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Year 9


Year 9 Dean - Tessa Hope



Welcome to Year 9 at Onslow College


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Start of the Year and Orientation Programme

Pōwhiri for students and whānau, Wednesday 2 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, whānau are invited to the staffroom for kai. Year 9 students wait and will meet their Ako teacher who will take them to the student café for kai, following this you will go to your ako class to start the orientation programme. 

On 2 & 3 February, 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 Wednesday 2 February if you wish to purchase food.  Please note that school buses will run from Wednesday 2 February , as per bus information on school website, here.

SAVE THE DATE - Year 9 Meet & Greet Evening – Wednesday 23 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. We will send out further information in January.  

Year 9 Camp – Tuesday 15 March – Thursday 17 March 

Classes will travel by bus to El Rancho in Waikanae on Tuesday morning, and will return on Thursday 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 4 March 2022. 

BYOD - All students should have a Windows-based laptop and bring it from 3 February 2022.  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 – Sports Registrations – Should students choose to participate in Sport please note that Sport Fees are compulsory. A form will be sent out from the Sports Department on the 13th December to all Year 9 students. This form will also be available on the website under Sports Registrations.  Sports Registrations will close on the 28th January 2022.


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 Student Management System –Information on how parents access the Student Management System will be sent out in the New Year

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

Buses - Buses will run from Wednesday 2 February. 

Student ID/Snapper Cards – Every student will receive a Student ID which will incorporates a Snapper Card. These will be distributed early 2022. The ID card will be invoiced to your account.

Lockers - Lockers are available on Wednesday 2 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