Spotswood College

August 2021 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

Message from the Principal

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Spotswood College Board - Casual vacancy for an elected trustee

A casual vacancy has occurred on the Board for an elected parent representative.

The Board has resolved under section 105, Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the Board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to:


Spotswood College Board

P.O. Box 6116

New Plymouth

by 10 September 2021.

On-line enrolments are open, please use the link below.

Enrolment Interviews

You are now able to book an interview online using the link below, please enter the code for the corresponding school.

Puketapu School

When: 10th September 2021

Time: 9am - 12pm

Booking Code: t9qpy

Omata School

When: 31st August 2021

Time: 9am - 12:20pm

Booking Code: 9vhhk

Highlands Intermediate

When: 25th August 2021

Time: 9am - 3pm

Booking Code: ucz75

Devon Intermediate

When: 7th & 8th of September 2021

Time: 9am - 3pm

Booking Code: tawx7

Oakura School

When: 1st September 2021

Time: 9am - 12pm

Booking Code: eshwu

The Interviews will be held at your respective schools.

The SENCO, Joanna Sampson, will be at schools on the designated days Spotswood staff come to school to enrol any student with learning or health needs. This will help us ensure the best fit for timetabling and communication of accommodations for your child.

If your school is not listed, please contact the main office (06) 751 2416 and we will provide a date and time for the interview at Spotswood College.

Please click on the link to access the 2022 Junior Curriculum Booklet.

He Huarahi Tautoko- Seeking Support

If you or someone you know is in need of support at any time please ensure you make contact with Whaea Kiri

Note please this is set up as a ticketing system so that once a referral is made and picked up a ticket will automatically be sent to the referrer.

We are currently exploring a partnership with Taranaki Retreat and Taranaki Primary Connections.

Once contact is made to Whaea Kiri, a needs assessment will be conducted and possible referral or connection with one of the following agencies if or when required.

In addition to the external support outlined in the chart below, other ongoing options are also available for students to access either through self-referral or through a process coordinated by Whaea Kiri and SSN.

  • SENCO referrals;

  • RTLB support;

  • Taranaki Activity Centre/Alternative Education;

  • Te Kura Correspondence School;

  • Te Waka Haumaru (specialist offsite programme and mentoring working with at risk taiohi);

  • Truancy Support Services;

  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako- Lunches in Schools (available to all students and staff daily);

  • Access to free Period Products (through the wellness space located in the old sick bay);

  • Breakfast club; (through the Food Tech room)

  • Kura Kai (frozen meals stored onsite to be provided to those in need (through the wellness space located in the old sick bay);

  • Travellers Programme (The Travellers Programme is an innovative, small group programme for young people, to build resilience and key life skills);

  • Horses for Humans - animal therapy course

  • Mates and Dates ( Currently being offered to Year 10);

  • SunSmart Schools Programme (Term 3-4).


Our very own Link Abrams was recognised for all of his work with our tauira and rangatahi of the the Ngāmotu community, taking home the TSSSA Service to Secondary School Sport award. A very deserving recipient for one of our most selfless community members, so a huge well done to Link. Thank you for all you do within our kura and sporting community, it has never gone unrecognised.

Link joins Anthony Joe in receiving the award with AJ being awarded it in 2018.

English and Literacy Teacher

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a great team!



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 Dean

Ms Tracey Laurence email:

Year 12 Dean

Mr Wayne Cribb email:

Year 11 Dean

Mr Carlin Kumeroa email:

Year 10 Dean

Ms Rebecca McKerchar email:

Year 9 Dean

Mr Darren Scott email:

Junior Dean

Ms Jana Robertson email:

Senior Dean

Ms Stephanie Julian email:

International Director / Careers

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


An informative article about our Impact Inquiry work in the latest education gazette!
WITT Science And Technology Fair

1st Beckham Kennedy

2nd Kani Jackson and Jack Currie.

Spotswood College Robotics teams took out the top two spots at the Regional WITT Taranaki Science and Technology Fair! We are very proud of our students who were first-time competitors, designing and coding fighting robots.

Other Awards achieved were:

  • Carter Quickenden, 1st Prize - Advertising Poster Y10. 1st Prize.
  • Catherine Reilly-Leadbetter, 2nd Prize - Y10 Journalism.
  • Koby Kapa and Noah McGowan, 1st Prize - Water Rockets (Y9-10 section)
  • Beckham Kennedy, 1st Robotics
  • Jack Currie and Kani Jackson 2nd Robotics

Congratulations to students who won prizes at the event, and to all of our young people who worked extensively to produce work for this regional event.


Spotswood College presents BUGSY MALONE

Based on Alan parker's popular 1976 film starring Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, Bugsy Malone is a fast-moving, unsentimental and undeniably funny play. Based on the rivalry between 2 gang leaders in 1930's New York, you will witness speakeasy sparkle and splurge gun battles.

Spotswood College is very pleased to present its first production in over 10 years.

Venue: Spotswood College Hall.


Opening Night: Wednesday 25th August @ 7pm

Thursday 26th August @ 7pm

Friday 27th August @ 7pm

Matinee : Saturday 28th Augsut @ 12pm

Saturday 28th August @ 7pm

Food and refreshments will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at

As part of ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week - a table of amazing dishes was prepared and shared

Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna - Connect me to the soil of my ancestors.


Congratulations to Obi Loyd who has an exhibition of his work from the Street Art Class at The Collaboration in NP. He has worked extremely hard to meet his deadline and has produced a fantastic work of art.

Thanks to Resene and Creative Communities NP and The Collaboration!

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* Congratulations to Matthew van Beers*

NZ Radio Controls Speedway 2021 - New Zealand Under 16 Championships, hosted by the Taranaki RC Speedway Club in Stratford.

Matthew won 1st place in the Street Stock class and also successfully defended 2nd place in the Stockcar class, both recognised titles at the National level. An outstanding achievement.

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Congratulations to Briar Harrison who has been selected for the NZ U 17 Roller Hockey team!
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General Notices

Learner Me is Taranaki’s dedicated tech training academy and offer courses in everything from coding and web development to digital design and marketing and from computer hardware to cyber security.

On Monday 30 August (3-7pm) they are holding their Open Day and invite students and whanau to check out their specialised learning environment in the heart of New Plymouth (127 Gill Street).

Have a chance to talk to industry professionals about career options and designing a course perfect for you.

Everyone who attends will go in the draw to win an iPad!

Learner Me Open Day
Monday 30 August 3-7pm
127 Gill Street
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School ID Cards

These are available now from the Finance Office, ID cards cost $8.00, this charge has been placed on all students accounts.

School Terms

TERM 3 Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October

(10 weeks)

TERM 4 Monday 18th October – 10th December
Labour Day Monday 25th October


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

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.

School Uniform

Our expectation as a school whanau is that our young people are in the correct uniform at all times. As we are now heading into cooler weather, it is important that students have the correct winter school uniform. Items can be purchased from our Uniform Shop.

We also have a large accumulation of uniforms that are a part of lost property that is kept in this space, If your child has a missing school item, please encourage them to check the lost property racks.

Uniform shop hours

Uniform shop hours each week are as follows:

8.00 am to 9.00 am & Interval - Monday to Friday.

Phone 751 2416 Ext 721.


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


16th Teacher Only Day - no classes

18th Senior NCEA Information Evening - 7.00 pm

20th Module 3 Ends

23rd Module 4 Starts

25th Highlands Intermediate Enrolment Interviews

25th Bugsy Malone Production (25th - 28th August)

27th University Course Planning Visit

31st Omata Enrolment Interviews

Junior & Senior Girls Volleyball

August 15 22, 29,

September 5,12,19,26;

October 3

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