October 2020

Puketāpapa Youth Awards

Congratulations to the following students that have been selected for the Puketāpapa Youth Awards that were presented on Friday 30 October:

Jayde Kumeroa (Year 10): Rainbow Award for contributions to the rainbow community

Alyse Negi (Year 11): Lemonade Award for creativity and contributions to the community

Devansh Chand (Year 13): Service to the Sports Award for sports leadership and volunteering

The Puketāpapa Youth Board is a group of youth representing and advocating the for the youth perspective in Puketāpapa. Their goal is to work alongside the Puketāpapa Local Board to create positive change for youth in our area. They encourage and support the young people of Puketāpapa to become actively engaged in the community.

The Puketāpapa area includes Wesley, Mount Roskill, Lynfield, Waikowhai, Hillsborough and Royal Oak. Each year they hold numerous events and projects which aim to empower youth while equipping them with the skills they need to make positive change. By partnering with our local high-schools they help create a united Puketāpapa youth.

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Year 10 Speech Competition

Thursday 29 October saw a range of topics covered in the Year 10 Speech Competition. It was fantastic to see the variety of ideas presented by the students as they head into their senior years of high school. From social activism, gender equality and ikigai (google it to find your reason for being), the exemplary delivery and speaking skills was at an amazingly high standard.

The increase of students delivering spoken word is fantastic to see. The control of language and effective communication skills are so important and the students who presented on the day did an outstanding job.

Thank you to our student judges, Bhakti Tailor and Winona Lee and to the Deputy Principal, Sandy Harris who had the very difficult task of choosing the top speakers.

Congratulations to everyone who spoke and looking forward to hearing all your amazing ideas in 2021.

First Place: Janae Robinson, (Spoken word - Power of Negative Words)
Second Place: Dylen Motufoaki, (Spoken word - Racism)
Highly Commended: Neel Kumar, (Speech - Ikigai) and
Highly Commended: Kiti Thavornpayak, (Speech - Two Faced)

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The 2020 Talent Quest

Our 2020 Talent Quest, showcasing student ability in the arts and cultural arena, was held on at lunchtime on Thursday 29 October. This is the first event that the Cultural Captains and Assistants organised that actually took place!

After a week of auditions and practices, students were delighted by the eight performances. These ranged from tap-dancing, singing, a piano recital to group dances. The audience were outstanding and supported each performance with cheers and applause.

As a Year 10 student told me today: “The Talent Quest was just awesome!”

1st: Isidora Alarcon and Florencia Alarcon
2nd: Aaron Lobo who played Bohemian Rhapsody on Piano

The following is a link to some of the performances: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0YJ0DiRH871A2f

Thank you to the Cultural Captains and Assistants and performers who contributed; judges Charlie Isdale, Lisa Norman, Caitlin Clock and Jeremy Smith, and also to Neil Waddington and his sound and lighting crew, for making this such a wonderful event.

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Malo ni!

Tokelau Language Week is being held from Sunday 25 October to Saturday 31 October 2020.

The 2020 Tokelau Language theme is ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea i te galutau. Ke mau mai, ke mau mai’ which in English translates to, 'Never give up hope, even amidst chaos and much uncertainty. Stay united, stay strong'. This theme was influenced by 2020 events and how the COVID-19 outbreak has shaped a new normal for the Tokelau community and everyone worldwide.

Tokelau is made up of three small coral atolls and is home to around 1500 people. Tokelau's other motu (atolls) include Nukunonu and Fakaofo. About 1,500 Tokelauans live on these atolls which are in the South Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawai’i and Aotearoa New Zealand.

There are more than 7000 Tokelau peoples living in New Zealand with over half of the country’s Tokelau community living in the Porirua and Hutt Valley areas of Wellington. There are also Tokelau communities in Auckland, Taupō, and Rotorua. Family, community, and language are the centre of Faka-Tokelau, the Tokelau way of life.

The following video is drone footage of beautiful Atafu, a low-lying atoll of Tokelau:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ejDEhusE8  Credit: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The following is Episode 9 in the #AUTuni 2020 Pacific Language Video series, to celebrate Tokelau Language Week in Aotearoa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC0GGmql4a4&feature=youtu.be

Here are some simple words and phrases you could try:

  • Hello: Malo ni
  • Greetings everyone: Fakamālo atu kia te koutou uma
  • Goodbye – to those who are leaving: Tofa koutou
  • Goodbye – to those who are staying: Tofa ni
  • Welcome: Malo te aofia mai
  • Please: Fakamolemole
  • Thank you: Fakafetai

Many thanks to: https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/

Caleb Young Wins Gold

Although Caleb Young (Year 10), has only just taken up the sport of Diving he has done outstanding well in recent competitions held over what must have been a very busy weekend on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.

For the Dive New Zealand National Secondary Schools Diving Competition in the Intermediate section (15 & 16 year olds) Caleb won gold. The event was livestreamed on Sky Sport at this link: https://youtu.be/CKaxCkwqFCA

Caleb’s seven dives are around the following times. 1:20, 1:27, 1:34, 1:42, 1:49, 1:57, 2:03.

In the Dive New Zealand National (Level 3 skills) Competition Caleb received a silver ribbon on the 1m and 3m springboard, and 5m platform. This earned him a silver medal overall across all three boards. Outstanding!

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2020 Festival Awards Evening

On Thursday 22nd October, we held our annual Lynfield College Senior Festival Awards celebrating student success in sports, the arts and cultural activities.

While this year’s celebrations were different to previous years as it was held at school, it turned out to be a great night to look back on what our students were able to achieve in 2020.  It was amazing to see families, staff and the community attend this event, as well as many others joining us through livestream, set up by former students Michael Howell and Matthew Tribble.

The Festival Awards can be watched at this link: http://nunc.live/lynfield/

We had special performances by Becky Cheng on piano, the Lynfield College Jazz Combo and Romina Leilua and Sheila MacDonald dancing a Samoan siva as well as speeches from our Sports and Arts and Culture Captains. We would like to thank everyone who made this night possible and congratulate all our award winners.

Congratulations to all those who have won awards, with particular mention of the following students who have achieved the supreme awards:

Dux Artium
Dux Ludorum (Girls)
Dux Ludorum (Boys)
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Selena Gee
Ankur Chakraborty

Lynfield College Arts and Culture Scholarship
Lynfield College Sports Scholarship
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Year 13 Musician of the Year
Year 13 Runner-up Musician of the Year
Year 12 Musician of the Year
Year 12 Runner-up Musician of the Year
Year 11 Musician of the Year (Equal)
Year 11 Musician of the Year (Equal)
Jazz Musician of the Year
Sam Boasman
Celesti Tan
Thomas Wandstraat
James Liston
Carey Chen
Jack Harken
Sam Boasman

Year 12 Sportswoman of the Year
Year 12 Sportsman of the Year (Equal)
Year 12 Sportsman of the Year (Equal)
Year 12 Runner-up Sportswoman of the Year
Year 11 Sportswoman of the Year
Year 11 Sportsman of the Year
Year 11 Runner-up Sportsman of the Year
Year 11 Runner-up Sportsman of the Year (Equal)
Year 11 Runner-up Sportsman of the Year (Equal)
Shreeya Prasad
Angad Bhatt
Kartik Banerjee
Serina Duanakamakama
Summer van Gelder
Percy Maka
Divyanshi Chauhan
Kartik Malik
Stanley Long

Sports Team of the Year (Equal)
Sports Team of the Year (Equal)
Team of the Year
Winning House
Premier Tennis Boys
1st XI Cricket Boys
LC Robotics Team 2915Z, VEX NZ Robotics National Champions
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For their highly valued contribution to a range of extra-curricular activities: Felicity Walbran and Stu Braithwaite.

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Fakaalofa lahi atu!

Niuean Language Week (Faahi tapu he Vagahau Niue) is celebrated this week.

This year’s theme is: ‘Faliki e tau momoui he tau atuhau ke he Vagahau Niue ’ which in English translates to, “Lay the foundations - give rise to Vagahau Niue (Niuean Language) for generations".

Click on the resources below that support the teaching of simple Niuean knowledge and language phrases. They are full of information with tasks, proverbs, snippets and clips.

Enjoy! Mutolu kia

Congratulations to Kevin Zhang

At the New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships in Hamilton from Thursday 15 to Sunday
18 October Kevin was racing in the boys 13 Years category.

Here are his fantastic results:

Prior to this event Kevin’s rankings were:

  • 400m Freestyle ranked 2nd
  • 100m Breaststroke ranked 8th
  • 100m Freestyle ranked 4th|
  • 200m Back ranked 3rd
  • 100m Back ranked 4th
  • 200m Medley ranked 3rd
  • 50m Free ranked 7th

Kevin's Results at this Championship were:

  • 200m Medley – 1st | 2.15.13 8 sec PB and 0.5 sec off national age group record
  • 50m Freestyle – 2nd | 25.62 1.5 sec PB
  • 100m Breaststroke – 2nd | 1.10.66 7 sec PB
  • 200m Backstroke – 1st | 2.14.21 8 sec PB
  • 400m Freestyle – 1st | 4.14.29 15 second PB
  • 100m Freestyle – 2nd | 55.46 3 sec PB
  • 100m Backstroke 1st | 1.02.75 5 sec PB

Al together Kevin won four gold medals and three silver medals ensuring that Lynfield College finished 38th out of 123 teams.

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Year 9 Speech Competition

Thirteen students to demonstrated their public speaking skills at the Year 9 Speech competition on Thursday 15 October. A range of topics were covered from the horror of clowns, to the importance of imagination, to how to tell a lie! The fantastic mix of creativity and social awareness shown by the entrants was a pleasure for all who attended.

Thank you to our student judges, Bhakti Tailor, Shinel Nadan and Sheila Macdonald and to the Languages Faculty Leader, Jennifer Moss who all had the very difficult task of choosing the top three speakers.

Congratulations to all participants who did a fantastic job!
The English department can’t wait to see what you deliver next year!

FIRST PLACE: Deevya Shah (Spoken word - Fear)

SECOND PLACE: Layla Wafa (Spoken word - Society)

THIRD PLACE: Skye Teague (Speech - 5G)

The KBB Band and Orchestra Showcase

The KBBMF Committee were unable to hold the KBB Music Festival in its usual format in 2020 due to Covid-19 but they did create an alternative program to support the continuation of ensemble music in Auckland Secondary Schools - the KBB 2020 Band and Orchestra Showcase.

Although not formally adjudicated, this event offered school's a chance to present some of their planned 2020 repertoire via YouTube channel's which will showcase the work being done in schools, to an audience both with the Auckland region and beyond.

Below are links to two of our Lynfield College videos submitted for the KBB Music Festival.


This is definitely worth watching until the end when vocalist Saane Noavea hits the big notes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OhZVBeq1W8


This is the Concert Band playing an exciting work called The Dragon Prince: https://youtu.be/AtT2KH5fgSE

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Pink Shirt Day Celebrations

Lynfield College came together on Friday 16 October to take action against bullying and fundraise to support the kaupapa.

Pink Shirt Day a global day that celebrates diversity and endorse environments where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. Each year, workplaces, schools, organisations and individuals join the movement to make a stand against bullying. This year's message us: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. 

For more information visit: https://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/

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Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Human Rights Commission, Bullying-Free NZ Week, The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust, Auckland District Health Board Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP), Youthline and Emerge Aotearoa.


Young Reporters for the Environment

Congratulations to Emilia Parker, who has received two placings in this year’s Young Reporters for the Environment National Competition! Young people 11-25 years were invited to research an environmental issue relating to plastic waste and report on the problem through an article, photograph and/or film.

Emilia received First Place in both the Article 15 - 18 Year and Photograph 15 - 18 Year categories.

Links to Emilia’s winning entries are:

Article 15-18 Years: Chews a Better Future
Photograph 15-18 Years: Problematic Polystyrene

The results will be released nationally via social media and a press release on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

Above is Emilia's exquisite image of a styrofoam cup floating in a waterway at Ambury Regional Park in Auckland.

Jayden Baek Wins Golf Competition

Wonderful news that Jayden Baek has won the 15th Annual NZ Amputee and Disability Golf Open Competition, held at the Waimairi Beach Golf Club in Christchurch from 30 September to 2 October 2020.

Not only was Jayden the youngest of the 30 contestants, he also played the best. This is the first time a Korean player has won this competition.

Jayden’s parents are very proud of him, and were delighted to see his win recognised on the Korean community website: https://www.nzkoreapost.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=news_all&wr_id=37293

Jayden's mum appreciates the support he receives at Lynfield College, that has encouraged him to play with confidence. She hopes Jayden’s success gives other students the courage to fulfil their dreams.

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The International Youth Silent Film Festival Regionals 2020


Lost In Time (Sci-fi): Sophia Kwon (Carmel College) and Daniel Wardadi (Lynfield College)

We had a lovely event Friday at Lynfield with our five finalists (and a sixth, if you count ex-Lynfield students), all attending to watch the Livestream of the International Youth Silent Film Festival - NZ Regionals. It was wonderful to see the films all in front of an audience and have the 'Red Carpet' experience.

Many thanks to the Festival organisers for putting this festival together, especially Jannine Spiers and David Tauranga! I’m very pleased that Lynfield took out the Poster Competition and Best Editing for “Lost in Time” which also took out the top spot at 1st place!!! # proud.

A special thanks to our media studies teachers Sherry Wagner and Catherine Barker for the time, support and commitment they give to making our media studies students achieve such excellence.

The finalists and winners of the International Youth Silent Film Festival can be watched via this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/baycourt.tauranga/videos/


  • Daniel Wardadi (with Carmel College collaborator Sophia) for their Sci-fi film Lost in Time
  • Luke Paton-Beverly, Johnny Tsang, Sam Gudipoodi and Taine Hunt for their film Mérci
  • Dylan Bishop for his beautiful stop motion film Insufficient Power
  • Dominic Deocampo, Victoria Hendry and Joana Victoria Panahon for their Horror film Girl Scout Cookie Day
  • Isidora Alarcon Munoz  for her Slapstick Charming Charles' Magic Show
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Notice of Asbestos Removal Work

Morecroft Contractors, a licensed Asbestos Removalist (WorkSafe Class B Licence: Number RB16100163) will be undertaking removal work of some Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) from Lynfield College C Block.

This removal work will be conducted between the hours of 7 AM to 5 PM on 09/10/2020 and is expected to finish on 10/10/2020. This work may need to be re-scheduled in the event of bad weather.

WorkSafe NZ was notified on 09/09/2020 that this licensed asbestos removal work is to be undertaken.

Lynfield College management and board of trustees have been consulted about the nature and timing of this work, together with the safety measures to be used.

The following safety measures will be put in place and maintained for the duration of this project:

  • Signs, barriers and/or temporary fencing will be installed.
  • PVA solution or water will be applied to asbestos containing materials to prevent airborne asbestos fibres dust (as required).
  • Asbestos containing materials will not be broken, where possible.
  • Plastic will be used to cover horizontal surfaces and surrounds.
  • Asbestos containing material will be wrapped on site and disposed of at an approved tip site
  • Air monitoring at the work site boundary will be place for the duration of the work. If asbestos fibres above the allowable safe limit are detected, work will cease immediately and corrective measures applied
  • An independent party will carry out an inspection of the site on completion of the work, and issue a clearance certificate.

The Ministry of Education website has further information about the management of asbestos and procedures to ensure the safety of all involved in or affected by the work, at the school and community. This can be found on:  www.education.govt.nz/school/property/state-schools/fixing-issues/asbestos/

Additional information about asbestos removal and/or Asbestos Removal Licences can be found on WorkSafe NZ’s website http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe or by phoning 0800 030 040 (24 hours).

The full letter can be viewed here: LC C Block Asbestos Notification Letter 08102020.pdf

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