December 2017

Maddi Makes NZSS Track and Field History

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Congratulations to Maddison Wesche (Y13) who has created history at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field and Road Championships held in the Hawkes Bay, winning her fifth consecutive schools title in the senior girls’ shot put, breaking her own championship record with a throw of 17.02 m.

Maddi, whose final NCEA exam was Level 3 history last Friday, was philosophical about her last act in school colours. “It’s pretty sad to be leaving school, but I’m moving on to bigger and better things, which is good!” Bigger also includes an increase in the size of the shot put. “I just threw 3kg for the last time ever, so from now I’ll be throwing 4kg.”

Maddi said her next goal is to qualify for the World Junior Athletics Championships in Finland next year. “I’ll be training hard, trying to qualify for the worlds next year, so 14.90m with the heavier put is my aim.”

Maddi is the only student to have held a title in the same event for the five years she has been in secondary school.


The Queen's Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fa’amamafa on being presented with a Queens Award by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy in Wellington.

This award is made to girls who meet Girls' Brigade International's highest standards. It is open to Girls' Brigade and IFG members from age 15, and recognises qualities of leadership, dedication and excellence in areas of community life.

Participants learn new skills, are open to new experiences and set personal targets that will test and take them out of their comfort zone. The two-year programme involves six months' voluntary community service, Brigade and church involvement, and participation in a national assessment weekend. 

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Year 9 and Year 10 Academic Prizegivings

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Congratulations to the following students for their excellent achievements in 2017. They have set a fine example for their peers and should feel very proud of themselves. Thank you to the parents/caregivers who were able to attend this special event.
Year 10 Dux
Puja Laxman (Medallion)

Year 10 Academic Honours Awards
Kendall D’Souza, Ankur Chakraborty
Devan Bhika, Harriet Barber

Year 10 Girls Merit Cup Winner
(Top Girls Merit Award Student)
Celesti Tan (Girls Merit Cup)

Year 10 Boys Merit Cup Winner
(Top Boys Merit Award Student)
Samuel Boasman (Boys Merit Cup)

Year 10 Merit Awards Min Lee, Winona Lee, Trizhia Amon,
Bhakti Tailor, Leila Aloua, Shaquille Khan,
Nick Kim, Paris Phillips

Manaakitanga Trophy (inaugural presentation)
Noah Tikoinamaka

Year 10 Short Story Competition Winner
Olivia Summerhays (Kelvin Glassey Cup)

Year 10 Speech Competition Winner
Anish Bhalla (Stewart Dawson Cup)

Year 10 Speech Competition Runner-up
Carissa Huynh
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Year 9 Dux (Griffin Memorial Scholarship)
Andrew Davy (Medallion)

Year 9 Academic Honours Awards
Yana Sanvictores, Ashley Mar
Jasmine Pickston, Isha Ramanlal

Year 9 Girls Merit Cup Winner
(Top Girls Merit Award Student)
Eliana Competente (Girls Merit Cup)

Year 9 Boys Merit Cup Winner
(Top Boys Merit Award Student)
Saifullah Imran (Boys Merit Cup)

Year 9 Merit Awards
Malisha Ghosh, Isha Ramanlal, Disha Chand,
Jasmine Pickston, Sean Jarvis, Andrew Davy,
Ezra Satrio, Frisco Tuipulotu, Vibhuti Patel

Year 9 Creative Writing Competition Winner
Isha Ramanlal (Munden Cup)

Year 9 Speech Competition Winner (Equal)
Luviah Saito Sililoto and Aashish Ramanlal
Year 9 Speech Cup Award


Technology Students Support Foster Hope Foundation

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On Friday 8 December, Janet from Foster Hope visited the Technology department to be presented with the appliquéd quilts made by two Year 9 Soft Material classes. Students worked in a groups of four or six to choose who their target audience would be and the theme for their quilt.

There are over 5,000 children in foster care in New Zealand. Many foster children arrive at their new placements with little more than the clothes on their backs. Foster Hope provides these children with basic necessities to ease their way and symbolise community support for them and their carers. Foster Hope Foundation was created to support the foster care system and the lives of children affected by transitory home life situations.
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Pōwhiri Formally Welcomes New Deputy Principals

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On Thursday 7 December we welcomed two new Deputy Principals to the Lynfield College staff.

Kiri Turketo (from McAuley High School) and Sandy Harris (from Mangere College) will join us at the start of 2018.

The ceremony began with kaikaranga, Deputy Head Girl Melina Samuels, calling the visitors into the hall and a powerful and emotional haka pōwhiri performed by our students.  After an exchange of whaikōrero, waiata and hongi, the new staff members were gifted to the College by their school kaumatua and colleagues.  This was followed by kai hakari in the staffroom, where Kiri and Sandy gave their mihi to their new colleagues.

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