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 2018 Student Representative

Solomon Li

This year I was given the opportunity to be the Student Representative of the Board of Trustees and to see how the school functions behind the scenes. I caught a glimpse of the hard work our Board puts into the governance of the school to make sure students benefit the most from their time here.

As the Student Representative, I attended development workshops to help grow my abilities as a member of the Board. Among them, I felt the most helpful was the three-day training programme facilitated by NZSTA to learn about the systems in place, with other Student Trustees around the country.

In the monthly meetings, discussions were held about finding solutions to issues that arise and what actions could be taken. During this time, I realised how hard the people on the Board work to ensure things go smoothly for us as students.

I would like to thank Botany Downs Secondary College for offering me such a wonderful opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the school and for all the effort that may have gone unappreciated through the years. Your efforts provide us with a fantastic learning environment to best develop our potential as more than just learners.

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