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International Activity Programme

Our international students have had a superb two weeks enjoying the sights, sand and surf of New Zealand's beautiful outdoors during their end-of-year activity programme. We hope they have made many wonderful memories to take back with them when they head home over Christmas!

Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards

Congratulations to our students - swimmer Gabrielle Fa'amausili and weightlifter Kanah Andrews-Nahu who both won awards at the Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards!  Also winning on the night was Avcol Alumnus, cricketer Jeet Ravel!

Orbit dance show: Wed 25 and Thurs 26 October

The 2017 Dance Showcase: Orbit is on next week! The show runs for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday (25 + 26 October) at 7pm in the school theatre. Tickets are $2 each (or 3 for $5) and are available at the door. The programme incorporates contemporary dance, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and cultural forms of dance (including K-Pop, Pasifika styles, and Bollywood!) and is not to be missed!

Nine nominations for Showdown Awards

Congratulations to cast and crew for their superb efforts in producing Rock of Ages! The list for the Showdown Awards is out, and Avondale College has secured NINE nominations! These are: Best female soloist - Sophie Carter-Peters "Hilda Kleineman"

Best male soloist - David Tuitama "Stacee Jaxx"

Best performed choreography - whole cast

Best performance by a chorus - whole cast

Best male in a leading role in a musical - Dylan Terry ,"Lonny"

Best male in a leading role in a musical - Joshua Parker, "Drew"

Best female in a leading role in a musical - Kiara Fernandes, "Sherrie"

Best Musical Director - Mathew Stenbo

Best set design - Susan Elijas

Rock of Ages!

Rocking back to a time of big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair, a massive cast of nearly 90 students took to the stage last week to perform in Avondale College's five night run of Rock of Ages, (High School Edition).

The show featured classic 80s hits from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more. Audiences had "Nothin' but a Good Time" as they jammed out to reimagined renditions and mash-ups of "Don't Stop Believin,'" "Here I Go Again," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "The Final Countdown," and other rock favourites. Set during the tail end of the big, bad 1980s, Rock of Ages followed aspiring rock star Drew (Joshua Parker) and small-town girl Sherri (Kiara Fernandes) as they fight to save Hollywood's Sunset Strip.

Congratulations to all the students involved, and to the staff who worked so hard behind the scenes to bring the show to life!

Rock of Ages

September 18-23

Don't miss Avondale College's school show for 2017: Rock of Ages (High School Edition)

Aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes).

But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Sunset Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherrie, and the gang save the strip-and themselves-before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer.

Chris D'Arienzo created the five time Tony nominated musical Rock Of Ages, the 27th longest running show in Broadway history.

Rock of Ages 101: High School Edition has been adapted by the author and iTheatrics to create a version ready for high schools.

Book today by phoning Avondale College on (09) 820 1731 or email Elizabeth:

Meet Nadia Lim!

Avondale College is delighted to welcome Nadia home to celebrate the launch of her new book! For tickets, call in to the school office (8am-4pm) or purchase online at Eventfinda: Email for more information.

Top in NZ. Top 3 in the World!

Making to the top three in the world’s largest ICT competition is no easy task. To do it twice is extraordinary! Meet Jayden Cooke, who has now added a second medal and a cheque for USD$1,500 to his collection, following his success in the Excel 2016 category of the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in the USA in July/August.

Beating more than 670,000 contestants worldwide, Jayden (an Avondale College graduate and current intern at the college’s Innovation Programme) is just one of four Avondale College students who achieved top-ten results in the final round of the international competition.

It’s an extraordinary tally for the west Auckland secondary school, which has now achieved twelve world top-ten results including three medals since they began taking part four years ago.

The competition tests participants’ ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as they race against the clock to create unique project-based assignments.

Open to secondary and tertiary students aged 13 to 22, this year the competition grew to attract 1.1 million entries from 670,000 individuals in 122 countries.

Avondale College fielded the entire Australasian team of six at the international final after dominating the New Zealand finals for the fourth year running.

Only 200 finalists from 50 countries made it through to the world championship, and after an intense round of competition, the final tally saw New Zealand’s Avondale team score highly in the published results.

Three of Jayden’s teammates achieved top-ten in the world results: Shrey Tailor (Year 12) - fifth in Microsoft Excel 2013, Sebastian Thomas (Year 11) - eighth in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, and Ed Allison (Year 10) - eighth place in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.

“The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is inspiring – not only because these students won an impressive award, but because they have gained valuable workforce skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and career pursuits,” said Aaron Osmond, General Manager of certification provider and competition organiser, Certiport.

“The best part is watching the champions go home and then reporting back to us with all of the amazing things they are doing academically and in the workforce.”


Avcol´s got talent!

There's no doubt about it: Avondale's got talent! Wednesday's final of the annual Talent Quest was a night to remember with  instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers coming together to create a diverse and hugely entertaining evening. 

Returning to the Avondale College stage this year as a judge was musician (and alumnus) Thomas Stoneman (aka Thomston). He was joined on the judging panel by vocalist, song writer and producer Cherie Mathieson, and choreographer Eloise Gantuangco.

The night concluded with the much-anticipated items from the staff and prefects.


Congratulations to all who made it through to the finals, and in particular to the winners:

1st: Hip hop dancer Kiahan Simons-Tipau

2nd: Drummer Akhilesh Madhur (India meets Africa - a Rhythmic Journey)

3rd: BPM K-Pop Dance crew



Multiple Awards for Tauranga Jazz Festival

Term 1 concluded with the much-anticipated Tauranga Jazz Festival held at the Baycourt Theatre over Easter. Despite a delayed start due to Cyclone Cook, our Big Band and two Jazz Combos performed superbly, winning a gold award (Avondale Jazz Combo) and two silver awards (Big Band and Blue Note Combo).

Particular congratulations go to Kiara Ferandes who won the award for the best vocalist, and to James Poss who won the award for the best guitarist. These are astonishing achievements given the calibre of the students performing at this national event, and we warmly congratulate James, Kiara, and teacher-in-charge Mr Robinson for achieving such outstanding success.

The trip to Tauranga also included a four hour gig at the Tauranga Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning – the sixth year that we have performed here.  The chairs put out in front of our stage were full all morning as market goers enjoyed listening to jazz in the sunshine.


Avcol beats Polyfest record

With 13 groups performing in this year's ASB Polyfest, Avondale College is the leading school at the event. The NZ Herald caught up with our Filipino group as they prepared for their performance on the Diversity Stage...


Avcol IS the NZ team to the MOS World Champs

Avondale College will be sending seven national champions to the world finals of the Microsoft Office Specialist and Adobe Certified champs in the USA next month.  They have beaten approximately 1.3 million global competitors to make it there.
The Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. The students with the highest exam scores and lowest exam-taking times will represent their countries and compete at the World Championship to be held in Anaheim, California from 30 July to 2 August.
For the fourth year running Avondale College has dominated the national competition – with 2017 being the second year in a row that all finalists are from our school.
These students are the youngest and most high performing group ever – and they have yet to be coached in any way for their tests, so their potential for success at the international level is exciting!
The Avondale students can’t wait to be let loose on the global stage - in the past four years Avondale College students have achieved eight top-ten results (including one silver and one bronze); this group want to do even better!
MOS NZ Contestants for the World Champs:
Category: Microsoft Word 2013
Evan Ng (Y12)

Category: Microsoft Excel 2013
Shrey Tailor (Y12)

Category: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
Sebastian Thomas (Y11)

Word 2016

Christopher Tang (Y10)
Excel 2016
Jayden Cooke (Alumnus)
PowerPoint 2016
Ed Allison (Y10)
Adobe National Champion
Rita Zhong (Y11)


Dance Showcase

In recent years the Avondale College Dance Showcase has become one of the highlights on the school's Performing Arts calendar, and last week's performances showed once again the serious talent of our dance community.  With more than 120 students taking to the stage in the two hour show, the audience was treated to a variety of dance styles; from hip hop to jazz, ballet, contemporary and more.  Of particular note were the performances choreographed and performed by our Year 13 Scholarship students, with their dances communicating thought-provoking themes that were executed with imagination and technical expertise.

Congratulations to Director of Dance Clare Jennings, teacher of Dance Kiaya Lupi, and the many other staff, backstage helpers, costume designers and most of  all the performers for putting together such an entertaining evening of dance.



Athletics Day

Avondale students Walk the Line at NZ Fashion Week

Emma Richards models Lucy Parkinson's design at NZ Fashion Week. Photo by Luke Foley-Martin

Avondale students ‘walk the line’ at NZ Fashion Week

Eight Avondale designers took a step into the real world of fashion on Saturday, when their garments were modelled at the ‘Walk the Line’ show during New Zealand Fashion Week.

Organised by YMCA Auckland and Raise Up, the Walk the Line event gives young designers aged between thirteen and eighteen the opportunity to display their creativity on a world stage platform.

 Fashion Technology teacher Ms Shannon Freestone says the event was a great opportunity for students to showcase designs they had been working on in their NCEA senior classes. 

 “The show gave them real world experience - along with a concrete deadline to work towards,” she says.

 Also entering alongside Avondale’s seven senior students were two Year 9 students, designer Lucy Parkinson and model Emma Richards. Their garment was entered in the ‘recyclable’ category, meaning it had to be made from at least 80% recycled materials that are not used in everyday clothing.

Lucy’s stunning design caught the eye of fashion photographer Luke Foley-Martin, with photographs of her outfit featuring on the NZ Fashion Week website.  Check it out here!

Iris G wins Smokefreerockquest Solo/Duo 2016!

Congratulations to our talented singer/songwriter Iris Guevarra who won the top solo award at this year's national Smokefreerockquest competition...

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Double Gold for Avondale musicians

Avondale College Big Band performing at KBB Music Festival 2016. Photo by KBB official photograper.

Years of hard work is leading to the sweet sound of success for Avondale College musicians, whose String Ensemble and Big Band both won Gold awards at the prestigious Auckland-wide KBB Music festival.


Avondale’s String Ensemble (tutored by David Snelling and led by Genevieve Tang) not only won a Gold award, but they were one of only four chamber orchestras invited to play at the exclusive Gala Concert at the conclusion of the festival.


“It’s the culmination of years of work,” says Director of Music Mr Mathew Stenbo.  He notes the combination of students coming through the college’s Performing Arts Academy, the dedication of the tutors and the hard work of the students as key factors in their success. 


“To be standing alongside the best chamber orchestras from all the schools is wonderful recognition.”


Avondale College’s Head of Jazz, Michael Robinson, also attributes his students’ success to their passion for music combined with hard work and commitment over many years. 


“The majority of our senior Big Band students have come through the College’s jazz programme or Performing Arts Academy and have taken part in numerous co-curricular opportunities,” he says.


Silver medal for New Zealand at Microsoft ´Olympics´

At Microsoft’s version of the Olympics, New Zealand just won a silver medal.

Beating a pool of more than 700,000 hopeful competitors and 150 finalists from 40 countries, Avondale College student Aidan Sharpe (17) won second place in the PowerPoint competition at the 15th annual Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships held in Orlando, Florida last week.

The global competition tests the expertise of tech wizards aged 13-23 as they create documents and complete timed tasks in PowerPoint, Excel or Microsoft Word with accuracy and speed.  Convened by computer skills certification company Certiport, Aidan also took home a cash prize of USD$3,750.

Narrowly missing out on a medal was fellow Avondale College student Di Kun Ong, who placed fifth in the Microsoft Excel competition; the third consecutive year that he has achieved results within the world’s top ten. 

Australasia now boasts a total of eight top-ten place winners in the competition’s history. All eight have hailed from Avondale College.

Both Ong and Sharpe have also earned multiple industry-recognised Microsoft certifications as part of their involvement in Avondale College’s Innovation Programme.  The Auckland secondary school is now New Zealand’s largest provider of ICT industry qualifications.

“In today’s global economy these young people understand that Microsoft Office Specialist certification gives them an edge and prepares them for success,” says Bob Whelan, president of Pearson Assessments which owns Certiport.  “The competition is a lot of fun, but it also gives participants a valuable, industry-recognized certification on their resume.”

PowerPoint whiz Sharpe attributes his success in the competition to having developed creative thinking skills rather than rote learning.  “The task is more about engaging problem-solving skills – you just have to figure it out,” he says. 

His top tips for PowerPoint users: get to grips with the slide master feature, and always make sure your design suits the purpose of the presentation.

Prime Minister opens Atrium & A Block


Prime Minister John Key led the celebrations at the official opening of the third and final stage of Avondale College’s multi-million dollar rebuilding programme on Thursday 11 August.

In his speech the Prime Minister praised principal Brent Lewis and staff of the college, noting their significant contribution to the achievements of Avondale College as a top performing school.

He also applauded the use of timber from the old school that had been incorporated into feature beams in the new Atrium building.

“The building itself is remarkable,” said Mr Key, “… it speaks to the past and the history of the school. Avondale College has a deep history and a huge future in front of it.”

Principal Brent Lewis noted that the new buildings have accompanied record achievement by students at the college, in national and international examination results, outstanding University Entrance pass rates, and astonishing success in industry ICT certifications, of which Avondale College is now New Zealand’s leading provider.

Architects Jasmax won a New Zealand Architecture Award for the rebuild, with the judges’ citation stating that the completion of the four year project “at this large, aspirational state high school has given the community buildings that it can be inspired by and proud of.”

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.

"It wasn't so long ago that I was one of those kids in that assembly," said Pereira. "I always looked up to those athletes going to the Olympics, thought it was pretty amazing, so to be part of it is quite special."

Avondale College has a strong sporting tradition - the likes of Martin Guptill, Francis Meli, Emily Drumm and Sir Murray Halberg passed through the doors - and an established footballing reputation.

But to have almost one-quarter of the Football Ferns' Olympic squad is quite an achievement, especially as the school doesn't have the financial muscle of other institutions.

"When I was at school, it was one of the places to go to for women's football," said Yallop, a 12-year veteran of the Ferns who made her debut as a seventh former in 2004. "There was Hayley [Bowden], Maia Jackman and Kristy Hill, while Amber [Hearn] was a couple of years older than me."

The fourth member of the quartet is midfielder Hassett, who has played professionally in England and Germany since her school days.

"I've seen a couple of teachers today. It all feels very familiar," said Hassett. "Someone like Kirsty [Yallop] inspired me a lot. When you saw someone at your school playing for New Zealand you realised what was possible."

The hundreds of pupils at today's announcement created a special energy, but there were few surprises in Readings' squad. It's easily the most experienced team in Ferns' history, with five players boasting more than 100 caps (Abby Erceg, Katie Duncan, Hearn, Ria Percival and Ali Riley) and another six who have more than 70 appearances. There are seven players who played in both Beijing and London, and only two members of the squad have yet to experience an Olympics.

"It makes such a difference when you have been there, done that," said Yallop. "It means you are more prepared for everything that might happen."

And just like they did before the 2015 Women's World Cup, Readings and his team aren't holding back from making bold pronouncements.

"It's the strongest team we have ever assembled," said Readings. "We are going there to win a gold medal. Whether people think that it is realistic or not, we are not really bothered. We have set gold medal standards. Everything we do is [around aiming] to be the best in the world. We will take it one game at a time and once you get out of your group you are a game away from a medal. We will strive for the top spot and do the best we can."

NZ Olympic squad: Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City), Katie Duncan (FC Zurich), Abby Erceg (Western New York Flash), Anna Green (Malbackens IF), Sarah Gregorius (Speranza FC Osaka-Takatsuki), Betsy Hassett (Werder Bremen), Amber Hearn (USV Jena), Annalie Longo (Cashmere Technical), Meikayla Moore (Norwest United), Erin Nayler (Norwest United), Ria Percival (USV Jena), Jasmine Pereira (Three Kings United), Ali Riley (FC Rosengard), Rebecca Rolls (Three Kings Utd), Rebekah Stott (SC Sand), Rosie White (Liverpool), Hannah Wilkinson (University of Tennessee), Kirsty Yallop (Malbackens IF).

By Michael Burgess - NZ Herald

Students win Excellence awards at Jazz festival

Avondale College’s combos Poss and the Possibilities and Dale JC both came away with Excellence Awards for their performances at the New Zealand School of Music’s Jazz Project competition in Wellington from 8th-11th June.


As part of the project, the students also attended workshops with world renowned jazz educators Karrin Allyson, Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse and Joe La Barbera.


Over the four days the students attended two to three concerts every day, including international artists Wayne Shorter and Snarky Puppy.


Students off to national Shakespeare competition

Transporting a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ to a modern reality television show proved to be a winning idea for a group of Avondale drama students who are now on their way to the national finals of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition in Wellington in June.

The group of six (Sammie Campbell, Sammie Rae, Jiwoo Oh, Arjuna De Simas-Oakes, Xavier Loretz, and Jahaan Nordien) won the Auckland competition in April, with teacher Mr Ben Moore’s re-write of the famous ‘casket’ scene for the 15 minute teacher-led section of the competition.  In this scene Portia’s suitors are presented with three caskets, and asked to choose one – if he chooses the one with her portrait inside, he will win her hand in marriage.

It’s a scene well-suited to a Bachelor-style treatment, and the drama students thoroughly enjoyed hamming it up, complete with suitably dramatic (and cheesy) music played live by Arjuna.

In the process the students gained a new appreciation for the 400 year old play. 

“The scene was confusing at first,” said Xavier, “but modernising the setting helped to open up the language.  You realise that Shakespeare means so much more than what you see on the surface.” 

Polyfest 2016

Science field trip to Mt Mangere

Four classes of Year 12 Science students hit the slopes of Mt Mangere on Friday, as part of their Level 2 Earth Space Science topic. From the top of the mountain, students were able to gather panoramic views of some of Auckland’s (nearly 50!) volcanoes, as well as photograph volcanic rock samples at the site. The Auckland Domain was also part of the day’s trip, as another excellent example of volcanic activity in our region.

Two friends at the top of the world

First in the world results: Camille Balducci and Bronwen Lamb

Two Avondale College students gained the world’s top marks in two Cambridge International Examinations in 2015.

Camille Balducci (16) was first in the world for Cambridge International Examinations AS French, and Bronwen Lamb (16) was first in the world for AS Geography, making it the fourth consecutive year that students from Avondale College have topped the world in the international exams. 

“It was a very unexpected result,” says Bronwen. “It was a really difficult exam – three hours long – and it took all of that time.”

Bronwen’s time in all her exams was obviously well spent – she achieved straight A grades in all five of her CIE subjects, including 96% in Geography, 90% in Psychology and 89% in History. 

Camille Balducci also topped the world in her subject, AS French.

“I wasn’t expecting such a great result,” she says. “French grammar trips everyone up… I was very, very happy!” 

Camille and Bronwen were presented with awards recognising their achievement at a ceremony held by the Association of Cambridge Schools in New Zealand on Thursday 25 February.


Excellent Scholarship results for Avondale students

Avondale College's Scholarship winners, and their teachers

Avondale College students once again achieved excellent results in the 2015 NZQA Scholarship examinations, with a total of 46 Scholarships awarded, including five Outstanding Scholarships, and one Outstanding Scholar Award winner.

Regarded as the most prestigious secondary school award available in New Zealand, around 8000 students participated in the 2015 examinations, with only 2381 students nationwide being awarded one or more subject scholarships.

Avondale College students received 46 scholarships across fifteen subjects; four gained Outstanding Scholarships (Jaclyn Chetty (two); Favor Nweke, Ka Ho Lam and Daniel Shorrock).  Five students achieved scholarships in three or more subjects (Jaclyn Chetty, Alysha Johnson, Favor Nweke, Kartikey Vyas and Johnny Zhang). Two students (Rokaya Islam and Ki Kun Ong) received scholarships while still in Year 12, with Rokaya achieving in two subjects (Calculus and Statistics).

Jaclyn Chetty’s excellent results across all her Scholarship examinations were recognised with her also winning an Outstanding Scholar Award.

Avondale’s Scholarship award winners were recognised at a special assembly on Wednesday 17 February, where they were presented with the prestigious Avondale College Scholars badge.

“The students gaining New Zealand Scholarship are the best of the best,” says NZQA Deputy Chief Executive, Kristine Kilkelly, “and their hard work throughout the school year is reflected in these results.”

“Congratulations to all students on their achievements.”

Athletics Day 2016

Avondale's annual school-wide athletics day was a fun event that saw some serious (and some not-so-serious) competition on the field and track!

Lean on Me - Junior performs on TVNZ´s Good Morning show

When Head Boy Junior Soqueta joined with some other students in singing an impromptu rendition of "Lean on Me" at the Stand Up Stand Out semifinals, the clip went viral, with more than half a million views. This morning Junior and two other friends from Aorere College and Manurewa High School regrouped to give a soulful performance on TVNZ's Good Morning show.

Check it out on Good Morning's Facebook page here....


´Footloose´ wins choreography award

Congratulations to the entire cast of 'Footloose' whose dancing won the Best Performed Choreography Award at the Showdown Awards on Friday 6 November!

Top teaching award for Mr Irwin

Avondale College's Director of Science, Mr Philip Irwin, has received a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in recognition of his excellence in teaching. Mr Irwin was presented with the award at today's senior assembly.

The late Sir Woolf Fisher was a passionate supporter of education in New Zealand. In 1960 he founded the Woolf Fisher Trust for the advancement of scientific and general education in New Zealand through its prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

Woolf Fisher Fellowships provide overseas study and travel for outstanding secondary school principals and teachers, polytechnic senior managers and, most recently, primary and intermediate school principals.

National architecture award for Avondale!

Avondale College was awarded the top prize in the Education section of the New Zealand Architecture awards on Friday 30 October.

The redevelopment of Avondale College is one of the biggest school rebuilding programmes in New Zealand and the Jasmax work there won an education category award, praised for "producing an outstanding new learning environment. This is a school for kids - busy and purposeful but never regimented or patronising".

Read more: NZ Herald Article


Avondale College wins National Architecture Award

Avondale College wins National Institute of Architecture Award

As one of 28 winners announced at the NZIA awards ceremony hosted on Friday 30 October, we’re extremely proud to congratulate Avondale College and the project and contractor teams, who dedicated four years to making this exciting three-stage development a success.

One of the largest school rebuilding programmes in New Zealand’s history, a study of the internal performance temperature of the classrooms within Avondale College concludes the newly built thermomass classrooms are 2.8 degrees warmer*.

Working closely with an integrated Jasmax architecture and landscape architecture team, and dedicated contractor team, the design has “Deploy[ed] the language of an urban street, the arrangement of confident buildings and courtyards, which are given texture and interest via textured concrete formwork and coloured plywood paneling, [it] must surely energise and affirm its pupils each day.” - NZIA Citation

The Board’s vision to create a modern, future-focused and cohesive campus came to fruition over a four year period.

Directly raising funds for certain initiatives within the design, the project has succeeded in creating an urban streetscape within an interconnected campus.  

Sustainable initiatives were integrated throughout the 92 new and refurbished teaching and resource spaces. Professor Bin Su of UNITEC has already completed and published a first paper on the internal temperature performance of thermomass (or heavy weight construction) in classrooms during winter. He compared heavy weight, lightweight and prefab classrooms at the school. The conclusion is that these classrooms are 2.8 degrees warmer* than the insulated light weight structure classrooms.

“A multi-stage redevelopment of a large secondary school has produced an outstanding new learning environment that meets contemporary needs while keeping continuity with the school’s particular pedagogical legacy. The school may have lost its old buildings, but it has kept its heart. This is a school designed for kids; although it retains its traditional character and classroom organisation, it is not regimented or patronising – deliberately, there is scope for random movement along its streetscapes. All spaces are treated as rooms of their own, and are pleasingly proportioned. The school is robust and purposeful; the drama of movement is especially evident in the big central courtyard funded, as were many of the school’s sustainability features, above and beyond standard Ministry of Education provisions by a Board ambitious for students’ progress in education and early life.” - NZIA Judges’ Citation


Dance Show

An outstanding showcase of dance was presented by Avondale College students in their two nights of performance on 28 and 29 October. With styles ranging from hip hop to tap; rock n' roll to jazz, and performances by senior and Scholarship Dance students, there was a multitude of creative talent on display. Congratulations to all who took part!

Avondale welcomes home Nadia

Nadia Lim launches lifestyle cookbook at former high school

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

This latest endeavour has proven a labour of love and "one of the hardest", Lim says, because it wasn't just a cookbook, it's a lifestyle book. 

"I get a lot of emails and messages from people asking for advice on healthy meals to lose weight. I used to go to the effort of writing individual dietary plans and then I thought why don't I just do a book?"

The book contains 100 recipes of healthy meal ideas accompanied by exercise tips that form a 12-week programme aimed at helping people lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

"I want people to be able to do something like this for the rest of their lives, it's not a short-term fix.

"It's a sustainable approach and focuses on the positives. It looks at what you should be eating instead of saying what you shouldn't."

Since winning Masterchef in 2011, Lim's career has been a whirlwind of success tied in with good old-fashioned hard work. She is achieving all those goals she wrote in her yearbook.

As well as four published cookbooks, the qualified dietician is the co-founder of food business My Food Bag which encourages households to try new recipes with premium ingredients.

She is in the process of launching the business in Australia which sees her on a plane at least three to four times a week.

"My Food Bag is changing people's lives. People tell me they are cooking things they haven't before, they're holding dinner parties – that's gold for me."

Nadia Lim's Fresh Start Cookbook launch is at Avondale College Atrium, 51 Victor St, on August 31 at 6pm.

Tickets cost $10 including refreshments and can be purchased from Avondale College School office, Paper Plus Browns Bay, Remuera, Glenfield and Meadowbank or online at Eventfinda.

 - Stuff

Avondale students amongst top ranks at world Microsoft competition

Avondale College world class: Azizul Islam, Ellen Greenly and Di Kun Ong


Three Avondale College students have beaten more than half a million competitors from around the globe to place in the top ten in the world finals of the Microsoft Office Specialist championships – for the second year in a row.

This year the international competition attracted more than 600,000 competitors from 145 countries, including many from universities and other tertiary providers. Only 145 of the world’s best made it to the finals in Dallas in August – and following the New Zealand final, (in which Avondale students won 11 of the top 12 places) six of these international competitors were from Avondale College. 

When the final results were announced last week, three Avondale students were once again named in the top ten of their various categories. Ellen Greenly (18) came ninth in Microsoft Word 2010; Azizul Islam (16) placed ninth in PowerPoint 210; and Di Kun Ong (16), ninth in PowerPoint 2013. 

What is particularly significant is that, unlike many of their competitors who spend many months of intense preparation in the lead up to the event, these kiwi world-beaters hadn’t come through an official Microsoft course. 

Instead the Avondale students have all been part of the college’s ground-breaking Innovation Programme, where Microsoft applications are just one small part of the platforms they use every day to solve real-world challenges.

Teacher Paul McClean attributes the students’ success to their ability to think holistically and apply intuitive and creative solutions to complex problems while under pressure. 

“These astonishing kids are going from strength to strength, “ says McClean. “And not by learning productivity tools or even other technologies, but by relishing the chance to think. This is having a heartwarming and profound effect on shaping their values, skills, and importantly, how they see the world.”

Of course, making it to the top is never without its dramas: a change to quota rules meant that with only two weeks to go, the Avondale students found out that they couldn’t compete in their preferred application. Then a lightning strike to their plane delayed their flight to the US, leading to a mad dash to ensure connecting flights were boarded with only minutes to spare. 

The students took it all in their stride, determined to make the most of every opportunity – whether that was performing well under the intense exam-room pressure; connecting with other students from around the world; or sprinting from location to location in a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing spree.

“It’s a good feeling to be placed in the top ten in the world,” says Year 12 student Azizul Islam. “And now we really want to strive to do even better next year.”


  For more information:

Susan Elijas

Communications Manager
Avondale College

021 244 5459

Paul McClean

Innovation Programme
Avondale College

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Jazz Combo wins Platinum award

Convincing a panel of judges to award your band a score of over 90% is no easy feat, but such is the calibre of Avondale's Jazz Combo this year that they managed just that - taking away a Platinum Award at the finals of the annual Auckland School Jazz Competition on Saturday 15 August.

The Avondale College band was one of only four Auckland schools to make it into the finals following their performance in the semi-finals in which they showcased a variety of jazz styles, including bossa/latin and swing. 

Saturday's performance put them in the top three, alongside Lynfield College and Rangitoto College.

Congratulations to teacher Mike Robinson and the combo members:


Alysha competing at International Geography Olympiad in Russia

International Geography Olympiad scholar, Alysha Johnson

Representing New Zealand at International Geography Olympiad in Russia from 11 to 17 August is Year 13 student Alysha Johnson. 

Alysha is one of only four students making up the New Zealand team at this competition, which tests the very best Geography students from 41 countries in their subject knowledge and application of geographic concepts and processes.

In addition to the competition itself, Alysha will also have the opportunity to sight-see and explore the surrounding area with the 150 other contestants.

We wish her well!

Filmmakers inspire Media students

Director of 'Syrenia', Fraser Grut and actor Tom Grut at Avondale College

Year 12 and 13 Media Studies students gained a unique insight into their study of funding and marketing in the New Zealand Film Industry on Wednesday, with the visit of filmmakers (and former students of Avondale College) Fraser and Tom Grut.

The brothers spoke to the students about the process of directing (Fraser) and acting in (Tom) their new film, ‘Syrenia’, which tells the story of a young boy who creates a fantasy world through the lens of his home movie camera after the untimely death of his parents.

Their visit gave our students an insight into the reality of being young filmmakers in New Zealand, and the process of creating a film – all the way from scripting and production through to post-production and distribution.

'Syrenia', which is Fraser’s first feature film, will be screening at the Rialto cinema, Newmarket 10-13th August.

Book tickets here: 

Meet Nadia Lim at Avondale College!

Monday 31 August, Avondale College Atrium, 6pm, $10


Join us for great evening with the very talented Nadia Lim of My Food Bag, My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef fame, as she returns to her former school, Avondale College.

It's an amazing chance to meet this New Zealand icon in person and to hear of her adventures in food so far. It will be a wonderful evening of laughter, fun and fabulous talk about food. Nadia will captivate us with stories of her travels and business, her love for cooking and the terrific recipes in her new book, 'Nadia Lim's Fresh Start Cookbook'. You will learn how delicious, nutricious and easy her meals are to cook for yourself and family.

Tickets to this event are limited, and there is only one event in Auckland, so be in quick!

Nadia's book will be available to purchase on the evening, and she will personally sign them for you.

Refreshments are included in the ticket price, so see you there at 6.00pm when you can socialise with your friends and get your book signed by Nadia, before she begins to speak at 6.30pm. Nadia will be available for signing afterwards as well.

Tickets are $10, and are available from the school office, or from


Avondale College and HP New Zealand announce innovation partnership

6 July 2015 – Avondale College and HP New Zealand have today announced a strategic partnership which will see them collaborate to transform Avondale College from a legacy-based education paradigm to a new, digitally-enabled, learning and innovation model.

The partnership signals a commitment by Avondale College to incorporate innovative, design and critical thinking into its curriculum and expose students and teachers to the potential of technology, so that they may actively contribute to the fast-changing world around them.

“In addition to the overhaul of our ICT infrastructure, this partnership represents our greater strategic focus on introducing innovation practices into the school and driving positive change in the curriculum,” said Brent Lewis, Avondale College Principal.

“We recognise success in the world is increasingly influenced by new knowledge, industries, and technical advances. Our ability to develop capability and the talent of those who will become our future generators of intellectual property, products and services is critical to how we will compete in the global marketplace as a nation.”

“New Zealand’s ICT skills shortage is well-documented so we are delighted to be partnering with HP New Zealand to address this challenge and help our students to gain real-world success.”

The initiative will see the full redesign and update of Avondale College’s technology environment, including its systems architecture, digital software and tools – from an administrative level right through to curriculum delivery.

Students involved in the college’s ground breaking Innovation Programme will also have the opportunity to add HP’s Accredited Technical Associate qualifications to their already impressive portfolios. 

Avondale College and HP New Zealand also intend to establish an Incubation Hub for the identification, testing and implementation of innovative ideas and solutions.

Keith Watson, HP New Zealand Managing Director said: “Avondale College has long positioned itself as a leader in the education space. We are pleased to be able to support its innovative vision and collaborate to create a 21st Century learning environment, leveraging the combination of our local and global capability and experience.”

“It is important for HP as a representative of industry to take a leadership role in promoting ICT as a career and providing Kiwi kids with the tools and skills they will need to succeed into the future.”

Avondale College is one of New Zealand’s largest secondary schools with over 2600 students, including 150 international students, 160+ staff and provides an outstanding and broad academic curriculum, sporting and community services.


For more on Avondale's Innovation Programme, follow this link...

Avcol students off to the Microsoft World Champs

Avondale College students are once again proving they are world class, having won six of the seven places in the New Zealand team heading to compete in the Microsoft World Championships in Dallas, Texas, in August.

Di Kun Ong, Bronwen Lamb, Nathan Lee, Aiden Sharpe, Muhammad (Azizul) Islam and Ellen Greenly all won the right to compete in the international event after gaining exceptional results in the national competition held last month. In fact the Avondale students blitzed the competition, gaining 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in every Microsoft 2013 Office application except PowerPoint, (where, unofficially, only the competition’s elegibility criteria prevented an Avondale first).

Making it to the finals is no small feat. Each year around 750,000 students from 130 countries enter the Microsoft Office Specialist championships, with only just over one hundred making to the finals.

Avcol band wins second place in Smokefree Rockquest

Rocking their way to second place in the West Auckland regional finals of the Smokefree Rockquest on Saturday night was Avondale College's band, The Kicking, Screaming Love Machine.

The six piece band (Oscar McFarlane, Cullen Erson, Zain Azimullah, Josh Parker, Myke Prayoncorn and Arjuna De Simas Oakes) performed two original compositions to win a top-two spot in the hotly-contested competition, which gives them a shot at the national finals in September.

Drummer - and vocalist - Joshua Parker also won the MAINZ musicianship award for his outstanding performance on the night.

The band now has the challenge of putting together two new original pieces and a music video to win one of only nine places in September's grand national final.

Check out this video of the regional heats:

Architectural award for Avondale College

Avondale College's 40 million dollar rebuild has received an award at the 2015 Auckland Architecture Awards in the Education category.

The New Zealand Institute of Archicture recognised Jasmax’s three-stage, four-year project at Avondale College as a project with a positive communal effect. “The arrangement of confident buildings and courtyards must surely energise and affirm pupils each day,” the jury said.

"The completion of a three-stage, four-year project at this large, aspirational state high school has given its community buildings that it can be inspired by and proud of. Deploying the language of an urban street, the arrangement of confident buildings and courtyards, which are given texture and interest via textured concrete formwork and coloured plywood paneling, must surely energise and affirm its pupils each day. The environment within which they easily move is assured and sophisticated, the well-appointed teacher work rooms must be a delight to their users, and the retention of a wing of the school’s historic early buildings is to be applauded. "

Avondale College will be will now be considered for 2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced this November.

Avcol students join in with APO´s massive orchestra for NZ Music Month

Being part of a 400-strong orchestra was an amazing experience for some of our most talented junior musicians as they took part in the 'Bring it Together' event held at the Vodafone Events Centre on 12 May.

The special day was organised by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, and involved school orchestras, bands and choirs from over 60 schools. Musicians from the APO joined forces with the students to play popular orchestral repertoire en masse. The programme included Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' theme, ‘Happy Happy’ from Ren Stimpy, Tchaikovsky's 'Marche Slave' and David Hamilton's 'Call to Arms'.

Led by New York conductor and educator extraordinare Beth Cohen, this mass performance of up to 1000 students was a part of the APO's celebration of New Zealand Music Month. 

To view a slideshow of the event, visit the APO's website here.

Talent Quest 2015

Sir Graham inspires 1st XV at rugby launch

Sir Graham Henry presents the Avondale College 1st XV with their jerseys for the 2015 season

Rugby coaching legend Sir Graham Henry is no stranger to presenting black and white jerseys to talented rugby players – but this time the jerseys had the Avondale kiwi rather than the silver fern on the front.

Guest of honour at the college’s launch of the 1st XV’s rugby season, Sir Graham - ‘Ted’ - inspired a room full of rugby players – girls and boys - drawing their attention to the college’s HEART values as a way of carrying the school’s culture onto the rugby field.

His advice was simple: “Not easy, but simple,” he said. Have fun – the more fun you have the better you play. And make good mates – the relationships developed with team mates will be ones that last for life. 

He encouraged the players to work hard, develop their culture, and to work on simple ways of showing this on the field. “You guys have real ability,” he said. “Have the structure, then express yourselves within that. It’s what ‘team’s’ all about.”

The Avondale College rugby season commences for boys on 2 May and for girls on 4 May.


ANZAC day commemorated at Avondale College

A Field of Remembrance and a WWI timeline running the length of the transverse corridor are just two of the ways ANCAC day is being commemorated at Avondale College.

Organised by a student steering committee under the guidance of history teacher Ms Clementine Fraser, a special ceremony was held after school on Wednesday 22 April, during which 30 white crosses were placed in specially consecrated ground between the library and A Block. Each cross represents a soldier with connections to the Avondale area who lost their life during the Great War.

An informative and visually stimulating display gives more insight into the events of the war, with students having worked on creating the timeline in their own time during the school holidays. The timeline focuses on 22 key events of the war, and has at its centre a stunning wreath of handmade poppies made by Mrs Shannon Freestone and fashion technology students.

Students can find out more about the historic event and discover links with family members who were involved, by visiting the college library where special information pods have been established.

Ethan wins $100,000 scholarship



News of Ethan Sorrell's scholarship to Cambridge is spreading far and wide! (See below!)

Read the NZ Herald's article here...


Kiwi philanthropist awards full scholarship to 18 year-old to Cambridge


24 March 2015

A scholarship funded by businessman Sir Douglas Myers for a future New Zealand leader to study at Cambridge University has been awarded to exceptional 18 year-old Ethan Sorrell from Waterview, Auckland.

Last year, while studying at Avondale College, Ethan came first in the world in the Cambridge International exams for both Psychology and Biology, was top in New Zealand for A level Chemistry and Physics, and achieved the best average score among New Zealand students across any three A-level subjects.  He also came top in Scholarship Physics.

The Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship provides an opportunity for students to complete undergraduate study at Gonville and Caius College, at the University of Cambridge (UK) - one of the most prestigious universities in the world.  The Scholarship, worth approximately NZ$100,000 over three years will provide Ethan with his tuition fees and a living allowance.

Ethan who is currently at the University of Auckland, will take up the scholarship to study bioengineering in October this year.

Ethan says, “I want to solve real world problems that can help improve the quality of people’s lives worldwide.  My dream is to take part in research to do with the brain and the use of the nervous system, to develop thought-controlled prostheses.  I aim to enable those who have lost limbs to lead lives parallel to those who haven’t.”

While at Avondale College, Ethan was awarded a silver medal at the International Biology Olympiad for secondary school students held in Bali last year.  As well as achieving high grades, he was also the Deputy Head Boy, represented the school in the 1st XI football team, and was co-organiser of the school ball.  In addition he represented Auckland in the national track and field championships, competing in the high jump and long jump.

In announcing the scholarship, Mr John Taylor, Chair of the selection panel said, “It is Sir Douglas Myers’ hope that the scholars will be great ambassadors for New Zealand wherever they are in the world, whether or not they return home in the near future".

Universities New Zealand, formerly the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, administers this scholarship, in addition to 40 other undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, each year.


Polyfest slideshow...


Avcol cheers on Martin Guptill

Avondale College was cheering on Martin Guptill as the former Deputy Head Boy blazed a record-setting 237 not out against the West Indies at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday...

Martin was drafted into the Avondale College First XI in third form, and played goal keeper for the school's First XI football side, plus stints with rugby, softball and Kilikiti...

Read more about his success in the Herald's article here...


Polyfest Community Evenings

Students have been working hard perfecting their routines for the upcoming Polyfest event to be held in Manukau from 19-21 March.

Parents and the wider school community will have the opportunity to view these performances at a  series of shows held in the Performing Arts Centre.

All performances commence at 7pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation, with the exception of the the Samoan Fiafia concert - tickets for this event are $10, with tickets available from the Samoan Group members and payment to be made at the door.


MONDAY 16 March: Diversity Groups (African, Chinese, Fijian, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Sri Lankan and Thai)

TUESDAY 17 March: Tongan Group

WEDNESDAY 18 March: Samoan Group

THURSDAY 19 March: Niuean Group


Jazz Combo perform at Kauri Karnival

Contributing to the fun family vibe at the Kauri Karnival at Parr’s Park on Sunday 8 March was Avondale College’s Jazz Combo. The band played from 2pm until 4pm and were headliners for the renown ukulele band, The Nukes.

The festival was a free family event organised by Auckland Council, celebrating kauri and raising awareness on kauri dieback disease.


Cambridge students honoured at awards ceremony

Top Scholar Ethan Sorrell is awarded the John Morris Scholarshiop for the Top A Level Student in New Zealand's Cambridge Exams for 2014

Our highest achieving students received their awards at the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Dinner held at Westlake Boys' High School on Thursday 19 February.

At this event, Avondale's outstanding scholar Ethan Sorrell was awarded the ACSNZ John Morris Scholarship for the top A Level student in New Zealand, a scholarship which has a value of $10,000.


Pupils on top of NZ for exam results

Featured in the Western Leader on 18/02/15 are our high-achieving Cambridge Scholars...

Read the article here


Hot off the press is the very latest ERO report on Avondale College!

The report concludes:

"Avondale College provides a high standard of education. It offers students a broad, well designed curriculum that is responsive to their diverse needs and aspirations. Students achieve well and take pride in their school. High quality self review underpins the board’s strategic decision making and planning.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years."

Read the full report here...

or download your copy by following the link below.

Related Links > Avondale College ERO Report 21/01/2015

Evening for Parents/Caregivers of Year 9 Students

All parents and caregivers of Year 9 students are warmly invited to the school on Tuesday 10 February at 7:00pm. (We are meeting in the school theatre.)

You will receive information about much of what we have to offer our community in terms of activities, support, curriculum, the Family Connection and the online services that are available to you.

There will also be an opportunity to meet the Principal, Deans and your child's homeroom teacher.

We look forward to meeting you and further developing our relationship with you for the benefit of your child.


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

Watch Ethan being interviewed on TV One News here!


A high achieving youngster has his sights set on a prestigious scholarship after topping the world in this year's Cambridge International Exams (CIE).

Aucklander Ethan Sorrell hopes to soon be packing his bags for Cambridge, England.

"I've applied for a scholarship to Cambridge which is what I really wanna do, the ultimate goal is to get into biomedical research to improve the lives of people really through biomedical engineering," he told ONE News.

The aspirations come after the 18-year-old Avondale College student achieved the rare feat of coming top of the world in both psychology and biology. He's also first in New Zealand in chemistry and physics.

Achieving a premium award for topping the country in three A-level subjects, Ethan says there've been no shortcuts to his success.

"It's about two, three months of just studying every day."
Ethan chose to do the CIE system over NCEA while he was deputy head boy at the decile four school.

"I liked the way it was examined, I liked getting a percentage to know exactly where you fit in rather than an excellence or a merit which could mean anything really," he said.

The Cambridge education system is hugely popular, more than one-and-a-half million students sit the exams every year. Avondale is among more than 60 NZ schools that offer it along with NCEA.

Ethan's father David Sorrell says he has never had to tell his son to do his homework.
"All we do is support him in what he's doing, never ever had to push him, never had to say why don't you go do some work."



Top Cambridge results!

Great news received today from the Cambridge International Examinations centre: Avondale College students have come top in the world in two subjects and top in New Zealand in five subjects as well as achieving one overall award.

Receiving top honours is Ethan Sorrell who not only topped New Zealand in A Level Chemistry and Physics, but came first in the world in Psychology and Biology. In addition, Ethan also received the ‘Best Across Three Cambridge International A Levels’ award which recognises his achievements as New Zealand’s top Cambridge scholar. 


Also receiving top national awards were Pooja Nagaraj who came first in New Zealand in IGCSE Business Studies; Run Qi (Ery) Zhu – top in AS Level Physics; and Jayden Cooke who rounded off his impressive year with top in NZ for A Level Applied ICT.


Congratulations to all of the staff who have contributed to these students' success and especially their subject teachers in 2014: Helen Lowe, Paul McClean, David Farquhar, Jane Berry, Phil Irwin, Sally Bowden and Jason Smallman!

 27 Jan 2015


Cambridge AS and A Level exams were taken in 127 countries across 2000 schools, with more than 435,000 subject entries last year. This is the third consecutive year in which impressive results have been achieved by Avondale College CIE students.


2014: Top in World: Psychology A Level, Biology A Level; Top in NZ: IGSCE Business Studies, AS Level Physics, A Level Applied ICT, A Level Physics, A Level Chemistry

2013: Top in World AS Applied ICT; Top in NZ in AS Level Psychology

2012: Top in World AS Psychology; Top in NZ in IGCSE Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting

Junior Prizegiving 2014

Congratulations to all our students who received awards at this year's Junior Prizegiving.

For a full list of recipients, please follow the link below.



Related Links > Junior Prizegiving Booklet 2014

Avondale College well represented at YSPOTY Awards

The ASB Young Sports Person of the Year Awards is designed to recognise the sporting achievements of high school students reaching their highest pinnacle across multiple sporting codes across the Auckland Region. The Awards were held at Eden Park on Thursday 20 November. This year there were five students from Avondale College who had been identified for their sporting categories.

Natasha van Tilburg – Cricket Girls
Luke Fielding – Distance Running
Gabrielle Fa’amausili – Swimming
Daxxon Vong – Badminton
Ruth Minturn - Wreslting

Three out of our five finalists won their categories: Natasha van Tilburg, Gabrielle Fa’amausili – winning the award for the second year in a row and Ruth Minturn also winning the award for the second year in a row. Gabrielle won the “ASB Young Sportswomen of the Year” award last year and was nominated for the award again this year. The ASB Young Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year went to students from Kings College and Takapuna Grammar School. It was a fantastic evening and all students should be extremely proud of their efforts this year.  

Francis to travel for US Youth Leadership Exchange

Francis Flores has been selected to participate in the US Embassy Youth Leadership Exchange programme, which will take place in the USA from 30 November.  Only 18 high school students from across Australia and New Zealand were chosen for the three week educational exchange opportunity. The primary theme is civic education and community service and the secondary theme is environmental issues and climate change. They will begin on the west coast in Portland, Oregan or Seattle, Washington. Finally, they will travel to Washington, D.C. for the 'Synthesis Workshop'. We are looking forward to seeing what fun follow-on activities he will bring back to Avondale College. Congratulations, Francis!

NZ Herald Article: School years full of positives

ear 13 student from Avondale College Alisa Samountry studying at her dining table. Photo / Jason Oxenham


Featuring on Page A12-13 of today's New Zealand Herald is Year 13 student Alisa Samountry!


School years full of positives

Alisa Samountry is just weeks away from wrapping up years of New Zealand schooling.
The 17-year-old Avondale College student sat a chemistry exam yesterday afternoon, with her final end-of-year exam on December 1.

Now considering what to study at university, with bio-technology a possibility, she said a combination of factors had made her school years a pleasure.

Near the top were teachers that went the extra distance and were also relatable.
"They don't just treat you like children. They get along with us, are down-to-earth and genuine.
"Our teachers always offer tutorials after school, and make clear if we have any questions they are there for us."

Alisa said the number of extra-curricular opportunities offered at Avondale - she was a member of the school show and played premiere hockey - had also ensured her enjoyment of school.

The size of the school, at about 2670 students, was a positive, too: "every day you see a new face".




Read the full article from the NZ Herald website here:


Sports Awards Dinner

Avondale College's top sports men and women received their prizes at the College's annual Sports Awards Dinner on Thursday 21 October. Guest speaker and All Black Patrick Tuipuloto entertained the audience with his after dinner speech before presenting the top awards.

Congratulations to all who received prizes at this special event.

For a full list of award recipients, please download the document below.


Related Links > Sports Awards Recipients 2014

Junior wins Unitec Songwriting Competition!

Junior Soqeta (centre) with Unitec representatives Psalms Marsters and Patrick Mose

Congratulations to talented musician Junior Soqeta who has beaten amateur and professional songwriters of all ages to win the overall prize in the Unitech Songwriting competition.

Junior’s song – written and sung in Fijian – gathered more than 3,800 views on YouTube to win the People’s Choice award. In addition to the kudos, Junior won $1000 in prize money. 

The competition was run by Unitec, to promote and celebrate Pasifika languages through music.

You can view Junior's song here:

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