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.
Parent Meet The Teachers Picnic - 3rd March - 5.00 pm to 7.00pm
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) - email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Daryn Shaw email: email@example.com
Mr Chris Lapworth email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Paula Cast email: email@example.com
Mrs Hilary Takarangi email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Darren Scott email: email@example.com
Year 13 Deans
Ms Tracey Laurence email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 12 Dean
Mr Wayne Cribb email: email@example.com
Year 11 Dean
Mr Carlin Kumeroa email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 Dean
Ms Rebecca McKerchar email: email@example.com
Year 9 Dean
Mr Darren Scott email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Jana Robertson email: email@example.com
Ms Stephanie Julian email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Nicola Healy email: email@example.com
STUDENTS AT THE CENTRE OF LEARNING
Level 1 Endorsements
Jessica Rose Clarke-Grey
Level 2 Endorsements
Level 3 Endorsements
New Plymouth District CouncilThanks so much to the awesome students at Spotswood College who made this cool vid featuring street art in the city - ka pai - NPDC
COMMUNITY AT THE HEART OF WHO WE ARE
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.
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:
- Who does not need to wear a face covering
- How to wear a face covering safely
- Types of mask or face covering
- How to make a face covering
CULTURAL AND SPORTING SUCCESS
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
SPOTSWOOD COLLEGE CALENDAR
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