Lynfield College celebrated its 60th Jubilee in 2018. Since 1958 the college has grown from being a small new school with few classrooms, muddy fields and 93 foundation students into a large multicultural urban college with physical facilities and technological resources appropriate for 21st century teaching and learning.
Our LocationThe Lynfield College locale had been part of the trading route between the Waikato and Tamaki Makaurau. When the first European missionaries explored they described it as deserted, desolate and scrub covered. Later the area, on the crucial Maori route north, became a frontier post with a defensive 'BlockHouse' giving its name to the area.
Agricultural activities followed and by mid-20th century the land on which Lynfield College stands was planted in strawberries.(The photo is an early image of strawberries being picked on what was to become Lynfield College). However the growth of Auckland meant that more houses were being built on the once outlying agricultural zone.
The new school adopted the motto DISCE VIVERE (Learn to Live | Ako ki te Oranga') and a school crest with a plough, (preparation), open book (knowledge), the fern (resilience and strength), and the Southern Cross (guidance and pathways).
On the 3rd of February 1958, 93 students, two of them barefooted, assembled in front of the newly built D block. Around them was a sea of clay, about to become thick yellow mud with the first winter rains. Students and teachers had to cross ditches on planked bridges and scale slippery clay slopes and lessons had a backdrop of bulldozers, concrete mixers and circular saws.
The Ministry of Works topped hills and pushed them into gullies to create the terraced grounds, and more classrooms were completed for the following year when the roll leapt to 425 pupils.
When the Acting Prime Minister, the Hon C F Skinner, officially opened the school on 7 November 1959 the main Administrative block and hall were complete.The 20 acre site now had three football fields in grass and 8 sealed tennis courts. With the planting of 200 flowering scrubs for the official opening, the raw sea of yellow mud had become grass and garden.
As student numbers grew, sometimes very rapidly, so did the need for more classrooms. The physical changes to the structure of the school also reflected the changing curriculum needs of the student population and the requirements of the community.The first twenty –five years saw a rapid growth in student numbers. The College grew from a roll of 95 in 1958 to the second biggest school in Auckland, with 1500 students in 1977.
Almost 8,500 students passed through Lynfield College in this period, in most part succeeding in the public examinations. Traditions of academic excellence were established which have continued throughout the history of the school. Extra-curricular opportunities in sporting and cultural fields were encouraged and strong student participation demonstrated how committed the college was to its motto 'Learn to Live | Ako ki te Oranga'.
The school’s second twenty-five years saw big changes in education. Computers became a necessary component, new programmes to bridge the gap between school and work were developed, changing demographics in the community created a need for English as a second language courses to adults as well as students and traditional subjects such as Homecraft, Woodwork and Technical Drawing were re-invented as Technology. In addition, the school expanded its educational horizons to include international education. These changing needs required new physical buildings or major modifications to existing buildings.
|The demand for more computers proved to be insatiable and led to the Library being adapted in 1995-6 to become a media and information centre. With a new gymnasium and drama suite, and re-organisation of learning areas along faculty lines Lynfield College was ready for the new century.
By 2002 with a roll of 1715 the school required further changes to its buildings and resources: the lower playing field gained an astroturf surface, and a sophisticated Technology block was opened.
The extra-curricular life of Lynfield College had continued to expand. Participation in both sporting and cultural activities was encouraged and celebrated, with senior leadership positions of Sports Captains and Arts and Cultural Captains introduced.