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" won the Trade Fair section and the People's Choice Award at the Taranaki regional challenge in June.  In August they won the company presentations section, and in October won the Supreme Award for the Taranaki region. 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. This was the first time in 20 years that a Taranaki school had won the overall trophy. 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 newly reformed choir-Mrs. Jan Aiello directs a small group of 15 dedicated Choir members who had an enjoyable year visiting local Rest Homes.
  • The Christian group Soul Vision had a successful year with increased numbers.
  • Anette Tvedt participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 5 Boys' & 3 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' & 2 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' and 1 Girls' Hockey; 9 Netball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Sevens Rugby; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Yachting.
  • 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.
  • In December, the TSB Community Trust donated $65,000 for the construction of Sports changing rooms on the top field.