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Congratulations Jack Moyer who participated in the National Chamber Music Completion on Saturday night at the Michael Fowler Centre.

The group that Jack was in Ravelation String Quartet won the NZCT National Chamber Music Competition

Updated Portal Calendar

Please check the Calendar on the Portal for Assessment Dates and finishing Assemblies and School Balls.


Senior Students. If you want to enter a NZ Scholarship exam please complete the E Form on the student portal. Make sure you have discussed this with your subject teacher first.


Online Subject Selection (OLSS)

for 2021 is open for this year's Year 10, 11 and 12 Students.

There will be a focus in Ako on course planning over the coming weeks.

A link to OLSS will be available for students in on the Portal. We suggested that you ask your child to show you this.

Changes can be made online up until Sunday 24 August. After that, students must work through their Dean.

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Life Education Trust NZ will perform theatre in education for the junior school.

Year 10 - In the Hall for Spell 2 for SMART$- financial literacy.

Year 9 - In the Hall for Spell 4 for SMASHED- alcohol education.

Friday 21 August 2020

Staff Only Day

(School is not open for instruction)



Do you have any questions around your Subjects? We are holding Subject Expo for Year 11 and 12 students

Wednesday 12 August Spell 5 (2:15 pm)

This is a great opportunity to speak with Subject Teachers if you have any questions

Locations below:

SubjectLocationSubject Teacher
Design TechWorkshop RoomMs Cottrell & Mr Knibbs
FashionT1Ms Hannaway
Nutrition and Food TechT2Ms Levy
GraphicsRoom 46Ms Hone
Digital Technology Room 8Mr Fairhall & Mr Ny
English and MediaMedia RoomMs Wilson
ScienceRoom 18
MathsRoom 37
MusicMS2Ms Hodge
DramaArt CentreMs Houghton
ArtArt StudioMs De Mayo
Accounting, Business and EconomicsRoom 5Miss McIntosh, Mr Leitch, Mr Turrell and Mr Moore
ClassicsRoom 53Mrs Frykberg
GeographyRoom 59Miss Willis, Ms Plummer, Mr Wilson
HistoryRoom 12Ms Colquhoun, Mrs Brightwell, Mr Johnson

TourismRoom 59Ms Willis

SAC Information Evening (Special Assessment Conditions)

12th August 2020

6.30 - 7.30pm in School Library

Come along to an information evening about how Special Assessment Conditions work for students at Onslow College

New Student Run Garden



Photographs are now available online at

Individual passcodes will populate both an individual portrait & associated composite class group. Your passcode is your unique barcode number (as found on your student ID card or in the parent portal) Please note that any leading 0’s need to be dropped. EG 12345 and NOT 012345.

All orders placed before the 14th August may be delivered via the College for distribution. Any orders placed thereafter will incur a direct shipping charge.

Secure payment gateway options are Stripe (for credit or debit cards) or Paypal (for paypal accounts or credit cards) The college will not accept orders or payment – these must be made online.

All photographs are subject to INphotography’s full website terms and conditions and privacy policy as indicated on the website. The photographs will also be supplied for publication in the school yearbook.

For any queries please email

Ps - Sports Photographs will be available online in early September.

Thank You

INphotography “IN it with you”

Kind Regards

Brooke Woollett


“IN it with you!”

BUSES - Under Level 1

Metlink have confirmed that schools still need to keep accurate records of who is catching buses under Level 1, see information, here. We have been managing this by providing QR codes for students on Metlink buses that come through the school grounds before & after school. We ask that students continue to comply with this requirement. If students feel unsure about QR codes or would prefer not to use them, we ask that they call by the office who are ready to record names. The contact-tracing videos we made under Level 2 have not been needed for tracing & it is our intention to delete these at the end of term. The Ohariu bus continues to operate on a separate system.

School Travel Survey - Impacts of Coronavirus

In light of recent events surrounding Coronavirus and the impact this had on schooling, Wellington City Council would like to know if the school travel behaviour within your whānau has changed since your child/ren have returned to school in Level 2. This survey should only take 5 minutes to complete. You can find the link to the survey here. Thank you for your participation.


Rail safety week 10-16 August - Cross with Care | Kia tūpato te whakawhiti

Rail Safety Week aims to reduce near miss collisions on level crossings. Every near miss is a traumatic event and has a very real impact on the locomotive engineers, the witnesses involved and on those who nearly lost their lives. Never cross when bells or lights are activated and always look carefully in both directions before crossing. Be especially careful to look for a second train. If one train has stopped at a station another one could be coming. For those families interested, have a look at this Rail Safety Virtual Field trip information that was shared with participating schools in 2019. Visit the Tracksafe website for more information.

Help in the Library

We have a group of parents who volunteer in the Onslow College Library for 25 minutes during the morning tea break to allow the library staff to go to morning tea with the rest of the staff. We normally have 2 people rostered on each weekday who usually alternate which week they do their duty, plus we have a backup person for each day. We are currently looking for 3 people for either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as we only have 1 person for these days.

If you would like to help in the Library or can help on any of the days mentioned above (please let me know which days of the week you are available) or you have any questions I would love to hear from you.
Please email or phone me on 0272586773
Thanks very much.
Heidi Marcov
Onslow College PTA Library Co-ordinator


Learn to Row starts on Friday 14th August 4-6 pm at Wellington Rowing Club. Learn to Row will run for 5 weeks with 3 sessions per week. Come and give it a go. There will be Learn to Row student and parent meeting on Sunday 2 August at 4pm in the Student Centre. Find out more on the website: or get in touch with Ms Manker ( The cost for Learn to Row is $110.

Here is a video about rowing to give you an idea


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.

Eid Celebration (Friday 14 August)


Kia ora and as-salamu aleykum,

Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to cancel the Eid celebration tomorrow evening, due to the level 2 restrictions on gatherings, and in the interests of keeping everyone safe. We hope that all those who celebrated Eid had a wonderful time with family and friends, and we look forward to organising a get-together in the future when things are more settled.