January 2024

Welcome from Tumuaki Cath Knell

Kia ora koutou to our New and Returning Staff for 2024

On Tuesday 30 January 2024 we formally welcomed 14 new staff joining us for 2024, and look forward to introducing them to you over the next few weeks. Their energy and enthusiasm for their new role has been great to see.

There are two further vacancies we are looking to fill on our Support Staff for a Homestay Manager in the International Department, and a Workshop Technician for the Technology Faculty. Adverts  for these positions can be viewed on the school website:

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We are delighted to have the following new staff at the College and look forward to introducing them over the next few issues of NewsLink.

Sheldon Revell, Acting Deputy Principal
James Appleby, Year 12 Dean, Health & PE
Priyanka Prasad, Humanities and Commerce
Ann O’Byrne, ESOL
Daniel Hiriwa, English
Praneel Prasad, Science
Michael Henwood, Technology
Preeti Chahar, Science
Ronald Lal, Mathematics and Statistics
Tina Clarkson, English and Geography
Mariana Lote, Geography and Social Studies
Samuel Feleti, Youth Engagement Leader
Adam Williams, Science
Frances Duncan, School Nurse
Karin Grimmer, Senior Science Technician
Imogen McQueen, Technology
Isabel Klier, German Bilingual Support
Welcome back to the following returning staff
John Bower, HOD Social Studies
Sarah Streat, English
Susan Jacobs, Adult ESOL

Welcome to our New Students for 2024

To those whānau joining us for the first time an extra warm welcome. We look forward to working with you over the course of the year and meeting on the sports sideline, at culture events or at our parent / whānau meetings.

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Year 9 Orientation Programme

Our Year 9 students had a chance to settle themselves into the school during their Orientation programme.

Activities included developing a class treaty, understanding the timetable and Schoology, and ‘getting to know each other’ games. The Year 9 students were wonderfully supported by our senior Peer Support leaders and their Hui mai teachers. It was also an opportune time to include a lockdown emergency drill.

The programme finished with a tabloid sports afternoon so students could practise working together and enjoying each other’s company in Hui mai groups.

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Student Leadership Training

Our new 2024 student leaders came together for two days at the end of January for leadership training. This involved the new team learning more about their individual roles, getting to know each other and to start planning for the year. We were grateful to have members from the iSpeak Trust to guide us on our ‘public speaking’ journey as this year will include many speaking opportunities. Students also led team building activities to practice their leadership skills and give the others an opportunity to connect.

The student leadership team was given the privilege to experience a guided tour around our new three-story teaching space which is under construction. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this as it allowed our students who were interested in the construction field to ask questions and learn more about their career pathway.

We finished off this training with learning our Kapa haka for the Year 9 Powhiri, led by our Young Māori leaders. It was a privilege to be able to welcome the Year 9's to our Lynfield College community. The Lynfield student leaders would like to thank Mrs Clark and Ms Small for the hard work and effort put in to make our training so successful.

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