Spotswood College

September 2021 Newsletter

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou,

Message from the Principal

Please click on the picture or link below to access the message from the Principal.

On-line enrolments are open, please use the link below.

Please click on the link to access the 2022 Junior Curriculum Booklet.
Please click on the link to access the 2022 Senior Curriculum Booklet.

He Huarahi Tautoko- Seeking Support

If you or someone you know is in need of support at any time please ensure you make contact with Whaea Kiri

Note please this is set up as a ticketing system so that once a referral is made and picked up a ticket will automatically be sent to the referrer.

We are currently exploring a partnership with Taranaki Retreat and Taranaki Primary Connections.

Once contact is made to Whaea Kiri, a needs assessment will be conducted and possible referral or connection with one of the following agencies if or when required.

In addition to the external support outlined in the chart below, other ongoing options are also available for students to access either through self-referral or through a process coordinated by Whaea Kiri and SSN.

  • SENCO referrals;

  • RTLB support;

  • Taranaki Activity Centre/Alternative Education;

  • Te Kura Correspondence School;

  • Te Waka Haumaru (specialist offsite programme and mentoring working with at risk taiohi);

  • Truancy Support Services;

  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako- Lunches in Schools (available to all students and staff daily);

  • Access to free Period Products (through the wellness space located in the old sick bay);

  • Breakfast club; (through the Food Tech room)

  • Kura Kai (frozen meals stored onsite to be provided to those in need (through the wellness space located in the old sick bay);

  • Travellers Programme (The Travellers Programme is an innovative, small group programme for young people, to build resilience and key life skills);

  • Horses for Humans - animal therapy course

  • Mates and Dates ( Currently being offered to Year 10);

  • SunSmart Schools Programme (Term 3-4).


Taranaki maths teacher Cameron Moratti swapped roles in the classroom and went back to school.

Maths teacher switches to being a student as he learns te reo Māori



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:


Taranaki students graduate as global citizens

Fifteen Taranaki students who spent part of the lockdown learning about global citizenship will join classmates from Vietnam and Thailand
Congratulation to our former students who have graduated from Victoria University.

Fabian Johnson, BAS - Bachelor of Arch Studies, Major in Architecture

Jahla Lawrence, MA - Master of Arts, Major in Criminology - Passed with Merit

Jaimee Wilson, PGDNS - PGDip in Nursing Science

Jonathan McPike, BA - Bachelor of Arts, Major in Development Studies; Education

Josephine Hick, BA - Bachelor of Arts, Major in Education; Music

Karen Hitchcock, PGCPM - PGCert in Public Management

Mathew Scott, BSC - Bachelor of Science, Major in Computer Science

Nicola Ries, BA - Bachelor of Arts, Major in Education

Shynia Lord, BSC - Bachelor of Science, Major in Mathematics; Statistics


A cute snippet on 7 sharp of our young people returning to school after lock down!
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Spotswood College Volleyball Club were sponsored a set of volleyball uniforms from Total Instrument Services (TIS).

Ex-Student Thomas Wiseman (2003-2007) and volleyball player approached his company Total Instrument Services if they were willing to sponsor a set of volleyball uniforms to his old school where he played Volleyball for in his 5 years.

He was successful in his application and we thank his company TIS and the efforts he made to secure Spotswood College students a set of sports uniforms for the students.

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School ID Cards

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

School Terms

TERM 3 Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October

(10 weeks)

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


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.

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.


27th - 29th NCEA Practice Exams continue


1st Last day of Term 3

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