September 2022

Jessie Chen, Joint Winner of the NZBT

Congratulations to Jessie Chen, Joint Winner of the New Zealand Biology Tournament (NZBT), with an an outstanding 45/60 score which tied her for the highest in the competition.

The NZBT is a challenging competition that provides an opportunity for secondary school students in New Zealand to demonstrate their excellence in Biology. It hopes to bring aspiring young biologists into the limelight to recognise and reward their achievements.

The competition took place afterschool on the Wednesday 28 September and consisted of a 60-question multiple-choice exam completed over the course of 60 minutes. The exam challenges secondary school students with questions derived from the NCEA, IB, and Cambridge syllabuses to ensure fairness to all students regardless of curriculum.

The NZBT is founded by a group of New Zealand secondary school students who believe that all areas of science should be promoted as much as possible. The NZBT was created in order to address the low number of biology competitions in New Zealand and to encourage many more students to become interested in the field of biology.

Hui-ā-Kura: Early Exposure School Visit

This week we hosted Liz Peretira, Te Whatumanawa Ngatai Tangirua and Kanewa Stokes from Whakapiki Ake, a Māori student recruitment project initiated by University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical Science. They workshopped with 32 of our Year 10 and 11 rangatahi Māori, encouraging them to think about their futures and their subject choices, in order that career options are not limited in later years when they leave school.

Our students enjoyed the activities and the kaupapa, being able to express their own aspirations and hear about other Māori success stories in higher education. For more information about the project and events that are coming up later in the year, their website is
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Preparation of Arts Folio Boards for NCEA Assessment 2022

Students have been working really hard despite disruptions to learning earlier in the year. There will be gaps on the second board, but Board 1 is near completion for most students.

Below students from Year 11 class 1ADM (Visual Arts – Digital Media), are attaching artwork onto their folio boards for submission in Term 4, for External Achievement Standard 90916.

Students have produced artworks in a range of media, including pencil, watercolour and digital painting in Photoshop. The body of work reflects the theme: ‘Turangawaewae, a place to stand’.

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An Invitation to Senior Drama Class Productions

Week 10 Term 3

In the final week of Term 3, senior drama students will be presenting their class productions. This is related to an achievement standard requiring an invited audience.

Staff, students and families of our senior drama students are warmly invited to attend.


Suburbia in Tāmaki Makaurau

This show is a series of loosely connected scenes mainly from Toa Fraser’s play Bare, all portraying urban characters from Auckland.


In and Out of School

This show is a combination of scripted and student devised scenes. Themes explored include money making, break-ups, parties, brotherly combat and a tragic mother daughter exchange.

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Tuvalu Language Week

Celebrated from Sunday 25 September to Saturday 1 October

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week is Fakamautu ke mautakitaki te Gagana Tuvalu mo te atafai, fakaaloalo mo te amanaiagina, which means 'nurture with sustainability the Tuvalu language with care, respect and dignity'.

The theme connects to the overall theme for this years Pacific language weeks ‘sustainability’ and the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous languages. This theme reflects the importance of nurturing the Tuvaluan language in a sustainable manner.

The preservation of the Tuvaluan language is recognized by having the utmost care and respect for the language in its purity. Caring and respecting the language also accounts for the differences that the people of Tuvalu have within their communities. The roles within the family unit are integral to sustaining the Tuvaluan language with care and respect which then extends to the wider society.

Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Tuvalu Language Week Facebook page.

Congratulations to Evan Huang,
the First Global Rise Winner from New Zealand

Rise is the anchor program of a $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to find and support global talent. Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, announced the second cohort of 100 Rise Global Winners on Thursday 22 September. About 13,000 people from over 170 countries applied for the Rise program this year. The 100 winners represent 47 different nationalities.

Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. The program starts at ages 15–17 and offers benefits including scholarships, mentorship, access to career development opportunities, funding and more as Global Winners work toward solving humanity’s most pressing problems. For more information about Rise, visit

Evan Huang is one of 100 Global Rise Winners, and he is the first Winner from New Zealand.
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Simple tasks are not so simple for everyone. As a teenage robot engineer from New Zealand, Evan has a vision to use technology to help the everyday lives of people with disabilities. For his Rise project, Evan invented DrinkBot – a robot that serves as a hand and an arm for the disabled or the elderly to drink from. Amongst other achievements, Evan is the 2022 VEX Robotics Engineering Online Challenge Champion, and he is excited to bring more ideas into life for everyone’s benefit.

Evan and his family would like to thank: Mr. Yearbury, Mr. Bryan, Ms. Jaspers, and Ms. Morrison for their support.

New Zealand Chefs Championships 2022

Congratulations to our contestants in the NZ Chefs Championships 2022 held at Henderson’s Trusts Arena from 18 to 20 September 2022, especially the following winners.

Ben Bain: Static Quiche | Gold Medal and Top of Class
Ben's Quiche Lorraine celebrated Champagne Ham and Gruyere Cheese

Sarah Whitefield: Static Iced Café Cake | Gold Medal
Sarah's entry was a Mocha Cake, a three layered chocolate cake filled with coffee crème patisserie covered in a coffee Swiss meringue buttercream. Generously topped with chocolate discs, coffee praline dust and a chocolate drip.

Khushi Patel: Static Iced Café Cake | Gold Medal and Top of Class
Khushi submitted a Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with three layers of chocolate cake with a gooey raspberry jam filling. Finished with ribbons of raspberry and chocolate Swiss meringue, topped with swirls and black currant and white chocolate balls.

AND Lynfield College won the New Zealand Chefs Association trophy: NZ Secondary School of the Year for 2022

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Congratulations to our Newly Elected Board Members!

Following the elections which closed at 4.00 pm on Wednesday 7 September, the results of the 2022 School Board elections were announced on Wednesday 14 September. Congratulations to the following nominees, who were elected or re-elected to a three-year term:

Geetika Aulakh
Luke Jackson
John Maka
Ravi Nyayapati
Kristelle Varney

The Board of Directors wishes to thank all those nominees who stood in our School Board elections and who put themselves forward to support the Lynfield College community. We greatly appreciate your willingness and hope that you will remain involved.

We would also like to thank those board members whose terms ended: Mark Hewett, David Barrett, Bella Tahu and Steve James. We are grateful for all of the time, expertise, support and enthusiasm you gave to the School Board and especially Lynfield College.

The new Board will have its first meeting on Thursday 22 September 2022.

This link takes you to the official results: Declaration of Results 2022

Celebrating Cultures with Tui Tuia | Learning Circle

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle provide professional development and mentoring designed to inspire, uplift and help prepare schools, whānau and communities for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

On Wednesday 14 September 2022 they were onsite organising wonderful activities for our Year 9 and Year 11 Chinese classes and Year 10 Japanese class.

The two activities were Chinese paper cutting and Chinese dumpling making. All materials and resources were sponsored by Tui Tuia | Learning Circle, it provided our students and teachers with an opportunity to learn Chinese culture and celebrating upcoming New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

It is also a wonderful opportunity to our students to understand the similarities between the Japanese culture and Chinese culture and fostered an appreciate of each other’s cultures.

Our many thanks go to Yan Yang, Language facilitator from Tui Tuia | Learning Circle: Brian Qiao, Lucy Lu, Susan Liu, Shirley Cheng and Selina Bi from New Zealand CNSST Foundation.
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Kahui Ako Konohete Apopo

Hei Mahi Tahi!

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou, thank you all! Tumuaki, Kaiawhina, whanau Kaiako, and our akonga, WHAT A TEAM!!

This event was held on Tuesday 13 September at 6.00 pm at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. We are so grateful to all who supported their kura, the kaupapa and made our konohete a highlight of our Kahui Ako year. How beautiful to see our roopu at the centre of our community at such an awesome venue. To all our kaiako/whanau thank you for coming out with pepi and whanau to tautoko our Kaupapa during Māori Language Week!

Tau ke koutou, ha ki roto ha ki waho, kia kaha ki te korero Māori!, Jennifer Lauega, HOD Māori

Below are some fabulous photos from this event.

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Kaiako and Akonga Ki o rahi Competition

In celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori our Young Māori and Pacific Pride Junior Leaders initiated a competition involving our Kaiako (Teachers) and ākonga (Students). The intention of the competition was not only to engage in something fun and practical with both kaiako and ākonga but to acknowledge and encourage the use of Te Reo Māori.

The first competition was Ki o rahi. A traditional Māori game based on the purakau (legend) of Rahitutakahina and the rescuing of his wife Tiarakurapakewai. The game was umpired in Te Reo Māori and points were gained by those speaking Te Reo Māori.

It was a fabulous two days and although Kaiako came away as the winners, Te Reo Māori was the winner on the day.

In honour of our journey in revitalising Te Reo Māori a taonga was purchased. The taonga represents friendship, connection and the importance of normalising the reo.

This is an exciting opportunity for kaiako and ākonga to engage in healthy competition. We look forward to creating more opportunities to come together competing in Spelling Bee’s, Tapuwae, School Haka and Waiata. Kia kaha te Reo Māori.
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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori aims to inspire New Zealanders to speak the Māori language proudly. Everyone is encouraged to learn the language and experience the rich culture of Aotearoa. Events are held across the country to mark this observance and showcase the beauty of New Zealand.

At our Monday morning briefing staff were treated to an excellent visual slideshow created by senior and junior Young Māori and Pacific Pride Leaders and beautifully presented by the Junior Young Māori and Pacific Pride Leaders: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori


Māori Language Petition 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Fifty years on to the day it was taken to Parliament on 14 September the Māori language petition (Te Petihana) is being exhibited in full at the National Library. The presentation of this petition marked a major turning point in the survival of te reo Māori.

More than 30,000 people from around the country, Māori and non-Māori signed Te Petihana. The petition was led by rangatahi from Te Reo Māori Society and Ngā Tamatoa who wanted te reo Māori taught in all schools.

He Toa Reo Māori, 50 years on  |  Te Petihana Reo Māori 50th Anniversary Event

A national commemorative event will be held at Parliament to mark the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on 14 September. Nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei hui ahurei!

Everyone is welcome to join the national commemorations during Māori Language Week. There will be formal speeches, live music, free kai and a moment for all of us to celebrate te reo Māori!

There will be a livestream for public viewing and if COVID or bad weather stops this from being a large public event, this will be advertised on this webpage as well as our Facebook page.

Click ‘going’ on our Facebook event page to stay updated on the event. If you are a group, organisation or school, we ask that you register your numbers here.

The event will be broadcasted live on Whakaata Māori website

MĀORI+ APP on Apple or Google Play

Māori Television channel on TV
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Celebrating Tonga Language Week: 4 - 10 September

This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga (Tonga Language Week) is: Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tonga 'i Aotearoa, which means Sustaining the Tonga Language in Aotearoa. 

Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tönga′ 'i Aotearoa has a positive and progressive connotation. To support the overarching Language Weeks theme of Sustainability, the word TU'ULOA in the theme this year means to continuously grow, nurture, and sustain a valued idea, practice, event, or memory in an enduring way.

Activities and events will be hosted throughout Aotearoa, to embrace Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga. Given the success of Tongan Language Week online last year, some community groups are planning to deliver their initiatives online, while the majority will be face-to-face. Many of the initiatives this year continue to focus on youth and the passing of cultural knowledge from the elders to young people.

More information and downloads can be found at this link:


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