2019: (Year 60)

  • The new school curriculum came into effect.
  • The triennial BOT elections took place in May.
  • BYOD was rolled out across the whole school. The IT department had 500 devices available to be loaned out during the day to students.
  • The Music department moved into A Block extension(A14,15,16) and the IT department moved into the Music suite.
  • The Minister of Education set-up a Taskforce to review "Tomorrows Schools" that came into effect in 1989. The Chairperson was Mr. Bali Haque a former teacher and Deputy Principal at Spotswood.
  • On 13th November, the Government announced the biggest overhaul of the education system in 30 years, dramatically reducing the amount of independent power schools have to govern (i.e:enrolment zones and school property).
  • With a $683m boost given to Education in the 2019 budget, the "voluntary donations" that parents pay will be scrapped as from 2020. Decile 1-7 schools would have the option of signing-up for the scheme that would see the government pay $150 per pupil.By the 14th November deadline 1563 schools had signed on. 
  • On 19th November, the Ministry of Education wrote to the BOT apologizing for the delays experienced through the building of the replacement gymnasium. It should be available in early-2020.
  • On 1st December, the government announced a $396m funding grant to schools to improve school property. Spotswood College will receive the maximum grant of $400,000.00.
  • Nationwide Teacher Strikes took place in Terms 1 & 2 before a pay settlement was achieved in mid-June.
  • In September, the Daily News announces that the "Kai with Soul" cooking series will cease after 11 years.
  • 16 new International students started in February, and took part in the Multi Ethnic Extravaganza in March.
  • In March Spotswood hosted a delegation of 15 students from Kyotango, Kyoto, Japan, then in August hosted 10 students and staff from Hatsuchaiki HS our sister school in Japan; and students from Dongguan HS in China.
  • In April/May we hosted 2 teachers and 7 students from La Sagrada Familla,  a school in Valencia, Spain.
  • After 27 years of service, the Director of International Studies Mrs. Gloria Holland retired at the end of Term 1. Her replacement was Ms Nicola Healey.
  • Our 15-minute teacher directed rendition of "Romeo & Juliet" won the Taranaki regionals of  the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and went on to compete at the national finals in Wellington in June.
  • One of our 3 mooting teams won the Taranaki regional competition of the Waikato University Faculty of Law competition and went to Hamilton to compete in the semi-finals.
  • On Friday 23rd August, a team of 20 took part in the annual NZSS Tough Guy & Girl Challenge (a 6km timed mud run) at Lakes Ranch, Rotorua.
  • In  September, 3 staff visited Melbourne to seek information on setting up a STARS (Spotswood Talented, Academic, Recreational Sports) programme in 2020.
  • "Spotty Idol 15" was another amazing night won this year by Michael Gibbon (Year 12).
  • After feedback on the uniform, a new uniform was announced in late-September. It will be compulsory for all Year 9 students from 2020.
  • The Music Department held a Showcase & Fundraiser on Friday 25th October.
  • In November, the Deputy Principal Martyn Knapton resigned to take up the position of Principal of Whakatane HS in 2020.