September 2018

Matariki Celebrated with Special Rakau Planting

On Friday 28 September, a special rakau planting parakuihi event was held at Te Ringa Awhina Marae.

A kowhai tree which was gifted from Hay Park School during their Matariki visit was placed beside the waharoa. Whanau, Hay Park Principal, Associate Principal, Kaiako, Board Members and akonga were present. The Kapa Haka group performed while Whaea Tebay and Ms Tahu prepared kai. Thanks to all who were present from Lynfield College (Senior Leadership Team, Maori Focus Group and Kaiako), Hay Park, Whanau and akonga.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. 'Poipoia te kakano kia puawai'

Thanks to Whaea Turketo for the photographs.

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Senior Art Visit Auckland Galleries

At the Auckland Art Gallery students experienced an art tour with a focus on context and materiality, students viewed the work of John Reynolds, Judy Miller, Robyn Kahukiwa and Andy Lelei Siousa, in depth and then enjoyed a self guided tour through the gallery.

At the Silo Park Gallery we viewed the work of ex Lynfield College student Chirag Jindal titled ‘Into the Underworld’. Chirag studied Architecture at Auckland University, the exhibition was the outcome of his Master’s Thesis with a focus on the underground landscape of the lava caves beneath Auckland city.

Chirag collaborated with speleologist Peter Crossley, they used LiDAR mapping technology to map the ancient lava caves under the central suburbs of Auckland. Large panoramic light boxes up to seven meters wide and five metres tall reveal the dilapidated condition of this neglected landscape, as well as the extraordinary relationship that has formed with our built environment.
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Students discussing the work of Robyn Kahukiwa at the Auckland  Art Gallery Discussing the work of John Reynold, French Bay Darkly at the Auckland Art Gallery Discussing the work of Judy Miller at the Auckland Art Gallery
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Chirag Jindal talking about his work 'Into the Underworld'  Students viewing  Chirag's work at Silo Park Galleries

Auckland Goethe Society Examinations 2018

Congratulations to the following students who achieved commendable results at the annual Auckland Goethe Society Examinations:

YEAR 13:  Jackie de Pont (2nd Place), Michelle Strapajevic (Distinction)
YEAR 12:  Rachel Barrowman (3rd Place)
YEAR 11:  Leander Menezes (Gold), William Maggs (Silver), Rosalyn Fonongo (Silver)
YEAR 19:  GOLD: Daniel Chen, Jack Harken, Varsha Soni, Cecilia Fifita
YEAR 19:  SILVER: Vishwa Jayswal
YEAR 19:  BRONZE: Oliver Pracy, Charlotte Maggs

The students received their certificates at the official prizegiving ceremony at the University of Auckland on the 26th of September 2018.

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Smokefreerockquest 2018 Success

Congratulations to Matt Holden, lead guitarist of band SILVERA, who came 3rd at the Finals of Smokefreerockquest (SFRQ) 2018 on Saturday night (22 September).

SFRQ is one of New Zealand’s largest school music competitions, having over 600 entries nationwide across 40 regional competitions across New Zealand with the top regional bands progressing to the national final. Getting to the finals involves live performances and creating a 15 minute music video of original songs. The five-piece band received a $3000 Rock Shop voucher.

More photos can be found at:

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Lynfield College Student Wins Red Nose Design

Year 9 Soft Materials students took part in the 2018 Cure Kids design a red nose competition.

Congratulations to Kailynne Holn, who was one of four students selected from around New Zealand to have her design made into a red nose to be sold on Friday 28 September.

All proceeds from the Red Nose appeal will go to Cure Kids for raise money to fund vital child health research to improve, extend and save the lives of our children. Over the years, funds raised through Red Nose Day have enabled some incredible breakthroughs that mean tens of thousands of New Zealand children are living healthier happier lives today.

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Congratulations to Lions Club Young Ambassadors

On Wednesday 19 September the Blockhouse Bay – Lynfield Lions Club hosted the Zone 6 Lions Club 2018 Young Ambassador Awards Dinner. Nominated from Lynfield College were students Eve Gabor and Marie Dobbie who had to submit a CV, be interviewed and give a speech on a challenging pre-selected subject.

The speech makes up 30% of the score for the competition judged at the Dinner. The CV's are 30% of the score, and the interview 40% of the total score, judged from submitted CV's and interviews a few days prior by a panel of three judges.

All five contenders were congratulated on their achievements for their outstanding CV’s, track records and for stepping up to the mark with their peers. Eve Gabor was awarded 1st Prize and will go on to the Young Ambassador Finals where winners from other zones will compete for the Grand Title at a lunch to be held on Sunday 7 October.

To quote one of the judges, Graham Edwards "If you are writing to the students, perhaps you would pass on my admiration for each of them, whatever result they achieved. We judges were tasked to assess the community leadership roles, but there were also indications from the participants of some excellent attributes for them as well-rounded, caring, highly intelligent citizens. I hope they all understand how proud of themselves they should be.”

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Junior Debating Championship Results

Lynfield hosted the preliminary rounds of the Auckland School's Debating Junior Championship Tournament on Saturday 15 September. Five Lynfield teams competed in a field of 35. It was a gorgeous day and thoroughly enjoyable for all involved.

At the end of three rounds, there were three Lynfield teams in the Top 8:

LYNFIELD 1: Isha Ramanlal, Sanat Singh and Roshni Bhatti

LYNFIELD 2: Jasmine Pickston, Eliana Competente and Michael Jury

LYNFIELD 3: Harshil Jogia, Aashish Ramanlal, Malisha Ghosh and Dev Dixit

Final Rounds were held at the University of Auckland on Sunday.

Lynfield 1 defeated Lynfield 2
Westlake 2 defeated Lynfield 3

Lynfield 1 defeated Macleans

In the Grand final, Lynfield 1 affirmed the moot 'This House believes that celebrities should not publically share their political beliefs' and were narrowly defeated in a 2/1 split decision by Westlake.

Four Lynfield speakers were placed in the Top 10 of the tournament

1st:   Isha Ramanlal
2nd: Jasmine Pickston
5th:  Michael Jury
8th:  Sanat Singh

It was a wonderful (and very full weekend) of debating to wrap up a very successful year!

Many thanks to Catherine Barker for all of her hard work in supporting not only this tournament but the Junior and Premier Debaters this year!

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Destination Shinagawa, Japan

15 students and three staffs (Miss Kim, Mrs Wells and Mr Burden) are departing on Saturday 22 September and returning to New Zealand on Friday 12 October. Students who are participating in the trip will not only explore the knowledge of the language and Japan's culture, but they will also be exchanging our culture with Shinagawa Schools and build up a successful relationship with Shinagawa community.

The programme functions through the Shinagawa International Friendship Association. Auckland and Shinagawa, which is a part of Tokyo, have been friendship cities for over 20 years. We look forward to taking everything on board in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The group will also travel to Osaka, Kyoto and Takayama where we will be tracing down historical Japan to Modern Japan.

We look forward to return with full of exciting Japan Trip experiences to share with Lynfield College.

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Te wiki o te REO Maori

This week we have been busy supporting our reo in many different ways, from staff and student quizzes about te REO Maori to school waiata practices, a session with a University of Auckland Maori Masters student to learn about Maori education study and career options including scholarships available, the hikoi and language parade, a poi workshop and games. Check out below!

Kia kaha te REO Maori! Ka nui te mihi ki nga kaiako me nga akonga mo te tautoko i tenei wiki.

Whaea Leauga

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Congratulations to our Debating Prizewinners

The ASD Premier Advanced Grand Final and Prizegiving was held at Auckland Grammar School. Congratulations to all of last night's Auckland Schools Debating prizewinners!

Firstly, to Harry Ashley (Y13), Kyus Rodger (Y12) and Santiago Blanco (Y13) for receiving their Seasonal's Tournament Cup. They won that tournament at the start of the year.

Lynfield also won FIVE Top 10 Speaker awards across three grades:

Two speakers from the Premier Advanced (1st Grade): Harry Ashley (ranked 10) and Kyus Rodger (ranked 4th Equal- tied with William Price, who was ranked 5th at World's).

Two Speakers from the Advanced Open Grade (2nd Grade): Nicole D'Souza (Y13) ranked 9th and Joseph Hisayasu (Y12) took out the Top Speaker award (1st) for the 2nd grade in Auckland.

Finally, congratulatons to Eliana Competente (Y10) for ranking 5th in the Junior Open!

Debating coaches Chris Bangs, Sherry Wagner and Catherine Barker attended the ceremony.

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Wallace Art Award Finalists

Alicia Chen, Leann Chen and Terry Li are finalists chosen by the Wallace Arts Trust team to represent Lynfield College in this exhibition. College's from all over New Zealand are represented in this event. The winning finalists will exhibit their work at the Par Homestead. It will be open to the public from Monday 17 September to Sunday 11 November.

Winning finalist to get $500, Second prize $400, Third prize $300 and then People's choice as voted by the visitors $200. These results will be announced on Monday 17 September.

The vision of the Wallace Arts Trust is to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary artists. As well as running the arts centre, the Wallace Arts Trust loans out artworks to over 50 institutions ranging from schools to universities and hospitals, to expose as wide a range of audience to contemporary New Zealand art as possible.

The Wallace Art Awards are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $275,000

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NZ Secondary Schools Winter Tournament Week

The winter sports season wrapped up with NZSS Tournament Week (3 – 7 September). This year eight Lynfield teams competed in various tournaments, playing schools from all over the North Island. The experience for the players is far greater than just the time actually playing the games. It is a unique and invaluable opportunity for many of our best sportspeople to be part of the intensity of a top-level competition, day in, day out for a week and also to share the highs, lows and fun with other like-minded players and school mates. There were several Y9 and 10 students in our teams which sets us up well for the future.

Congratulations to all our players who represented Lynfield with pride and passion, playing hard but fair. This year’s game results were VERY impressive:

  • 1st XI Boys Hockey: 2nd in 'Olympic Stick' tournament (13 teams competed in Pakuranga)
  • Premier 1 Netball: 16th in 'Upper North Island Secondary Schools' A grade (32 teams competed in Mt Maunganui
  • Mixed Curling: 1st in North Island Secondary Schools champs
  • Boys Curling: 2nd in North Island Secondary Schools champs
  • 1st XI Girls Football: 7th in 'Kathy Seaward' tournament (23 teams competed at Western Springs)
  • 1st XI Boys Football: 8th in 'Trident tournament (20 teams competed in Palmerston North)
  • Boys Badminton: 12th in 'NZSS Senior Boys Badminton' A grade (12 teams in North Harbour)
  • Girls Badminton: 12th in 'NZSS Senior Girls Badminton' (12 teams in North Harbour)

The 1st XI Boys Hockey team played some excellent hockey, against some tough competition. A few minor injuries proved to be a challenge throughout the week. The boys were pretty pleased with their win over Mt Roskill Grammar School on Thursday, in the semi-final then faced John Paul College in a very exciting final. John Paul scored a goal within 30 seconds of the game starting, but Lynfield was up for the challenge. The result of this very tight game was a 6-2 win to John Paul. Our captain, Kieren Chhiba, was second highest goal scorer for the tournament. Congratulations to coach, Raj Chauhan for a moulding together this team ranging from beginners to very experienced and from Y9 to Y13.

Our top Senior Netball team competed at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) tournament which, this year, was hosted by Harbourside at Mt Maunganui. At this tournament only the top team from each of 120 school is able to compete.

Throughout the week the girls played ten hard games, each team desperately wanting the win to allow them passage to the upper section of the next round. After narrowly losing to Waikato Diocesan School for Girls first, our girls really gelled and set their eyes on the prize. By the end of the third game we had beaten Cambridge and Massey High School to gain a place in the top 16 of the A grade, which consisted of 32 teams. From there we had very tough games against the best teams in the country and the depth of knowledge gained about top level netball was huge.

Finishing 16th in A grade is a fantastic achievement! Bring on UNISS 2019, which will be hosted by North Harbour Netball at North Shore.
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