Spotswood College

May 2022 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Ka nui te mihi mahana ki a koutou,

Term two is now well underway and as a school, we have spent time collecting students' voices to give us some feedforward on:

a) how best to support their learning progression, and

b) to help students reflect on their goals and progress to date.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to gather feedforward as learning hubs complete their mid-year reviews, and as students ensure they have a robust Semester 2 program of learning.

For students doing NCEA or JCEA, it is important that between home and school we establish a clear expectation that students need to be ensuring they are on track with their learning towards their NCEA levels or JCEA. Please take some time to discuss with your child where they are at with their learning and what their next steps are.

We encourage whanau to contact LA teachers if there are further matters to be discussed.

We are proud of what students have achieved academically in past years and hope these achievements serve as an inspiration to this year’s students. We would like to see all students strive for personal excellence.

We aim to CONNECT, STRENGTHEN AND INSPIRE EACH OTHER TO ACHIEVE PERSONAL EXCELLENCE AND BUILD A BETTER WORLD FOR TOMORROW and know with the support of students, staff and whanau this will happen.


Welcome to two new staff members Tulah Katene and Tamati Maruera. Tulah is teaching maths and is Year 11 Dean, and Tamati Maruera has joined us to teach te reo, including maths through the lens of te reo.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of talented staff at Spotswood College.

Recently one of our music teachers was featured on Seven Sharp, introducing Caleb Haapu

New scene for Sons of Zion's Caleb Haapu



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

Mrs Tulah Katene email:

Year 10 Dean

Ms Ann Rodgers email:

Year 9 Dean

Mr Airana Ngarewa email:

International Director

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


We were very fortunate to have Ellie Dinnis, Bella Hopkinson and Isis Kennard compete in the Race Unity Speech Competition this year.

Congratulations to Ellie Dinnis who placed runner up. The spoken word that Ellie wrote and delivered is below.

Junior and Senior students are preparing speeches after which the finalists will compete at the Oratory Evening to be held in the staff room on Thursday, June 2 6-8 PM

"From blood drawn by the hands of outsiders came a nation formed through violence. Once, such malice was exercised, and in its ways was explicit. Later came change, but not change enough, for new flesh is now born still battered from brutalities once painted by the hands of hate. Down the line, these wounds were bound but beneath white cloth they remained, dressed more so to hide the nature of how they came to be than to aid those who bore such blows. Now, the fingers of the favored poke, not allowing healing. They preserve the crimson memoir in need of dealing.

Racism is the ever bleeding wound that soils Aotearoa’s flesh. It is violent and pulsates with the anger of how it came to be. This land sees violent tongues form balled fists and fingers of aggressors grasping guns of cold steel. Racism is alive on these grounds. It inhabits and it kills, and it is through racism that we are all inevitably linked.

The privileged and the idealists may dispute, but it is this which is indisputable: in a system formed in the presence of ethnic and racial oppression, separation of the individual is, at present, unattainable. Ngā matimati no te ringa kotahi - the fingers of one hand. A finger does not detach from the hand to which it is connected because it considers its cooperation expendable. All fingers are needed in a mutual partnership for a hand to work at its most efficient. The intricate weaving of flesh, bone and ligament allows for the hand's suppleness, making it capable of things that few other limbs are.

We must understand that we all play a role within racism because we are all interconnected through complex histories which created the foundations for the societies in which we now live; these societies which permit humans to live in states of inequity and deprivation; and which still fail to bring an end the racist cycle of being born into a world pinched, poked and bruised.

I may not understand firsthand the ways racism affects the marginalised, for my skin no longer bears the same colour as the ancestors of my mother's side. But it does not take a soldier to understand war and its atrocities. Having lived on this earth for almost seventeen years, I see division. Disproportionate statistics paint a dark picture of race in Aotearoa, and make plain the system's brokenness and society's unwillingness to fix it. Racism in its systemic form is malignant and detrimental. It is the unmoving grit lodged beneath our nails and is the reason why our ability to move forward and make changes for the betterment of the whole is hindered. Call me a cynic, for “we have come far”, but evidence proves the inadequacy of our efforts. 53.4 percent of Aotearoa's prison population is Māori; Māori makes up 26 percent of our most victimised people; Māori wāhine is more than 7 times more likely than Pākehā women to experience harsh treatment in renting or buying houses, and I have not even made mention of Aotearoa's disproportionate Māori health and child poverty statistics. But Māori represents only one of the injured fingers on this broken hand. One finger was shot in its place of worship; another, was assaulted walking along a street; a different finger fell victim to the tongue of a stranger, and another was denied an adequate fulfillment of its rights.

It is only when we come to recognise fully the crudity of our imbalanced reality that we may mend the torn ligaments of our hands. If it is unity we so desire, our cooperation is imperative. Ka ora pea au i a koe, ka ora koe i a au - perhaps I die because of you, and you because of me.I see a constant struggle for social equity by many, but I also observe those who have not yet cleaned their hands of archaic mentalities. Right now, you must receive my voice and the words it carries as I portray to you the reality of lives that I myself do not live. But these lives are not my story to tell. They are not some conversational catalyst put forward so we can voice personal policy during dining table discourse. These are realities, so we must treat them with the appropriate respect. We must listen to the voices of those who have, and continue to, compete with the adverse circumstances with which they were provided. In response to this, extensive reform must be made to our countries policies, laws and institutions to attempt reparation for the histories of suffering endured on this soil.

Tolerance can occur no longer, we must settle for nothing short of complete social fairness and unity in every aspect of our lives. And although one cannot so easily separate oneself from a history which is embedded in almost every aspect of our society, it is a vital move in the right direction. We humans are the most complex creatures on this planet. Years of our own development have resulted in cultures of great beauty, each bearing forth their own contributions to construct what is modern racial and cultural relations. And I am encouraged when I look back and see how our hands were used to create items of magnificence. How from nothing, our fingers and minds have the capacity to create art with the capability of eliciting emotions so strong that even the most stoic shed a tear. This gives me hope for our future, because I understand the power of these tools which we were given. It matters not how they look, what is of importance is how we choose to use them. Ngā matimati no te ringa kotahi - the fingers of one hand, your hand, my hand. Our hands can be the instigators of change, so long as this is what we choose to nurture and facilitate on this land".


Friday 6th May marked a significant occasion for Spotswood College as we signed a Tākai Here with InsideOUT and RainbowYOUTH to formalise our partnership with both organisations in supporting our QSA students.

The signing of this key document was attended by student QSA Leaders, Senior Leadership members and the regional coordinators for InsideOUT and the National Manager and coordinator for RainbowYOUTH. The Tākai Here refers to the lashings on a waka that are used to bind together the two hulls, symbolising our connectedness on our journey.

It ensures Spotswood College's partnership in working with these key stakeholders to ensure our staff access to appropriate training and systems and structures support our QSA students.

We look forward to growing our understanding of supporting our rangatahi

Taranaki college dress donor scheme means students shall go to the ball

Student Leaders of our school drive and coordinate so many important causes. Recently Spotswood College prefects Sienna Benefield, Jessica Proctor and Amber Moorhouse featured in a stuff article. They are aiding the appeal for dress or suit donations, so students can attend the school ball without the stress of costs.


Sheila Winn WIN

Spotswood Colleges' great success with Regional Sheila Winn continues with our 15-minute performance taking first place in the competition.

Well done to Hana Ashworth, Amelia Winther, Klaus Taki-Murray, Nicholas Gallianos, Olive Stinson, Milo Hayman and teacher/mentor Marie Hunneyball. They are currently fundraising to attend the Nationals later this term.

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Last year's winner Stacey Hayes is off to the Shakespeare Globe in London later this year and has started a give a little page to attend.

Stacey’s journey so far featured on 7 Sharp and is well worth a watch.

Stacey Hayes had a pretty rough upbringing, growing up in foster care and now she has just landed a coveted spot at Toi Whakaari, the illustrious NZ Drama School in Wellington.

From foster care, to a coveted spot at Toi Whakaari.

Spotswood College students are very grateful for the generous donations of Basketball NZ as part of the Hoops in Schools campaign. It was especially gratifying when Tall Blacks visited to give students a special coaching session on the hoops that they had secured.

The video shares highlights of their campaign in Taranaki

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Selected kapa haka students spent a huge amount of time perfecting their performance for the sell-out concert held at the Bowl.

Those who attended spoke very highly of the superstars.

This is a great lead into the next performance for students as they begin preparing for the Regional Pae Rangatahi competition.

A huge level of commitment goes into preparing for a regional competition of such high calibre and we will ensure our whanau and community have a chance to support our team at a dress rehearsal evening.

A huge thank you to Nick Ford and his whānau who have sponsored our senior robotics team for 2022 vex season. With this help, our teams will have access to more parts which will allow them to be more creative with their designs.

This year we will have 2 senior teams thanks also to our Gateway team who sponsored another competition starter kit.

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Winter sports teams are underway. It is great to see such a strong uptake for students to get involved.

We are working to ensure our teams conduct themselves in a way that represents our school values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, mana and pono and ask for the support of our whanau to ensure all spectators are also upholding these values while supporting our young people at these events.

As our teams grow so does our need for volunteers. Please email if you are able to volunteer to support a team.

More Volleyball Success!

Volleyball News

1. Spotswood College sent a senior boys team to Palmerston North to play in a Palmerston North Volleyball tournament in May.

Joe Cocker, Lukas Wall, Lucas Heggie, Noah Fleming, Zalan Lizan, Balu Molnar and Xzavier Barnes. The team played in the 2nd Division and finished with 4 wins and 1 loss to finish 3rd in the competition.

A Girls team of Jess Proctor, Ellie Dinnis, Isis Kennard, Kiralee Willan, Isabel Lindsay-O’Sullivan, Chelsea Gartner and Aliana Scholey played in the Women's division and had 5 losses to finish 4th.

Noah Fleming, Zalan Lizan, Lucas Heggie, Joe Cocker, Lucas Wall, Balu Molnar, Absent Xzavier Barnes.

2. Juraj Krajci (Spotswood College) and Ryan Jefferson (Rangitoto College) won the Australian U18 Youth Beach Volleyball Championship in March

Juraj Krajci with partner Rylan Jefferson won the Australian U18 championships at Coolangatta Beach, Surfer Paradise 28th-31st March.

Juraj was part of a New Zealand invitational team of 2 teams to take part in the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships.

Other members of the team were

Kylan Scholmann (Mount Maunganui College /Juan Quintero (Orewa College)

Results of Australia U19 Beach Volleyball Championships

beat Olsen/Beard (New South Wales) 2-0

beat Curran/Whaling (Queensland) 2-0

beat Hawke/Falconer (Australian Capital Territory) 2-0

beat Gray/Mik (South Australia)2-0


beat Jolly-Perrett/Crawford (Queensland) 2-0


beat Croft/Carroll (Victoria) 2-0


beat Schickinger/Sinclair (New South Wales) 2-0

3. Juraj has now been selected for the New Zealand U19 team with Charlie Dalton (Auckland) he will take part in the Asian U19 Championships in Roi ET, Thailand (2nd-6th June) the objective of the events is the top 6 teams at this event qualify to attend the World Championships in Dilki, Turkey in September.

New Zealand is allowed to send 2 teams to the qualifiers so it's an honour to be selected and compete in the event. The 2 other athletes selected are Ollie Morton- Farrell (Matamata) and Ryan Jefferson (Auckland).

The last Spotswood student who competed in the Asian Championships U19 qualifiers (Canberra and placed 2nd) and won though to attend the World U19 Championships was David Jeffrey (33rd World Champs) and Keegan Joe (17th World Champs) in 2019 in Nanjing China. So we wish Juraj Krajci well in this major international competition.


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


23rd - 2.10 pm WITT Creative Industries - Senior students welcome in the Hall

25th - Youth Responder Course

Keeping Yourself And Your Whanau Safe In Our Digital World: Bullying And Harassment

Digital platforms can be useful tools, but in this time and age, there is a significant risk that social media platforms can be used by students to bully each other or spread rumours about others. We are asking for the support of this community to come together in addressing this.

The Spotswood College’s Responsible Use of Technology Policy is below.

As part of the enrollment process, an agreement is signed by both the student and the caregiver regarding the appropriate use of the school's ICT systems. The school offers a monitored internet connection and a safe environment for the students.

Unfortunately, students’ personal Cellphones are not covered by the protections that the system offers. These devices can easily be used to cause harm including the form of unconsented recording or photography.

To prevent this, it is important that as a community we understand the harmful digital communication act and the impact that this form of bullying and harassment can have on the victims. In this digital age rumours and jokes can have lingering consequences.

The Netsafe organization is the best place to get help either by starting a conversation with your child, seeking advice to help create a safer home internet connection or getting support if you are already suffering from online abuse.

School app

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).


Kamar Portal


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: Use the school app to log attendance.

Option 5: 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. Students will be required to hand over non-uniform items which can be collected back at the end of the week.

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 or 022 676 2750.

Student Wellbeing Services

Sick or injured at school

The sickbay is closed for any sick-related issues. If you are sick, we will contact home and ask for you to be picked up immediately. Please do not arrange this yourself as we need to know where you are at all times.

The sick bay is open to help with injuries.

A public health nurse is available for you and your caregivers if you have any concerns. This could be a rash, not sleeping well, regular headaches, ongoing health issues etc.

Please ask to talk to her privately. Consultations are confidential, offering information and advice. Health resources are available, with a choice of providers for referrals to agencies.



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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