An overview of our college

Botany Downs Secondary College, located in East Auckland, is a large, multicultural co-educational state school for Years 9 to 13 (ages 13 to 18 years) with almost 1900 students, 170 staff, and a decile rating of 9.

Opened in 2004, we have a modern learning environment which promotes 21st century competencies.

Our college is founded on the whanau concept, with six “schools within a school” providing for the pastoral care needs of learners.

Features and ERO Report   Charter   Diversity

Features

  • Purpose-built for modern expectations of learning and teaching
  • Built on the Whanau concept as the foundation of pastoral care for students
  • Emphasis on both academic challenge and personal development, with proven success in national qualifications and the development of young leaders
  • Support programmes for all students, including gifted and talented students, students with specific learning conditions, and those in need of literacy and numeracy remediation, including English as an Additional Language (EAL) support
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) incorporated into the learning process focused on developing collaboration, communication and critical thinking, enabling self-paced, self-directed and anywhere-anytime learning
  • Integrated thinking and learning curriculum, developing metacognitive processes, reflection and goal-setting
  • Mentoring programmes, providing peer leadership and academic and career guidance
  • Authentic and contextual learning opportunities
  • Innovative teaching approaches from a dedicated, high-calibre staff

ERO Report

We were last visited in August 2016. The next review is due in 4-5 years (2020-2021).

ERO found that

Students … are highly engaged in learning and value the rich opportunities they have to grow personally and academically. Leaders and teachers work in partnership with students to learn, think and inquire. NCEA qualifications success in the college is sustained at very high levels because of the strength in the NZC focused school vision.

Read the full report or visit www.ero.govt.nz

LOCATION

Located in Botany Downs, Howick, an attractive suburb in the East of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

575 Chapel Road.

Only 40 minutes drive from the city centre  and 30 minutes from the Auckland International Airport 

Within easy walking distance of the school is, Botany Town Centre  the second largest shopping mall in the country, there are shops, cinemas , restaurants, libraries , ice skating rink and entertainment complexes.

The nearest beaches are within 15 minutes drive.

LOGO SYMBOLISM

What our logo symbolises

Representing the concept that students are viewed as a seed being nurtured by their wh?nau (teachers, students, family) and the wider community.

The upwards direction of the logo represents that as a learning organisation we are progressing upwards, continuously improving.

The logo is consistent with our mission, vision and values statement.

CHARTER

Our key planning document and the basis for all college activity.

The charter sets out for the college, parents, families, whanau, and wider community, what a board intends to achieve for its students and how it will do this. All schools must have a charter which is annually reviewed (Education Act, section 61).

Updated each year with the Ministry of Education and the Annually Updated Section (Annual Plan).

Strategic Section (Plan)

Outlines the Board of Trustees strategic aims for the next three to five years. It reflects what the Board is doing to make a difference for student achievement and progress, particularly for Maori and Pasifika students, and students with special education needs

Annually Updated Section (Annual Plan)

Identifies the Board of Trustees priorities for the coming year. It includes the Board’s actions to raise student progress and achievement, and describes how the Board is giving effect to the National Education Guidelines, which include the National Administration Guidelines (NAGs), that the college must comply with.

A forward-thinking education focused on challenging, innovative, personalised learning within a whanau-based community where learners are nurtured and inspired to achieve personal excellence.
As global citizens we embrace diversity, develop character and self-worth, and live our values of empathy, excellence, integrity and respect.

Knowledge with Character

To be an exceptional whanau-based learning community. Our students will be confident, connected and self-managing lifelong learners who will seize our excellent learning opportunities. They will be innovative, creative and enterprising.

Our professional and highly motivated staff provide intellectual challenge through quality teaching and learning programmes within a safe, supportive environment.

We are contributing members of our local, national and global community and work towards sustainability.

Our school community recognises and values individual differences, the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and our multi-cultural society.

As a school community we have high expectations that are expressed through our shared core values:
  • Respect

For self, others and the environment, through tolerance, equity and the celebration of diversity

  • Empathy

Through participation, teamwork and service

  • Integrity

Through fairness and honesty

  • Excellence

Through perseverance, effort, inquiry and critical thinking

  • Provide EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES for all students
  • Maximise the resources and opportunities provided in the PHILOSOPHY OF THE WHANAU to support students
  • Attract, professionally develop, and retain the HIGHEST QUALITY STAFF who share the College’s vision, culture, philosophy, and pedagogical approach
  • Actively seek and provide NEW AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES to encourage creative and innovative learning and teaching
  • Use communication and marketing tools to promote the college as an OUTSTANDING LEARNING ORGANISATION
MISSION
A forward-thinking education focused on challenging, innovative, personalised learning within a whanau-based community where learners are nurtured and inspired to achieve personal excellence.
As global citizens we embrace diversity, develop character and self-worth, and live our values of empathy, excellence, integrity and respect.
VISION AND VALUES

Knowledge with Character

To be an exceptional whanau-based learning community. Our students will be confident, connected and self-managing lifelong learners who will seize our excellent learning opportunities. They will be innovative, creative and enterprising.

Our professional and highly motivated staff provide intellectual challenge through quality teaching and learning programmes within a safe, supportive environment.

We are contributing members of our local, national and global community and work towards sustainability.

Our school community recognises and values individual differences, the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and our multi-cultural society.

As a school community we have high expectations that are expressed through our shared core values:
  • Respect

For self, others and the environment, through tolerance, equity and the celebration of diversity

  • Empathy

Through participation, teamwork and service

  • Integrity

Through fairness and honesty

  • Excellence

Through perseverance, effort, inquiry and critical thinking

STRATEGIC INTENT
  • Provide EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES for all students
  • Maximise the resources and opportunities provided in the PHILOSOPHY OF THE WHANAU to support students
  • Attract, professionally develop, and retain the HIGHEST QUALITY STAFF who share the College’s vision, culture, philosophy, and pedagogical approach
  • Actively seek and provide NEW AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES to encourage creative and innovative learning and teaching
  • Use communication and marketing tools to promote the college as an OUTSTANDING LEARNING ORGANISATION

Maori dimensions and cultural diversity

We recognise the values and diversity that our multi-cultural community offers, and the unique position of Maori culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand [Education Act s61(3a)]. This includes having a specific Achievement Plan for Maori, integrating tikanga and Te Reo Maori into the kawa (protocols) and curriculum (where appropriate) of the college.

All reasonable steps will be taken to provide instruction in tikanga Maori (Maori culture) and te reo Maori (Maori language) for full-time students if requested by their parents [Education Act s61(3a)].

Cultural diversity will be celebrated and promoted.

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