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.
  • 21st March, PTA Summer Fair fundraiser.
  • 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.
  • Dana McDiarmid wins a national competition to be a magazine cover model.
  • 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.The rock band "Rival State" finishes as runners-up at the Smokefree Rockquest regionals.
  • 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.
  • Major production:- "Bone City".
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 5 Boys' & 3 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' and 1 Girls' Hockey; 8 Netball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Sevens Rugby; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Yachting.
  • The Girls' 1st XI Football team won Football Taranaki's Duchess Trophy and the League trophy for senior women.
  • After 34 years at Spotswood College (1969-2002) the Principal Mr. Barry Finch retires.