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 Murray Goodman


As a Board, we endeavour to provide the best possible environment for our students to learn and achieve their full potential. We also set goals and expectations for our staff and management team; central to this is a theme of continual improvement and of maintaining a safe, forward-thinking learning environment.

The Board in conjunction with the principal and staff also sets the strategic direction for the school and most critically this is done with input from our school community.

At Botany Downs Secondary College we are blessed with an exceptional school community. Our students are developing their knowledge and character in a number of academic and co-curricular areas and are often acknowledged nationally and even internationally.

Our school is recognised as one of New Zealand’s best schools and our 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 2017 Student Representative

Hao Chen Li

The roles and responsibilities I have come to experience through my position as the Student Representative of Botany Downs Secondary College have been very beneficial in my development as an individual.

Part of such development occurred when I attended a workshop hosted by the New Zealand School Trustees Association, where I learned about the duties of the role and gained a stronger understanding of the school system. It was interesting and inspiring to be part of a program, but overall it was comforting to know that there were others like me and I was not the only one being thrown into the unknown.

During the monthly meetings of the board, I often felt overpowered by the sheer passion that each board member brings for the well-being of the school. It is truly astounding to not only watch but also be a part of the ongoing discussions made in the boardroom.

I feel as if the sacrifice of the numerous hours that each individual board member puts into the planning and execution of activities go unnoticed and are unappreciated by the student body, however, I would like to personally thank the board for these actions.

I would like to thank everyone at the school who gave me the opportunity to be a board member. I would also like to give my sincerest appreciation to those on the board; you have made me proud to be a student of BDSC and given me a newfound respect for the “behind-the-scenes” workings of our school.

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