BDSC selected as a 2016 Microsoft Showcase School

Recognised as a global leader in successful integrations of technology with teaching and learning.

Microsoft-Software-SchoolBotany Downs Secondary College (BDSC) was selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace. This is the fifth year that BDSC has been part of the Microsoft Education Network programme, being the first school in New Zealand to be recognised in this way.


BDSC joins a select community of over 400 premier schools from around the world, recognized to celebrate their truly pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies. BDSC is entering the third year of its BYOD (bring your own device) programme, and the transformation of learning and teaching has built on years of the use of ICTs in the college. The use of Office 365 and the Class OneNote has made a significant impact in 2015 and further use will enhance the collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills of students.

“Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is an honour and recognition of the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible,” said Michael Hart, Deputy Principal, at Botany Downs Secondary College “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.”

As a Showcase School, BDSC will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.

“Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school, ” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalized education to students empowering them to achieve more.”

As part of the Showcase Schools network BDSC will continue to enjoy collaboration with an international group of leaders, Microsoft Innovative Educators Experts (MIE Experts) on staff, access to professional development for teachers, and invitations to regional and global events.

BDSC is also proud that Mr Mark Thornton-Pett will join Mr Shraddha Sharma as a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert who will help drive innovation and support staff and students.