Lynfield students have again been well-represented in the awards following this year’s Goethe Society exams. 34 students out of 48 participants were invited to the official prizegiving at the University of Auckland which is a very pleasing result.
Congratulations to the following students:
Year 10: Fabienne Distelzwey (1st Place), Katherine Diep (2nd Place), Yong Shan Zhao and Jackie de Pont (3rd Place equal)
Year 12: Elsyha Negi (2nd Place),
Prize of Distinction:
Year 9: Michael Howell
Year 10: Muskaan Somjee, Michelle Strapajevic
Year 11: Maddy Freeman
Year 12: Oliver Rusden, Meghana Moturu, Maddy Poland, Adam Herring
Year 13: Hannah McIntyre, Vahishta Patel
Diploma of Excellence:
Year 9: Amelia Hudson, Faye Hine, Sarah Young, Sameera Reddy
Year 10: Emily Liston, Manasi Nair, Krishen Chovhan, Cathy Lai,
Year 11: Aleece Monkman, Gus Barrowman, Gain Thawornjira-Angkoon
Year 12: Victoria McArdle, Heta Patel, Deenisha Khatri
Year 13: Andrea Lewis, Claudia Paine, Alice Purdie, Annabelle Larsen, Holly Mills
Lynfield's Junior Premier Debating Team (Kitty, Karan and Jia) were awarded the Auckland Schools' Debating Junior Premier Open trophy at St Cuthbert's on Wednesday night in front of a packed auditorium.
The prize giving also recognized the top 10 speakers in each grade, and our team was well represented at the top. Kitty Sun was awarded fifth best speaker and Karan Kalsi came first winning the trophy for Top Speaker in the grade.
Next year they will advance to the Advanced Premier, where they will be the favourites in this most prestigious grade!
Seven students received a Distinction and two gained High Distinction when the Social Sciences Faculty (Business) recently entered a group of students into a University of Auckland Economics Competition. Congratulations to Edmund Hodges and Nithya Narayanan who will attend an award ceremony at Auckland University later in October to receive their High Distinction certificates.
And also from the Business Department..
Our Economics team came fourth in their competition, narrowly missing out on the third placing.
Level 3 Geography Students Experience Rotorua
At Tamaki Village, Chief Ricoh, also known as our Deputy Head Boy, accepted the wero on behalf of the Year 13 Geographers. The Maori cultural attraction at Rotorua is typical of the experiential activities that now attract more than 2 million tourists each year to ‘Rotovegas’. Taking part in haka, stick games and martial arts was followed by a hangi (ground cooked) dinner.
No visit to Rotorua is complete without a geothermal experience – the original drawcard for visitors to the area. At Whakarewarewa (image below) students saw boiling mud, the famous Pohutu geyser and also joined in a haka at a cultural performance.
A presentation at the ‘Bath House’ museum stepped through the history of tourism development in the city – the case study for our NCEA standard.
Adventure tourism is the fastest growing drawcard for visitors and students braved the luge, a 70km/h adrenalin rush down a concrete mountainside track. (image below)
Overall our students enjoyed being tourists and their field experiences gave them the "real" data to assist with their assessment.
Hamilton, 11 – 13 September
Lynfield College was well-represented at the NZSS Swimming Champs by a strong team of junior swimmers. The event, which is run by Swimming NZ, is well supported by schools from throughout NZ (111 schools were represented) and the competition is of a very high standard. Our team of Samantha Martin, Jackson Potauaine, Aaron Tahu and Luke Tahu represented the College superbly, both in and out of the pool.
Samantha - butterfly
Jackson - backstroke
Aaron - butterfly
Luke (left) was the most successful swimmer, with a Gold in the 50m butterfly and Bronze in both the 100m and 200m freestyle races. He also set personal best times across his six races.
It is assessment time for Drama students in Year 11 and you are invited to attend their Drama evening on this Wednesday 23 September.
Family, Friends and Enemies is a collection of scenes from different New Zealand plays which deal with human relationships. Topics covered are: Betrayal, Racism, How history relates to the present, Teen love and culture clash.
The scenes are divided into two sections, the first being from the play Sunset Café by Gary Henderson which deals with problems in young people’s relationships.
The second section contains scenes from The Pohutukawa Tree by Bruce Mason, Niu Sila by Dave Armstrong and Oscar Kightley, Romeo and Tusi by Oscar Kightley and Wheeler’s Luck by Nigel Collins, Toby Leach and Damon Andrews. These scenes deal with religion, superstition, culture clash and teen love - often with humour. They explore familial bonds, friendships and animosity. It is important to note that some parts are played by more than one person.
We look forward to seeing you here!
Pah Homestead on Hillsborough Road will be holding its Community Day on September 26 and over 1500 people are expected to attend. The event is an opportunity to celebrate local art and culture and exhibits will include art works from local school students.
Local students with their art works chosen for the event.Myles James of Mt Roskill Grammar School, Isiri Samarappulige of Lynfield College and Eniselika Ali of Marcellin College.
The 2015 WORD ON event is to be held next Tuesday 22 September in the Performing Arts Centre at 6.30pm. You will hear a number of speakers who will present a range of work including spoken word poetry, formal speeches and poetry (some in languages other than English.)
Some detail and background on the presentations have been provided by HOD Drama/curator of the Spoken Word activities Susan Allpress..
She has also been granted a scholarship from the German government to travel to Germany to represent New Zealand at the German Olympiad in Berlin in 2016. Elysha will be presenting poetry in both German and Hindi.
Individual presentations will come from the very talented Sarai McKay and Andrew Sampson plus two dramatic scenes from scripted plays that will feature Bethany Edmonds with Ash Raju and Elizabeth Wongchiu and David Fa’autaga with Liam Fricker.
To round off the evening we will welcome back former Lynfield students, Boaz Competente and Rebecca Gandhi who have presented their work at our WORD evenings for the past two years. It will be exciting to hear their new work and the perspective they bring after being at Auckland University for their first year. Both Boaz and Rebecca hope to pursue a career in medicine.
The Lynfield spoken word evening is becoming a highlight of the literary / performance Arts calendar and we welcome all students, family members and teachers to come and hear these talented and courageous young people speak about themselves and the world they inhabit.
Lynfield's Front Line Team : from left - Jia (front), Melissa, Sachi, Naomi, Aleece, Bridget
Our Learning Support students entered three garments in the Open category of New Dimension for the Schools Trash to Fashion Competition, winning the Special Achievement Award in recognition of all three of their entries.
The entries were made by Sophia May, Albert Ama, Priyanka Anand, Leon Bartley, Rebecca Fleming-Yates, Andrew Huang, Xyniel Po-Nepia and James Warman.
Date – Friday September 18th
Where– Performing Arts Centre
When - TWO CASTS TWO SHOWS 4.30PM and 7PM
4.30 PM SHOW
Marylinda Lamositele Payton Rodger Elise Ashford Olivia Hamer Marquise Henry Kathleen Senfelices Ruhi Surani
Congratulations to Hannah McIntyre, recipient of the Pat Hanly Art Student Award for 2015!
Hannah received her award at a ceremony held at the Auckland Art Gallery.
Secondary Schools’ HipHop Competition
Students approached staff earlier in the year to seek support for entering the Bring It On Dance competition. Mr Tonks, Ms Allpress, Ms Fletcher and Mr Lagaaia all offered to support the group and supervised their lunchtime and after school rehearsals with Mr Tonks liaising with the Bring It On school tutors and the parents.
The students developed a concept for the dance, selected the music, choreographed the sequences and decided on the costume style for the group.
On Saturday September 5th the group met at school for a final rehearsal. Spirits were high as they loaded gear into the school vans and headed off to the Vodafone Events Centre where the afternoon was spent rehearsing and preparing for the live performance. The atmosphere back stage was quite electric with teams from eight schools revising their formations, refining the routines and finally getting into costumes ready for the call to be seated in the arena.
There were six schools competing in the secondary division and Lynfield was first to hit the stage. They performed with enthusiasm and energy, clearly showing the audience how much they enjoy dancing.
After their performance the group could then sit back and enjoy the routines of the other competing schools. A special presentation from The Bradas – NZ World Hip Hop Champions -added to the excitement of the evening.
The build up to the announcement of the winning teams was tense with massive cheers from the huge crowd when Mangere College were announced as top team for 2015.
Although Lynfield was not placed, the experience of participating and following through on their dream to compete was a reward in itself. All the students were really excited and proud of their achievement. They are the first team in a long time to represent Lynfield in this competition, and have led the way for teams to participate in the future.
Special congratulations are due to Noa Tagicakiverata for his leadership role that involved ensuring rehearsal spaces were booked and students received the letters and information sheets to take home to parents. Elena Euese and Peya Ono are also to be congratulated for their tireless work in organising the team, refining choreography, along with Michael Evaga, and finalising decisions around costuming. Tj Fainu’u showed patience and skill working with the boys refining their moves and perfecting timing.
What is remarkable about this team is that the students participating were a mix of male and female students spanning Years 9 through to 13, with the bulk of students coming from Year 11. This bodes well for the future as the students develop their physical skill, creative ability and deepen their appreciation of the Hip Hop genre. Special mention must be made of international student Martina Izzo from Italy, who committed herself fully to this group and shone as an outstanding performer.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM 2015
Year 9 Setta Kaisala, Nick Talosaga Kumar, Trinity Sheppard
Year 10 Briana Cassidy-Hughes, Fusi Ligaliga
Year 11 Elena Euese, Devoe Allen, Caidyn Kita, Gabrielle Ono, Natalie Prescott
Ebony Shepherd, Yasha Berith Vaivai, Israel Walker
Year 12 Noa Tagicakiverata, Michael Evaga, Selina Folau, Jeremiah Iupeli
Year 13 Peya Ono, Martina Izzo, Tj Fainu’u, Ruben Salamo
Check out their performance on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzxf_lLFx5A
At their meeting at the college last week and then at the Jazz and Soul Concert the families of our Pacific students enjoyed performances from their students who have involved themselves in a number of arts and cultural events this year. In addition the students and their families gained extra inspiration from the guest speaker.
Seiuli Terri Leo-Mau’u, Equity Advisor for Auckland University talked of her journey and encouraged students to know the meaning and origins of their name. The importance of having family behind you was emphasised as was being prepared. She gave the following advice: Lead by example, Surround yourself with good people, Be the best version of you, and Be empowered by your mistakes. She also compared education to the tatau, saying it was shameful not to finish either.
Lynfield College Music Department has had a very successful time at the 2015 KBB Music Festival.
Congratulations Jia, Karan, Kitty and coach Mr. Halligan, for winning their grand final debate last Wednesday night against Sacred Heart. This is the first time in Lynfield’s history that a Junior Premier Open team have won a final!
As the winter sports season comes to an end we can look back on the performance of our teams over the last few months with pride. There have been some outstanding successes at every level. The last two weeks have been very exciting as several teams from various codes fought it out for top spots.
For the second year running our Rugby League team participated in the Premier 1st XIII competition. The first round’s highlight was a great win over Avondale 20-14. Losses to St Pauls, Manurewa and Papatoetoe meant that we would be competing in the Bowl section in round two. At the end of the second round we were third which earned us a semi-final spot against Manurewa. Although we narrowly lost 14-6, overall the team finished 4th in the bowl which the boys can be proud of. With most of the team returning, everyone is looking forward to 2016.
The 1st XV played in the 1C grade this year. Big wins over Selwyn and Kia Aroha in the first round had the team well placed for the business end of the season. Again they defeated Selwyn and Kia Aroha but lost to Sancta Maria and Waitakere which meant they finished 3rd in the regular season and would have to play Sancta Maria in the semi-final. It was their 2nd game in three days (having played Mt Maunganui on the Thursday) and they competed admirably but were beaten by a better side. Finishing 3rd is a good result and we are looking forward to 2016. We wish the Year 13 players who are leaving all the best in the future.
The Girls First XI had a mixed season, finishing 7th from 12 in Premier 2. We had a shaky start to the season with lots of new players, including 5 juniors. However, the girls finally gelled and resurrected the season by 3 wins from 3 just after the midpoint including a great win against Kings College. The season was capped off nicely with a fantastic 4-2 win against Mount Manganui where the girls played with passion and flair to gain the victory they deserved. Kelsey Sutton scored a hat trick to win the match ball and Kelly Pinner was awarded Player of the Day with one goal and 2 assists.
We say good bye to some real quality players who have served the team well over the last few years, notably Sonil Metha, Kelly Pinner, Ruby LeMarquand and Teneil Pillay and look forward to our upcoming tour of Australia at the start of September.
After qualifying for the Greater Auckland Champs, the U19 Girls’ Basketball team found the competition at the higher level quite tough but an excellent challenge and very enjoyable. They had 2 close losses (to EGGS and Pakuranga) and this experience will be very valuable when they enter the 2016 season.
We had an increased number of boys and girls teams this year, giving 7 teams in total. This will bring strength and depth to our hockey next year. The competition has been intense at all levels and all teams have shown real grit and determination to dominate and win many games.
1st XI Boys - winners of the Open Boys B/C Championship. After a very tense and exciting game of excellent hockey, this team defeated Kelston Boys 4-3 in the semi-final last week. The final against Howick College was played on Wednesday and about 30 Lynfield supporters witnessed a great game which ended in a 1-1 draw.
1st XI Girls winners of the Open C Championship. In another nail biting game Lynfield fought back in their final against Rutherford on Thursday, to score a goal right on full time to draw the game 2-2!
The Waterview Connection: Pathway Challenge Programme is aimed at Year 10 students interested in Engineering. It is a Ministry of Education incentive in which Lynfield was invited to participate.
Teacher Mr Craig Yearbury has led this cross curricular programe involving Technology, Maths and Sciences and he has been amazed by the number of Year 10 students interested in this event. The aim is to encourage students to choose Engineering as a career and this project fits in very well with what we do do around giving students information about future career options.
There have been various visits and activities for students and staff to participate in during Term 3.