May 2018

Lynfield Celebrating Diversity Through Pink Shirt Day

Our Student Leaders did fantastic work to promote Pink Shirt Day on Friday 18 May, as part of a worldwide campaign to end bullying and spread kindness throughout our community.

Pink Shirt Day a global day that celebrates diversity and endorse environments where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. Each year, workplaces, schools, organisations and individuals join the movement to make a stand against bullying.

Bullying is a serious issue in New Zealand – our schools have the second highest rate of bullying out of 51 countries, and 1 in 5 workers are affected by bullying. People who identify as part of the rainbow community experience higher rates of bullying, and studies show people who are bullied are more likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.

Pink Shirt Day is more than a day, it’s a movement that originated in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price from Canada bought and gave out 50 pink shirts in support of a male student who was threatened and harassed after wearing pink on the first day of school. Word got out and hundreds of students showed up the next day all in pink, taking a positive stand. This sparked a worldwide campaign to speak up and stand together to stop bullying.

For more information visit: https://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/

Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Human Rights Commission, Bullying-Free NZ Week, The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust, Auckland District Health Board Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP), Youthline and Emerge Aotearoa.

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Auckland Goethe Society Quiz Success

On Wednesday 16th of May, three Year 13 Lynfield Students (Jackie de Pont, Joshua Boasman and Taina Pere) travelled to Auckland University, courtesy of Mrs Campbell and Mr Bangs, to compete in the annual Auckland Goethe Society Quiz.

There were three categories - high school students, University students and native speakers/German teachers - who all took part in answering questions about Germany’s language, geography, famous people, music, culture and history.

After a few hours of answering questions, meeting some new people and listening to former Lynfield student and quizmaster Johnson Zhuang, the winners were announced by Goethe Society president, Stephan Resch. Lynfield with honorary member Anika (from Diocesan), took home first place in the High School division, and enjoyed a great night with some interesting German speakers.
 
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Hui Hauauru at Te Ringa Awhina Marae


On Friday 11 May Kura from around Tamaki Makau Rau were welcomed to Te Ringa Awhina Marae, An amazing day filled with learning in a Maori environment started with a powhiri, followed by kai sharing, learning of mau rakau, haka, waiata and positive relationships were formed by all who attended.

Thanks to everyone who helped: Mr Mouldey for being our speaker and Vini for taking the photographs for us. The group will be going to Rangiriri next term and will visit each of the kura in due course.
 
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Auckland Mathematics Olympiad Success

 
On Saturday 12th May two mathematically gifted Lynfield College students, Kevin Chen (Year 13) and Tony Feng (Year 11) attended the Auckland Mathematics Olympiad, which is an annual competition for high school students hosted by the University of Auckland.

The questions were set by Maths Olympiad specialists who are either Professors or Associate Professors from the University and are of a very challenging nature.

The competition attracts around 200 of potentially the strongest mathematics students in the Auckland region and both boys performed extremely well.
kevin and tony

Kevin came 5th in the Senior section and Tony 1st in the Junior section, an outstanding achievement.