December 2012

Two Year 10 Stars

We congratulate two Year 10 boys who have achieved significant success in their chosen sporting fields.


Michael Durham - won gold for his first placing in the Intermediate Men's Division of the Australian National Ice Figure Skating Championhips held in Brisbane.


Ben Hammond - after gaining some top placings in the NZ National Salsa competitions Ben went to Brisbane for the International Salsa Competitions and gained a second placing in the Salsa Solo Competition.


Well done to Michael and Ben!

Caring for our Community

On Tuesday December 4 and Wednesday December 5 Lynfield College Year 9 and 10 students participated in the Caring for our Community project.

All the activities the students took part in had a focus around helping groups, individuals or organisations in the community in some way. Students helped out at the Auckland City Mission and the New Lynn Hospice shop, visited local rest homes and primary schools, painted murals, repotted trees on Motuihe and cleaned up the local parks and beaches.

They also made a variety of products to donate to various charities including Xmas Cakes for Age Concern and the West Auckland Hospice, bird boxes for Tiritiri Matangi, knitted jerseys for the babies at Middlemore hospital, made Santa Sacks for the children at Starship hospital  and lap quilts for the residents of a local rest home.

A great time was had by all the students who enjoyed giving back to the community. All the organisations appreciated the students help.

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the 30 pupils who helped the City Mission in the last 2 days!  They were very hard working and it was a pleasure to have them!”
Kelly Douglas – Auckland City Mission
The staff & clients of Age Concern Auckland would like to Thank you and the team for a providing much needed support for our Christmas morning Tea. The students did a wonderful job with the hospitality and cleaning up afterwards. Please pass on our Congratulations on a great team effort”
Maureen Craven – Age Concern
“Thanks so much for working collaboratively with Age Concern.  We just love the intergenerational aspect to working with the college and feel it is a win/ win for all concerned.”
Sue Campin – Age Concern
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 One group of students spent a lot of time with 20 Lynfield Childcare Centre preschoolers. They taught them how to count in Maori, the days of the week (with their own waiata they had created), Mau rakau actions, how to use poi, they made fried bread to share with the teachers and children, made Christmas decorations and cards, made woven flowers and made their own poi.

The photos show how excited the little ones were with their creations and the activities.
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Inspiration for our Te Reo Maori Students



Nevak Rogers

We have been fortunate to have had a visit from Nevak Rogers (TVNZ producer - Maori and Pacific) who came to speak to Year 9 and 10 students about the importance of Te Reo Maori in the media and in employment. Nevak has produced some amazing documentaries on the Maori language (including "Nga Tamatoa"), Pacific history and ethnic relations around the world.


We were grateful for her visit to our marae Te Ringa Awhina, and for her sharing her story about learning Te Reo Maori and tikanga of Te Ao Maori. She inspired students by advising them of various careers in the media and how understanding kawa of Maori and having knowledge of Te Reo Maori can increase job opportunities not only in Aotearoa but around the world.


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