July 2012

Two Students Honoured with Art Awards


Naomi Fautaga and Ashley Walters, both of Year 13, have been advised they have received two of this year’s Pat Hanly Art Student Awards. Initiated by the Friends of the Gallery in 2002 these awards are held at the Auckland Art Gallery annually.


This competition is well supported by secondary schools throughout Auckland, with 48 students nominated in 2011. The award honours Pat Hanly’s outstanding contribution to New Zealand art and his support of the Friends’ work as Patron. It is awarded to Year 13 visual art students in recognition of their “outstanding commitment and passion for the visual arts, and community awareness”.


This year award’s ceremony was  the first to be held in Auckland’s renovated Art Gallery and included the launch of a major publication on the work of Pat Hanly.

  Hanly award photo  

 Further photos of the awards ceremony are available at  http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/get-involved/friends-of-the-gallery/news-and-events



Golf and Squash Stars

Juee Bhide (Year 11) has been selected as a member of the New Zealand  World Junior Squash Squad and is training for the 2013 World Junior Under-19 Championships.


Following her successes last year (New Zealand Under-15 Champion, 3rd in North Island Junior Girls Championship) Juee is now ranked 4th in New Zealand in the Under-17 age group. With these credentials Juee is considered too highly ranked to be playing in the schools' league; so Juee has opted to give back to Lynfield College and to her sport by coaching our school's senior girls' squash team.


Rebecca Smith (Year 12) scored 72 in a round of golf last term. This brilliant round earned her the title of Auckland Golf District Junior Home Links Champion for both gross and net scores. Each district winner's score is sent in to determine the national winner; Rebecca's amazing score was the best of any junior in New Zealand so she has been awarded the New Zealand Junior Best Net Home Links Score title.


Congratulations to Juee and Rebecca!



Building Update

The building programme that has been underway all this year is now showing us what a great sports complex and re-vamped Maths/Science area we are going to have.

The images below reveal a gymnasium which is all but complete on the outside - the inside with adjoining Sports Office and classrooms is framed out at this stage.
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G Block has new upstairs Maths classrooms and Maths staff and resource areas (with fantastic views!). Downstairs will house Science Laboratories and the outside is currently being painted and pathed.
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Maori Language Week Visit to Starship



Te Wiki o Te Reo Mâori

He mihi nui ki a koutou

On Wednesday 25 July a group of 10 students went to Starship hospital to perform for Mâori Language Week. They put smiles on many faces and represented their school with pride.


Mrs Leauga accompanied the group and Miss Sorby invited us to perform.  The students performed 3 times, for the main hospital and for Starship, and lunched at Subway courtesy of Starship Hospital. Well done to our Lynfield students!


Arohatia te reo, Arohatia te ahurea, Kia kaha ki te korero Mâori!



First XV in Action


Lynfield's First XV enjoyed their game against Marcellin College on Saturday and were the victors again - although the win this week was easier than the last minute triumph last week.


The team has been progressing well this season, having notched up some impressive scores against Auckland Grammar and MacLeans College early in the season. In recent games the boys have had good away wins against De L Salle College and Marcellin College.


Lynfield is currently 5th on the table but with a game in hand and some weaker teams still to play. If we can win one more game then we will most likely make the semi-finals and then hopefully the final.


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Progress Conferences Online Bookings

Progress Conference evenings are to be held on Thursday 2 August and Tuesday 7 August. On-line booking sheets have been issued to all students – they should have brought them home already. These sheets should help you set the interview times with the teachers you wish to meet. On line bookings offer you as parents the opportunity to directly select the time at which they wish to meet teachers.


Access to the School Interviews website is through the internet using the URL address http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz. All students have been given written instructions on how to access the School Interviews website. Included with the information sheet is the special password for the Term 3 interviews – check with the College if you need a copy of your child’s sheet so you can access the appointment booking webpage.


Once logged in there are three simple steps to follow in order to complete the booking process. The information sheet given to students includes a printed copy of their courses and teachers' codes; this information is used to ensure you make interview times with the relevant staff. Parents should print out the email confirmation and bring it to the interview to enable the booking times to be followed. 


Any parents unable to access the booking website should complete the manual booking slip on the instruction sheet and send this back to the school office with their child. Receptionist staff will also be able to make bookings through the school office number - ph 6270600. The exact times for the interviews will be confirmed either by email or on the student’s slip.


 We trust you will continue to find the on-line interview bookings efficient - it has certainly ensured Progress Conferences proceed in a scheduled and timely manner.


Any feedback or queries can be addressed to Deputy Principal Mr M Black on 6270600 ext 705


Robotics Teams off to a Great Start 

Remember how well we did at the World Championships earlier this year? Not wanting to spoil our record we have been working hard and so far have been successful at the first two scrimmages this year.


Last Saturday at Glenfield College we entered four teams and three of them progressed to the semifinals.


One went on to the final and won with a score of 295 to 1 in the last game. Congratulations!


Tyla Nathan Wong in NZ Sevens Team 

New Zealand Women's Sevens Coach Sean Horan has named his first team to play in next month's Oceania Women's Sevens Championship tournament in Fiji and our Sports Captain, Tyla Nathan Wong, is included in the team. 

The 12 women - a mix of seasoned players and athletes new to the game- is the first to be selected on the back of a nationwide Go4Gold recruitment programme to encourage women to consider playing sevens. The programme is geared towards finding a gold-medal winning women's sevens team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"This is a very exciting time and the women are particularly excited that they will wear the black jersey and represent New Zealand.

"These women have been chosen from a wider development group of about 50. We thought it was important to have a mix of experienced players and young emerging talent to ensure we can build a successful team," Horan said.

More than 1000 women and girls registered with the Go4Gold programme and the regional tournaments in August will provide more opportunities for women to showcase their talent.

The Oceania Women's Sevens Championship runs on 3 and 4 August and will serve as a Rugby World Cup 2013 qualifier for the Pacific nations taking part. New Zealand and Australia are participating in the tournament, but have already qualified.

Ki O Rahi Tournament


Towards the end of last term eight teams battled it out in the Lynfield College Year 12 PE Tournament. Interesting and competitive pool play led to closely-fought semi-finals and final. From this tournament a team was selected to represent Lynfield College at a secondary schools' Ki o Rahi Tournament.

To celebrate Matariki, the Ki o Rahi Tournament was held last Wednesday at the Trusts Stadium. Twelve schools competed with all but Lynfield being Te Reo Maori immersion schools. All instructions were in Te Reo Maori and it was a very enriching experience for our students.


The Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, made special mention of the manu aute (kite) our students made to represent Lynfield College and met with our team after the powhiri.


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Our team performed very creditably, drawing the semi-final then losing to the eventual tournament winners in extra time.  We finished fourth and are inspired to pursue this further next year.

More Gateway Experience Snapshots

Here are some more Gateway Work Experience profiles; the ones featured last month drew positive feedback and interest, so Mrs Fairley the coordinator of the programme has provided some more.

Jessica Taylor has gained work experience at Rodney Wayne in St Lukes working every Friday for 10 weeks.

Jessica attended Cut Above during her April school holidays for one week to gain the basic skills and knowledge needed to contribute to her salon experience.

During these last holidays, Jessica returned to Cut Above to complete her assessments and show what she had learned at the salon. She has the opportunity to gain 40 credits related to the hairdressing industry through this programme.
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Nitin 2 Nitin Sharma has completed his Gateway work experience at Roofing Accessories in Rosedale on the North Shore.

Nitin has worked every Friday for 10 weeks learning new skills in the production of roof and commercial flashings. He has worked as part of a team and has enjoyed his experience.

His future pathway may be in the steel fabrication/engineering industry.

Travelwise Leadership

Seven Lynfield students were selected to develop their leadership skills whilst getting travelwise in a Travelwise leadership training programme run by Auckland Transport. The programme was aimed to inspire and it did.

There were four sessions held at Lynfield College. Three were just for our students and the fourth was a cluster group with other Secondary Schools to share ideas ( photo of one session on the right).


It was a great experience and gave our team a number of ideas that can be implemented in the future to get Lynfield College more travelwise.


We are grateful to Bindi and Arthur, the travelwise mentors -our Travelwise leaders found the programme very enjoyable. Staff member Miss Goldwater has also dedicated a lot of time to the programme and the college has a growing reputation as a Travelwise school thanks to her commitment.

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Musical High Notes

Michael Howell (Year13) has been selected for the second year running for the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra.

In Wellington in August Michael will spend over a week rehearsing and touring under the direction of well -known NZ trombonist Roger Fox, and Americans alto saxophonist Dick Oates and drummer Steve Houghton.

 Always of interest is the annual Music Department CD. Mrs Norman reports this year's is in the final stages of production. Final mixes and art work are complete and we look forward to the CD becoming available within the next few weeks.

Finally- rehearsals for the KBB Music Festival  continue and we are hopeful of repeating our successes at this event which is a competitive highlight for our music ensembles.  The KBB festival is between August 21 and August 24 and this year is being held  at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Exact performance time and dates will be confirmed shortly.

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