October 2012


Special Tribute for Achieving National Honours

During our Festival Awards Evening (report below) there was acknowledgment and celebration of those students who during this year have excelled in their chosen sporting or musical activity to the extent of being honoured with selection at national level.


Enjoy the images shown above!



Festival Awards Evening Celebrates Arts, Culture and Sports


Prizegiving season started with a most enjoyable Festival Awards Evening at the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday evening (October 23). This annual event acknowledges the extra-curricular life of Lynfield College, the contributions of students, staff and parents, and the impressive leadership and achievements of individuals, groups and teams.


Former student and now professional golfer Marcus Wheelhouse returned for a second time as our Guest Speaker, and to present the most prestigious awards.


Full lists of students who received awards will be published in our Yearbook; the highest awards are featured here with brief descriptions of the achievements of the highly-deserving recipients.

Tyla Nathan Wong Tyla Nathan Wong - Proctor Cup for Most Outstanding Achievement.
Tyla’s talents with an oval ball are exceptional, her commitment and dedication to her teams is unquestionable.  These attributes have won her regional recognition in 2 codes.  In 2012 she has been a member of the Auckland Rugby Women’s 7’s, Counties Manukau Invitational Women’s 7’s, Counties Manukau Maori Women’s 7’s and Counties Manukau Open Women’s Touch team.

Tyla's outstanding performances were recognised by her selection nationally in the NZ Open Women’s Tag, NZ Rugby Union Women’s 7’s , Aotearoa Maori Women’s 7’s (who won the Roma 7’s in Italy) and NZ Touch Black Open Women’s teams.  Tyla has competed internationally in each of these teams, earning NZ Caps at senior level in 3 different sports – Touch, Tag and Rugby 7’s.
With her sights firmly set on the 2016 Olympics, we will watch with interest and pride the progress of this Lynfield Legend.

Tyla was also named the 2012 girls' Dux Ludorum.
Tyla is a fully committed athlete who is our Senior Girls Athletics Champion, Senior Girls Road Race Champion and a member of the Senior Mixed Tag team.  She receives Colours with Honours and is the Most Valued Player of the Senior Girls Touch team, and has chosen to share her knowledge and skills in a tangible way by coaching this successful team.  Tyla’s selection for the New Zealand Touch and Tag teams are true testament to her exceptional talents in these codes.  She is this year’s female Sports Captain, assisting with the organisation of all House Competitions. 

This year’s male Dux Ludorum is Tane Leilua.

Tane is an outstanding sportsman who has made significant contributions to Lynfield sport in many codes. This year, he has been a member of our Senior Softball, Tag, Touch and Volleyball teams, as well as being named Most Valuable Player in both the Rugby League and 1st XV Rugby teams.

He is also the Senior Boys Tennis Doubles Champion for 2011 and 2012.

Tane has chosen to give back to Lynfield sport by co-coaching our Junior Boys Volleyball team.
Tane Leilua


Dux Artium The 2012 Dux Artium is Michael Howell.

Michael is an outstanding musician who has contributed to Jazz Combo, Big Band, Production Band, Guitar Ensemble and Concert Band. He has won Colours and Colours with Honours in his chosen fields and is this year’s Most Valuable Player in both the Big Band and the Jazz Combo.

He has won regional recognition in 2011 and 2012 by being part of the finalist Big Band in the KBB festivals. Even more significantly, he has won national recognition by being selected for the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2011 and 2012.

Michael is this year’s Arts and Cultural Captain and has led by example at all rehearsals and performances.


This year this is a joint award to be shared between Premier Boys Basketball and Premier1 Netball.

  Team Achievement AWard BBall and Netball  

 Premier Basketball - Awarded in recognition of this team’s outstanding success in the Greater Auckland Basketball Championship where they finished 3rd out of 24 teams, qualifying them to compete in the NZ Secondary Schools Basketball competition.  This is a great achievement for our boys who have just completed their first season in the premier grade.
 Premier 1 Netball - Awarded in recognition of the team's members’ outstanding reliability and commitment to the team and their determination to give a 110% effort in every game.  Consequently this team’s performance in the West Auckland Competition was exceptional, finishing runners-up in the top grade.  They went on to finish 6th in the B grade at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools tournament where the top teams from 100 schools competed.

This award is won by the Lynfield College Big Band.

Directed by Mr Paul Norman, the band competed against 41 big bands from the greater Auckland area. This is the largest festival of its kind in New Zealand. Chosen as one of the best 4 bands in the competition, the Lynfield College Big Band went on to be overall winner of this prestigious competition.

Congratulations are also owed to Paul Norman for his outstanding leadership of the band.
Cultural Group Achvmt Award




Acelin has been awarded a Lynfield College Sports Scholarship in recognition of his contribution and commitment to sports teams, leadership in sport and his academic studies.  He plans to use this to help pursue his passion when he begins tertiary study in Sport and Recreation next year.

Yash has been awarded a Lynfield College Arts and Cultural scholarship in recognition of his public speaking skills and his overall success in his academic studies.  He will use it to go towards his university of Auckland fees.  He plans to study a Bachelor of Engineering and continue his interest in public speaking.

Billy has been awarded a Lynfield College Arts and Cultural scholarship in recognition of his contribution to the performing arts, his leadership and his overall success in his academic studies.  He plans to use the scholarship to help fund his tertiary study in media or music.

As usual, this was fiercely fought for across 6 different competitions.  With points allocated for both participation and placings, the overall House winner is rarely predictable!  This year is no exception, and finally emerging as the overall champion House for 2012 is Faumuima.


Te Reo Students' Learning Experience at the Museum


museum photo comp Recently 31 Te Reo Mâori Students (from Year 9-13) travelled to the Auckland Museum to watch the Mâori Cultural Show.
They also learned about different type of waiata and hand held weapons including the taiaha and patu.
Mrs Leauga and Mrs Tebay accompanied the group.

Outstanding Results in Australian Chemistry Quiz


Lynfield students have excelled at all levels with several Excellence Plaques for Outstanding Performance being presented.


In reading the results below, be aware that High Distinction is for the top 10% of students in the country, with a select few at the very top being identified with Excellence for outstanding performance. Distinction is given to the next 15% of students.


Congratulations! to all of the following students:


Year 9    
High Distinction Adya Choudhary  
Distinction Janice Han  
Year 10    
High Distinction Excellence Taeo Kim  
  Jake Krishnamurti  
High Distinction Choska Harsham  
Distinction Abhinav Behal  
  Prashant Kumar  
  Sachi Rathod  
  Meryl Saldanha  
  Zachary Walker-Rendell  
Year 11    
High Distinction Excellence Steven Ling  
  David Wu  
  Jessica Yao  
High Distinction Jahnvee Solanki  
Distinction Sherwyn D'Souza  
  Bhavish Kapachi  
  Alvina Rathood  
  Thomas Woodbridge  
Year 12    
High Distinction Excellence Andrew Coffin  
High Distinction Anthony Chen  
  Campbell Foskin  
  Tim Hight  
  Chantal van Weelie  
  Kevin Yu  
Distinction Lydia Choo  
  Max Greubner  
  Hannah Joyce  
  Mason Ng  
  Reyna Ting  
Year 13    
High Distinction Nalin Choudhary  
  Wendy He  
Distinction Jacob Couper  
  Akshay Khatri  
  Jane Yang  


German Language Department Celebrating

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

The German department is pleased to announce that this year twelve Lynfield College students have been invited to the official Goethe Society prizegiving ceremony at the University of Auckland to receive their awards and prizes for the 2012 Goethe Examinations. These which require students to demonstrate their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Ellie Davies (Year 11) and Mallory Heslop (Year 12) each came 2nd in their division while Demi Cox (Year 13) won the 3rd prize overall.


Another pleasing result has been obtained by Johnson Zhuang (Year 12). He was awarded one of three NZGSE scholarships nationwide to go to Germany at the end of 2012. There were 49 applicants from all over New Zealand. 16 students were invited to the final scholarship interviews in Wellington. Johnson is going to travel to Germany from the beginning of December until the beginning of February 2013. He will be staying with a German family in Ratzeburg near Hamburg, attend school, experience German Christmas and travel to different places like Berlin and Munich. His flight will be paid for by The Society for NZ – German Student Exchange (NZGSE), they are sponsored by Lufthansa, Bayer NZ, the NZ Germany Youth Exchange Trust and others. We look forward to hearing all his stories upon his return next year.


Zhuang Fongyu 2

Football Referee Award for Year 10 Student

Special skills at a young age have recently been recognised and rewarded at the Auckland Football Federation Referee Awards night on Saturday 13th October.


Aiden Moffat is the youngest Auckland Football referee and received the Highway Electrical Trophy for the Most Professional Youth Referee and the Countrywide Bank Cup as the Most Improved Assistant Referee.
You can see the write up on the Auckland Football webpage http://www.aucklandfootball.org.nz/index.php?id=44&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1871&tx_ttnews[backPid]=43&cHash=336994fe5e
Aiden was away in Napier last weekend refereeing an under 19 tournament and starts his appointment to the ASB National Women’s Youth League this next coming weekend.

High Distinction Awards in NZ Economics Quiz

Jay Janarthanan and Tim Hight of Year 12 are obviously delighted with their recent success in the New Zealand Economics Quiz organised by the University of Auckland.


Both students scored High Distinction and and are pictured receiving their certificates at the University of Auckland.


14 other senior students received awards at both Credit and Distinction levels.


Eco quiz Jay Eco quiz Tim

PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholar Vipul Dev

PwC scholar Vipul

Vipul Dev, Year 13, has been awarded a PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship. This is a significant achievement for Vipul who intends studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Auckland University from 2013.


As well as being provided with financial assistance over the course of his degree, Vipul will also receive mentoring support from PricewaterhouseCoopers and get the opportunity to start developing valuable business relationships and networks.


The Business Department is very proud of Vipul's achievement and we all congratulate him on his success.


Students Return from "Brilliant" Tokyo Trip


Our students and accompanying staff have so much to talk about on their return from Shinagawa (Tokyo). Their experiences with their host families, sightseeing, cultural and historical visits, shopping, eating...the stories and photos indicate this was a trip that will be unforgettable.


A visit to   http://www.lcshinagawa2012.blogspot.co.nz/  will give you diary entries, images and video as posted by the students during their trip.



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