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Education: Kristin School

Education: Kristin School

 Kristin Junior School PYP Exhibition

Kristin recently celebrated the success of its Year 6 students with the annual PYP Exhibition. Arguably the most important assessment-based event of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), the Exhibition represents over eight weeks’ work for the students who have each chosen their own subject area to investigate.

The Exhibition requires students to engage in a collaborative inquiry process in which they identify, investigate and offer solutions to real-life issues or problems in the context of their local and global community. It provides the platform for students to display the skills, attitudes and behaviours developed over their entire schooling experience in the IB PYP (Kindergarten to Year 6).

With the overarching theme of Sharing the Planet, the students set out to investigate an issue of their choosing within one of four main categories: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Communities, Sharing Finite Resources and Equal Opportunities. Individual projects included investigations into child poverty, industrial farming, high performance sport and the impact of technology on the development of artificial organs.

A major part of the Exhibition process is to take action to address issues related to the chosen topic. This year students collected supplies and equipment for the Red Cross and Goodbye Malaria, produced movies to help younger students understand genetics and what it takes to be a good leader, produced plans on how Kristin can become solar powered and made local retailers accountable for selling products made through child labour. 

Over the course of the Exhibition the 73 Year 6 students took tours and explained their work to younger students, staged a component of their work in two live presentations and celebrated their achievement with friends and family. 

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Kristin Student at International Youth Rhino Summit

Year 12 student Anna Chambers is representing Kristin and New Zealand at the world’s first International Rhino Summit, held at the iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Beginning on World Rhino Day, the summit is a worldwide call to action by youth against poaching and all other forms of wildlife crime, and involves 100 young conservation leaders between the ages of 15 and 17. Anna is one of three Kiwi students attending the event thanks to funding from the charitable trust, iMake a Difference. 

Excited by the possibilities an experience like this can bring, Anna intends to use the opportunity to make people aware of the immediacy and gravity of the world’s poaching problem and to encourage them to get on board to make a difference. “Rhinos have been a favourite animal of mine since I was young, so I’m looking forward to finding out how I can help and what can be done about the poaching epidemic,” she says. 

She also recognises that our sheltered situation in New Zealand makes it harder for people to see the realities of the rhino-poaching crisis. “[Our isolation means] there isn’t a lot of awareness of these issues in New Zealand… If people can understand the severity of the problem we can really make a difference by working together.”

Delegates, educators, and conservation leaders will spend the three-day summit working to directly address the current crisis and develop resolutions needed to stop it. Their mission is to engage youth conservation leaders in wildlife conservation and protection strategies and empower delegates to become ambassadors for wildlife and conservation. 

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Kristin Kindergarten ECE Service of Excellence

Kristin Kindergarten has been named as one of New Zealand’s leading early childhood education centres by the independent ECE information service, My ECE. Recognised for its quality programmes, specialist staff, personal family-orientated service, and ongoing commitment to excellence, the Kristin Kindergarten is one of only five centres in New Zealand to have been admitted to the ECE Academy of Excellence.

Junior School Principal Diana Patchett believes that, first and foremost, it is the people who make the Kindergarten so special. “Our 2013 ERO report highlighted the Kindergarten’s very experienced and well qualified team, headed by our Kindergarten Dean. The transition teachers are all Primary trained, as well as having specialist qualifications in early childhood.

“We are mindful that the Kristin Kindergarten is a child's first introduction to formal education, so we take the time to establish strong connections with the child and the family, uncover the unique gifts that each child brings to the centre and encourage their delightful natural curiosity and inquisitiveness.”

The My ECE report also highlighted the Kindergarten’s learning programmes as a unique feature of the centre, stating, “it focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and beyond.” 

Mrs Patchett is pleased that the benefits of the International Baccalaureate PYP model of inquiry-based learning is being recognised in early childhood education. “The pace at which our young students develop is individual, so we are careful to manage the transition in a way that is in the best interests of the child. Our students transition to school exceptionally well, leaving the Kindergarten with the academic, social, physical and emotional skills to thrive in the Junior School.”

The Kristin Kindergarten is proud of the service it offers to children and their families, and is delighted to be recognised as an ECE Service of Excellence. 

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