Welcome to Onslow College

Important Information for Students

Year 9

Tessa Hope
Year 9 Dean

Start of the Year and Orientation Programme

Tēnā koutou katoa,

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 the 2nd & 3rd of 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 tessa.hope@onslow.school.nz 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 are expected to bring their devices into school to further support their studies. There is information about specifications here.

We do not recommend purchasing Chrome Books as our system does not support them at this time. 

Sports Registrations - We strongly encourage students to get involved in our community and be a part off a sports team. This form will also be available on the website under Sports Registrations.

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 enrol@onslow.school.nz.

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

Stationery - The school does not handle bulk stationery, although, an online option is available through Office Max My School https://www.myschool.co.nz/onslow.

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 2023. 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.

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


Ngā mihi nui

Year 10
Year 11, 12, 13

Key Dates

Wednesday 25 January 2023 School opens for All Staff
Senior Course Clashes Resolution Year 11 - 13 (Students with course clashes will be invited into school)
Pōwhiri Training Peer Support/Manaakitanga Year 13 & Year 12
Monday 30 January 2023 STAFF ONLY DAY
Tuesday 31 January 2023 STAFF ONLY DAY
Wednesday 1 February 2023 Pōwhiri for Year 9 and other New Students and Staff (Gather at 9:00 am for 9:15 am start)
Year 9 Orientation
All New Year 10-13 students - Induction
Peer Support Support/Manaakitanga buddies (morning)
Thursday 2 February 2023 Year 9 Induction (Day 2)

Year 10 - 13 – Ako building whānau – staggered start

Year 9 8:45 am 3:10pm

Year 10 10:00 am 1:25pm

Year 11 10:30 am 1:25pm

Year 13 11:00 am 1:25pm

Year 12 11:30 am 1:25pm

(20 min Assembly for each Year Level) New staff introduced (in person in their Ako Assembly or via PowerPoint images)

Friday 3 February 2023 Normal School Timetable

School Photo Day

Monday 6 February 2023 Waitangi Day - School Closed
Tuesday 7 February 2023 Normal School Timetable
Wednesday 8 February 2023 Normal timetable day
ID Photos for Students and Staff
Thursday 9 February 2023 Normal timetable day
Friday 10 February 2023 Normal timetable day

Stationery List

Stationery List - Year 9 2023

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Stationery List - Year 10 2023

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Stationery List - Senior 2023

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