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Design Technology

For the past three years the Design Technology department have been working closely with Zealandia to promote conservation and sustainability with students at Onslow College. Students were asked to design and make weta motels; the Zealandia staff also introduced a new project which is the wine bottle feeder.

The projects are designed to engage students and raise awareness of the local wildlife, as well as helping the wildlife to flourish in different areas in the region.

Read the full article here.

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Crest Challenge

This year Onslow College had two junior programming teams enter the Bronze CREST CHALLENGE, run by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Teams were tasked with coming up with a software solution to a problem they saw in the world. Led by Year 13 student Orlando Parisblue, the teams spent time investigating problems that technology could help to overcome.

Team Colour Cafe (Louis Crawford, Jack Braddick and Tony Huang) designed a product that allows colour blind users to apply filters to images they see on a device to improve its visibility.

Team Listen N (Thomas Dominy and Toby Spargo) designed a product that allows users to output text written on a screen to audio so they can listen to the content. Read the full article here.

Nutrition and Food Technology



The Year 10 Nutrition and Food Advanced classes have been working on a project to develop and make an original dumpling and dipping sauce. They researched the cultural significance of dumplings and the methods of shaping, folding and serving them and are in the process of trialing their own recipes, considering flavour and form. The aroma in the practical room has been incredible! Read the full article here.

Fashion Design and Textiles

Fashion Competition Success

Congratulations to Pippa Gould and Laila Smith Year 13 Fashion and Design students for their amazing success at the 2017 HETTANZ Fashion Awards in October. Pippa was awarded first place in the Senior Technical category, and Laila was awarded first place in the Senior Creative category. Read about their designs here.


10TXA Neonatal Quilts

A huge thank you to everyone who donated fabric for the Year 10 Neonatal Quilt Challenge. The theme was 'Christmas' and these will be given to Wellington Hospital for their neonatal unit.

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