1966: (Year 7)

  • Finally,  sound and complete school development plan had been undertaken by the Regional office of the department in consultation with the Board and the school. This plan had long been necessary as the original ultimate roll was expected to be 700, this was raised to 1100 and was increased again to 1400.
  • There still remained discussion as to the building of a fourth secondary school for New Plymouth.
  • Discussions for a third Nelson type block (B Block) to be built on the two sections on the old Harkness site. 
  • A decision was made to build the new Library at the front of the school.
  • Preliminary work had been done on the "schools within a school" concept. There would be two Junior schools of Forms three to five; and 1 senior school of the two sixth forms.
  • Scholarship examinations introduced and a revised University Bursaries examination.
  • What was believed to be a first in New Zealand, Mr. Rod Greensill establishes a pre-vocational guidance course for selected 5th form (Year 11) students. The 8 students spent one day per week working a normal day at a job.
  • PTA gymnasium fund raising project continues to be most successful. It is hoped that building may start in 1967.
  • Major Production- A Play -  "Tobias and the Angel".
  • March: The Tramping Club spent anniversary weekend improving the Moki Track for carrying in timber for the building of the College hut.
  • 23rd - 27th April: Mr. Jansen accompanies 20 girls for a trip to Wellington to sing with 180 other girls at the Royal Youth Concert for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
  • 28th July: Spotswood (60 students in 2 buses) visits Tawa College for Cultural exchange. Spotswood won the debate, with Dianne Charman as best speaker.
  • 27th August: Mr. & Mrs. Procter lead a group of students on an 8 day trip to Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.
  • 2nd - 10th September: 44 students and staff undertake an 8 day trip to Curious Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton.
  • Spotswood sports trip to Manurewa HS, and Freyberg HS visited Spotswood(6th July).
  • Rugby First XV to wear Gold jerseys and green shorts to distinguish them from the lower grade teams who played in green and gold hooped jerseys.
  • Sports teams: 5 Rugby; 3 Soccer: 2 Boys' and 1 Girls' Hockey; 
  • 29th October: The Dance committee ghosts a "Carnival Dance". Voting for a Carnival Queen had taken place during the previous fortnight and from the 27 contestants, Judy McDonald was declared the winner.