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West Auckland teen jumps his way into world Gtramp games

It all started from a backflip on the ground.

Now West Auckland teenager Findlay Shannon is on his way to the "Olympics" of Gtramp.

Gtramp, or the garden trampoline games, was a sport quickly gaining recognition around the world because of the limits athletes pushed to create crazy jumps and tricks on backyard trampolines.

Findlay, 13, never dreamed he would represent New Zealand in any world sporting event, let alone a sport he only took up two years ago.

Read the full article here:  https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/104146748/west-auckland-teen-jumps-his-way-into-world-gtramp-games

Rio Olympics: Find out where the most decorated New Zealand Olympic team went to high school

What school did you go to?

It's a common question - and if New Zealand's Olympic athletes in Rio asked each other, they'd get a wide range of answers.

From Kerikeri down to Invercargill, 116 different high schools played a part in producing the 202* athletes who represented their country at the Rio Olympics.

Five of them were from Avondale College...



Silver medal for New Zealand at Microsoft ┬┤Olympics┬┤

Kiwis have another kind of Olympics win to be proud of this year. Two New Zealand students came home winners in the technology Olympics after spending a week in Orlando, Florida, USA last week.

Aidan Sharpe competed in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship and won the silver medal for PowerPoint 2013. Aidan took home a cash prize of $3,750...



Inside the Avondale College Innovation Programme

27 July 2016

"The only noise in the classroom of 25 students comes from the tapping of keyboards, the clicking of computer mice, or the buzz of a new notification on the teacher’s mobile phone.

The teacher, Paul McClean, is the Director of the Avondale College Innovation Programme. He appears unfazed as he talks about teaching students in three classrooms throughout the school - simultaneously.

With the support of two industry practitioners and the innovative use of modern technology, Paul manages the student’s projects via software and sometimes on his cell phone. Each new notification signals that a project objective has been completed or teacher support is needed.

The students in the programme all work on different ICT projects and earn real-world qualifications. Many of the students spend their early mornings, Saturdays and even holidays at school, working on their projects..."


NZ Herald: Pereira living Football Ferns Olympic dream

Jasmine Pereira is living every school athlete's dream. Four years ago Pereira was just another excited kid at Avondale College, avidly watching all the action from the London Olympics.

Today, the 19-year-old was back at the West Auckland school - but this time up on stage - as one of the youngest members of the 18-strong New Zealand women's football squad named for the Rio Olympics.

It was extra special for Pereira, one of four Avondale College alumni - along with Kirsty Yallop, Amber Hearn and Betsy Hassett - to be selected by coach Tony Readings...


Avondale students top the world in Cambridge

Two friends at Avondale College are celebrating joint achieving some of the best exam results in the world.

Camille Balducci, 16, achieved top in the world in AS LEvel French, and Bronwen Lamb achieved top in the world in AS Level Geography.

This makes it the fourth consecutive year that students from the college have topped the world in the international exam...

Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/77307117/avondale-students-top-the-world-in-cambridge

Avondale College teens top 10 in Microsoft champs


Nadia Lim launches lifestyle cookbook at former high school

Former Avondale College student Nadia Lim

On the pages of Avondale College's yearbooks is an ambitious student with dreams of being the next cooking sensation.

What a difference 11 years makes.

That student is Masterchef winner Nadia Lim who next week returns to her former high school – where she topped food technology every year – to launch her fourth cookbook, Nadia Lim's Fresh Start Cookbook.

Read the full article from www.stuff.co.nz here

Getting their dux in a row...

Former dux of Avondale College, Victoria Piatov, was featured in the Herald on Sunday on 19/07/15.

Read the article here....



App-building Avondale students head to Microsoft Office World Champs

A group of app-building high school students are off to represent New Zealand at the Microsoft Office World Championships in the United States.

The group of Avondale College students make up six of the seven Kiwis going to Dallas, Texas next month to represent the country at the global competition...


NCE remains the exception for some schools

Education reporter Laura Walters features Avondale College in this article about  New Zealand schools which are choosing to offer alternative pathways such as Cambridge International Examinations.

Read the full article as seen on stuff.co.nz here.

NZ Herald: Scholarship crowns year of successes

Ethan Sorrell has been awarded a $100,000 Doug Myers Scholarship to study at Cambridge University.

Read the NZ Herald's article here...


Rising star puts in the hard yards

The Western Leader interviewed Lucy Makaea after she won nine medals at the national Surf Lifesaving champs in Mt Maunganui in February.

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NZ Herald: Aquathon


The Avondale senior mixed team of Caitlin Mann and Luke Fielding blitzed the field to take the Auckland schools aquathon title at St Kentigern last week.

Mann, a nationally-ranked swimmer for her age group, did the 750m ocean swim, followed by Fielding (winner of last year's NZ U18 road race and nationally-rated distance runner) in the run. Their time of 33 minutes 42 seconds was nearly 16 minutes clear of second place-getters Pinehurst.

The Year 13 students are now targeting the March 9 Auckland SS triathlon championships.

Source: NZ Herald 26/02/15

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Pupils on top of NZ for exam marks

Our top performing Cambridge students were interviewed by the Western Leader.

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Ruth Minturn to compete in Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney

Year 13 student Ruth Minturn has been selected for the New Zealand wrestling team to compete at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in February.

Click here to read her interview with the Western Leader...

Stuff.co.nz: Auckland students do well in Scholarship exams

News website www.stuff.co.nz picked up on Avondale College students' success in the 2014 Scholarship exam.

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TV1 News: Top of the world kiwi whiz kid nails Cambridge exams

Avondale College student Ethan Sorrell made television headlines with his top of the world success in Cambridge exams...

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School moves to protect rights to student-designed apps

The success of our Innovation Programme saw the NZ Herald report on the fact that Avondale College is receiving advice on protecting the IP on apps developed in class by students.

"An Auckland school is seeking legal advice on how to best protect the intellectual property of students who are designing and programming apps.

Avondale College is looking at how best to protect the work of students whose work could have commercial potential. The college has set up an Innovation Programme and this year a class of 28 had created apps with a wide range of purpose.

"We have some students developing apps that will actually automate the teaching and marking process in the education sector," said Paul McClean, a teacher involved in the innovation programme..."

Read the full article here.


TV3 News: Kiwi students take on the world and win

Year 13 student Shannon Metcalf was one half of a prize-winning team at the Fedex Express Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge Asia Pacific Finals.


TV1 News: Kiwi kids head to Disneyland for Microsoft competition

With all three competitors in the New Zealand team coming from Avondale College, TV1 caught up with our students as they headed to Anaheim for the Microsoft World Champs.

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Teens win trips to tech mecca

Four Avondale College students won trips to Silicon Valley on the strength of their ICT projects developed within the college's Innovation Programme.

Click here to read the article in the Western Leader.



Samoan group proud of its Polyfest success

The Western Leader featured our world-class Samoan group following their tenth win on the Polyfest co-ed Samoan stage in 2014.

Read the full article here.

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