August 2018

Music Success for Lynfield College

It has been very busy and highly successful week for the Music Department with six different ensembles competing at two different competitions: Auckland Jazz Band Competition and the KBB Music Festival.

At the conclusion of the Auckland Jazz Band Finals, Lynfield College came away with five awards including two Golds and Best Big Band. The Big Band have now won this competition six times in seven years. The Stage Band, LC Jazz Project and Jazz Combo also performed well and received awards.

The Big Band was also selected to perform in the KBB Music Festival Gala for the 9th consecutive year, this places them in the top four out of over 40 bands in their category. At the conclusion of the Gala they were awarded a Gold Award and Best Performance of a Swing Chart. The Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra also produced fantastic performances and received awards.

Auckland Jazz Band Competition Results
Stage Band: Bronze Award
LC Jazz Project: Silver Award
Jazz Combo: Gold Award
Big Band: Finalists, Gold Award and Best Big Band

KBB Music Festival Results
Chamber Orchestra: Commended Award and Nomination for the Chairman’s Command Performance
Concert Band: Silver Award
Big Band: Gala Selection, Gold Award and Best Performance of a Swing Chart

Click HERE to see the Award being announced.

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Big Band with their Best Performance Award Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Concert Band

A Special Tradition: Mt Maunganui Exchange

A big thanks to everyone for making the Mt Maunganui exchange such a success. This is the oldest continuous tradition at Lynfield College and it is far more than a sports exchange. It is also a chance for some of our top winter sports codes to play another school from a region whose style of play is inevitably different from the competition our teams come up against in their weekly games, but the benefits are so much wider than that.

It is an opportunity for real leadership for all those students involved – to be welcoming and friendly hosts to people they’ve never met before, each doing their part to make sure the day runs smoothly and directing their friends as to where to go and what the expectations for the day are. And they did it with real pride in our school.

It is a chance for 150 of our students to have so much fun showing their friends and teachers another part of themselves besides the classroom side. They enjoyed the camaraderie with Mt Manganui … wandering around supporting each other, chatting and laughing.

It couldn’t have happened without the absolutely amazing goodwill of our coaches. These people either took leave without pay, annual leave, lost income because they are self-employed or started work at 4.30 am so they could have some time off in the middle of the day. They are truly dedicated to developing our students. We are so lucky to have their support and expertise.

It's also a chance for the whole school to pull together and make a big event happen so THANK YOU to all staff for your help in making this event a success.

Felicity Walbran, Sports Director

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Penny Howard, Artist

As part of Visual Arts Week, artist Penny Howard visited to speak to our senior visual art students on Tuesday 7 August to speak about her work, how she generates ideas and what her influences are.

Penny’s practice is often concerned with the meeting of cultures and some of the shared superstitions and religious overlaps between Maori, Samoan, Irish, Scottish, and English. Her works are an expression of the artist finding and exploring her own cultural identity.

Penny Howard graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1995, she has work in the permanent collections of the Wallace Arts Trust, Waitakere City Council, Foundation North, Auckland Events Centre and Auckland University - installed in the Business School, Dept. Critical Studies in Education, at the Auckland Family Court and in other private collections in China, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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Lynfield joins Rockerz Bollywood High School Dance Competition

For the first time ever our students joined twelve other Auckland schools at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre on Saturday 4 August to participate in this annual dance competition. Schools dazzled with their performances in front of a 500+ audience and three expert judges.

Our twelve Year 12 dancers were thrilled to be exposed to such a large-scale event and were delighted to receive the Most Creative Award through their voting box. Their teacher in charge and Dean Mrs Raneeta Prasad commented, “It has been wonderful working alongside such dedicated and committed students. A big thank you to all parents and student supporters who also attended the event.”

Congratulations go to Shivani Kumar, Sheenal Singh, Alisha Bhana, Pritika Patel, Kounain Ahmed, Reet Banga, Vishesh Azad, Vedant Kaduskar, Joshua D’Souza, John Tallent, Hyrum Chandra and Sarish Kumar.

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Bollywood is the name given to the Mumbai film industry in India. The term Bollywood was created from the name Bombay (the city now known as Mumbai). Bollywood Dance is a commercial name for modern Indian Dancing. It is a combination of classical Indian dance (which is the base), folk dance such as bhangra and sometimes Arabic influence. It’s fun and very expressive and the meaning behind the music is expressed through the graceful movements of the body.

New Zealand's Next Top Engineering Scientist 2018

The 2018 competition was held on Saturday 4 August. The question was posted online at 10.00am and students had to compile a comprehensive report and email it to the organisers by the 6.00pm deadline. Now in its tenth year, this annual competition is a problem solving event for teams of three to four secondary students, organised by the Department of Engineering Science at University of Auckland.

2018 QUESTION: How many tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided in your lifetime if New Zealand transitions to a completely electric vehicle fleet?

This year, we had 5 teams in total, consisting of year 11, 12 and 13 students. The judges (comprised of Phd students and lecturers) at the university are now going through hundreds of reports and the results of the competition would be released next term.

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Auckland Cluster Visit Rangiriri Paa

On Thursday 2 August students from Lynfield College, Waitakere College, Massey High School and Henderson High, as part of the Auckland Cluster traveled to Rangiriri Paa to learn more about this important  historical site.

Rangiriri Paa is located off State Highway One, just south of Te Kauwhata. The Pa and associated fortifications, is the site of a famous battle that occurred during the land wars. A greatly outnumbered Māori force was attacked by 1500 British troops in one of the crucial battles of the Waikato campaign on 20 November 1863, with both sides suffering heavy casualties.

Part of the central redoubt has been preserved and the grassed over ditches and banks give an impression of the formidable defences. A Tohu Maumahara (symbol of remembrance) stands at Rangiriri to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Rangiriri.

It was a momentous occasion for those who attended. Mihi atu ki nga kaiwhakahaere, nga kaiako, akonga me nga whanau katoa mo te tautoko.

The Rangiriri Haka was recited and performed by akonga at the historical pa site.

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