June 2016

Earn and Learn with Apprenticeships

About 500 students attended the Workchoice Earn & Learn event which focussed on Apprenticeship opportunities.  It featured Ronnie Taulafo of “What Now” TV fame who was an awesome MC.  And the keynote speaker was Sela Alo from radio Flava FM who shared his close call with heart disease and talked about how he wanted to be around for his kids and how young people should take every opportunity they get.

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Advice students received from the event:

  • Be yourself
  • Don't sweat the small stuff
  • You will never know it all
  • Don't do things for power and prestige
  • Be more curious
  Kannann Ganesh, Yr 12 and Abdullah Saleem, Yr 12 were “stoked” to win the quiz competition.  They were asked questions about different facts and figures about the Trades and Apprenticeships, over the years and they had the foresight to take note of all the information before the quiz competition at the end.  They won themselves some chocolate and a $100 gift card.


·     On the Road Again

The annual Lynfield College Road Race will take place today Thursday 30 June, 1.30 – 3.00pm.  This is run around local streets with strict safety considerations in mind.   This is compulsory for all Year 9 and 10 students who will complete a 3.3km course while a keen group of seniors run 5.5km.  There are strict time limits within which the students must finish.

Please be aware there is restricted entry to the school during these times.  Both Gate 1 and Gate 2 on White Swan Rd will be closed for the duration of the race.  Entry will be through Gate 3 (Boundary Rd) only.
Students can find further details on the Sports Noticeboard (eg. Where to get changed, starting order, etc)

Students Experience High Society

On Thursday 16 th June our Year 12 and Year 13 Fashion and Design students visited High Society Ltd.

High Society is a New Zealand  company that produces and manufactures all their garments in New Zealand with a focus on ethical fashion.The purpose of the visit was to provide our students with the opportunity to see a diverse range of career pathways and how the skills they are learning at school can be used in the Fashion Industry.

 Students saw the different departments and the designers, patternmakers, sample cutters, machinists through to the production and floor staff and were interested in the many roles and positions of all the people involved in making this process happen. Students were told about the highs and lows of what is involved in working in the fashion industry.
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 NCEA Scholarship Information Evening

Tuesday 5 July 7.00pm in the Lynfield College Staffroom

Year 13 students are encouraged to bring their parents/caregivers to this evening meeting to find out about the academic and financial opportunities for students who are considering enrolling in Scholarship exams or wish to find out more about this award.

The meeting is organised by Mr Waddington (Academic Advisor) and Mr Winn (Deputy Principal) and includes representatives from each Faculty offering Lynfield College students Scholarship exams support.

The 2015 students from Lynfield College who achieved scholarship awards are now eligible for a total of $27,000 towards their university tuition. Come along on Tuesday 5 July and find out how you can benefit by being part of the 2016 Scholarship programme.

N. Waddington (AcademicAdvisor)
nwaddington@lynfield.school.nz phone: 6270600 ext 727

R.Winn (Deputy Principal)
rwinn@lynfield.school.nz phone 6270600 ext 705

2016 New Zealand Schools Japanese Trivia Championships

Three Year 9 students (Steven Li, Henry Watson and Martin Zhang) represented Lynfield College at the second New Zealand Schools Japanese Trivia Championships held at AUT on June 17. The Auckland regional event was held in sync with seven other regions throughout New Zealand. Schools competed against others in their own region in a pub quiz style contest, pitting themselves against other teams across five rounds testing their knowledge of Japanese pop culture, daily life, sport, festivals, food and geography.
This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to use (and add to) their cultural knowledge together with other passionate students of Japanese they would not normally have the opportunity to meet and mix with and of course having lots of fun while doing so.

Many students and teachers also took the opportunity to dress up for this special occasion with participants anticipated to be dressed in a variety of outfits such as yukata, cosplay, martial arts, or as ninja and samurai warriors, all adding to a colourful spectacle.
The Lynfield team placed 5th equal among 20 other teams and 9th out of 93 teams across New Zealand.

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The event was initiated in 2015 by Adam Burden, Teacher of Japanese here at Lynfield College and he continued to project manage the event in 2016.


eBooks Catalogue Continues to Grow


Race Unity Speech Regional Award Winner


Congratulations to Elizabeth Fa’amamafa who won the Auckland Regional Final of the Race Unity speech competition. The theme ‘Stand Up for Race Unity – don’t be a bystander! Tū mai, tautokona te kotahitanga o ngā iwi – kaua e tū atu! was chosen by the Human Rights Commission for Race Relations Day and adopted for this speech award.

In a moving, personal speech, Elizabeth explored the ways we might either accept or reject social perceptions of race and identity placed upon us.

A special Year 13 assembly has been  held to acknowledge Elizabeth’s success and we were honoured with the presence of these special guests: Rakesh Naidoo representing the Human Rights Commission; Area Commander, Inspector Jacqui Whittaker representing the NZ Police and Eric Neal, representing the NZ Baha’i Community. Elizabeth shared her speech with her peers and was then presented the shield by Area Commander Jacqui Whittaker. Speeches were also delivered by each of the invited guests.
After the presentation of the shield 7 students performed a moving haka in honour of Elizabeth’s success.
As in previous years, the standard of speech making throughout all of the competition rounds was outstanding. Congratulations also to Khadija Bari (13LF) and Elysha Negi (13LF) for their participation.

Images below show Elizabeth with the special guests at her assembly, her proud family and her peers from the Student Executive.

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Nga Manu Korero

For the first time a Year 11 girl, Melina Samuels, has entered  into Nga Manu korero. Melina spoke confidently at the event which was held on Friday 17 June at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. The theme of stereotyping of Maori students came through from a number of speakers. Further details are available from the link below to Maori Television.


Spot Prizes For Safe Travel

Lynfield College’s Travelwise committee decided to reward students who chose to travel to school in a safe and environmentally friendly manner - whether it be through bus, bike or having their car parked within the designated “drop off” zone at school.

So a few weeks ago as students got off their bus in the morning, they were randomly handed out spot prizes as a friendly gesture of appreciation from our team. This promotion was a part of the National Road Safety Week which aimed to promote safe and sustainable methods of travel for students to and from Schools - and is one of the many more to come throughout the year!
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Lynfield Tennis Season

We had an enjoyable and successful season of tennis in Term 1, with training sessions every Wednesday and Thursday after school .

This year Lynfield College had seven teams competing in the Saturday morning Inter-Secondary Schools Tennis Competition run by College Sport and we were lucky to have fine weather on all but one of the weekends. Of particular note, our Junior Boys team, managed by Mr Burden, and our Senior Boys 2 team, managed by Mrs and Mr Adams, won their respective divisions.
Congratulations to the players in those teams:

JUNIOR BOYS:T J Piacun; Kyle Davison; Anish Bhalla; Sam Boasman(Captain); Kristijan Illievski; Peter Tan and Alex Tebay.
SENIOR BOYS 2:Caleb Mellor; Jaeyoung Heo ;Thomas Yang; Daniel Adams (Captain); Aaron Zhang; Joshua Moraes; Josh Boasman; Hamish Patel.

Secondary School Champion of Champions Tournament

The following students represented Lynfield College in this very challenging competition:

Junior Boys Division: Ethan Lobb
Junior Girls Division: Celesti Tan and Stella Piacun
Intermediate Girls Division: Anjali Hira
Senior Boys Division: Felix Barrett and Kota Murakami 

Congratulations to Celesti Tan who made it through to the Quarter Finals of the Junior Girls Singles division.

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School Tennis Champs

This year the school Tennis Champs were held on Wednesday 23rd March, which was probably one of the worst days for weather we have had to deal with. The players battled as much against the wet and wild conditions as they did against each other.Congratulations to the following winners and runners up:

Kitty Sun/Phoebe Liu
Phoebe Liu
Kitty Sun
Amy Cui/Emily Liston
Emily Liston
Amy Cui
Breanna Magee/Rachel Ling
Anjali Hira/Khushi G
Anjali Hira
Rachel Ling
Celesti Tan/Stella Piacun
Sophie Stanimiroff/Danielle Hewett
Celesti Tan
Stella Piacun
Simon Stanimiroff/Kota Murakami
Felix Barrett/Casey Newbrook
Felix Barrett
Casey Newbrook
Josh Boasman/Aaron Zhang
Josh Moraes/Jimmy Zhang
Josh Boasman
Aaron Zhang
Jason Moraes/Ishaan Bhide
Josh Lobo/Thomas Cornish
Ishaan Bhide
Thomas Cornish
TJ Piacun/Sam Boasman
Alex Tebay/Kristijan Ilievski
Ethan Lobb
Sam Boasman

MacBeth's Tragedy on Stage at End of June

“O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife.”
What can turn a brave and admired soldier into a king-killer?  Superstition, ambition, and a wife who knows just how to get under your skin.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Four hundred years after its first production, this tragedy shows how even the strongest minds can be filled with poison.

Our students are well into rehearsals for our college production; details of performances are in the poster below;

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Lynfield College Board of Trustees Election Results

Parent representatives:

Ray Gilbert
Mark Hewett
Clive Hudson
Kristine Mellor
Steven Taylor

Staff representative:
Robert Skeen

Student representative:
Karan Kalsi
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