2017: (Year 58)

  • The national shortage of relief teachers was also felt in Taranaki.
  • From 6th - 14th November the Education Review Office (ERO) undertook a two-week triennial review of the College.
  • On Friday 10th March, Comedian Mike King spoke to both Junior and Senior assemblies about Mental Health.
  • A Hapu Carnival Day was held in March.
  • In August, Mrs. Sue Gunn was the Taranaki winner in the Favourite Teacher Awards.
  • From 18-24 March 9 students from the Kyotango City delegation, Japan were homestayed by Spotswood.
  • Our 40-hour Famine group raised nearly $7,000  for World Vision.
  • To make way for the new SNU building, the Year 13 common room was moved to the old gymnasium site before be re-located.
  • The new learning support centre - Te Waka Manaaki was opened on Tuesday 4th December.
  • Under the Gateway programme, over 100 students attended a work placement during the year.
  • The Taranaki Future's "Accelerator" programme ran in term two every Monday from 4-5pm.
  • The PTA held another fund raising Winter Gala was held on Sunday 25th June.
  • In the April holidays, a group of Spotswood & NPBHS Classics students led by Mrs. Michele FitzPatrick  undertook a study trip to Greece and Italy 
  • A group of senior French students visited New Caledonia for a 10-day study trip.
  • Two groups of Japanese students visited Spotswood- one from Kyotango city, the other from our sister school Hatsukaichi HS, Mishima.
  • One team entered the regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Stratford.
  • A group of students represented Spotswood at this year's Manu Korero regional speech competition held at Waitara.
  • Our Mooting team won the Taranaki regional competition and qualified for the semi-finals of the Waikato university Faculty of Law Mooting semi-finals in Hamilton.
  • "Kai with Soul" Food & Nutrition fortnightly features in the Daily News completed the 10th year.
  • "Spotty Idol 13" was another amazing night won this year by dancer Nadia Hill.
  • The New Zealand Army Band visited in August and performed to the College.
  • Sports teams:-Badminton; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Basketball; Equestrian; Mixed Hockey; 3 Netball; 2 Boys' Rugby; 2 Boys' & 1 Girls' Soccer; Boys' & Girls' Volleyball and Cross Country Dirt Bike racing.
  • On Friday 17th August 17 athletes participated in the Tough Guy & Girl Challenge  6km mud run at Lakes Ranch in Rotorua to gain Level 2 and 3 PE credits.
  • Keegan Joe was selected for Mens' Pairs Beach Volleyball in the New Zealand team that competed at the 6th Youth Commonwealth Games that were held at Nassau, in the Bahamas. Keegan finished in 5th=place.
  • Property:- It is hoped that the new Learning Support Centre will be ready for the start of 2018; the Gymnasium should be completed during Term 2; and construction of the new Science block should start in April 2018 and should be ready for the beginning of 2019. The re-development is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
  • Mostyn Lee was the Top Scholar for NZ in Sculpture for 2017. On 2nd May, 2018 he was presented with his award by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
  • The Spotswood College Alumni Trust presents four trophies for the Top Scholar in Years 9, 10, 11 & 12.
  • The Principal Mr. Mark Bowden gives notice that he will resign as from the end of term 2, 2018.
  • We farewelled Mrs. Michele FitzPatrick who has been a languages teacher for 20 years; after 11 years as HOD Music Mr. Robert Greenfield left to pursue his own musical development; Mr. Jared Hill after 11 years in the English and Drama departments; and Mrs. Alison Hodges retired after 27 years as the Principal's personal assistant.