May 2022


Aashish Ramanlal Awarded Te Kuhunga Law Scholarship

Past student Aashish Ramanlal (2021) was presented with a Te Kuhunga Law Scholarship by Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann (also a past Lynfield student) on Thursday 19 May 2022 at Meredith Connell law firm.

Aashish is enjoying his Stage 1 Law studies with History and Economics at the University of Auckland this year.

Te Kuhunga involves school visits by young lawyers from diverse backgrounds, special small-group visits to Meredith Connell’s offices, Open Days at University, and the opportunity to apply for scholarships which involve financial support and ongoing mentoring and support. Congratulations Aashish.

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Pink Shirt Day a Week of Celebration

Why is Pink Shirt Day important?

Pink Shirt is an annually celebrated day to unite students against all sorts of bullying. This year along with wearing pink (with our school uniform) to show we support anti-bullying, students will incorporate hauora during the Pink Shirt week culminating on Friday 20 May.

Bullying is not okay. This is our opportunity to become part of a movement that seeks to end bullying and celebrate diversity. A major impact of bullying is often low self-esteem and wellbeing. This gives us the opportunity to showcase the importance of hauora, the different aspects of it and what students can do to maintain good wellbeing.

Safe schools, skittles and the Student Executive will be running the activities on Pink Shirt Day.

Originating from Canada in 2008, when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was harassed for wearing pink to school – Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated annually and across the globe to raise awareness to stop bullying.

In New Zealand, Pink Shirt Day has evolved to become a platform for celebrating diversity, promoting kindness and inclusiveness, as well as preventing bullying.

Qualified Firefighter
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Congratulations to past-pupil Floyd Tunnell (2021) who has now become a qualified Firefighter for the Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade. Floyd passed in his unqualified red helmet for the qualified yellow helmet with single stripe and new epaulettes.

Qualified firefighter training includes attending multiple training sessions over several months at the brigade itself, a study of theory books, a two-day first aid course and a gruelling one week training session in Mt Wellington, Auckland where their knowledge, suitability and fitness for the role is tested. 

The activities they must pass to qualify cover:
Search and rescue, live fire training, hose work, observation and reporting, forestry and vegetation fire management and the hardest part - managing breathing apparatus under simulated fire in a confined space in the dark.

Top Scholar Award 2022 Presentation

Isha Ramanlal was presented with her Top Scholar Award for coming first in New Zealand for Biology at Parliament in Wellington today. Principal Cath Knell was also invited to attend the ceremony. 
New Zealand Scholarship examinations assess students against challenging standards and are demanding for the most able students.

NZQA celebrates the success of the highest-achieving New Zealand Scholarship students at the annual Top Scholar Awards Ceremony hosted at Parliament in Wellington.

The awards recognise the elite students who make up the 2021 Premier Award and Top Subject Scholarship Award winners.

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 Isha's award presentation can be watched at this link:

Competition Time

2915U finished Day 2 of VEX Robotics C Worlds HS with a score of 5-2-0 (W-L-T).

Tomorrow is another day of only three qualification matches and then alliance selection, division eliminations then the finals along with a replay of the game reveal.

You can catch all this on under the research division.

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VEX Robotics World Championships 2022

Team 2915U are now in Houston Texas getting ready to take on the rest of the world for this championship event.

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Meanwhile Team 2915F are competing online with the first day of competition today (Thursday 5 May USA time) and the second on Saturday 7 May (Friday 6 May USA time). Those of you that have been supporting our Robotics programme and the team (2915U) that is competing ‘live’ in Dallas can follow the Live Streamed match times (all USA times). The live broadcasts can be found here:



Team 2915U in the USA Update

The team has so far visited the Houston Space Center where we saw the SpaceX Falcon 9 (relandable rocket that was in space recently), the 747 that carried the Space Shuttle and saw one of only three Saturn IVs remaining in the world.

We then went to ‘Six Flags Over Texas’ and did the largest wooden rollercoaster in the state as well as a few other big scary upside down rides. We also did go-karting with karts capable of 60mph.

Then finally went to the ‘Dallas Frontiers of Flight Museum’ where we got to see many war aircraft ie. F-18 hornet and a SR-71 blackbird simulator.

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Pacific Pride and Young Māori Leaders 2022:
Who are we?

At the end of Term 1 the Pacific Pride and Young Māori leaders created a video in the absence of a Talanoa to introduce themselves to our community.

They did a wonderful job. Their youtube video can be watched at this link:

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