Newsletter – Week 7, Term 2 2023

Kia ora koutou BDS whānau,                                                                  Week 7, Term 2, 2023   We hope you have all had a

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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:

Student Leaders


Botany Downs offers opportunities for students to take on leadership roles.


House Leader: Year 6 children who express an interest in becoming a House Leader complete an application form, are given problem-solving tasks and attend a group interview. Teachers then have the tricky task of narrowing down and selecting 12 deserving students from a large group of worthy candidates. Botany Downs School fosters ‘BEST’ values of Belief, Excellence, Skills and Thoughtfulness and the House Leaders endeavour to lead their Houses with these values in mind.

Peer Mediators: Botany Downs runs a Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme, which enables students to act as third party mediators between two or more of their peers, who are caught up in a disagreement and want to see it resolved constructively.  The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme teaches essential life skills for peaceful conflict resolution. The skills taught empower individuals to build positive, caring relationships with others. Students in Year 6 can apply to be part of the Peer Mediator team.

School Councillors: Year 5 and 6 students are invited to apply for and then selected to become a School Councillor. The role of a Student Councillor is to give feedback and opinions in relation to school events, issues and process; and to feed-back the views of their classmates to the Council and the Deputy Principal. The student council also helps share the students’ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers, the Deputy Principal and Principal. 

Service to the school: Senior students can also take on the following service roles within the school:

  • Road Patrol
  • Student Librarian
  • A&V Monitor
  • PE Shed Monitor
  • Flag Monitor
  • Staffroom Monitor
  • Wet Day Monitor
  • Travel Wise