Spotswood College

May 2021 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

Message from The Principal


A huge congratulations to staff member Trinity Lovell who placed first in the Masters Solo and Style Dance for the Central Area championships.

Trinity and her coach, Michelle O'Doherty who is the Mum of year 10 twins Aston & Isaac here at Spotswood can be very proud of their achievements!

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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:


During our STEAM courses, students work with specialist teachers where they are explicitly taught the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to function fully in specialist discipline areas. Below junior students are captured doing Chemistry through a STEAM with an Inquiry Focused lens -Innovating soulutions.


Tramping with TOPEC

May 7th 2021, the students in the Hillary Award class at Spotswood College embarked on a treacherous endeavour to go on a hike and participate in activities at TOPEC (Taranaki Outdoor Pursuit and Education Center.)

Once we got to TOPEC we had an information session to learn about what to bring on an overnight tramp/day hike. Once we learnt about what it takes to embark on a day/ overnight tramp, we travelled to the Waiwhakaiho track. Once there, we walked along the track until we reached a winding, rapid river where we deviated off the track. When we were crossing the river it was as cold as ice and we had to go in pairs to be safe. We crossed the river and went off the track to connect with one another.

What we learnt/ took away from the adventure:

We learnt how to put up a fly which is like a tarp that turns into a rectangular based cover. We also learnt how to use a trangia cooker, which uses methylated spirits as fuel. We boiled water with that and used that to put out a fire our lovely instructors made (with the help of us of course.)

Thanks for reading about our story and what we have learnt about.

Issac O’Doherty (Year 10) and team.

Creativity and talent combined as the band Boiled Up Roots (Joseph Amstad, Otis Amstad, James Mora and Eli Butler) recorded and created a video today at the Manela Productions Studio - Our learning community is looking forward to hearing their latest work!
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Our region wide mentoring programme, Accelerator, got off to a great start with students having an inaugural conference starting with key note speaker Paul Rangiwahi.
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Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit

It is a great privilege to have some of our students join the Why Ora Rangatahi to take part in Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit - where they had the opportunity to connect and mingle with some incredibly influential Māori businesses and innovation drivers!
Well done to Sienna Benefield, Mishka Rosa and Olivia Wong Too who attended the National SADD Conference.
These young women will be leading our school through this space with a range of initiatives and sharing of information that grows our understanding and experiences.
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Our community connect program is a key aspect of who we are we we have the opportunity to reach out to the younger students in our community. It takes a village to grow a child and we are invested in being a part of that village!

Spotswood College Primary

This afternoon Room 8 had activities on the court with students from Spotswood College as part of their community outreach program. Afterwards many of the Moana students from Rooms 4&5 joined in for sausages as well.


Kapa Haka and our winter sporting codes are busy preparing and training for events and games this term. We acknowledge the level of commitment shown by students, tutors, coaches and managers. We encourage our whanau to get along and show positive support for our young people who represent our school at their code of choice.
It is always a great sense of community to see the next generation of coaches and refs coming through. This is a significant level of undertaking for our young people but is a well-received level of service. Well done to student Jack Beiseik(Year 9) for refereeing his first game!
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Congratulations to Kahu Capper who was selected to attend a Sydney Roosters camp in Auckland for identified talent from across the country. A great experience learning from some of the most experienced people in the game.


Congratulations to the following 10 Volleyballers who have been selected to play for Taranaki teams at the 2021 VNZ Inter-Provincial championships to be played in Wellington during Queen's Birthday weekend.

Under 19 Women:

Esther Cocker, Shavannah Jordan, Jessica Proctor.

Under 19 Men:

Jayden Leece, Rylee Houghton, Shaeden Wetere

Under 17 Girls:

Isabel Lindsay, Isis Kennard, Ellie Dinnis, Nikki Tamati.

General Notices

Open Night

Spotswood College Open Night will be held on Thursday 29th July 2021 at 6.45 pm starting in the school Hall.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club is re-starting, Monday 24th May.

It will operate every day, during interval and will be held in T1 kitchen.

Weetbix, milk, milo, toast with toppings, plus some cafe food supplied by Empire Cafe in the CBD. Fruit supplied by Spudz in Westown.

Cultural Diversity week to celebrate all the different cultures

Monday (24th)

On Monday, at lunch, we will be playing lots of traditional games from different cultures, and we encourage anyone who has games and activities from their cultures to bring them along, they could be board games, sports, whatever you want to do! our aim is to get as many people involved as possible so the more the merrier!

If you have any ideas about games feel free to let and know about them and well try to get everyone a chance to get involved.

During LA we will be learning the school waiata and haka


On Tuesday, everyone is encouraged to dress up in appropriate clothes from their culture, and for those who don't, don't worry as this will be a free mufti day for the school! At lunch, we will be out on the quad with lots of chalk for everyone to get some creativity going and create some art from their culture, or to just have a good time.


On Wednesday, period 2, we have invited a few guest speakers to talk about some of their experiences. Tran Lawrence will be talking about his experience as a Vietnamese refugee and Mika Doron will be sharing her fantastic Race Unity Speech.


On Thursday, we will be having a shared Kai with foods from different cultures. We would love it if you are able to make something from your culture, which doesn't have to be big, to share around and contribute. We would love to put together a cookbook from this day with all the recipes, so if you've got anything you'd like to bring, feel free to email and with the recipe!


On Friday there is Pink Shirt Day, a gold coin donation mufti day, but as per the name, you are all encouraged to wear pink!

During LA we will be learning the school waiata and haka

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 2 Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July

(10 weeks)

Queens Birthday Monday 7th June

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.


24th - 28th May - Cultural Diversity Week

24th May - Boys Basketball WHS vs Spotswood - Venue WHS

26th May - Youth Responder Course

25th May - TSSSA Cross Country

26th May - Koru Evening

28th May - Careers Event 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm

31st May - Junior Boys Basketball - Spotswood vs NPBHS Black - venue Spotswood


1st June - Women’s Basketball - NPGHS 9A vs Spotswood

2nd June - TSSSA Junior Futsal

2nd June - Heights Course

7th June - Queens Birthday - no school

8th June - Women’s Basketball - Spotswood vs SHGC Jnr A

9th - 10th June - First Aid Course

10th June - TSSSA 3 X # Basketball

11th June - Module 2 ends

11th June - Semester 1 ends

14th June - Module 3 starts

14th June - Semester 2 starts

14th June - Junior Boys Basketball - FDMC 1 vs Spotswood - venue FDMC

17th June - TSSSA 3 x 3 basketball

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