Spotswood College

February 2021 Newsletter

A warm welcome to our new students, families and staff 2021!

The first week back was purposefully designed to reconnect students and staff as we familiarised ourselves with the routines and expectations of schooling life.

At Spotswood College, a partnership with our families is a key part of operations. Emails and texts are sent out on a regular basis keeping our community informed about upcoming events and these are also updated on our Facebook page and website. Newsletters are published every 3 weeks and Learning Advisors will make contact home around key events. Attendance and programmes of learning can be accessed through the Parent Kamar Portal. On that note, we invite you to bring a picnic along to our Parent / Teacher Picnic to connect with us and learn more about how we work together to connect, strengthen and inspire each other to build a better tomorrow.

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Parent Meet The Teachers Picnic - 3rd March - 5.00 pm to 7.00pm

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If you know your child is going to be absent from school, 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.

Trophies / School Cups

Congratulations again to all recipients of awards last year. Please return any school trophies or cups received last year to the Main Office as soon as possible. Thank you.


A warm welcome to new staff members Jo Amstad, Music, Joanna Wollen, Science and Anne Rodgers, Inquiry-Based Learning and Sharon Niwa, Sports Coordinator.



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 Deans

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

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


Despite the challenges of 2020, our young people achieved some of the best results across all levels since 2016. A huge congratulations to the following students for their outstanding NCEA results.

Excellence Endorsements

Level 1 Endorsements


Sienna Benefield

Aisha Campbell

Jessica Rose Clarke-Grey

Mika Doron

August Fonseca

Mariah Hunter

Emalia Kasperski

Jacky Li

Connor Meyburg

Jazmine Murray

Jessica Proctor

Chai Ruakere-Forbes

Tarryn Tyler-Cassatt

Jamie White

Level 2 Endorsements


Esther Cocker

Harlow Tran-Lawrence

Samuel Leece

Joanna Quirante

Level 3 Endorsements


Kohana Clothier

Rohan Crookbain

Esmeralda Dalgleish

Ido Doron

Zsuzsi Hazag

Kobi Hislop

Liam Houghton

Yulan Imhasly

Emily Law

Cara Moffitt

Izzy Mustchin

Toby Penno

Sam Skinner

Katie Stevens

Jemma Tanner



Oliver Doole

Toby Penno

Jemma Tanner


Jemma Tanner

New Plymouth District Council

Thanks so much to the awesome students at Spotswood College who made this cool vid featuring street art in the city - ka pai - NPDC
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A huge congratulations to former Principal Mark Bowden, who absolutely deserved this recognition for his work in education.

Message from Ministry of Education - COVID-19 update - Face coverings

18 February 2021

Kia ora koutou

Following the recent cases in Papatoetoe, the decision was made yesterday by Cabinet to require face coverings to be worn on public transport across New Zealand at Alert Level 1. This means that face coverings will be required on public transport at all alert levels. There is no change to the application of face coverings for schools.

Cabinet will review the decision on face coverings for public transport and our alert levels on Monday 22 February.

At Alert Level 1, as with Alert Level 2, face coverings must therefore be worn:

  • on all public transport, including on long-distance bus and train journeys and most ferries
  • on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
  • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, they are strongly encouraged to.
Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport. But they must be worn on all public transport, including by any school children aged 12 and over.

At any alert level, children, young people or teachers and other staff who want to wear face coverings at schools or early learning services may do so. They are entitled to make this decision and should not be criticised for doing so.

Public Health advice is that children under six should not wear face coverings in any setting.

There are also general exemptions for users of public transport, including for people where, for medical and health reasons, a face covering would not be appropriate, and small passenger vehicles such as taxis and Ubers (the drivers will be required to wear a mask).

Please go to our FAQs on our website for more information about face coverings in education settings.

A range of general information is available on the COVID-19 website:Ngā mihi


Volleyball and Beach Volleyball

Spotswood College Students have been busy over summer training and participating in various Volleyball and Beach Volleyball tournaments.

Taranaki U15 team with Spotswood College Students December 21st 2021

Taranaki U15 team Spotswood College had 7 students participate at the National Inter-Provincial Championships in Hamilton December 2020.

Spotswood College made the majority of the team team that finished 3rd at the championships narrowly losing the semi final to eventual Wellington. The team had wins over Nelson, Wellington B, North Harbour, Waikato and Hawkes Bay.

Spotswood College students were Jayden Leece, Shaeden Wetere, Juraj Krajci, Rylee Houghton, Zalan Lizan, Lucas Heggie, Joe Cocker.

Also Jayden Leece and Rylee Houghton made the Super 6 National tournament team. A great achievement

IPC Beach Volleyball Championships Ruakaka January 2021

Rylee Houghton and Juraj Krajci won the New Zealand U17 Beach Volleyball Championships in Ruakaka. The 3 day event had the Spotswood College students play 5 matches in Pool Play and did not drop a set in any of their matches. They recorded Pool Play wins over Waikato, North Harbour, Bay of Plenty Canterbury and Auckland. In the semi final they beat a Bay of Plenty team 2-0. And in the final they dominated over a Canterbury team to take out the National Under 17 title.

Jayden Leece also participated in the U19 Tournament finishing 7th with Caleb Hanfiro.

NZSS Beach Volleyball National Championships. Mount Maunganui beach February 2021

Spotswood College sent 5 teams to the National Secondary School Championships.


5th = Division 1 Senior Boys Hamish Mortimer and Jayden Leece (58 teams in competition)

7th = Division 1 Senior Boys = Juraj Krajci and Shaeden Wetere (58 teams in competition)

9th = Division 1 = Junior Boys = Joe Cocker and Lucas Heggie (23 teams in competition)

11th = Division 1 = Senior Girls = Shavannah Jordan and Summer Price (64 teams in the competition)

36 position Division 2 (4th) = Senior Boys Justin Goundar and Matthew Jeffrey (58 teams in competition)

This was an awesome event with a great showing from Spotswood College students at the National event.

Morning Fitness Sessions

A warm invite to all students, whanau and staff of Spotswood College to join us for morning fitness sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7.00 am in the School Hall.

All free sessions run by personal trainer and owner of Anytime Fitness - Justin Heurea

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School Uniform


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


22nd - Leadership Course for year 13s

23rd - Leadership Course for year 13s continues

24th - 7.00 am morning fitness resumes again every Mon, Wed and Fri at 7.00 am

26th - Swimming Funanza at Kawaroa Pools - House Colours Mufti


3rd Teacher meet the Parent Picnic - 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

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