I have had the pleasure of being Botany Downs Secondary College’s Board of Trustees Student Representative for 2021 and to say I have been blown away is an understatement. This phenomenal experience has taught me the mechanics of a boardroom, helped me to develop my leadership and communication skills and given me an insight into the inner workings of Botany Downs Secondary College. It is truly eye opening to see everyone’s passion for keeping our school’s standards exceptionally high and ensuring our students are able to reach their full potential. The time and effort that goes into the running of our school behind the scenes is astonishing and it has been a privilege to be involved.
I have thoroughly enjoyed attending the monthly meetings and gaining an insight into the governance of the College. I have been so incredibly impressed by the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of the Board and it is reassuring to know that Botany Downs Secondary College is in such competent and nurturing hands.
At the end of 2020 I had the opportunity to attend a New Zealand School Trustees Association workshop where I was able to learn more about my role as a Student Trustee and what is expected of me in the role. Not only did this workshop ease my nerves going into my first board meeting, but it was also a great opportunity to network with Student Trustees from other Auckland Colleges. We have remained in contact during the year and have been able to share thoughts and ideas with each other.
Thank you to the Board for being so welcoming and allowing me the opportunity to put forward the student voice. I would like to thank all the students who elected me as their Student Trustee on the BDSC Board for 2021. It has been an absolute privilege representing the student body.