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.
|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.|
In the last week of term 2, 10 students: Alex Tebay, Jessika Varney, Aaron Tahu, Luke Tahu, Danielle Matthews (Head Girl), Xanthian Po Nepia, Karli Mcgray, Bella McAllister, Paige Vaipa and Jonni Ryan Gordon, and two staff members: Mrs Tebay and Mrs Leauga, traveled to Rarotonga as part of a cultural exchange programme.
Hosted by Tereora College the group were welcomed on their first day with a Turou (formal Cook Islands ceremony) The group performed the school haka, school waiata, and a poi item.
The week's activities included an inland tour, performances at: Pacific Resort (Muri Beach), Titikaveka School and Highland Paradise where a marae site was, an over-water traditional story retold at Te Vara Nui, a visit to the vaka landing area, a Q and A with Kiwi Artist Lee Raela, shopping at the Markets, husking and scraping coconuts, weaving, learning to play the drums and do the 'ura pa'u and an island night in Nikao.
Whaea Tebay and Whaea Leauga would like to thank all of the whanau, kaiako and hosts who supported the group and helped make this trip happen.
Our last visit was in 2014, so this was the second time Lynfield College has visited Rarotonga. It was a great cultural experience! Meitaki Ma'ata!
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.
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.