November 2014

Senior Prizegiving Honours Highest Academic Achievers and Service to our College

We had a very enjoyable and successful Senior Prizegiving for Years 12 and 13, where acknowledgement was made to those students who have achieved highly academically, or served their peers and the school.  Congratulations to all prizewinners, particularly to the following students:

Dux Litterarum Steven Ling
Proxime Accessit (equal) Jahnvee Solanki
  Simran Chandhok

                             Shown here from the left are:

                                             Jahnvee Solanki

                                             Steven Ling

                                             Simran Chandhok
Dux and proxime Acessit
AUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Dayna Jackson
AUT Significant Student Scholarships Eli Kaleta
  Juee Bhide
Unitec Partner School Study Award Claudia Young
Unitec Success Pack Scholarship Aleisha Phillimore
  Toekava Fetuani
D H Thurston Award (Top Service Award) (equal) Eli Kaleta,
  Lute Sikalu
Sir John Turei Award Grace Kukutai

           2014 Head Students and Deputies 
           with their awards.  From left :

                                                 Eli Kaleta
                                                 Lute Sikalu
                                                 Grace Kukutai
                                                 Eddie Kennedy
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Ben Te Ninihi Tawhiti Memorial Award (equal) Eli Kaleta
  Sarai McKay
Cathy Walker Cup, Service Award Kathleen Tomacruz
Rotoract Cup for Service to the Community Cheng-An (Brian) Wang
Hannam Cup for Executive Efficiency Mohammed Chiraagh
Challenge Award (equal) Conor Holak
  Rowan Doyle
The Trusts Community Foundation Scholarships Sherwyn D’Souza, Danita Anesi, Fiona Sulaiman, Lute Sikalu, Blair Cox, Steven Ling, Rebecca Gandhi, Edward Kennedy, Ha-Eun Kim, Gavin Feng, Bianca Leilua, Logan Small, Blair Gillman
Cadzow Family Trust ICT Hi-Tech Award Kylie Clarke
Glassey Cup (Y13 writing)  Rebecca Gandhi
Donna Reiche Cup (Senior Speech Competition) Sachi Rathod
Blockhouse Bay Lynfield Lions Peter Schultz Memorial Award (Top Y13 Music Student) Kathleen Tomacruz
Neil Scott Memorial Prize (Top Y13 Languages Student) Eunice Lao
Pauline Gillett Scholarship (Top Y13 Humanities Student) Alisha Imran
Year 12 Dux – Ignatius Maher Memorial Prize Raynil Laxmidas
Senior Merit Cup (Year 12 Girls) Gauri Prabhakar
Senior Merit Cup (Year 12 Boys) Brecon Rose
Year 12 Academic Honours Sachi Rathod, Sarah Tribble, Pyong Kang Her, Shrishti Aggarwal
Year 12 Honours Awards Elizabeth Wongchiu, Oksana Zhang, Sachi Rathod, Adeleena Lee-Hussien, Sarai McKay, Raynil Laxmidas, Meryl Saldanha, Harshaa Prasad, Alice Neville-Smith, Naomi Moraes, Ricoh Kumar, Erica D’Souza
G H Blair Shakespeare Cup  Danni Davis-Hunt
Year 12 Creative Writing Cup Sarah Tribble
Blamires Trophy Gauri Prabhakar
International Student Award, 2015 Scholarship  Pyong Kang Her

Year 11 Prizegiving

Our Year 11 Prizegiving was well attended by family and friends wishing to support and acknowledge student success.  Congratulations to all award winners

Year 11 Dux – Griffen Memorial Prize Katherine Heslop
Year 11 Boys Merit Cup Lyu Kodama
Year 11 Girls Merit Cup Elysha Negi
Academic Honours Alan Wu, Nithya Narayanan, Adya Choudhary, Jainey Bhikha
Honours Awards Renee Ju, Grace Kaleta, Roseanne Kennedy, Kiriffi Leilua, Jainey Bhikha, Joel Boasman, Adya Choudhary, Elizabeth Fa’amamafa, Henry Samuels, Opal Vickery
Year 11 Creative Writing Cup          Nithya Narayanan
Year 11 Speech Cup Elizabeth Fa’amamafa
Trevor McConchie Memorial Cup – Skills in Cabinetry Brynn Jackson


Inspiration and Gratitude at Final Pasifika Parents' Meeting

As our senior students leave Lynfield this meeting was a time for reflection on successes whilst at school and also a look forward helped by some inspiration from Damon Salesa, Associate Professor Pacific Studies, Auckland University.

Damon spoke of his background: he began school at Glen Innes, attended Selwyn College, Auckland University and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Damon was the first Pacific Islander to achieve this award. Damon gained a PhD and then taught at the University of Michigan. Damon advised the students that the best chance they get is to go to school and do well. Parents give pen and paper and it is up to their children to write their own stories. It is all ahead of young people and there is nothing to stop them achieving. Damon gave a strong message that education is the means for students to set themselves up for life. Damon was followed by one of our recent former students, Tony Patolo, who is doing his honours year in Pacific Studies under Damon’s guidance.
The Year 13 Pasifika students proudly spoke of their future career aspirations and these include nursing, engineering, music, PE, arts, commerce, sports science, business and communications, law, performing arts and business management. We wish them every success. Eli Kaleta and Lute Sikalu (Head Students) gave thanks to the staff who have supported Pacific Pride, particularly Brian Tonks, and presented a montage of their school life while Mr Bovaird congratulated the pacific students for their leadership of the college students and their role modelling to all Pacific students in particular.
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This was followed by a video recording of Martha Johansson speaking from Fiji, and a plea for support from Chris Peteru who is planning on entering a Samoan and a Tongan group in 2015 Polyfest. The Board of Trustees was represented by Mr Mu Kaleta and Adolf Johansson blessed the shared meal.


2015 Student Executive Announced

After a rigorous process of application, presentations at assembly, and voting by students and staff, the 2015 Student Executive team has been announced. Congratulations to the elected students; the most senior positions are listed below.
Head Boy Andrew Sampson
Head Girl Alice Neville-Smith
Deputy Head Boy Ricoh Kumar
Deputy Head Girl Sarai McKay
Academic Captain (M) Raynil Laxmidas
Academic Captain (F) Sachi Rathod
Sports Captain (F) Adeleena Lee Hussien
Sports Captain (M) Cree Braithwaite
Arts and Culture Captain (M) Jairah Perida
Arts and Culture Captain (F) Oksana Zhang
International Student Representative Kevin Liu
Board of Trustees Representative Gauri Prabhakar

Six Nominations
in Showdown Competition

Our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was praised at the time for the polished performances and its overall  production and Lynfield College has now  been nominated for six awards in the interschool Showdown competition. The awards ceremony is to be held at the Skycity Theatre this Wednesday November 5 at 7.30pm.
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The nominations are as follows..
Best Director – Celia Nicholson
Best Male in a leading role – Toa Peteru – Oberon
Best Male in a supporting role – Keiran Sumner – Puck
Best Costume Design – Celia Nicholson
Best Costume Design – Sonia Wensor
Best Lighting Design – Neil Waddington
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Congratulations to all the nominees, especially to Celia Nicholson for her fine direction. Fingers crossed for Wednesday night!


Mini Moto GP 2014

Participating in a Grand Prix has been the fun and exciting way to end an Engineering project for Cory Watts and Lotoahea Noavea of 12TEP

Last month the boys  attended the Mini Moto GP organised by the NZ National Secondary Schools' Mini Bike Racing Club at Manfield Park ,Fielding. They had made their own pocket bikes in the engineering workshop as a project.

This was the first time for Lynfield College to participate in this event which attracted 14 schools and around 250 bikes, competing in races over 3 days.
The weather was wonderful with bright sun and light breeze. A transponder was attached to each bike so that the best time for one lap and the highest speed was recorded. On the high standard track, all the racers tried their best to put their bikes to the limit.
Cory won fourth place in the final, just one place away from collecting a trophy. It was a wonderful experience for them. Next year we aim to compete and bring home a trophy.
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Year 9 Girls Perform at Diwali Celebrations

Developing and performing their own  dances has given a group of Year 9 girls grace and confidence, they say. Over the years many of our senior students have been acclaimed for their cultural performances and it is encouraging to see junior students eager to continue the tradition,

The Year 9 Diwali group consists of nine hardworking girls - Snehal Lal, Manasi Nair, Vanessa Pimenta , Priyal Maisuria, Bhavisha Padayachi , Adesola Adekunle, Caitlin Schiscka, Nandeeta Prasad and Jayshri Ratnam - and they have performed at our Lynfield Diwali Show, Blockhouse Bay Library’s Celebration of Diwali and the Year 9 assembly.
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They have made themselves, the school and their parents proud of what they’ve achieved. Well done girls!

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