For parents and agents:
1- Which year levels does your school offer?
You can select subjects taught at Year 9 (Form 3) to Year 13 (Form 7) level.
2- Which qualifications do we get there?
We are focussed on preparing our students for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Students in years 11-13 work towards attaining Levels 1-3 of NCEA, as well as entering for Scholarship Examinations. At Onehunga High School we are committed to the delivery of quality education. We are an achievement-orientated school which sets and maintains high academic standards. The usual curriculum subjects are offered and complemented with a wide range of other special-interest subjects. Our emphasis is on providing a challenging curriculum that is well taught by professional staff.
3- What is NCEA?
NCEA is a standards-based qualification combining both internal and external assessments. NCEA was designed to challenge all students, including the most able and highly motivated. It was also designed to give schools the flexibility to develop a range of programmes to suit the specific needs of their students. Students are actively supported to work towards gaining certificate and/or course endorsement at Merit and Excellence through individual academic mentoring and closely monitoring students' progress. More information about the qualifications that we offer can be found here.
4- Do you have Academic Programmes?
All of our students (including international students) take part in an academic mentoring programme, through their Kaitiaki class. This programme helps set academic goals, and then supports students to achieve them. Students' achievement is monitored closely throughout the year, and discussed regularly with both students and families to ensure they stay on track.
More detailed information about selecting courses for 2023 can be found here.
5- What courses and subjects do you offer?
You can read our Academic Programme 2023 here.
6- Does your school offer specific pathways?
At Onehunga High School we offer a number of "specialised" pathways to support students in specific areas of study. Some of these pathways are highlighted here.
7- What should I do if my English is not good enough?
When you first arrive at Onehunga High School you are referred to the ESOL Department for English assessment. The ESOL department is staffed by qualified English Language teachers. The department has a range of resources to help you with English language and with other subjects in the curriculum. At junior level there are ESOL option classes available. At years 11, 12 and 13 there are special timetabled programmes to help ESOL students. Entry to many subjects at senior level depends on your English language experience and ability. You will continue to get help from the ESOL department in your subject classes. We also have an English Language School on site. You can read our programme here.
8- Do you accept short-term students?
Yes we accept students from one week up to a term or more.
9- What kind of support do I have at your school?
We have a team of professional and friendly staff responsible for supporting international students at Onehunga High School. You can find us here along with the kind of support we can give you.
10- How do I find a homestay?
You don’t need to do anything as we take care of all your accommodation requirements. Just let us know that you would like to go to homestay and we will take care of the rest.
11- I want to live with my relatives in New Zealand. I don’t need homestay. What should I do?
As the school is responsible for your welfare during your time at Onehunga High School, you must live in school approved accommodation. If you would like to live with your family friends or relatives, all you need to do is to send us their contact details. We will get in touch with them and start the process of approval and acceptance into our accommodation programme based on the Code of Practice requirements.
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