2005: (Year 46)

  • The roll is 928.
  • Our core values are: P-R-I-D-E. Pride, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Enjoyment
  • The International Language School has 28 students.
  • The daily programme changed to a 2-2-1 timetable (Periods 1 & 2, Interval, Periods 3 & 4, Lunch, Period 5), and also a 10-day timetable.
  • On Tuesday 30th August, the Yarrows Charitable Trust donates a large Information Technology financial grant.
  • Over 70 students are involved in the Gateway programme.
  • The $1.2 million upgrade of the administration block, hall and staffroom is planed to start in December.
  • The Beach Volleyball Arena project is completed with special thanks to Mr. Gayton who raised all of the $50,000 and project-managed the facility.
  • Stuart Julian is elected onto the NPDC Youth sub-committee for a two-year term.
  • In July, we mourned the death of our very first Senior Mistress Alison Simpson. Technology teacher Mr. Rodney Ward retired after 32 years(1974-2005), and  the HOD Music Mr. Barry Bradshaw also retired after 23 years of service(1983-2005). 
  • Rival State won the Taranaki regional Rock Quest for the second time. Drummer Silvester Stone was awarded a Music Audio Institute of NZ(MAINZ) $4,225 scholarship for outstanding musicianship.
  • At the TSB Showplace on 20th June, Spotswood College entered Stage Challenge for the first time(100 students in the group).
  • The inaugural "Spotty Idol" was won by Samantha Woods. The event was organised by Ms Marnie Patten.
  • At the annual Taranaki regionals of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Spotswood won the 5-minute student directed piece from "As You Like It" and qualified for the national finals in Wellington in June.
  • The YES company was named "Kardeze" and won the Taranaki regionals and in October went to the national finals where they won a National Award- The ACC Excellence Award for Health & Safety.
  • In September Andrew Sanders, Mathew Dickey and Rebecca Shannon appeared on the TV2 show "The Rookie" a reality show based on The Apprentice.
  • The Kapa Haka group competed in the Pae Rangitahi competitions winning several sections and winning overall for the third year in succession. This qualified the group to perform at the 2006 National Kapa Haka event. Clive Tonga-Awhikau won the Best Male Leader award for the third year in a row. In October the group competed at the Manu Ariki competition in Waitara finishing in 2nd place.
  • It was an enjoyable and busy year for the various bands(Year 9, Year 10, Concert and Hatrix), with the highlight being Sam Parkinson's selection into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Brass band. The inaugural Taranaki "Big Sing" was held at NPGHS. Hatrix and the Concert Band performed at the Hamilton Band Festival, did the annual around the mountain schools tour and performed at the "Golden oldies Concert". 
  • The Year 13 Leadership Camp and Peer Support continued.
  • Spotswood raises funds for the World Vision:40-hour famine programme.
  • Another very successful Year 12 Social Science 3-day trip for 39 students to Auckland.
  • In July, Timothy Bishop(Year 12) was one of two NZ students selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the USA International Space Camp(one week) in Alabama, USA.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 8 Boys' & 3 Girls' Basketball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' and 1 Girls' Hockey; 8 Netball; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Rugby; Skiing; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Yachting.
  • Wanganui City College exchange held at Spotswood on Wednesday 18th May. Six codes involved-Basketball, Golf, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball.
  • Fairfield College, Hamilton exchange held at Spotswood on 2-3 August. Seven codes involved were-Basketball, Golf, Inline Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer and Volleyball. The Graeme McFadyen shield presented by Fairfield HS was won by Spotswood.