September 2021

Year 10 Music Academy Students Perform ‘September’

Congratulations to our Year 10 Music Academy and their music teacher Charlie Isdale for their fabulous video performance that can be watched at this link:

‘September’ is a song by the band Earth, Wind & Fire released as a single in 1978 on ARC/Columbia Records. Initially included as a track for The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, ‘September’ was very successful commercially and reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The song remains a staple of the band's body of work and has been sampled, covered, remixed, and re-recorded numerous times.

It was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that ‘are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important’ in 2018.

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Otago Maths Competition Results

This year we had 17 self-selected candidates in the Otago Maths Competition. 4500 students entered from 140 schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Three of our students were selected to join the top 1600 for the more difficult Round 2. These were Sarah Bai in Y9, Daisy Chen in Y10 and Evan Huang, also in Y10.

The following awards have been given to our students. Merit is awarded for being in the top 50% of results:

Sarah Bai:  Merit in Round 2
Alina Murrumkar:  Merit in Round 1
Jacky Zhou:  Merit in Round 1

Evan Huang:  Top 30 in Round 2
Daisy Chen:  Merit in Round 2
Calum Bint:  Merit in Round 1
Miyu Okuwaki:  Merit in Round 1

Mei Matsuki:  Merit in Round 1
Angel Yee:  Merit in Round 1

Congratulations to all these students.

Congratulations to Evan Huang

Evan Huang from 10JP has won a Bronze Award at the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO), and has been chosen to the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Tutorial Programme. The Programme runs over the New Zealand summer, from September to July in 2022.

NZIBO fosters interest, participation, and excellence in biology through participation of secondary school students in the NZIBO Programme. The programme provides University level education in Biology to those students selected to participate in the online tutorial programme.

NZIBO ensures that the students who participate have the necessary knowledge to compete successfully at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) should they be selected to represent New Zealand at this prestigious international competition.

  • 2021-2022 New Zealand Olympiad in Informatics(NZOI) camp
  • 2021 New Zealand Informatics Competition (NZIC), 18th place
  • 2020-2021 VEX IQ Robotics World Championships
  • 2021-2022 New Zealand Maths Olympiad, invited to Round 2
  • 2020-2021 American Mathematics Competition, Honour Roll of Distinction; New Zealand First Place, Worldwide Top 1%.

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Sanat's Breakfast TV Interview: 14 September 2021

Sanat said 'it’s hard for students to stay motivated when studying from home':

“I am grateful to have a family that are really supportive and to have a roof over my head. But there is a different reality for a lot of young people in Auckland who might have to do essential work, look after their family, or are struggling with mental health issues. It is taking a lot of energy and perseverance for students to motivate themselves to learn right now.

The prospect of not being able to see our friends for a while longer is disappointing. Social connections and interaction with friends are missed during lockdown and is really what motivates us in school. Lots of opportunities are missed out on due to lockdown especially now when we have to push for university entrance while still learning standards from home.

The best thing we can do is to help each other to get through. If you can and are willing to help others out, then put yourself out there. Keep up with public health measures, get tested, help out at home, but if you do need help - especially with your academic needs - feel free to reach out, speak up, speak out because that is the only way we will get through this.

The course is set for us to have exams at school in November and we will be back to having in-person learning by that time.”

Breakfast TV had earlier played ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen, Sanat said ‘that’s pretty much how we feel right now’. Sanat intends to study engineering and global studies at University of Auckland next year.

The full interview can be watched at this link:
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Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Celebrating Māori Language Week was great fun and challenging too as the following links show: 

Mr Christie learns the longest kupu

Mr Bangs longest place name

Hahana-Rose and Mrs Sãdelle Fe'ao longest place name

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Learning Support Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Na Whaea Reta

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori: 13 to 19 September

Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year from 1975. This year marks 49 years since the Māori Language Petition calling for te reo to be taught in our schools was presented to parliament.

Why we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in September:

Maori Focus Group Messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

A powerful and excellent clip from Six60. Much Aroha to all!

Kia kaha te reo Māori

‘Kia kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia kaha te reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

Link to events and activities from the Maori Focus Group: Te Wiki o Te Reo Events Schedule

Let's start with a wero (challenge): Share Your Mihi/Pepeha.

Kaiako, Ākonga and Whānau are encouraged to share a short video of their pepeha/mihi. There are prizes to be won including poi and/or vouchers! Send your Pepeha to: by 5.00 pm Wednesday 15 September Check here for an example: How to introduce yourself in Maori

The following is a simple format on how to introduce yourself in te reo Māori using our simple format (or use your own format!)

Step 1: Your namE

My name is __________________________
Ko _________________________________ tōku ingoa

Tip: You can use your first name only or your full name. It's up to you!

Step 2: Where your ancestors come from (if you know)

My ancestors are from ________________
Nō _________________________________ ōku tīpuna

Tip: Tīpuna (ancestors) is eastern dialect and tūpuna (ancestors) is western dialect. Kei a koe te whiringa - it's up to you which one you use.

If you want to say more than one place name just add 'me' ('and') right before the final place name e.g., Nō place #1 me place #2 ōku tīpuna (2 places) or Nō place #1, place #2 me place #3 ōku tīpuna (3+).

Step 3: Where you live now

I live in _______________________________
Kei te noho au ki ______________________

You may like to add a whakatauki too: Check here for how to do this: Whakatauki

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa or Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, or use one of your choice.

Kia kaha koutou!

International Recognition for Emelia Parker

Keep New Zealand Beautiful have just announced that five New Zealand students have won top awards at the 2021 Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) International competition.

These five students were all winners from the national New Zealand Young Reporters for the Environment 2020 competition and were put forward to compete internationally from more than over 454,000 students from 44 countries across the globe.

Students were asked to investigate an issue relating to litter, research a solution and then report on it using film, photography or writing. They were then required to disseminate their piece via available channels and their entry was judged by an international jury. YRE gives young people the opportunity to be part of the solution by producing creative and engaging environmental journalism.

Congratulations to Emilia Parker from Lynfield College who won second place in the Article: 15 - 18 years category for her article about the consequences of chewing gum titled Chews a Better Future’.


Further information and articles from the other four winners can be found at these links:

Scoop News and Young Reporters for the Environment

From the School Board to our Lynfield College Community

We would like to express our heartfelt and sincere thanks to all our Lynfield College community for your support as we work through these tough times during this Covid lockdown. We appreciate how our Lynfield College community has followed public health advice in obtaining tests and self-isolating. Our thoughts and best wishes have been with those who have tested positive and hope our work towards assisting you towards any support you needed was helpful.  

To our students, thank you for your immediate acceptance and resilience in adjusting to eLearning - we know only too well just how challenging this can be.

To each and every one of our staff members, thank you for your teaching and administration from home. Your immediate response to our students’ and their families’ needs for support with eLearning from your own personal space, often while managing your own families needs during lockdown, is recognised and appreciated.

To our Senior Leadership Team and Principal Cath Knell, thank you for your leadership, your care, concern and attention to detail around support for our students and their families. Also for keeping us up to date with information from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS), Ministry of Education (MOE) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Thank you also for the many messages of support we have received. As we continue to meet via Zoom, the Board of Trustee's priorities are for the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, their families and all our staff.

And finally our thoughts go out to those who were affected by last Friday's terrorist attack to whom we would like to extend a message of solidarity.

Mā te whakapono
Mā te tūmanako
Mā te titiro
Mā te whakarongo
Mā te mahitahi
Mā te manawanui
Mā te aroha
Ka taea e tātou 
By believing and trusting
By having faith and hope
By looking and searching
By listening and hearing
By working and striving together
By patience and perseverance
By doing this with love and compassion
We can succeed

Take care, continue to persevere and keep safe.

Nāku iti noa, nā,

Mark Hewett
Chairman  |  Lynfield College Board of Trustees

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Our warm wishes to all members of our Jewish community who are currently celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. May the new year bring peace and happiness to all of you and your loved ones. Shanah tovah u'metuka

Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year begins at sundown on September 6 and continues through nightfall on September 8

The two-day holiday commemorates the beginning of the universe, Adam and Eve. It is observed with special worship services and the sounding of the shofar, an instrument made of a ram’s horn, on both mornings of the holiday.

Families celebrate Rosh Hashanah with traditions that include lighting candles in the evening, and eating special sweet treats, including challah bread with raisins and apple slices dipped in honey.

Some observe Rosh Hashanah with a Tashlich ceremony at a body of water — a ceremony to symbolically cast away one’s sins. Some people throw things like bread into the water to represent casting away of sins. The ceremony is typically done on the first day of the holiday.

For more information about the holiday, visit

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Tonga Language Week 2021: Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 September 

This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'a e Ako Lelei, which means enriching Aotearoa with holistic education.

The theme serves as a conversation starter on the importance of holistic education, diverse forms of learning and how Aotearoa can benefit from it.

Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels across Aotearoa Tonga Language Week activities and events hosted from household-bubbles across the country will be held online to embrace Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga.

For our Lynfield College Parents and Staff

Here is a link to our Tongan Language week Powerpoint:

Some online events and activities will be available and streamed online on the official NZ Tonga Language Week Facebook page

Attached are some greeting cards that you can use to converse with your students: Lea Faka Tonga Language Cards.pdf


All day Instagram Youth Takeover on Ministry for Pacific Peoples Instagram

From the Island Kingdom of Tonga (Tupou Tertiary Institute):

Message of Encouragement from our Students

Hey school community, here’s a message from your very own students. Please remember to stay strong, look after each other, and stay in contact with your friends and classmates. We are one team, and we can do this together:

A massive thanks to Eroni Leilua for his kind words. Eroni represented Samoa at the Tokyo Olympics.

Thank you guys for making this awesome video and thank you for encouraging us.

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