Festival Awards 2014

Festival Awards Evening Highlights

Held at a new venue, Eden Park, and attended by senior students and families, this annual awards evening held Tuesday 23 September was the first marker that the end of the year is approaching and celebrations of high achievement in 2014 are underway.

The Student Leadership team opened the evening with an impressive karanga and haka powhiri,

The guest speaker at the function is always a former student who has excelled in a sporting, arts or cultural field, and this year we welcomed back Stephanie McKenzie, New Zealand track cyclist. Stephanie spoke about the challenges, physical and psychological, of competing at the elite level, but also of the rewards, the camaraderie and the teamwork. Importantly she also advised the students of the wisdom in always having a Plan B; Stephanie has continued her studies whilst pursuing her cycling dreams.


Above :  Students Leaders' haka

jazz combo

Above :  Jazz Combo performing

Right : Guest speaker Stephanie McKenzie
Stephanie McKenzie

The evening also included musical items, tributes to the Sports Captains, Arts and Culture Captains and House Captains, thank yous to students, staff, families and coaches, and a video montage capturing many moments of the extra-curricular life of Lynfield College 2014. The evening's primary purpose however was the presentation of an array of awards, the most prestigious of which are detailed below.  The video montage can be viewed at  http://vimeo.com/10691474 

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Grace Kukutai   Dux Ludorum

Kathleen Tomacruz  Dux Artium

Eddie Kennedy  Dux Ludorum


Dux Ludorum (Boys) - Eddie Kennedy
Eddie is a gifted all round athlete whose love of sport has been obvious since Y9.  During his time at Lynfield he has been a member of the top Touch, Tag, Rugby and Basketball teams and has also represented at Western Zone Athletics.  Eddie is a natural leader who has always chosen to lead by example and displayed outstanding sportsmanship.  He has captained several teams and was Zoricich House Captain in 2013.  In rugby Eddie is awarded Colours with Honours as a valued member of the 1st XV for the past 3 years, and this year he narrowly missed selection to the Waitakere U18 representative team.  As well as being captain of our Senior Boys’ Touch team, Eddie is Most Valuable Player and earned Colours for this sport.  He has chosen to give back to Lynfield sport and is coaching the Junior Boys Touch team.  As a member of our Premier Basketball team for 2 years and a key player in our top U19 team this year Eddie is awarded Colours with Honours for Basketball.
Dux Ludorum (Girls) - Grace Kukutai
Grace is an outstanding sportswoman whose commitment and dedication to Lynfield Sport are unquestionable and unshakable.  She always aims for perfection and it is this attitude which is fundamental in her approach to sport.  During her time at Lynfield she has been House Captain, Road Race Champion and has represented us in Touch, Tag and Athletics.  Grace is our 2014 Senior Girls Athletics Champion receiving the McMahon Cup.
However, it is in netball that Grace truly excels.  She has been a member of our top senior netball team since Y10 and is now captain of our very successful Prem 1 and UNISS netball teams, receiving Colours with Honours for netball.  Grace has had outstanding sporting success at both regional and national levels.  In 2014 she was:

  • Captain and MVP of the Netball Waitakere U17A Rep team
  • Named in the NZ U17 tournament netball team
  • Selected as the Netball Waitakere Senior MVP
  • Captained the Auckland Maori U17 netball team
  • Selected for the NZSS netball team

 Grace has just won selection to the Waitakere NPC team and has her sights firmly set on Silver Fern status. 
Dux Artium - Kathleen Tomacruz
Kathleen is a gifted musician and an outstanding leader.  Her musical talents include playing cello, guitar and percussion in both classical and jazz genres.  A member of the multi-award winning Big Band, Jazz Combo A, Concert Band, Orchestra (where she has been the principal Cellist since 2011) and School Production, Kathleen performs to an exceptionally high standard and in 2013 and 2014 she was selected to perform with the KBB Honours Orchestra.  Kathleen receives Colours with Honours for the Big Band, Orchestra and Jazz Combo A.  She is named Most Outstanding Performer in the Chamber Orchestra for which she receives the Excellence in Music Cup.
Kathleen is also a Peer Support leader, a Student Ambassador, a Safe Schools Committee member, and a tutor for both beginning and intermediate musicians.  She has also been a long standing member of the SE Asian and Filipino groups.  An outstanding Arts and Cultural Captain, Kathleen receives the LC Arts and Culture Leadership Cup.
Runner-up to Dux Ludorum (Boys) – Dale Pitout
Runner-up to Dux Ludorum (Girls) – Shee Nathan-Wong
Runner-up to Dux Artium – Gavin Feng

Most Outstanding Sports Performance of the Year (Proctor Cup) - Grace Kukutai
Lynfield College Arts & Culture Scholarship - Craig Hebblethwaite
Lynfield College Sports Scholarship - Shee Nathan-Wong    
Grace Kukutai and Stephanie  Scholarship winners

Year 12 Sportswoman of the Year – Jocelyn Katu
Runner-up – Alice Neville-Smith
Year 12 Sportsman of the Year – Cree Braithwaite
Year 12 Performing Arts Person of the Year – Jake Krishnamurti
 Year 11 Sportswoman of the Year – Holly Harrison
Year 11 Sportsman of the Year – Kiriffi Leilua
Runner-Up – Alastair Maisey
Year 11 Performing Arts Person of the Year – Lyu Kodama

Group Achievement Award - Lynfield College Big Band
The Lynfield College Big Band continues to build on its legacy of success, performing consistently at an extremely high level. The members that make up the Big Band are dedicated, hardworking, committed, and passionate.  This focus and dedication along with musical direction from Mr Paul Norman has once again proved a winning formula for success.  The Big Band won a Gold award at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club’s Secondary Schools Jazz band competition, edging out the other groups to take out first place and for the fifth year in a row.  They received a Gold award at the KBB music festival, and were invited back to perform in the Gala Performance, placing them in the top four in the Auckland Region.

Team of the Year - Premier 1 / UNISS Netball Team (below)
This has been awarded in recognition of this team’s outstanding success in the West Auckland Secondary Schools Competition and Upper North Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament.  Lynfield UNISS Netball team played their first year in A Grade where they faced the top secondary schools teams from Taupo northward.  Exemplary reliability, commitment and determination of these girls, both on and off the court, have been instrumental in these outstanding achievements.
  Team of the Year  

 Winning House Award - Lewis House 

Junior sporting, arts and cultural achievement will be recognised at our Junior Festival Awards Assembly on Friday 5 December.