THE SIXTH DECADE

2010: (Year 51)

  • The Alumni's 50th Jubilee organising committee runs an outstanding event at Easter that attracts just over 1,100 ex-students and ex-staff to the various activities over the 3 days. To view the 50th Jubilee page click on this link.
  • Mr. Mark Bowden is appointed the 6th Principal of the College and starts at the beginning of Term 2. Mark was previously the Principal of Opunake HS.
  • The BOT embarked on a major $15million building project to replace the over 50 year old buildings.
  • A Sports Council is established under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ross Dingle.
  • The Food & Nutrition fortnightly Daily News features "Kai with Soul" continued.
  • The International Language School became the Spotswood College International Faculty with Mrs. Gloria Holland as its Director. 59 International and 2 exchange students operated through this department.
  • Two teams entered the Waikato University School of Law regional Mooting contest with one team qualifying for the North Island semi-finals that were held in Hamilton.
  • Led by Mr. Kit Turnbull, the Tramping Club held several climbing/tramping activities during the year. 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Hillary's Award Scheme- Nine students enrolled for the Bronze Award in 2010. 
  • 20th March:- 21 students and staff participated in the 24-hour  "Relay for Life" (For Cancer) held at the New Plymouth Pukekura Racecourse.
  • 3rd April:- Led by Japanese language teacher Mrs. Reiko Smithers 12 students and staff left for a 2-week study tour in Japan.
  • The Gateway programme continued its success with 79 students involved.
  • Music:- For the first time due to the large number of entries, heats were held for Rockquest 2010. Our Hell Fire Horns qualifying for the regional final. Our bands-all had successful years. Hatrix performed at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival and visited local schools. 
  • The 6th "Spotty Idol" was again a highlight of Term 3.
  • This year's Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regional competition was held at Stratford. Spotswood entered 7 teams with Jessica Old chosen as Best actor to gain entry into the NSSP workshop. From this, Jessica was one of 24 students selected into the NZ Young Shakespeare Company to perform at the Globe Theatre, London in 2011.
  • With tutors Dave & Kath Hare, the Kapa Haka group had an enjoyable year. 
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 5 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 4 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; Snowboarding & Skiing; 2 Boys' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Waka Ama who competed at the NZSS championships at Rotorua.
  • 2nd-4th June we hosted Redland School from Chile in Rugby and Girls' Hockey.               
  • Ryan Dingle represented N.Z. at the World Age group Triathlon Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Seven Year 13 Sculpture students attended the Biennale of Sydney exhibition.
  • Several long-serving staff retired. Our Guidance Councellor Mr. Ernie Priestley after 35 years; Science and chemistry teacher Mr. Harold Rilkoff after 23 years; and Mathematics & Computing teacher Mr. Malcolm McGregor after 20 years of service.

2011: (Year 52)

  • The BOT, staff, students and the community wrote the "Strategic Plan 2011-2013".
  • In Term 2 we trialed Authentic Experimental Learning (AEL) programme where students learned outside of the classroom. Over 30 options were offered every second Thursday afternoon.
  • Preparations were made for the introduction of the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme for the 2012 start.
  • A team from ERO (Education review Office) visited and gave a positive report.
  • NCEA Level 1 standards were realigned.
  • The International Department was awarded the Education New Zealand "Excellence in Student Support Award" for 2011, for their superb pastoral care of our International students. This year the department had 56 international and 2 exchange students.
  • In April under Mr. Turnbull's leadership, the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award group saw 12 students successfully make the summit of Mt. Taranaki/Egmont.
  • 20 Year 13  students and staff participated in the 24-hour  "Relay for Life" held at the New Plymouth Pukekura Racecourse and raised over $2,000 for the Cancer Society.
  • The Food & Nutrition fortnightly Daily News features "Kai with Soul" continued.
  • Music:- On  Friday 8th April, Spotswood again hosted the Taranaki Secondary School's Orchestra Day for the sixth time. Hatrix and the Concert band attended the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival in Hamilton with Hatrix gaining a Gold award and the Concert band a silver. Spotswood entered several bands in Rockquest 2011 but only 1 made it through to the regional finals. Spotswood had 8 entries in the "Play it Strange" national songwriting competition with two making the Top 50.
  • "Spotty Idol 7" was another amazing night won this year by Gloriana Wilson.
  • A student directed "Orthello" won the Taranaki regionals of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and represented Taranaki at the national finals in Wellington in June. In July, Jessica Old travelled to the Globe Theatre, London.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 4 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 5 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • 19th - 22nd September we hosted Santiago College, Chile in Girls' Hockey and Girls' Volleyball.
  • Assistant Principal and former Head of Languages Mr. Matthew Cooper retires after 37 years of service(1974-2011).

2012: (Year 53)

  • Royal visit: On Saturday 10th November, ex-pupil Heelan Tompkins brings her Equestrian friend from England Zara Phillips (the Queen's grand-daughter) to visit Spotswood.
  • The Prime Minister the Rt.Hon. John Key visits the College with MP for New Plymouth Jonathon Young.
  • The Government positions NCEA Level 2 as a foundation qualification that will lead students into success in future education.
  • The NCEA Level 2 standards were realigned.
  • An agreement was formally signed to form a relationship with Hatsukaichi High School in Hiroshima, Japan.
  • This year celebrates the 10th year of International students at Spotswood. In 2012, 42 international and 3 exchange students were registered.
  • Gateway continues its popularity with 87 students involved in this year's programme.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 5th year.
  • Our ETU programme (Education, Taking part and Unity) is introduced. Spotswood stands tall for our education in a safe, inclusive and consistent environment. We are diverse and caring. ETU underpins and develops the values and key competencies of the N.Z. Curriculum.
  • The PTA hosts a mid-winter Gala Day to raise funds for the College.
  • On 8th August the Paritutu tragedy makes national and international news. During a TOPEC course on Paritutu two students and an instructor were swept of the rock by a freak wave and drowned. RIP Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye (Year 13), Felipe Melo (from  Brazil) and Bryce Jourdain (TOPEC instructor).
  • The Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival 15 minute "Macbeth" team won the regional competition held at Stratford and then represented Taranaki at the national finals in Wellington in June. At the national festival, our team won the "Most Outstanding Student Directed Ensemble Piece" award. 
  • In Term 1, Spotswood won the Taranaki Literary Challenge.
  • Two teams entered the Waikato University Taranaki regional Mooting competition with team 1 winning. They represented Taranaki at the semis-finals held in Hamilton.
  • Two students were successful at the NPDC Young Achiever's Awards- Tai Juneau won the Male Sports Achievement Award, and Callum Johns won the Super Student Award.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award group continued with 8 students working towards a bronze award, 2 towards a silver and 2 towards a gold.
  • 11 History students and 2 staff undertook a 2 week study trip to Vietnam.
  • The resurrection of our Kapa Haka saw a group of 19 perform at various events.
  • Music:- Spotswood once again hosted the Taranaki Secondary Schools Orchestra Day. The Hatrix Jazz Band won a Gold Award at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival held in Hamilton. Two students had their compositions selected for the Top 50 in the "Play it Strange" national songwriting competition. Despite having to record a video prior to entering the Taranaki Rockquest regionals, 2 of the Spotswood groups were successful in gaining a regional entry.
  • "Spotty Idol 8" was another amazing night won this year by 
  • Several Year 13 Art students attended the 18th Biennale of Sydney exhibition.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 4 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' Cricket; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 4 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • 17th - 20th September we hosted Santiago College, Chile in Girls' Hockey, Girls' Volleyball, 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Boys Soccer.

2013: (Year 54)

  • The NCEA Level 2 standards were realigned.
  • Spotswood hosted its first group of 3 students from our sister school Hatsukaichi High School, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Led by Mrs. Michele FitzPatrick 10 Spotswood Spanish students and 5 from FDMC undertook a two-week study tour of Argentina.
  • In mid-May we hosted the first visit by 24 students and 3 staff from the College Jean Fayard in Dumea, near Noumea, New Caledonia.
  • On 12th December, led by Mr. Robin Stanford 5 Spotswood students visited Cambodia & Thailand for a month's study tour.
  • Spotswood teams entered the Taranaki Literary Challenge and the Taranaki regional Mooting competition.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 6th year.
  • "Spotty Idol 9" was another amazing night won this year by Abby Christodoulou.
  • Three groups competed at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals held at Stratford with Othello's "willow' scene winning and then representing Taranaki at the national finals in Wellington in June. 
  • Music:- The Hatrix Jazz band and Concert band competed at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival at Hamilton and gained a silver award. The one entry in the Taranaki Rockquest regionals saw Gloriana Wilson win the solo/duo category. Spotswood again hosted the Taranaki Secondary Schools Orchestra Day.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 5 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' Cricket; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Mixed Hockey; 4 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • We hosted a Welsh school- Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, from Swansea, Wales in Netball and Hockey.
  • In March we farewelled Miss Dot Andrews who retired after 44 years of service to Spotswood College (1969-2013). Our Finance Manager for 23 years  Mr. Peter Smith also retired, and Deputy Principal Mrs. Jude Barnes took up a position with NZQA in Wellington.

2014: (Year 55)

  • A massive blow came on 29th May when the Ministry of Education closed the gymnasium pending further investigations due its poor overall condition.
  • ERO visited in August and noted improved results in their report.
  • The TSB Community Trust approved a grant of $77,000 to refurbish the lighting, sound and visual systems in the Hall.
  • The PTA organised another mid-winter Gala Day on 8th June.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 7th year.
  • In September 6 students and staff visited New Caledonia for a 12-day study tour.
  • There were 33 International students during 2014.
  • On Thursday 28th August, at the Taranaki Methanex Mathematics Spectacular our Year 9 and our Year 10 teams both won the Quiz.
  • Our Culinary team won the Taranaki regional competition and represented Taranaki at the national finals in Auckland.
  • This year 98 students took part in the Gateway programme.
  • Music:- The Hatrix Jazz band and the Concert band both performed at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival. At the Rockquest regionals, Gloriana Wilson won the solo/duo category for the second consecutive year, while the band Thamasis with a 7-minute long song won the "Best Song" award. Another successful 8th Taranaki Secondary Schools Orchestra Day was hosted at Spotswood.
  • Several Spotswood teams entered the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals at Stratford.
  • Our Mooting team won the Taranaki regional competition and were runners-up in the semi-finals of the Waikato University faculty of Law Secondary Schools competition held in Hamilton on 12th June.
  • "Spotty Idol 10" was another amazing night won this year by Cascade Price and Michael Hine.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 3 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' Cricket; Equestrian; 1 Mixed Hockey; 3 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • During the year we mourned the passing of 5 former staff - Barry Watt (1968-1992), Len Hill (1970-1977), Ian Brown (1972-1974), Margaret de Jardine (1989) and Emmy Coventry (2012), and Kaumatua Joe Broughton who passed away during the year. Joe served on the BOT from 1998-2002.

2015: (Year 56)

  • The Ministry of Education is reviewing the current Education Act(1989).
  • Some progress is being made on paper for a new Special Needs unit and a new gymnasium.
  • The PTA Winter Gala raised almost $15,000.
  • Matua Clive Tonga-Awhikau is the Kapa Haka tutor and Komiti Maori are keen to raise the groups profile in 2016.
  • The French and Spanish students made a joint trip to Wellington to participate in Lingofest (an International Language Drama competition).
  • The International department continues to be successful.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 8th year.
  • On 23rd September, 9 students and 2 staff left for study trip to Vietnam.
  • The Year 13 Geography students undertook a field trip to the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Spotswood entered 3 teams in the Taranaki Secondary Schools Mooting regionals. 
  • On Thursday 27th August, at the Taranaki Methanex Mathematics Spectacular our Year 10 team won the Quiz for the second year in a row.
  • Music:- In term 2 Spotswood hosted the Taranaki Orchestra Day for the 10th consecutive year, and the Hatrix Jazz band won a Silver award at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival. Our band No Good won first place overall at the Taranaki Rockquest regionals with the Garage Girls winning the Best Low Down Song category. 
  • "Spotty Idol 11" was another amazing night won jointly this year by Josie Hick and Mahana Nathan.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, Boys' & Girls' Basketball; the Equestrian team finished 1st= at the NISS Show Jumping event; Hockey;Netball; Boys' Rugby; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • A team of 11 took part in the annual NZSS Tough Guy & Girl Challenge (a 6km timed mud run) at Rotorua.
  • The $100,000 Netball/Tennis/Basketball Astroturf project undertaken by our Director/HOD Sport Mr. Phil Gayton was nearing completion. Special thanks to the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and the TSB Community Trust for their financial support.
  • We farewelled Mary-Ann Stretton who had been the Science Technician for almost 20 years; English teacher Miss Emily Scott (an ex-pupil) after 13 years of dedicated service; and the HOD of Science Mr. Ian Gabites after 30 years of service.

2016: (Year 57)

  • The new Astroturf complex was ready for use at the start of the year.
  • The election for the new Board of Trustee was held in May.
  • In August a large group of French, Japanese, and Spanish students travelled to Wellington to experience the Drama Festival - Lingofest.
  • Led by Mrs. Reiko Smithers, 10 senior Japanese students visited our sister city Mishima and our sister school Hatsukaichi High School for 2 weeks.
  • Our Year 11 Culinary team (of 2) entered the National secondary Schools Culinary Challenge (NSSCC) and won the Taranaki regional competition. On 30th August they competed in the grand finals in Auckland and won a Bronze medal.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 9th year.
  • Music:- Our Hatrix Jazz band again competed in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival in Hamilton.
  • "Spotty Idol 12" was another amazing night won this year by Jacques McCallum-Lind
  • A student-directed group competed at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals held at the King's theatre in Stratford with a 5 minute Absurdist interpretation of a "Hamlet" scene. They won and then representing Taranaki at the national finals in Wellington in June. At the finals Baylee O'Donnell-Martin won the award for "Best Student Director".
  • Sports teams:-Badminton; Cricket; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Basketball; the Equestrian; Mixed Hockey; 4 Netball; 1 Boys' Rugby; 1 Boys' & 2 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • A team of 7 took part in the annual NZSS Tough Guy & Girl Challenge (a 6km timed mud run) at Rotorua.
  • 18th - 20th September we hosted Santiago College, Chile in Girls' Hockey, Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Boys Soccer.
  • We farewelled Mrs. Beverley McLean who retired after 16 years of service and leading our Gateway and Transition programmes.

2017: (Year 58)

  • Under the Gateway programme, over 100 students attended a work placement during the year.
  • The PTA held another fund raising Winter Gala.
  • In the April holidays, a group of Spotswood & NPBHS Classics students led by Mrs. Michele FitzPatrick  undertook a study trip to Greece and Italy 
  • A group of senior French students visited New Caledonia for a 10-day study trip.
  • Two groups of Japanese students visited Spotswood- one from Kyotango city, the other from our sister school Hatsukaichi HS, Mishima.
  • One team entered the regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Stratford.
  • A group of students represented Spotswood at this year's Manu Korero regional speech competition.
  • Our Mooting team won the Taranaki regional competition and qualified for the semi-finals of the Waikato university Faculty of Law Mooting semi-finals in Hamilton.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 10th year.
  • "Spotty Idol 13" was another amazing night won this year by dancer Nadia Hill.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Basketball; Equestrian; Mixed Hockey; 3 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball and Cross Country Dirt Bike racing.
  • Keegan Joe was selected for Mens' Pairs Beach Volleyball in the New Zealand team that competed at the 6th Youth Commonwealth Games that were held at Nassau, in the Bahamas. Keegan finished in 5th=place.
  • Property:- It is hoped that the new Learning Support Centre will be ready for the start of 2018; the Gymnasium should be completed during Term 2; and the new Science block ready for the beginning of 2019.
  • The Principal Mr. Mark Bowden gives notice that he will resign at the end of term 2, 2018.
  • We farewelled Mrs. Michele FitzPatrick who has been a languages teacher for 20 years; after 11 years as HOD Music Mr. Robert Greenfield left to pursue his own musical development; Mr. Jared Hill after 11 years in the English and Drama departments; and Mrs. Alison Hodges retired after 27 years as the Principal's personal assistant.

2018: (Year 59)

  • Following the resignation of Mr. Mark Bowden at the end of Term 2, Mrs. Nicola Ngarewa is appointed as the 6th Principal of Spotswood College and began in October at the start of Term 4.
  • Under the Gateway programme, 87 students attended a work placement during the year.
  • Led by Mrs. Reiko Smithers, senior Japanese students visited our sister city Mishima and our sister school Hatsukaichi High School for 2 weeks in April.
  • Our Mooting team competed in the Taranaki regional competition of the Waikato University Faculty of Law competition.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition monthly features in the Daily News completed the 11th year.
  • "Spotty Idol 14" was another amazing night won this year by "The Rip-Offs" (Tayla Taiwhati, Livi Whitehead, Jake Larson).
  • Sports teams:-Badminton; 1 Boys' & 2 Girls' Basketball; Equestrian; Mixed Hockey; 3 Netball; 1 Boys' Rugby; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Cross Country Dirt Bike racing.
  • A team of 17 took part in the annual NZSS Tough Guy & Girl Challenge (a 6km timed mud run) at Rotorua.
  • Keegan Joe was selected for Mens' Pairs Beach Volleyball in the New Zealand team that competed at the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games that were held at Buenos Aires, in Argentina. Keegan finished in 25th=place.
  • Staff were preparing courses for the transition of the College's timetable and curriculum that will focus on literacy, numeracy, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths, and other learning mastery (STEAM).
  • After 42 years in the Physical Education department Mr. Phil Gayton advises that in 2019 he will teach part time as he focuses on establishing the Alumni website and the College's 60th Jubilee to be held at Easter, 2020.

2019: (Year 60)