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.