September 2012

Students Assist at Age Concern Celebrations


On Tuesday September 25 a group of ten Lynfield College students went to help Age Concern celebrate the International Day of the Older Person.  Age Concern is an organisation that supports people over the age of 60. To celebrate IDOP they held a concert in the Avondale Community Centre for about 150 people.  Many of the audience were residents from some of the local rest homes.

Our students who went along have previously been involved in several workshops that have taught people over the age of 60 to use their mobile phones. At the concert they were acting as waiters and waitresses and serving the morning tea to the elderly audience. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some of the students even managed to meet up with their texting buddies and answer some of their mobile phone questions.

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Auckland Trash to Fashion Special Achievement Award


The girls modelling the garments designed and made by the Learning Support Soft Materials class, were excited to be shoulder tapped for the finale. Their excitement turned to delight, when the class was presented with the Special Achievement Award for the ‘Call of the Wild’ category.

The class entered the Auckland Trash to Fashion Awards for the first time this year. Eight students were guided by Mrs Claire Tagaloa, Mrs Sonia Wensor and Mrs Wendy Marevich to create two garments titled “Gone Bush” and “In Search of Nemo”. They worked co-operatively, cutting, painting, arranging, glueing and sewing, recycled and natural materials, to complete the garments for the selection show at Green Bay High School.

Sophia May and Ashley Phillips volunteered to be the models and represent the class on the day. The girls and their garments impressed the judges and they were selected to go through to the main competition at the Corbans Arts Centre. Wendy and the girls spent three weekends practising and performing and made it to the finals. On the Awards Afternoon each class member was acknowledged with a certificate for their contribution.

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The girls, their teachers and the school are proud of their achievement.


Premier Netball Team Shakes the UNISS Ladder

During National Tournament Week our Premier netball team competed in the Upper North Island Secondary Schools' netball competition.  This year the top teams from 100 schools north of Taupo played 10 games over 5 days at Netball North Harbour’s courts in Northcote. 

Having won the C grade last year we had our sights set on taking out the B grade. In torrential rain and strong winds Lynfield won their 1st pool and moved through to the top 16 Again we finished 1st

Winning these pools put the team on the tough side of the draw and as a result it had losses to the 2 teams who eventually were winners and runners-up in the B grade.  However we surprised Taupo who, until they played Lynfield, were undefeated throughout the winter season!  

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Finishing 6th in the B grade is an excellent result especially since it is only the 2nd year Lynfield has entered this competition.  Much was learned and enjoyed from this tough competition and this will be used to build an even stronger team for 2013.

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Virtual Art Exhibition and Competition


A number of our Visual Arts now have their artworks displayed at Exhibbit, an online virtual art gallery.

To see the competition entries go to

Our Arts faculty also has two other exhibitions live on the gallery at - viewers can select Lynfield College by clicking on the letter "L" in the "View exhibition" section, and select the exhibition from there. The Unity Player software is easy and quick to install, and navigation tools can be used to explore the art works or alternatively "take a tour".

Enjoy this innovation!

College Trip to Tokyo (Shinagawa) Begins Today, September 24


For our keen travellers to Shinagawa today has been a long time coming - primarily because it was originally scheduled for last year but had to be postponed after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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15 students and two staff leave today for a 16 day trip which will involve our students homestayed - in some cases by the Japanese students that were hosted here at Lynfield. Excursions around and about Tokyo and a little further afield are very much looked forward to.


Daily posts to the trip's blog are promised. You can follow these (and if you wish, sign up for alerts of postings to the blog) at


Music CD Showcases Our Best Performances

As reported last month our Big Band has experienced great success at this year's Secondary Schools' KBB Festival, being awarded a gold medal as in previous years and also being given the Most Outstanding Jazz Performance award.  And now the Music Department has launched its professionally produced  CD  Take the A train which features the Big Band and its prizewinning numbers.

Available from the college for $20 either from reception or by emailing HOD Music Lisa Norman on .

 A visit to e_LynC (our e-learning site)  - just scroll down its home page-will allow you to hear some short excerpts just to whet your appetite!

Joshua Head, motorcyclist.


One Year 9 student has many other envious as he speeds away on his motorbike. Joshua Head may only have been racing since last year but he is already showing signs of promise in the fast lane.

He explains :
The type of racing I do is road racing a type which you race on tar-mat, which is a flat smooth asphalt surface. I use racing slick tyres which are perfect for good sticky grip on a hot day. In the wet I use racing wet tyres which have deep grooves which still grip on the slippery wet tar-mat.

Joshua races a Suzuki FXR 150 and has competed in various races on different tracks such as Wellington, Te Puke, Taumarunui, Tokoroa and up here in Auckland. Recently he won his Grade in the North Island series and he has won other trophies prior to this significant victory..

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"The speed that you go controlling the bike yourself and scraping your knee-sliders on the track is such an awesome feeling. While going hard for first place it gets weary and a bit of contact is involved, with handle bars of other riders digging in your ribs and passing lap traffic with the risk of being taken out. It is a scary feeling."
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Ben Te Ninihi Tawhiti 1934-2012

Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui o Tane

                - a totara has fallen in Tane's forest (Maori proverb)

Ben Tawhiti, the Kaumatua of Lynfield College, passed away on Saturday September 15 in Waitakere Hospital.

Ben initially came to Lynfield as the teacher of Te Reo and he instilled a love of Te Reo and tikanga among his students. Staff and students enjoyed travelling with Ben on camps to his tribal home near Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty.

As outside commitments to music, radio, schools, community and Unitec prevailed on his time Ben took the role of school kaumatua, and officiated at formal school functions. He served on the Board of Trustees for many years.

Lynfield College had a very special place in Ben's heart and we will always be grateful for his love, support and expertise.  We thank his family for sharing him with us.

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 A group of staff and students assembled at the College, Sunday afternoon, to farewell our Kaumatua as his funeral procession made its way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Tatai Hono Marae in Khyber Pass. He will remain there until Tuesday morning, when he will be moved to the Bay Of Plenty

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Kapahaka Performance for Halsey Drive Primary School

Friday 14 September was Maori Language Day and Mrs Leauga gladly accepted an invitation from Halsey Drive Primary School to have Te Reo Maori students perform to showcase their culture.

Year 10 students Hudson Read, Danni Davis-Hunt, Stephanie Tarawa, David Faautaga, Rhys Tebay and Hyrum Johansson performed a Ngeri, waiata-a-ringa and waiata-poi. It was a great performance and the students displayed kaha, mana and ihi.

Ka mau te wehi!!

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First X1 Captain Signs Off

As the winter sport season ends many of our sports team members have to acknowledge that their time at Lynfield is fast drawing to a close - and after five years they will move on to further study or employment.

Gage Loomans of the First X1 Football Team writes about his final game for Lynfield:

We did well to keep Massey scoreless in the first half, seeing as we didn’t start up as fired up as we could have been. When we woke up we played amazing. Everything that our coach Kim and Amir had taught us during the year was just suddenly happening and happening well. We passed the ball around the park, keeping possession and dominating the field of play. Massey was getting frustrated and it showed, giving up cheap fouls. All the better for us we were able to capitalize on it and keep the ball in their half. Goals soon followed after this. With another goal in the piggy bank from Shamal, a calm and composed across-the-keeper finish from Manish, a screamer from Simon and the goal of the year-a top corner volley from Bevis, all our hard work had paid off. The only thing was a momentary lapse in concentration from the boys and me that cost us 1 goal at our end. But in the end a 4-1 win is a pretty good score line in any game of football.

To Kim our coach thanks so much for a great year of football, easily the most enjoyable at Lynfield. You’re a great coach and good luck for whatever you do next year. What you taught us helped us gel as a team and play a good game of football, even though the score sheet didn’t always reflect it.

To Amir, thanks heaps for covering for Kim when he couldn’t be there and training us as well. To Mr Ratnam, thanks for managing our rowdy bunch and driving us to the far reaches of Auckland so we could play a game of football. 

To the boys, it’s pretty sad knowing this is my last year of football at Lynfield College but you guys all made it a good one. So thanks to Dale, Acelin, Shamal, David, Mikey, Jacob, Avi, Shafeel, Aidan, Manish, Simon, William, Bevis and once again Kim, Amir and Mr Ratnam. Cheers guys -this year was a great one!!!

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Year 12 Debaters Celebrate a Successful Year

The Year 12 Debating Team is the most successful of our teams this year. Consisting of Andrew Coffin, Akash Charles, Brayden Silby and Jay Janarthanan, and coached by Bela Adash, the team won four consecutive debates and reached the octo finals.

Although they were defeated in the final Andrew received a "Highly Commended Speaker" award as the First place speaker in the Western Zone Senior Open Competition.

Adult Learners Appreciate Year 13 Students' Help


The Adult ESOL classes receive ongoing voluntary support from a group of Year 13 students. These students enjoy the opportunity to engage with the adults as they progress with their English lessons.

However, it is the adults who believe they get the most from this partnership and they would like the students and our community to know how grateful they are for the students' friendship and commitment.

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The students involved are..

Adeeb Khan, Donghyun Koo, Camilla Cen, Jane Yang, Sasha-Leigh Meyer, Neesha Hassan, Anu Nagahaulla, Marisha Aya, Tia Chen and Anmol Desai.

The images show  the Year 13 students concerned - most are seen working with Adult ESOL learners.

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Great Season for Premier Basketball Boys


untitled On Saturday night the Lynfield College Under-19 boys basketball team beat Massey High School by 9 points to take 3rd spot in the Auckland Regional Basketball Competition held last week. (1st and 2nd placings went to the two North Shore schools Westlake Boys and Rosmini College.)

This is a great achievement for our boys who have only had this season in the prestigious premier grade. The team has now qualified for the New Zealand Nationals in Nelson, in the first week of the October school holidays.
The entire Lynfield College community will need to give support to ensure this opportunity can be a reality for our boys.
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Students Present Design Ideas for MOTAT

Year 13 Graphics students have completed a design project which could prove to be more than an academic exercise. After discussion with Paul Swift, Education officer at MOTAT, the project brief was to design a new entrance to the museum.

Last Tuesday evening Mr Swift attended the display of students' completed projects and presented awards in several categories. Examples of some of the design work can be seen below in the images of their project boards. Within the next few weeks MOTAT will see whether any of our students' design ideas are worth pursuing further.

On Tuesday evening hospitality students provided finger food, tea and coffee for the students, staff and families who attended to view the students' work.

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My Amazing Trip on the Spirit of Adventure

"I went on the Spirit of Adventure from May 28 to June 6. We went to Gt Barrier Island and Smoke House Bay Island and we had groups. I was in Port B and I had heaps of fun. We had to jump off the ship every morning and it was so cold that some of us were getting sick. But that was OK. Then after that we had breakfast. Breakfast was always cereal and porridge. After breakfast we all had to clean up. We all had a roster for each group. When we were finished we all had to meet on the aft deck to have a meeting about what we were going to do for the day. When I was on the ship I saw a whale and some dolphins. The whale looked like a big black rock moving in the sea. I had never thought that I would see a whale in my life. The whale slowly came up out of the sea. The whale had these rock like things stuck on its body. They looked like oysters to me. When it went back down we couldn’t see it. It was like a ghost because it appeared at random places."  

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Nathan Tipene is one of seven students who will receive a Spirit of Adventure Scholarship through The Trusts Community Foundation in 2012.  Students are nominated by their teachers and Dean.  For more information about Spirit of Adventure voyages for 2013 please contact Leisa Munro, Deputy Principal (ext 706) or email:

Science Fair Awards

Joel Boasman of 9ET was one of our entries to the NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair this year with his project called “Now you see me, now you don’t”, which investigated the clouding of the eye due to exposure to UV light.
Joel was awarded 1st place in his category, as well as a special prize.

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As the Central Leader reports..

"One stand-out entry is that of Lynfield College student Joel Boasman, who undertook the "yucky" job of dissecting a dozen cows' eyes to test the affect of UVA light on them.

"In class we attempted the work of impressionists, mainly Monet, which was an epic fail," the 14-year-old says.

"But our teacher told us that Monet had suffered cataracts, which had me wondering how, since he had spent so much time painting outdoors."

The corneas Joel extracted from the cows' eyeballs were exposed for six days under a UVA lamp in a specially constructed box."

Listen to Joel's radio interview ...'s-scientists-come-up-with-quirky-experiments

Robert Mi and Steven Barker also did well and achieved a Highly Commended for their project “Organic Garden Heights”.

Vote for Tyla

Tyla Nathan-Wong, Year 13 student and Sports Captain, has a goal of representing New Zealand and winning Gold at the 2013 IRB World Cup 7's Rugby Tournament in Russia. Beyond that - the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics beckon.

Tyla, already a successful member of the NZ Women's Rugby 7's Team, has applied for an AMP People's Choice Scholarship worth $10,000 to help her realise her dream. Voting is via Facebook for the first time. To vote for Tyla during September follow the link!/AMPdoyourthing/app_388359517893913

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