Spotswood College

June 2020 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

It is wonderful to be back at school with students and staff,

As we settle into our new normal, our focus has continued to be on wellbeing.

We know some of our students - and whānau - are worried about NCEA or UE this year, because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

To help support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements throughout NZ for this year:

Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.

Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50.

Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.

Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.

External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 6 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.

The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.

These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our students this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

The video of one of our year 13 students also shows what we are doing to alleviate stress for our young people in this space.

These changes will be discussed with students over the next week to help them understand what the impact on them is and to answer any questions they may have.

Nicola Ngarewa



As we continue to pivot post covid19, staff have been leading innovative responses for other teachers across the country.

Enjoy this link to a webinar integrating assessments for NCEA delivered by Hilary Takarangi.

NCEA Integrated Task Show and Tell Spectacular!



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NCEA or UE this year?

Worried that your rangatahi-young person might not attain NCEA or UE this year? Changes to NCEA and UE are being made for this year in response to COVID-19.

More info:

Spotswood College team take out WITT-sponsored YES Award

As the proud award sponsor and guest judge, WITT is pleased to announce this year’s winning teams for the Taranaki Young Enterprise Scheme’s Ideation Validation Award.

‘The Designery’, a team from Spotswood College, took the top spot, while ‘Special Occasions’ and ‘Petite Cha’, both from New Plymouth Girls’ High School, were runners up and third place.

Facilitated by the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce in our region, the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students who set up and run their own business for a year. The Ideation Validation Award recognises those teams who excelled at the validation process of their business idea by reaching out to their target market via surveys, interviews or focus groups.

Each of the place getting teams will take home a cash prize to invest in their business, with $250 going to the winning team and $150 and $100 respectively for the runners up.

Director of WITT’s School of Māori Enterprise, Business and Technology, Linda Weterman, said it was a pleasure to judge the entries for this category.

“The Young Enterprise Scheme is an incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship, so it’s something WITT is really proud to be involved with.”

The Designery - Spotswood College (watch the video below).

The Designery - just imagine....

The team also won $250 for being shortlisted for the Rural communities award, the overall winner will be announced at the awards dinner at the end of the year.

They also won 2nd place in the Graphix Business cards comp.

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Remembering George Floyd and giving nothing to racism

Kia ora whanau,

Year 12 students, Nikita Davids and Malakai Latavao are leading us to reflect and respond to the passing of George Floyd and the ensuing political unrest that has had an impact on many of our young people.

"We condemn the actions that resulted in Floyd's death. It is also important to acknowledge that the issue of institutional racism that resulted in this event is not just an issue experienced in the USA. It happens everywhere, it happens here."

If you are interested in exploring this issue further, in an NZ context, we encourage you to visit the NZ Human Rights website - Give Nothing to Racism.

You can read more about the initiative and download the toolkit here:


Please help! Student Farm Fundraising:

For an agreed price prior to undertaking any jobs with proceeds going into the development of the school Farm.or for buying tools, boots etc for students to use, Students will help with:

  • Docking Lambs[spring time]
  • Haymaking [Little Squares] putting away
  • Stripping Fencing
  • laying out new fence lines
  • Riparian Planting.

Inquiry Classes

Inquiry classes need Lego! If you have any old lego at home please could you donate this to the school? Thank you.

STEAM in Action

Aayush and Vineel Chand at Del Surfboards Strandon partnering with local surf legend Nigel Dwyer to get advice on their latest STEAM project!

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Was a great tournament on Friday 22nd May, in the sun, with great participation from the students.

1st Senior Boys - Oliver Hill

1st Senior Girls - Cara Moffitt

1st Junior Girls - Izzy Oakes-Hill

1st Junior Boys - Elliot Alford


Kia Ora,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through our ever-changing sports world within School.


At this stage, TSSSA ( Taranaki Secondary Sports Association) has suspended all events for the remainder of Term 2. As soon as we receive a current list of Events for Term 3 we will update our calendar accordingly.


Due to Covid 19, the Winter sports season will be different to what we envisaged at the beginning of the School year and as details of processing and planning for each code are communicated to us we will begin to plan to ensure a safe and enjoyable return to sport.

Below is a list of current competition start dates that have been communicated so far.

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Due to the changes we understand that some students may be unable or not wish to take part in Sport, we support without question any decisions Whanau make around this.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Sports Office with any queries regarding the current circumstances.

Lara Read

School Uniform


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


8th WhyOra

10th Barista Course

10th Rainbow Mufti Day, gold coin donation, proceeds to go to Rainbow Youth.

11th Barista Course

17th Height Safety Course – L3

18th Youth Responder Course – L2

23rd Spotswood College Independent Learning Day Online

29th WhyOra

Spotswood College Independent Learning Day Online

Tuesday 23rd June

As part of our linkage programme staff will be hosting Yr 8 contributing school students on site.

We are asking students to learn from home on this day engaging in their distance online learning platform.

Supervision will be provided at school for those who require it.

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