Year 9 Dean - Ana Welham
Welcome to Year 9 at Onslow College
Tēnā koutou katoa
Start of the Year and Orientation Programme
Pōwhiri for students and whānau, Tuesday 4 February.
Assemble 9:00 am 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 in the Student Centre.Following this, students will go to the Hall to be placed into AKO classes to start the orientation programme.
On 4 and 5 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 Tuesday 4 February if you wish to purchase food.Please note that school buses will run from Tuesday 4 February, as per bus information on school website.
Year 9 Tea-Wednesday 12 February, 6pm start in AKO classrooms RSVP - TEA LINK
This is an opportunity for your family/whānau to meet with your AKO teacher and with other families in the AKO room.Following this, a light evening meal and refreshments will be provided by the Onslow PTA in the Hall. Later in the term, parents will have the chance to meet the AKO teacher/subject teachers to ask any questions they may have. At any time during the year we welcome communication between home and school, either by phone or email.
Year 9 Camp - Wednesday 19 February – Friday 21 February
Year 9 camp will take place in week 3 of Term 1. Classes will travel by bus to Brookfield Outdoor Education Camp on the Wednesday, leaving school in the 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 $60.If payment for camp is an issue, please have your parent/guardian contact me at email@example.com to discuss an alternative financial arrangement.Please fill in the Camp Health Profile/Consent Form . It is very important that we receive the Camp Health Profile and consent forms by Wednesday 5 February 2020.
BYOD - All students should have a Windows-based laptop and bring it from 4 February 2020.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Registrations – Should your Student choose to participate in Sport please note that Sport Fees are compulsory.All sports registrations must be made online late December.You will receive an email in mid-December outlining the process for online registration.Registrations must be completed by Friday 24 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 4 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.
Family 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 email@example.com
Karakia o te ara – From 2020 there will be 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 list The school does not handle bulk stationery although an online option is available through Office Max (see attachment)
Buses - Buses will run from Tuesday 4 February.
ID/Snapper Cards - these must be ordered and paid for by Tuesday 4 February either by internet banking (Bank Account – Onslow College A/C No 12 3174 0265002 00) – please include student name to appear on our statement or via the Parent Portal or at the office. Please order either an ID Card or and 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 Tuesday 4 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 4 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.
If you have any questions about your options or about the beginning of the year, please contact me by email.
Enjoy your holidays - I look forward to meeting you at the start of next year.
Ngā mihi nui
Year 9 Dean 2020