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Vision and Values


Kei konei ahau                          You bring yourself

Kia puāwai                                 Grow

Haere whakamua                     Thrive in the paths you choose


Our vision is for every ākonga to be able to come as they are to Onslow College, for them to grow as a whole person (academically, socially, artistically, culturally, sportwise) and for them to be able to thrive in their future. We will use our values to guide our behaviours and to help us support everyone to be able to grow and succeed.



Our values highlight how important it is for ākonga to be able to bring who they are to the college and for them to be respected for who they are. They also show that for this to happen we need to have a community which allows diversity to be celebrated and for everyone to be able to stand on this whenua with a sense of belonging.

We have selected this emblem because

  • The Rata tree is a rich visual representation of connection to our whenua; with our many whānau and community connected relationships represented via the rata roots.
  • The branches of the Rata are strong yet flexible to enable growth towards "light" that is, a kura that flexes for the needs of the community, nga whānau in pursuit of continued learning and what’s right at the time its needed
  • The rata is providing a stable centre for our tamariki.
  • The rata will feed our vision and the Kākā

Whānau – this value is about Onslow College being an extended family, a collective who care. We take the time to know each other, and we work hard to make sure that everyone feels safe. Whānau show care for each other.

Whenua – this value is about Onslow College being a place for akōnga to find sustenance so that they can grow and strive. This means we focus on wellbeing and identity in all that we do and say to sustain growth and the ability to thrive.

Whakapapa – this value is about the layers which make up who we are. The way these layers combine make us unique. It also identifies all that akōnga bring with them each day. The way our families and influences make us who we are and how they connect us.

Diversity – this value is about including and accepting people of different social, socio-economic, learning styles, ethnic, genders, faith, sexual orientation, valuing diversity is inclusion.

Community – this value highlights that Onslow College is a group of people that care about each other and feel they belong together. A group of people who balance the rights of the individual against what is best for the group.