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Please join me in welcoming the following staff to our Onslow community

Lisa McKelveyEnglish Teacher
Rosee PatonEnglish Teacher
Rosanna WilliamsEnglish Teacher
Smitha RandhirScience Teacher
Ashley Renaud Science Teacher
Gerard WhaangaMathematics Teacher
Josh HemaTe Ara a Maui
Tatiana VoropaevaDigital Technology Teacher
Naykita Shelford-HindsPhysical Education & Health Teacher
Anna EdlinSpanish Teacher
Caroyln PatchellSports Administrator
Ben PowellTeaching Assistant
Morne Cloete Teaching Assistant
Marina GrahamAttendance Officer
Sophia ShinnMathematics Teacher

Welcome back to:

Debbie MooreScience Teacher
Reece GeursenScience Teacher
Mary MoncurLearning Support Administrator


Tēna koutou “Karakia i te ata” will started on Monday 10th February at 8:45 am in room 56. Karakia i te ata will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:45 to 9 am. All students are warmly invited to attend.This is a time to support students to prepare themselves for the school day.


Reminder that year 9 tea is on Wednesday 12 February. Year 9 students and their whānau are warmly welcome to attend. Students need to take their whānau members to their Ako room at 6pm to meet their Ako teacher. Please remember to RSVP (CLICK HERE)

9DRA Rm 30

9HJO Rm Ara (In the library)

9LDI Rm 33

9LKA Rm T1


9PJA Rm 3

9RAS Rm 28

9SJA Rm 27

9TRO Rm 9

9USH Rm 39

9VTA Rm 8

9WGE Rm 37

At 6.30pm we will all head to the Hall for a light dinner and speeches.


Ako Class Photos are composite photographs made up of the ID Photos taken this week Thursday 13 February and Friday 14 February. Orders will be taken in May and will be offered as prints only.

Thursday Year 9/10/12 photos taken

Friday Year 11/13 photos taken

The ID photograph files will be used for our ID cards and will be made available to you to purchase (as electronic downloads and or printed copies).

Sports Photos will remain as traditional group photographs (taken on 6th August) and offered online for electronic downloads and or printed copies.


Further information will follow tomorrow via email to all Year 9 parents


We have been informed by the PPTA that the PPTA members will be having a paid union meeting (PUM) on Tuesday 25 February.This will mean that the school will not be able to run classes from after Spell 4 1:35pm. There will be supervision available until 3:10pm in the Library for any students for whom alternative arrangements cannot be made. Please let the School know 5 days prior if your child/ren require this supervision by emailing or calling the Office. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note: Buses will be running on normal timetable, as they are not able to accomodate our early finishes


Thank you for the way you support the school in our efforts to work with students to manage their cell phone use.

All Learning Areas at Onslow College will be following the approach that students from Year 9-11 must have their phones off and in their bags during class time.The use of cell phones as a learning device is at the discretion of the teacher.Year 12 and 13 students are asked to follow their teachers’ instructions regarding cell phone use.

Any student who can not comply with this approach will be asked to give the cell phone to the teacher.Parents will be informed if cell phone use has become an issue in a student’s classes.If this behaviour continues we will ask that the student does not bring a cell phone to school.

We thank you for your ongoing support.


We ask that parents dropping off and picking up students in the bottom carpark to be mindful of not blocking the driveway and other vehicles from coming in and out of the School especially between 8.30am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.30pm. This is a heavy traffic time with students and the schools buses using the shared driveway.


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Once timetables resume, we use an early notification system to advise parents and caregivers of absences during a school day. If your student is marked absent, text messages are sent to the main caregiver(s). The system is designed to send one text per day in the first spell showing an absence.You can reply to the text with information and this may incur a charge from your provider. You can also email or call the Office on 478 8189. If you receive a text you can view the absence for that spell and any others for the day on the Parent Portal.

Details of known absences, eg, sickness, must still be advised to the Office by phone call or email as early as possible in the morning - please do not wait for a text, as we wish to reserve this system for unknown absences.This is a good time to let us know if you have recently changed your mobile phone number or other details by emailing


The Parent Portal ( is the access point for school reports (current and historical), Timetables, Absence data, School Calendar, as well as being the booking tool for Parent-Teacher Conferences. It is essential that families have access. Students have their own user identity, so there is no need to share your username and password with them. If you have not received an invitation and/or do not have access to the Parent Portal please email with your name and the name(s) of your child at Onslow. This also applies to homestay parents.


As we always do, and particularly with this unusually warm summer we are having, we would like to encourage all students to be sun smart with hats and sunscreen especially when spending extended times outdoors. Also we have a number of water fountains which have bottle filling taps around the campus and we encourage students to keep their water intake up.


Metlink have started running school buses.Timetables are available on the Metlink website.A reminder that buses start departing from 3:15pm, so students need to go directly to their bus at the end of each school day.Further information can be found on our website - Bus Information


12 FebruaryYear 9 Tea (6pm start)
14/15 FebruaryPhotographs
19-21 February Year 9 Camp
25 February PUM (Classes finish at 1:35pm)