On Tuesday 25 July, Lynfield College was awarded Green-Gold Enviroschool status by the Puketāpapa Local Board Chair Harry Doig, on behalf of the Enviroschools programme and the Toimata Foundation.
This award is an acknowledgement of the environmental initiatives carried out and the leadership shown within the College, working towards a more sustainable community and future. It recognises Lynfield College as an example of good practice and sound judgement, an educational facility that values its place in the world, in light of the bigger world picture.
At the award presentation, Mr Doig mentioned some of the highlights of Lynfield’s Enviroschools work:
Lynfield College and Enviro Group students, both past and present, can be very proud of this prestigious achievement.
With the conclusion of the preliminary rounds of the Russell McVeagh Auckland Schools' Debating Competition, the top winning teams advancing to the final rounds have been announced. For the very first time, Lynfield has a team that will advance (or break) in all five ASD grades. We are the only school in the whole of Auckland to do it in 2017, which is a massive achievement!
The teams who made the 'break' move to their grade's final rounds, in the hope that they may reach the Grand Final. In the Junior, Senior and Advanced Open, the top 16 teams compete in the Octofinals. In the more competitive Junior Premier and Advanced Premier, 8 teams compete in the Quarterfinals.
The season comes to a close with the Grand Final of the Premier Advanced grade (and Prizegiving) at St Cuthbert's College. Lynfield's reigning champions, the Premier Advanced team, (who won their grand final last year) are looking for a repeat performance this year.
We wish our breaking teams all the best in their respective final rounds and will keep you posted as to how they go.
Here is a rundown of the 'Break'
(Grade 1) PREMIER ADVANCED, RANKED 4TH: Jia Dua, Karan Kalsi, Kitty Sun and Harry Ashley
COACH Karan Kalsi, MANAGER: Mrs Wagner and Mrs Wiggins
(Grade 2) JUNIOR PREMIER, RANKED 2ND: Michael Howell, Raymond Feng and Kyus Rodger
COACH: Karan Kalsi, MANAGER: Mrs Wagner and Mrs Wiggins
(Grade 3) ADVANCED OPEN, RANKED 4TH: Nicole Johnson, Aleece Monkman and Kieren Murphy
COACH: Chris Bangs
(Grade 4) SENIOR OPEN, RANKED 5TH: Marnsi and Mahima Sharma, Nicole D'Souza, Eve Gabor and Shreya Singaraju
COACH: Catherine Christie
(Grade 5) JUNIOR OPEN, RANKED 12TH Tanvi Kher, Roshni Bhatti, Vibuhti Patel, Isha and Aashish Ramanlal
COACH: Junior Premier members, Mrs Wagner and Mrs Wiggins
In Term 2, 74 Lynfield College Year 13 Physical Education students spent a week at the Hillary Outdoors Centre in Tongariro National Park. This camp formed the practical component of an achievement standard looking at issues in safety management in the outdoors. While at the camp the students were split into groups and spent the week under the guidance of highly skilled and inspirational outdoor instructors. The days consisted of an assent of Mt Tongariro, abseiling, caving, tramping, high and low ropes courses, kayaking, rock climbing, skills for outdoor survival and an overnight expedition.
The ethos at Hillary outdoors is ‘challenge by choice and the students certainly were challenged! For many, this was their first experience in an alpine environment and sub-zero temperatures. The students were pushed out of their comfort zone both physically and mentally and learnt the value of working as a team to overcome the challenges put in front of them. An overnight expedition was the culmination of the week and tested students’ leadership, endurance, safety management and teamwork ability.
Congratulations to Stefenie Pickston (Y11) who is the Auckland winner of the National Chamber Music Composition contest (junior section) for her string quartet Bolero: A Short Piece for String Quartet.
Composition adjudicator Michael Norris said Stefenie Pickston’s composition was a "really interesting take on the bolero dance" and he commended her references to Ravel’s Bolero, "the suave little chromaticisms, the playfulness of the rhythms and the gradual building of textural density".
Stefenie is justifiably pleased and proud with her win. She was originally asked to write a piece for a school ensemble to perform in the contest, but the ensemble didn’t eventuate so Stefenie entered it into the composition section herself. It was the first time she had entered the composition section of the contest, but has been composing music for some years. Stefenie mostly plays clarinet, but also violin and was inspired by hearing a piece at the KBB Music Festival which had string players using a range of different techniques to create music and rhythm including using their hands to ‘swipe’ across their instruments. She is interested in the idea that a bow can be used in lots of different ways to create music.
Working in groups of 4 – 6 students, the Year 9 Soft Materials classes have been focusing on quilt-making. After first choosing a target audience and developing a theme, the students have produced beautiful appliquéd quilts. The completed work will be donated to Foster Hope and given to children in care.
On 9 July, 36 of our Lynfield College musicians travelled to Sydney to participate in the Australian International Music Festival. Highlights of the eight-day tour included performing at the Sydney Opera House, workshops at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, sightseeing and dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Lynfield College won two GOLD AWARDS! Congratulations to the Jazz Combo and the Festival Band.
As promised here are some photos of the highlights.
|Sydney Conservatorium of Music||Live at Darling Harbour||Sydney Conservatorium of Music|
|Sightseeing around Sydney Harbour|