s website,

Glowing ERO Report for Kristin Kindergarten
Kristin Kindergarten has received a glowing appraisal following their recent ERO review by the Education Review Office.

In the official report released in February, ERO states that Kristin Kindergarten is very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children, placing the school in the highest category of Early Childhood learning providers.
The review found that “children enjoy their day at the kindergarten. They enjoy the company of other children, making friends and responding to their teachers. They fully engage in the many interesting and varied learning activities provided. Children are encouraged to think about their learning, inquire, set goals and take risks. They delight in acquiring new knowledge, extending their skills and sharing what they know with others. They are confident, competent learners.”
The full ERO report is available from the Education Review Office website.
The release of this report has coincided with the launch of new operating hours in the Kindergarten. The 20-hour Early Childhood Education (ECE) government funding has enabled Kristin to offer extended operating hours with the Kindergarten now open for 10 hours daily, from 7.30am to 5.30pm. The Kindergarten will now remain open through the school holidays, closing only for a four-week break over the 2014/15 Christmas period.
For more information on the extended Kindergarten programme or to arrange a tour of the school, please contact Linda Teagle on 09 415 9566 Ext 2324 or email

by Channel Editorial