2011: (Year 52)

  • The BOT, staff, students and the community wrote the "Strategic Plan 2011-2013".
  • The "voluntary donation fee is" $120 for a single student and $180 for a family.
  • In Term 2 we trialed Authentic Experimental Learning (AEL) programme where students learned outside of the classroom. Over 30 options were offered every second Thursday afternoon.
  • Preparations were made for the introduction of the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme for the 2012 start.
  • A team from ERO (Education review Office) visited and gave a positive report.
  • NCEA Level 1 standards were realigned.
  • The PTA donated $10,000 towards such items as:- IT, literacy resources, sewing machines, etc.
  • The International Department was awarded the Education New Zealand "Excellence in Student Support Award" for 2011, for their superb pastoral care of our International students. This year the department had 56 international and 2 exchange students.
  • In June, Spotswood was one of four north Taranaki schools to be visited by the Police drugs dog. The school's tough stance on drugs resulted in 8 students being expelled - the highest for any NZ secondary school.
  • On 2nd April under Mr. Turnbull's leadership, the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award group saw 12 students (Spotswood & 3 International) successfully make the summit of Mt. Taranaki/Egmont.
  • 20 Year 13  students and staff participated in the 24-hour  "Relay for Life" held at the New Plymouth Pukekura Racecourse and raised over $2,000 for the Cancer Society.
  • The Food & Nutrition fortnightly Daily News features "Kai with Soul" continued.
  • Music:- On  Friday 8th April, Spotswood again hosted the Taranaki Secondary School's Orchestra Day for the sixth time. Hatrix and the Concert band attended the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival in Hamilton with Hatrix gaining a Gold award and the Concert band a silver. Spotswood entered several bands in Rockquest 2011 but only 1 made it through to the regional finals. Spotswood had 8 entries in the "Play it Strange" national songwriting competition with two making the Top 50.
  • "Spotty Idol 7" was another amazing night won this year by Gloriana Wilson.
  • A student directed "Orthello" won the Taranaki regionals of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and represented Taranaki at the national finals in Wellington in June. In July, Jessica Old travelled to the Globe Theatre, London.
  • The Kapa Haka group did not compete at the regional Pae Rangatahi kapa haka festival.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 4 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Cricket; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; 5 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • 19th - 22nd September we hosted Santiago College, Chile in Girls' Hockey and Girls' Volleyball.
  • In June, we learnt of the death of the College's second Principal Mr. Evan Thomas. Mr. Thomas was responsible for the building of the Swimming Pool.
  • Assistant Principal and former Head of Languages Mr. Matthew Cooper retires after 37 years of service(1974-2011).
  • The Spotswood College Alumni Trust awards 5 five-yearly scholarships to Year 8 students.