Spotswood College

April 2020 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

Words to help connect, strengthen and inspire each other from Barry Finch past Principal of Spotswood College who worked within our school community for 34 years and still visits on a weekly basis!

Nicola Ngarewa



A huge congratulations to staff members David Chiles and his wife Sujon and also Carlin Kumeroa and his wife Aleisha on the arrival of their beautiful babies.



Whaea Nicola email:

Deputy Principal

Mr Daryn Shaw email:

Deputy Principal

Mr Chris Lapworth email:

Senior Leadership

Mrs Paula Cast email:

Senior Leadership

Mrs Hilary Takarangi email:

Senior Leadership

Mr Darren Scott email:

Year 13 Deans

Ms Tracey Laurence email:

Mr Gavin Parr email:

Year 12 Dean

Ms Julia Stephens email:

Year 11 Dean

Mr Wayne Cribb email:

Year 10 Dean

Mr Carlin Kumeroa email:

Year 9 Dean

Mr Darren Scott email:

International Director

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


Term 2: Student Guidelines.

Please click on the link to access full details for Term 2 learning.

VERY IMPORTANT: Your Spotswood College Student Website has all of the essential tools that you need to keep learning out of school.

General Expectations

  1. Put your health and your family first.

  2. Your day’s work will be up online by 10.30am each school day.

  3. All lessons will be on Google Classrooms. Students need to regularly check their emails for any notifications from any of their Google Classes.

  4. Teacher conferencing can happen through Google Classroom/ Google Hangouts and Zoom as required.

  5. All wider school communication will be through school channels - text out though Kamar, email or Google Classroom, Chats, Hangout and Facebook.

  6. A Parent's Guide to Google Classroom - a handy link to get whanau familiar with Google Classroom.

  7. Teachers will also be available for contact via their school email which will be checked during normal school hours of operation (9am until 3.10 pm).

  8. Check the school website and school google calendar regularly for updated information.

Learning Advisory Classes

  • Scheduled meetups will happen twice per week as negotiated with your Learning Advisor.

  • Utilise the Google Classroom stream to check in, send messages and set activities if needed, e.g. My Mahi

  • Our Guidance Counsellor will also be available for contacting via email ( should you require her services.

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Access to Learning Devices and Internet

The Ministry is arranging learning devices to be sent out by courier to students who need a device.

We are compiling a list to send on to the Ministry, so please let us know (reply by email to the names of any students at Spotswood College that currently do not have access to a learning device for their studies. We will also require an address, that the student is currently staying at, during this level 4 lockdown.

Of course, there will be students whose whanau do not have internet access and will not get these newsletters. So, if you are in contact with them please let them know so we can make sure they receive a device and internet for their studies.


A special acknowledgement to our students and whanau who are essential workers. We are humbled and grateful for what you have been doing for us all!


Congratulations to the Junior students Kaleb Tuuga, Finn McDonald, Brodie Chant, Dayton Preston, Davanti Ngaia and Lundon James for placing in the top 10 of the National Resene Mural Competition.

We are delighted to announce that our new state of the art gym has been officially opened and is awaiting the return of students so we begin utilizing it to its full capacity.


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


15th Distance Online Learning begins

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