“We believe that the world is an exciting place, full of wonderful opportunities.”
At Botany Downs Secondary College we provide a range of experiences that instil a sense of confidence and self-belief. We encourage students to seize these opportunities and pursue success to create their best possible future.About Our College
We are a public high school for students aged 13-18. we usually host 150 international students from twenty countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Located in Botany Downs a relatively new, affluent area forty minutes from Auckland city New Zealand’s largest city.
The college has developed a reputation for innovation, quality of education and a genuine commitment to individual student support.
We provide excellent opportunities for students in all our subject areas, however our areas of strength include: Mathematics, Science, Technology and the Arts.Facilities
We realise the importance of ensuring that students are prepared for an exciting future and we are committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to gain the skills they need.
The college has a purpose-built auditorium for performances, which has been built to enable all types of performance: from dance, drama and concerts to student assemblies and prizegiving’s.Local Area
Our suburb and has been designed to create a distinctive, safe, neighbourly environment with its own recreation facilities. Directly opposite the college is Botany Town Centre, New Zealand’s second-largest shopping mall which offers a range of community facilities including:
Botany Downs also features excellent transport options including a bus hub allowing students easy access to Auckland city.
We are close to Auckland Airport the largest airport in New Zealand. This is a real benefit for international students who won’t need to take internal flights to return to their country.Whānau
Our Whānau system is at the heart of the college and the foundation of the approach we take to student education and care. We have six two-storey buildings called "Whānau" which in Māori means family. The second floor contains specialist teaching rooms and the ground floor has more classrooms, a kitchen and a common space providing a “home away from home” where students can gather before and after school.
Each whānau has a Whānau Leader, who is responsible for managing the pastoral care, academic monitoring and discipline of each student. Having in effect, six small schools provides students with the care, support and continuity that small schools are renowned for, whilst still retaining all the advantages that only a large school can provide, in terms of subjects, sports and leadership opportunities.
We take great care to ensure that students who speak the same language are distributed between the six whānau. This helps to ensure that your child will have the best opportunity to integrate with local students.
Experience and Culture
We believe that a student’s time in New Zealand should be a mixture of education and experience.
The Māori culture is the heart of our country’s unique make-up and its influence is present in our everyday lives from the College’s Whānau (family) structure our sports team’s haka and our annual trip to Rotorua, the home of ‘Māori-dom’. We provide opportunities for all our students to experience many aspects of this amazing culture which of course, is something only New Zealand can offer.Extra-curricular activities Sports:
Rugby, Soccer, Netball, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Table Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, SquashDance:
Stage Challenge, Pulse Dance Performance, Samoan Dance, Indian Dance, Tongan Dance, Pasifika DanceDrama:
School Wide Production, Theatre SportsGroups:
Enviro Schools, Kapa Haka (traditional New Zealand Dance), Cultural Groups, Chess Club, Online Gaming Group, Lion Dancing, Korean Drumming, Debating, Cooking ClubMusic:
Orchestra, Concert Band
Quote from an International Student - Thi Mai Linh (Miley) Nguyen.
"My first impression of BDSC was the warm welcome given by the whole BDSC staff, especially the International Department. The International Department will never let you have the feeling of loneliness while studying here; they take care of us during school times and during our social life beyond the school hours. They are people who I can lean on and have faith in while dealing with any troubles, which I appreciate a lot while living away from my family and friends. Moreover, they always try to improve the international students’ experience by sending them on trips around New Zealand. But BDSC is not only about studying, it’s the place I met my very first friends in New Zealand and was able to enjoy myself.
New Zealand is a multi-cultural country, which allows me to make friends coming from all around the world: Japan, India, China, Taiwan, the list goes on. Together, we learn about each other’s culture: the cuisine, the language and we are able to help each other with our studies. This has explained why I achieved an Excellence Endorsement by the end of last year for Level 2.
BDSC also supports us by organizing many activities such as Cultural Week, Athletics day, Botany Challenge, Botany Night of Nations (a celebration of all things International). These activities offer us the chance to build up our friendships by creating great memories while studying here at BDSC."