School Board

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 last triennial election for the School Board resulted in the election of four Parent Representatives and one Staff Representative for the term 2019-2022. 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 full member of the board. The board can also co-opt members for specific projects as required.

For more information about the role of the School Board visit the New Zealand School Trustees Association website .

Board members welcome you contacting them.

Mrs Lauren Albrey

Board Chair

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 2020 Student Representative

Nick Ngo

Throughout my thrilling journey and privilege of serving as the 2020 Botany Downs Secondary College Student Representative, I can confidently say my position has enhanced my abilities. The responsibilities associated with this role have helped shape me into a better individual. I am forever grateful to have been elected to take up the role, and I will cherish every moment I had.

My journey began with the uncertainty of the decision to apply for this role. Throughout my schooling years, leadership remained to be a thought at the back of my mind, a thought I had never thought to act upon. Fortunately enough, I can now say that this was one of the best choices I had made. During my position, I acquired knowledge on several skills. I slowly began to learn how precious time was, as well as the amount of effort it takes to run things smoothly. From monthly meetings, to empowering the student body to speak up and project their voice, I felt confident that I was capable of making change to add to the high-quality learning environment at BDSC.

The students of BDSC entrusted me and my qualities with this position, and I will cherish this forever. Without the support of my fellow peers and classmates, I would not have been successful. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the board remained enthusiastic to further continue ongoing success. This was the main lesson which I learned this year, that nothing in life should be taken for granted. Which is why, I urge every student not to underestimate their abilities or potential, broaden your horizons, and most importantly, have no regrets. Seek every opportunity you are given as you may just surprise yourself.

I wish to utilise this opportunity to say thank you, my sincerest regards to everyone who made this year possible for me to cherish myself as a board member of 2020. It has been an honor and I am proud to have been a BDSC student.

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