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Botany Downs Secondary College focuses on high expectations of student commitment to achievement; an emphasis on personal development and care for one another; and our desire to form strong partnerships with parents and others in a “learning community”.

We have a clear sense of direction and certainty about our vision, philosophy, core values and standards. Our conceptual framework draws on a blend of international research among leading schools, wide experience, and well-informed evaluation of trends in education.

Our learning community is at the forefront of best practice in education, including our use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education, recognised by our status as a Mentor School in the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning programme. Our mix of strategies aims at nurturing responsible citizens, creative and critical thinkers and learners, and young people able to advance in a knowledge era community.

At BDSC we utilise diverse learning activities, learning contexts, and technologies. The pace of technological change means that learning can truly take place in the global village of the 21st century and BDSC has established national and international learning partnerships for both students and staff.

Our Whanau system as the basis of pastoral care provides exceptional support for individual students. Each Whanau promotes group cohesiveness and establishes an identity for each student that is related to a physical and social environment.

When our students leave us, we want them to stride into the world of further education and employment, well qualified and skilled, and equipped to handle the challenges of the world in which they will live, learn, serve, and work. We welcome your active participation in making this vision a reality.



All about us, our mission, vision and values, and the latest ERO Report.


Principal’s Welcome

Mrs Karen Brinsden brings a wealth of knowledge


Board of Trustees

View our wonderful decision makers on the Board of Trustees.


Whanau System

The foundation of our holistic approach to student education and pastoral care… a ‘school within a school’.

DiscoveryEndeavourJohn BrittenKoruSir Peter Blake, and Year 9 Camps


Student Care and Wellbeing

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