Celebrating Pasifika Students

Pasifika Fiafia Night

Our Pasifika Fiafia evening, to farewell our leavers and celebrate their success, was held on Thursday 25 October. This was well attended by current and future students, families and staff.

Our Pasifika families were recognised for the wonderful support they have given their children throughout their time here at Lynfield College. Our Pacific Pride Student Leaders acknowledged and thanked those staff who made a significant contribution to their education. Not only was this an evening to celebrate our students and their families, it was also an opportunity to say farewell to those who are leaving to embark on the next stage of their careers.leavers as they embark on the next stage of their career. We are proud of your achievements and wish you all the best.
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University of Auckland Celebration Dinner

On Friday 24 August 2018 Māori and Pasifika students from Lynfield College along with Whanau Ms Wolf and Māori representative from our Board Hinekura Samuels-Laveaina attended a special event hosted by MATA and the University of Auckland.

The purpose for the evening was to create a space for sharing stories from our Pacific Island and Māori guest speakers, connecting akonga with their cultural identities and inspiring youth to persevere through adversity and promote tertiary education.

Guest speakers shared their experiences as past university students along with, their personal obstacles, and where they are now after overcoming these hardships, through their visions for success. Live entertainment by the University students and a sit down dinner concluded the evening.

Special mention to our whanau, akonga and kaiako for their organisation.

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Jonni Ryan Gordon and Aaron Tahu pictured with guest Speaker Dan Walker (Commercial Account Executive Dell, EMC and Deputy chair of the Maori Tourism Board) From left to right: Regan Ryan-Gordon, Aaron Tahu and Jonni Ryan-Gordon in the foyer. Left to Right: Melina Samuels (Deputy Head Girl), Loleina Polaulu, Valo Mao, Maria Mounga, Judge Ida Malosi (First female Pacific Island Judge) Aaron Tahu, Jonni Ryan Gordon and Regan Ryan-Gordon.

Te 'Epetoma o te Reo Kuki 'Airani Cook Island's Māori Language Week Celebrations

Today we celebrated Cook Island's Māori Language Week at Lynfield by learning about the Language (similarities between Kuki 'Airani Māori and New Zealand Māori), Rarotongan Music, Cook Island's culture, making 'Ei Katu and having special guest Mrs Kairua visit Te Ringa Awhina Marae. Students learned how to make their own head 'Ei.

Thank you to Mrs Kairua for her time and efforts, and to all akonga and kaiako who participated in this event.

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Pacific Fanau Evening

At the start of Term 2 we welcomed our Pacific families to an evening of entertainment and true Pacific pride. Our student leaders – Pacific Pride and Student Agency opened with a prayer and then a performance by the senior boys cultural group FOKISSE.

The evening was a time to hear our Pacific students speak about their pathways for success and what enables them to achieve. The night came to a close with the presentation of badges to the seven Year 13 Pacific Pride Leaders, who laid down the challenge to their younger Pacific peers – to rise up and lead the way for all Pacific students at Lynfield College.

The Queen's Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fa’amamafa on being presented with a Queens Award by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy in Wellington.

This award is made to girls who meet Girls' Brigade International's highest standards. It is open to Girls' Brigade and IFG members from age 15, and recognises qualities of leadership, dedication and excellence in areas of community life.

Participants learn new skills, are open to new experiences and set personal targets that will test and take them out of their comfort zone. The two-year programme involves six months' voluntary community service, Brigade and church involvement, and participation in a national assessment weekend.

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