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Academic Mentoring

Onehunga High School has run an Academic Mentoring Programme since 2013, working in conjunction with the Univeristy of Auckland as part of the "Starpath" project. Initally trialled in 2013 with the Y11 cohort, it was rolled out across the whole school in 2014.


Academic Mentoring:

Academic Mentoring recognises that students need to do well across all subjects to be successful.  All students at OHS have an Academic Mentor (Tutor Teacher) who is responsible for tracking their progress throughout the year across all subjects.  The Academic Mentor will meet with students and families throughout the year and work with them to set and track progress towards goals.


Focus of Academic Mentoring:

Y9 and Y10:

  • Transitioning the students into the Secondary School environment
  • Building the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed with NCEA qualifications
  • Identifying potential future pathways

Y11, Y12 and Y13:

  • Supporting students to gain the required number and quality of credits for the relevant qualification  (NCEA Level 1,2,3)
  • Ensuring that their courses enable them to be successful in their chosen pathway / career.



3 Way Conversations: (2 x a year)

During 3 Way conversations the mentor meets with the student and families for 20 - 30 min. They will discuss the student's current achievement, and how they are tracking against the qualification they are working towards.   The tutor will also discuss areas that the student needs to work on, and work with the student and family to ensure they are receiving the support they need.   


Academic Tracking / Traffic Lights / Feedforward comments

At regular intervals throughout the year students / families will have access to an Academic Tracking Sheet which will be able to be downloaded through the KAMAR Portal.

This includes

  • Literacy and Numeracy Tracking (Y9 and Y10)
  • Current Progress towards NCEA Qualifications (Y11, 12 and 13)
  • Attendance
  • Traffic Lights
  • Credits gained in each subject / Number of credits still available (Y11, 12 and 13)
  • Feedforward comments from subject teachers - these are to give families an idea of what the student is currently working on and what they need to do focus on to improve / enhance their achievement.


Undertanding the Traffic Lights:

Traffic lights (Red, Orange, Green) are used to highlight areas of concern in each subject.  


Junior Traffic Lights:

These have been allocated by the teacher, based on a set of criteria.  There are 2 criteria teachers use for allocating the traffic light.

  • Student's understanding of the subject content
  • Progress against subject objectives / achievement outcomes 

The traffic lights indicate:

Red - Concern about the students learning and achievement

Orange - Student is doing OK, but needs to concentrate / or have extra help in certain areas

Green - Student is doing well.


Senior Traffic Lights:

These are determined by the number of credits that the teacher is concerned about the student missing in the course.   The purpose is to highlight areas that the student needs to focus on to ensure that they are able to gain enough credits to achieve each qualification.

The traffic lights indicate:

Red - Concern the student is going to miss out on more than 6 credits

Orange - Concern the student is going to miss out on between 1-5 credits

Green - Student is tracking towards gaining all credits in the course.

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