Board of Trustees

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 Board of Trustees resulted in the election of five Parent Representatives and one Staff Representative for the term 2016-2019. 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 Board of Trustees visit the New Zealand School Trustees Association website .

Board members welcome you contacting them.

Mr Murray Goodman


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 2019 Student Representative

Saraya McLean

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.

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