December 2020

John Fulton Reid | Obituary

John Fulton Reid, one of New Zealand's finest test batsmen, has died of cancer aged 64.

Born on 3 March 1956 in Auckland, Reid completed his education at Lynfield College, well known for its cricket. Reid House at Lynfield College is named after him.

A left-hand batsman John scored 1296 runs at an average of 46.28 from 19 tests between 1979 and 1986, second behind Kane Williamson among compatriots to play more than 20 innings. Reid holds the New Zealand record of scoring 1,000 test runs in the fewest innings.

His conversion rate of centuries from half-centuries was 75 percent, completing six from eight. That is the best among New Zealanders, and higher than Sir Don Bradman's 69 percent – although the Don reached three figures on 29 occasions out of 42.

His ODI average was 27.52. Despite having a very respectable batting average of 46.28, it was revealed by Cricinfo that Reid had the biggest difference in batting averages between first and second innings. He had a first innings average of 68.41, but a second innings average of only 12.09, a difference of more than 56 runs.

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Reid was technically adept at the crease, a serene and orthodox presence, particularly elegant against spin. But cricket wasn't the be-all and end-all for him. When he turned down a tour of the Caribbean in 1984-85, he put teaching (Reid was a geography teacher) above cricket on his list of priorities.

Reid moved from Auckland to Canterbury in 1996 to take up the role of New Zealand Cricket operations director, high performance manager, as well as caretaker coach of the national side in the centenary season. 

John Reid died of cancer on 29 December 2020, aged 64 years. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Amanda and Carolyn, and six grandchildren.
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John Reid in ODI action against the West Indies at the SCG in 1985. Photo / Photosport NZ Herald John Reid at New Zealand Cricket 125th annual meeting in 2019. Photo / Photosport

Content and picture credit to: New Zealand Herald

Property Projects Underway

In 2021 the Board of Trustees is looking forward to progressing property projects that have been interrupted during 2020 the year especially the refurbishment of F-Block, addressing water tightness concerns in the Lower Gym and the Library, resealing the asphalt courts with turf and securing the grounds with automated gates.

This property work begins over the summer break beginning with F-Block. English Teacher, Catherine Barker and Faculty Leader, Jennifer Moss were keen to make a start on the F block refurbishment plans.

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Year 13 Graduation Dinner 2020

The Year 13 Graduation Dinner/Leavers’ Ball was the social highlight of the year, after the cancellation of the Ball due to Covid-19. The event, held at Ellerslie Racecourse, attracted a large number of students and staff including the Year 13 form teachers. It was lovely to see a large number of students wearing their ball outfits. There were some very stylish ensembles indeed. Other features of the evening were the oyster bar, the shaking dance floor, and a variety of awards for deserving students.

Well done to the Ball Committee for their efforts in setting up the venue, with special thanks to Russell Christie, Catherine Barker and Neil Waddington for their support.

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2020 VEX IQ Challenge National Championship

Ten students travelled to the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre from 12-13 December for the 2020 VEX IQ Challenge National Championship.

2915V, Vania Liu and Deevya Shah: Teamwork Champion Award
2915S, Daisy Chen and Oskar Ludvig: Teamwork 2nd Place Award
2915S, Daisy Chen and Oskar Ludvig: Innovate Award
2915, Evan Huang: 3rd in Skills: This is the combined score from 1 minute of driver control and 1 minute of programmed autonomous driving.

Vania Liu and Deevya Shah qualify for VEX Worlds competition in April.

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NZSS Athletics Championships 2020

The 48th New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Championships for 2020 was held in Tauranga from 11 to 13 December 2020.

Some very impressive results were achieved by our athletes over the weekend. Percy Maka, Rina Maka, Fiona Siaopo, Mia Powell, Tom Christie and Selena Gee all involved, many of whom winning their events.

Congratulations to all our athletes especially Tom Christie whogave a stellar performance to win gold in Junior Boys 100m and bronze in the Junior Boys 300m Hurdles AND to Rina Maka who won bronze in Junior Girls Discus yesterday afternoon. The following are some highlights from our Lynfield Sport facebook page.

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LYNC·ED Weeks 2020

The last two weeks of term were new experiences for students and staff, as the school jumped into our LYNC-ED integrated learning programme. Students selected a workshop for the two weeks, such as Mission to Mars, Sports and Nutrition, and Kaitiaki - Guardians of the Waterways.

Within these cross-curricular workshops, they learnt about issues and ideas in an authentic way. For example, the Welcome to the Disaster Zone group learnt about natural disasters, visited the museum to experience the earthquake zone, created music for a disaster movie, and wrote Choose your own Adventure stories to show what to do in the event of a disaster.

The students enjoyed the new way of learning and appreciated the work their teachers had put into creating interesting workshops. Many students wished there could be more cooking and more outside activities!

All at Sea: Nautical Nous
El Mundo Espanol: The Spanish World
Fresh Beats
International Eats
Kaitiaki: Guardians of the Waterways
Let’s Get Active: Sports and Theatresports
Making Bath Bombs and Crystals
Mighty Microbes

Mission to Mars
Parks and Beaches
Social Tabletop Game Design
Sports and Nutrition
Taking on Poverty: Let’s do this!
The Business of Music and Film Production
The Next Stage: A performance showcase
Turangawaewae: Where we stand
Welcome to the Disaster Zone: Will you survive?
What are we doing with our batteries?
Your Views - Your News

This link LYNC·ED Showcase Video takes you to the events and results of our integrated learning programme.

The music is the pop song Fallin' (Adrenalin) followed by two songs played and recorded in the two weeks, Gone Under and Sunday Morning (thanks music teachers Charlie Isdale and Lisa Norman).

This link Kaitiaki: Guardians of the Waterways takes you to a summary of one of the visual and environmental workshops that explored our surrounding landscape, waterways and foreshore.

Glenavon Community Trust and the LYNC·ED Integrated Learning Programme

Written by Emili Biswas (9PN)

On Thursday 3 December 2020, a team of members from the Glenavon Community Hub visited Lynfield College. They told us about their community and the work they do, and collected family packages crafted by Lynfield College students as part of the LYNC·ED ‘Taking on Poverty Workshop’.

This workshop consisted of a group of Year 9 and 10 students, along with teachers Ms Phelan, Ms Arthur, Ms Hameed and Ms Delgrosso. Our workshop’s goal was to take action on helping people experiencing poverty in New Zealand. We made family packages by using donations and vouchers of money to buy bulks of foods and snacks. We also used donations collected from students with a wide range of products like toys, books, clothes, toiletries and treats. In total we made 20 family packages filled with essential items and goodies. As an additional treat students made more than 100 Christmas Crackers by hand that were filled with chocolate, candy and a personal message of kindness.

The Glenavon Hub is run by the Glenavon Community Trust Board and Eva Wongchiu (Hub coordinator). The Glenavon Community Trust’s mission is ‘doing good stuff together’ to support families in helping each to live happy, healthy lives. Eva and the other members shared about what they do to help people in poverty and how the process works. This topic on Taking on Poverty and taking action connected with Whanaungatanga tika which is one of our school values. This value represents kinship, relationships and the sense of belonging. As a group of students and teachers we partnered with Glenavon Community Trust to portray a sense of belonging to families in need, and also enhancing their Christmas. This workshop made us feel grateful for what we have, and we were blessed to participate in such a good cause. Poverty is an infinite issue but we have the power to make a huge difference.

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Individual Student Honours

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 Amy Johnston has won Third Prize in the 2020 New Zealand Chinese Essay Competition. Kristijan Ilievski received a 100% pass grade for Stage One Computer Science course through Waikato University. ICAS Digital Technology exam results: Jonathan Knox (Y10) High Distinction.
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ICAS Digital Technology exam results: Kaelem Chandra (Y10) Distinction. ICAS Digital Technology exam results: Rielly Moore (Y10) Credit. ICAS Digital Technology exam results: Evan Huang (Y9) Credit.


Adult ESOL and Learning Support Collaboration

Learning Support students participated in a Taichi class with Adult ESOL students. This collaboration between our Learning Support Students and Adult ESOL Students was instigated by Whaea Maihi. The students found it very calming and enjoyed it very much, especially at the end with the music.

This was a great example of truly integrated learning and made a lot of students happy. It was a big success and we intend to try to do more with adults students next year as it was beneficial to all who participated.

A special thank you to the Teacher Aides of Learning Support who are so patient and calm and helpful and a big thank you to them for making today possible.

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Learning Supports students also made Poi in the Marae which was enjoyed by all.
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Christmas Cakes Baking Project 2020

A great big thank you to all students and staff who worked hard to bake 120 Christmas cakes for distribution to Age Concern. This has been a difficult year so we really want to help bring some cheer and joy to the elderly and show them that someone is thinking of them over Christmas.

A special thank you to Aaron and Kirsty Scanes of New World Mt Roskill, Wawata Group Anchor Distributors and Lynfield College Staff who once again donated generously to our Christmas Cake baking project.

Check out the video of our students thanking New World for their generous donation:

Facebook link is  Instagram is @newworldmtroskill

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Past Pupil Success: Raksha Tiwari

Past Lynfield College student Raksha Tiwari is doing amazing things at the University of Auckland Law School and also helps to produce the Outreach magazine ‘Women in Law’. Raksha is a great role model.

University student Raksha Tiwari arrived in New Zealand from India with her parents at the age of 7, coming with the intention of building a great life. After excelling during her schooling years at Lynfield College, she entered University and discovered how career directions are never predictable.

Raksha is a great role model. Access the podcast chat here:

Access the University of Auckland Women in Law Outreach magazine HERE.


Wishing you a safe and happy holiday


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