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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 (Kaitiaki) who is responsible for tracking their progress throughout the year across all subjects.  The Kaitiaki 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 Kaitiaki 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 Kaitiaki 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 / Teaching and Learning Comments

At regular intervals throughout the year students / families will have access to progress reports which will be able to be downloaded through the KAMAR Portal.

This includes

  • Subject Attendance
  • Literacy and Numeracy Tracking (Y9 and Y10)
  • Assessment grades for Y9 and Y10
  • Current Progress towards NCEA Qualifications (Y11, 12 and 13)
  • Credits gained in each subject / Number of credits still available (Y11, 12 and 13)
  • Learning Expectations  -  Indicates whether the student is meeting common expectations to support achievement in class.
  • Teaching and Learning Comments (Terms 1 and 3)- these are to give Whanau an idea of what the student is currently working on and what they need to do focus on to improve / enhance their achievement.


Teaching and Learning Report - Information Sheets

Understanding the Report - Senior

Understanding the Report - Junior



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