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February 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: Principal/Acting Principal Notes, Attendance, College Calendar, Volleyball, Hello Cafe, Careers Corner, International News, Vocational Pathways News.

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February 2018 Newsletter

New Parents – Meet the Teacher Evening 7 March 2018

We wish to invite you to an informal get together in our School Staffroom on Wednesday evening (7 March) from 6.00 – 7.30p.m.  Prefects will meet you in the foyer of the hall to escort you to the staffroom.

The evening is an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers while sharing a sausage and a cup of tea, and hopefully some gentle evening sun.

Please come with your child, their role will be to introduce you to their various teachers.

This informal evening will assist you in putting faces to names and is the beginning of a five year partnership with us as you become part of our school community.

We are looking forward to meeting with you all.


Year 9 Ngamotu Beach Day on Friday 23rd February.

As part of the 2018 orientation programme, Year 9 students along with their Year 13 Peer Support Leaders and staff members will be having a beach day/picnic at Ngamotu Beach on Friday 23rd February.

The focus is to assist the students with our school wide implementation of the E TŪ programme. A wide range of activities will be undertaken that help foster aspects of this E TŪ programme.  These activities will give students the opportunity to interact with each other so as to build, foster and develop positive relationships.

School uniform and books/equipment will be required for Periods 1 and 2 on the Friday.  During interval the Year 9 students can change into a uniform more suitable to wear to Ngamotu Beach.  At the start of Period 3 they will all meet on the tennis/netball courts.

Students can bring their own drink and lunch, or for $2.00 students will receive a juicy, a sausage and a piece of bread.

Our school community is vitally important to us, and we would also like to invite you as parents and caregivers to come and support your son/daughter on this day.

Should the weather prevent the event from taking place, a normal school day will occur.  The full details are:


VENUE:                                 Ngamotu Beach, Port Taranaki

TIME & DATE:                     The event will take place on Friday 23rd February 2018

11.30 am – approx. 3.00 pm

COST:                                   There is No Cost associated with this event


CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT:        Students are permitted to wear a mufti uniform to

the beach, a sunhat, sunblock, water bottle,

swimming togs and towel.


TRANSPORT:                                 Students will walk under supervision from the

College, down Pioneer Road to Ngamotu Beach.


9.00 am                      Period 1

10.00                          Period 2

11.00 – 11.25             Interval – Students change into mufti clothing suitable for the


11.25                          All Year 9 students are to assemble on the tennis court in their

Whanau class.

11.40                          Roll check taken, students organised into groups of 10 and then

start walking

12.15 – 12.45             Lunch/Kai

12.45 – 2.30               Beach activities with Peer Support Leaders

2.40                            Students start walking back to the College

3.00 pm                      Arrive back at school, students dismissed

*Please note that the actual activities planned may differ due to a variety of factors that may include weather, environmental conditions, student/teacher ratios, and/or other safety considerations.

EOTC REQUIREMENTS: This Ngamotu Beach day activity has been assessed as a medium-risk EOTC activity and Spotswood College has completed a Risk Analysis Management Systems (Rams)/Safety Plan.

Accordingly there is EOTC documentation for you and your son/daughter to read, sign and return to Mr Scott or the College office by 3.15pm on Wednesday 21st February.

Students who do not return the documentation by this deadline will unfortunately not be considered for the event and will remain at school on that day.

The documentation is:

  1. Form 2: A student “Code of Conduct” form for this trip (2 signatures-Student & Caregiver)
  2. Form 3: “Aquatic/Swimming consent form (1 Caregiver signature)
  3. The Consent for medical treatment and the consent for son/daughter to participate Caregiver declaration form (Caregiver – signature)

Please retain this letter for your reference.

If you require any additional details please contact me through the College office: Phone: 751 2416 (ext 719) or the main office.


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

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