Principal's Message

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā, nau mai, haere mai.

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta.  Warm greetings to the Linwood community.

Linwood College is a place where every learner is known and valued as an individual and where Mauri Ora-Flourishing Wellbeing underpins successful academic and social learning. Over the up to seven years at our school each learner progresses through his or her various levels of learning and social development on personalised learning and career pathways. 

Since its opening in 1954, our school has had significant community support and, reflecting this, we have a distinctive identity, based on strong family and community relationships. We are proud to be a school where learner wellbeing and positive connections are paramount and are springboards for achievement.

2019-2021 are milestone years for Linwood College with our whole-school re-build. We have waited decades for this but now, truly, it is LC’s turn. Our new school will have both the best of existing teaching practices, and the positive practices that we now know of through our emerging understanding of brain research and personalising learning. We remain rigorous about the difference between a positive change for learning success and what is a fad.

The Linwood College curriculum is founded on personalised pathways. This means learning is personalised with individual needs recognised and met in a challenging yet achievable curriculum. Each individual receives the content and style of education that is appropriate for their specific stage of learning and social development. They increasingly take responsibility for their own learning within their personalised pathway, knowing that with positive actions and effort they will achieve.

Individuals learn best when who they are – language, culture, identity – is affirmed. Enhancing the mana and dignity of the individual is at the heart of Linwood College. The personalised pathways model creates whānau-school partnerships as it recognizes and nurtures the uniqueness of each one of our learners and their specific capabilities. It creates multiple opportunities for leadership so learners excel and develop independence.

At our school all learners can make their mark – academic, cultural, sporting – and set their direction for life after secondary school. An LC leaver is confident and well-prepared for the future, the future of global diversity. Our leavers join thousands of former LC learners who achieve personal success both within New Zealand and overseas.

Please contact us or make a time to visit if you have any further questions. We look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Ngā mihi nui,


Richard Edmundson