Mufti Day (Senior Ball)
Daylight Saving ends
Subject Teacher Conferences, A-L
04/04/2017 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
40Hr Famine fundraiser: Bake Sale
Geography Trip to Rotorua
05/04/2017 - 07/04/2017
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Guidance and Counselling
We are pleased to inform all Parents, Caregivers and Students that we have a new
New Times’ reporter: ex-student Laura Brookes
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Hirzi Rafli Putra-Laksana, Head Boy
Alexandra Page, Head Girl
Tian Fong and Tommie Wiid, Deputy Head Boys
Florence Best and Samantha Oliver, Deputy Head Girls
A Message from our 2017 Head Students
Our school functions on the central vision of “knowledge with character”. As students and members of the Botany Downs Secondary College community, we place high value on this vision. With it, we encourage all students to increase their knowledge to better themselves as young adults. We also believe it is essential that they apply this knowledge to contribute to the local community and beyond, as we begin to take steps in becoming conscious global citizens.
Our school is set apart from others, as we place great importance on both achieving excellence academically, and on developing ourselves into strong and unique members of our society with our own personal identity and belonging. All this is achieved through our school’s approach in developing the students ‘Our Way’; a collection of the school’s integral values of excellence, empathy, integrity, and respect. Encouragement of these values, its application in school life and the development of our students allows them to excel in every aspect as a young adult.
One of the most important aspects of BDSC is the brilliant Whanau-based system. This system gives students an immediate sense of belonging within the school and along with our extensive co-curricular program, students have a platform to pursue areas outside the classroom to enrich their individual capabilities and fulfil their interests. The incredible teachers and staff of BDSC, who continue to show endless support for all students, are the cornerstone for success in these three key areas of our school - academics, the Whanau-based system and the co-curricular program.
The Head Team of 2017 places particular emphasis on better student experiences at BDSC while working with teachers, staff, and other members of the community to improve the environment in which we learn. We find it immensely important to connect with the community around us and we will aim to create new ways and opportunities in which we, as students and as a school, can reach out to the wider community including other schools. Another area that we, as the Head Team, would like to pursue this year is to encourage students to reach their full potential, especially around the areas of leadership and active participation in the numerous opportunities that the school provides. We believe that through these initiatives, we can grow the students and therefore the success of our school and vision.
As the Head student team of BDSC we aim to be transparent and engaging with all our peers as we take great pride in helping to lead an outstanding group of young adults through their college life. We would like to encourage all our peers to do their absolute best in all aspects of school life and to not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone to advance their capabilities. Each school year always contains its challenges, however BDSC is a supportive and positive environment where our peers can be sure to conquer any challenge they may face.
On behalf of the Botany Downs Secondary College community we would like to wish all our students another exceptional year at the college. Above all, we aim to instil self-belief in our peers as it is at the core of their achievement and to this, they will have the support of their entire school community -
“Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini”;
It is not my strength alone but the strength of many that contribute to my success!
Let 2017 be a year of positive growth and learning!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8.40 am - 3.15 pm
Thursday: 9.05 am - 3.15 pm
Staggered Start below to Thursday 13 April 2017
Course confirmation - senior students with option changes only, Friday 27 January
- Year 13 - 9 am
- Year 11 - 10:30 am
- Year 12 - 11:30 am
Students to be in full uniform.
Public holiday: Auckland Anniversary Day (Monday 30 January)
Start dates for:
- Year 9 and all NEW students (Years 10-13) including new international, Tuesday 31 January at 9:00am. Orientation continues Wednesday 1 February at 9:00am
- Year 10 and returning Year 10 international students with NO option changes, Wednesday 1 February at 10:00am
- Timetable begins for ALL students including returning international, Thursday 2 February
Orientation is expected to go from 9.30 am to 11.00 am, afterwhich students will depart.
Commencement procedures for students:
- Need to bring laptop and pen and paper for the first day
- Full uniform
- Meet in the Performing Arts Centre (Year 9 and ALL NEW students at 9am Tuesday 31 Jan, Year 10 at 10am Wednesday 1 Feb)
- Allocated Whanau and introduced to Whanau Leader and Assistant Whanau Leaders
- Will begin orientation in allocated Whanau, with an introduction to the school, rules and relevant information regarding timetables, café etc.
- Some Astle and PAT testing will take place for Mathematics and English on one of the orientation days
- Our excellent onsite Café will be open for over the counter orders from Tuesday 31 January
10 or 11 weeks
Public holidays: Auckland Anniversary Day (Monday 30 January), Waitangi Day observed (Monday 6 February)
School holidays: 2 weeks (includes Easter and Easter Tuesday and Anzac Day) Friday 14 April – Sunday 30 April
Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
School closed: Teacher Only Day - Friday 2 June
Public holidays: Queen's Birthday - Monday 5 June
School holidays: Saturday 8 July - Sunday 23 July
Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September 2017
School holidays: 2 weeks. Saturday 30 September - Sunday 15 October
Monday 16 October to no later than Monday 11 December 2017 *TBC
up to 10 weeks
Public holidays: Labour Day (Mon 23 Oct)
School holidays: 5 or 6 weeks (from school's closing day until opening date of school the following year)
View our Uniform and Stationery information for Shop hours and more.
Download our International Fees and Dates, 2017 (.pdf)
All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).
It includes essential information regarding start dates, stationery, school uniform and subject choices.
- 29 January to 13 April, Returning International Students (IF option changes needed)
- 31 January, Year 9 Students and ALL NEW International Students (early start allows for 2 day orientation programme)
- 1 February, Returning Year 10 International Students (NO option changes needed)
- 2 February, Years 9 to 13, if above dates do not apply.
- 1 May to 7 July, Years 9 to 13
- 24 July to 29 September, Years 9 to 13
- 16 October to 14 December, Years 9 and 10
- 16 October to 24 November, Years 11 to 13 (may be earlier or later for students sitting NCEA exams, depending on exams written)
Approximate age for each Year Level:
- Year 9 - 13 years
- Year 10 - 14 years
- Year 11 - 15 years
- Year 12 - 16 years
- Year 13 - 17-18 years
View our College Term Dates including our daily schedule, term, and holiday dates.
Orientation for all new International Students will be on Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1 February at our International Office. Please wear correct uniform for Orientation. Students to bring their your own lunch.