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 student is known and valued as an individual and where student learning and success matter.  During the up to seven years at our school each student progresses through his or her various levels of learning and social development on personalised learning and career pathways.  

Since its opening, 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 student wellbeing and positive connections are paramount and are springboards for achievement.

The Linwood College curriculum is founded on personalised pathways.  This means learning is personalised and individual needs are recognised and met.  Each individual receives the content and style of education that is appropriate for their specific stage of learning and social development.  These stages build upon one another to form an integrated, personalised pathway.

The Linwood pathwayed curriculum ensures our students experience challenging yet achievable learning.  Students know that their learning is based on their own individual pathways.  They increasingly take self-responsibility, knowing that with positive actions and effort they will achieve.

Students 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 recognises and nurtures the uniqueness of each one of our students and their specific capabilities. It creates multiple opportunities for leadership so students excel and develop independence.  

Our school’s curriculum creates aspiration and community.  There is educational and social continuity, yet with the “rites of passage” that students of all ages stress are important as they grow and mature.  It brings out the best in our students.

At our school all students 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.  Our leavers join thousands of former LC students 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