2007: (Year 48)

  • The roll is 961.
  • The upgraded Administration block is officially opened by an ex-pupil and current MP for New Plymouth Hon.Harry Duynhoven.
  • In April, we grieved at the passing of former HOD-English Mr. Kyle Gilmore.
  • Vertical forms are re-introduced and classes start at 8.45am.
  • The Spotswood College "Sports Institute" is introduced with Mr. Darren Scott as the Director.
  • The Sports Prize giving function is reintroduced.
  • Another 70 students take part in the Gateway programme.
  • This year 60  International students passed through the International Language School- some for one term, some 2 terms and others for a full year.
  • In March the BOT elections were held.
  • The BOT approves the 2007 Annual Plan and the 2007-2010 Strategic Plan.
  • In March,  46 senior Drama students attended a week long camp in Auckland. 
  • Spotswood again hosted the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare regional Festival with our 15 minute Teacher-directed Macbeth team winning the regionals and qualified for the national finals in Wellington in June.
  • In Term 2 Spotswood hosted the Taranaki Orchestra Day and in Term 4 the "Golden Oldies" concert. In Term 2, 18 students from Hatrix and the Concert band travelled to Melbourne to compete in the Billy Hyde Melbourne Schools' Bands competition. This trip coincided with Rockquest, so Spotswood did not enter any bands in this year's event.
  • In April, 15 senior students of Japanese and 3 adults spent 20-days in Japan on a study trip. Spotswood hosted students from Hiroshima and Mishima during the year.
  • The YES company was called "Getbagd" selling over 380 bags filled with trinkets from the Trade Aid shop and soaps and body washes from the body shop. At the regional awards they won the Environmental award.
  • James Wilkinshaw was chosen by Labour MP Harry Duynhoven to represent New Plymouth at the 5th New Zealand Youth Parliament.
  • Ahmad Osama attended the Global Young Leader's Conference held in Washington DC and New York at the end of term 2.
  • Spotswood raised funds for the World Vision 40-hour Famine programme.
  • Kapa Haka's new tutor was Raymond Kaiki and did not enter any competitions this year but supported the Manu Korero competition.
  • At the Manu Korero speech competitions Toiraroa Ngeru won the Te Rawhiti Ihaka Junior Maori male section, and Kotuku Kaiki was placed 2nd in the Pei Te Hurinui Jones senior Maori female section.
  • On 20th September, another successful "Spotty Idol-3" was won by Emily Wilson.
  • On the 16th August, the Prime Minister Rt.Hon Helen Clark visits.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton, 8 Boys' & 3 Girls' Basketball; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 7 Netball; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Rugby; Skiing; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Yachting.
  • Mrs. Beverley McLean won the Most dedicated Gateway Co-ordinator or careers Award at the Skills4Skills in Action Lower North island awards.
  • After 28 years of service Mrs. Anne Ward the office receptionist retired.
  • Long serving Mathematics teacher and ex-pupil Mrs. Naomi Jonas (1981-2007) left to join her family's building firm.