September 2017

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori at Lynfield College

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In celebration of Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we experienced a range of activities throughout the week and hosted Kahui ako kura representatives from local schools Halsey Drive Primary, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Waikowhai Intermediate and Marshall Laing Primary. Akonga worked throughout the day building matauranga in a reorua (bilingual) environment, learning about the importance of taking care of body, mind, spirit and heart.

Ata Houpapa from the University of Auckland spoke with akonga about scholarships, career pathways and played games in te reo Māori at Te Ringa Awhina Marae.

Students were invited to learn the school haka, attend mau rākau workshops (lead by two specialist tutors from Te Whare Ahorangi, Rotorua) and waiata. Staff participated in a morning quiz and had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious hangi, steam pudding with custard, watercress salad and fried bread lunch on Friday.

Whaea Leauga would like to acknowledge all of the kaiako, akonga and whanau who helped make this event a great success.

Ka nui te mihi ki nga kaiako o te ra ko Whaea Rau raua ko Matua Ue.
Mauri Mahi Mauri Ora.
Whakanuitia te wiki o te reo Māori!


NZ Secondary Schools Winter Tournament Week

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The winter sports season wrapped up with NZSS Tournament Week (4 - 8 September). This year five Lynfield teams competed in various tournaments, playing schools from all over the North Island. The experience for the players is far greater than just the time actually playing the games. It is a unique and invaluable opportunity for many of our best sportspeople to be part of the intensity of a top level competition, day in, day out for a week and also to share the highs, lows and fun with other like-minded players and school mates.

Congratulations to all our players who represented Lynfield with pride and passion, playing hard but fair. This year's game results were again impressive:

1st XI GIRLS FOOTBALL: 4th in ‘Kathy Seaward’ tournament (24 teams competed in Whangarei)
1st XI BOYS HOCKEY: 7th in ‘Olympic Stick’ tournament (15 teams competed in Pukekohe)
1st XI BOYS FOOTBALL: 3rd in ‘Trident’ tournament (24 teams competed in Hamilton)
Jnr BOYS BADMINTON: 21st in ‘Senior Boys Badminton’ tournament (25 teams in Napier)
PREMIER 1 NETBALL: 2nd in ‘Upper North Island Secondary Schools’ B grade (120 teams competed at Mt Wellington)

The 1st XI Boys Hockey team played some excellent hockey, against some fairly stiff competition. Two head injuries (nothing too serious) proved to be a bit of a challenge throughout the week. However, although they didn't win the tournament (as much as they wished they might have), the boys were very pleased with their win over Mt Roskill on Friday, which secured them 7th place overall in the tournament.

Auckland Schools Debating Prizegiving

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Lynfield College teams did exceptionally well at the Auckland Schools Debating Prizegiving on Wednesday night, bringing home the most awards of any school.

Premier Advanced Grade: Karan Kalsi 5th Place
Junior Premier Grade: Kyus Rodger 2nd Place and Raymond Feng 9th Place
Senior Open Grade: Marnsi Sharma 2nd Place and Nicole D'Souza 5th Place
Junior Open Grade: Isha Ramanlal 5th Place and Tanvi Kher 9th place

Karan Kalsi and Jia Dua

Marnsi Sharma, Mahima Sharma, Nicole D'Souza, Shreya Singaraju and Eve Gabor

Michael Howell, Raymond Feng and Kyus Rodger

Mrs Sherry Wagner

Lynfield's success can be attributed to the wealth of talent found at the school, including the dedicated coaching by Karan Kalsi and members of the Junior Premier teams who coach younger debaters. Many thanks to the dedicated teachers who have been involved in debating and who have helped establish a culture of excellence.

Mrs Lucy Wiggins (Junior Open, Junior Premier and Advanced Premier)
Ms Catherine Christie and Mrs Tina Carswell (Senior Open)
Mr Chris Bangs (Advanced Open)
Ms Catherine Barker and Ms Natasha Leafberg (Junior Open)

Junior Premier Debating Team wins Grand Final

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Congratulations to the Junior Premier Debating Team who won their Grand Final debate against Westlake Boys’ High School on Wednesday night at Lynfield College. Michael Howell, Raymond Feng and Kyus Rodger successfully negated the motion “This house regrets the concept of an after-life”, in a 2 – 1 split decision.

Kyus Rodger was named Best Speaker in the debate. Next year, this team will move to the Premier Advanced Grade, the top grade in Auckland.

Senior Debating Team wins Grand Final

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Congratulations to the Senior Open 2 team who won their Grand Final debate against King’s College on Tuesday night. Speakers Nicole D’Souza, Mahima Sharma and Marnsi Sharma successfully negated the moot, “This House would use military action against North Korea for the specific purpose of taking our Kim Jong-Un.”

Special thanks to Senior Debating team manager, Ms Catherine Christie.

NIWA Science Fair 2017 Prizewinners

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The following Year 9 and 10 students were recognised at the NIWA Science Fair on Friday 1 September.

2nd Place in the Living World category Dev Dixit and Sanat Singh with ‘Chemicals vs. Bacteria’. Highly commended Jasmine Pickston with ‘To Drink or Not to Drink’, Harshil Jogia and Ezra Satrio with ‘Magnets vs. Temperature’ and Joash Kommunuri with ‘Music and Concentration’.

Lynfield Grand Finals in Debating

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Lynfield has enjoyed another unprecedented level of success once again! Seven Lynfield Debaters have made the Top 10 Speakers for their grade, up from four in 2016. There are two grand finals that Lynfield teams will compete in this week, up from one in 2016.
Date: Tuesday 5th September
Location: King's College
Time: Motion announcement at 6:30: Debate starts at 7:30
Coach: Catherine Christie
Date: Wednesday 6th September
Location: Lynfield College Library
Time: Motion announcement at 6:30: Debate starts at 7:30
Coach: Karan Kalsi, Sherry Wagner and Lucy Wiggins

Here are more details and the results of Debating success for 2017:

FIFTH GRADE JUNIOR OPEN: Roshni Bhatti, Ishaa Ramanlal, Tanvi Kher, (reserves Aashish Ramanlal and Vibhuti Patel)
  • 3rd Equal in Junior Open
  • First Year 9 Lynfield team to ever reach the Semi-final of the Junior Open!
  • Top 10 Junior Open Speaker Awards (still waiting)

FOURTH GRADE SENIOR OPEN: Marnsi and Mahima Sharma, Shreya Singaraju, Nicole D’Souza and Eve Gabor (Year 12s)
  • 1st or 2nd in the Senior Open: Will compete in the Grand final Tuesday Night at King’s College
  • Top 10 Senior Open Speaker Awards to Marnsi Sharma and Nicole D’Souza

THIRD GRADE JUNIOR PREMIER: Michael Howell, Raymond Feng and Kyus Rodger (Year 11s)
  • 1st or 2nd in Junior Premier: Will Compete in the Grand Final on Wednesday (here at Lynfield)
  • Top 10 Junior Premier Speaker awards to Raymond and Kyus

SECOND GRADE ADVANCED OPEN: Nicole Johnson, Aleece Monkman and Kieran Murphy
  • 16th equal in their grade

FIRST GRADE PREMIER ADVANCED: Karan Kalsi, Jia Dua, Kitty Sun and Harry Ashley
  • 1st Impromptu Cup (Auckland) Best Speaker Award: Karan
  • 2nd Auckland Regionals: Highly Commended Speaker Award for Jia and Selection for Auckland White Regional team.
  • 3rd equal in the Premier Advanced (Top Grade in Auckland)
  • Top 10 Premier Advanced Speaker award: Karan

REGIONAL TEAM: Auckland White
  • 2nd Nationals (Karan representing)

In what was their final debate of their High School debating careers, the Premier Advanced debaters Jia Dua, Karan Kalsi, Kitty Sun and Harry Ashley (Year 12) reached the semi-final of their grade, but were defeated by Kings College in what was a very close debate. This team has worked incredibly hard, winning the Junior Premier, Premier Advanced, Impromptu Cup and debated in countless finals and semi-finals.

They will be greatly missed next year.