October 2013

More Individual Stars


Congratulations to Jonathan D'Souza (Y9) who won three trophies on piano at the 2013 South Auckland Performing Arts Competition recently. These also included the overall highest marks for Baroque performance and full Recital.

Our students continue to shine in a huge variety of individual sports. Congratulations to:

Shee Nathan-Wong (Y12) for her selection to the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls' Rugby team AND also the NZ Maori Touch team.

Michael Durham (Y11) who won the Junior Men's division of the North Island Ice Skating Championship and was awarded the trophy for most outstanding performance of the competition! He was also placed 2nd in the Junior Men's division at the ISU Skate Down Under competition in Sydney, coming home with a silver medal.

Cora Munt (Y13) who was placed 2nd in the NZ Junior Action Pistol Shooting championships and 4th female overall.

Jemma Read (Y12) who will be representing Auckland in the Senior Women's NZ Inter-Regional Inline Hockey Championships.

Bianca Leilua (Y12) who won a silver medal when sailing for Samoa in the 9th Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Fortuna.

Natalie Woodgate (Y13) who swam in the Pacific Open Water Challenge (2 races in 2 days, 1st 10km, 2nd 5km) and finished 2nd Woman and 4th Overall in a field which included professionals! This completed an extremely successful year for Natalie. Her other results for the 2012/2013 Ocean swimming season were:
Auckland Central Masters Swimming Series: Herne Bay Race - 1st woman, won WaiWai Shield
                                                                    Eagle Technology Bays Race - 1st Woman
                                                                    Eagle Technology Rangitoto Swim - 1st woman
                                                                    State Ocean Swim Series - 5th in Elite Women's standings

Supreme Award for Emerging Creative Talent

Trash to fashion Supreme Award Congratulations to Kayla Rousselle who in this year’s Trash to Fashion competition came first in the Untamed Category and also took out the Supreme Award.

Additionally she has been declared the winner in the Emerging Creative Category for the HETTANZ (Home Economics and Technology Teachers' Association of NZ) Fashion Awards 2013.

Kayla's ‘Tori No Su’ (bird’s nest) garment was selected from over 70 entries, from throughout New Zealand Secondary Schools and was selected to be on display at the TESAC conference in Wellington.


Kindergarten Visits Te Ringa Awhina

Our Te Reo Maori students proudly welcomed some little visitors to the college on Wednesday 23 October. Forty children and 7 adults from the Blockhouse Bay Christian Kindergarten were welcomed with a powhiri from Year 9 Te Reo Maori Students.

Year 11 Te Reo Maori students prepared kai, as part of their Manaaki Marae Assessment.
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A visiting child, saying thank you,  presented a booklet  which contained drawings from the tamariki at the Blockhouse Bay Christian Kindergarten.
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He mihi nui ki nga tauira no te tau iwa, me nga kaiawhina, ringawera hoki.

Students  in Top Spots in Maths Competitions


Lynfield students always figure prominently in the results of the various Mathematics competitions which are held annually. This year has been no exception with two sets of results reported on here:
University of Otago Junior Mathematics Competition

Year 10 students Atrey Gajjar and Kate Heslop  were placed in the Top 30.
Australian Mathematics Competition

Year 9
High Distinction : Daniel Adams and Gillian Xie
Distinction : Sargun Sethi, Tanya Aggarwal, Benjamin Yu, Vincent Tso, Phoebe Liu, Jonathan D’Souza, Nathan Varney, Angela Zhang, Nancy Sun, Brittany Walker, Angela Competente, Reeve D’Cunha, Dave Sharma, Ivy Zhou

Year 10
High Distinction :Adya Chaudhary
Distinction : Robert Mi, Alan Wu, Danielle Love, Thomas von Keisenberg, Francis Jones, Grun’Wua Wong, Joel Boasman, Jaeyoung Heo, Sahil Kapadia, Mercy Lin, Meet Patel, Jason Yao, Kiran Patel, Jainey Bhikhal

Year 11
Distinction : Annie Lin, Kieran Van Leeuwen, Jake Krishnamurti

Year 12
Prize : David Wu
High Distinction : Steven Ling
Distinction : Jessica Yao, Jahnvee Solanki, Amy Liu, Adele Lao

Year 13
High Distinction : Nicolaas Waddington, Tim Hight
Distinction : Lydia Choo, Kevin Yu, YinliWang, Andrew Coffin, Mason Ng

Congratulations to all these students!

Festival Awards for Arts, Culture and Sports

Held last Monday October 14, the annual Festival Awards Evening was a sell-out as students, friends and families gathered to honour our 2013 extracurricular activities and those students who have excelled in their sporting, arts and cultural endeavours.

kapahaka fae 2013 Te Roopu kapahaka o te Kaareti o Pukewiwi, our kapahaka group, opened the evening with a marvellous haka powhiri.

The keynote speech by Mr Rod Philpott, former Faculty Leader (P E and Health), was entertaining and inspirational. It complemented our Principal, Mr Steve Bovaird's, account of his recent trek to Machu Picchu.

Around 200 students were acknowledged for their commitment and achievements, while the Staff Award went to Mr Daniel Lee for his ongoing involvement in Badminton.

The major awards and recipients for 2013 are:

House Competition Lewis House
International Achievement Award Jack Barker (Vex Robotics - World Champions)
  Nadia Gozon (Vex Robotics - World Champions)
Team of the Year UNISS Netball Team

Team of the Year UNISS Netball Team
Group of the Year  Big Band

Group Achievement Award The Big Band
Lynfield College Scholarships

Scholarship winners Samantha Holland, Johnson Zuang, Khusboo Patel, Andrew Coffin, Rebecca Smith, Akshay Chauhan

Samantha Holland, Johnson Zhuang, Khusboo Patel, Andrew Coffin, Rebecca Smith, Akshay Chauhan. Also awarded but not in photo - Darion Sorby and Liam van Rijn
Year 11 Sportspeople of the Year

YEar 11 Sports people of the year Alice Neville-Smith, Brecon Rose, Akenesi Fakafanua

Alice Neville-Smith, Brecon Rose, Akanesi Fakafanua
Year 12 Sportspeople of the Year

Year 12 Sportspeople of the year Grace Kukutai and Dale Pitout, Runners up Max White,Eddie Kennedy, Shee Nathan-Wong and joined by by Kalei Kennerley, Bray House Capt

Sportswoman of the Year Grace Kukutai
Sportsman of the Year Dale Pitout
Runners-up Max White,Eddie Kennedy and Shee Nathan Wong

Also in photo, on right, : Bray House Captain Kalei Kennerley

2013 Dux Artium Johnson Zhuang

2013 Dux Ludorum (Boys) Akshay Chauhan

2013 Dux Ludorum (Girls) Rebecca Smith

Runners-up Dux Ludorum Khusboo Patel
                                          Liam van Rijn


Duxes Johnson Zuang Dux Artium, Akshay Patel and Rebecca Smith Dux Ludorum, Khusboo Patel and Liam van Rijn runners up to Dux Ludorm

The level of student participation in the extracurricular life of the college is at an all-time high, and the pride and commitment of the students is impressive. As Mrs Felicity Walbran, Director of Sport, said in her comments at the Awards

"Each of our teams, whether beginner, social, experienced or elite, is a valued part of Lynfield Sport.   As such, all have quality coaches, strong school support and enjoy the game, regardless of their ability level.  Success is not only measured in wins and losses but also in the number of keen, enthusiastic students who have gained real pleasure from being a part of a competing team.  Not all can be the best in their sport, but all can do their best and this means anyone at Lynfield can be successful in sport."

Mrs Walbran also gave "HUGE thanks to the parents, friends, staff and students who were our 110 volunteer coaches and managers.  You have given so much time and expertise so willingly – several of you have helped with more than 1 team and in multiple sports!  The students really do appreciate this.  Without such generous support from all our volunteers, there is no way we could successfully field such a large number of teams."

Nithya Narayanan, Queen Bee of Spelling


Nithya Narayanan, 10ET, won the 2013 New Zealand Vegemite Spelling Bee title in Wellington at the weekend after several gruelling hours of competing against 17 other contestants.

Nithya who didn’t immediately realise she was the winner when she correctly spelt ‘perestroika’, meaning "the policy or practice of restructuring the economic and political system in the former Soviet Union", felt it was as if she was in a dream.

"It hasn’t really sunk in," says Nithya. "I feel really privileged to have won today." She is pictured being congratulated by our principal Mr Steve Bovaird.

spelling Bee Champion Nithya was one of 18 finalists from around the country attending the ninth annual top spelling contest in the country, spelling up to 14 rounds of words before a packed house at the Circa Theatre. The students showed off their orthography skills, spelling words such as vicissitude, maladroit, denouement and endocrine.

When the other 16 contestants had been knocked out of the competition, Nithya locked horns with Uma Sreedhar of Wellington Girls College. Uma took second place after stumbling on ‘trifecta’, which left Nithya to take out the New Zealand Vegemite Spelling Bee championship.

Roger Hall, Patron of the NZ Vegemite Spelling Bee, says: "It was the best contest yet! The spellers were very talented and it was fascinating to see the different personalities and how they tackle each word. If ever there was an exciting show, the spelling bee is a wonderful piece of theatre."

Spelling Bee organiser, Janet Lucas, was impressed by the orthography skills of this year’s finalists.

"Nine years on I am really noticing how much better prepared our finalists are for the final," said Janet. "The event seems to be going from strength to strength and it’s so exciting to think that we will be celebrating ten years of the national spelling bee next year which has always been my dream to get it this far.

As the 2013 Spelling Bee champion Nithya has won $5000 in cash along with the National Spelling Bee trophy .

Congratulations Nithya!

Successes at Auckland School Jazz Band Competition

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Held over several Saturday afternoons at the Jazz and Blues Club in Pt Chevalier the competition for school Jazz Bands was one our music groups relished.

We had three groups enter across 2 categories; in the Jazz Combo category the Lynfield College Jazz Combo and the Lynfield College Fusion ensemble, and in the Big Band category the Lynfield College Big Band.

All three of our groups made it through the heats and into the finals where the top four bands in each category performed for awards.

Our Big Band won that category gaining a platinum award and our Jazz Combo won a gold award in the jazz combo category with the Fusion Ensemble winning a silver.

The image shows the musicians with their awards.


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