What makes our college special
Our college is built around a Whanau (pronounced far-no), or House system. It means that every Botany student will belong to one of our six houses. Each house has around three hundred students and is designed to make you feel like you are a part of a small school within the larger school. Each Whanau has students from Year 9 through to Year 13 and over the duration of your stay, your Whanau should start to feel like an extended family of teachers and students. This is where you will have a locker, kitchen facilities for making your lunch, computers, photocopying facilities and somewhere to relax and socialise with other international and New Zealand students.
We are a Microsoft Pathfinder school, and a Microsoft Mentor school. We have Wi-fi inside and outside the school so that you can access the internet, and intranet using our high-speed fibre optic broadband. All students need to bring a laptop with them when they come to study here so that you can access the learning resources that teachers provide.
Sporting, arts and cultural activities
At Botany Downs we believe that being active, being involved, and being challenged is an intrinsic part of being a “kiwi kid”. Learning doesn’t just happen inside the classroom so we really encourage students to take part in our huge Co-curricular program.
Perhaps the most important reason to choose us is that we care about every student who chooses to make their home with us and we work hard to make sure you get the best opportunities to achieve what you want from your stay in New Zealand.