November 2020


Janae Van Panahon: Architect

Janae Van Panahon was an exceptional student in Technology and DVC at Lynfield College and continues to be successful at Auckland University completing her final year for a Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

Following her final presentation three weeks ago her project ‘The Evolution of Creation’ – a multicultural response to a Bi-cultural Aotearoa was chosen for the final end of year exhibition.

The following is a link to her portfolio of architectural design:

She is looking forward to starting her Master of Architecture next year.



Saane Noavea Sings with the Queen City Big Band

Year 12 student Saane Noavea recently performed with Queen City Big Band at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club. She was selected to sing with the band after auditioning alongside many of the best secondary school singers in Auckland.

The band also features six other current and past Lynfield students: Paul Norman (director), Charlie Isdale (alto sax), Daniel Cho (alto sax) Andrew Isdale (tenor sax), Baylee Verzyde (bari sax), Jake Krishnamurti (trumpet) and Kathleen Tomacruz (guitar).

Queen City is a very highly regarded semi-professional Big Band which has been running for 46 years. The band is directed by Paul Norman, who also teaches at Lynfield College tutoring brass students and directing the premier jazz groups.

PASCH Presentation to Lynfield College

German Ambassador Stefan Krawielicki visited Lynfield College on Thursday 17 of November 2020 to officially present the PASCH plaque to our school. The ceremony took place in the Performing Arts Centre commencing at 11:15 am.

Lynfield College became part of the worldwide network of PASCH schools in October 2018. PASCH stands for the ‘Schools: Partners for the Future’ initiative. The aim of PASCH is to create and strengthen a global network of some 1,800 schools that place a high value on German, have special links to Germany and are dedicated to offering their students the best possible education.

Being a PASCH school means that there will be more scholarships for the school’s German teachers and its best students of German. These scholarships enable teachers and students to attend language courses or professional development opportunities in Germany.

Since 2018, four Lynfield College students have been awarded PASCH scholarships to Germany, which has enabled them to attend a youth course at the Goethe Institut in Frankfurt.

The audience at the ceremony consisted of current Year 10 students who are studying German, together with Year 9 students who have chosen German for 2021 and/or have participated in the Auckland Goethe Society Examinations this year. Also present were Principal Cath Knell, Judith Geare (Goethe Institut Wellington), Alexandra Töniges (National Advisor for German), (former) students and staff members with a connection to German and Germany or language learning in general, and others who may be interested.

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The 'Way of the Raukura' Musical

Year 10 Student Elena Latoa performed in the sold out musical called The Way of the Raukura, a story about Parihaka. Whaea Maihi, Whaea Leauga, Whaea Reta and Katie Shaw were all able to attend the musical and would like to acknowledge the hard work after months of rehearsals, and the wonderful stage presence of Elena as one of the youngest cast members. We congratulate Elena on her performance.

Tau ke e hine!

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Individual Student Honours

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Tom Christie (Y10) recently competed in a McKinnon Shield event run by Auckland Athletics. He broke his own Auckland U16 100m hurdles record. His run was only 0.7s outside the NZ record! He also holds the Auckland 80m hurdles record for U16. Neel Kumar (Y10) again this year ran the 5km race in ASB Marathon and took the 2nd place, just two seconds behind 1st place. Elena Latoa (Y10) was selected to play for Auckland Basketball but that was stopped due to Lockdown. She now plays for TABA (Tonga Aotearoa Basketball Assoc.), in the Girls Under 15's for First Nations which her team won. Stanley Long (Y11) was selected to play in an ITF tennis tournament in Hamilton last weekend. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of world tennis.
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Congratulations to Jamie Hall who won 1st place in the seniors of the Interschools Climbing Competition held on Sunday 15 November at Vertical Adventures in Glen Eden. Congratulations to Baylee Verzyde who studied Stage One Math 199 online through the University of Canterbury for two semesters in 2020 and achieved a very impressive A+ result. Congratulations to Sam Boasman who studied Stage One Math 199 online through the University of Canterbury for two semesters in 2020 and achieved an impressive A+ result. Congratulations to Silent Film Director and Producer Joseph Hisayasu (past pupil 2019), whose film 'Surface Tension' is a finalist in the Australian Atom Awards ‘Best Senior Secondary Fiction’ category.

Robotics Scrimmage

An Auckland VEX IQ Challenge – Division 1 Scrimmage was held in the College Staffroom on Saturday 21 November for students from primary schoosl up to Year 9. It was a morning of tactical precision and ruthless competition that was great fun, and exciting to watch.

This competition is part of the World wide VEX Robotics competitions. It was organised and run by Kiwibots, whose mission is “to inspire and empower the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers” Kiwibots run New Zealand's only large scale robotics education and competition programme that covers all levels of schooling from primary through to university: 

Well done to all competitors.


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All four Lynfield teams will be going to Palmerston North on 11-13 December to compete in the New Zealand National Championships.

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Senior Academic Prizegiving 2020

Our Senior Prizegiving was held onsite as scheduled on the evening of Tuesday 10 November. We were delighted to see a full hall. The speakers during the evening all acknowledged the support that they had been given by their teachers throughout the year and how much they appreciated the extra efforts made on their behalf.

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Senior Academic Prizegiving 2020

A very enjoyable and successful Senior Prizegiving was held onsite as scheduled on the evening of Tuesday 10 November. We were delighted to see a full hall. The speakers during the evening all acknowledged the support that they had been given by their teachers throughout the year and how much they appreciated the extra efforts made on their behalf.

Despite 2020 being a Covid affected year, the scholarships that our students were awarded reached a combined total of $238,500. A considerable increase on last year’s $219,500 and a tribute to the quality of the applications the students submitted.

We would particularly like to recognise and thank the new sponsors who have contributed to these scholarships. Most of these have been past pupils. It is heartwarming to have them approach us with this generosity.

Click here to view photographs from Raymond Feng, SPRAXXMEDIA

Congratulations to all prizewinners, particularly to the following students.

Year 13 Academic Honours Awards
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Baylee Verzyde
Sharjil Kazi
Jensen Benard, Kendall D'Souza, Harsh Sharma

University of Auckland Top Achiever
University of Auckland Vaka Moana
University of Auckland Academic Potential
University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow
University of Otago Pacific Entrance
Victoria University Wellington International Excellence
AUT University Significant Student Award
Trinidad Junior State College, Colorado
Prime Ministers Vocational Excellence Award
Cadzow Family Trust ICT Hi-Tech Award
Meredith Connell Legal Profession in Schools Programme Award
Eclipse Insurance and Mortgages Award
Devan Bhikha, Sam Boasman, Kristijan Ilievski, Aum Patel
Simote Funganitao, Rosalyn Fononga
Aditya Shenoy, Carissa Huynh, Celesti Tan, Baylee Verzyde, Leander Menezes
Lara Milne
Romina Leilua
Kevin Lee
Becky Cheng
Taichi Nakao
Robin Seu-Leota
Sharjil Kazi
Shinel Nadan
Shinel Nadan, Hayley O’Brien, Adarsh Koirala, Devan Bhikha, Sharjil Kazi

The Trusts' Chaitable Foundation Scholarships
Freda Chui, Callum Clow, Sisifo Gisa, Tiva Daniell-Wiig, Emmie Ota

The Trusts' Prizegiving Scholarships
Victoria Hendry, William Lu, Salma Ibrahim, Ayush Sami, Nai Kaw, Jack Manu, Mei Pepe, Robin Seu-Leota, Yingonge Tauia, Shatha Mustafa

Ben Te Ninihi Tawhiti Memorial Award
D H Thurston: Top Service Award
Cathy Walker Cup: Service to the College
Rotoract Cup: Service to the Community
Hannam Cup: Executive Efficiency (1st Equal)
Mellor Family Cup: Learn to Live
Challenge Award Cup
Paris Phillips
Celesti Tan
Sheila Macdonald
Sanat Singh (Year 12)
Kendall D’Souza and Senu Senathirajah
Tiva Daniell-Wiig
Bhakti Patel

Glassey Cup (Year 13 Writing)
Lorraine Wilson Cup for Public Speaking
Blockhouse Bay Lynfield Lions Peter Schultz Memorial Award
         (Top Year 13 Music)
Pauline Gillett Scholarship (Top Year 13 Humanities)
Neil Scott Memorial Prize, Equal (Top Year 13 Languages)
LCPPA Mike Blamires Memorial Cup Year 13 Geography
Mike Pero Excellence in Business Award Trophy (1st Equal)
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Rahul Reddy
Baylee Verzyde

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Shinel Nadan and Hayley O’Brien

Year 12 Dux Ignatius Maher Memorial Award
Year 12 Academic Honours Awards
Senior Merit Cup (Year 12 Girls)
Senior Merit cup (Year 12 Boys)
Year 12 Merit Awards

Lynfield College International Student 2021 Scholarship
Blamires Trophy for Year 12 Contribution to School
G H Blair Shakespeare Cup: Year 12 Speech Winner
Mike Pero Social Entrepreneur Award: 1st in Level 2 Business
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Shreeya Prasad, Sanat Singh, Ashley Mar, Zain Najak
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Eliana Competente, Amanda D’Souza, James Liston, Serina Daunakamakama, Michael Jury, Frisco Tiupulotu, Vibhuti Patel, Ashley Mar, Isha Ramanlal
Vicky Thi Hai Van Nguyen
Amanda D’Souza
Isha Ramanlal
Michael Jury
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Bootcamp Blast

This year has certainly challenged both students and teachers alike, especially those preparing for NCEA Level exams which start on Monday 16 November.

As a way of circumventing the challenges, Language and Languages Faculty Leader Jennifer Moss and Deputy Principal Sandy Harris devised a catchup programme for Year 11 and 12 students to gain more credits before NCEA exams start.

This series of three block tutorials assisted students with their English and Literacy credits.

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Katya Blong Wins Olympic Gold

Katya Blong (Y10) won a gold medal as a member of an NOC (National Olympic Committee), Ice Hockey team at the Youth Winter Olympics - first NZ gold medal at a Youth Winter Olympics.

Katya went to the United States to play Ice Hockey last September with the intention of staying there indefinitely. Due to Covid, Katya’s school sent all their students home to finish the school year and exams remotely, so Katya is back at Lynfield in 10KJ.

In early January she was a member of the New Zealand Women’s U18 Ice Hockey team competing at the World Championship IIB In Mexico City, Mexico. She then went on to the Youth Winter Olympics officially known as the III Winter Youth Olympic Games, a major international multi-sport event and cultural festival for teenagers held in Lausanne, Switzerland from 9 - 22 January 2020. Katya competed in a mixed-NOC team consisting of athletes representing different NOCs and therefore different countries. This unique format sees 13 players from 13 different countries play in a 3 x 3 ice hockey tournament. There are huge challenges as they have never played together before and often don’t speak the same language!

This new initiative of making up teams of players from countries who can’t send team to Olympics was a huge success. All players around the world had to do a qualifying test and get ranked. Teams were then made up very evenly depending where the player ranked. Katya was only English-speaking player in her team.

Since returning to NZ Katya won another gold medal in October when she represented Auckland in the U18 boys team, and a silver in the Auckland Women’s team and was named ‘Best U18 Player in New Zealand’.


Congratulations to our 2021 Student Executive Team

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Year 12's final assembly on Monday afternoon on 9 November culminated in the announcement of Student Leadership and House Captains' positions for the 2021 year. Our student leaders are not only role models for students of all year levels, they will also be involved in decision-making and event organisation throughout 2021.
Head Boy and Girl

Deputy Head Students

Sports Captains

Asst Sports Captains

Arts and Culture Captains

Asst Arts and Culture Captains

Cultural Ambassador

Academic Captains

Assistant Academic Captains

Ambassador Coordinators

Year 12 and Class Rep Coordinator

Social Coordinators

International Representative

BOT Representative
Sanat Singh and Eliana Competente

Michael Jury and Amanda D’Souza

Shreeya Prasad and Floyd Tunnell

Serina Daunakamakama and Frisco Tui’puloto

Luviah Saito-Sililoto and Thomas Wandstraat

Evana Chan and James Liston

Tyler Quigley-Biggs  

Ashley Mar and Andy Davy

Isha Ramanlal and Areesh Patni

Rikhil Parmar and Rayna Gordhan

Nabeel Dean and Angela Lu

Benjamin Mason and Millie-Lei Hansell

Shaza Inaz

Sophie Yang

Alexander Andrew Salter, Amy Crawford, Leigh Hine, Kartik Malik, Eric Nanai, Oliver Pracy, Teesha Sharma, Ricky Zhou

Bray House: Dev Dixit, Hena Patel
Fatialofa House: Summer van Gelder, Hassaan Mohammad
Faumuina House: Ayesha Naosheen, Stanley Long
Lewis House: Daria Dennis, Kartik Banerjee
Reid House: Pauline Kaufusi, Izabellah Kjerreng


Future Me: Māori and Pasifika Careers Evening

On Tuesday 3 November our first Māori and Pasifika Future me evening took place. A range of careers were represented including trades, architecture, engineering, the forces, plumbing, nursing, midwifery, sports, Qantas, business and more. Thank you to all the families who attended and the guests for giving their time.

A special thanks to the Māori Focus Group staff and Pacific Teachers for making this evening happen.
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Top left: Past pupils Wikitoria Maihi, Head Girl and Cody Maihi (both NZ Air Force)
Bottom right: Past pupils Megan Elliot (theatre nurse) and Jordan Tamatea (midwifery student)

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