• Long Bay College students learned about business and fashion on their trip to the USA.
  • Nicola West
  • Nicola's winning artwork on display at Auckland's Botanical Gardens.

Student trip to the USA 

During the school holidays this autumn, a group of 11 Long Bay College students had the incredible experience of travelling to the United States for a two-week action-packed trip, focusing on learning opportunities in business and fashion.

The purpose of the trip was to gain experience of how big business fashion designers work, as well as to broaden the students’ awareness of the wider business and fashion world. The first stop was New York. The group experienced a behind-the-scenes visit to retail giant Macy’s, where they learned about product placement. They also visited Madame Tussauds to gain an understanding of their marketing and business model. In addition, they toured the fashion centers and retail businesses of Soho and Nolita.  A visit to the New York Times printing plant was an interesting and informative way to finish their stay in New York. 

The trip also encompassed a journey to Washington D.C. where students learnt a great deal about US history and enjoyed the beautiful architecture. They visited the 'Newseum', and attended a Fashion Foundation Workshop to learn about the importance of sustainable fashion. Last stop was Orlando, Florida, where the USA trip concluded. Here, highlights included a day at Universal Studios and a visit to the Kennedy Space Centre.

“The trip really opened my eyes to what is out there,” says Year 11 student, Jana Hunt. “We really learned a lot from personal accounts of how people got started in their businesses and careers.” Chloe Yule, another Year 11 student who enjoyed the experience, says: “This trip was such a one-off with the opportunities we had and with the great group of people who went with.” The trip proved to be an outstanding, and invaluable learning experience for all.


Top prize for secondary school art competition
"Painting is my way of freeing up. It keeps me creative," says Year 13 student, Nicola West who was recently awarded the top Secondary School prize for The Botanical Art Worldwide Competition. 

Nicola's botanical paintings are currently on show at the Auckland Botanic Gardens until July 1 as part of the exhibition titled ‘Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora.' The exhibition features works by 42 international artists and only a select few secondary school students from around New Zealand, making Nicola's achievement even more impressive.

Her artworks titled ‘Rongoa Healing Herb’ and ‘An Informal Hedge’ show outstanding sensitivity to botanical detail and tremendous painting skills. "It does feel amazing to be part of such a big exhibition - this is the biggest thing I have done with my art and my first-time in a big exhibition," Nicola said.

For exhibition information, please visit: www.botanicalartworldwide.info/new-zealand


Stunning sculptures in situ at Long Bay
Year 10 art students spent a day creating and installing site specific sculptures at Long Bay Regional Park recently, leveraging the beautiful park and beach our school is so fortunate to be situated alongside.

The students, who visited Gibbs Sculpture Farm last term, used their understanding and research of land-based sculptures to inform the design, construction and installation of their own sculptures in way that responded to the Long Bay landscape. The assignment titled ‘A Sense of Place’ encouraged students to re-use materials or find natural ones on-site to create their sculptures. The results were fantastic.


Visit our school – Open Night 2018

We welcome Year 8 students and their families to our Open Night on Wednesday, July 25, starting from 4.30pm. Year 8 students can also attend our Open Day with their Intermediate on Wednesday, August 1. In addition, we will be hosting several school tours which can be booked through our office. Dates are advertised on our website www.longbaycollege.school.nz  

Issue 88 June 2018