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School Vision

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Principal David White
Our Principal

Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka

Ko Te-Manukau-o-Hoturoa te moana

Ko Puketāpapa te maunga

Ko Te Ringa Āwhina te marae

Ko Marshall Laing te kura

Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi


Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā koutou katoa!


We are a school with a long and proud tradition of serving the communities of Lynfield, Mount Roskill and Blockhouse Bay. With a roll of 550 students, we draw from a diverse community who are incredibly supportive of their child's learning and our high expectations of learning and behaviour.

Our classes are inclusive, caring and welcoming for every student. This special character and our excellent grounds and facilities help our students develop a real sense of pride and belonging in our school.


Our school values of whanaungatanga (positive relationships), manaakitanga (caring, kindness), rangatiratanga (independence, leadership) and mōhiotanga (knowledge and understanding), underpin our learning philosophy. We have high quality classroom teaching alongside specialist teaching in te reo Māori, Science, Visual Art and Music.


To find out more about our school, I welcome you to explore our website or meet with us in person so we can show you around our school and answer any questions that you may have about your child’s education.


Ngā mihi,


David White


Our Staff
Marshall Laing students on nature path
Our Community

At Marshall Laing we have a diverse community with families from all over the world and over 40 languages/dialects spoken. We celebrate a wide range of cultural fesitvals including Matariki, Eid, Diwali, Easter and Christmas.


We hold regular community events including shows/performances, art shows, and celebrations of learning where student learning is shared.


Sport is a part of school and families support and celebrate effort, sportsmanship and achievement of our students.

Our People

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an integral part of the Marshall Laing community. The PTA is responsible for fundraising and social activities within the school community. We co-operate with and support the Board of Trustees and teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes.


We would love it if you could get involved with the PTA either on the committee or as a helper. It’s a great opportunity to get to know some of the other parents, help your children and have some fun.


If you want to find out more about what we do, feel free to contact us or come along to a meeting. We have regular meetings during term time. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the PTA Email:

Our Teams

Our school is divided into four teams - Kākano, Pounamu, Kahurangi and Mānuka. Year levels in each team may change from year to year depending on the number of children in each cohort. Children start as 5 year olds in Kākano (Year 0/1) and end their time with us as Year 6 in Mānuka.

Marshall Laing Primary School Board

Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board that governs it. The Board has overall responsibility and accountability for the school. The Board is accountable for student progress and achievement and has a duty to show to its parents, community, and the government that students are being well prepared for life beyond school.


The Board’s role is to oversee the governance of the school and to ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically and as well as possible in the best interests of its students. The Board is the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school. The principal is the Board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the day-to-day operations of the school in line with the board’s direction and policies.


The Board provides the strategic direction for the school through the Strategic Plan, and also sets policy, provides a framework in which the Principal manages the school, complies with Ministry of Education (MOE) legal requirements, employs the staff, is responsible for the health and safety of the site, property, finances and self-review.


Year 3/4 Team


Year 5/6 Team


Year 2 Team


Year 0/1 Team

Senior Management

Principal David White

Associate Principal Shilpa Soysa

Associate Principal Shaun Perry

Kākano: Year 0/1 Team

Room 2 Rielle Gonsalves

Room 3 (Team Leader) Kyla Lee

Room 4 Jill Sisepi

Room 8 (Monday - Thursday) Denise Mackenzie

Room 8 (Friday) Katherine Robinson

Kahurangi: Year 3/4 Team

Room 12 Charmaine Herman

Room 13 (Team Leader) Shenelle Walker

Room 14 Shaylah Cassidy

Room 15 Kaelin Jones

Room 17 Helen Mak

Room 22 Aimee Trainor

Pounamu: Year 2 Team

Room 1 Alice Gray

Room 7 (Team Leader) Blair Walker

Learning Assistants and Caretaker

Paula Bensley

Shobna Chand

Jo Harris

Angela George

Nina Satrio

Theresa Kaliyaperumal

Caretaker Solomon Heke

Mānuka: Year 5/6 Team

Room 16  Vilas Patel

Room 18 Carrie Mallows

Room 19 Matt Broman

Room 20 Vinnie Broadley

Room 21 Angela Smith

Room 23 (Team Leader) Neil Jolly


Executive Officer Emily Hulot

Office Manager Kim Jamieson

Admin & Attendances Lesley Trigwell

Admin & Attendances Gail Connolly

Specialist and Release Teachers

Release/Kāhui Ako Across School Leader Katherine Robinson

ESOL Linda Foley

Release/Support Nisha Nayyar

Release/Support Antoinette Procter

Release/Visual Art Vanessa Buys

Release/IT Support Tracey Callender

Release Kaushalya Reddy

Release/Science Tonya Wyatt

Release/Music Rachel Crellin

Te reo Māori & kapa haka Jarrod Waetford

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