August 2019

Pat Hanly Creativity Awards

The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards since 2002 acknowledge Pat Hanly’s outstanding contribution to New Zealand contemporary art and his passion for art education and supporting young artists.

"The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards were created to acknowledge the voice of young people, he respected and encouraged those voices, indeed when he ‘retired’ as an artist, he said it was “to make way for the new generation of artists" — Amber Rhodes, daughter of Pat Hanly.

Award nominations are open to Heads of Departments and Art Teachers of Visual Arts in the greater Auckland area, nominating a maximum of two Year 13 students who have demonstrated outstanding creativity, imagination and commitment to the visual arts. Nominated students are asked to submit an artist’s statement and an image of an artwork to complete the entry.

Congratulations to Vivian Huang, who was chosen to be a recipient of the Pat Hanly Creativity Award for 2019. Vivian has been awarded a certificate from Kirsten Paisley, Director of Auckland Art Gallery as well as a goody bag of art materials and access to two upcoming all-expenses paid exclusive art workshops.

Below are two of Vivian's artworks sent in for the Award selection process.

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Music Competition Success

Congratulations to our music students, staff and itinerant teachers who have been involved in the Auckland Schools Jazz Competition held on Saturday 10 August.

Big Band: Gold Award
Jazz Combo: Gold Award
Jazz Project: Silver Award
Stage Band: Silver Award

And also at the KBB Music Festival held in Term 3, Week 4

Big Band: Gold Award (10th year in a row)
Concert Band: Bronze Award
Chamber Orchestra: Joyce Fisher Mentoring Scholarship
KBB Honours Orchestra: Celesti Tan

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NIWA Science and Technology Fair

Six science projects were selected to represent Lynfield College in the Central West Auckland Regionals of the NIWA Regional Science and Technology Fair held at Mt. Roskill Grammar on Friday 30 August. The winners will receive their prizes on Thursday 5 September. Congratulations to the following students:

Hazel Fleming: 2nd Place Material World Year 9/10 and a Special Prize
Kate Kestle: 3rd Place Physical World Year 9/10
Tiainei Goundar: Highly Commended
Ailis Su and Amelia Li: Highly Commended
Lani Rivers: Highly Commended and a Special Prize
Caleb Young: Highly Commended

For more information about the event visit the website: 

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Danielle Hewett

Congratulations to Danielle Hewett represented Lynfield College at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Artistic Gymnastics on the weekend of 24-25 August with outstanding results from some tough competition. She placed first on beam and first on floor, finishing in second place overall.

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AGTA Prizewinners

On Wednesday 21 August a group of Lynfield College geographers travelled to St Cuthbert’s College in Epsom to compete in the Auckland Geography Teachers’ Association (AGTA) quiz. Held from 6.15 to 9.00 pm, some 80 students attended from as far as Whangarei. Lynfield College’s team of four Ishaan Bhide (Yr 13), Shayan Rezakhan-Kermani (Yr 13), Zoe Armstrong (Yr 12) and Krish Lal (Yr 12) were extremely competitive throughout the evening and finished in third place.

Lynfield College Year 11 Geographers gained 4th place in the recent New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers interschool quiz. Held at St Cuthbert’s College, the competition was between 18 Auckland teams. Contestants Johnny Tsang, Rosie Clark-Engel and Aashish Ramanlal performed tasks which included moulding play-doh to represent key geographic concepts, mapping skills and general geographic knowledge.

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From left to right: Ishaan Bhide, Shayan Rezakhan-Kermani,
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Aashish Ramanlal, Johnny Tsang and Rosie Clark-Engel

University of Auckland Economics Competition

The New Zealand Economics Competition has grown in size and reputation since its inception in 1997, becoming the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind for secondary students. One of its aims is to promote the study of Economics.

The New Zealand Economics Competition is sponsored by the University of Auckland Business School, the Treasury and the Kelliher Economics Foundation. Established in 1964, the Kelliher Economics Foundation is aimed at encouraging secondary school students to pursue tertiary studies in economics.

Congratulations to Raymond Feng, Alex Zhuang and Dylan Ferns who achieved High Distinction in the University of Auckland Economics Competition. That places them in the top 5% out of about 2500 students participated. There will be an Awards Presentation ceremony in University of Auckland to recognise the students who have achieved at that level.

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Fairtrade Week Activities

A group pf Year 10 students undertake a social action for their Social Studies internal assessment. For this they have been looking at the human rights and environmental issues in the chocolate industry.

In support of Fairtrade Fortnight they held a series of events on Tuesday 13 August which included a staff morning tea in return for donations.

At lunchtime there were a number of events for students to participate in. These included two bake sales, several games, raffles and the sale of fair trade chocolate. The aim of these activities was to raise awareness of the issues and to raise funds for Oxfam.

The students raised over $1000 in total with $197 of that coming from the staff morning tea. All money raised was donated to Oxfam.

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Oral Language Competition Judging

Five of our top debaters - Joseph Hisayasu, Eesha Mahimkar, Sophie Yang, Sarka Ludvigova and Leigh Hine travelled to Blockhouse Bay Intermediate on Monday 12 August to judge their annual speech competition.

In addition to judging and the Top Year 7 and Year 8 speech, they also created a ‘selected’ team. This was a group of four students we identified as potentially strong speakers suitable for debating.

I would like to say a huge thank you to you for organising the judges for our oral language competition last week. They did a wonderful job, and feedback from staff and students here has been so, so positive. We would love to have a student panel judging again next year.      Trish Loomans

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ASD Impromptu Cup Tournament

Five Lynfield teams competed at the Auckland Schools' Debating North Island Impromptu Cup at Westlake on Saturday 10 August.

Kyus Rodger and Joseph Hisayasu headed up the senior team with the others being largely Year 11 Debaters.

The Impromptu Cup format is particularly challenging in that teams of two have only five minutes to prepare 5-minute speeches (6 minutes in the final rounds) on a range of topics.

At the end of FIVE rounds on Saturday, only one of our teams (Kyus and Joseph) made the top 16 (breaking in 3rd place, with the highest Speaker point total) and advanced to the Octofinals on Sunday.

Kyus and Joseph did incredibly well, winning the Octofinal against Westlake Girls 2, their Quarterfinal against Westlake Boys 2, and, in a huge upset, their semi-final against Westlake Boys 1 (and teammate William Price, who was Kyus' NZ Teammate and captain). So they reached the Grand Final of what is a very competitive tournament with 61 teams from across the North Island.

Grand Final Result

The Grand Final against St. Cuthbert's College (including 1st Speaker Millie Caughy, Kyus' Auckland Blue teammate) was an extremely lively event with an 11 adjudicator panel and nearly full lecture hall at Auckland University.

The moot was "This house, as a species, would prefer to go extinct than be commercially farmed". Lynfield Affirmed the moot running a case that was largely built on the philosophical premise that only a life where one has self-determination, free-will and family bonds was worth pursuing. Although Kyus' closing did darkly propose that if you can't do what you like and have fun there was no use going on, they managed to sway seven of the 11 adjudicators to their side and win the final.

Lynfield College: 1st place and winner of the Impromptu Cup
This was last won by Jia Dua and Karan Kalsi in 2017.

Top 10 Speaker Awards

Kyus Rodger: 2nd Place, Joseph Hisayasu: 7th Place

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Legal Profession Schools' Project

On Wednesday 7 August twenty senior students enjoyed the opportunity of visiting the Meredith Connell practice, a 97 year old highly respected law firm in the CBD. This was a follow-on from the July visit to Lynfield from past student Right Honourable Dame Helen Winkelmann, Chief Justice of New Zealand. The Legal Profession Schools Project was started by a group of legal professionals to encourage young people from a wider range of cultures and backgrounds to consider joining the legal profession.

Students were introduced to many of the legal team by Brian Dickey, Crown Solicitor, then participated in a tour of the firm, where they engaged with legal staff within their open plan workspace, and were involved in a seminar with a group of lawyers in real-life case studies.

“Everything about Meredith Connell screamed ‘professional’ and as we were doing the tour and we got to know the lawyers a bit more, I realised that this was a prominent firm. I’m very grateful for this opportunity because I was able to explore and have some insight into my choice of career in the future. I can definitely say that this has inspired me to follow my career plan and meeting all the lawyers was so cool. I didn’t expect them to be so laid back and just … chill”      Vanessa Year 12

“We gained insight into possibilities available in the law profession. The visit gave us a better understanding of each job role within The Firm. It made me realise that I could be either defending or prosecuting. The visit enabled me to know what I want to go for in the future”      Mehul Year 13

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Science Fair Showcase Results

On the Tuesday 6 August Lynfield College hosted it’s annual Science Fair Showcase Evening.

The evening was a great success with many interesting and innovative projects to view. From this event our top three finalists (1st Hazel Fleming, 2nd Kate Kastle and 3rd Tianei Goundar) and 17 other students, have been chosen to represent Lynfield College at the NIWA Science and Technology Fair. The Fair will be held at Mt Roskill Grammar School on Friday 20 August.

We wish these students all the best for this event.

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Ben Henwood Wins Silver

Congratulations to Ben Henwood for winning two silver medals at the Auckland Secondary Schools' Individual Swimming Championships held at West Wave Aquatic Centre in West Auckland on Sunday 11 August. The first medal was for the 100m individual medley and the second was for the 100m freestyle.

Many thanks to Rob Delgrosso for his photographs.


Mt Maunganui Exchange 2019

The annual Lynfield/Mt Maunganui sports exchange took place at Mt Maunganui on Thursday 8 August. It was a very wet start at Lynfield as we boarded the buses, but fortunately it was a beautiful sunny day in the Bay of Plenty! This exchange has been a highlight on the sporting calendars of both schools for 59 years. The top teams in seven codes competed for the overall trophy based on the number of games won and lost.  Most games were played at Mt Maunganui College although Hockey, Netball and Water polo were held at facilities off site. There is always intense rivalry … and a lot of fun. 

This year Mt Maunganui won the overall trophy and the Lynmount trophy for Rugby. Congratulations to our students for their fantastic sportsmanship. They were in every sense one big Lynfield team who had an awesome sports day they will remember for many years.

The results were definitely not what we were hoping for, BUT most of the games were very, very good, very close games.

Basketball: Boys Lost 
Basketball: Girls Lost
Football: Boys Lost                    
Football: Girls Lost
Rugby: Girls Won                     
Waterpolo: Lost                        
Netball Prem 1: Lost
Netball Prem 2: Lost
Hockey: Boys Draw  
Hockey: Girls Lost       
Debating: Lost 
Rugby: Boys Lost
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Many thanks to all our photographers, especially Bella Tahu for her action photographs below.

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Football Jubilation Tempered by Reality

Our 1st XI Boys Football team made it to the Knockout Cup semi-finals - the first time we have been in this position since 1985 so our football community was excited.

We played Takapuna in the quarter-final the first day of this term where our boys performed outstandingly to outplay Takapuna using skill, composure and team work to take the win 5 - 0. What a fantastic win!

On Tuesday they put in a fearless performance against Sacred Heart College on our Number 1 field in the semi-final. Sacred Heart is sitting third in the Premier division. It was a wonderful game which was an excellent lesson in how to win with humility and lose with dignity. Well done to our 1st XI Boys Football team.

We much prefer the winning quarter-final photos below. Many thanks to Simon Rushton for the images.

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