Investigating a Pattern in an Ecological Community is the current Internally Assessed Level 2 Standard for our Biology and Biology Advanced students.
|Fortunately there is ample opportunity very close at hand when the students need to collect and log data to help them identify a community pattern amongst plant life– the Arataki Reserve in the Waitakere Ranges is the ideal "field laboratory" for the students who used data loggers to collect abiotic samples.
As well as following a plant identification trail and having teachers provide plant adaptation tours, the students obtained further information from the Visitors' Centre.
Fun and Learning for everyone!
|Liam Hunt (Year 13 in 2013), is pictured with his teacher Mr Christie, receiving the PENZ (Physical Education New Zealand) award for his work on Drugs and Sport in NZ society.
This was an essay competition that was open to all senior PE students in Auckland. Liam received Highly Commended for his essay which means he was one of the top 3 students in the competition.
We wrote about Liam's achievement towards the end of last year and are so pleased he was able to return to the college for the award to be presented to him.
Lynfield's annual Athletics Day was held in great weather last Friday and the following photos capture the colour, spirit and competitive action. Being the first House competition event of the year there was the usual effort by all Houses to make a serious impression on the points table. Results for the day should be available shortly! (Reid was in the lead at lunchtime...)
|Our golf team of Shantael Ligaliga (Yr11), Jocelyn Katu (Yr12), Brock Dormer (Yr13) and James Samountry (Yr13) have played 2 games so far and this week had their 1st ever win over Kings College.
Although our team is comprised of both boys and girls, all the other teams in this division of this competition are boys only. Our opposition is learning not to take the talent of our girls lightly - Shantael is the current AKSS girls’ Strokeplay champion and Jocelyn is the U19 North Island Strokeplay champion
On Wednesday February 19 90 Year 13 History students visited the Auckland Museum and the Central Library in order to complete their research assignment into an event of significance to New Zealand.
Topics the students have chosen include the 1981 Springbok Tour, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Erebus disaster, the "Nuclear- free New Zealand" movement, the 1951 Waterfront Strike, the Bastion Point Occupation, the impact the Great Depression had on New Zealand, the campaign to get women the vote and New Zealand’s contribution to the Boer War.
The visit to the Auckland Museum was an opportunity for the students to gather information about their event. The students need a range of primary evidence so the artefacts in the museum are a useful source for the students' research.
The next stop was the Auckland Central library where they used the research centre and special collections to look up old newspapers on microfilm and Hansard parliamentary debates. The librarians were kept very busy fulfilling all the orders the students made for books from the basement which they dusted off and used for their research.
A good day’s work was completed by all the students. They will continue with this assignment for another week at school.
|NZQA has published the results of the 2013 Scholarship exams and we are very excited that so many of our top students have gained Scholarships - some being endorsed as Outstanding.
The three top students from last year - from left Tim Hight, Mason Ng and Andrew Coffin gained 14 scholarships between them.
This photo was taken after Senior Academic Prizegiving in November last year.
Many of the scholarship- winning students gathered at the college last week to receive congratulations from Mr Bovaird and their Year 13 Dean Mrs Clark. The photo shows these students and they can feel justifiably proud of their efforts.
We wish them all well as they now begin their tertiary studies.
|Student||Year Level||Scholarships in..|
|Charles Akash||13||Biology, Economics|
|Lydia Choo||13||Biology, Statistics|
|Julie Cleaver||13||Media Studies|
|Andrew Coffin||13||English (Outstanding), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics|
|Campbell Foskin||13||Biology (outstanding),|
|Georgia Harris||13||Media Studies|
|Mallory Heslop||13||Biology, Classical Studies (Outstanding)|
|Tim Hight||13||Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Outstanding), Calculus (Outstanding), Classical Studies|
|Vanessa Hook||13||Physical Education|
|Hannah Joyce||13||Statistics (Outstanding)|
|Lydia McNicholl||13||Physical Education|
|Mason Ng||13||Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, Calculus|
|Nilay Patel||13||Physical Education|
|Grace Smith||13||Physical Education|
|Sophie Smith||13||Physical Education|
|Holly Sun||13||Physical Education|
|Chantelle van Weelie||13||Biology|
|Yinli Wang||13||Physics, Chemistry, Calculus|
Dear Parents and Caregivers
The following information is essential for our students to know about Athletics Day this Friday..
Q. What should the Y9 & Y10 students wear?
PE gear or PE shorts and an official House T-shirt (sold through the Sports Office – some spares available $20). Any extra adornments in House colours to enhance their PE gear are to be brought to school in their bags and added once at school.
Q. Can Y9 & Y10 wear PE gear to school?
Q. What should the Y11, 12, 13 students wear to school?
Appropriate mufti in House colours, suitable for participating. Any extra adornments in House colours to enhance their mufti are to be brought to school in their bags and added once at school.
Q. What if it is wet or the forecast is promising rain?
If there is a passing shower or it is overcast when students leave home and the rest of the day is likely to be fine students should come prepared for Athletics day dressed in PE gear.
If it is pouring with rain when they leave home all students must bring their normal Friday books and wear their usual full school uniform. If the decision is made to cancel Athletics Day this will be communicated to parents by 7.45am via the website, email and twitter and normal Friday classes will run throughout the day.
Q. If the skies open during the day and there is a deluge, what next?
Students will go to their usual Friday classes.
STUDENTS SHOULD BRING
We look forward to an enjoyable and successful day.
Director of Sport
|Our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme has been eagerly prepared for and with all Year 10 students bringing their own ipads, tablets or similar to classes each day we can show you already how blending traditional teaching with digital learning is transforming the way we teach and learn.
The Year 10 Advanced Science class has begun its NCEA Level 1 course and the first Mechanics standard has employed the blended e-learning approach.
The students were required to build a roller coaster on which a ping pong ball could travel. They then used their devices to record the ball’s journey, timing its travel between different points and then after graphing the data they calculated the speed the ball was travelling at various stages of its journey.
So Science students still do experiments and reach conclusions based on evidence – but technology adds another dimension and ensures our students are keeping up with the opportunities digital devices present.
During the summer holidays when many students were enjoying the balmy weather in New Zealand, three current Year 12 students were taking part in a once in a lifetime experience in Japan.
Sumin Kim, Serene Lee and Penny Liu, all students of Japanese, took part in a 5-week exchange program in Japan. They were selected as members of the first group to visit Japan in our recently established exchange programme with Tamadai Meguro High School, in Tokyo.
After a week exploring the sights of Tokyo, they all attended school on a daily basis for four weeks. Outside the classroom they had further chances to immerse themselves into everyday life in Japan and as a result returned with significantly improved Japanese language skills together with many interesting stories to share in their Japanese classes.
The exchange programme continues in 2014, with students from Tamadai arriving in July, while the next group of Lynfield students will depart in December later this year.
Further information regarding the programme together with a powerpoint slide show of their exchange can be found at
Senior Leadership and Training Camp, held 30-31 January launched the Prefects That Peak Training Programme for our leadership team for 2014.
The aim of the camp is to enhance leadership skills and develop team spirit. This year the Leadership team of forty two Year 12 and 13 students attended the camp based at the AUT Campus.
The programme consisted of leadership training, team building, individual development planning, event planning and other tools to help develop the stucents as leaders and to support them in achieving their own and the school’s objectives during the year.
On the final day parents were invited to share a BBQ with the students.
A few images below are followed by the Student Leadership Team names.
|Head Students||Eli Kaleta and Lute Sikalu|
|Deputy Head Students||Edward Kennedy and Grace Kukutai|
|Sports Captains||Shee Nathan-Wong and Jonty Pendigrast|
|Arts and Culture Captains||Craig Hebblethwaite and Kathleen Tomacruz|
|Academic Captains||Boaz Competente and Jahnvee Solanki|
|International Students Representative||Amy Liu|
|Board of Trustees Student Representative||Renay Duffy|
|Asst Sports Captains||William Peung and Jemma Read|
|Asst Arts and Culture Captains||Lygia Verhoven and Gavin Feng|
|Asst Academic Captains||Steven Ling and Jessica Yao|
|Social Committee Year 13||Rohan Botica, Mohammed Chiraagh, Tialena Evening, Natasha Sathyan|
|Student Executive Year 12
||Jay Asiata, Erica D’Souza, Raynil Laximidas, Sarai McKay, Alice Neville Smith, Gauri Prabhakar, Andrew Sampson, Oksana Zhang.|
|Ambassador Coordinator Year 13||Bailee Hughes|
|House Captains - Bray||Kalei Kennerly and Bianca Leilua|
|- Fatialofa||Martin Bahmani and Sachi Rathod|
|- Faumuina||Akanesi Fakafanua and Brian Wang|
|- Lewis||Mohammed Chiraagh and Adeleena Lee-Hussein|
|- Reid||Chiara Golbin and Peter MacClure, Asst: Mine Dube|
|- Zoricich||Lanuola Seumanutafa and Simon Yang|
The images below show some of our new students for 2014. As the week has progressed the Year 9 students have found their way around the large campus and met their various teachers. There are a number of differences from their Intermediate schools, one of the main ones being having a different teacher for each subject and moving between the classrooms every period. However staff and students both report everything is going smoothly and students are enjoying a successful transition into their secondary schooling.
|Six of our students were chosen to attend a Hine Toa Camp in the last week of the school holidays. These students- Alia St John, Olivia Riggs, Shanaia Panapa-Ruri, Thailesha Tamapolu, Sarah Hough and Rosie Kennedy were identified as future female leaders and were privileged to participate in a number of activities which challenged them about their aspirations and talents.
Activities included kayaking, Kapa Haka, going on a shopping spree, meeting with a make up artist, attending a formal dinner and spending time with other female leaders from Auckland. A meeting with some Shortland Street stars was a special moment! (the girls are pictured with Amanda Billing).
Whaea Leauga was very proud of each of the girls who displayed mana and kaha on the camp. Big thanks to Holly Kairua and all of the team who made this amazing experience possible. Hine Toa ! Hine Kaha! Hine Manawanui!