THE FOURTH DECADE

1990: (Year 31)

  • The roll is 1272.
  • The development of a facility for students with Special Needs.
  • After many years of negotiation the school development plan for the upgrading of the buildings was accepted. This plan because of its size and complexity will probably take 5-10 years to complete will see the whole school virtually re-built. The first stage was:-
  • a. refurbishment of S block with a 6th form  common room
  • b. a new two classroom Maori Studies block
  • c. a new senior laboratory in A block
  • d. re-paint and re-roof 'S' and 'A' extensions
  • e. a new fence around the swimming pool
  • Japanese subject introduced
  • Smaller Maori Culture group operate
  • Two senior teachers announce their retirements:- Mrs. M. Van Paassen (1972-1990) after 19 years of service, and Miss Margaret Hurley after 16 years(1977-1992).
  • The Spotswood College Amateur Radio and Electronics Club (ZLZUZ) meet weekly in a small room next to S13.
  • Sports teams: 7 Boys' & 8 Girls' Basketball; Boys' & Girls' Cricket; Cycling; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 13 Netball; 4 Rugby; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball;
  • 1st XV Rugby and 1st XI Soccer play against Fraser HS in N.P. 
  • Greg Withers and Tracey Egarr participated in the 10-day Spirit of New Zealand courses.
  • 20 Students take part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • The Junior and Senior debating teams had a mixed year. The seniors lost to Fraser HS.
  • The Badminton girls' team competed in NZBF tournaments at Hamilton and Wellington.
  • Yachting team wins Taranaki regionals and finishes 15th in NZSS champs.
  • Major Production:- "Frankly Frankie".
  • Music:- Junior and Senior Bands; and a Choir (16) all girls!!

1991: (Year 32)

  • The school roll is 1286 (3rd form=274, 4th form=307; 5th form=276; 6th form=270; 7th form=156). The 3rd form intake for 1992 is expected to drop to 225.
  • The Spotswood College community was saddened when it learnt of the passing of its founder Principal Mr. Alex McPhail on 29th June.
  • The Maori Studies room "Whaitata" was opened in February and for the English and Maths departments and 6th formers in their new surrounds in 'S' block.
  • The bad news was that due to budget cuts it is unlikely that Stage 2 of the development programme (A Block) will not proceed. After being recognised as a priority school for major capital and maintenance works, Spotswood College has now been placed at the bottom of the priority list.
  • Maori Culture group:- "Te Ropu-O-Whaitata". Bronwyn Knightly and Claudine Whitaker are the first Spotswood students to participate in regional competitions for Nga Manu Korero-"Korimako".
  • In early-July, 20 Students take part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • Colin Hartigan (a Canadian exchange student) does the Spirit of New Zealand course.
  • Major production:- "The Golden Masque of Agamemnon" that was produced by 7th former Fleur Gaston.
  • Amateur Radio Club ZL2UZ continues with 20 members.
  • Junior and senior debating teams.
  • Music:- 3rd form, 4th form and Concert Bands; 
  • Sports teams: 7 Boys' & 8 Girls' Basketball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Golf; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 13 Netball; 4 Rugby; Girls' Soccer; Skiing; Tennis; Triathlon; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball;
  • 1st XV have away trip to play Fraser HS and Tokoroa HS.

1992: (Year 33)

  • The roll is 1191. The substantial drop in 3rd form numbers due to the drop in our contributing schools means it will be repeated again in 1993 as the effects of a local enrolment scheme take place. It was predicted that the roll would drop to around 1,000 in 2-3 years.
  • The Young Enterprise team won a $4,000 worth of computer equipment in a nation computer game.
  • Four students- Louise Bance, Dominic Roborgh, Robert Ryan and Catherine Eaddy participated in the 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
  • 19 Students take part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • Music:- Jazz Band(Hat'rix), 3rd form band, 4th form band, and senior concert band all operate. The Jazz band and senior concert band attended the New Zealand Concert Bands Association Festival in Auckland in August.
  • The Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival team performed a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and  won the regional competition held at NPGHS and then represented Taranaki at the national finals in Wellington in June
  • Maori Culture group:- 17 members continue to develop the programme.
  • 30th June-1st July annual sports exchange against Fraser HS away. 9 codes played:- Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, and Volleyball.
  • Sports teams: Badminton; 10 Boys' & 5 Girls' Basketball; Boys' & Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Golf; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; Netball; Rugby; Girls' Soccer; Skiing; Tennis; Triathlon; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • I.S.C.F: A small group enjoyed their meetings of Christian fellowship.
  • In December, Mr. Barry Watt( HOD Graphics & Technology) retired after 24 years(1968-1992) on the staff. 

1993: (Year 34)

  • The roll is 1132.
  • Stage 2 upgrading work on A Block began late in the year ready for 1994.
  • Lobbying for Stage 3 has begun to remodel the Technical, Art and Home Economics block.
  • This year was extremely busy for staff due to a raft of curriculum changes in preparation for the National Qualifications Framework, the introduction of the National Curriculum Framework, Achievement-Based assessment modules and the seamless Education System. All come into effect in 1994.
  • The Education Review Office (ERO) visited the school in September and filed a pleasing and positive report.
  • Tina O'Keeffe(6th form) is the first female to win a national graphics and design award.
  • Paul Charteris (5th form) received a perfect score of 100% in his School Certificate Workshop Technology paper, the top student in New Zealand.
  • Senior students set-up our own Radio station- Triple XOS.
  • 1993 saw the introduction of the Rotary sponsored "Peer Support" programme with 60 6th formers attending the 2-day training course.
  • Music:- The Concert Band, Jazz band, and 3rd and 4th form bands all had a successful year.
  • Major production:- "The Insect Play".
  • 20 7th form students took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • Sports teams: Badminton; 7 Boys' & 9 Girls' Basketball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Golf; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; Netball; Rugby; Girls' Soccer; Skiing; Tennis; Triathlon; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • At the end of the Rugby season a meeting was held to establish the Spotswood College Rugby Football Club(SCRFC) in an effort to increase the number of students playing the game.
  • In December, Mrs Margaret Williams retired after 25 years (1969-1993)on the staff. 

1994: (Year 35)

  • The roll is 1020, and is expected to drop below 1000 in 1995.
  • One of the biggest changes for 1994 was to school resources and property. As a consequence of initiatives by the BOT, A Block was upgraded, a new IHC unit was on site, a new special needs laboratory, a major refurbishment of the Library and the upstairs of B Block had taken place. The focus now turns to Stage 3 the Technical block, administration block, hall and staffroom areas. A second computer suite was added to A Block 
  • The Radio and Electronics group were the winners of the N.Z trophy for the second time in 4 years.
  • Ellen Baker a USA space shuttle "Challenger" astronaut visits and presents the College with a photo of her shuttle launching.
  • In late-October the 6th form Legal Studies class did a trip to Wellington.
  • The Young Enterprise team called their business Spectrum.
  • In September, Shannon Austin represented New Plymouth at the New Zealand Youth Parliament.
  • Both senior and Junior Debating teams were active during the year but the senior team lost again to Fraser HS.
  • Music:- Symphonic Band, Senior Jazz band(Hat'rix), 3rd and 4th form bands were all active. In the last week of term 2, the Concert/Jazz group did a southern north island tour visiting 5 high schools before participating in the National Concert Bands festival in Hastings.
  • Sam Dixon and Mathew Rilkoff participated in the 10-day Spirit of New Zealand courses.
  • 7th form group take part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • Maori Culture group:- The group spent the year preparing for the 1995 activities. Bronwyn Knightly represented Spotswood College for the 3rd time at the annual Nga Manu Korero Maori speech competition.
  • The Spotswood College Radio station Triple XOS broadcasts 2 shows daily- interval and lunchtime.
  • A great first year for the SCRFC under the Chairmanship of Graeme Riddick. The school fielded 4 teams, but unfortunately no Girls' team. The 1st XV beat FDMC 35-27 as a curtain-raiser to the Taranaki vs Samoa game at Rugby Park. This team also played in the Northern regional tournament.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 10 Boys' & 9 Girls' Basketball teams; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 8 Netball; 4 Rugby; Boys' & Girls' Rugby League;Skiing; Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball; 
  • In July 7 sports codes and the debating team visited Hamilton for the inter-school exchange with Fraser HS.
  • After 12 years as the Guidance teacher/Careers Adviser Mr. John Mills moved to NPGHS.

1995: (Year 36)

  • The roll is 909.
  • 20 Students of Japanese undertook a 3 week tour of Japan, led by Mrs. Domney.
  • In July, a sponsored "Work Day" raises $12,000.00.
  • The TSB Community Trust donates $10,000 for upgrading of the computer facilities.
  • The Symphonic band consisted of 32 members and were ably led by Mr. Don Boyd and Mr. Barry Bradshaw.Other bands were:- The Jazz band (Hatrix), a String group, the Dixie band, and the 3rd and 4th form bands.
  • The Major Production:- "A Time to Laugh".
  • Senior and junior debating teams were involved in several debates.
  • Maori Culture group:- The group started the year with 45 members. The regional speech competition was held at Ruapehu College, Ohakune with the national Nga Manu Korero competition held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.
  • Young Enterprise 4th form team was known as "Surf Metal".
  • Our Textile students performed well in the various Young Designer awards.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 5 Boys' & 6 Girls' Basketball; 4 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 9 Netball; 4 Boys' Rugby;Skiing; Girls' Soccer; Yachting; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball; 
  • Joshua Walker scored 128 for the 1st XI in a 2nd grade game against a NPBHS team.
  • Unfortunately the driving force behind the SCRFC Mr. Peter McCall left to teach in Nelson.
  • A small 7th form group take part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • The last year of the 3 term education year.

1996: (Year 37)

  • The roll is 915.
  • The start of the relationship between Spotswood and the Akemi English Language School (AES) from Hiroshima, Japan.
  • After 25 years service at Spotswood History teacher Mr. Charles Gill moved to Sacred Heart College.
  • 20-21 April:- Our Te Kura Club hosts a 35th Reunion for the College.
  • Senior and junior Debating groups were active in several inter-school debates.
  • Major production:- "Nothing Will Come of Nothing".
  • Te Ropu Kapa Haka O Ngamotu group:- Lionel Skipper becomes the new tutor. The group number increases from 20 to 30-40.
  • Music:- Symphonic band of 30 performed at the National Concert Band Festival in Palmerston North. The Jazz band "Hatrix" had a good year and participated at the Rotorua Jazz Festival. The String orchestra, 3rd form band and 4th form band all had enjoyable years. A small Choir participated in several local events.
  • The I.S.C.F enjoyed their christian fellowship sessions.
  • 20 7th formers took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • 18-21 August, the  6th form Legal Studies class visited Wellington while the following week the 7th form History class experienced their trip to Auckland.
  • Four Textiles students gained awards at the NZSS Young Designers Awards held in Christchurch.
  • The First XV Rugby squad did an 8-day four game trip to the South Island in August. 
  • Sports teams:- Badminton,  Boys' &  Girls' Basketball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 9 Netball; 4 Boys' & 1 Girls' Sevens Rugby; Rugby League; Skiing; Girls' Soccer; Yachting; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball; 
  • On 30th July,  sports codes competed against Fraser HS at home for the inter-school exchange.
  • Bridgette Wilson was awarded 100% in the School Certificate Workshop Technology exam.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton,  Boys' &  Girls' Basketball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 9 Netball; 4 Boys' & 1 Girls' Rugby; Rugby League; Skiing; Girls' Soccer; Yachting; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball; 

1997: (Year 38)

  • The roll is 858, and is expected to drop to approx 834 in 1998.
  • The BOT prepare a detailed brief and design plan for the new technology suite. We were not included in the 1997/98 Capital works programme.
  • In August, the Climbing wall on the bottom field is reduced to a seat.
  • The BOT completed the Strategic Plan and Vision Statement for the College.
  • Mr. Garry Carnachan (ex-pupil and ex-Mathematics staff) was appointed as the Associate Principal.
  • After 27 years service(1971-1997) at Spotswood Accounting & Economics  teacher Mr. Doug Oliver retired. Mr.Oliver was involved in a number of extra-curricular activities-Cricket, Golf and Rugby and also for nearly 20 years ran the Stationery room. Through his efforts the school was able to purchase computers for the computer suite. We also farewelled Mr. Ivan Komene a Teacher of Maori Language for 17 years.
  • Major Production:- "The Virgin Warrior".
  • Our Young designers continued to excel at the national level with 8 finalists, 7 semi-finalists and 8 quarter finalists. Awards function was in the Christchurch Town Hall on 20th August. Catherine Moore (5th form) won the Fantasy section
  • Our Shakespeare group performed McBeth at the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington during Queens' Birthday weekend. Ben Shaw was chosen to attend a week-long young actors workshop in October.
  • In late-April, the Concert/Jazz Band undertook a 9-day tour to Sydney under the Baton of Barry Bradshaw and Don Boyd. Unfortunately, Mr. Boyd left after the trip to teach at Onslow College in Wellington.
  • On 12th August,  sports codes competed against Fraser HS at home for the inter-school exchange.
  • Lack of support hampers the SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk) group but they still had a mock crash scene on the bottom field prior to the Ball.
  • Te Ropu Kapa Haka O Ngamotu group:- entered several competitions and had a successful year.
  • The Junior and Senior debating teams has a quiet year with the seniors loosing to Okato College who eventually competed in the nationals.
  • Music:- We had numerous groups- 3rd form Beginner band(11), 3rd form Advanced band(10), 4th form Beginner band(9), 4th form Advanced band(8),Concert band, Symphonic band(23), Jazz band Hatrix(14), and a String group (4).
  • In July, a group took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • The Amateur Radio Club (ZL2UZ) participated in and won the Dan Wilkinson Memorial contest.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton,  4 Boys' &  5 Girls' Basketball; Boys' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 7 Netball; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Sevens Rugby; Rugby League; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; Yachting; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball; 

1998: (Year 39)

  • The roll is 834.
  • BOT elections took place in May.
  • BOT accepts the direct resourcing option.
  • Lifts are installed in A and S blocks for students confined to wheelchairs.
  • After waiting for many years the BOT decided to proceed with the re-development of the Technology suite using its own funding and stage 1 should be complete by the end of term 1, 1999.This was T-block's first refurbishment since the block was built in 1959.
  • Ben Shaw (7th form) selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London.
  • Due to very low numbers the I.S.C.F and SADD groups were not very active this year.
  • A very successful year for the Shakespeare groups. Our production of scenes from "Twelfth Night" won the regional contest. At the nationals in Wellington the group won the British Council award for outstanding costume design while Ben Shaw won the Peter Vere-Jones award for outstanding performance.
  • From 4th-27th April Mrs. Domney led a group of students on a cultural visit to Japan.
  • Junior and Senior debating groups were active.
  • Music:- Our various bands had an eventful year with Hatrix(11) performing at the Tauranga Jazz Festival in April, and the Concert Band (23) at the National Concert Band Festival in Auckland. The 6 member String Orchestra, 3rd form Advanced band, 4th form band(12) all had a quieter year.
  • About 10 students comprised the Choir. 
  • The 7th form history visited Wellington.
  • A small group of 10 senior students took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • Alistair Tippett participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
  • Tuesday 4th August we sent 6 sports teams to Hawera HS for a junior sports exchange.
  • 10th-11th August we hosted Fraser HS in 9 sports in:-Cycling, Badminton, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Surfing and Volleyball.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton,   Boys' &   Girls' Basketball; 3 Boys' & 2 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; Netball; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Sevens Rugby; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; Yachting; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • Phil Gayton commences compiling data to complete various Honours boards for the College.

1999: (Year 40)

  • The roll is 840.
  • Form classes are now known by Levels 9 to 13.
  • Stage one of the new Technology suite was completed and classes started in term 3. Stage 2 has started and will be ready during 2000.
  • The Secretary of Education Mr. Howard Fancy visited.
  • A TSB Technology grant allowed the school to provide the faculty with state of the art computer and satellite internet facilities.
  • After many years of lobbying provision has been made for a pedestrian crossing in front of the College by the Library.
  • In late-July, the Sports Honours Boards were unveiled in the hall as part of a project being undertaken by Mr. Phil Gayton.
  • 21-25 June 20 Year 12 History & Geography students undertook a trip to Auckland.
  • The ISCF group renamed themselves as Soul Vision for the year and were very active .
  • Sunday 1st August, 30 Year 13 left for a weeks course at OPC, Turangi.
  • Judith Gasser participated in a Spirit of New Zealand course. 
  • On 28th May was the "Spirit of New Zealand" scratchy fund-raiser, while the PTA held a Twilight Gala on 21st October.
  • A large group 33 form the Kapa Haka group. On 20th March the Te Roopu Kapahaka O Ngamotu group performed at the International Culture Festival at Manu Ariki , Taumarunui. At another event at Ngaruawahia where there was 46 teams Spotswood was placed 2nd in Haka, and 1st in Moko in the intermediate section to win the Whitianga Challenge trophy for best all round group.
  • We entered 4 teams in the Taranaki Shakespeare Festival.
  • Junior and senior debating teams were active.
  • There was a large intake of new players with several bands operating- Year 9 Beginner band, Year 9 Advanced band, Year 10 Advanced band, Year 12 Combo band, Concert band and the Jazz band Hatrix. The Concert band attended the National Concert Band Festival in Wellington and did an exchange with Onslow College(where Mr. Boyd was). Onslow visited us from 4-6 August.
  • On 10th June the Girls' Basketball and A Netball teams travelled to Wanganui City College for games. On 26th July 2 buses loads travelled to Fraser HS for an exchange involving Cycling, Badminton, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer and Volleyball.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 4 Boys' & Girls' Basketball; 3 Boys' & 3 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 2 Mixed Hockey; 10 Netball; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Rugby; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; Yachting; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • Mrs. Jan Beggs retired after 11 years at Spotswood teaching Geography & Social Studies and as HOD of Transition & Health. After only 3 years at Spotswood as the Deputy Principal Mr. Garry Carnachan is appointed as Principal of Opunake HS.