2014: (Year 55)

  • The BOT carried out a review of its Uniform Policy.
  • The "voluntary donation" remains at $120 for a single student and $180 for a family.
  • Due to a big increase in the number of reported Measles cases in NZ, parents are advised to make sure their children have had the MMR vaccination.
  • The TDHB advised that Headlice was an ongoing problem in the local community.
  • A massive blow came on 29th May when the Ministry of Education closed the gymnasium pending further investigations due its poor overall condition.This investigative work to test its structural integrity began in October.
  • A $265,000 upgrade to South Road cycle lanes and footpaths between Belair Avenue and Manadon Street began in September.
  • ERO visited in August and noted improved results in their report.
  • The TSB Community Trust approved a grant of $77,000 to refurbish the lighting, sound and visual systems in the Hall.
  • The PTA organised another mid-winter Gala Day on Sunday 8th June.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 7th year.
  • In June, Shardae McGovery & Bree Paton-Courtney won the Taranaki regional competition of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge. They represented Taranaki at the national finals in Auckland in mid-September against 8 other schools. In the 90 minute cook-off, they won a silver medal.
  • In June. Spotswood hosted the Manu Korero and Pae Rangatahi festival.
  • The Taranaki Futures training programme was launched in March.
  • Students were able to BYOD (Bring your own device) from Term 4 onwards.
  • On 1st July, 39 Physical Education students took part in a one-day educational visit to the Massey university campus in Palmerston North.
  • From 6th-8th July, Spotswood homestayed 39 students and 4 adults from the USA as part of the "People To People Ambassador Programme".
  • Also in July, Spotswood homestayed a group of 27 Texans who stayed in NP as part of an 8-day American educational programme.
  • In September 6, led by Madame Sabine de Crevoisier 6 students and staff visited New Caledonia for a 12-day study tour.
  • There were 33 International students during 2014.
  • On Thursday 28th August, at the 25th Taranaki Methanex Mathematics Spectacular our Year 9 and our Year 10 teams both won the Quiz. This was the second time Spotswood has won both trophies, the first time was in 2008.
  • Our Culinary team won the Taranaki regional competition and represented Taranaki at the national finals in Auckland.
  • This year 98 students took part in the Gateway programme.
  • Music:- The Hatrix Jazz band and the Concert band both performed at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Band Festival. At the Rockquest regionals, Gloriana Wilson won the solo/duo category for the second consecutive year, while the band Thamasis with a 7-minute long song won the "Best Song" award. Another successful 8th Taranaki Secondary Schools Orchestra Day was hosted at Spotswood.
  • Several Spotswood teams entered the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival regionals at Stratford.
  • Our Mooting team won the Taranaki regional University of Waikato Faculty of Law secondary schools competition held in the High Court in Hamilton. They were also winners in the semi-finals held in Hamilton on 5th June, and at the national finals held on 12th June they were runners-up. Corey Vickers (Year 13) was named the "Best Individual Mooter" and won a $500 prize.
  • "Spotty Idol 10" was another amazing night won this year by Cascade Price and Michael Hine.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton, 3 Boys' & 3 Girls' Basketball; 1 Boys' Cricket; Equestrian; 1 Mixed Hockey; 3 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • In August Spotswood hosted a sports visit by Burnham Grammar School from England. Burnham won the First XV Rugby and Junior Netball with Spotswood winning the senior Netball.
  • In August we hosted 10 students from our sister school Hatsukaichi HS from Hiroshima, Japan.
  • During the year we mourned the passing of 5 former staff - Barry Watt (1968-1992), Len Hill (1970-1977), Ian Brown (1972-1974), Margaret de Jardine (1989) and Emmy Coventry (2012), and Kaumatua Joe Broughton who passed away during the year. Joe served on the BOT from 1998-2002.