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Final wrap up Newsletter for 2017

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December 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:  Principal News, College Calender, Prefects 2018, Maori Graduation 2017, Mansfield Trip, Learning Support Faculty News, Year 10 Japanese Tea House Visit, Senior Academic Prizegiving, Technology Department News and Spotlight on News.

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December 2017 Newsletter


The Spotswood College Uniform Shop closes at the end of the school term in 2017.  If you are a new family starting in 2018 and have not yet had an appointment, please ring Mary (7533296) before this date to make an appointment.  Appointments for new families take 20 minutes.

For those people who have enrolled after this time I will be doing appointments one day during the middle of January so if you can ring me before 15 January and leave a message on my answerphone I will get back to you with an appointment time.  It is highly recommended that you do make an appointment as when the shop re-opens the week before school starts it is extremely busy with families collecting their laybys and I do not make appointments during that time.  If you come in during those open times for a full uniform fitting and without an appointment time, it will probably involve quite a wait for you.

Mary Turner  (7533296)

Course Confirmation Day – Wednesday 31st January 2018

All Year 12 and 13 students need to report to the School Hall on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at the following times to confirm their subjects for this year:

9.00am – 10.00am: Surnames A – L

10.00am – 11.00am: Surnames M – Z

Parents are most welcome to come with their child on this day, if they wish.  Staff will endeavour to see students accompanied by parents as quickly as possible.

The purpose of this process is:

  • Ensuring students have met the pre-requisites for the subjects they have chosen and where they haven’t, selecting an alternative subject.
  • Addressing any timetable related subject clashes.
  • Distribute student timetables for 2018.

Students will need to bring with them their NCEA examination results.  Results will not be posted by mail, so students will need to access them on-line at www.nzqa.govt.nz.  Students who are unable to print a copy of their results will need to go to the school office first and request a copy.

On the day students will collect a Course confirmation form which they will need to get signed off by the Head of Department for each of their subjects.

Attending this day will help to ensure a productive and organised start to the academic year.  If you are unable to attend during this time, we would appreciate you calling the school office,     (Phone number: 75 12416) so that the year level Dean can arrange a suitable appointment time.

Students who do not complete this process will not have a confirmed timetable/programme of study and may miss out on a place in restricted courses.

If your child decides not to return to Spotswood College in 2018, could you please contact the school office by phone or by email (tbo@spotswoodcollege.school.nz). The office opens on Monday 29th January.

We look forward to seeing you and/or your child on this day.


Exclusive:  Junior school competition: (years 9 and 10)

Two weeks – Monday 6th November to Friday 17th November

and explicitly: During Junior whanau class times, (Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th November)

Imagine being able to re-design our school

  • What would you want to do?
  • What would the school look like?
    • Outside
      • Gardens, chill out areas, seating, shade, rain cover, meeting places, car parking, bike storage, etc.
  • Inside
    • Classrooms, bathrooms, storage, seating, work areas, corridors, IT etc..

*Separate cash prizes of $50 available for each category at each year level*

Choose a category to enter;

  1. Piece of creative writing
  2. Artistic design sketch
  3. Digital (includes Minecraft model, Tinkercad or any other software design tool)
  • Hand your completed design ideas and creative writing in to your whanau teacher or the main office.
  • Or any Digital entries directly to Mr Lapworth (Technology)

Winners to be decided by the competition judges. (PCA, LUP and CLA).

All decisions are final.


November 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:  Principal Notes, College Calender, Health Consultation, International News, Language Dept News, TSSSA Road Relay and Vocational Pathway news.

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November 2017 Newsletter

Year 8 Transition Day – Wednesday 29 November 2017

Our year 8 Transition Day will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 between 9.15 am – 2.30 pm.

The Aims of our Transition Day are to:

  • Meet with staff and students at Spotswood College.
    Experience a little of life as a secondary school student.
    Find out about how 2018 will begin and how you will be supported.
    Tour the school and learn about subjects for 2018.
    Have an introduction into the values of our school through our ETŪ programme.

Key Arrangements:

Bring your drink bottle, morning tea and lunch.
Be ready to make new friends.
Be ready to ask questions about starting at our school.

We look forward to seeing you at Spotswood College and if you have any queries please contact us on 751 2416.


September 2017 Newsletter

In this issue: Principal Notes. College Calender, Putaiao, Junior Maori Science expo, Language Department News, Technology News, Beach Volleyball, Spotlight on Sport and Vocational Pathway News.

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September 2017 Newsletter


Week 0 – 29 January Office open


5          Years 9 and 13 attend school

6          Waitangi Day – no school

7          Years 11 and 12 attend school (including Year 9 and 13)

8          All year levels attend school

Monday 5 February – Friday 13 April 90 half days                (10 weeks)

Waitangi Day Monday 5 February
Anniversary Day Monday 12 March
Good Friday Friday 30 March
Easter Monday Monday 2 April
Easter Tuesday Tuesday 3 April
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April (falls in term vacation)

Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July 98 half days                         (10 weeks)

Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June


Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September 100 half days          (10 weeks)


Monday 15 October – Tuesday 18 December 92 half days      (9 weeks)

Labour Day Monday 22 October


Cyber Bullying and the Law – Do you Know??

Under the new law (Harmful Digital Communications Act) it’s an offence to send messages and post material that deliberately causes serious emotional distress.
It’s also an offence to incite someone to commit suicide – this carries a maximum jail term of three years.

So below is a list that a digital communication ( eg. Txt message, Facebook, Messenger, Viber, Snapchat, Instagram, email, etc…)
should NOT have in it:

1) any sensitive or personal facts.

2) information which is considered in breach of a persons confidence.

3) be grossly offensive.

4) be threatening, intimidating or menacing.

5) be used to harass.

6) be used to make false allegations.

7) be indecent and have obscene words or images

8) be used to incite or encourage others to,

  1. a) Cyberbully,
  2. b) Abuse others (race, gender, religion, disability),
  3. c) Commit suicide or other physical harm to themselves or others.

**REMEMBER – Whatever you post on the internet will remain available for others (inc employers) to find and scrutinise indefinitely.**