Student Services

                          He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka 
                                                                     - a choppy sea can be navigated

Student Services Centre

Our busy Student Services Centre is located close to the main entrance of the College and offers support to staff, students, and their families.


  • Careers Counselling and Information
  • Personal and Family Counselling
  • Gateway and Work Experience Opportunities
  • Our Health Centre

All of these services can be accessed through the Student Services Receptionist or by contacting individual staff. We are open during school hours and are also available to students and their families at other times, by arrangement.
  • Kat Wells: HOD Health, Student Services Faculty Leader
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  • Catherine Hawke: Counsellor
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  • Brian Tonks: Counsellor
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  • Lee Ryan: Registered Nurse, Health Centre
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  • Wendy Keir: Careers Counsellor
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  • Esther Harvey: Gateway and Work Experience Coordinator
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  • Chrisy Green: Student Services Reception and Administration
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Counselling is available to all students. Counselling allows students to talk through issues and problems in a safe place and helps students make considered choices. It is a service that students themselves can initiate, or referrals can be made by a dean, teacher or parent.

Both counsellors, Catherine Hawke and Brian Tonks have post graduate qualifications and attend on-going professional development courses and regular supervision. They are full members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and follow their Code of Ethics. Counselling sessions are confidential unless there is risk to safety.

Each year the Counselling Department trains senior students to deliver Peer Support. This is a programme of activities to introduce Year 9 students to the college and help their transition from intermediate school. The counsellors also run the Travellers' Programme for groups of Year 9 students identified as likely to find the transition more difficult.

The Safe School Committee is composed of representative staff members from all faculties. They share a commitment to promoting a physically and emotionally safe school environment and meet regularly to discuss and implement measures to achieve this. Student committee members work hard to support this and to promote the message to the wider school.

Health Centre

The Health Centre is available for all students to assist with any health concerns. Our school nurse Lee Ryan is available between 9.00 am - 3.00 pm daily.

As a Registered Nurse, Lee works in accordance with the New Zealand Nursing Council Code of Conduct.  She offers a friendly, confidential service. Students are welcome to visit during interval and lunchtime. Students may also visit during class time but they must bring with them a note from their teacher. 

If a student has any long-term medical needs or conditions, information from parents is essential to ensure Lee can support them during their time at Lynfield College. Contact from parents or caregiver is always welcome. If a student is on any medication, after completing a form, we are able to keep labelled and prescribed medications in the Health Centre if needed. All medical information is stored on a secure computer to which only the nurse has access. 

Contact Lee Ryan, 627 0600, Ext 755, or email

Careers Centre

Wendy Keir, Careers Counsellor, supports students with subject choice and career decisions. Information on courses and educational opportunities is available in the Careers Centre. Student Services Receptionist and Administrator, Chrisy Green, is also able to help students to access information in files and computers.

Esther Harvey, Gateway Coordinator, supports students in the Gateway Programme and on Work Experience. The Gateway Programme provides work placements for senior students who wish to explore future options. These go hand-in-hand with industry-based learning (unit standards) and assessments towards NCEA qualifications.  Students with key work skills such as excellent communication, good time management, team player skills, organisational skills, self-motivation and commitment are selected by interview.


Learning Support

The Learning Support Team is led by Belinda Kusabs (HOD Learning Support and SENCo), assisted by teachers Shamila Singh, Raj Prakash and a skilled team of Learning Assistants. The College provides learning support for identified students and also provides special assessment conditions assistance for approved students undertaking NCEA. Students receiving support are identified using Ministry of Education and NZQA criteria. Kusabs co-ordinates this support and directs the work of Learning Assistants in classrooms.

  • Belinda Kusabs: HOD Learning Support and SENCo
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International Education

Our College aims to foster an international perspective for its students, staff, and community. The International Department is managed by Julie Bradley as Director of International Education.

The International Department enrols up to 120 fee-paying international and exchange students from all over the world every year. The majority homestay with local families and aim to continue their studies at New Zealand universities and tertiary institutions.

The International Department also provides opportunities for student exchanges to Japan, Germany and China, and provides professional development opportunities for teachers to attend conferences, visit schools, and gain teaching experience overseas.

Academic Adviser Kerry Chooi, provides orientation, academic advice, assistance with course selection and in-class support for students and teachers.

Homestay Manager Vibha Bangs is responsible for the placement and the ongoing monitoring of students in homestay accommodation, providing essential pastoral support for students on a twenty four hour, seven day basis.

The International Office is managed by Grace Chew.
  • Julie Bradley: Director of International Education
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  • Kerry Chooi: International Academic Advisor
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  • Vibha Bangs: Homestay Supervisor
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  • Grace Chew: International Office Manager
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Support for Pacific Students

A vertical form class (with students at all year levels in the school) helps to provide a community for Pacific students.

An enthusiastic group of parents meets regularly for information and feedback about academic and other matters of special interest to them. Workshops at these evenings are decided by parents working with the Pacific Focus Group teachers. All Pacific and other interested families are welcome.
The meetings are held in the Staffroom in the evening. Dates are always posted in advance on the school notice board at the front gate.

Senior Pacific students, who are identified as valued role models for their peers, are recognised by the school as leaders. They meet regularly and lead activities to promote Pacific wellbeing and achievement.

Academic coaching is available and offered to Pacific students whom the college thinks are in need of extra support with their learning.