Northcross Intermediate
Lighting the Path to Success

Latest News and Happenings

The NX Cross Country that was to be held today at Long Bay Beach is postponed. We will confirm a date soon when the run is to take place.

Our very first sporting overseas trip took place in the July holidays with our 8/1 Netball team travelling to Brisbane, Australia to compete in the week long HEY Tournament. It was an incredibly successful week away - the girls all thoroughly made the most of the experience both on and off the court. While the opposition was a little older and taller, our girls held their own against them and played excellent Netball. The team came away with two trophies - the Team Spirit Award which is given to the team that has shown great sportsmanship, attitude, determination, commitment and effort all week. The second trophy was for winning the Cup section of the U14 Division. A special thanks to Coach David Brown for all his organisation, time and effort in putting this amazing experience together.

If you are from one of our Contributing Schools, you will receive enrolment information at the beginning of Term 3. Students and parents from other schools, please send us your postal address so we can send you the information packs.

All updated information regarding enrolments, can be found under 2017 Enrolments in the left hand column of this page.

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The Northcross Annual Speech finals were held on Thursday 30 July. This year we had three judges, Mrs Taylor, our Librarian; Mr Jensen, Head of Drama and Mr Wallace, ex-Northcross Head of English, now retired. The judges said that all sixteen finalists were of the highest standard they could remember and all participants were very talented.

Ashley Binns, a year 7 student from room 47 won the competition with her speech entitled 'Anxiety'. Ashley will go on to represent Northcross at the North Auckland Rotary Semi Finals, as will Rosa Katavich, who came second with her speech on rodeos and animal cruelty.

Congratulations to both girls and to all the other participants. We are very proud of you!


Congratulations to the NX Force Cheerleading team who completed at the Eutopia Competition at North Shore Events centre on Sunday - the team achieved an amazing second place in their category! Well done NX Force!

On Wednesday 22nd June, 332 students braved the stormy night to come and compete in a high speed, high pressure maths problem solving competition.  With only thirty minutes to solve 20 maths word problems, 39 Year Seven teams and  44 Year Eight teams competed to win medals. Extra pressure was added when both teachers and parents entered a team to compete.

YEAR 7: Room 49 and Room 55 had a tie-breaker for first place: Congratulations to Jennifer, Ashton, Robert and Alice of Room 55 coming in first place.  The playoff for third was equally tense with Room 21 narrowly beating a second room 55 team.

YEAR 8: We had an outright winner in year 8 with the room 54 team of Jumana, Josiah, Nathan and Janet placing first.  A play off for second place saw Room 50 beat Room 48 for second.

Congratulations to all participants for persevering with some very tricky questions and a huge thanks to parents and teachers who competed, cheered on their teams and helped with marking.  The fabulous support from our community certainly added to the atmosphere on the night.


Congratulations to Daniel Gorbey of Room 11.

In order to win Top of New Zealand or the World in Mathletics, students must compete against 140,000+ students in NZ alone to score top points within a 24 hour period.  Through perseverance and dedication, Daniel has managed to win this title not once, but four times so far this term - an outstanding achievement!  

On Wednesday 15 June, our NX hockey girls competed at the North Harbour zone day at Harbour Hockey.  After a tough few games in which they kept their cool and didn’t concede any goals, the girls made it through to the semi- final against Murrays Bay. A very tough game resulted in a draw, and went to strokes, which also ended in a draw. Brooke James took the next shot for Northcross and scored, while Murrays Bay were blocked by our goalie, Megan Hennessy. This gave NX the win and the girls went into a very tense final against Albany Junior High School. While the teams were very evenly matched, NX came away with a 1-0 win to become NH Champions.

Congratulations to the girls and their coach, Mr Jensen. We are very proud of you!

Northcross students put their running shoes on last Friday and took to the challenge of completing our annual NX Fun Run. The 3km course proved challenging in the unpredictable weather, with the rain making the track just that little bit tougher, however our NX students really stood up and gave an unsurmountable effort and heaps of determination all completing the course in outstanding times. Well done to everyone who took part in the event! Final results, including which Class and House was fastest on the day, will be announced at Assembly on Friday!



Last week our two NX Squash teams headed to North Shore Racquet Club to compete in the North Harbour Squash Zone day. Our Social team, consisting of Millie Taylor, Sophia Beatson, Jorja Anderson & Kat Hall did exceptionally well against tough competition. Our Premier team, Harrison White, Ross Jowsey, Liam Woulfe and Charlotte Moore, battled it out all day against highly skilled opposition. Their determination and extraordinary effort paid off as the team remained undefeated all day, taking the title of NH Champs! Well done!


On Friday the 27th of May we held our Kotahitanga Day for our Maori and Pasifika Kauri_Team_winners.jpg
students’ here at school. Three guest speakers; Bernie Patrick,Patrick Smith and Cam Te Paa started the day by all sharing their stories of how success came through working hard to achieve their goals. They were motivating and inspiring, capturing the students’ attention.

Following this, students’ got into house teams to create a chant, which would contributed towards their final score. Each team took part in a general knowledge quiz, a team building activity and a game. The students’ made connections with new people they haven’t met before as well as working together to gain the most points. Kauri house came out with the win at the end of the day and were only 8 points off a completely perfect score for the day. Congratulations Kauri.

On the Friday evening 35 students attend our Noho Marae in the school PAC. Once beds were set up students presented their Pepeha in front of their peers. After the formalities it was straight into playing a game of All Blacks, followed by an array of other sports and games. Participants watched a movie or got their dancing shoes and many battled the teachers in different games in gym. Some very worn out kids turned up for a scrumptious breakfast but all declared it had been a blast. Thanks to all the fantastic staff and parents who helped make this possible.

On the 17 May three Orienteering teams represented Northcross at the Auckland Championship at Moire Park in Henderson. The Year 7 Boys team comprising of Luka Velickovic , Colby Mills, Lenny Thornton, Joe Joyce, Lachie Griffith, and Cooper Blomfield were placed third in a combined time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 20 seconds.  A hard fought, well-earned achievement. Well done, boys!

The NX Year 7 and Year 8 Boys Football teams recently defended their titles for North Harbour Champions in the regional tournament held at Rosedale Park. Teams from schools all around the North Shore and north of Auckland vying to be the deserving winners. The NX Year 7's played exceptional football making it to the final with no goals conceded. In a tough final against club mates and close rivals Murrays Bay the Northcross team stepped it up another notch playing with vision and passion to seal the win 2-0 and claiming the 2016 North Harbour Champions title.

Our Year 8 team had a similar journey to their final, conceding no goals and dominating the opposition teams. Despite consistent rain in the quarter and semi finals the team showed their skill and resilience to come out on top; making it to the final against Rosmini. It was to prove a tough encounter with Rosmini scoring a goal half way through the first half and despite dominating territory, possession and shots on goal the NX team were denied the equaliser. A good learning experience for players as we prepare for AIMs.


The AIMS Games is a national event held in September, in Tauranga, that brings the best Intermediate aged athletes together to compete against each other. Each year Northcross represents in a number of individual codes during the week long tournament. If your child currently competes at a Auckland, Regional, National or International level within an AIMS Individual Code (Badminton, BMX, Cross Country, Golf, GymSport, MultiSport, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Yachting) and you wish for your child to be considered to be part of the Northcross AIMS team, please complete the Application Form and return it to the office by this Friday 13th May. You can find further information regarding the tournament and specific code information on the website: If your child has been successful in their application, confirmation will be sent to you via email.

Shannon Hale

Director of Sport

Northcross Intermediate School


Congratulations to Mrs Patrick and Room 20

Every student at Northcross has access to Mathletics, a computer based Maths learning program.  Recently the challenge was issued for students to try and become top of NZ in this program.  Students from Room 20 banded together to complete an amazing 315,000 points in just one week – that is around 10 000 points a student, or the equivalent of more than 1500 hours of Maths problem solving in one week.  This amazing effort resulted in Room 20 not only achieving top of NZ, but top of the World in Mathletics.  CONGRATULATIONS to all students in Room 20 for this outstanding achievement.


On Thursday 5 May 2016 we took an excited group of Northcross Y7 & Y8 ESOL students to compete in a sports competition at Albany Junior High School.  The students played a mixture of netball, ripper rugby, gum boot throwing and soccer in a round robin style competition against other Intermediate Schools on the North Shore.  The last event was a Tug ’O War and the day finished with a lolly scramble.  The students played extremely well and in a clean sweep came away winners of the ESOL Sports Cup and the Sportsmanship Award.  An excited but tired group of students returned to school victorious.  They were excellent ambassadors for Northcross and their obvious excitement at winning was delightful to see. 

The students will be presented with the Cup at the next school Assembly and will also receive their badges.


Recently four students represented Northcross at a ceremony on ANZAC Day at the Auckland Museum.

These students were winners of the ‘Lest We Forget’ Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Auckland War Memorial Museum. In both the Under 11 and 12-17 age categories, our students won two out of the three top awards. They were asked to present their poems at a special ceremony held in the Hall of Remembrance on ANZAC day.

We are all very proud of:
Truman Mulholland – MLE            Stella Drinkwater – ILC
Gizelle Page – ILC                       Jaime Bell – TC 1

On Monday 25 April, as part of the Anzac Services around the country, our Student Leaders and fellow pupils represented Northcross Intermediate Students at the Browns Bay Service.

Head Boy and Girl, Rudger Van Den Heever and Jamana Maash laid the wreath on behalf of the school.


Northcross Intermediate is going sugar free as of the start of Term 2.

No more drinks containing sugar from the tuck shop or being brought into school for interval and lunch time.

Zero sugar content all round.....

Water .......  Water  .......and  more  Water  ...........  is in!!

We are pleased to join the many other schools that have banned all drinks containing sugar.

Thank you to parents and students for your support    


Our infamous drama troupe Stuffy (aka Stuff n Nonsense) presented their Shakespeare piece at a College Shakespearean theatre competition last Saturday. Northcross was once again the only Intermediate school to participate and also had the biggest cast – forty four in all. Our piece from Romeo and Juliet won the prize for ‘Best Ensemble’ and this is in a college competition!

Northcross drama teacher, Mark Jensen, was exceptionally proud of his amazing crew who performed beyond expectation.