Lynfield College

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Lynfield College
Lynfield College logo.png
White Swan Road,
Mt Roskill,
Coordinates 36°55′13″S 174°42′58″E / 36.9202°S 174.7161°E / -36.9202; 174.7161Coordinates: 36°55′13″S 174°42′58″E / 36.9202°S 174.7161°E / -36.9202; 174.7161
Type State coed secondary, years 9-13
Motto Latin: Disce Vivere
"Learn to Live"
Established 1958
Ministry of Education Institution no. 75
Principal Mr Steve Bovaird
School roll 1874[1] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

Lynfield College is a secondary education provider in Lynfield, Auckland, New Zealand. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.[3]

The Principal of Lynfield College and head of the 130 teachers is Mr Steve Bovaird.

The school practices NCEA for assessments and examinations, and has high achievement rates compared to the national average.


The land that Lynfield College now occupies used to be a poultry farm. This farm provided table fowls and eggs for the Auckland Area. The original name for the farm was Linfield. Alfred Bankhart established Lynfield on land gifted to him by Sir John Logan Campbell. Gilletta Road in Lynfield was named after Bankheart's wife's maiden name. Another Owner of the Property was Mr Irvine. He diversified from farming poultry to founding the giant baking and pastry firm Irvines Bakery.

The 26 acres (110,000 m2) on which the school now stands has seen a variety of activities - gum-digging, dairy farming, pig and poultry farming. In 1900 Messes Cooper and Mr Edwards began commercial strawberry growing. In 1911, Mr Cooper married and divided the land, keeping the half that bordered Boundary Road and Mr Edwards the other half which exited onto White Swan Road. Eventually in the 1950s, owners of the land sold portions to make way for Auckland's 20th Secondary School (to be possibly named Roskill South High School).There is a plough on the school's crest, to symbolize the use of the land it is located on as previously being a strawberry field.

Lynfield College opened its doors for the first time in 1958.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lynfield College 50th Reunion". Waitakere City Council. Archived from the original on 2008-02-29.