June 2019


Othello by William Shakespeare

You are cordially invited to this year’s fantastic production of Othello.

Othello is a play about a man who rose to greatness in a foreign world and then is undone by his naiveté and uncontrollable jealousy. It is also the evil plotting of Iago who uses Othello’s weaknesses to manipulate him. This production emphasises Iago’s pretence through the use of plastic pillars and curtains. These could also represent the ephemeral nature of status. The era of the play is invented rather than set in a particular time. The first Act is set in Venice and the other four acts are set in Cyprus.

The students have been working incredibly hard to brush up on their Shakespearean and bring the Bard’s infamous characters to life. This effort extends to the dancers, lighting and sound crew, as well as all working backstage.

The production is every evening this week at 7pm, from Wednesday 26th (opening night) until Saturday 29th (closing night). Tickets are available from accounts, or they can be purchased from 6.30pm each show night.

Many thanks to Ron Delgrosso for his photographs.
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Hockey 1st XI Boys

Wednesdy 26 June saw our 1st XI Boys Hockey in action versus Henderson High 1st XI. This was a great game – very tight resulting in 2 - All draw. Many thanks to Ron Delgrosso for his photographs.

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New Zealand Chefs Auckland Regional Competition

Seven hospitality students competed in the New Zealand Chefs Auckland Regional Competition on 24 June 2019. This was once again an amazing opportunity for our students to step-up and showcase what they love doing in the food industry.

Melissa Nicholson impressed the judges with her vanilla layered cake with passion fruit curd finished with an ombre of vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, winning a gold medal and Top of the Class (99 points out of 100) for Static Café Style Cake. Taylor Jefhtas, Habiba Sidique and Alicia Taito, each received a gold medal for their Static Café Style Cakes.

Tamara Davis and Nicolette Winiata were both awarded silver medals for Barista Coffee with Nicolette also receiving Top of Class for Barista and a bronze medal for her Static Biscuits. Aleesha Mata received a bronze medal for Barista Coffee.

Congratulations to all the students for achieving at such a high level and representing Lynfield College in a professional way. We are very proud of all your achievements!
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An Evening of Talanoa (Term 2)

The second evening of Talanoa for 2019 was held on Thursday 20 June in support of developing genuine and durable partnerships with our Pasifika families.

Jeremiah Tauti, Mana Connections Ltd, facilitated the evening and guided those attending through an activity which focused on successful collaboration.

Newly elected Board of Trustees members were introduced and worked alongside those attending. Insights and findings from the first Talanoa were shared.

We look forward to Fritz (NZQA) joining us at our next Talanoa (Term 3) as we work to support our students in the 2020 course selection process.

Insights from the first Talanoa evening can be found here: Lynfield College Talanoa Insights 4May2019.

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Mobile Phone Use in Class

To support your child’s learning and wellbeing, a group of students and staff have put together a plan to limit mobile phone use in the classroom. This plan helps to clarify existing rules around phone use and allow for a more consistent approach throughout the school. Students will be asked to put their phones and headphones away whenever they enter a learning space. They will only be allowed to use their mobile phone with the teacher’s permission for specific learning activities.

The students and staff involved in this project hope this will encourage students to develop alternative communication skills and healthy habits around phone use, and will support Manaakitanga as one of our school values.

This poster was created by Year 12 student Anish Bhalla in support of appropriate mobile phone use in class.


Lynfield College Road Race 2019

The annual Lynfield College Road Race took place Monday 17 June. Entry into this race is entirely voluntary for students. A mild and sunny day saw an impressive group of athletes determined to beat their personal best and add to those highly sought-after house points.

Staff spend a considerable amount of time preparing for this event to meet the health and safety required that ensure the public and especially our students are safe while this event is being held. Year 9 and 10 students ran a 3.3 km course, while Years 11 to 13 ran 5.4 km. Both courses are run within a specific time allocation.



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Year 11 Girls
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Senior Girls
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Gillian Neill
Neel Kumar
Mia Powell
Kartik Malik
Shreeya Prasad
Michael Jury
Winona Lee
Isaac Fleming
Nyah Jarvis
Tom Christie
Sarka Ludvigova
Campbell Boulton
Elena Dale
Anlon Liu-Flowers
Danielle Hewett
Jake Runting

Keagan Menezes
Eesha Mahimar
Stanley Long
Aahana Shetty
Nicholas Curin

Callum Boulton



Lewis Reid Zoricich Bray Faumuina Fatialofa

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Dress a Girl Around the World Campaign

Our Lynfield students used commercial patterns to make these dresses for young girls who live in developing countries many of whom have never had a ‘new’ dress entirely their own. The fabric used must be 100% cotton or a cotton/poly blend as the dresses will be washed in rivers, creeks, watering holes and maybe scrubbed with rocks. Fabric cannot be white or see-through and any printed fabric can have no cartoon characters, inappropriate patterns or words.

This campaign is run under the Hope 4 Women International Organisation (a nondenominational independent Christian organisation), have been working to bring dignity to women around the world since 2006. Their mission statement is: ‘We dream of a world in which every girl has at least one new dress. We want girls to know that they are worthy of respect, and that they are loved by God.’ Visit their website to learn more at https://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/

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Third Place in the RBNZ Monetary Policy Challenge

After many years of trying (sometimes coming tantalisingly close) to reach the finals of the RBNZ Monetary Policy Challenge, Lynfield College finally got through the first round and into the top six teams in New Zealand.

The team then needed to prepare an in-depth presentation around whether the Reserve Bank should raise, lower or maintain the Official Cash Rate to best achieve its goals of price stability and supporting employment. They then faced gruelling questions from Reserve Bank Economists over Skype, and achieved Third Place. A superb effort from a talented and very hardworking team, ably Governed by Raymond and supported by their teacher, Neil Waddington.

This year’s team included Raymond Feng, Emily Gossen, Kealen Pillay, Harshal Damania and Louis Wang.

The Monetary Policy Challenge gives secondary school students an exciting opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of Reserve Bank economists and recommend what the Official Cash Rate could be.

Using the same information as the Reserve Bank, teams assess the economic conditions facing New Zealand and the outlook for inflation. Based upon their assessment of the economy, each team decides on an appropriate setting for the Official Cash Rate.

The Monetary Policy Challenge links to NCEA achievement standard: Economics 3.5 (AS 91403).

Trans-Tasman Shakti Community Council Conference

A one-day trans-Tasman conference was held on Friday 14 June in Auckland today by Shakti Community Council to talk about human rights for ethnic communities, media bias, extremism and white supremacy.

Politicians, human rights lawyers and community workers from New Zealand and Australia shared their experiences of racism, and said it was important to speak up.

Shakti is a non-profit organisation based in New Zealand since 1995, which strives to provide culturally appropriate support for refugee and migrant women of colour, along with their children, who are struggling with domestic violence.

Lynfield student Lily Chen (Year 13) attended the conference as the youth MP for Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman. Dean Sofia Hameed also attended the conference. The following article was written by Lily Chen.

March 15th 2019 is a date forever ingrained into the heart and soul of Aotearoa, as the senseless act of terrorism highlighted the plight experienced daily by our most vulnerable communities, on the mere basis of their identities. Superficially, Aotearoa may market itself as a melting pot of multiculturalism, brimming with acceptance, tolerance, and love. However, Christchurch not only illustrated our underbelly of racism, but the normalisation of hate for ‘others’. Somehow, the terrorist attack exacerbated the islamphobia within our society, which ranges from racial microaggressions, to hate-fuelled deeds of violence.

When coexisting in a colonial land, we share a collective responsibility to compensate for our historical wrongdoings, by promoting inclusivity among our society. Instead of fanning the flames of division, we should recognise that our diversity is our strength and unifying together against hate is vital in ensuring our self-preservation.

Shakti facilitated for a one-day conference focusing on the necessity of establishing an open dialogue between the various distinct demographics within our society. Many Trans-Tasman leaders were invited to speak at panels, during which they discussed a versatile selection of key issues, such as decolonisation, upholding human rights, the role of media in promoting racial harmony, and much more.

Without constructive communication between ourselves, peace and harmony are unattainable goals. Extremism and radicalisation stem from bigotry, so it’s no longer sustainable to stew in cultural ignorance. To quote Marama Davidson: “Humanising each other is a counterterrorism strategy.”

Assalamu Alaikum.

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Sofia Hameed, Golriz Ghahraman
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University of Auckland and past Lynfield student Nikki Singh

Past student Nikki Singh now studying at University of Auckland sang a song she wrote at the conference called 'Brown Girl' which can be watched on the link below:

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Young Filmmakers Best in World Following International Wins

The future of New Zealand filmmaking is brighter than ever after two International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) New Zealand National silent films won higher honours in the global IYSFF competition.

'Overexposed' by Harry Ashley, Raymond Feng and Shamir Sarif of Lynfield College, Auckland, won first place at the IYSFF International Awards held at Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, US, on June 10 (NZ Time).

While 'Random Act of Kindness' by Benaiah Dunn, Konner Lindsay, Mitchell Hay, Callum Scott, Thomas Dunn, Ben Amende, Jonah Smith, Nathan Pedrigal, Michael Wade of Taieri College, Otago, won third place.

Since 2016 Baycourt Community and Arts Centre in Tauranga has delivered the IYSFF NZ Nationals in Aotearoa, and manager James Wilson said he is over the moon to see young Kiwi filmmakers succeeding on the global stage.

“We have loved watching these young filmmakers flourish here at Baycourt during the New Zealand leg of the festival and it is fantastic to see Overexposed and Random Act of Kindness do so well against such strong international competition.

“For both filmmaking teams to win honours at the International Awards will be a boost to their confidence and ambition at this early stage of their filmmaking careers. I strongly recommend keeping an eye on these names because these are the Oscar winners of the future!”

• OVEREXPOSED: https://vimeo.com/295709943

By Harry Ashley, Raymond Feng, Shamir Sarif (Lynfield College, Auckland)


APRA NZ Best Jazz
Artist Tui Award

The winners of the Apra 2019 NZ Jazz Awards were announced in Wellington on Sunday 9 June. Congratulations to GRG67 who were awarded the Best Jazz Artist Tui for their album ‘The Thing’

After curating a number of compositions, Roger Manins needed to find the right musicians to help bring his visions to life. And so GRG67 was born, consisting of Roger Manins, Michael Howell (past student, Year 13 in 2012), Mostyn Cole, and Tristan Deck.

The compositions were developed with these musicians in mind, and this is evident in the cohesion of their album The Thing - an excellent eight song collection of tracks performed by some of Aotearoa’s most well-known jazz musicians.


Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says The Thing is a strong collection of jazz composition, brought to life by a talented and creative group. “When these incredibly talented musicians came together to bring Roger Manins’ compositions to life it was destined to result in a spectacular album. It’s a truly deserving winner of the Tui this year.”


Wellbeing Budget Explained by Prime Minister Ardern

On Wednesday 5 June, Principal Cath Knell, Head Girl Jessika Varney and Head Boy Michael Howell were invited by the New Lynn Labour MP Deborah Russell to join Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, and MP's Phil Twyford, Kelvin Davis, Carmel Sepuloni and Peeni Henare for an in-depth debrief of the Wellbeing Budget, and what it means for the West.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained, “The Wellbeing Budget was a different way of designing and making decisions about the way we spend government money” as using “traditional measures of success like GDP growth and whether you are simply running a surplus or a deficit doesn’t really give you an insight into how well you are doing as a country.” Essentially, “GDP measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile.”

The debrief demonstrated the steps the Government is taking to start taking mental health seriously, and address child poverty, children in State care, family violence and homelessness.

The event was well attended by community leaders and staff from schools and social agencies across the three West Auckland electorates. Deborah Russell was especially pleased to see the head boy and girl from Lynfield College there. “It’s important for our young leaders to be included in these discussions.”


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