Spotswood College Te Waka Manaaki

July 2021 Newsletter

Ngā mihi nui,

It is hard to believe it is the end of what has been a busy and productive term. This newsletter gives us a glimpse at some of the great things students and staff have been working on.

We would like to thank our whanau for the mid-year review feedback. Key themes we have taken from this are:

  • Ensuring our learning pathways prepare students for transition programmes offered by outside providers
  • Providing a larger and more appropriate outside space for Te Waka Manaaki students.

School management is currently in conversation with MOE property about this.

Thank you all for your support throughout this term and we wish everyone a wonderful term 2 break.


Recently we welcomed Joe Trotter to the staffing team.Joe has worked at Spotswood College previously and joins us again having recently returned home from Japan.

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Te Waka Manaaki Staff


Trinity Lovell email:

Jackie Molloy email:

Sarah-Lee Pheloung email:

Leonie Sole email:

Georgina Thorpe email:

Lisa White email:

Teacher Aides

Hamish Allan

Donna Chadfield

Sharron Goodwin

Toni Kearvell

Donna Mann

Melissa McLeman

Maurice Paurini

Christine Reidy

Brooke Swannell

Kiley Waru

David West


Janet Wrighton-Lean email:

Specialist Staff

Helen Griffiths- Speech Language Therapist

Steph Henderson- Physiotherapist

Anna Carre- Psychologist



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:

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 / Careers

Mrs Nicola Healy email:


Students in Te Waka Manaaki have continued focusing on transferring their social skills. We have four students enrolled in the WITT STAR Course spending one day a week on campus as part of their transition from school.

In Te Waka Manaaki 2 we have also been looking at the Zones of Regulation. We have kicked this off by looking at many of the different feelings. We have done lots of different activities and read books about the different feelings to recognise these in different pictures.


Last Friday a group of TWM students visited the Green School Aotearoa to join in the celebrations of Puanga (Matariki). The day was spectacular! The Muanga was out in all its glory, the Awa was crystal clear from our hilltop view, the wide-open spaces and friendly faces made this outing a memorable one for all. The students got to watch the Hangi Kai come out of the ground and even better got to share in the eating of the Hangi. The atmosphere was chilled, students met lots of new people and were great Spotswood College representatives. We felt such deep pride in our students that day, they were awesome!

Students from both classes are always excited about trips outside of the classroom. This term we have enjoyed time at Brooklands Zoo, The Toy Library, Pukekura Park, shopping at the supermarket and sipping a hot chocolate treat while watching all the comings and goings at our fabulous new airport building!

Thank you Elemiah - Therapeutic Animal Interactions. Students really enjoyed it when you brought the rabbits Nahko and Koda in on Friday afternoon.

"They were so still and fluffy" said Lily Rose.

Nahko & Koda

On Friday Donna M brought her rabbits in. Their names were Nahko and Koda. We got to take them out of their cage and have a cuddle. They felt like cats, they were soft and furry and they cuddled in. I loved having the rabbits at school. Amy Cuckow.


Students from TWM1 joined in with students from other schools for a Sport Taranaki event hosted at the TSB Stadium yesterday. The bowls and boccia competition was fun for everyone and a lovely opportunity to renew friendships.

General Notices

Open Night

Spotswood College Open Night will be held on Thursday 29th July 2021 at 6.45 pm starting in the school Hall.

School ID Cards

These are available now from the Finance Office, ID cards cost $8.00, this charge has been placed on all students accounts.

School Terms

TERM 2 Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July

(10 weeks)

Queens Birthday Monday 7th June

TERM 3 Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
(10 weeks)

TERM 4 Monday 18th October – 10th December
Labour Day Monday 25th October

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.

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.


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


26th First Day of Term 3

26th Junior Boys Basketball

27th Omata School Promo 9.00 am

27th Oakura School Promo 10.15 am

29th Open Night 6.45 pm


2nd Teacher Only Day

(This includes Te Waka Maanaki)

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