Spotswood College

September 2020 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

It went through a curriculum transformation in 2019, but a New Plymouth college's biggest challenge was yet to come.

Nicola Ngarewa




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:

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:


One of our students saw the significant work around her inquiry take flight with the first of a line up of therapeutic animals arrive for their weekly visit - thank you Amy Parrish - captured in first photo with one of the therapeutic miniature horses

"Some of our students with high complexities have never ridden a bike before because it has been inaccessible to them."

Spotswood College proudly championing a shift from exclusive to inclusive education for all of the amazing youth of our community


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The Spotswood College 2021 Junior and Senior Curriculum Booklets are now available on our Spotswood College website under Curriculum.

The Curriculum Booklets are in a flipbook format which can be easily zoomed in and out, or you can click the download button and download as a pdf if you'd prefer.

NCEA Exam Timetable 2020


Exciting times as the student-driven Designery Store, selling their handmade products out of their converted shipping container, comes to life at the front of the school

Making fabric face masks for her work colleagues has turned into a business for one Taranaki high school student.

Congratulations to Year 13 student, Esmeralda Dalgleish, who has had her artwork featured on the cover and throughout NZATE’s 100th issue of English in Aotearoa.


Riparian planting on our school farm where we also welcomed our first calf of the season.

Some great partnerships in our community with our amazing young people at the centre - thank you Rivet and well done Ben Andrews!



Term 3 has been another interesting time with the return of level 2 restrictions making sports organisation a real challenge for Secondary Schools throughout Taranaki.

Our students have handled the constant changes immensely well and have shown a great deal of resilience and understanding around the postponements and cancellations of sporting events.

The TSSSA events that have gone ahead have been a great success and I’m proud of our students for their representation of Spotswood College while participating in these events. Please remember to look at TSSSA Facebook page, you will find a list of events and check out photos! There are some great pics of our Spotswood College Students.

It has been great to see our Gym up and running and it has certainly been a busy hub of action on Monday nights hosting both our Junior Boys and Girls basketball teams during the term 3 competition.

Volleyball, Netball and Badminton have also been enjoying the new facility and it's great to see all the sporting codes working together to make sport at Spotswood a focus.

Our 1st XI Girls Football team have also enjoyed the new field and changing facilities on our top field and we have certainly had a great deal of support from staff during these games.

Canoe Polo has taken off at Spotswood this year and it's great to see 2 teams competing in the local competition, We are currently top of the table and fingers crossed we can take out the title this year.

Our Senior A Netball Team has been particularly successful with some big wins early in the season cementing their move up 4 grades to finish up in section 4.The Senior B team has shown a huge amount of improvement in the last four weeks of the competition and are set to end up 2nd in their section.

A massive thank you to our coaches, both staff and community this term for their commitment and dedication to our sports teams: . BASKETBALL - Link Abrams, Cameron Moratti, Murray Robinson. VOLLEYBALL - Antony Joe, Phil Gayton. FOOTBALL - Scott Johnson. NETBALL - Tracey Eru. CANOE POLO - Donna Chadfield. RUGBY LEAGUE - Wayne Capper. MOTOCROSS - Simon Houghton. BADMINTON - Trent Riddick.

A group of students took part in some intense training with members of the Special Olympics NZ!

Spotswood sent a team of 5 current Students and 3 excellence Students to the Linton Central Zone VolleyballTournament in Palmerston North.

The team played 7 matches and won all matches.

Won 2-0 Hangover (Whanganui)

Won 2-0 Sparta (Akld)

Won 2-1 NP Volleyball Club

Won 2-0 Stratford Kaos

Semi-final won 2-0 Stratford Kaos

Final won 2-0 won NP Volleyball club

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Picture back left: Jayden Leece, David Jeffrey, Rylee Houghton, Juraj Krajci, Drae Price, Hamish Mortimer, Shaeden Wetere.

Front: Izac White.

Great day of Rugby League at the TSSSA Junior Rugby League Nines Tournament in Waitara, great turnout with 6 schools participating in what was a cold wet and windy day. Our STARS boys played outstanding and improved as the day went on, unfortunately, the final got cancelled due to inclement weather which was disappointing however 4 wins from 5 games was an outstanding effort.


Kiwisport funding gave us the opportunity to run a lunchtime programme during Term 3 for our students. This program offered a wide range of activities for them to engage in and it has been great to see large numbers taking advantage of this opportunity. These included: Box Fit, Yoga, Badminton, Indoor Bowls, Futsal, Netball and Basketball.

Thank you to TSSSA, Sport Taranaki and all outside providers for helping with this programme.

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Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


18th - BOT Student Representative election

18th - 11.20 am TSB Topec Presentation

21st - 9.00 am University of Victoria - Course enrolment

25th - Last day of Term 3

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