Student Stories

Read what some of our international students have to say about Botany Downs Secondary College, or watch a video of trips...

Watch a message from our Mexico students

Watch our End of Year Program Coromandel trip

Watch our Duke of Edinburgh tramp to Karangahake Gorge


When I first came to New Zealand, the first thing I felt was so so much fresh air and such a natural feeling... Read more in English (.pdf) or Korean/한국의 (.pdf) ~ Jihy from Bun-dany, Korea


I came to Botany Downs Secondary College to further my studies and to experience study life in New Zealand.  My goal is to finish school with flying colours... Read more in English (.pdf) or Malay/Melayu (.pdf) ~ Pei Fen


Before I came to New Zealand, I went to Taiwan for High School. After that, my friend from New Zealand came to Taiwan for a holiday, and he introduced me to New Zealand to further my studies... Read more in English (.pdf) or Indonesian/Indonesia (.pdf) ~ Kimberly from Jakarta, Indonesia


I came to this school because here I have more subject choices... Read more in English (.pdf) or Mandarin/普通话 (.pdf) ~ Neil (Sung-lin) from Taiwan


I came to New Zealand to improve my english.  I chose Botany Downs Secondary College because I liked what I read and because this school manages a good population of international students as well as all the references to here were excellent... Read more in English (.pdf) or Spanish/Español (.pdf) ~ Najhoa from Monteria, Colombia


I have friends and my English is better than before.  I am really enjoying living here... Read more in English (.pdf) ~ Kimu Yazawa


With so much to do here and with so many new friends made, I have little time to think of Germany... Read more in German/Deutsch (.pdf) ~ Marie-Christin Atzor


This experience has changed my life and will remain a beautiful memory... Read more in English and Italian/Italiano (.pdf) ~ Carla from Milan, Italy