Newsletter, Week 2, Term 1 2023

Kia ora koutou BDS whānau,                                                                  Week 2, Term 1, 2023   We have had a wonderful start to

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Announcement : 

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022 – nominations close on Wednesday 3 August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7 September. Please follow this link for more information:


** Summer Reading @ BDS –

Why read over summer?  Research shows that reading ability can decline during the summer break. In order to help prevent this we are encouraging students to borrow school library books over the summer holidays. This opportunity is open to students currently in Years 0/1-5.

Parents/caregivers: if you would like your child to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete and submit the following form: Summer Reading Permission form

Summer Reading:

  • for Yr 0/1-5 students who are returning to BDS in 2023 and have no current overdue library books
  • students will be able to borrow up to 10 books in Weeks 8&9 to read over the summer holidays (borrowing of library books will close in Week 7 unless a form has been received)
  • books borrowed must be returned in Week 1 of 2023
  • by submitting a form, parents/caregivers agree to take responsibility for all books borrowed
  • a list of books that your child has borrowed will be given to help you keep track of the books


Our library is a welcoming, engaging place where students are encouraged and supported to develop their BEST literacy and reading skills for their future.

School Library

Botany Downs is blessed with a lovely library space FULL of wonderful books! Our collection includes: picture books, fiction (junior, middle and senior), non-fiction, magazines, graphic novels and sophisticated picture books. Each class has a scheduled library visit each week when they develop library and research skills, and find books to read at home and school.


Search our library collection here: BDS Library Collection


  • The library is open at lunchtime, from 12.45 to 1.00pm
  • Books are issued for two weeks.
  • ALL books/magazines must be issued via the library issues computer.
  • Children usually return their books during their weekly class visit, but may also return books before school or during lunchtime.
  • Books must be returned either to the librarian on duty or in the returns slot at the issue desk so they can be scanned through the computer. Please be considerate to other students and return your books on or before the due date.
  • If you haven’t finished reading your book by the due date, you are welcome to renew it – bring your book to the library and ask the librarian to renew it for you.
  • There is no charge for overdue books, however if a book is lost or badly damaged, parents/caregivers will be asked to pay for a replacement copy.

Year 0 – 3 – may borrow 1 book at a time.

Year 4 – may borrow 2 books at a time.

Year 5 & 6 – may borrow 3 books at a time.

Students in Year 5 have the opportunity to become Student Librarians. Being a Student Librarian means helping to run the library at lunchtime.


BDS eLibrary 2022

We are excited to offer the option of digital reading to our students for 2022! Follow this link to visit our eLibrary, sign in and start browsing for great reads: BDS eLibrary

The following PDF contains instructions on how to login and download books to read: Introducing the Botany Downs eLibrary


Reading Links:


Radio NZ – stories to listen to online

Storytime Online – stories to watch online

Kids Books NZ – reviews

Children’s Books Daily – reviews and reading tips

The Sapling – reviews, book lists and news

Read NZ (previously New Zealand Book Council) – New Zealand authors and events

Auckland Libraries – catalog search and events

Kiwi Kids News – child friendly news and current affairs


BDS Library Policy