Spotswood College

April 2021 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

Message from The Principal

Spotswood College Board Casual vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Presiding member (chair)

Spotswood College Board

c/o P.O. Box 6116

New Plymouth 4344

by: 29 April 2021


Spotswood College is welcoming the Ka Ora, Ka Ako/Healthy School Lunches programme into our school from Term 2, 2021.

This means that every one of our 900 students will be provided with a free healthy school lunch daily.

We are very excited to let our school community know that we have worked with students and selected local suppliers Subway Metro and Kaan's Catering.

The lunches will be varied and all lunches will be in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines for nutrition and the Ministry of Education’s waste management requirements.

The providers will be able to cater for a variety of dietary needs and can provide gluten-free (for people with coeliac disease or simply gluten-free), vegetarians, vegans, egg-free and dairy-free lunches.

If your child has a dietary need, please complete the form below, this will also be emailed to parents. This information needs to be returned to school by Friday 9th April.

The first day that lunches will be provided is Monday 3 May (the first day of Term 2).


We have a school attendance target of above 90% for every student. To ensure that together we reach this, it is important that if you know your child is going to be absent from school, that you 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

Thank you to those who have returned school trophies and cups so far, if you have not done so yet, please return any school trophies or cups received last year to the Main Office as soon as possible.


Congratulations to staff member Airana Ngarewa who is among thirteen emerging writers who have been selected for The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Mentorship Programme 2021.

Sharon Niwa has been appointed as the new Sports Coordinator and can be contacted at

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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 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:


Students and staff at Parihaka - Day three of Riri me te Raukura (Conflict and Consolidation of Peace) - Commemoration day for Te Whiti o Rongomai III and Tohu Kākahi. We are proud to be working to localise our curriculum!
Our Student-Driven business is up and running - like The Designery page for updates on products that are made on-site as part of student learning programs, and times that the revamped container store is open by students during the week! A great space to buy handmade and sustainable gifts!
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We are very fortunate to have an extensive Gateway Program where our students get to work and learn alongside our community. Captured below is Alex Stone (year 13 - far left) on her first day of Gateway at Locals Cafe where she was made to feel welcome and part of the team from the outset. Such awhi and acceptance is key to the high engagement and success our students have in the community and classroom.

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We are so proud to be able to bring waka ama back to Spotswood after 9 years. Our teams did extremely well competing and connecting at this National event. We look forward to seeing this sport grow and develop.
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There was a great trip for the MTB students at the Skoda North Island Mountain Bike Championship this week at 440 in Orere Point.

We had two riders enter the Enduro and the Downhill.

Enduro - Total entries - 250

Josh Houghton 21st in under 17's and 49th overall

Stan Crawshaw 39th in under 17's and 108 overall

Down Hill - Total entries - 200

Josh Houghton - 8th in under 17's and 22nd overall

Stan Crawshaw - 21st in under 17's and 73rd overall.

These are outstanding results by our young people in a highly competitive event!

Pic credits for these are JCR Pix.

Senior Boys 3rd in Division 2 (19th Place in New Zealand)

Spotswood College senior boys team Hamish Mortimer, Jayden Leece, Rylee Houghton, Juraj Krajci, Justin Goundar, Shaeden Wetere, Joe Cocker, Lucas Heggie, Matthew Jeffrey, Zalan Lizan. Had trained hard for the New Zealand Secondary school championships and were Taranaki champions leading to the event. The School team did, unfortunately, have injuries leading into the National tournament event with both Rylee and Jayden suffering major ankle injuries. The team, unfortunately, lost Jayden in the first match of the tournament and Rylee was able to manage throughout the week. Also, Hamish was suffering from cramping and Justin with his shoulder injury managed to stay healthy enough to last the tournament.

The school team had excellent wins over quality opposition.

The school team were really fortunate with support this year with Carla Houghton, Yulan Imhasly, Cara Moffitt, Charlotte, Jeff, Luke & Esther Cocker, Bruce & Faris Petty, Graeme, Lara & Lili Mortimer, Jen, Terry Leece, and the Leece Grandparents and Kristina Joe supporting the team down in Palmerston North. The largest support we have had who have travelled to the National tournament.

Spotswood College:

Honours Division

Lost 1-3 Cashmere HS (Christchurch ) 22-25, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25.

Lost 2-3 Onehunga HS (Auckland)

Lost 0-3 Rangitoto College (North Harbour)

Qualified 2nd Division

Won 3-1 Rosmini College (North Harbour) 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21

Won 3-0 Nelson Boys College 25-18, 25-18, 25-23.

Won 3-2 St Pats College Kilbirnie (Wellington) 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 19-25, 19-17.

Quarter-Final round Division 2

Won 3-1 St Bernards (Wellington) 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23


Lost 1-3 Napier BHS 19-25, 25-22, 19-25, 22-25

3rd/ 4th Playoff Division 2

Won 3-1 Marlborough BHS 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18

Finished 3rd Division 2 (19th in New Zealand Secondary school Championships).

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Girls Volleyball at Nationals this week!

The young people involved in this National Tournament were amazing ambassadors for Spotswood College. A relatively new and young team who were able to learn from being a part of this tournament so that they are well established to come back with vigour and zest next year.

They played well and were positive role models both on and off the court.

We had 4 wins and finished with a strong overall ranking.

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Our Sport Active courses are about getting every junior student physically active during the week in a space and at a pace that they feel comfortable to extend themselves within. Beyond this Spotswood College also offers a wide range of sporting team and club opportunities. Sharon Niwa has been appointed as the new Sports Coordinator and can be contacted at

Photographed below is the off-road team making the most of a super sunny Sunday!

A dedicated team of students and staff who are making great strides in this sport!

TSSSA Orienteering event - some challenges are made to be fun!
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TSSSA Athletics

On March 18th, 22 students went to Inglewood to partake in the TSSSA Athletics event. This is by far the largest number Spotswood College has taken in many years and was something acknowledged by our local schools.

One of the bigger events in the TSSSA calendar, out of the 22 students involved, 14 of them were year 9 students gaining some valuable experience representing our school for the first time.

The students performed well and represented our school with pride. There were many placings within the top 10 of multiple events across the day, with stand out results being:

Summer Price (Senior Girls) - 2nd Place Javelin, 3rd Place Shot Put;

Zara Erol-Watt (Int. Girls) - 3rd Place Long Jump

Tyreque Ormsby (Jnr. Boys) - 3rd Place Long Jump

Thanks to Mr Abrams, Mr Ward and Whaea Ann for taking our students and giving them an awesome opportunity. To all the students who went and participated, thank you for the way you represented our school and be proud of your efforts.

Congratulations to William Gray who was part of a team that placed 5th representing the Taranaki Area Pony Club at the NZPCA Mounted Games Championships in Masterton
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Zara Erol Watt has been selected for the New Zealand U-17 ID camp! Congratilations!
Congratulations to Stacey Hayes for being selected for the Sheila Winn Nationals in Wellington.
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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.


2nd - Good Friday - no school

5th - Easter Monday - no school

6th - Easter Tuesday - no school

7th - Module 2 Starts

8th - 9.00 am visiting author: Harry Ricketts running book review workshop for English students (Staffroom)

13th - Manual Handling and Hearing Conservation Course - Boardroom

16th - End of Term One
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