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.
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.