September 2018

Destination Shinagawa, Japan

15 students and three staffs (Miss Kim, Mrs Wells and Mr Burden) are departing on Saturday 22 September and returning to New Zealand on Friday 12 October. Students who are participating in the trip will not only explore the knowledge of the language and Japan's culture, but they will also be exchanging our culture with Shinagawa Schools and build up a successful relationship with Shinagawa community.

The programme functions through the Shinagawa International Friendship Association. Auckland and Shinagawa, which is a part of Tokyo, have been friendship cities for over 20 years. We look forward to taking everything on board in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The group will also travel to Osaka, Kyoto and Takayama where we will be tracing down historical Japan to Modern Japan.

We look forward to return with full of exciting Japan Trip experiences to share with Lynfield College.

Shinagawa Group

Te wiki o te REO Maori

This week we have been busy supporting our reo in many different ways, from staff and student quizzes about te REO Maori to school waiata practices, a session with a University of Auckland Maori Masters student to learn about Maori education study and career options including scholarships available, the hikoi and language parade, a poi workshop and games. Check out below!

Kia kaha te REO Maori! Ka nui te mihi ki nga kaiako me nga akonga mo te tautoko i tenei wiki.

Whaea Leauga

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Congratulations to our Debating Prizewinners

The ASD Premier Advanced Grand Final and Prizegiving was held at Auckland Grammar School. Congratulations to all of last night's Auckland Schools Debating prizewinners!

Firstly, to Harry Ashley (Y13), Kyus Rodger (Y12) and Santiago Blanco (Y13) for receiving their Seasonal's Tournament Cup. They won that tournament at the start of the year.

Lynfield also won FIVE Top 10 Speaker awards across three grades:

Two speakers from the Premier Advanced (1st Grade): Harry Ashley (ranked 10) and Kyus Rodger (ranked 4th Equal- tied with William Price, who was ranked 5th at World's).

Two Speakers from the Advanced Open Grade (2nd Grade): Nicole D'Souza (Y13) ranked 9th and Joseph Hisayasu (Y12) took out the Top Speaker award (1st) for the 2nd grade in Auckland.

Finally, congratulatons to Eliana Competente (Y10) for ranking 5th in the Junior Open!

Debating coaches Chris Bangs, Sherry Wagner and Catherine Barker attended the ceremony.

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Wallace Art Award Finalists

Leann Chen is shown holding her artwork for the Wallace Arts Awards. As you can see it is a beautiful crafted and conceptually strong artwork from a young and talented artist. Leann along with Terry Li and Alicia Chen are finalists chosen by the Wallace Arts Trust team to represent Lynfield College in this exhibition. College's from all over New Zealand are represented in this event. The winning finalists will exhibit their work at the Par Homestead. It will be open to the public from Monday 17 September to Sunday 11 November.

Winning finalist to get $500, Second prize $400, Third prize $300 and then People's choice as voted by the visitors $200. These results will be announced on Monday 17 September.

The vision of the Wallace Arts Trust is to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary artists. As well as running the arts centre, the Wallace Arts Trust loans out artworks to over 50 institutions ranging from schools to universities and hospitals, to expose as wide a range of audience to contemporary New Zealand art as possible.

The Wallace Art Awards are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $275,000.

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NZ Secondary Schools Winter Tournament Week

The winter sports season wrapped up with NZSS Tournament Week (3 – 7 September). This year 8 Lynfield teams competed in various tournaments, playing schools from all over the North Island. The experience for the players is far greater than just the time actually playing the games. It is a unique and invaluable opportunity for many of our best sportspeople to be part of the intensity of a top-level competition, day in, day out for a week and also to share the highs, lows and fun with other like-minded players and school mates. There were several Y9 and 10 students in our teams which sets us up well for the future.

Congratulations to all our players who represented Lynfield with pride and passion, playing hard but fair. This year’s game results were VERY impressive:

  • 1st XI Boys Hockey: 2nd in 'Olympic Stick' tournament (13 teams competed in Pakuranga)
  • Premier 1 Netball: 16th in 'Upper North Island Secondary Schools' A grade (32 teams competed in Mt Maunganui
  • Mixed Curling: 1st in North Island Secondary Schools champs
  • Boys Curling: 2nd in North Island Secondary Schools champs
  • 1st XI Girls Football: 7th in 'Kathy Seaward' tournament (23 teams competed at Western Springs)
  • 1st XI Boys Football: 8th in 'Trident tournament (20 teams competed in Palmerston North)
  • Boys Badminton: 12th in 'NZSS Senior Boys Badminton' A grade (12 teams in North Harbour)
  • Girls Badminton: 12th in 'NZSS Senior Girls Badminton' (12 teams in North Harbour)

The 1st XI Boys Hockey team played some excellent hockey, against some tough competition. A few minor injuries proved to be a challenge throughout the week. The boys were pretty pleased with their win over Mt Roskill Grammar School on Thursday, in the semi-final then faced John Paul College in a very exciting final. John Paul scored a goal within 30 seconds of the game starting, but Lynfield was up for the challenge. The result of this very tight game was a 6-2 win to John Paul. Our captain, Kieren Chhiba, was second highest goal scorer for the tournament. Congratulations to coach, Raj Chauhan for a moulding together this team ranging from beginners to very experienced and from Y9 to Y13.

Our top Senior Netball team competed at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) tournament which, this year, was hosted by Harbourside at Mt Maunganui. At this tournament only the top team from each of 120 school is able to compete.

Throughout the week the girls played ten hard games, each team desperately wanting the win to allow them passage to the upper section of the next round. After narrowly losing to Waikato Diocesan School for Girls first, our girls really gelled and set their eyes on the prize. By the end of the third game we had beaten Cambridge and Massey High School to gain a place in the top 16 of the A grade, which consisted of 32 teams. From there we had very tough games against the best teams in the country and the depth of knowledge gained about top level netball was huge.

Finishing 16th in A grade is a fantastic achievement! Bring on UNISS 2019, which will be hosted by North Harbour Netball at North Shore.
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