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. John Eaddy retires after 13 years on the Board of Trustees, 7 as the Chairperson.
  • 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.
  • The Canteen receives a National Heart Foundation Heartbeat Award for its healthy range of food.
  • Major Production:- "The Virgin Warrior".
  • Abbey Stone is sworn-in as Spotswood's representative on the NPDC Youth Council.
  • 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 a 20 minute rendition of McBeth at the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington during Queens' Birthday weekend. The team won the Ida Gaskin Award for General Excellence, and 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;