Spotswood College

March 2020 Newsletter

Parent Meet Teacher Picnic 2020

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Principal Notes: Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

A huge thank you to all of the parents and students that joined us on our well-attended parent meet teacher picnic. This was a great way to connect and learn more about each other as a learning community.

Student-Led Individual Development Plans (IDPs) Years 9 - 13 25th March

IDPs have been put in place by Spotswood College to strengthen the partnership between students/school and parents/caregivers.

An IDP is a written plan which is part of the process of meeting students’ needs. It identifies:

  • What are the students learning needs
  • What the student needs to learn
  • What are the students' interests and goals
  • What people will do to improve achievement
  • What resources are needed
  • What teachers we need to talk with on the Meet the Teacher Evening on 5th September.

IDP’s are on Wednesday 25th March at the school from 8.00 am – 7.00 pm. They will be held in your child’s Learning Advisory classroom and should last approximately 20mins. The day has been set aside for Learning Advisors to meet with students and parents/caregivers in order to review any previous IDP goals set and develop new goals and next steps to achieve them. Appointments for the Student-Led IDP can be made through the event code is:


As this meeting is highly valuable, no normal classes will run on this day however students and families are ALL required to attend an IDP meeting.

Following on from the IDP there will be an opportunity to address any concerns around learning and achievement further with subject teachers at a Meet the Teacher Evening from 2.20 pm - 6.00 pm on the 1st of April in the school hall. Appointments for the meet the teacher evening can be made through the event code is: 4sxz4


A huge congratulations to staff member Link Abrams who we are delighted to announce has been appointed as the Assistant Coach for the Taranaki Mountaineers.

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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:

Mr Gavin Parr email:

Year 12 Dean

Ms Julia Stephens email:

Year 11 Dean

Mr Wayne Cribb email:

Year 10 Dean

Mr Carlin Kumeroa email:

Year 9 Dean

Mr Darren Scott email:

International Director

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


As a celebration of senior students who received NCEA Levels 1 and 2 with an excellence endorsement, students were invited to a luncheon where they were acknowledged and inspired to set high academic goals for the year ahead and beyond.

Students who achieved NCEA Levels 1 and 2 with excellence enjoyed a luncheon together where they were also able to put some solid plans in place for further success this year and beyond. These students will be awarded the academic excellence badges at the end of term assembly.

Congratulations to:

Rachael Clarges, Esther Cocker, Kayi Erol-Watt, Jacky Li, Reuben Neilsen and Tarryn Tyler-Cassatt - Level One Excellence.

Kohana Clothier, Rohan Crookbain, Esmeralda Dalgleish, Ido Doron, Michael Gibbon, Zsuzsi Hazag, Kobi Hislop, Liam Houghton, Yulan Imhasly, Emily Law, Cara Moffitt and Sam Skinner - Level Two Excellence.

Congratulations of Keeling Aspeling, Caleb Phillimore and Corban Churchill who have been placed in the Taranaki Futures and Learner me Launch Tech Academy where they will be given the chance to get a great start in the technology industry.


Students were treated to a visit from NZ Film Director/Producer, Kiel McNaughton as part of the promotion of his latest movie, The Legend Baron of To’a.

Kiel’s critical message to us was if you want to continue to see movies made in NZ, it is important that we support these films in the cinemas.

Students from throughout the region combined together to choreograph a dance routine that will be performed on stage at the WOMAD festival 2020.

WOMAD Practice
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Students and staff from our International Student Department took part in the annual Multi-Ethnic Extravaganza. A wonderful array of culture, colour and celebrating diversity.

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School Swim and Athletics days were a great success with a combination of fun and competitive events for students to take part in.


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


16th - University of Otago visit

18th - University of Waikato visit

20th - Fossil Fuel Free Day

23rd - Queenstown Resort College - Information talk

25th - Individual Development Plans (IDP) Day

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