April 2017

A Visit from a Yoyo-Champion

On Tuesday 21 March the German learners at Lynfield College were in for a special treat. Upon invitation of the Goethe Institut, Dave Geigler, five-time European Yoyo Champion, visited from Berlin to offer German learners at New Zealand schools some hands on experience at the trend sport. Under Dave’s expert guidance each student had the opportunity to give it a go while incidentally practicing their language skills. Most of the students had not played yoyo before – a little-known cultural difference as most kids in Germany would have owned a yoyo. Nevertheless, it did not take long before they could all register their first successes. The luckiest of them will be able to continue practising even after Dave’s departure as they mastered the trick to catch the yoyo in their pocket and were allowed to keep them as a prize. Together with the National German Adviser, Dave moved on to Wellington and the South Island to visit more German students at more NZ schools and to perform at the Cuba Dupa Festival in Wellington.

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Foster Hope

On Friday 10 March, Foster Hope came in and spoke to our Year 9 Soft Materials classes about their organisation and what they do to improve the lives of children in foster care.

This is the second year Lynfield College Soft Materials students work together in groups make quilts which are then donated to Foster Hope to give out. This is the first project for the students and the appliqued quilts will be finished by the end of Term 1.

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Lynfield took part in the National Schools Debating Auckland Regional tournament on Saturday the 25th of March at Diocesan.  36 of Auckland’s top teams - mostly Year 12 and 13 - competed. The main purpose of the tournament is to select the top six debaters for two Auckland Regional teams, including two reserves and six younger debaters for the development squad.

Mrs Wagner and Mrs Wiggins took three Lynfield Teams to this tournament:

The Premier Advanced (Year 13): Kitty Sun, Karan Kalsi and Jia Dua

Junior Premier team (Year 11) : Raymond Feng, Michael Howell and Sarah Young

A selection team: Harry Ashley (Y12), Nicole Johnson (Y12) and Joshua Boasman (Y12)/Kyus Rodger (Y11)

By the end of the first day, the Premier Advanced won all 4 debates and had the highest speaker points across all teams. They were in 1st place heading into the final rounds which took place on Sunday 26th March. They won their Quarterfinal against Maclean’s, and then won their Semi-final against Selwyn (by only .5 pts). And, for the 2nd year in a row, they debated in the Grand Final. In what was a much better performance than last year, they unfortunately narrowly lost to Westlake Boys in a 1-2 split decision, and took 2nd place overall in the tournament.

Pleasingly, Lynfield did well in the individual selections:

Results of the tournament:

Harry Ashley (Year 12) and Raymond Feng (Year 11): Selected for the NZSD Development Squad

Jia Dua (Year 13): Highly Commended Speaker award NZSD Regional Tournament

Karan Kalsi (Year 13): selected for Auckland White Regional team

This is the third year in a row that Karan has been selected for an Auckland regional team. The previous two years, Karan’s team went all the way to the Grand Final at Nationals, but lost to Wellington twice. We are hopeful that three times is a charm and that he and his team can win Nationals in May and bring back the cup to Auckland.

Congratulations to all of the debaters who took part in the tournament and we wish them luck in their respective competitions underway in Auckland.

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