Spotswood College

December 2022 Newsletter


Principals Piece

Students at the Centre of Learning

Community at the heart of who we are

Cultural and Sporting Success


Whakatau mai rā ki te ao ihiihi nei o Te Kura Tuarua o Ngāmotu

Welcome to our exciting world of learning at Spotswood College

Spotswood College is proud to be a leading school of modern and innovative learning. We have a clear vision of a 21st Century learning environment where learning has a purpose, is planned with students, and is pursued through relevant and authentic contexts.

The culture of our school is built on a ‘whānau,’ ‘family’ like environment where students gain a sense of belonging. Powerful partnerships with families and the wider community is a key aspect of our learning community.

We are confident that our young people will be well equipped with 21st Century skills to be positioned to be amongst the entrepreneurs, designers, innovators, academics, shakers and movers and leaders to build a better world for tomorrow.





Nicola Ngarewa


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Transition Booklet for Students and Whanau

He Huarahi Tautoko - Seeking Support

School Map


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School Lunches

Spotswood College provides school lunches. Students will be able to collect lunches at the following times from the Old Whaitata: 11am - 11.35am and at 1.35pm - 2.10pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and on Wednesdays 11am - 11.35am and at 12.35pm - 1.10pm.

Please contact if your student has any special dietary requirements.


Uniform Price List - 2023

The uniform shop hours for Term 1 2023 are: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm Monday to Friday.

For uniform queries please contact Sharon on 751 2416 ext 721 or 022 676 2750.

Bus Information

Link to bus routes and timetables for the Citylink New Plymouth 0800 87 22 87

Ongoing Communication With Whanau

We are an online learning community and correspondence to families is done via emails, newsletters, website, School Apps and social media.

All Spotswood College Events can be found on the Spotswood College google calendar link

Please ensure the Admin team has your correct email address and cell phone number.

Term Dates

Term 1 30/01/23 - 06/04/23

Term 2 24/04/23 - 30/06/23

Term 3 17/07/23 - 22/09/23

Term 4 09/10/23 - 08/12/23

Important Dates To Note

Wednesday 15th February - Parent-meet the teacher picnic for all students and whanau (5-7pm)

Friday 17th February - Swim Carnival at the Aquatic Centre

Friday 10th March - School Athletics

Wednesday 22nd March - IDPs all day

Wednesday 29th March - Parent-teacher interviews

Thursday 6th April - Last day of Term

Term 1 - Week 0 (23rd - 27th January 2023)

School Office Is Open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

ICT will be based in the Whaitata for new students to bring their BYOD devices so they can connect to the school WIFI network.

Wednesday 25th January

9.00am SLT

11.00am New Staff Induction - SLT

Thursday 26th January

Staff meetings throughout the day.

Friday 27th January

Staff Historical Trip around Ngāmotu.

Term 1 - Week 1

Please note: Students with alternative transition processes will follow their individual transition plan.

Te Waka Manaaki students will follow their set programme.

Monday 30th January

Staff Meetings throughout the day.

Year 12/13 Leadership Day at TOPEC. (WCR)

Tuesday 31st January

Staff Meetings throughout the day.

Peer Support Training for Year 12/13s (VCO).

Wednesday 1st February

9.00am Start for students Years 9 & 13

New students and staff are to gather on the grass in front of the school (Hall if raining). All Yr 9 Learning Advisory teachers will also be out the front of the school.

Staff and students will have a formal powhiri to welcome you into your new kura. Whanau are welcome to attend.

There will be a short break for kai, then Year 9 students will meet back in the hall where the Year 9 Learning Advisory (LA) teachers will read out their LA class lists and take them to their teaching space.

All Year 13 students will need to go to the Whaitata.

The process for students with incomplete 2023 timetables

11am - 11:35am Interval

11.35 - 1:35pm Back into LA classes

1:35pm - 2:10pm Lunch

2:10pm - 3:10pm Back into LA classes

Please be aware that school finishes at 2.10pm every Wednesday.

Thursday 2nd February

9.00am Year level Assemblies:

  • Yr 9 students to go to - Hall

  • Yr 10 to go to - GYM

  • Yr 13 to go to - S16

  • Te Waka Manaaki students to go to the TWM building (at the end of the tennis courts)

At the end of Level Assemblies students will go to their LA class:

All students will be working in their Learning Advisory groups on a range of connecting, strengthening and inspiring each other activities.

11.00am Interval

11.35 - 1:35pm All Students to LA class to continue working on activities.

1.35pm - 2.10pm Lunch

2.10pm - 3.10pm LA Class to continue with activities to happen in or outside of the classroom.

Friday 3rd February

9.00am Levels Assembly

  • Yr 9 to go to LA

  • Yr 10 to go to LA

  • Yr 11 to go to Gym

  • Yr 12 to go to Hall

  • Yr 13 to go to LA

  • Te Waka Manaaki students to go to the TWM building (at the end of the tennis courts)

Students will go to their LA class at the conclusion of the Levels Assemblies.

11.00am Interval

11.35am Peer Support

12.35pm - 1.10pm Lunch

1.10pm - 3.10pm Hapu Activities

Term 1 - Week 2

Monday 6th February

Waitangi Day - No School

Tuesday 7th February

Normal timetable resumes from today onwards.


Please see information below regarding our Junior Prizegiving on the 9th December 2022. For any queries please email

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Whaea Nicola email:

Deputy Principal

Mr Daryn Shaw email:

Senior Leadership

Mrs Paula Cast email:

Senior Leadership

Mrs Hilary Takarangi email:

Senior Leadership

Mr Darren Scott email:

Year 12 and 13 Dean

Mr Wayne Cribb email:

Year 11 Dean

Mrs Tulah Katene email:

Year 10 Dean

Mr Cameron Hopkinson email:

Year 9 Dean

Mr Airana Ngarewa email:

International Director

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


Taranaki Regional Council Environmental In Action Award

Spotswood College were very proud to be the recipients of the Taranaki Regional Council Environmental In Action Award.

The video captures why the students and staff involved in the Junior Impact Inquiry work are such deserving recipients.

Check out the video here

Puanga Festival 2022

Our rōpū Kapa Haka were the overall winners of the regional Puanga Festival 2022.

We are very proud of the students who practised extensively for this event, assisted in the coordination through out and gave an absolute gold performance.

A special mihi to tutor Clive and Wharekuka Tonga Awhikau.

Watch our Kapa Haka performance here

Senior Prizegiving 2022

Congratulations to all of our students who received awards at the Senior Prizegiving and a special congratulation to Hana Ono, our Dux Recipient 2022 and Aisha Campbell, our Proxime Accessit and top Māori student 2022.

See the farewell for our Senior students here

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MoneyHub has 10+ NCEA resources to help everyone attain merits and excellences - check it out and prepare for upcoming internals and externals with confidence.

Please make sure your teens are checking, opening and reading their emails. Opportunities are being missed.


Sports / Culture

Congratulations to our School Basketball Teams who won their regional division and our Volleyball Teams who also took out the regional competitions.

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International Students

Our International Students have been spending the last month of term touring the sites of Aotearoa, New Zealand as part of their program of learning. We eagerly await the arrival of other students from around the world next year and encourage you to touch base if you are interested in being a Home Stay.

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Activities Week

December 5th - 9th. This is an opportunity for our junior school to have some fun! There will be further information to come out with what will be happening on each day. There will be a cost for the tenpin bowling, mini putt and a bus which will be $20. This will be available to pay at the finance office or online: BANK ACC 15-3949-0007720-85 PARTICULARS - ACTIVITY WEEK, REF - FIRST LETTER OF FIRST NAME AND SURNAME OF STUDENT

School Devices and School Uniforms

Please return any school devices or any donations of school uniform items to the school office.

Community Pool Hire

Applications for Pool Hire access will open from Monday 7th November and are available from the Finance Office only during school hours of 8am to 15.30pm the cost is $150.00 please ensure you bring a form of ID when applying and sign the terms of use agreement. The Pool hire period will cease from Saturday 1st April 2023 at 8.00pm. All enquiries can be made by contacting Wendy in the Finance office.

Important Dates to Remember

2nd December 2022

PPTA PUM (School will finish at 12.45pm on this day)

5th - 9th December 2022

Activities Week

9th December 2022

Junior Prizegiving

Spotswood College Student Counsellors

Introducing the new Spotswood College Student Counsellors, who are excited to be part of the school community.

Suzy – I have been working at Spotswood since the start of the year, and am really excited to now be here five days a week. I am a mum to 3 beautiful children and grew up in Taranaki. My background is very different from what I do now. I trained as an Air Traffic Controller, and after having my children moved on to teaching new controllers at the international college that once was in Palmerston North. It was working with young men and women from around the world that allowed me to see how vital it is to have someone trusted walking alongside you in life, and this led me to train in counselling. It is so nice to be back in my roots with the Maunga calling me home.

Paulette - I grew up in Taranaki but have lived in 5 different countries, Canada being my favourite. I am a mum to a teenage daughter, an outdoor enthusiast, avid gym-goer, and partial to the occasional weekend binge-watch session on Netflix! I trained as a primary school teacher, but felt I could help people in other ways, so I decided to become a counsellor. The idea of counselling can be scary, so it is my hope to ease that worry.

Counselling is an opportunity to talk freely and openly about ANYTHING that might be concerning you, including the challenges you might be facing. People come to counselling for different reasons. Some might be dealing with major changes in their life while others might feel like something isn’t quite right and want to find out more. Or it could be that you just need a ‘listening ear’. We will provide a safe and confidential space and listen without judgement, while acknowledging and respecting your values and beliefs. Working together to bring about positive change, accept and support you, no matter what you are going through.

Ngā mihi

Paulette and Suzy

School Counselling Services are available to discuss academic, career, or personal/social support.

To make an appointment

Careers Officer Chell Lusk -

Guidance Counsellors -

Drop in Public Health Nurse hours - Monday 9.00 am - 2.00 pm.

Keeping Yourself And Your Whanau Safe In Our Digital World: Bullying And Harassment

Digital platforms can be useful tools, but in this time and age, there is a significant risk that social media platforms can be used by students to bully each other or spread rumours about others. We are asking for the support of this community to come together in addressing this.

The Spotswood College’s Responsible Use of Technology Policy is below.

As part of the enrollment process, an agreement is signed by both the student and the caregiver regarding the appropriate use of the school's ICT systems. The school offers a monitored internet connection and a safe environment for the students.

Unfortunately, students’ personal cell phones are not covered by the protections that the system offers. These devices can easily be used to cause harm including the form of unconsented recording or photography.

To prevent this, it is important that as a community we understand the Harmful Digital Communication Act and the impact that this form of bullying and harassment can have on the victims. In this digital age rumours and jokes can have lingering consequences.

The Netsafe organization is the best place to get help either by starting a conversation with your child, seeking advice to help create a safer home internet connection or getting support if you are already suffering from online abuse.

School app

Spotswood College will be using SchoolAppsNZ to send out notices and information to our whānau. This is a free app available on Apple and Android devices. You can also access newsletters, contact the school about absences and find helpful links as well as quick access to Kamar. (Link below).


Kamar Portal


We have a school attendance target of above 90% for every student. To ensure that together we reach this, it is important that if you know your child is going to be absent from school, that you please contact the school by using one of the following options.

Option 1: Telephone the school on 06 751 2416 and speak to the receptionist (Tracey) or Attendance Officer (Jenine).

Option 2: Send a text to the Attendance Officer (Jenine) on 021 023 93060

Option 3: send an email to the Attendance Officer (Jenine) -

Option 4: Use the school app to log attendance.

Option 5: Leave a message on the Attendance hotline by calling the school on 06 751 2416 and press (1) to report a student's absence. Record your child’s name, parents' name, contact details and reason for absence.

Based on our attendance data system we will send an automated text to parents of any students that are absent, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

If for any reason you are concerned about your child’s attendance, you can speak with the Attendance Officer (see contact details above) or she will pass you on to the DEAN or your child’s Learning Advisor.

Student Wellbeing Services

Sick or injured at school

The sickbay is closed for any sick-related issues. If your child is sick, we will contact home and ask for them to be picked up immediately. Students should not arrange this themselves as we need to know where they are at all times.

The sick bay is open to help with injuries.

A public health nurse is available for you and your caregivers if you have any concerns. This could be a rash, not sleeping well, regular headaches, ongoing health issues etc.

Please ask to talk to her privately. Consultations are confidential, offering information and advice. Health resources are available, with a choice of providers for referrals to agencies.



28th - 29th Regional NCEA Accord Days (no classes running on these days)


2nd - Final day for NCEA Exams

2nd - PPTA PUM

5th - 9th - Activities Week

9th - Junior Prizegiving and last day of term 4 2022



Monday 17th October – 9th December

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