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Staff Only Days



Friday 4 June 2021

Thursday 5 August 2021 - NCEA Accord 

Friday 27 August 2021

Wednesday 1 December 2021 - NCEA Accord


No longer accepting cheques 

Banks are discontinuing cheques. From the end of May Kiwibank and ANZ are no longer honouring cheques.

The remaining banks are phasing out over the next few months.

To avoid any confusion the school will no longer be accepting cheques from 1 June 2021.



The Careers team would like to highlight some of the new Gateway placements available for Year 12 and 13 students that will be coming up in Terms 2 and 3.  Work placements offer an opportunity for students to gain work experience, references plus relevant skills and training for the world of work which may lead to employment options. Students should make a time to see Carolyn, Future Pathways Advisor in Careers & Library Hub or via, this week to have a chat about these awesome options:

  • Surveyors Assistant - BECA Engineering
  • Primary School Teaching Assistant - West Park School
  • Social Enterprise and Sustainability - Sustainability Trust
  • Activities, Events Assistant - Malvina Major
  • Village Support, Maintenance Assistant - Malvina Major
  • Horticulture Assistant - WCC Botanic or Otari Gardens
  • Joiner/Carpenter - Well Hung Joinery
  • Customer Service and Retail - Countdown, Noel Leeming, Farmers


Massey University, Wellington is holding a Careers Event ‘Young men in Nursing Interactive Workshop’ on

 Friday 11 June from 9 - 11.30 am

Students will get to visit their state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab and talk to current students and staff about the nursing degree and nursing as a career pathway.

For more details and consent forms talk to Peter Chapman, Careers Advisor in the Careers/Libary Hub or email  

Applications now open for students to enrol in end of year Scholarship Exams & Computer Use.  Please see the E form in the Student Portal. 

Scholarship.  Any student can enter an end of year scholarship exam.  Students are advised to speak to relevant subject teachers or subject leaders before completing the E From.  Students should list clearly & accurately which subjects they wish to be entered for. 

Digital Exams. 

Several subjects now have digital exams.  All students who take these subjects will be entered into a digital exam by default.  Onslow will also endeavour to provide a digital school exam for applicable subjects in term 3, where practically possible.  Students must use their own laptop to complete a digital exam.   Students can opt out of a digital exam on the day or closer to the time.  A paper exam will be available for them.   

Computer Use Applications

NZQA has also opened up the ability to sit NCEA & Scholarship exams on computer from 2020. 

This is for other subjects that do not have a digital exam available.   For these subjects it is possible to type up your answers on a computer, print these off & have them attached to your exam paper. This option is for the School Practice Exams & the NZQA External Exams.  Students will need to use a school computer not their own laptop. 

Please note that as the school’s resources are limited, this option needs this needs to be managed within the school’s capabilities (rooming/staffing/computer availability).   For this reason, SAC students must take priority.  Other students will be accommodated depending on what school resources are available at the day/time of their exams. 

We therefore invite students who are interested in using a computer for non-digital exam subjects to apply via the E form on the student portal.  The closing date for applications is Friday, August the 27th.  We will assess individual applications & notify students of the outcome of their application.  


PTC Conferences


Term Three – Subject PTCs held over two days from 1:30pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday 24 August M-Z student surnames

Thursday 9 September A-L surnames


For all Parent Teacher Conferences, student attendance is beneficial and we encourage our students to come too


Youth Wellbeing Study research in 2021

The Youth Wellbeing Study team from the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington is working with Onslow College to conduct research on what it's like to be a young person in Aotearoa today. This research will involve surveying Year 10 - 13 students, parents, and staff at Onslow. All surveys will be voluntary and confidential. The student survey will take place in an extended Ako time in Terms 2 and 3. Information will be sent home to parents about the survey, and for students under 16 years of age parents will be asked to indicate whether they consent to their child(ren) participating. Later in the year, an invitation to participate in a parent survey will be sent out to parents of students in Year 10 - Year 13. The research team use the information gathered from this survey research to create resources for young people, whānau, and communities, to better support youth wellbeing. If you'd like to learn more about the Youth Wellbeing Study, and their mahi, you can visit their website

Communication with you
It is really important to us that as parents/caregivers you have the information you need when you need it. It is especially important for students and whānau who are new to our college this year.

Your first point of contact is your student’s Ako teacher. Their email address is
 A list of staff can be found on our website

Our website is home to a lot of useful information including upcoming events, our learning areas, activities outside the classroom and our Board of Trustees. During 2021, we will be reviewing the design and content of our website to make it easier for parents/caregivers and students to find the information they need.

Parent portal – The parent portal is a great way to get information and to help you stay informed.  A helpsheet for how to use the parent portal can be found here.-