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Principal appointment notification

On behalf of the Spotswood College Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Nicola Ngarewa as our next Principal.  Nicola will join Spotswood College at the beginning of Term 4, 2018.

Nicola joins us from Patea Area School where she has been Principal since 2015.

Nicola is widely respected for her leadership skills and her inclusive and open approach to staff, students and parents.  She impressed the Board with her considerable experience and results achieved in leadership roles at other schools, as well as her passion for everything ‘student and whānau centric’, her ability to think strategically and creatively about the future of Spotswood College and her innovative approach to education – while still being respectful of the College’s unique and special character.

As a Board we were blessed to have received some excellent applications for the Spotswood College Principal role and were delighted with the exceptional calibre of applicants.  It made the decision-making process very challenging but what a fantastic situation to have been in.

The Board conducted a thorough and robust appointment process.  Thank-you to all members of our school community that completed and gave input via our principal appointment survey; we received some fantastic feedback from the consultation survey which fed directly into the person specification from which we shortlisted and shaped our questions for referee checks and interview questions.  Three candidates were interviewed on 19th May 2018.

As a new initiative the Board elected to perform visits to all shortlisted candidates in their current school contexts; this proved to be a hugely valuable and insightful experience.

I would like to acknowledge:

  • my Board colleagues for their tireless efforts in ensuring that we established and adhered to a robust and thorough process; for trying new approaches and, as we ask of all our students to be the best Board we could be in our search of our new leader of learning.
  • Our expert advisors that assisted on our journey
  • Our school community for your understanding and patience whilst we executed the process

We are delighted that Nicola will join us as our new Principal and leader of learning at Spotswood College and look forward to welcoming her and her whānau in October.

Linda Whitehead

Spotswood College Board of Trustees

Term Two Reports / IDP’s and Meet the Teacher Evening

Hi there,

In response to community feedback we have worked this year to have a better alignment between reporting, goal setting and Meet the Teacher evenings. We believe this will help strengthen the learning partnership between home and school and help support students next steps learning goals for better educational outcomes.
To access your Child’s report digitally on KAMAR PORTAL, you need to follow these steps:
1. Go to the school website at http://spotswoodcollege.school.nz/
2. Click on the KAMAR PORTAL tab
3. Put in your username and password (these were handed out to students last week). Please call the school office if you need a copy of them.
4. Once logged on go to the ‘results’ tab
5. Click on ‘report’
6. This will download as a pdf for you to read
Please have a read of the reports prior to the Individual Development Plan (IDP) meetings which need to be arranged on Thursday 24th (1:30 onwards) or Friday the 25th (9-4pm). Your child’s Whanau teacher will be in contact with you to arrange a meeting between these times, the meetings will last 30mins at least. At the IDP parents can pick up a paper copy of the report and use this to goal set as part of the IDP meeting. At reception after the IDP meeting parents can arrange meetings for the Meet the Teacher evenings in the following weeks.
The Seniors have their Meet the Teacher evening on Thursday the 31st from 2:30pm-7pm. The Juniors Meet the Teacher evening will be on Thursday the 7th June from 2:30-7pm. There will be early closures to accommodate the IDP meetings on Thur 24th May and the Meet the teachers evenings. The school will be closed on Friday the 25th of May for IDP day.
If you have any questions or would like to give the school feedback over the quality of the reports, we would be happy to hear your views. Please email me at mkn@spotswoodcollege.school.nz
Martyn Knapton
(Deputy Principal)


(Mark Bowden – Principal)

Our learning community is founded upon highly effective and respectful relationships which enable us to achieve our individual and corporate goals.

The following values are the basis of our school Etū program:

Respect Resilience
Present Participating Prepared
Celebrate Collaborate Care

We are a co-educational school, learning is our focus, we are diverse and inclusive.

Our vision:

Developing young people of good character with the skills and knowledge to contribute to our 21st Century Global Village.

Our School Charter.

Check out our latest ERO review: Spotswood College ERO report 2017

To find out more please Contact Us.














Term Two BYOD:

Mobile phones connecting adhoc to the school network have been overloading the classroom WIFI access points and this has resulted in connection issues for school learning devices.

From the start of Term Two (30th April 2018)  student mobile phones will be unable to connect to the school BYOD network. All student BYOD compatible devices (as specified below) will require registering for a school BYOD connection. Please print out and complete the BYOD registration paperwork (below) and bring your device to the school library at lunchtime. BYOD registration 2018

A BYOD device should have a minimum screen size of 250mm (10″) measured diagonally and preferably has a keyboard. Please note that all student devices must be able to connect to the internet using a browser so they can access “Schoology” which acts as an online subject communication hub 24/7. If your son/daughter has any issue connecting to the school Wifi, please inquire at the library at lunchtimes for assistance.

More BYOD information available here  http://spotswoodcollege.school.nz/byod/

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School Crossing:

We are currently reviewing the procedures we have in place for the safe use of the pedestrian
crossing outside our school on South Road. As part of this review we have reminded students in
Assemblies that if they use the crossing when it is not supervised then they cannot assume that
traffic will stop for them simply because they walk out onto the crossing. Please discuss safe
pedestrian practice with your children.

School Bell Times

Whanau Class 9.00 am – 9.10 am
Period 1 9.10 am – 10.05 am
Period 2 10.05 am – 11.00 am
Interval 11.00 am – 11.25 am
Period 3 11.25 am – 12.25 pm
Period 4 12.25 pm – 1.25 pm
Lunch 1.25 pm – 2.10 pm
Period 5 2.10 pm – 3.10 pm