School Board

All state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand have a School Board.

The School Board 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-elected Trustees, one Staff Trustee and one Co-opt Trustee for the term 2019-2022. The Student Trustee 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 Minutes are available at Reception or upon request.

Board members welcome you contacting them.

Mrs Lauren Albrey

Executive Committee, 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.

l.albrey@bdsc.school.nz

Committee member of
  • Executive (Chair)
  • Financial Governance, Audit and Risk
  • Discipline
  • Health and Safety
  • Personnel

A message from our 2021 Student Representative

Jessica Dixon

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.

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