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Y9 Integrated Studies (IS) Programme

Week 8: Dec 2nd – 4th 2020

Overview of the programme. Wednesday Dec 2 Field trips Thursday at school sharing information and planning, Friday Coastal Cleanup and BBQ

To allow students to:

  1. visit infrastructure and sites around Wellington that provide important services and improve the sustainability of our city,
  2. understand their role in bringing about change for a more sustainable future and
  3. enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the importance of conserving and looking after our environment.

Important Information


From the start of exams (Mon 16 Nov), we'll be stopping the buses part-way down the driveway after school to keep the loading a little further away from exams to reduce noise.


The 2020 Adlib Yearbook will be available for Senior students to collect from the office from Friday 27th November until 9th December. Office staff will have a list of students who have paid for this already. If you are not sure if you have prepaid for one, you can check with the office staff. If you have not prepaid but would still like an Adlib, there is a limited supply that can be purchased for $25. Year 9 & 10 students will receive their Adlib in Ako time on 9th December.

Scholarship info

The MacDiarmid Institute Discovery Scholarships are for Māori and Pasifika students:  to support their tertiary study in:  physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation. medical technology, innovation and physics/chemistry.  The scholarships pay university fees up to $8,000 for the 2021 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. The Institute welcomes applications from all Māori and Pasifika students from all backgrounds and abilities.  Discovery Scholars are eligible for ongoing support such as summer studentships and access to a range of MacDiarmid Institute events  Please visit to submit your application before Friday 11thDecember 2020



NZQA Exams

If Students and whānau have any comments on how NZQA exams have run this year, please email Warren Henderson ( and these can be inluded in our annual review.  


NZQA Information

NZQA exams run from 16 Nov-9 Dec.  Most exams will run on Table Mountain, Learning Support & the Hall. Morning Exams – 9.30am-12.30pm.  Afternoon Exams 2-5pm. 

COVID19 – we have received information from NZQA re the Alert Levels & what this means for exams.  We will follow guidelines carefully, but if you are unwell please stay away & seek medical advice.  Remember that we will support you with derived grades via the usual process.  If you are not able to attend an exam session for any reason, please be sure to let the office know as soon as possible.


Staff will be running Tutorials & the timetable for this is published on our website, here.

Junior students are requested to stay away from areas where exams are running.  In the afternoons, buses will stop near the Gym to reduce noise near the exam rooms.  Please do not attempt to use the driveway through the school from 2.45-3.15pm.  Buses will run on staff-only day, Tues 17 Nov for exam students.


Learning Program - the LP is now fully up-to-date for all students.  Please contact staff if you have questions about the information for your students.


All senior students received a card from NZQA earlier this year with their details and their National Student Number (NSN). All students should use their NSN to set up a Learner Login with NZQA. This will enable them to check their results and entries and is needed to complete digital exams. We can see that many students have not yet set up their learner login so encourage all seniors to check they have created their learner login and are using it on a regular basis.

Information on how to set up the Learner Login can be found here

however students are encouraged to approach their Ako or Subject Teachers for help if needed.


MOE/NZQA have been working to address the issue of how COVID19 should be managed in terms of national qualifications. We are now able to share this response with you.

To help address this and support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits. These additional credits are not subject-specific and are at the achieved level.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
  • External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.

These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our rangatahi this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

If you have any queries about the changes, please contact our NZQA Principal's Nominee, Mel McIntosh, or DP Warren Henderson. This information can also be found on our website, CLICK HERE.

2020 PHOTOGRAPHS – It’s not too late to get your 2020 records!

All 2020 photographs are still available online at

Your passcode is your unique student ID barcode number (as found on your ID card or in the parent portal)

NB: Any leading 0’s should be dropped – eg 12345 and not 012345

The composite class groups and the sports groups can be found in sub galleries under your individual portrait.

For any enquires please email

Kind Regards

Brooke Woollett


       “IN it with you!”


Onslow PTA Donation Request


Kia ora whanau

Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate to support the school in purchasing things like kitchenettes, fridges and microwaves for our students.


It is not to late to donate, please find  our donation request letter on the below website. 

Ngā mihi

The Onslow College PTA Committee