May 2017

Language Perfect World Championships 2017

The International Languages Department is excited to announce the award winners for the Language Perfect World Championships 2017. Between 15 – 25 May this year, students from 27 countries were tested on their languages skills, including reading, writing, listening, dictation and grammar in different languages, using the Language Perfect online programme. They gained points by answering questions, and as they reached certain thresholds they earned certificates. Our students earned 236,768 in total placing them 64th out of 1,302 school worldwide.

17th overall in New Zealand (out of 271 schools)
1st for Chinese in New Zealand (out of 171 schools)
2nd for German in New Zealand (out of 187 schools)
22nd for Japanese in New Zealand (out of 185 schools)

Congratulations to the following students

ELITE AWARD (10,000+ points) 
Sam Mason

GOLD AWARD (3000+ points)                       
Emily Gossen, Faye Hine, Helen Mai, Louis Wang, Emma Lee, Jinny Cho, Jacinta Kerebs-Harris, Alan Chen, Sameera Reddy, Sean Kim, Xiaoqi Zhang, Natasha Matson, Shyla Mani, Isabel Yu, Riya Patel, Kristen Talbot, Isha Ramanlal, Nancy Sun, Celesti Tan, Aaron Tahu, Hannah Purdie

SILVER AWARD (2000+ points)                      
Zoe Armstrong, Yoon Lee, Leander Menezes, Grace Vaipa, Penny Lin, William Maggs, Xinyue Zhang, Alice Lee, Danielle Hewett, Andre Fleming, Nick Kendall, Racquel Govender, Arche Zhu, Cassie Zhou, Juwon Cho

BRONZE AWARD (1000+ points)    
Isha Arora, Jinhao Mai, Yufei Wang, Blake Low, Isha Konki, Martin Zhang, Krishi Shah, Joshua Lobo, Miree Jung, Kate Steuart, Katherine Diep, Shivani Rana, Harika Tiyyagura, Gobind Singh, Karyn Zhang, Rosalyn Fononga, Alex Pullen, Fane Tupou, Esther Wong, Ben Wong, Maleta Fononga, Dom Povey, Joel Haydon, Zoe Demmler, Rana Kazemi-Yazdi, Michael Howell, Kerwin Li, Nadia Davis, Shaoxing Cen, Joanna Wu, Riddhi Gaundan, Angela Lu, Zheng He, Elena Smith, Kalpana Pandaram, Mikayla Brewerton.

Tiki Taane Mahuta Show

On Monday 29 May Whaea Maihi and Whaea Leauga took a group of Year 9 and 10 students (Pounamu, Te Reo Māori and Kapa Haka) to the Tiki Taane Mahuta show at the Aotea Centre.

Elements of Kapa Haka, Māori instruments, hitori, contemporary dance and Te Reo Maori featured throughout the showcase in the lead up to Matariki. It was a great opportunity to listen to Te Reo Maori demonstrated in different ways.

He mihi nui ki a Miss Po raua ko Whaea Maihi mo to raua awhina.

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New Zealand Schools Debating National Tournament

On Monday 29 May, the New Zealand Schools Debating National tournament was held in Wellington.

This has been another amazing year for Karan Kalsi and his Auckland White team who, for the third year in a row, made it all the way to the Grand Final!

The debate took place in the Legislative Council Chamber of Parliament and was hosted by the Hon. Peter Dunne MP.  

Guests included the Governor General of NZ Dame Patsy Reddy, Christopher Bishop MP, Tim Clarke, Partner of sponsor Russell McVeagh, as well as the other competitors, coaches, managers, parents and supporters including Lynfield's Premier Debating Coordinator, Mrs Wagner.

The Topic was: "This House regrets the rise of the 'Gig Economy', as epitomized by Uber and Air BnB".  The debate was spirited, fierce and smart and Auckland White negated the topic.

Auckland White was narrowly beaten by Wellington Black in a 5-2 split decision following what was an exceptional final with stellar performances from both teams.

Congratulations Karan, for your incredible success at being one of the six debaters who represented Auckland so spectacularly!

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New Zealand Chefs Auckland Regional Championships 2017

We had eight students entered into a variety of competitions which were held at NZMA Sylvia Park on Friday 26 May.

Gabby Ono and Stacey Hull entered the Scone class, both producing fantastic scones. Stacey won a gold medal in first place and Gabby won a gold medal in second place.  

Shard Hubbard entered the Omelette class. He made a cheese and onion omelette, winning a gold medal in second place.  

Andrew Whitford entered the highly competitive Barista competition where he had to make two espressos, two lattes and two flat whites in 15 minutes. He won a bronze medal.

Anna Ross entered the static biscuit class and made chocolate peppermint sandwich biscuits, winning a silver medal.  

Gabby Kita-Painter entered the static decorated café cake and won a gold medal.

Saahil Bali and Dylan Fernandes entered the team event “What’s your flavour” Burger battle run by Auckland Council. This is a fiercely fought competition and they received a silver medal, progressing through to the finals in July.

Everyone had a fabulous day and enjoyed the experience.

Stacey Hull, Year 13 Hospitality

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Auckland Careers Expo 2017

Irisha Inamke’s experience of the day ...

“It was a wonderful opportunity. Until I went to this expo, I didn’t realise just how much is available to us. Now I am definitely considering Otago University as an option.”

Our Year 13 students had a fantastic day at the Auckland Careers Expo on Wednesday 25 May.  Many found it invaluable in helping with planning their next move on their career journey.

Students had the opportunity to visit booths and seminars provided by our New Zealand universities, polytechnics and private providers as well as exploring Vocational Pathways options.

This expo has certainly expanded their horizons and created some very enthusiastic conversations about what they are planning for 2018.

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Lynfield College Jazz Combo

On Friday 14 April the Lynfield College Jazz Combo performed in the NZ Youth Jazz Festival held at Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga. At the awards ceremony they were presented with a Gold Award and the trophy for Most Outstanding Jazz Combo. This is the third consecutive year the Lynfield Combo has won this trophy and are the only group to do so in its 35 year history. Andrew Isdale also won the trophy for Best Saxophone Player for the second year in a row as well as the very prestigious award for Most Outstanding Musician. This is a fantastic achievement for the group and their director Mr Paul Norman.

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Winter Sports are Underway

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North/West Zone Cross Country: This was held recently at Moire Park, Massey. Lynfield College were one of only two West Auckland schools to compete in this meet. Danielle Hewett finished 20th in a field of 57 in the Junior Girls event. Our other eight competitors finished in about the middle of their respective age groups and really enjoyed the experience.

1st XI Boys Football: Our team have played three games in the A2 grade after winning promotion as a result of their 1st place in A3 last year.  Many of our 2016 team were Y13 so the A2 grade is an excellent challenge for our relatively young team, however all matches have been close, hard fought games resulting in close losses. They are gelling really quickly under the coaching of Kim Beale, and are attacking every ball with absolute determination.

1st XI Girls Hockey: This team won their first game by default but showed their strength in the next two games when they won 7-0 and 2-0. Most of team members are new to 1st XI but they are making really good progress under the guidance of their coach, Peter Oakley.

Netball teams have now entered their first competition round and are performing very well. There have been a mixture of wins and losses with some very, very hard fought games.

  • Premier 1 had two good wins this week beating Massey Prem 1 by two goals and Green Bay High by six goals.
  • Premier 2 are performing extremely well – their latest victory was over Avondale Premier 2.
  • 9 Gold is competing in the 9A grade and currently sits mid-table after 2 wins, 1 loss and 1 close loss.

Rugby League had their first win this week when they played Westlake B.

Kieren Chhiba (Y12) has been selected in the Auckland U18A Boys Hockey team.

Miree Jung (Y9) is the Gross Winner of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Strokeplay Championships held this week at Waitemata Golf Club. She finished the round one under, well in front of her closest competitor. Miree now has her name on the same cup as Lydia Ko!  Former student Shantael Ligaliga has also won this very prestigious championship.

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