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School Exam Timetable

Please follow the link to our website below for all information about School Exams:


PTA Donation Request

Onslow PTA welcomes your donation to purchase things like kitchenettes, fridges and microwaves for our students.

More information can be found here

Important Information

School finishes early at 12:15 pm for Years 9-12 on Thursday 5 November, for the Year 13 Leavers' Assembly and Leavers' Function.

Students will attend Spells 1-3 as timetabled


Congratulations to Year 13 student Sarah Sawyer who has been awarded the Future Leaders Scholarship at Lincoln University for 2021. Sarah will be studying a B.Agricultural Science with an extra major in Environmental Management. There were 180 applicants and 18 of these scholarships were given out nationwide.

Onslow College participated in the NZ Wide earthquake Drill on Wednesday 14 October 2020.


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.

Updated Portal Calendar

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


Learning Program - upcoming dates

Please note the following dates by which time the Learning Program will be up-to-date with data on student progress/achievement.

30 Oct - all grades so far for seniors following school exams

13 Nov - all grades/comments for juniors (Yrs 9 &10) as a summary of the year (or half-year for options)

The Learning Program is available on via the Portal. If you do not have access to the Portal, please email

General information about the Learning Program is available on our website, here.

Important NZQA Exam Assemblies

All senior students are to attend the NZQA Exam Assembly in week 3 which will be run by the school Exam Centre Manager, Helen Cartmell.

Wednesday 28th October.

  • Year 13.  11.45am-12.10pm.  Students will need to leave spell 3 early and make their way straight to the hall.  All students must return to their Ako classes straight after the assembly to receive their exam admission slip.  
  • Year 12.  12.10pm -12.35pm.  All Year 12s must go to their Ako class first where they will receive their exam admission slip.  They must then go to the school hall at 12.10pm for their exam assembly.  They will be 5 minutes late to their spell 4 class.
  • Year 11.  Go to normal Ako class.  Exam admission slips will be given out and a presentation on what to do with them.

Any students who are absent from Ako on Wednesday the 28th of October will have their exam admission slip sent back to the school office.

Friday 30th October.

  • Year 11.  11.45am to 12.25pm.  All students will be let out of spell 3 5 minutes early.  They are to go straight to the school hall for their exam assembly.
  • Year 12 & 13.  Normal Ako time.  Students who missed Wednesday's assembly & Ako time should ensure they collect their admission slips from the office or their Ako teacher as well as read the powerpoint.

More information can be found here:

Internal Assessment Grades Sign Off

All senior students who have completed internal assessment will be required to sign off their grades before leaving for study leave.  This should happen in their normal subject classes over the next few weeks.


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.

Interested in standing for the Board of Trustees?

Onslow College parents will have received nomination forms for the Board of Trustees mid-term election in the mail recently. There are two vacancies and nominations close at midday on Thursday October 29.

If you want to find out more about what a role on the Board involves before deciding, here is a link to some useful resources put together by the School Trustees Association (NZTA):

Alternatively, please feel free to contact a current Board member for a chat. Here is a list of current Board reps: