2010: (Year 51)

  • The Alumni's 50th Jubilee organising committee runs an outstanding event at Easter that attracts just over 1,100 ex-students and ex-staff to the various activities over the 3 days. To view the 50th Jubilee page click on this link.
  • Mr. Mark Bowden is appointed the 6th Principal of the College and starts at the beginning of Term 2. Mark was previously the Principal of Opunake HS.
  • The BOT embarked on a major $15million building project to replace the over 50 year old buildings.
  • A Sports Council is established under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ross Dingle.
  • The Food & Nutrition fortnightly Daily News features "Kai with Soul" continued, and the "Kai with Soul" Cookbook was launched ($30 each).
  • The International Language School became the Spotswood College International Faculty with Mrs. Gloria Holland as its Director. 59 International and 2 exchange students operated through this department.
  • Jahla Tran-Lawrence is selected to the NPDC Youth Council.
  • Two teams entered the Waikato University School of Law regional Mooting contest with one team qualifying for the North Island semi-finals that were held in Hamilton.
  • The Year 13 Economics team of Harry Graham, Jacob Burton & Hamish Crimp won the ANZ Massey Economic Challenge at Palmerston North.
  • Led by Mr. Kit Turnbull, the Tramping Club held several climbing/tramping activities during the year. 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Hillary's Award Scheme- Travis Eaton gained his Bronze award, while 12 other students enrolled for the Bronze Award in 2010. 
  • 20th March:- 21 students and staff participated in the 24-hour  "Relay for Life" (For Cancer) held at the New Plymouth Pukekura Racecourse.
  • 3rd April:- Led by Japanese language teacher Mrs. Reiko Smithers 12 students and staff left for a 2-week study tour in Japan.
  • The Gateway programme continued its success with 79 students involved.
  • Music:- For the first time due to the large number of entries, heats were held for Rockquest 2010. Our Hell Fire Horns qualifying for the regional final. Our bands-all had successful years. Hatrix performed at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival and visited local schools. 
  • The 6th "Spotty Idol" was again a highlight of Term 3.
  • This year's Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regional competition was held at Stratford. Spotswood entered 7 teams with Jessica Old chosen as Best actor to gain entry into the NSSP workshop. From this, Jessica was one of 24 students selected into the NZ Young Shakespeare Company to perform at the Globe Theatre, London in 2011.
  • Our V48 Film competition team RRRFOFES won the Best team Award.
  • With tutors Dave & Kath Hare, the Kapa Haka group had an enjoyable year. 
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 5 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 4 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; Snowboarding & Skiing; 2 Boys' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball, and Waka Ama who competed at the NZSS championships at Rotorua.
  • 2nd-4th June we hosted Redland School from Chile in Rugby and Girls' Hockey.               
  • Ryan Dingle represented N.Z. at the World Age group Triathlon Championships in Budapest, Hungary finishing in 18th place in his category.
  • Seven Year 13 Sculpture students attended the Biennale of Sydney exhibition.
  • Five long-serving staff members celebrated their last day. Retiring were the Guidance Counsellor Mr. Ernie Priestley after 35 years; Science and Chemistry teacher Mr. Harold Rilkoff after 23 years; and Mathematics & Computing teacher Mr. Malcolm McGregor after 20 years of service. Both HOD-Art Mrs. Freida Cooper (20 years) and English teacher Mr. Ken Crawford (32 years) will move on to further studies.