March 2022

Mia Powell Breaks Records

Mia attended the 2022 Australian Athletics Championships held at the Sydney Olympic Athletic Centre. More than 3,500 track and field athletes of all ages are compete in combined Junior and Open aged championships for able-bodied and para-athletes from 26 March to 3 April, 2022.

Spanning eight days, the 2022 Australian Athletics Championships is the largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region in terms of sporting endeavour, participation, whole-of-sport engagement and celebration.

Mia came 2nd in the 400m finals U20 Australian nationals, with a new personal best of 54:35. This means Mia also broke the Auckland U20 record, making her the U18 and U20 Auckland 400m record holder.

Congratulations Mia!

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Young Māori Leader Performs at Eden Park

Raithe Savieti (Akonga 13PNU)
On Tuesday 29 March, Young Maori Leader Raithe Savieti along with the other leaders of his performing arts group 'Tatau Manaia' performed for the Moana Pasifika V Blues Rugby game. At halftime, they performed for 14,000 people and showcased traditional Siva Samoa and Fa'ataupati.

“I'm honoured to have performed with my group at the Moana Pasifika Blues Game. I'd like to say thank you to my tutor Albert Tupuola for getting us the gig and refining our performance throughout the practices. Even though I am not of Samoan descent, I can see how passionate he is about getting people inspired by Samoan Culture. Also thank you to the other leaders who performed and who really showcased what Samoan Culture is."

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Support Our Robotics Team

Lynfield College Robotics Team 2915U is seeking funding and fundraising opportunities to enable them to travel to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas USA from 5 – 7 May 2022.

Below is the letter Team 2915U have written appealing for sponsorship and support. Please consider supporting them to make this journey.

VEX Robotics World Championship 2022


We are writing to ask for your support.

We are the Lynfield College Robotics Team 2915U, a team of four Year 12 students from Lynfield College, Auckland. Our team has qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics Competition in Dallas Texas in May this year.

In February 2022 we won the VEX New Zealand National Robotic Championship from a field of 40 school teams from across the country and received the ‘Amaze’ award for our outstandingly designed, robustly built and effectively programmed robot. This qualified us to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship to be held in Dallas, Texas from 5 - 7 May 2022.

However due to lack of funding and fundraising opportunities, as a consequence of COVID-19, we need to rely on sponsorship to get ourselves to Dallas. To send the team we have set a goal of NZ$10,000 dollars towards covering the registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Lynfield College has represented New Zealand by attending the World Championships six times over the years. Lynfield College also qualified to compete in 2020 which was cancelled due to COVID and again in 2021 which was held virtually.

To compete in the United States is an opportunity of a lifetime we don’t want to miss. We have all been dedicated to this for months and worked so hard on our robot through planning, programming and building it to make it the best it can be.

All four of us are extremely passionate about robotics and love competing in VEX. Our achievements can vouch for that passion, commitment and drive. The world championship is where 2,000 teams from 33 different countries earn a spot to compete. We do not want to miss this chance.

We all know Robotics is the future and by supporting us you are funding and helping the development of STEM in New Zealand.

In exchange for your sponsorship we are offering your company logo and branding, wherever possible, for teams and viewers worldwide to see. We really hope that you will help us.

With many thanks for your consideration of our appeal.

Yours sincerely, 

Zak Ray 16 yrs , Rielly Moore 16 yrs, Nicholas Belt 16 yrs and Kaelem Chandra 16 yrs

Lynfield College bank account details: 12-3049-0248027-00 (using VEX as the Reference)
Please email so we can provide a receipt.

VEX Robotics Australia/New Zealand Live Remote Tournament

On Tuesday 22 March, Lynfield College had two VEX Robotics Teams compete in the Australia/New Zealand Remote Online Tournament. This involved having two fields setup complete with web cameras and computers signed into an internationals competition control system.

During the qualification rounds, the two Lynfield teams led the ranks right up until very last match when an Australian team squeezed into second place, knocking out one of our teams.

The finals were between the top two ranked teams, at true ANZ final. Our team competed well, but unfortunately we were beaten into second place by 1 point, Lynfield 265 – Australia 266.

It was a great day, with a big learning curve for both our teams, as neither had competed in a Live Remote Tournament before. Both of these teams will compete in the VEX Worlds Championships in May, one in person in Dallas, Texas, the other via Live Remote Tournament here.

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Maka Family Sporting Successes

Congratulations to the Maka family for their outstanding sports success in the recent Auckland College Sports Athletics Championships.

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Percy Maka (Year 13)
Gold 55.87 m Discus (Snr)
Rina Maka (Year 12)
Bronze 38.72 m Discus (Int)
Troy Maka (Year 10)
Gold Discus and Shot Put (Jnr)

Special mention goes to Troy Maka for his huge achievements breaking a 30 year old World Youth Record 13 Boys of 60.28 m (previous 60.20 m, 1992 from Melbourne, Australia). Not only that, he also broke his older brother Percy’s Auckland College Sport Discus record of 56.02 m, 2019. Troy has now broken five World Youth Records, bringing the Maka total to seven. Outstanding!

NCEA Presentation for 2022

Academic Advisor Neil Waddington takes us all through EVERYTHING you ever needed to know about the NCEA process. Two links are provided.

The first is a youtube video of the slide presentation with a voice over by Mr Waddington addressing and expanding on the information on each slide. The second link is the slide presentation that would have been played on the NCEA Presentation Evening however that was cancelled due to Covid. It includes links to external information and sites that you can access.

NCEA Video:

NCEA Slides:

Year 9 Drama

Students are progressing well with creating original dramas in their groups. They are basing their stories on images from New Zealand figurative paintings. There is a real range of stories with working titles such as Teleport, Girl on the Steps, Sandstorm, War Crisis and Restrained.

Below are some shots of freeze frames they have created to structure their stories with a clear beginning, middle and end. The level of engagement with tasks and group participation is very pleasing.

Well done Year 9 from Ms Allpress

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Individual Sports Honours

Congratulations to our students who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen sports:

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Fiona Siapo (Year 11) Mia Powell (Year 13) Caleb Young (Year 12) Parthiv Pabari (Year 12)
Congratulations to Fiona Siaopo who gained Silver in the Intermediate Girls’ Shot Put and the Intermediate Girls’ Discus at the Auckland Seocndary School Athletics Championships. Fiona was Lynfield College’s Year 10 Sportswoman of the Year for 2021. At the New Zealand Athletics Champs at Mitre Park 10 in Hastings recently, Mia performed exceptionally well:

Gold U20 400m
Gold U20 4 x 400 Relay
Silver U20 200m
Silver U20 4 x 100 Relay

Caleb competed at Auckland Diving Champs last weekend in two events. He was up against two boys who are on the long list for the Commonwealth Games, and he held his through both events. He placed 4th on Platform Junior Elite A Boys, and won Bronze in the 3m Junior Elite A Boys. Recently Parthiv gained selection the NZ U17 National Badminton squad who will play some international games in the near future.

House Captain Badge Presentations

Following the announcement of their election our House Captains for 2022 were presented with their Badges and even managed to smile and hold their breath for an unmasked pic! Congratulations to:

BRAY | Francesca Walsh and Hellina Dagnew
FAUMUINA | Chris Peng and Maria Petelo
REID | Marie Fruean and Emma Turner   
FATIALOFA | Arwa Barghash and Eric Nanai
LEWIS | Jameel Waniya and Divyanshi Chauhan
ZORICICH | Alina Petricheva and Shalini Patel
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10IL Active Learning

Active learning is any learning activity in which the student participates or interacts with the learning process, as opposed to passively taking in the information. When given the opportunity to actively engage with the information they’re learning, students perform better. It nurtures the brain, giving it an extended opportunity to connect new and old information, correct previous misconceptions, and reconsider existing thoughts or opinions.

10IL collecting continuous data connected to genetic traits for their Science/Maths class. Activities included strength tests, vertical jump, hand-eye coordination, and balancing on one foot.

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Jayden Baek Wins North Island
Disability Golf Open 2022

Congratulations to Jayden Baek (Year 13), who has won the North Island Disability Golf Open which was held at Whakatane Golf Club on the weekend of 12 and 13 of March.

He won the game by Gross Winning which means winning with the least ball counting. It is Jayden’s second win from the same Golf Open since winning two years ago at Christchurch.

Jayden found the golf course very long and tough and there were many challenges during the game but he never lost his top position throughout the game and finished with top result.

Jayden appreciates the support from Lynfield College and is looking forward to enjoying another happy year of schooling.

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12BIO/A Arataki Forest Trip

On the 2nd and 3rd of March the year 12 Biology classes went on a field trip to Arataki Forest in the Waitakere Ranges. The purpose of the trip was to collect data about the different plant species living in the forest to be used for their internal assessment- Biology 2.6, investigate a pattern in an ecological community.

It was a successful trip and the students seemed to enjoy themselves (even after a decent bush walk!). We wish the students all the best for their internal assessment write up over the next week.
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Girls’ Cricket Team Win!

1st XI Girls Cricket Team won their game against St Mary’s. Captained by Divyanshi Chauhan who has been a star with both bat and ball, the team has only lost one game over the last two seasons. Other players to star have been bowlers Shalini Patel and Prianka Patel and batters Tanisha Ali, Esther Rouse and Aisha Atif.

All things going well, the team should qualify for the final of their grade in a couple of weeks. With three year 9’s and two year 10’s in the team, the future looks bright too.

From Dean Russell Christie

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Ecological Study Group Visits Karamatura Stream

Two 1SCB classes visited the Karamatura Stream at Huia in the Waitakere Ranges, and carried out an ecological study to compare the diversity and quality of this water source with an urban water source. Each student was involved in the collection of field data.

Students looked at the diversity of organisms in the stream as well as any factors affecting the quality of water as part of the Level 1 Biology (Assessment Standard 90951 ‘Investigate the biological impact of an event on a New Zealand ecosystem’).

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