Board of Trustees

All state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand have a board of trustees.

The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the college, is responsible for setting the college’s strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its college provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

The May 2016 triennial election for the Board of Trustees resulted in the election of five Parent Representatives and one Staff Representative for the term 2016-2019. The Student Representative is elected by the student body on an annual basis in November each year to sit on the Board for the following college year. The Principal is a member of the board. The board can also co-opt members.

For more information about the role of the Board of Trustees visit the New Zealand School Trustees Association website .

Board members welcome you contacting them.

Mr Ian Marshall (JP)


Once again the students and staff continue to perform and achieve at levels the community and Board can justifiably be proud of.

Our community at Botany Downs Secondary College is blessed with students who are developing their character and knowledge to the extent that their accomplishments within the college environment, the community, nationally and even internationally, are exceptional. It positions our college as one of the best performing in NZ.

The college vision for our students is two-pronged. It is a combination of achieving academically to the best of their ability whilst also possessing citizenship and life skills that demonstrate our vision Knowledge with Character.

The Board this year reviewed the mission and vision statements of the college to ensure that we continue to challenge ourselves as a college and community. Our students will be prepared for their next steps in life so that when they leave BDSC, they can stand tall, walk proudly and be able to take on life’s challenges and opportunities.

As a Board, we endeavour to provide the best possible environment for learning and achieving. We also set goals and expectations for the staff and management. The aim is to provide each student with the best possible opportunity to benefit from their time at Botany Downs Secondary College.

Committee member of
  • Executive (Chair)
  • Financial Governance, Audit and Risk
  • Discipline
  • Health and Safety
  • Personnel

A message from our 2016 Student Representative

Yashmeeta Govind

Applying for the role of Student Representative on the Board of Trustees has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made during my schooling years. I was absolutely stoked to be elected and took the responsibility of the job seriously.

Before I started work on the Board, I had the chance to attend a training workshop organised by the New Zealand School Trustees’ Association. Here I was able to meet other student trustees from schools all over Auckland. Together, we learnt about the important difference between governance and day-to-day management within a school. The school year started off with our college welcoming back with open arms Mrs Karen Brinsden, as our new principal. In Term 2, after an extensive process that had been started last year by the Board, new Vision and Mission Statements were adopted. In Term 3, I conducted a survey amongst junior students for their feedback on our school and the results were reported back to the Board.

Being on the Board, I have come to appreciate what goes on behind-the-scenes at our school: the extra effort and work as well as hours sacrificed that help Botany Downs Secondary College reach its full potential.

The members of the board all share the same goal: to provide each and every student with a high quality and safe learning environment that doesn’t just meet but exceeds expectations.

It was inspiring to work alongside such people.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board this year. It has been an awesome opportunity where I learnt a lot about the school system. I am proud to be a part of this school and to be amongst the people within it.

I’d like to thank all the students, for your votes, your support and for letting me be your voice. But most of all, thank you for choosing to “spice things up”. It has been an honour.

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