THE SECOND DECADE

1970 - (Year 11)

  • Roll grows to 1226, and staff shortages continue.(Teacher shortages have been around since 1949.)
  • Talks of internal assessment replacing examinations, and new and different subjects being introduced.
  • Builders continue to remain on-site as more buildings are added to the campus.
  • 18 evening classes.
  • The name 7th Form replaces Upper Sixth form(6A)
  • 11th March:- The new gymnasium is officially opened.
  • Ropu Wawatai wins Regional final in the Korimako Speech contest.
  • Friday 20th March:- The Massed Choir and the Madrigal Singing group perform for Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Bowl of Brooklands.
  • Music & Cultural Tawa College exchanges reinstated. In March, Tawa College won the Debating; while their Musical groups visited in late-July.
  • The major production was "Listen to the Wind".
  • A mezzanine floor is added to the Library.
  • A Catamaran building and Sailing Club is formed to build a fleet of catamarans for the College pupils.
  • Monday 24th August:- 39 students and staff departed for another 6-day round trip of the South Island.
  • 4th-12th September:- 46 students and staff depart for an 9-day trip to Curious Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound.
  • Sports teams:- 4 Rugby; 4 Soccer; 12 Netball; Boys & Girls Hockey; Cricket; Boys Basketball;
  • Freyberg and Tawa sports trips continue.
  • Karoline Nodder wins the Flannagan Cup Open Water swim.
  • In July, ex-spotswoodian Barnett Bond(1964-1967) becomes our first senior New Zealand representative by competing in Swimming at the IX Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1971: (Year 12)

  • The number of large schools in N.Z continues- seven have over 1300 students and Spotswood is one of these.
  • Mr. G. Gair the Associate Minister of Education visited Spotswood in early-October to consider the Department of Education giving official recognition to the "Schools within a School" concept that Spotswood has been using for 3 years.
  • The Department has agreed to cap the roll at 1400 and will provide buildings for this number. A fourth N.P. secondary school will only happen if the roll, grows beyond 1400.
  • The PTA asks about Spotswood establishing its own Board.
  • 13 evening classes.
  • Changes occur in the sixth and seventh form examination system.
  • The major production was "Ten Little Niggers".
  • Brass Band, Madrigal Singers, Orchestra and Massed Choir all continue to perform well. The Music trip to Tawa College took place on 29th-31st July.
  • 3rd - 11th September the 9-day trip to Curious Cove.
  • The Catamaran Club continues to construct the new craft.
  • Sports exchanges with Freyberg and Tawa continue.
  • Duke of Edinburgh scheme- Now in its fifth year at Spotswood. 14 Bronze, 8 silver, and 3 girls Ruth Ward, Susan Turner and Jennifer King completed and gained the Gold award.They will be presented with their Gold awards by the Governor-General in April, 1972.

1972: (Year 13)

  • Some sign that the building programme is coming to an end. A Music suite and office administration is set down for 1973.
  • Enrolments for 1973 are down.
  • Musical: Brass Band, Orchestra, Madrigal Singers all active.
  • Senior & Junior Debating Clubs continue. The seniors beat Te Awamutu and Tawa Colleges and the Cup for the best speaker went to Malcolm Giles.
  • The Catamaran Club now possesses two eleven foot cataramans suitably named McPhail's Navy One and Two.
  • Tramping Club enjoy a range of excursions.
  • On 29th August, 29 students and staff embark on the annual South Island tour.
  • Sports teams: Basketball; Cricket; Hockey, Netball; Rugby; Soccer; Softball; and Volleyball.
  • The Rugby First XV beat F.D.M.C. for the first time 9-3.
  • Inter school games; Cricket vs Tawa at Pukekura Park, with Netball and  Rugby vs Freyberg at Spotswood.
  • Students enrolled this year will present for six subject at the School Certificate level in the fifth form.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award - 15 Bronze, 6 Silver and 3 Gold awards 

1973: (Year 14)

  • After 30 years of service to education, Mr. L.M. Moss retires as Chairman of the New Plymouth High Schools' Board of Governors. Spotswood College owes Mr. Moss a great debt for his outstanding efforts in the planning stage and in our early years.
  • The final part of the school's building programme has been approved in principle.
  • Our roll is expected to go beyond the 1400 in 1974.
  • A very successful Gala Day held.
  • The major production - Play "The Happiest Days of Your Life".
  • Annual South Island trip took place in the August holidays.
  • 2nd-4th August: Cultural & debating trip to Tawa College. Tawa won the debate.
  • Music: Brass Band, Orchestra and Madrigal Singers all active.Mary Nation and Stephen Hutton selected for the National Secondary School's Orchestra.
  • Tramping Club had a very active year.
  • First XI Cricket played Freyberg HS at Pukekura Park, and Tawa College at Tawa.
  • Sports teams: Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award- 7 Bronze, 7 Silver and 2 Gold awards achieved.
  • The 2 Crusader groups merge into one to be known as the Inter-school Christian Fellowship (I.S.C.F).

1974: (Year 15)

  • School roll is now over 1400 which places Spotswood into a special category in relation to administration and staffing.
  • The first Executive officer is appointed.
  • Music; Brass Band, Madrigal Singers and Orchestra all active.
  • 24th-29th March: 7th form trip to the Outdoor Pursuits Centre(OPC) at Turangi for a week.
  • Tramping Club have an active year.
  • First XI Cricket team beat Freyberg HS in Palmerston North then lost to Tawa College at Sanders Park. The highlight was the 117 runs scored by Carey Hobbs against Tawa.
  • Sports teams: Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball.

1975: (Year 16)

  • The roll is 1393, and the economic situation  has affected the building programme.
  • 7th form common room is completed.
  • In the latter half of the year, the PTA undertook a project to provide a new Canteen.
  • 5th form Pre-vocational work experience continues.
  • 5th form Woodwork group does a 5-day in-depth study of modern woodworking practices in Rotorua.
  • A whole school work day raised $4,800.
  • Spotswood is to become a pilot school for a wider guidance network.
  • Academic changes include 5th form Art being internally assessed, and 6th form certificate gains much wider recognition.
  • Tramping Club, Duke of Edinburgh award, I.S.C.F, Interact groups all continue. 2 Girl's obtain DOE Gold awards.
  • Outdoor Pursuits courses and Spirit of Adventure sailing courses experienced by students.
  • Music- Brass Band, Madrigal Singers and Orchestra all active.
  • The annual South Island trip in the August holidays involved 40 students and staff.
  • Sports teams- 3 Cricket, 2 Hockey, 7 Indoor Basketball, 4 Netball, 5 Rugby, 1 Soccer, 2 Volleyball.

1976: (Year 17)

  • The school roll jumps to 1480, and leads to a re-structure of the senior management team. A big drop in the roll at Devon Intermediate will see a smaller 3rd form intake in 1977(approx 100 less).
  • The NPHSB introduces zoning for enrolment policy
  • The prefect system re-introduced after a 2-year break.
  • Vertical form system remains on trial.
  • National senior examinations remain under review.
  • 8th-12th March -5th form Woodwork group does a 5-day in-depth study of modern woodworking practices in Rotorua.
  • PTA Gala day raised $3,400 that was required to complete the payment of the new canteen that was officially opened during the year.
  • Debating, Interact groups continue. 
  • Music:- Brass Band, Concert Band, Madrigal Singers and Orchestra continue. On 15th August all groups leave to visit Tawa HS. 
  • Sports teams:- 3 Cricket, 2 Hockey; 6 Indoor Basketball; 6 Rugby; 3 Netball; 2 Volleyball. Sports trips to Freyberg and Tawa continue.

1977: (Year 18)

  • Roll drops to 1384 due to smaller 3rd form intake from Devon Intermediate.
  • Timetable changes to one hour teaching periods a day.
  • The whole school work day raised $4,000, that paid for the new confidence course on the lower field.
  • Mr. Mohi Aupouri was appointed as the first teacher of Maori with 22 3rd form students opting for the course of three 1 hour periods a week.
  • The Interact Club had a membership of 30.
  • 5th form Woodwork group does a 5-day in-depth study of modern woodworking practices in Rotorua.
  • Cricket inter-school fixtures with Freyberg HS and Tawa College continue.
  • Music: The Brass Band, Madrigal Singers and Orchestra were very active. Tawa HS visited on 24th July.
  • The Rangiatea Maori Girls' Hostel closes.
  • The Principal Mr. Alex McPhail retires after 18 years.
  • N.P.B.H.S forms its own Board.

1978: (Year 19)

  • Mr. Evan Thomas commences as the second Principal of Spotswood. He was a Deputy Principal at Te Awamutu College.
  • The roll drops to 1268 so the NPHSB withdraws the zoning for enrolment policy introduced two years earlier.
  • Some minor concessions made to the 7th form uniform.
  • Students again experience OPC and the Spirit of Adventure.
  • Debating team defeats Tawa and Vicki Fairley wins the cup for best speech.
  • Interact Club and Duke of Edinburgh award scheme active.
  • Cricket inter-school fixtures with Freyberg HS(away) and Tawa College(Pukekura Park) continue winning both. Against Freyberg, Kevin Angland bowling took 4 wickets for 47 and 6 wickets for 9.
  • The Cycling team enters the Sir Bernard Fergusson time trials in Levin.
  • Netball, Rugby and Soccer fixtures against Freyberg and Tawa.
  • Music:- Brass Band, Concert Band, Orchestra and Madrigal Singers all had a successful year.

1979: (Year 20)

  • The dedication of the A.L. McPhail Library was held on Friday 23rd March.
  • The girls' grey gym tunic is replaced by a grey wool-terylene pinafore with a bib-top. For senior girls, the bib top may be removed transforming the pinafore into a skirt.
  • The Minister of Education defers the plans for extra playing fields until at least 1984.
  • Former pupil Nick Banks (1965-1969) reaches the summit of Mt. Everest to become the 2nd New Zealander and the 100th person in the world to have achieved this.
  • Music:- Brass Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Choir have successful years with Spotswood hosting Tawa.
  • Sports teams:- 4 Cricket, Cycling, 2 Boys' and 1 Girls' Hockey, 5 Rugby, Boys' and Girls' Volleyball, 
  • Sports trips to Freyberg and Tawa continued.
  • Tawa won the debating competition but Vicki Fairley won the cup again for the best speech
  • Administrational changes to take place in 1980 as the "schools within a school" system will revert back to one school with 4 houses.