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Since 1945, Avondale College has taught and nurtured tens of thousands of students. Its rich history is firmly built on the traditions of past pupils and teachers who have gone before. The Avondale College Alumni has been established to reconnect those people with the school and each other through a series of events.

In the following pages you can sign up and become a member of the Alumni, locate a classmate or staff member, find out about reunions and events or make a donation.

Jasmine Pereira - Football Fern

Footballer Jasmine Pereira is making a name for herself as part of the New Zealand women's premier football team, the Football Ferns.

Called up to the Ferns at just 19, Jasmine already has numerous international caps. She represented New Zealand in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Under-17 World Cup in 2012. Her talents were further recognised when she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand to help her study towards a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Jasmine says she was hooked on football from the first time she played.

“There’s so much opportunity to bring your personality and showcase the kind of player you are. I’m not that stereotypical skinny soccer player. I’m a strong robust player and I use that to my advantage. I’m not really the tricky type, I’m more straightforward, I get the ball and use my strength and my pace. I’m a relentless aggressive player.”

“Soccer is something I absolutely fell in love with, so I gave it my all and doors just kept opening for me. I was going full force and when I finally got to my first World Cup I thought, wow did I really just do all that?

“I know what I want. Mum’s always said if you’re going to do something you need to do it full-heartedly. I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.” 

Watch an interview with Jasmine on Sky Sport here. https://www.sky.co.nz/-/iop_nzfw_jasmine_fil

 

Called up to the Football Ferns at just 19, Jasmine already has 10 international caps. She's represented New Zealand in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Under-17 World Cup in 2012. Her talents were further recognised when she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand to help her study towards a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Jasmine says she was hooked on football from the first time she played.

“There’s so much opportunity to bring your personality and showcase the kind of player you are. I’m not that stereotypical skinny soccer player. I’m a strong robust player and I use that to my advantage. I’m not really the tricky type, I’m more straightforward, I get the ball and use my strength and my pace. I’m a relentless aggressive player.”

Jasmine had previously played and excelled in a range of sports, but found soccer was the sport she was prepared to fully commit to when she started playing six years ago.

“Soccer is something I absolutely fell in love with, so I gave it my all and doors just kept opening for me. I was going full force and when I finally got to my first World Cup I thought, wow did I really just do all that?

“I know what I want. Mum’s always said if you’re going to do something you need to do it full-heartedly. I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.”

- See more at: http://women.govt.nz/inspiring-women/jasmine-pereira#sthash.TKWda2Zw.dpuf

Called up to the Football Ferns at just 19, Jasmine already has 10 international caps. She's represented New Zealand in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Under-17 World Cup in 2012. Her talents were further recognised when she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand to help her study towards a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Jasmine says she was hooked on football from the first time she played.

“There’s so much opportunity to bring your personality and showcase the kind of player you are. I’m not that stereotypical skinny soccer player. I’m a strong robust player and I use that to my advantage. I’m not really the tricky type, I’m more straightforward, I get the ball and use my strength and my pace. I’m a relentless aggressive player.”

Jasmine had previously played and excelled in a range of sports, but found soccer was the sport she was prepared to fully commit to when she started playing six years ago.

“Soccer is something I absolutely fell in love with, so I gave it my all and doors just kept opening for me. I was going full force and when I finally got to my first World Cup I thought, wow did I really just do all that?

“I know what I want. Mum’s always said if you’re going to do something you need to do it full-heartedly. I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.”

- See more at: http://women.govt.nz/inspiring-women/jasmine-pereira#sthash.TKWda2Zw.dpuf

 

Called up to the Football Ferns at just 19, Jasmine already has 10 international caps. She's represented New Zealand in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Under-17 World Cup in 2012. Her talents were further recognised when she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand to help her study towards a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Jasmine says she was hooked on football from the first time she played.

“There’s so much opportunity to bring your personality and showcase the kind of player you are. I’m not that stereotypical skinny soccer player. I’m a strong robust player and I use that to my advantage. I’m not really the tricky type, I’m more straightforward, I get the ball and use my strength and my pace. I’m a relentless aggressive player.”

Jasmine had previously played and excelled in a range of sports, but found soccer was the sport she was prepared to fully commit to when she started playing six years ago.

“Soccer is something I absolutely fell in love with, so I gave it my all and doors just kept opening for me. I was going full force and when I finally got to my first World Cup I thought, wow did I really just do all that?

“I know what I want. Mum’s always said if you’re going to do something you need to do it full-heartedly. I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.”

- See more at: http://women.govt.nz/inspiring-women/jasmine-pereira#sthash.TKWda2Zw.dpuf

 

Called up to the Football Ferns at just 19, Jasmine already has 10 international caps. She's represented New Zealand in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Under-17 World Cup in 2012. Her talents were further recognised when she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand to help her study towards a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Jasmine says she was hooked on football from the first time she played.

“There’s so much opportunity to bring your personality and showcase the kind of player you are. I’m not that stereotypical skinny soccer player. I’m a strong robust player and I use that to my advantage. I’m not really the tricky type, I’m more straightforward, I get the ball and use my strength and my pace. I’m a relentless aggressive player.”

Jasmine had previously played and excelled in a range of sports, but found soccer was the sport she was prepared to fully commit to when she started playing six years ago.

“Soccer is something I absolutely fell in love with, so I gave it my all and doors just kept opening for me. I was going full force and when I finally got to my first World Cup I thought, wow did I really just do all that?

“I know what I want. Mum’s always said if you’re going to do something you need to do it full-heartedly. I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.”

- See more at: http://women.govt.nz/inspiring-women/jasmine-pereira#sthash.TKWda2Zw.dpuf

Called up to the Football Ferns at just 19, Jasmine already has 10 international caps. She's represented New Zealand in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Under-17 World Cup in 2012. Her talents were further recognised when she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand to help her study towards a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Jasmine says she was hooked on football from the first time she played.

“There’s so much opportunity to bring your personality and showcase the kind of player you are. I’m not that stereotypical skinny soccer player. I’m a strong robust player and I use that to my advantage. I’m not really the tricky type, I’m more straightforward, I get the ball and use my strength and my pace. I’m a relentless aggressive player.”

Jasmine had previously played and excelled in a range of sports, but found soccer was the sport she was prepared to fully commit to when she started playing six years ago.

“Soccer is something I absolutely fell in love with, so I gave it my all and doors just kept opening for me. I was going full force and when I finally got to my first World Cup I thought, wow did I really just do all that?

“I know what I want. Mum’s always said if you’re going to do something you need to do it full-heartedly. I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.”

- See more at: http://women.govt.nz/inspiring-women/jasmine-pereira#sthash.TKWda2Zw.dpuf

 

www.sky.co.nz/-/iop_nzfw_jasmine_fil

 

Mason Lino - Warrior

Former Avondale College Old Boy, Mason Lino

A talented league playmaker, Mason Lino made his NFL debut for the Warriors in their  clash with the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday 22 August..

Lino was co-captain when the Junior Warriors won the NYC premiership in 2014. He finished his time in the competition with a record 503 points from 62 appearance.

He was offered a contract with AS Carcassonne in France but ultimately needed shoulder surgery instead and was given an opportunity to remain with the Warriors.

After a long recovery, he made his first NSW Cup appearance of the year against Manly in May 2015. He had his 12th outing of the campaign against Wests Tigers, scoring a try and kicking four goals from four attempts - and being named man of the match - to take his tally for the season to 90 points.

NZ Herald: Lino set to make Warriors debut

Thomas Stoneman aka Thomston - Songwriter

Thomas Stoneman, better known simply as Thomston, is a creator of ethereal, minimalist pop - who is gaining a huge international following. In 2014 his EP Argonaut achieved international success and has been streamed more than 5 million times on Spotify.

In 2015 he released his Backbone EP, a four-track collection anchored by the minimalist alt-pop morsel “Collarbones”. He also recently was taken under the wings of Saiko, the powerhouse management company behind fellow Kiwi superstar Lorde. Thomston is looking to build on his success with a new single called “Expiry Date” and his first-ever European tour, which kicked off in May in Paris.

Follow Thomston on Facebook or Twitter

The Telegraph (UK): Thomston New Music

NZ Herald: Kiwi singer Thomston striking the right chords

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/05/thomston-reveals-compelling-new-song-expiry-date-listen/

Rose McIver - Actress

Actress Rose McIver is making a name for herself in Hollywood with lead roles in top television series including ABC's Once Apon a Time (Tinkerbell), and Masters of Sex. She is now playing the lead role in CW's iZombie which premiered in March 2015.

Rose attended Avondale College from 2001 - 2006. She was a prefect in her final year, and had a starring role in the school productions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_McIver

Martin Guptill - record breaking cricketer

Black Cap cricketer Martin Guptill started out in Avondale College's first XI as a Year 9 student.  He went on to play for the college's 1st XI football team as a goalkeeper,  and had stints with the college's rugby and softball teams. Martin also played kilikiti - helping the boys' team win a national victory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Guptill

http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/profiles/domestic/2/martin-james-guptill/415/profile.aspx#stats

 

Nadia Lim - Celebrity chef, entrepreneur, food writer

Nadia Lim - Avondale College alumni

Having come through Avondale College's food technology classes and acquired  BSc in Human Nutrition and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Otago, Nadia's love of food was put to the test (and proved itself) when she won TVNZ's Masterchef in 2011. Since then she has gone on to successfully launch her own business, My Food Bag, as well as writing several award winning cookbooks, all the while bringing her unique approach to fresh, good food to a variety of television shows and magazines.

Follow Nadia's blog here...

Lisa Crawley - Album release

Recent Silver Scroll nominee Lisa Crawley’s debut full- length album ‘Everything That I Have Seen’ (featuring current radio single ‘Blind Eyes’) will finally be available on October 17th through Rythmethod and itunes worldwide, and after selling out her two self-released EP’s, it has certainly earned its reputation as ‘eagerly anticipated’.

From curious stints in Japanese hotels, English pubs, Danish jazz clubs, and most recently a series of performances and music video shoot in New York, Lisa has travelled the world getting by on a song, quite literally. It’s little wonder that she has been hand picked to tour in New Zealand with artists as varied as John Mayer, Jools Holland, Nathan Haines, Julia Deans and Paul Weller, scoring rave reviews wherever she pops up.

The album was recorded and mixed over the past year at The Lab Studios in Auckland by ‘Engineer of The Year’ Oliver Harmer. Lisa has self-produced the majority of the album, with assistance from the talented Jol Mulholland, Wayne Bell, and Andrew Keoghan (who features on the haunting duet ‘We Are Wolves’).

With playful, clever, and heartfelt lyrics, the combination of a truly beautiful voice to match her unique musical talents (expect piano, guitar, clarinet, omnichord and more), the album is complemented by an array of friends and musicians from bands such as The Ruby Suns, Bannerman, The Checks, Artisan Guns and Tiny Ruins, to name a few.

Lisa is one of New Zealand’s songwriters to watch, already having won the international ‘Pacific Songwriting Competition’ and has recently been nominated for a Silver Scroll award for the catchy single “Leaving”.

The album tackles ordinarily tender topics all from the perspective of a young woman and shimmering rising star who would love to share… Everything That I Have Seen.

View Lisa's videos here
www.lisacrawley.com

Hollie Fullbrook / Tiny Ruins

Tiny Ruins is the project of Bristol-born, New Zealand-raised musician and songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. It grew out of writing the music for fringe theatre productions whilst a student in Wellington, recording by four-track and playing at live music and poetry nights in 2007-2009. Samuel Prutton committed the first Tiny Ruins songs to record, in the form of rough demos.

Tiny Ruins’ live shows began to attract attention and praise for soul-stirring, intimate performances and strange, hypnotic songs. Asked to support Alasdair Roberts in Sydney, May 2010, Tiny Ruins was then signed to Australia’s Spunk Records.

Fullbrook went a-roaming in May of 2010, embarking on a small yet noble tour of Northern Spain with Barcelona-based musician Lieven Scheerlinck (‘a Singer of Songs’).

A collaborative EP, Little Notes, was recorded in Scheerlinck’s apartment during the week following the tour. Fullbrook hastily finished two songs for the EP - ‘Little Notes’ and ‘Down South’, and also recorded a version of ‘Running Through the Night’. Little Notes was released independently in December 2010. 

Returning to the antipodes, the first Tiny Ruins album, Some Were Meant For Sea, was recorded in the characterful Moyarra School Hall, South Gippsland, Australia by J Walker (CW Stoneking, Holly Throsby, Machine Translations). Fullbrook and Walker added piano, cello, violin, accordion, bells and percussion to the live guitar and vocal takes.

Some Were Meant For Sea was released in New Zealand and Australia in May and July of 2011 respectively. Said the New Zeland Herald, “From time to time an album comes along that stops you in your tracks and demands you to listen. Tiny Ruins’ Some Were Meant For Sea is one such record”. Australian press were also smitten with triple j magazine writing, ”Kiwi captures attention and hearts” and Mess & Noise noting, “the songs sway and heave with warmth and approachability”. 

The album saw a UK release in December of 2011, after being championed by BBC 6 and BBC 2. It was hailed by BBC World Service programme The Strand as one of the top five albums of 2011. 

Tiny Ruins has toured the album through New Zealand and Australia, as well as supporting Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Holly Throsby, The Middle East, Sonny & The Sunsets, Olof Arnalds, Seeker Lover Keeper and Grand Salvo. She is set to tour the UK and some of Europe in January and February of 2012.

Hollie Fullbrook is usually based in Auckland, New Zealand. Tiny Ruins performs both as a solo act and band, most recently calling upon the talents of double bassist Cass Mitchell and drummer Alex Freer.

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