August 2022

Pizza Post PISA

On August 10 approximately 60 of our students participated in the International PISA testing. Ministry of Education supervisors were very impressed with the focus and self-management our students displayed on the day.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA),  is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in member and non-member nations intended to evaluate educational systems by measuring 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading.

After three and half hours of testing, everyone enjoyed a shared lunch of pizza. Many thanks to Mr Shah, owner of Domino’s Pizzas in Lynfield for his support.

Students will be receiving a certificate for their participation.

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KBB Music Festival 2022: 8 - 12 August

The Lynfield College Chamber Orchestra and Big Band both competed at the KBB Music Festival this week, with the support of their teachers Mr Sue, and Mr Isdale. After a tricky start to the year it was fantastic to see these groups back on the stage, and representing the school!

The Chamber Orchestra Performed four songs, starting with ‘Ahrirang’ (a traditional Korean folk song), before moving to the Gavotte and Pizzicato from ‘Simple Suite’, excerpts from ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, and finishing with ‘Tango Mariana’. A particularly beautiful performance of Ahrirang was the standout, being skilfully led by Daisy Chen (Y11) on First Violin, and it was very well received by the audience and adjudicators.

The Big Band also performed four songs, starting with ‘On Green Dolphin Street’, followed by the vocal chart ‘All of Me’ Featuring John Mahe (Y10), ‘Body and Soul’ featuring Glen Fetuani (Y13) on Alto Saxophone, and finishing with the funk chart ‘State Terrorism’. Again the students performed exceptionally well, but particular mentions go to Glen Fetuani for an incredible performance of ‘Body and Soul’ and Simone Hidalgo on Piano for her intro solo for ‘On Green Dolphin Street’.

If you would like to hear these performances in person, then stay tuned for a concert announcement coming shortly!

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NZ School Library Week
8 - 12 August 2022

Did you know it’s been estimated that less than a third of Aotearoa NZ schools have a library space with an adequate collection and that is staffed by a specialist school librarian? (SLANZA Media Release 2022)

Lynfield College is lucky to have a great library space with a good collection of books and staff that are passionate about reading and always willing to help find your next book.

Visit the library and find your next favourite read and enter the ‘Guess the book title’ competition. A prize for the most correct answers.

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NZ Engineering Science Competition 2022

The 2022 competition was held on Saturday 6 August in school. The question was posted online at 10 am and students had to compile a comprehensive report and email it to the organisers by the 6 pm deadline. 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.

2022 Question: What is the largest payload that can be launched into space by slingshot?

The question is meant to be open ended so to encourage critical thinking, use of a multitude of problems solving skills and mathematical modelling to support the teams’ argument.

This year, we had five teams in total, consisting of students from years 11 - 13. 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 early next term. The following photos are of teams working through the question. Photo credit: Mr Ashwin Reddy. scicom c scicom a
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School Board Triennial Election 2022

We have received ten nominations for our School Board. An evening for prospective candidates to speak to voters will be on Tuesday 23 August from 5.30 - 6.30 pm in the Staffroom.

The candidates statements can be read at this link: School Board 2022 Candidates Statements

Wayne Jamieson from CES, our Returning Officer is working to finalise voting papers and profiles. They are expecting to send voting papers out by email on Wednesday 10 August. This will give information about what to do and where to go to put your vote forward electronically. Those without valid email addresses will be mailed voting papers. We will provide a courier bag to school to receive any votes that are brought into Reception at Lynfield College.

There will be directions on how to vote online. Please note that the voting email could end up in spam filters – this is possible for those that have a gmail address.

For those voters that haven’t received voting papers please let Reception know immediately. CES will reprint those and email them back to the school. Papers are barcoded, pin numbered and have a unique identifier to ensure voters cannot vote twice.

Meet the Candidates Evening is Tuesday 23 August from 5.30 to 6.30 pm
Election closes at Noon on Wednesday 7 September.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Mia Powell Through to Semi-Finals

From the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombo - great news of a new personal best of 54.04 for Mia Powell who is now through to the semi-finals. These are expected to take place at 10.00 am this morning (New Zealand time).

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Celebrating Cook Islands Week

Ei Katu

Ei Katu is made and worn by both males and females as a symbol of love and belonging. It is a circle, meaning everything is connected. It is an essential piece of traditional Cook Island culture.

Ei, in Cook Island Maori translates to necklace, garland, wreath, chaplet or scarf. It is most commonly used to describe a flower garland, either worn on the head or around the neck. It is customary to greet your family or friends arriving on the island with an ei kaki, made from tiare teina (Gardenia taitensis). In many celebrations and at special events, or even to wear casually, men and women alike adorn ei katu.

A workshop was held on Friday 5 August for students to make their own Ei Katu. Below are some photos  of these beautiful works of art.

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Kia orana kotou katoatoa

Happy Cook Island Language week! This year the theme for the week is “Epetoma o te reo Maori Kuki Airani is Atuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o toku Ui Tupuna”, which means connect me to the soil of my ancestors.

One way that we can support this is by using everyday phrases when you can. Please see the attached Language cards for your perusal. Challenge yourself and maybe set yourself a goal of using a number of phrases a day!!

Please share with your Hui mai class the Cook Island Power point that the student leaders have worked on and encourage your class to get in on the competition and attend the events this week!

On Thursday we are having our first Whanau hui/Talanoa, celebrating through cultural performances and coming together. We would love for you to come along! The evening starts at 6 and finishes around 7.30 in the Hall. Please bring a dish to contribute to the shared kai from 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Meitaki ma’ata!

Deputy Principal Lisa Wichman-Kelly and The Pacific Pride and Young Māori Leaders.

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