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New Plymouth teen makes Cook Islands bowls team for Commonwealth Games

New Plymouth man Aidan Zittersteijn has been named in the Cook Islands bowls team to compete in April’s Commonwealth Games.


New Plymouth teenager Aidan Zittersteijn has been named in the Cook Islands bowls team to compete in April’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Zittersteijn, who has just finished as a student at Spotswood College, was officially named in the team during a training camp on the Rarotongan greens last weekend.

“This is definitely my biggest moment in bowls,” said Zittersteijn, 18, who qualifies for the Cook Islands through his maternal grandfather.

“It is a great thrill to be named in the team.”

All bowls countries send sides of five men and five women to the games, with the men splitting into pairs and triples in week one, followed by singles and fours in week two.

“I’m not sure which disciplines I will be involved in yet. They will be revealed at the next camp, which starts on March 13.”

After spending a week in Rarotonga, the team will continue its build-up for a further week in Auckland, before settling into the games village on March 26.

“I can’t wait,” Zittersteijn enthused. “It’s going to be good to stay with the other athletes.”

Zittersteijn admitted that he was going to “try and go for gold” but equally acknowledged the toughness of the competition that lay ahead and the need to “take each game as it comes.”

Australia, as the hosts, and New Zealand, who are well overdue success in the men’s section, loom as the two countries to beat.

Zittersteijn, who still harbours hopes of playing for New Zealand one day, said that it will be alright if he clashed with the Kiwis. “We will just try and beat them!”

Zittersteijn comes from rich bowling stock. His father, John, is a national gold star holder in the indoor code, which he too has excelled in.

He will become the seventh Taranaki bowler to attend the games.

Stratford baker Eddie Leach competed in the inaugural games in 1930, with Dave Baldwin taking part with success in 1974 (gold) and 1978 (silver). Pearl Dymond won a silver medal in 1982 and other Taranaki bowlers to feature have been John Murtagh and Maurice Symes (both in 1986) and Brian Baldwin (1998).

 – Stuff

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 Principal consultation survey



The Board of Spotswood College has the important task of appointing a new Principal.

We value your ideas and feedback so please complete our online survey to help us ensure that the best possible person is appointed.

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Hard copies of the survey are available at school reception.


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


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

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  • 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.



Week 0 – 29 January Office open


5          Years 9 and 13 attend school

6          Waitangi Day – no school

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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
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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.

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7) be indecent and have obscene words or images

8) be used to incite or encourage others to,

  1. a) Cyberbully,
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August 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:  Principal Notes, College Calender, Technology News, Youth Commonwealth Games, International News and Vocational Pathway News.

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August 2017 Newsletter

School Vision Survey-Term 3

Kia ora whanau

We would very much appreciate your responses to our quick school vision survey.

Thank-you very much in advance

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School Vision Survey