Lynfield College

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Lynfield College
Lynfield College logo.png
Latin: Disce Vivere
"Learn to Live"
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
Established 1958
Ministry of Education Institution no. 75
Principal Mr Steve Bovaird
School roll 1853[1] (November 2015)
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.


Lynfield College is managed at 4 different levels:

Board of Trustees[edit]

The main task of the Board of Trustees is governance of the school. Its role is to oversee the implementation of the National Education and Administration Guidelines. As a state provider of education the college is governed by the Education Act 1989, of which Part 9 establishes School Boards. The Board of Trustees has a Charter of aims and objectives. It is elected every three years, generally before the end of March. The next elections are in 2013. The current composition of the Board of Trustees is:

  • Brian Cadzow - Chairperson
  • Julie Harding - Deputy Chairperson
  • Steve Bovaird - Principal / Secretary
  • Kevin Broad
  • Martha Johansson
  • Kristine Mellor
  • Perry d'Sousa
  • Clive Hudson
  • Ruth Kaniuk
  • James Olsen

Senior Leadership Team[edit]

The Senior Leadership Team is tasked with day-to-day operations and management of the school. The team is led by the Principal, or the Associate Principal in the Principal's absence. The team consists of:

  • Mr S Bovaird BA, Dip SM, Dip Tch - Principal
  • Ms L Ridling MA(Hons), MEdMgt, Dip Couns, Dip Tch - Associate Principal
  • Mr A Aitken MA(Hons), Dip Tch - Deputy Principal
  • Mr M Black MSc(Hons), Dip Tch - Deputy Principal
  • Ms C Knell BSc(Hons), MEdMgt(Hons), Dip Tch - Deputy Principal
  • Ms L Munro MEdMgt, BA, Dip Tch - Deputy Principal


Learning areas and student services at the College are organised along Faculty lines. Each Faculty Leader has overall responsibility for the administration and development of the Faculty, while individual subject responsibilities remain with subject specialists. The College has eight faculties, which are: Arts, Physical Education and Health, Language and Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Student Services and Technology. Each faculty is led by a faculty leader:

  • ARTS - Yon Ankersmit BA, Dip Tch
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH - Natasha Hemara BPE, Dip Tch
  • LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES - Cathy Feist MA(Hons), Dip Tch
  • MATHEMATICS - Stuart McLennan BSc, Dip Tch
  • SCIENCE - Robin Eyre BSc(Hons), PGCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE - Therese Marshall BA, Dip Tch
  • STUDENT SERVICES - Deborah Kevany MEd (Hons), BA, Dip Tch
  • TECHNOLOGY - Yvonne Townsend Dip HEc, TTC, Dip Tch


The final level of management within the college are departments. Each controlling a small aspect of the college and reporting to a faculty leader.


Learning Spaces[edit]

  • A Block - Music
  • B Block - Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media, Biology Labs, Classics, Geography and History
  • C Block - Languages (German, Maori, Mandarin and Japanese)
  • D Block - Hard Materials (Wood, Metal and Electronics Workshops), Soft Materials, Automotive, Food Technology, Beauty Therapy, Graphics and Hospitality
  • E Block - Computer Labs and Chemistry
  • F Block - English, Media and Biology
  • G Block - Mathematics and Chemistry Labs
  • H Block - Adult ESOL
  • I Block - Health
  • K Block - Physics Labs
  • L Block - Business and Economics

Multipurpose Spaces[edit]

  • Hall
  • Upper gym
  • Lower gym
  • Performing Arts Centre (PAC)
  • Multicultural Centre (MCC)
  • Library - Reading Room and Seminar Room

Support Spaces[edit]

  • Administration Building - Offices and conference rooms
  • Student Services & International Building - Offices and conference rooms
  • Staff Building - with work room and print room


  • Science (Biology) Labs (between G & K Blocks)
  • Old Gymnasium


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 01 December 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  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.