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Year 9


Year 9 Dean - Josh Hema



Welcome to Year 9 at Onslow College


Tēnā koutou katoa


Start of the Year and Orientation Programme

Pōwhiri for students and whānau, Friday 5 February

Please assemble 8:45am on the astroturf (up the main driveway) and the carpark beside it. Please do not wait in the driveway.  After the Pōwhiri, everyone will share kai.  Following this, students will go to the Hall to meet their Ako classes to start the orientation programme. 

On 5 & 9 February (8 Feb Waitangi Day observed), an orientation programme will be run by Ako teachers and Year 13 Peer Support Leaders.  It will involve a number of activities including learning about the school’s IT system, introduction to sports, information about itinerant music lessons and the school library, as well as finding your way around the school. 

Both days will finish at 3:10pm.  The Canteen will be open from Friday 5 February if you wish to purchase food.  Please note that school buses will run from Friday 5 February, as per bus information on school website, here.


Year 9 Meet & Greet Evening - Wednesday 17 February, 6pm start in Ako classes

This is an opportunity for your family/whānau to meet with your Ako teacher and with other families in Ako rooms.  Following this, we invite everyone to the Gym to hear key information about upcoming activities, along with some light refreshments, also served in the Gym. We encourage you to email Ako/subject teachers if you have any questions and we will run Ako and Subject teacher conferences during Term 1 and Term 2. Please fill in the RSVP form - CLICK HERE -  Year 9 Meet & Greet Evening RSVP


Year 9 Camp - Wednesday 3 March – Friday 5 March 

Year 9 camp will take place in Term 1 Week 5. Classes will travel by bus to El Rancho in Waikanae on Wednesday morning, and will return on Friday afternoon, arriving at school after 3:30pm (parents will need to arrange to pick up students). Camp will cost $250.00.  If payment for camp is an issue, please have your parent/guardian contact the Year 9 Dean to discuss an alternative financial arrangement.  The School really values all students attending the Year 9 Camp and we are committed to working with you to make that happen. Please fill in the Camp Health Profile/Consent Form. It is very important that we receive the Camp Health Profile and consent forms by Friday 5 February 2021. 


BYOD - All students should have a Windows-based laptop and bring it from 9 February 2021.  As well as a laptop, students should bring earphones or headphones and charging cable. We advise students to clearly label their laptops. We do not recommend purchasing Chrome Books.  If you would like to discuss any issues associated with laptops please contact


Sports Registrations – Should students choose to participate in Sport please note that Sport Fees are compulsory.  All sports registrations must be made online by mid-January.  Whānau will receive an email in mid-December outlining the process for online registration.  Registrations must be completed by Friday 29 January and Summer Sport Fees must be paid within two weeks of being invoiced to Student School Account (unless you have an agreed payment plan with the Sports department).  If students encounter issues with online registration they will need to come to the Sports Office at the College on 5 February (First day of school) to register. 


Tuesday Late Starts - Teachers take part in professional development on Tuesday mornings.  To allow this to occur, classes start at 9:30am on Tuesdays in Terms 1–4.  School buses still run at their normal times.


Whānau Contact Details - If any family address, phone or email details have changed since you enrolled, please ask your parent/caregiver to send the new details to


Karakia o te ata – There is the opportunity three times a week for students to take part in karakia to start the day.  You will be provided with more information about this in your Ako class.


Parent Portal - Parents/Caregivers will be sent an invitation in December 2020, inviting them to join the Onslow College Parent Portal, which will give you access to the Payment Portal.


Stationery - Stationery - The school does not handle bulk stationery although an online option is available through Office Max My School   

Buses - Buses will run from Friday 5 February. 


ID/Snapper Cards - these must be ordered and paid for by Friday 12 February via the Parent Portal, or at the office,  or by internet banking (Bank Account – Onslow College A/C No 12 3174 0265002 00) – please include student name to appear on our statement. Please order either an ID Card or an ID Snapper Card. The cost is $10 (annually) for an ID card or $20 for an ID Snapper Card, valid for five years and able to be used on buses and at some retail outlets.


Lockers - Lockers are available on Friday 5 February. Year 9 students have the first opportunity to claim a locker before other students. To do this you must bring your own robust padlock (not a combination padlock) on the first day so that you can claim a locker close to your Ako room. Students must register their lockers with the office on the first day of school, using the form placed inside the lockers. You cannot claim a locker without a padlock. If you do not claim a locker on the first day, please note that they are subject to availability after 5 February.

Lockers are intended for the storage of books and other classroom materials. Valuables, food and clothing should not be stored in the lockers. The use of lockers is at the student’s own risk and the school takes no responsibility for the loss of items.

This information will also be available on the Onslow College website.


If you have any questions about your options or about the beginning of the year, please contact the Dean by email


Enjoy your holidays - We look forward to meeting you at the start of next year.


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Onslow College