Three key areas of school development were completed. Stage II of the Technology upgrade-the Food Technology and Textiles faculties were ready at the start of the year. In the middle of the year the Learning Centre that was the "Study Hall in A block was finished. This centre targets students specifically with literacy and numeracy needs and reading recovery education for speakers of other languages. The Information Technology Centre in the Library was also completed (Te Whare Wananga O Nga Rangatahi).
Stage III of the Technology project is to start in 2001 with the relocation of Art and Photography faculties into the downstairs of B Block.
A new school uniform was introduced replacing the one introduced in 1992.
In late-Term III, ERO completed the scheduled 4-yearly review.
A big workload was imposed on staff preparing for the introduction of NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) in 2002.
PTA fund raising activities-Spirit of Adventure on 26th May and a Twilight Gala on 19th October.
Major production:- "Gervase Becket".
26 Year 12 Geography and History students had a 3-day trip to Auckland.
Cultural group of 25. Manu Korero was held at Spotswood on 9th June, and on 25th August the Kapahaka group travelled to Opunake to compete in the Pae Rangatahi competitions finishing in second place.
A small Sheilah Winn Shakespeare group attended the National Festival in Wellington with Jimo Rangi being invited to perform at the Globe Theatre in London in 2001.
A mixed year for the Junior and Senior debating teams.
The many bands had a busy year. The Jazz band Hatrix competed at the Jazz Festival at Tauranga, and performed to several local schools and at our annual "Golden Oldies Concert". Other groups were: Year 9 Beginner band, Year 9 Advanced band, Year 10 band and the Concert band.
Soul Vision (ISCF) had a successful year.
A group of 10 students took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
Sports exchanges with Wanganui City College and Opunake HS.
In December, Lisa Garvey won $10,000 on an Instant Kiwi ticket while on a Beach Volleyball trip to Nelson.
We mourned the passing of a former Maori Language teacher Mr. Ivan Komene. Mr. Dave Plyler retires after 29 years of teaching service (1971-2000).
2001: (Year 42)
The roll is 801.
Research is undertaken for Spotswood to consider entering the market for foreign fee paying students.
Big advancement made in completing the satellite school-wide internet including installing a satellite disc, fibre optic cable and high spec Macintosh G4 system for the Graphic Art students.
The final year of School Certificate and Bursary. More preparation is completed for the introduction of NCEA in 2002.
Spotswood is one of 21 schools selected to pilot the Gateway Programme led by Mrs. Beverley McLean.
Led by Mr. Mark Sewter, Spotswood enters the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) with the company being called TMC Enterprises.
The Year 12 Social Science students went to Auckland for a 3-day trip in late-June while the Year 13 History students visited Wellington.
A group of 10 students took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
Jimo Rangi represents NZ at the Globe Theatre in London.
The Kapa Haka group performed at 3 competitions- the Manuariki Festival at Taumaranui, the Pae Rangatahi competion and the Manuariki regionals in Waitara. Che O'Donnell and Clive Tonga-Awhikau compete at the Manu Korero speech competitions both finishing third.
On 2nd November the carvings placed outside Te whanau o whaitata were unveiled. The carver was Greg Barrett.
The various College bands continue to stamp their mark in Taranaki. This includes the Jazz band Hatrix, Concert band, String group, Combo-Baseless, Year 9 band, and Year 10 band. Hatrix band was awarded a "Gold Award" at the Waikato & Bay of Plenty Band & Orchestra Festival in Hamilton.Hatrix was also a joint winner of the "Smokefree Auahi Kore Teams Award" trophy. The "Golden Oldies Concert" was very successful.
Sports exchanges with Wanganui City College at home on 21st June (Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, and Volleyball; and Opunake HS on 11th September
The senior girls' Volleyball team finish 4th at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships.
Volleyballer Phillipa Soulsby gains a 4-year NCAA scholarship at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Mrs. Margaret Gaze resigns after 12 years at Spotswood that included the setting-up of the "Peer Support" programme.
2002: (Year 43)
The roll is 834.
After the sealing and landscaping had been finished, the Technology Block complex project was finally completed.
The early part of the year saw the upgrade of the Music faculty completed. The top floor of B block was also renovated to accommodate an "English Language School".
Plans are now underway for a long awaited bus shelter in the bus bay area by the library.
Level One NCEA was implemented with workload an issue for both staff and students.
Megan Sommerville and David Tooman elected to the New Plymouth District Youth Council.
The Christian group Soul Vision had a successful year with camps held at TOPEC and Eltham.
The YES company was named "Classy Corks" who won the regional award and then travelled to Wellington for the National finals.
On 21st June the Te Kura O Ngamotu Auahi Kore Kapa Haka Ropu travelled to Wanganui for the Manu Korero speech competitions. Clive Tonga-Awhikau finished in second place in the junior section. The Kapa Haka group numbered over 40 and performed at Pae Rangatahi and Manu Ariki.
Under the Deanship of Mrs. Gloria Holland, the year began with 6 International students which had grown to 14 by the end of the year.
Another highly successful year for our various bands- the Jazz band Hatrix, Concert band, Year 9 band, Year 10 band, and a Guitar group.
Spotswood hosted the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, with Jackson Coe being selected to attend a training workshop in Taupo. From the workshop, Jackson was one of 18 in NZ selected to travel to the Globe Theatre in London in 2003.
After 34 years at Spotswood College (1969-2002) the Principal Mr. Barry Finch retires.
2003: (Year 44)
Mr. Graeme McFadyen is appointed as the fourth Principal of the College.
The roll is 818.
NCEA Level Two was implemented
During the year, Mrs. Corrina Finch retired after 28 years(1975-2003), after 27 years(1978-2003) of Technology teaching Mr. Noel O'Keeffe moved to Tauranga, the HOD of Technology Mr. Dennis Ingram takes up a new position at Waikato University, and our Caretaker Mr. Brian Sowman retired after giving 18 years(1984-2003) of wonderful service to our property and grounds.
Our HOD of Physical Education Mr.Phil Gayton is awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2003 New Year's Honours list.
The Bus bay shelter is completed.
A marketing campaign was introduced to promote the College as a school of real choice.
A "Positive Reinforcement" Programme is introduced for Years 9 and 10, and a Year 10 "Achievement Certificate" is also introduced.
Megan Sommerville and Reece Julian elected to the New Plymouth District Youth Council.
Geoffrey Hawkesworth, Vanessa Martin and Megan Sommerville attended the Global Young Leader's Conference held in Washington DC and New York from 29 June-10 July.
On Saturday 6th September a function was held in the staffroom to unveil the new Staff Honours board that was stage 2 of the Honours boards project Phil Gayton started in 1998. Of the 68 staff members on the board, 42 attended the function.
The YES company was named "Underit". Amy Bridgeman the Sales Director travelled to Wellington for the Enterprise Olympics.
Over 70 students are now involved in the Gateway programme. This programme allows students to gain credits for National Certificates or NCEA Level 1 or 2 Achievement standards.
A very successful year for the Kapa Haka group. The group started with 60 performers and participated in many competitions. The first was the prestigious national event at Manu Ariki followed by the Pae Rangatahi regionals(Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu) where on 21st May Te Kura Tuarua O Ngamotu finished in first place taking out seven sections. Clive Tonga-Awhikau won best male leader.
Spotswood again hosted the Sheliah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals. Jackson Coe represents NZ at the Globe Theatre in London.
Our bands-Hatrix, Concert band, Year 9 band performed in various events with Hatrix performing in Hamilton and in Term 3 doing an Around-the-Mountain tour of schools.
A small group of 15 dedicated Choir members had an enjoyable year.
The Christian group Soul Vision had a successful year with increased numbers.
Anette Tvedt participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
The Girls' 1st XI Football/Soccer team played at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Premier tournament in Cambridge finishing 18th in the 28 team event.
Footballer Tiffany Kawana-Waugh gains a 4-year NCAA scholarship at North Western State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Ex-pupil(1972-1975) the Hon Robyn Parker (nee:McEwen)was elected as a Liberal party MP to the New South Wales parliament in Australia.
2004: (Year 45)
The roll is 853.
New elections are held for the BOT.
ERO visited the College in late Term 1 and presented a favourable report.
The BOT planning continues for the upgrade of the Administration block, Hall and Staffroom. Also planned is a changing room facility on the Top field.
Level Three NCEA was implemented.
The International Language School has grown to 28 students.
The Rock Band "Rival State" won the Taranaki Rock Quest regionals then finished in the Top 6 at the finals of the nationwide 'Rock Quest'. (649 entries)
The Manu Korero contest was held at Spotswood on Wednesday 2nd June. Then on Thursday 3rd June at the TSB Stadium, the Kapa Haka group again won the Pae Rangitahi regionals winning 8 sections, two seconds and a third qualifying them for the national finals in Wellington in June.
In April, 12 students and 2 staff visit Japan for 17 days.
Hatrix Jazz band won a Gold award and the Concert band a Silver award at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Secondary schools music Festival. Both bands(23 students) performed creditable at the Melbourne Bands Festival in Melbourne in August.
The YES company was named "Turismo" and finished 2nd in the Taranaki regionals. They produced a 2005 Desktop calendar.
Whitney Moore wins the NZ Young Fashion Designer of the Year award in the Cultural section (150 entries).
Major production:- "Back to the Eighties".
Frances Doran attended the Global Young Leader's Conference held in Washington DC and New York at the end of term 2.
Sam Keegan participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
2 teams enter the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals.
In June, 31 Year 12 Geography students have a 3-day trip to Auckland, while in August the Year 13 Economics and History students had a 3-day Social Science trip to Wellington.
The International Language School has 28 students.
The daily programme changed to a 2-2-1 timetable (Periods 1 & 2, Interval, Periods 3 & 4, Lunch, Period 5), and also a 10-day timetable.
The Yarrows Trust provides a large Information Technology financial grant.
Over 70 students are involved in the Gateway programme.
The upgrade of the administration block, hall and staffroom is planed to start in December.
The Beach Volleyball Arena project is completed with special thanks to Mr. Gayton.
Stuart Julian is elected onto the NPDC Youth sub-committee for a two-year term.
In July, we mourned the death of our very first Senior Mistress Alison Simpson. Technology teacher Mr. Rodney Ward retired after 32 years(1974-2005), and the HOD Music Mr. Barry Bradshaw also retired after 23 years of service(1983-2005).
Rival State won the Taranaki regional Rock Quest for the second time. Silvester Stone was awarded a Music Audio Institute of NZ(MAINZ) $4,000 scholarship for outstanding musicianship.
Spotswood College entered Stage Challenge for the first time.
The inaugural "Spotty Idol" was won by Samantha Woods.
The YES company was named "Kardeze" and won the Taranaki regionals and went to the national awards where they won a National Excellence Award for Safety in October.
The Kapa Haka group competed in the Pae Rangitahi competitions winning several sections and winning overall for the third year in succession. This qualified the group to perform at the 2006 National Kapa Haka event. In October the group competed at the Manu Ariki competition in Waitara finishing in 2nd place.
It was an enjoyable and busy year for the various bands(Year 9, Year 10, Concert and Hatrix), with the highlight being Sam Parkinson's selection into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Brass band. The inaugural Taranaki "Big Sing" was held at NPGHS. Hatrix and the Concert Band performed at the Hamilton Band Festival, did the annual around the mountain schools tour and performed at the "Golden oldies Concert".
The Year 13 Leadership Camp and Peer Support continued.
Spotswood raises funds for the World Vision:40-hour famine programme.
Another very successful Year 12 Social Science 3-day trip for 39 students to Auckland.
Wanganui City College exchange held at Spotswood on Wednesday 18th May. Six codes involved-Basketball, Golf, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball.
Fairfield College, Hamilton exchange held at Spotswood on 2-3 August. Seven codes involved were-Basketball, Golf, Inline Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer and Volleyball. The Graeme McFadyen shield presented by Fairfield HS was won by Spotswood.
2006: (Year 47)
The roll is 970.
The upgrade of the administration block, hall and staffroom is completed.
The TSB Community Trust present a grant of $160,000 for Performing Arts, IT, Shade cloths and the Year 13 common room.
10th anniversary of relationship with the Akemi English Language School (AES) from Hiroshima, Japan. In late-March Spotswood hosted a group of students from Akemi.
After 5 years the Gateway programme is an integral part of the curriculum. Over 70 students take part each year. Nine obtained apprenticeships during the year.
In early-May, an Opossum incident in the gymnasium makes national and international headlines.
Year 13 Leadership camp is held at Vertical Horizons.
In Term 1 the senior Drama students attended a week long camp in Wellington coinciding with the International Arts Festival.
Mr. Greenfield takes over as HOD-Music. The various band groups have a successful year. Spotswood hosted the first Taranaki Secondary Schools Orchestra day in Term 2. The major events of the year were:- the Hamilton Music Festival, the Golden Oldies Concert and the All Bands concert.
Kapa Haka competed at the Pae Rangatahi regionals (Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu) at Hawera winning 5 sections but finishing in 2nd place beaten by just 3 points. In June the roopu travelled to Mystery Creek to perform in the Secondary Schools Kapa Haka nationals but were unplaced. In September the group performed at the Manu Ariki regional competition missing out on first place by 5 points.
Major Production:- Disco inferno".
Another successful "Spotty Idol-2", was won by Sarah Trevathen.
The YES company was called "Bandded" selling insect repellent wristbands and CD folders.
Spotswood raises $4458 for the World Vision 40-hour Famine programme.
Stuart Julian is elected as Chairman of the NPDC-Youth sub-committee. He attended the inaugural Aspiring Leaders 4-day Forum in Wellington.
Stuart Julian participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
On 5-6 May, Spotswood hosted the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals
Sarah Maessen attended the Global Young Leader's Conference held in Washington DC and New York at the end of term 2.
In late-August a group of 10 students took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
On 21st September Spotswood held its first "Wearable Arts Extravanganza".
The concept of a "Sports Institute" was being investigated.
The USA Ambassador Bill McComick and his wife visit.
We mourned the loss of 3 students during the year: Melissa Long, Mike Parkes, and Auron Steen.
Several long serving teachers retire:- Mr. Trevor Lanning (Geography & Social Studies) after 36 years; Lesley Kreisler (Textiles) after 27 years; John Hodgkinson (HOD-Social Sciences) after 20 years; Kyle Gilmore (HOD-English) after 18 years; Robyn Moran (Associate Principal) after 15 years; and Lee George (Special Needs) after 10 years.
5 students gain Scholarships in Level 3 NCEA.
The Spotswood College Alumni Trust was established by Mr. Phil Gayton.
2007: (Year 48)
The roll is 961.
The upgraded Administration block is officially opened by an ex-pupil and current MP for New Plymouth Hon.Harry Duynhoven.
In April, we grieved at the passing of former HOD-English Mr. Kyle Gilmore.
Another 70 students take part in the Gateway programme.
This year 60 International students passed through the International Language School- some for one term, some 2 terms and others for a full year.
In March, 46 senior Drama students attended a week long camp in Auckland.
Spotswood again hosted the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare regional Festival with our Macbeth team winning the regionals and qualified for the national finals in Wellington in June.
In Term 2 Spotswood hosted the Taranaki Orchestra Day and in Term 4 the "Golden Oldies" concert. In Term 2, 18 students from Hatrix and the Concert band travelled to Melbourne to compete in the Billy Hyde Melbourne Schools' Bands competition. This trip coincided with Rockquest, so Spotswood did not enter any bands in this year's event.
In April, 15 senior students of Japanese and 3 adults spent 20-days in Japan on a study trip. Spotswood hosted students from Hiroshima and Mishima during the year.
The YES company was called "Getbagd" selling over 380 bags filled with trinkets from the Trade Aid shop and soaps and body washes from the body shop. At the regional awards they won the Environmental award.
James Wilkinshaw was chosen by Labour MP Harry Duynhoven to represent New Plymouth at the 5th New Zealand Youth Parliament.
Ahmad Osama attended the Global Young Leader's Conference held in Washington DC and New York at the end of term 2.
Spotswood raised funds for the World Vision 40-hour Famine programme.
Kapa Haka's new tutor was Raymond Kaiki and did not enter any competitions this year but supported the Manu Korero competition.
On 20th September, another successful "Spotty Idol-3" was won by Emily Wilson.
The Sports Institute programme gets underway with 20 students.
Long serving Mathematics teacher Mrs. Naomi Jonas (1981-2007) left to join her family's building firm.
2008: (Year 49)
The roll is 972.
ERO visited in early-June and presented a generally positive report.
The Year 13 Leadership camp was held at Vertical Horizons.
In March, the College was saddened by the passing of our HOD-Maori Whaea Karen Wano.
Another busy year for the International Language school with 54 international and 6 exchange students involved. With the departure of Brett Sloan, Mrs. Gloria Holland was appointed as the Director of International students.
The Gateway programme continued its popularity.
In Term 1 the first whole school end of term "Achievers Assembly" was held in the gymnasium.
In Term 1 the senior Drama students attended a week long camp in Wellington coinciding with the International Arts Festival.
In Term 1 the Year 12 & 13 Economics and Accounting students had a 4-day trip to Wellington.
Spotswood again hosted the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare regional Festival and entered 5 teams, with our Midsummer Night's Dream team winning. In June they competed at the national finals in Wellington .
In the July holidays, five Year 13 Sculpture students travelled to Sydney for the 2008 Sydney Bienalle.
In August the Year 13 Geography students spent 5 days of research in the Bay of Plenty region.
Spotswood won the Taranaki Literary Challenge.
Spotswood entered a Mooting team in the prestigious Waikato University School of Law Mooting competition for the first time.
The "Kai with Sole" fortnightly Daily News food feature began.
Nick Murphy participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
Martijn Boeren attended the Global Young Leader's Conference held in Washington DC and New York at the end of term 2.
The major production was:- "Footlose".
Our 4th Spotty Idol was an outstanding success won by Lavinia Winter.
Kapa Haka had a successful year finishing in 4th place at the Pae Rangatahi competition, and performing well at the Puanga competition.
Toioraroa Ngeru won the junior maori Manukorero regional speech competition. At the national finals Toi was placed 5th.
The Hatrix and Concert bands both won Silver Awards at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Music Festival. Spotswood entered 4 bands in the Rockquest regional contest with "Free Funk on the Freeway"(FFOTF) winning.
The YES company was called "No Bull" selling a revolutionary Locking gate hinge system. They attended the National field Days and were a huge success in the Innovation Centre. In October they won the Taranaki regional event and went to Wellington for the national event in November winning a national excellence award.
An organising committee was formed with regards hosting the College's 50th Jubilee at Easter, 2010.
After 8 years at Spotswood Deputy Principal Brett Sloan left for a business career while another Deputy Principal Mrs. Sue Baker left to return to Thames.
2009: (Year 50)
The roll is 973.
The senior Gateway programme continues to offer great work experience for over 70 students.
The International Language School had 45 overseas students and 12 residential students.
The Sports Institute is in its 3rd year.
Cultural:-Dave Harre, Canaan Pauro and Liza Noble are the Kapa Haka tutors. Whanau Hui are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5.30pm. Toioraroa Ngeru won the Pei Te Hurinui Jones Senior Maori section at the Manu Korero regional speech competition at Wanganui. This was the 3rd year in succession that Toioraroa had won a regional section. In September he competed at the national finals in Rotorua. Te Huatahi Te Ngeru finished 4th in the Junior Maori section.
For the third year in succession a Spotswood College group won the Taranaki regionals of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and attended the nationals finals in Wellington in June. Our group who performed an excerpt from "The Merchant of Venice".
Music:- The College bands (Hatrix Jazz band, Concert band, Chamber Music group, all had successful years. This year in Term 2, we again hosted the Taranaki Orchestra day.
At the Taranaki Rockquest regionals our bands finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd with our group "Blau-pa-chow" won the award for the Best Song.
In the national "Play It Strange" songwriting competition Spotswood had three entries in the Top 40, an awesome feat for one school to have more than two.
The Brass and woodwind instrument sections are having difficulty in recruiting students and suspending the Year 9 Band class in 2007 has not helped. Too many students were wanting to play Guitar and drums.
In March, we hosted 16 students from Mishama, Japan- the NPDC sister city.
The YES company was called "Evolve" and produced an information guide with the book being called "The Taranaki Adventure".
The Year 13 Geography students did a field trip to the Bay of Plenty region.
The Mooting team won the Taranaki regional competition and made it through to the North Island semi-finals that were held in Hamilton.
The Year 10 Maths team won the TSS Methanex Mathematics quiz.
The Year 10 Science team won the TSS Science quiz for the second year running.
Our 5th "Spotty Idol" evening was again an outstanding success won by Emily Wilson.