June 2018

When Practical Becomes Art

A sample of some of the beautiful, decorative and very practical bags made by Year 9TMS which were made in Term 2. Students experimented with a range of techniques such as tie-dying, screen printing, hand painting and masking-off with tape before they selected a finishing process for their bag.

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Lynfield Brothers Success at Motumoana

Darnell and Tyler both attended camp from the 18-22 June at Motumoana Camp. A programme run by the NZ Defence Force and NZ Blue Light. The boys demonstrated leadership, commitment and determination with a high ropes course, fitness challenges and many life skills lessons. The Academic section of the camp required students to complete credits, which both boys did successfully. Congratulations to both Darnell and Tyler for representing themselves and Lynfield while on camp with pride. Well done to Darnell for receiving the overall top award for the entire camp!

Whaea would like to acknowledge the leaders and in particular Holly Kairua from Henderson Police for gifting this opportunity to Lynfield College.

NZ Blue Light is an organisation that delivers and supports a number of youth programmes nationally and has been doing so for over 30 years. This programme focuses on leadership training, practical skills, respect, team work, self-confidence and leaderless tasks.

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Staff Ugly Sweater Day Truly a Sight to Behold

Half way through the year and the weather is cold and soggy = definitely time for some fun. What better way to achieve this than with a Staff Ugly Sweater Day. Students were treated to the visual delights of their teachers wearing highly individual and tasteful sweaters - many from yesteryear. Some were cute, others astonishing although it would be fair to say the majority were truly bizarre, if not actually frightening. Below is a small sample of sweater haute couture.

Of course there had to be a competition. The winner was Russell Newbrook sporting a vintage, hand-crafted sweater with a geometric montage in tones of russet and orange (see bottom centre photo). Should this become an annual event? Heaven forbid.

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From left: Health and Physical Education, Senior Management (centre) and the Arts Faculty (right)

What's Happening Outside the Upper Gym?

At Lynfield College this week, there has been a great deal of interest from students as they transition between between classes and see contractors hard at work. Students are wondering what is happening.

The Upper Gym Area is under construction as a new Uniport All-Purpose Outdoor Shade Cover is being installed. Drains have been replaced in this area and large post-holes have been drilled by the digger - yes, through the rain and hail this week, these courageous boys have worked tirelessly (including Kristofa Manu, a year 13 student from Lynfield College on work experience who has gained a lot of knowledge in a short time about diggers, pumping water out of the holes before placing and finishing the concrete).

We are now out of the ground and progressing nicely with the construction of the new shelter which will be used daily by the students.

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Wheeler's Luck: A Lynfield College Production

This year we are presenting Wheeler’s Luck, a New Zealand comedy
by Damon Andrews, Toby Leach and Nigel Collins.

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When local landowner Nora Cox dies, leaving her prime coastal property to the people of the small town of Bell End, Mayor Duncan attempts to keep the details of the town’s acquisition secret, inviting Auckland developer Richard Lush to help him transform the asset in to a cash cow for the impoverished Council.

However, Nora’s land holds historical and cultural significance to the town as it was the site of a daring rescue following a shipwreck over 100 years ago. When rural postie Murray learns what is afoot, he sets out to scupper the mayor’s plans. The play is full of wonderfully eccentric characters, lots of laughs and some exciting action.
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  • Evening performances in the Hall: Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 June, starting 7.00 pm
  • Doors open for audience seating at 6.45 pm
  • Refreshments will be available at intermission


  • Tickets are on sale from Monday 11 June at the Accounts Office during school hours
  • Adults $10.00, Students and Senior Citizens $5.00
  • Ticket sales on the door from 6.30 pm


Murray: Harry Ashley
Duncan: Kais Azimullah
Richard: Shamir Sarif
Andy: Noah Tikoinamaka
Darryl: DJ Lomu
Trisha: Brooke Gibbs
Cilla: Niamh Masterson
Molly: Neve MacDonald
Queenie: Sarah Niumata
Lydia: Esther Rouse
Perry: Tremaine Leaso
Old Man Cox: Daniel Brown
Phil Greenacres: Oliver Pracy
Joe: Jaydon Moors
Kevin Dj: Aaron Tahu
Horatio: Aaron Tahu
Mike DJ: Giordi Gambassi
Skinhead: Giordi Gambassi
Alan: Rayhaan Ramzan
Jeff then Brett: Rayhaan Ramzan
Trev(Cop): Floyd Tunnell
Ron (Cop): Tony Liu
Derek/Devon: Thomas Wandstraat
Drowning Boy: Aiken Shadbolt
Rapper: Jaydon Moors
Neill: Nikhil Sharma
Mr Bland: Daniel Brown
Mrs Bland: Ella Fletcher
Beryl: Abby Burd
Maureen: Imaan Brown
Drunken woman: Amandeep Sikka
Mr Johnstone: Giordi Gambassi
Laid Back Dude: Amandeep Sikka
Phoenix: Aiken Shadbolt
John: Shaan Manilal
Skinhead: Giordi Gambassi
John: Shaan Manilal
Mrs Woolf: Zoe Demmler
Trev’s Wife: Grace Brannigan
Mrs Hughes: Selena Gee
Johnny: Nathan Lockhart

Hay Park Primary Whole School Visit for Matariki

Friday 22 June was a great day that saw the establishment of a positive partnership with our newly joined kahui ako school. A kowhai plant was gifted by Hay Park Primary to Lynfield College and the tuakana teina model was demonstrated.

With Akonga leading haka, rakau and poi workshops, ka nui te mihi ki nga tangata katoa e awhina ana kia whakanuitia te kaupapa o Matariki.

Whaea Leauga

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Road Race Day

Last year Auckland’s inclement weather meant our Road Race was postponed several times and this year looked to be no different. However Monday 18 June was the day which started well although there were rainclouds gathering to the west. We all waited anxiously until 10.30 am before Sports Director Ms Walbran gave the thumbs up – the Road Race was ON!

And then it started to rain, however although it was constant it wasn’t an Auckland ‘deluge’. Best of all though – nothing could dampen student determination, support and enthusiasm as you can see from Mr Delgrosso’s photographs below.

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SENIOR BOYS: 1st Toby Runting, 2nd Jake Runting, 3rd Callum Boulton
SENIOR GIRLS: 1st Jackie de Pont, 2nd Yong Shan Zhao
YEAR 11 BOYS: 1st Sam Boasman, 2nd TJ Piacun, 3rd Ben Lee
YEAR 11 GIRLS: 1st Danielle Hewett, 2nd Winona Lee
YEAR 10 BOYS: 1st Nicholas Curin, 2nd Michael Jury, 3rd Anlon Liu-Flowers
YEAR 10 GIRLS: 1st Aahana Shetty, 2nd Janna Blong, 3rd Rina Zhang
YEAR 9 BOYS: 1st Kartik Malik, 2nd Manish Nagula, 3rd Stanley Long
YEAR 9 GIRLS: 1st Ava Shields

Olympic Refugee Sports Day

On Tuesday 19 June the New Zealand Olympic Committee organised a New Zealand Olympians day at the Trusts Arenas in Henderson to celebrate World Refugee Day. This provided some of our refugee students with a wonderful opportunity to try different Olympic sports and to engage with Olympians like Barbara Kendall, Emily Gaddum, Evelyn Williamson, Tim Slyfield, Lindsay Tait, Chantal Brunner and Alexis Pritchard.

They also appreciated how sport can unite cultures, by providing young people with opportunities to learn new skills, challenge themselves and interact in a fun atmosphere.  
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Three hundred refugee students from intermediate and secondary schools took part. They enjoyed sports with which they were familiar: football, basketball, volleyball and badminton. But, they also had a go at some very different activities. Seniors learned to fence, many students got to throw a bronze medal winner on to the judo mat and learned how to defend themselves with basic karate. Most had never swung a golf club, but tried their hand on the improvised range and some students learned cheerleading moves.

Lynfield College students participated with enthusiasm and in great sporting spirit. Our students were accompanied by Refugee Coordinator Chris Bangs, ESOL teacher Frances Maihi and bilingual assistant Hosai Abrahimi.
Year 12 Afghani student Asghar Jaffari (above centre) features in this Checkpoint interview:

College Choir performs at the Big Sing

The College Choir performed three items at the Big Sing held at Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday 12 June, including the first public performance of a song composed by Mr Sigmund Sue with lyrics by Ms Tess Morrison. The Choir’s rendition of Johnny Angel was very warmly received, with the audience humming the tune afterwards.

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Hillary Outdoor Education Centre

A group of 45 Year 13 students challenged themselves and the environment for a chilly five days at Tongariro National Park in winter to learn some valuable life skills:

THINKING: Through problem solving, critical thinking, and the development of new skills, students were encouraged to think creatively and analyse information to make decisions to assist themselves and their team.

RELATING TO OTHERS: Living, and participating with others in adventurous and challenging environments provided opportunities to develop interpersonal skills and increased social awareness.

UNDERSTANDING SYMBOLS AND TEXT: This was developed through map reading and navigation, deciphering recipes, reading weather maps and how they talk to and interact with others.

MANAGING SELF: Five days away from parents and the comforts of home increased our student’s self-management and independence.

PARTICIPATING AND CONTRIBUTING: Students learned that everyone brings something of value to the team, and that everyone contributing helps achieve success.

Looks like they had a great time!

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PwC Representatives Visit Lynfield College

Dilan Dhanji and Neeraj Reddy (former students) acted as the PwC (Price Waterhouse and Coopers), Representatives for Lynfield College. They both are Associate Accountants working for PwC. Their visit helped informing the students about PwC and the Scholarship itself. They both assisted in giving students an insight into what makes up PwC and its culture, and answered questions about their work and also shared their experiences for those students who were interested in applying for the scholarship.

PwC Scholarships

Started in 2004, the PwC Scholarship program targets students in Year 13 and offers a range of support to talented students intending to study Commerce, Information Systems or Law with a conjoint at a New Zealand tertiary institution. This support includes:

  • Financial assistance towards tuition fees over the course of their qualifying degree
  • A dedicated mentor through the course of their studies
  • An opportunity to participate in our Summer Intern program.

A number of PwC scholarships are reserved for students who may suffer financial hardship to attend University.

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Ravi Reddy (Business Studies Teacher) with PwC Representatives Dilan Dhanji (left), and Neeraj Reddy (right)

Lynfield College 60th Reunion

Our 60th Reunion celebration was a very successful event held over two days 8 - 9 June starting with a special function for our Foundation Pupils on the Friday morning.

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Several hundred past pupils and staff either visited the College for School in Action tours or attended the social activities that were organised. Current Student Executive members represented the College as ambassadors, escorting groups of visitors around the school.  Our students did an excellent job and received many compliments from the visitors, particularly for the respect shown them and the pride our students had in their school.

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More information and photos from the event can be viewed at the 60th Reunion page.

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New Zealand Chamber Music Contest

Lynfield College was well represented at the NZ Chamber Music Contest held on Thusrday 7 June. The LC Quartet, Casterede Quartet and Trio Grazioso all played extremely well and received very favourable comments from the adjudicator.

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Smokefreerockquest 2018

The weekend of 9-10 June was huge weekend for aspiring Kiwi musicians as bands and solo duos played off in this year’s Smokefreerockquest Auckland regional finals.

On Saturday night Auckland Central bands played off, with first place going to self-proclaimed ‘metal as heck’ band Silvera from Lynfield College, Westlake Boys’ High School, and Auckland Grammar. Lead guitarist Matt Holden says this win has been a few years in the making, with all band-mates having entered at least twice before.

“Since entering last year we have been super motivated to get better as a band,” says the 17-year-old, “we come from different backgrounds, but we all wanted music with a catchy melody and brutal breakdowns. For us music is life, it’s second nature.”

The band is made up of Louie Campbell on vocals, Matt Sansome on bass, Tane Cullen on drums, Matt Holden on lead guitar lead, and Louis Simpson also on guitar.

Smokefreerockquest live events run from May 5 until July 6, and most regions will also be filmed for the hugely popular SFRQ webisodes (sfrq.nz/video/), fronted this year by NZ’s ‘First Bloke’ Clarke Gayford.


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