Spotswood College Te Waka Manaaki

March 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to Te Waka Manaaki Term 1 2022

We are well settled into the routines of the term with a lot of interesting and exciting learning happening. Please see the photos below. Students have been utilizing the pool and pump track 2-3 times per week. We are so fortunate to have Dave Fox looking after the pool and keeping it in tip-top condition.

One of our departmental goals this year is to get TWM students out into classes and activities in the kura, developing friendships skills. Students have been going to Sing classes. Literacy, Numeracy, Spanish and Inquiry.

Thank you for supporting our learning at home day schedule. We hope to return to full-staff capacity soon, however, we will need to continue with the learning at home days until further notice. Ngā mihi nui to all staff on deck at present.

We would like to welcome new teacher aides to our team. A big welcome to Jacqui Mann, Jacques MacCallum Lind and Steve Cochrane.


For any further questions or enquiries please feel free to email me

Kind Regards


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Te Waka Manaaki Staff


Trinity Lovell email:

Jackie Molloy email:

Sarah-Lee Pheloung email:

Leonie Sole email:

Georgina Thorpe email:

Lisa White email:

Teacher Aides

Donna Chadfield

Sharron Goodwin

Toni Kearvell

Donna Mann

Melissa McLeman

Maurice Paurini

Christine Reidy

Brooke Swannell

Kiley Waru

David West


Janet Wrighton-Lean email:

Specialist Staff

Helen Griffiths- Speech Language Therapist

Steph Henderson- Physiotherapist

Anna Carre- Psychologist

Paula Mattheson - Occupational Therapist



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

Mr Daryn Shaw email:

Year 10 Dean

Ms Ann Rodgers email:

Year 9 Dean

Mr Airana Ngarewa email:

International Director

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


Te Waka Manaaki Rūma 1

Term 1 2022 has been full of sunshine and smiles as we started back into the school year. Whilst things are a little different than normal with singing being done outdoors, and masks being worn, returning students have shown great flexibility in the new normal, whilst our new students seem to be really enjoying coming to our friendly, happy classroom environment.

Our health class is investigating healthy eating and our science class is tying in with that by learning about the human body and its vital functions.

We continue with our journey on learning NZ Sign Language and it is great to see staff and students alike using so many signs as another form of communication, our department is certainly leading in this area of knowledge within the school.

The pump track with its great circuit continues to be a hit within our department, and our students keep active at least twice a week using this or swimming in our heated pool.

Transition Class:

Some of our senior students are now taking part in a transition group that takes place every Monday. The purpose of the group is to support our students in transitioning from school into adult life.

In the lessons, the students will develop skills and gain experience in many areas of adult life including:

  • Connecting with relevant services

  • Keeping safe

  • Going out in the local community

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Cooking and preparing food

  • Shopping for groceries and personal items

  • Social rules & expectations

We are going to start by exploring services and facilities in our local community. The students will be involved in all parts of the planning of these trips, from helping to decide where we go, how much time and money we will need etc.

We look forward to sharing photos and letting you know how we’re getting on in future newsletters.

Te Waka Manaaki Rūma 2

Last week we were learning about the letter ‘ C ‘ The topic for the week was camping.

Manaaki 2 students helped Steve set up a tent in the classroom. They had a fun experience learning about the things they need to go camping.


We have some new faces in our Therapy Team this year.

Welcome to Occupational Therapist, Paula Matheson and Physiotherapist Stella Twigley who join Helen Griffiths, Speech-Language Therapist as our Specialist Service Providers. In addition to her teaching role, Lisa White is now our Kaitakawaenga / Māori Liaison Adviser ensuring culturally appropriate support for our students.

All of our Specialists will be busy this first term assessing and prioritising students to establish needs and goals with teaching staff ahead of IEP meetings in Term 2.

If you have any questions or concerns, they are always happy to chat with you.


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).


TWM students supported our hapu MOTUROA, dressing up in yellow, cheering on their classmates and participating in events … Kapai!



Wednesday 2nd February – Thursday 14th April - (11 weeks)

Waitangi Day Monday 7th February

Anniversary Day Monday 14th March

Good Friday Friday 15th April

Easter Monday Monday 18th April

Easter Tuesday Tuesday 17th April

ANZAC Day Monday 25th April (falls in term vacation)


Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July - (10 weeks)

Queens Birthday Monday 6th June

Matariki Friday 24th June


Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September - (10 weeks)


Monday 17th October – 9th December

Labour Day Monday 24th October

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