Spotswood College

July 2020 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

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Reporting Process Survey

We would appreciate some feedback from whanau regarding our school's reporting process. Please click on the link and answer the survey questions. This will close off the first week of next term. Thank you for taking the time to complete this for us.

Specialised Hubs Review 2020

As a school, we would like to sincerely thank all our staff and students for their efforts in implementing the Specialised Hubs "experiment" after our return from Lockdown. Please see the link which outlines the results of the survey which staff and students recently completed.

Next year we will be using the Hubs concept in Popups (which will be renamed Learning Modules next year). Learning Modules will be Focussed (where there would be a specific Achievement Standard being covered) and Flexi (where students can opt-in and out of Hubs based on their learning needs).


This term we farewelled Pamela Crowe and Sue Gunn. We wish them both all the very best in their future endeavours.



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:


Students have been busy with a range of work-ready courses including barista and heights and safety. Such courses provide an important set of work-ready skills and NCEA qualifications.

Youth Responder Fire Safety Course and Heights Safety Course on-site. Gateway students add to their skills and qualifications.

Students also extended their skills with a Barista Course.

Year 10 students Josh Houghton and Stan Craawshaw integrated two different Steam classes to design, problem solve and build a jump ramp, (Tool Time) at the same time they used Kieran Oakes Creative Design class to create the video.
ramp build

NCEA Exam Timetable 2020

Taranaki Futures Driver programme

Josh was the first mentored student to pass his restricted licence as part of the Taranaki Futures Driver program.

Josh is stoked he can now drive himself to his Gateway work placement at MIDAS in New Plymouth each Friday.

Kaed Lucre-Scott hard at work as one of the team at Downer, gaining real-world experience and insight the sector.
Current student Esmeralda Dalgleish with her artboard that is part of an exhibition touring the country


Spotswood College was very pleased to host year 8 students at our Taster Day where they got to experience a range of taster courses relevant to our innovative and future-focused curriculum, please enjoy the video below.

The Zeal program with the Whaitata Photography Group getting some great local footage.

Open Night

Students and staff will visit our contributing schools leading up to our Open Night on

Thursday 23rd July, 7.00 pm in the School Hall.

Highlands Swimming Club- Winter Swimming Lessons Term 3

We have limited spaces available at our Winter Swimming Lessons for Term 3 on Monday nights at the Bell Block Aquatic Centre:

20th July to 21st September

Times 6.30pm to 7.15pm for Levels 3, 4 and 5 (45 mins)

7.15pm to 8.15pm All Squads and Adults (1 hour)

Cost is $95.00 per swimmer & $60.00 Adults for the term.

Please email if you require further details.


During the holidays we will farewell our International Students Malina Bromann, Eljane Waelli, Eva Leuchten, Hina Hatano, Matilde Bohl, Gabriela Cruz de Sales and Johannes Durrwachter. We have enjoyed having these students as part of our International Whanau. Our International students have played a key role in adding to the cultural diversity of our learning community, and we wish them all the very best as they return to their homes and the next exciting phase of their educational journey.

We look forward to hosting students from a range of countries in the near future.

School Uniform


Reminder school finishes at 2.10 pm every Wednesday.


1st - Sports Photos

3rd - Last Day of Term 2

20th - First Day of Term 3

23rd - Open Night

29th - LCQ Course

30th - LCQ Course

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