I still remember very clearly the day I received the news that I was the new Student Trustee on the Board. Little did I know the things I would learn, the experiences I would have, and how much I would gain in my development as an individual. Working with people who are so genuinely invested in the wellbeing of students, staff and the college, has been eye-opening. As a student, you do not realise how many hours this group of people put in to better the college.
I recently took the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA). Through the workshop, I gained further understanding of my role and responsibilities and networked with other student trustees. It was fascinating to see how other Boards govern their schools and the different approaches that they have. At first, it was a bit daunting, but I soon realised that we were all in the same boat and they felt the same.
In the monthly meetings, we had countless discussions around finding solutions to problems that arose, and enhancements for the betterment of our college. Every decision around the table is made with the sole purpose of the wellbeing and safety of students and staff. It goes unsaid that the work that the Board does is selfless and crucial. It is due to the Board that our college is governed so well and makes us proud to adopt Botany Downs Secondary College as our own.
Applying to be the Student Trustee at BDSC for 2019, has been one of the best decisions I have made. I would like to personally thank all the people who have supported me in this role. To the students; I sincerely thank you for trusting me enough to represent you in front of the Board. I would also like to thank the Board members for welcoming me, encouraging my involvement and for the countless sacrifices that you all make.
I want to congratulate Nick Ngo 12E14 on being elected for the new year of 2020. I know he will accept his role dutifully and speak well as the student’s voice.