Botany Downs Secondary School

Botany Downs Secondary School

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Botany Downs Secondary College (BDSC) welcomes International Students. We are a co-educational state school for Years 9 to 13 (age 13 to 18 years) with over 1800 students and 150 staff.

Opened in 2004, we have a modern learning environment which promotes 21st century competencies.

BDSC offers a full range of sporting, arts and cultural activities. All students are encouraged to take part in this programme. Perhaps the most important reason to choose us is that we are warm and friendly and we care about every student who chooses to make their home with us for a few months or longer. We have a large team of dedicated staff who provide support to International Students.

Our college is founded on the whanau concept, with six “schools within a school” providing for the pastoral care needs of learners.


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Learning Community

Our learning community is at the forefront of best practice in education, including our use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education, recognised by our status as a Mentor School in the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning programme.

Our mix of strategies aims at nurturing responsible citizens, creative and critical thinkers and learners, and young people able to advance in a knowledge era community.

Whanau (Family)

Our Whanau system as the basis of pastoral care provides exceptional support for individual students. Each Whanau promotes group cohesiveness and establishes an identity for each student that is related to a physical and social environment.

When our students leave us, we want them to stride into the world of further education and employment, well qualified and skilled, and equipped to handle the challenges of the world in which they will live, learn, serve, and work. We welcome your active participation in making this vision a reality.

Senior Scholarship Examinations

The curriculum offered is the New Zealand curriculum modified to reflect the particular needs of our Special Character. Key elements of the national curriculum are principles and values helping students to develop key competencies. The BC Curriculum has been developed based on these ideas. In the senior school, teachers prepare students for the national qualification, NCEA(National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Some Year 12 and 13 students sit Scholarship Examinations.

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