July 2020

Mt Maunganui Exchange 2020

The Mt Maunganui Exchange held on Thursday 30 July, was a much anticipated date on the sports and debating calendar. Running since 1959, 2020 saw us host the 62nd consecutive exchange. It was with great relief that our Sports Captains returned from lockdown in Term 2 and headed straight into planning and organisation mode with staff in the Sports Office.

Our students were leaders on the field, turf, courts, debating audience and sidelines and showed true manaakitanga to our guests. Some may say a little too much with only one point separating the teams in the netball games! The day ran smoothly with great skill and camaraderie on display.  

Thanks to everyone who made this day a possibility; coaches, parents, Board of Trustees representatives, support staff, teachers and, of course, our students. Further results are contained in the Sports section of this newsletter.

Open this link to view our montage of the day. https://tinyurl.com/y2fm39fe

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 school although Hockey was played at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. There was, as always, very intense rivalry … and loads of fun. It was great to see several ex-students who have recently been in our top teams, come along to support our teams. 

This year most games were extremely tight (check out the scores below!) and had the spectators completely enthralled. An extended lunchtime gave all our students a fantastic opportunity to be involved a spectators. 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:

Basketball – Boys (L)
Football – Boys (L)
Football – Girls (W)
Netball – Prem1 (L)
Netball – Prem 2 (L)
44 – 61
0 – 2
2 – 1
32 – 33
20 – 21
Hockey – Boys (L)
Hockey – Girls (L)
Debating (W)
Rugby (L) 
3 – 10
0 – 6
9 – 20   

Check out the Lynfield College Sports Facebook and Instagram pages for more details and photos.

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Puketāpapa Youth Board

Active in our community, our students are once again well represented on the Puketāpapa Youth Board. It was an honour to be invited to the inauguration ceremony held at the Fickling Centre on 30 July for the current 2020 – 2022 term.

We now have six more of our Lynfield Leaders (Eliana Competente, Dev Dixit, Malisha Ghosh, Teesha Sharma, Sanat Singh and Brianna Wines-Corlett) on this Board, joining past pupils Michael Howell and Raymond Feng along with representatives from Mt Roskill Grammar, University of Auckland and AUT.
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Year 11 Employers’ Showcase

On Wednesday 29 July in the school hall, students were connected with employers and employees from two large New Zealand companies within the important strategic sectors of Construction and Infrastructure and Manufacturing and Technology. The aim of the event was exposure to the ‘world of work’, to educate about the important employability skills required for the future and to make new connections with industries to ensure our students have a pathway to employment.

Students found the guest speakers career stories uniquely interesting, hearing about the tasks the employees job roles involved, the employability skills required, how to develop within the company/industry and how to gain employment. Short videos showcased areas of work within these companies and our students were impressively inquisitive, asking great questions.

All students were surveyed by the Ministry of Education and the results showed that exposure to these industries made a difference:

  • 73% gained new ideas about a career in the trades and services
  • 50% now feel more confident about a career in the trades and services
  • 65% now feel more prepared about the employability skills they will need to develop
  • Within a week there has been a significant increase in enquiries for the career services offered at Lynfield College, especially a rush on applications for the Gateway Programme 2021
  • Lynfield College has forged new relationships with the two large New Zealand companies that engaged with our students and we have since had 'Work Shadowing' offered and set up for senior students at one company and work experience opportunities for our senior students set up at the other company.

A special thank you to companies Wedderburn New Zealand and Steel and Tube Holdings Ltd for taking time out of their busy work lives to visit our school to educate our students.

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Lynfield Student in K-Pop Academy Series

Talented and accomplished dancer, Katie Smith (Year 10) features with Team Crazy in the new TV series K-Pop Academy currently playing on TVNZ ONDemand.
Here is the link to the series promo: https://www.facebook.com/kpopacademynz/videos/333159491418527/

Thank you to the K-Pop Academy, NZ on Air and TVNZ for the following photos.

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Lynfield College Enrolment for 2021!

Our Enrolment process for 2021 began with Enrolment Week starting on Monday 27 July 2020.

We made promotional visits to Year 8 students across our Kahui Ako schools to showcase what learning is like at Lynfield College. Our Student Executive were delighted with the warmth of the response they received.

Showcasing learning at Lynfield continued during our School in Action Tours which gave students and their parents the opportunity to see what a normal day at Lynfield College looks like.

For the Open Evening, however, the tours were much more interactive. D’Cafe was a popular stop for many where hot chocolate was offered.

Some of the excellent feedback from the evening has included the following:

“... what an amazing night we had at the open evening. Lynfield College has so much to offer to the students at all levels ...it was lovely to meet the students and teachers. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.”

“We have been to an open evening a few years back and last night’s one was a standout. It's always admirable to see our young youths speaking up and providing their perspective of their current school. For our tour, we had Simote and Rosalyn. A big thank you to the two of them, they kept the group entertained with how the school operated and were patient with any questions the parents or children in the group had. They exceeded our expectations of the tour and lived up to the school values”.

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