Showdown is the Auckland secondary school production competition and aims to promote excellence among our up and coming performers and theatre technicians.
With 12 plays and 16 musicals entered, this year's nominees come from 23 secondary schools across Auckland. Nominees have been selected by our Showdown judges the winners in 30 categories are announced at the Bruce Mason Centre on Tuesday 31 October.
|Lynfield College has a number of skilled and talented entries from our Aotearoa production this year:
Best Sound Design
Best Performer in a Minor Role in a Musical 1
Best Performer in a Minor Role in a Musical 2
Best Performer in a Supporting Role in a Musical 1
Best Performer in a Lead Role in a Musical 2
Best Ensemble in a Musical
Best Musical Director
Huge congratulations to past student Tyla Nathan-Wong on being recognised as World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2023.
Tyla Nathan-Wong has been at the heart of the Black Ferns Sevens success story since the beginning, playing in the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in 2012 and pulling the strings as the playmaker ever since.She played in all seven tournaments on the 2023 Series, scoring 247 points as the Black Ferns Sevens reached every final, winning six titles to claim a seventh overall crown. She made the HSBC Series Dream Team and sits second on the all-time point-scoring list with 1,295.
Tyla is without doubt one of the most successful sporting athletes to ever attend Lynfield College!
Year 12's final assembly on Monday 30 October culminated in the announcement of Student Leadership and House Captains' positions for the 2024 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 2024.Above Pic: The smiles say it all as our Year 12 students share their success with our Year 13 Leavers.
Deputy Head Students
Assistant Academic Captains
Arts and Culture Captains
Assistant Arts and Culture Captains
Assistant Sports Captains
School Board Student Representative
International Student Representative
Hui mai Coordinators
|Calum Bint and Daisy Chen
Aaron Crasto and Zara Qureshi
Evan Huang and Deevya Shah
Pranay Tailor and Emili Biswas
Scarlet Kwon and Nihar Khatri
Ofa Fononga and Dev Tiwari
Fiona Siaopo and Annaleah Smith
Ryan Ghosh and Flynn Meiklejohn
Kovid Dev and Alhaan Ibnul
Kenan Egene and Vajra Patel
Nuha Wadhwania and Sarah Ramsey
Praise Chong and Vighnesh Nadan
|YEAR 12 STUDENT EXECUTIVE
John Mahe, Ateliana Manuha’apai, Bill Xie, Nessa Isaac, Jacky Zhou, Aziz Mookhtiar, Bachir Farchakh, Tilly Walsh, Jessica Sor
|YOUNG MĀORI LEADERS
Danyon Varney, Hunter Savieti, Lily Panga, Tinea Subritzky, Akeelah Te Rangi (Year 11)
|PACIFIC PRIDE LEADERS
John Mahe, Addisyn Lene, Ateliana Manuha’apai, Katie Sefo-Kelemete, Aayushi Nand
HOUSE CAPTAINS 2024
Bray House: Agnes Wulf and Sione Apelu
Fatialofa House: Addisyn Lene and Ahmed Khimani
Faumuina House: Hemani Savaram and Herman Kwon
Lewis House: Seetha Veerapan and Sohum Nyayapati
Reid House: Reshma Tala and Abijit Gill
Zoricich House: Aneri Shah and Anna Kaufusi
This year's theme for Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau is "Ke Olatia ko ia Tokelau i tana Fakavae - Tokelau to Prosper Within its Foundation”.
The theme for Tokelau Language Week 2023 builds upon the 2022 focus, 'Halahala ki vavau kae ke mau ki pale o Tokelau.' The overarching message is clear: Understanding the past is crucial for planning the future.
While the Tokelauan community in Aotearoa may be small in numbers, it is notably big in heart. The importance of preserving unique Tokelauan identities is recognised within the community. Acknowledging historical roots is considered essential for future progression, especially in cherishing and upholding the culture and language.
Tokelau finds its strength in four foundational pillars: language, culture, customs, and faith. When these pillars are fortified, not only does community well-being flourish, but the unique Tokelauan identity is also safeguarded for future generations. This theme serves as a rallying cry for all Tokelauans residing in Aotearoa. There is a collective responsibility to ensure the Tokelauan 'Fakavae'—the community's spiritual and cultural values and practices—continue to prosper for generations yet unborn.
The mantle of cultural preservation and growth is increasingly passed to the younger generation. These youth and children are positioned to guide the community in embracing a rich diversity of knowledge and skills. A notable portion of this younger demographic are emergent Tokelauan language learners. Through activities that celebrate identity and offer linguistic and cultural education, the aim is to inspire and provide robust support to these learners.
Activities and events in 2023 will be hosted throughout Aotearoa to embrace Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau – Tokelau Language Week.
Connect online by visiting the official NZ Tokelau Language Week Facebook page.
At 6.30 pm on Thursday 19 October, we hold our annual Lynfield College Senior Festival Awards Evening celebrating student success in sports, the arts and cultural activities.
This will be a live prizegiving as it will be simultaneously live-streamed to enable all our students and their families to join us in looking back on what our students were able to achieve in 2023.
A livestream of the event can be watched at this link: https://youtube.com/live/P2c3LtWPbJk?feature=share
|In a heartwarming display of intergenerational connection and compassion, one of our 1HPR classes paid a visit on Wednesday 18 October to Bupa Sunset, a local retirement home, bringing smiles and cheer to the elderly residents. The event was a rewarding experience for all involved, highlighting the benefits of bridging the generation gap and fostering a sense of community.
As the students arrived at the rest home, there was a palpable sense of excitement in the air. Agnes, the rest home activities coordinator, went about pairing groups of students up with a variety of residents. Activities they were involved in ranged from life conversations, colouring, puzzles, playing board games and rehab exercises.
|It was a beautiful sight to witness as the generations came together, forming instant connections and building bonds that transcended age. The joy and laughter that filled the room were infectious, reminding everyone present of the power of human connection. The residents relished the opportunity to share their wisdom and life lessons with the young minds, while the students absorbed the invaluable knowledge that only time and experience can provide.
This uplifting interaction not only brightened the day for the elderly residents but also left a lasting impact on the students. It served as a reminder that simple acts of kindness and spending quality time with the elderly can make a significant difference in their lives.In a world that often seems fast-paced and disconnected, events like these serve as a reminder of the importance of nurturing relationships across generations. The school students' visit to the rest home exemplifies the beauty of compassion, empathy, and the positivity that can be generated by bringing different generations together.
On Monday 16 October we welcomed students and staff from the Ernst Haeckel Gymnasium with a Powhiri in the Hall, followed by some typical ‘kiwi’ refreshments in the staffroom and accompanied by kapa haka led waiata.
While the visiting students are here, they will be attending some classes with their Lynfield hosts, sight-seeing in Auckland, enjoying weekend activities with their host families and then travelling further afield in the country.
Lynfield College is proud to include students as real leaders in the school and one example of this is having a student representative as a full member of the school Board. They serve for 12 months from October and are elected by their fellow students. This year saw a strong field of candidates and a close election. Nominees promised to represent student voice in issues like improving the school environment and addressing programme initiatives.
|Lynfield College School Board
Student Representative Election Results 2023
Daisy Chen (135 votes)
Rishitt Walavalkar is declared duly elected
Rishitt’s Campaign Statement
What do you look for in a successful leader?I believe the most important characteristics of a leader are resilience, adaptability and integrity. I am Rishitt Walavalkar and these values are the guiding principles of my life. They help shape my actions and decisions each day. Being someone who values honesty and discretion, my goal is always to seek what is in the best interest of our school.
A perk of being in the 12 exec team was that I had the chance to work closely with other senior leaders who have been my role models and have helped me grow and understand what it takes to be a reliable leader at our school. I have learned that the ability to bring change confidently and consistently is a key factor in being a successful leader. This role was heavily team-oriented and helped me understand the importance of considering everyone’s ideas and making them work with the best interests in mind. I realise that the transition into a School Board representative will require me to work in a more independent role and I am ready to take on this challenge.
After four enjoyable years at Lynfield College, this is the perfect opportunity for me to dedicate my final year of secondary school to be a part of giving it back to you students. I will work with our best ideas at heart to ensure our schools’ collective objectives are met. This role will be my number one priority with my undivided attention and will work towards being the optimal bridge between your voice and our school board. With your vote, we can make a positive impact together.
This year’s theme for Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week is Fakatūleva e Vagahau Niue mo e Tau Aga Fakamotu ma e Tau Atuhau, which means - Sustain Niue Language and Culture for Future Generations.
The Niue people have reached a crossroads where the status of the Vagahau Niue is considered most vulnerable.
Vagahau Niue has been registered with UNESCO as an endangered language, so one of the challenges we face is the preservation of Vagahau Niue and Niue culture.
It is vital to preserve, sustain and maintain the Vagahau Niue and Cultures for many generations to come. Niue leaders and community groups are working hard to explore, discuss and formulate strategies to ensure that the Vagahau Niue and its Cultures are protected and sustained for future generations.
Young New Zealand-born Niueans have said that Vagahau Niue and Niue Cultures are avenues to stay connected with their parents and grandparents. It is their sense of identity.
Activities and events for 2023 will be hosted throughout Aotearoa, to embrace Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week.
Connect online by visiting the official NZ Niue Language Week Facebook page.
Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Tonga Language Week Facebook page.