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Our Values

Our school values of whanaungatanga (positive relationships), manaakitanga (caring, kindness), rangatiratanga (independence, leadership) and mōhiotanga (knowledge and understanding), underpin our learning philosophy and is woven through our teaching and learning.

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School History

Marshall Laing Primary School opened on May 21, 1962 to provide early education to a growing Lynfield community. Lynfield College had been open for four years by then, and was the second biggest high school in Auckland at the time.


The land on which Marshall Laing Primary currently stands, was bought by the Education Department from Mr Archibald Morrison (‘Morrie’) Laing. The school was named after Morrie’s father, Marshall Laing. The road which we now know as Marshall Laing Avenue was also named after his father with the construction costs being funded by Morrie himself.


During his life, Morrie Laing was a trained teacher and school Principal at schools stretching from Hokianga in the north to the West Coast of the South Island. After retiring, he kept himself busy farming land that he owned around Mount Roskill, being a member of the Mount Roskill Borough Council, Rotary Club and Saint John's Presbyterian Church.


The school has produced some prominent alumni throughout our history in a variety of fields, including scientists, inventors and famous sportspeople. Photographs of some of them can be seen on a wall in our school hall. The school is very proud of their achievements and they give our students motivation to live up to our school motto of 'make them proud - who follow'.

Strategic and Annual Implementation Plan

Our school Board oversees the overall strategic direction of the school, policies, plans and goals. Our Strategic plan can be found by clicking the link below:


The school Principal and school Board of Trustees regularly review and update our school policies in response to changes in legislation, significant events and Ministry of Education guidelines. Policies and procedures reflect our school context, and the school supplies mandatory information such as the school Strategic Plan and Annual Reports.


Marshall Laing Primary School has over one hundred current policies and procedures. Below are links to some of the most important. If you wish to view any other policies, they can be requested from the school office.

ERO Report

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. You can read our latest ERO report on the link below:

Annual Report

The Annual Report is one of two key accountability documents that boards of trustees are required to use to inform and report to stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, Members of Parliament and, most importantly, parents and the wider school community.


The Annual Report contains the annual financial statements that show how the Board has applied its financial resources to achieve its strategic goals.


The Annual Report also contains an analysis of variance between the planned aims, objectives, directions, priorities, or targets and what the school actually achieved during the year. To read our current Marshall Laing Annual Report, click on the link below or please contact the school office to request past reports.

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Pukewīwī / Lynfield Kāhui Ako

Marshall Laing Primary School is a member of the Pukewīwī /Lynfield Kāhui Ako.


Schools in the Lynfield Kāhui Ako work together to improve outcomes for our students. Click on the link below to find out more and discover rich stories of our journey ... where we have come from and where we are going.

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