May 2021

Jazz Combo Perform at Blockhouse Bay World Music Festival

On Saturday 29 May, the Jazz Combo performed at the Blockhouse Bay World Music Festival. The festival, which featured music and dance performances from around the work was held at the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre and attracted an audience of over 150 people. The Jazz Combo played a range of music including some standards as well as more contemporary works.

Saane Noavea (Vocals) Caleb Young (Guitar) Jack Harken (Keyboard) Thomas Wandstraat (Bass), Glen Fetuani (Saxophone) Daniel Baird (Drums) Sebastian Jackson (Drums)

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VEX Robotics Live Remote World Championship

The VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament was held from Monday 17 to Saturday 29 May. All students competing were Year 10 students. It was a Live Remote Tournament, which means that we competed here, but it is live online with webcams and controlled online from Dallas, Texas.

The competition divisions our teams competed in were in the afternoon in Dallas, so competition started here at 7.00 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. They competed against teams from the USA, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Ecuador, Paraguay and others. A fantastic performance by both teams.

Evan Huang Team 2915Y Ranked 8th out of 25 at the end of match play was in finals as the 4th ranked alliance. Final placing was 4th equal for his division.

Vania Liu and Deevya Shah Team 2915V Ranked 18th out of 25 at the end of match play was in finals as the 9th ranked alliance. Final placing was 8th equal for their division.

Our Year 10 Mechatronics students successful in their nomination of teacher Craig Yearbury for recognition by the International VEX Robotics community. Craig was presented with an Inspiration All-stars Award at the opening ceremony of the 2021 VEX World Champs, and was inducted into the REC STEM Foundation Hall of Fame: or between 46:55 - 48:31

Congratulations Craig!

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Spoken Word Workshop

On Wednesday 26 May, 9IL participated in a Spoken Word workshop with Action Education. We started the workshop by playing a little game to familiarise ourselves with each other. The game went like this … We had to say our name and come up with an action and the whole class had to repeat your name and the action. This was by far my favourite game because it was so unique.

After that, the facilitators Ken and Talia gave us some creative freedom to create a spoken word of our own. They helped us make our own wordbank and they gave us sentence starters to help us create our spoken words. If we wanted to, we could share our spoken word poems at end the lesson. Personally, I loved this workshop and I am looking forward to writing more of my own spoken words. Mandita Ram 9IL
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12OED Go Bush

Everyone enjoys a trip that takes them out of school but last year very few trips were possible. On Wednesday 26 May, 25 students from Year 12 Outdoor Education were excited to be heading off for a chilly couple of nights and some daytime explorations and survival activities at Karangahake Gorge along with teachers Sarah Reynolds and Blillie Lal.

Located on State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi, the Karangahake Gorge is about two hours drive from Auckland. A nationally significant gold heritage site, the gorge was once a maze of bridges, trams, water races and construction which includes a labyrinth of tracks and walkways throughout the gorge, with steel and concrete mining relics illustrating the region’s busy industrial past.
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Pink Shirt Day Celebrations

Once again, Lynfield College turned to a sea of pink on 21 May!

In New Zealand, we have been taking part in Pink Shirt Day since 2009, though it first began in Canada in 2007 as a campaign to combat homophobic bullying after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

In the lead up to Pink Shirt Day, several competitions and activities were run in the lead up to the event. Members of the PSSP team spoke in assemblies, detailing what would be happening and providing a brief history of the day. As well as this, a scavenger hunt was run, with students answering questions about the history of LGBT issues in New Zealand.

On the day, PSSP ran a photo booth and a competition revolving around guessing statistics about bullying in New Zealand (Mentos in jars indicated the statistic!). Similarly, Safe Schools were running an affirmation booth to deliver positive messages to students throughout the school.

Overall, it was a successful Pink Shirt Day that was fun and educational for all those involved. We are proud to have raised $1,465.80 for the Mental Health Foundation in support of this Kaupapa.

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9IL Whanau Evening Report by Beau Gamble

Tuesday night’s whanau evening for 9IL was very eventful. It started with a waiata performance which included moves that we learned in the marae. After the waiata performance, some students greeted the parents in their own language and the pronunciation was impressive. Our teachers then introduced themselves where, even we students got to learn more about our own teachers, which was cool.

Then there was a presentation done by three girls who did great and talked about the expectations versus the realities of being in 9IL. The class had been assigned different jobs for the evening, so we went off and showed the parents around our learning spaces and demonstrated some of the work we have been doing over the past term and a bit. Afterward we were able to have a chat and share some food. In summary, it was a good night!

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Kāinga Ora Construction Plus Students
Relish On-site Work Experience

Cejaye Ikuia has known she wanted to work in the construction industry since she learned wood technology back at Intermediate School.

Like eight other young people across Auckland, the 17-year-old jumped at the opportunity to don work boots and a hard hat and spend her school holidays on a building site, through Kāinga Ora’s Construction Plus programme.

Construction Plus helps local communities impacted by urban development, by connecting people with training, employment and industry opportunities across Auckland and New Zealand. The scheme is also designed to educate communities about large scale developments in their area.

This April, students were assigned to Māngere West, Oranga, Ōwairaka, Hobsonville and Roskill South developments where Piritahi, the civil works alliance for Kāinga Ora, is currently preparing the land for building.

Cejaye and her friend Abigail Panuve, both from Māngere College filled their days at the Māngere West site digging gravel and creating a silt fence to manage storm-water.

Although both girls were a little nervous at the start, they say the experience was a positive one, and they particularly enjoyed being part of a team.

A supportive team environment was among the highlights for many of this year’s Construction Plus students, including Carlo Jones, 16, from Hobsonville Point High School. Carlo, and schoolmate Jade Easthope were assigned to the Hobsonville Point Development site and loved the hands-on, supportive environment.

“There’s no dumb question – we’re just here to learn,” Jade said.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan Kaho from Lynfield College hopes to get a building apprenticeship in the future.

“My teacher told me that before I learn to build upwards, I need to learn what happens underneath, like the foundations,” Jordan said.

Also at Lynfield College, sixteen-year-old Mehtab Sing Nagra said he would recommend work experience to anyone interested in a building career.

Building holiday homes at his Onehunga High School got 17-year-old Don Niko Vaimalu interested in construction. Don has spent his time onsite laying pipes and covering them. He said he had to learn quickly because his team needed the work done.

Based at Roskill South Development site, Anthony Beaumont and Ethan Rakete from Mt Roskill Grammar School said the experience opened their eyes to how much work goes on at a building site.

Since it was established in November 2019, 126 people have been engaged through Construction Plus. Of these, 66 have gone on to become employed, according to Construction Plus Manager Nigel Chandra.

Mr Chandra says the various site managers were all impressed by students’ work ethic and the programme continues to be a success, reinforcing Kāinga Ora’s values of working closely with other organisations (Mahi Tahi), supporting communities (Manaakitanga), and trying new ways of supporting workforce development – or being bold (Whanake).

“The Construction Plus programme is part of an ecosystem of initiatives across Kāinga Ora that support increasing capability in the community, industry growth and support. The most unique aspect of the programme is the prolonged support provided to participants. Through Construction Plus, we also improve awareness of what is going on in the community and why.”

Ethan Rakete said of his time on the Roskill South site: “Our boss gave me a good talk about the real reason for what we are doing. We’re putting up 12 warm, dry insulated homes. He was telling us that we are changing lives for our community.”

Asphalt Courts Resurfacing Completed

The resurfacing of the asphalt courts has now been completed much to the delight of both our Sports and our PE departments who, as you can see in the photo below, will be using this as one of their teaching spaces.


Mobile Blood Drive

Lynfield College Hall
9.00 am to 2.00 pm on Friday 14 May 2021


It is important that we encourage students into a lifetime habit of donating blood and making a worthwhile contribution to their community.

The Care of Children Act 2004 allows people 16 years and over to make their own decisions about whether or not they wish to give blood. Students may choose to donate blood at this session. NZBS recommends that students discuss becoming a blood donor with their family. If families have a particular objection to the student choosing to donate blood, please make this known to the student and to the school before the blood drive event. More information about blood donation will be available on the day of the blood drive.

NZBS respects the privacy of all donors and recommends conversations around blood donor eligibility is carried out sensitively. If you require any further information please call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) or visit



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