June 2019

Join us for an Evening of Talanoa

Following on the success of our first talanoa we will continue exploring the realms of authentic relationships and effective collaboration on Thursday 20 June from 6 - 8.00 pm in the Staffroom.

Jeremiah Tauti of Mana Connections Ltd. will return to host and facilitate our talanoa session. Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Young Filmmakers Best in World Following International Wins

The future of New Zealand filmmaking is brighter than ever after two International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) New Zealand National silent films won higher honours in the global IYSFF competition.

'Overexposed' by Harry Ashley, Raymond Feng and Shamir Sarif of Lynfield College, Auckland, won first place at the IYSFF International Awards held at Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, US, on June 10 (NZ Time).

While 'Random Act of Kindness' by Benaiah Dunn, Konner Lindsay, Mitchell Hay, Callum Scott, Thomas Dunn, Ben Amende, Jonah Smith, Nathan Pedrigal, Michael Wade of Taieri College, Otago, won third place.

Since 2016 Baycourt Community and Arts Centre in Tauranga has delivered the IYSFF NZ Nationals in Aotearoa, and manager James Wilson said he is over the moon to see young Kiwi filmmakers succeeding on the global stage.

“We have loved watching these young filmmakers flourish here at Baycourt during the New Zealand leg of the festival and it is fantastic to see Overexposed and Random Act of Kindness do so well against such strong international competition.

“For both filmmaking teams to win honours at the International Awards will be a boost to their confidence and ambition at this early stage of their filmmaking careers. I strongly recommend keeping an eye on these names because these are the Oscar winners of the future!”

• OVEREXPOSED: https://vimeo.com/295709943

By Harry Ashley, Raymond Feng, Shamir Sarif (Lynfield College, Auckland)


APRA NZ Best Jazz
Artist Tui Award

The winners of the Apra 2019 NZ Jazz Awards were announced in Wellington on Sunday 9 June. Congratulations to GRG67 who were awarded the Best Jazz Artist Tui for their album ‘The Thing’

After curating a number of compositions, Roger Manins needed to find the right musicians to help bring his visions to life. And so GRG67 was born, consisting of Roger Manins, Michael Howell (past student, Year 13 in 2012), Mostyn Cole, and Tristan Deck.

The compositions were developed with these musicians in mind, and this is evident in the cohesion of their album The Thing - an excellent eight song collection of tracks performed by some of Aotearoa’s most well-known jazz musicians.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says The Thing is a strong collection of jazz composition, brought to life by a talented and creative group. “When these incredibly talented musicians came together to bring Roger Manins’ compositions to life it was destined to result in a spectacular album. It’s a truly deserving winner of the Tui this year.”


Wellbeing Budget Explained by Prime Minister Ardern

On Wednesday 5 June, Principal Cath Knell, Head Girl Jessika Varney and Head Boy Michael Howell were invited by the New Lynn Labour MP Deborah Russell to join Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, and MP's Phil Twyford, Kelvin Davis, Carmel Sepuloni and Peeni Henare for an in-depth debrief of the Wellbeing Budget, and what it means for the West.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained, “The Wellbeing Budget was a different way of designing and making decisions about the way we spend government money” as using “traditional measures of success like GDP growth and whether you are simply running a surplus or a deficit doesn’t really give you an insight into how well you are doing as a country.” Essentially, “GDP measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile.”

The debrief demonstrated the steps the Government is taking to start taking mental health seriously, and address child poverty, children in State care, family violence and homelessness.

The event was well attended by community leaders and staff from schools and social agencies across the three West Auckland electorates. Deborah Russell was especially pleased to see the head boy and girl from Lynfield College there. “It’s important for our young leaders to be included in these discussions.”