May 2024

2OED Tāwharanui Camp

From Monday 13 to Friday 17 May, all three Year 12 Outdoor Education classes experienced their first practical assessments, camping outdoors at the beautiful Tāwharanui Regional Park north of Auckland. Split between two camps, one from Monday to Wednesday and the other from Wednesday to Friday, we spent the days learning, building and developing our outdoor skills, surrounded by the environment.

Each day had its own list of activities, experiences and assessments, starting with pitching tents, going on a navigation exercise to get to know the area and going on a kiwi lookout walk on the first night. Trekking along the rolling hills during an eventful 13 km hike, further tested our navigational skills as well as our teamwork on the second day. Ending the camp with our final navigational assessment on the last morning before packing up the campsite and returning to school.

As being prepared was one of assessments, we knew the weather would take a turn as the camps went ahead. While we were lucky enough to have mostly calm and still weather throughout the week, there were a couple times the weather took a turn as a low came through bringing wind and rain especially on Tuesday night. But this definitely didn’t stop anyone from making new memories. Some highlights experienced by both camps were the seals seen by the rocks at Takatu point, our national kiwi making appearances throughout the nights, and the picturesque sunrises Camp 2 were able to witness.

A big thank you to Mrs Reynolds and Mr ‘Ilaua for planning this camp as well as Mr Revell and Mr Christie for putting up with us, helping us through this first OED camp and sacrificing your time. Special thanks to Mrs Reynolds who spent the entire week down in the bush with both camps! Srinidhi Totha (12ISD)

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Pink Shirt Day 2024

Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness.

It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion or cultural background.

Pink Shirt Day is the day Aotearoa comes together to take a stand against bullying. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHFNZ) has run the campaign since 2012, inspiring tangata to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was harassed for wearing pink.

Everyone enjoyed Pink Shirt Day especially the staff. Thank you all for your beautiful photos

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Sports or Creative, Innovative Scholarships

On behalf of the Lynfield College School Board we are delighted to announce that the following students have been awarded a Sports or Creative, Innovative Scholarships:

Hola Afasa, Sohail Asyaban, Harry Baker, Rio Carron, William Hooper, Arnav Kumar, Markus Maertzschink, Troy Maka, Oliver Mun, Fiona Siaopo, Isaac Sun, Kevin Zhang.

Their certificates were awarded at their respective year level assemblies. Above from left to right are: Arnav Kumar, Hola Afasa, William Hooper and Oliver Mun.

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Any student who is representing their chosen activity (sport or creative, innovative) at regional, national or international level may apply for a Lynfield College School Board funded Sports or Creative, Innovative Scholarships. Recipients may use the scholarship to assist with expenses directly related to the activity in which they excel while they are representing the College.

Innovative Learning Whanau Evening

On Thursday 16 May, IL (Innovative Learning), students collaborated with their teachers to showcase their Term One learning and demonstrate what makes Innovative Learning a unique approach.

It was an engaging evening where parents visited various stations and displays to listen to students proudly presenting their work. At the end, parents were invited to enjoy tea and biscuits prepared by 9IL students.

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Tickets Now on Sale

Lynfield College's annual school production is BIG this year! So big that we have to keep it under wraps. Due to licensing restrictions, we can't publicise the name of this well-known show. Featuring a live band and a huge cast of singers, dancers, and actors; let's just say that you'll be bopping to that beat the whole night long ... because you just can't stop the beat!

Tickets for this year’s musical production are now on sale at the following link:


Wednesday 19 June 2024 to Saturday 22 June 2024

Youth Engagement Leader and Kaiāwhina

Introducing two special people at Lynfield College! If you see them around be sure to give them a wave and say hi! They are very friendly people. Here is some information about them:


My role at Lynfield College is Youth Engagement Lead. I journey alongside students encoraging them to be just as engaged and vibrant in the class as they are outside of class.

I am new to the staff team, only starting this year and my time so far has been awesome. You may often find me cruising around the school during breaks, otherwise I share a space with Whaea Bonny in the Student Services area (just behind Health Centre Reception).

I am just another Christian Polynesian who loves sports (rugby league greatest game ever), music (hip hop/rnb), and anything creative. Malo!!

Ko Ongaro, Ko Hinerakei, Ko Makora ōku maunga
Ko Rotokakahi, ko Pawarenga ōku awa
Ko Whangapē tōku wāhapu
Ko Mamari tōku waka
Ko Mōrehu, Ko Ōhaki, Ko Taiao ōku mārae
Ko Te Aupouri, ko Te Rarawa ōku iwi
Ko Te Uri o Tai tōku hapu

Tēnā koutou katoa. This is my second year working here at LC. Initially I worked in Learning Support as a Learning Assistant before being offered the opportunity to teach Te Reo Māori as well as operate as Kaiāwhina.

These roles have given me the absolute privilege to connect with so many ākonga and their whānau as well as provide a platform where I can continue to support ākonga navigate this thing called ‘college’, be successful and reach their goals - whatever they may be! You can find me either down at the whare teaching Te Reo or also sitting in the same space with Sam Feleti – behind Wāhi Hauroa Reception. Our door is always open.

Phones Away for the Day

Students have responded very well to the Phones Away for the Day rules. We have noticed much more chatter at breaks and more students playing games. Teachers have also reported that the pouch system is working well so that students remain responsible for their phones.

To help students find things to do at breaks, Ms Grant and Ms Hunt have brought in board games that their Hui mai classes can use. Students are enjoying reliving childhood memories and learning new games!

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