Northcross Intermediate
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City_Mission_Logo_op_800x552-600x414 (1).jpgIn support of the AUCKLAND CITY MISSION these holidays, we are running a non-perishable food donation drive to help those in need. It would be great to have each student bring in ONE CAN, and then we can over 1000 items to donate – and what a difference that could make to those less fortunate right here in Auckland! Help us, and get your items in by Wednesday, December 7th so we can pass it along to one of their representatives. Come on Northcross – it may be one can to you, but that small gesture can make a BIG difference to someone else!

This year, over 25 000 year 7 and 8 students took part in the Otago Maths Problem James Top Y7 1 (683x1024).jpgSolving Competition run by Otago University.
The competition is made up of a series of five Maths word problems which get harder and harder.  Students complete five sets of problems throughout the year. This year, 38 Northcross students made it through to the final challenge by scoring over 80% in the competition.  We are thrilled to announce that James Xu gained the highest score in NZ, winning the Year 7 competition with a score of 88%. Well done James, we are extremely proud of your accomplishment!

Special congratulations to Taewon Yun (R50), Jet Shand-Pease (R48) and Jasmine Ha (R54) who all placed in the top 30.

If you have a son at Northcross, we need YOU!

We are looking for local families to help with hosting of our male international students, long term or short term.

For more details, please contact Anna Inger, Homestay Co-ordinator,


Thirteen enthusiastic NX students competed in the North Harbour Trampolining competition which took place last weekend. Everyone enjoyed themselves and all in all it was a wonderful day with some amazing results achieved. Congratulations to Colby Mills who came 2nd in the Level 6 competition; Charlie Carroll who came 2nd in Level 5; Elle Morley who came 1st, and Sheereen Audiss who came 2nd in Level 3; and Mackenzie Harvey who came 1st in the Level 2 category. The Northcross team went into a bounce off against Kristin and placed an impressive 2nd overall, missing out by a very small margin. Congratulations to everyone who competed.

Congratulations to our NX Force Cheerleading team who came first place in the Intermediate Schools section yesterday at the Rave Internationals - they also came third place in the School section (which includes all Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools). An outstanding result NX Force - well done!

Northcross Intermediate rugby league players and students were treated to an awesome opportunity earlier this week with a visit from new Vodafone Warriors signing Kieran Foran. Kieran along with Vodafone Community Ambassadors, Georgia Hale and Jerome Ropati assisted Kieran in putting the kids through their paces with some skills and drills, along with some fitness and conditioning work. Georgia, who is a former Northcross student and NRL Ambassador, made sure the kids were puffing throughout the session with her fitness work. Kieran and Jerome demonstrated some fantastic agility drills with the kids which they thoroughly enjoyed. We must thank the Vodafone Warriors for allowing these guys to take time out and visit us over here on the Shore, the kids certainly appreciated the effort and energy that all three put into the session. It was also tremendous to see Kieran so friendly and approachable; he certainly was enthusiastic and we wish him and the club all the very best for the season!

Congratulations to the 175 students who took to the Millennium Athletics track to compete in this year’s NX Athletics Finals day this week. These students performed exceptionally well in our school House Athletics days, earning a spot in this Finals event. While the weather was a bit challenging at times, with strong cold winds and the occasional heavy shower, our students showed great determination and resilience, gaining impressive results in every track and field event. Those students who finished in the top 2 of each event (52 students in total) will now go on to represent NX at the North Harbour Zone day on Friday 18th November. Well done to all those who competed on the day.

Friday the 28th of October saw NX students go Pink for a Day in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. With a mufti day and pink ribbons to sell, as well as a really delicious looking bake sale (gratefully received from students and parents in Rm 16 and 17) we managed to raise $2,200. Thanks to everyone who bought treats or a ribbon or went all out wearing pink.  Raising awareness is what it’s all about!

Mrs Williams


Northcross do it again

On the weekend of 28-30 October FPS teams from all over New Zealand met at Carey Park for the NZ Nationals. From the 385 teams that began at the beginning of the year 32 teams were selected to represent their school. Northcross was represented by 3 teams, one year 7 team and two year 8 teams. The Year 7 team was: Stirling Bennett, Jessica Wenham, Kara Voss and Stella Drinkwater. The Year 8 teams were: Nathan Borton, Kelly Cha, Scarlet Hur, Issy Lawrence, Saana Ramaekers, Keri Schiess, Jumana Maash, Emily McIntosh. The topic for the Nationals was “The Global Workforce”.IMG_0128.JPG

Northcross took out a number of awards:
The Year 8's  were awarded the most creative for their 2017 topics that will be submitted for International topics. Our Year 7 team were awarded 3rd placing for their dramatic presentation.The Year 8's were awarded 1st placing for their dramatic presentation and the Year 8 team of Saana, Keri, Jumana and Emily were award 2nd placing for their exam booklet and were invited to Wisconsin to the International Competition in June 2017.

Outstanding results from our outstanding students.

A big congratulations to our Boys Aims team that today won Auckland Champs after some nail biting games against top teams from the other Auckland zones. Well done boys and coaches Anita Chow and Josh Davis and manager Anna Inger.

Congratulations to all students who took part in the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad (APSMO) this year.  Thirty-five students entered the Senior competition set up for college aged students.  We are thrilled to announce that this Northcross team was the “Division S Non-Australian School winners”.  This is an amazing accomplishment for any school, but particularly for this group of year 7 and 8 students competing against much older students.

We are so proud of the mathematical ability, learning and effort students put in to achieve this result.

Christina England
Head of Mathematics

On the 30th August we entered 4 teams into EPro8 Challenge Round 1. This is a competition that puts engineering challenges in front of students and they are given a set amount of time to earn the most points and complete as many challenges as possible. From the 12 teams  entered  NX came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  All teams then went through into the North Shore finals which were held on Wednesday, September 14 .Competition was certainly tough and the challenges pushed the abilities of all teams attending with one team from NX taking 1st place.

The Grand final took place at Mt Roskill Intermediate. The challenges were more difficult and the atmosphere intense. Our Northcross team managed to clench 3rd place in the final 2 minutes after an exhausting two and half hours of challenges. A fantastic result for our first year.

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Congratulations to all seventeen award winners who were recognised at the North HarbourIMG_7858.JPG Science and Technology Fair Prize Giving last Thursday. The evening was certainly dominated by Northcross Students who took out nearly every major section including Jasmine Hadfield who won the Supreme Top of Fair Award, and Rosa Katavich who won the Runner-up Award.  These wonderful results are a testament to the strength of Science and Technology here at Northcross.


Mathletics Amazingness!

Congratulations to the students in Room 46 and their teacher, Mrs Hodgins on their fantastic Mathletics accomplishment. Between them, Room 46 students scored over 300 000 points on Maths problem solving questions, maths knowledge and basic facts in one week.  This score meant they were placed first in the World in Mathletics. To put this fabulous result in context, the normal expectation is for students to achieve 1000 points each per week – about 45 minutes work.  In order to reach this amazing score, Room 46 had to score an average of TEN THOUSAND points each.  Special congratulations to Justin S for scoring 40 000 points, and to George B, Maia and Chloe for scoring over 20 000 points each.  Well done to a very determined group of students.

Northcross Intermediate are NZ Aims Boys Football Champions for 2016 after beating Sacred Heart College convincingly in the Football Final in at the AIMS Games in Tauranga. The NZ Aims football title was hotly contested by 62 schools from around New Zealand. Our Northcross boys team did exceptionally well throughout the week with many commenting on how each player played with so much heart and passion, often playing against players twice their size.

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The NX team went on to win the final 3 nil with an impressive display of skill, team work and tactics. Coaches, Jack Caunter and Nathan Cranney, along with Manager, Murray Toohill, are extremely proud of the team and their outstanding achievement. Captain, Chase Taylor said each player gave 100% to win the final game, they played for their team mates,  for the school and past players who had missed out on the title in 2014 and 2015 when they came 2nd and 3rd.

Thanks to our fantastic and encouraging supporters; to Jack and Nathan who have sacrificed time and effort to help each player achieve the dream; and to our awesome team of young men who enjoy the challenge, play to win and never stop the banter!

Last week 180 NX Students took to Tauranga to compete in the annual NZ AIMS Games, (our biggest Northcross team yet!) with the hope of taking the title of NZ’s top team or individual in their chosen sport. Every student was fully prepared to give it their absolute best effort, commitment and determination as they knew the opposition from around the country would be tougher than last year. It was a great week, with all teams displaying skill, agility, precision, stamina, and true grit in every game or event, right throughout the tournament week. There were many highs, lots of anxious times and a few heart-breaking moments, but through it all, our students showed incredible character and resilience, keeping their heads held high. Each team and individual did NX very, very proud. Congratulations to the individuals and teams who attained top placings this year. 

Recently, two Year 7 and two Year 8 NX teams attended the Auckland Casio Mathex competition.  This Maths problem solving competition is a test of teamwork, quick thinking, mathematical ability and perseverance.  Each Year 7 and 8 team competed against over 120 teams at their year level.

The year 7’s were first up – at the end of the high speed competition lasting 30 minutes, one team (St Cuthberts) came first on 100points.  Northcross and Belmont tied for 2nd on 95 points. In a tense tie breaker, we claimed third place.  This is an outstanding result – the highest we have ever scored at this top competition level. Congratulations to James and Nadia from Rm 49 and Aiden and Lucy from TC1!

Our second year 7 team came 4th on 90 points – another outstanding result. 

Both our year 8 teams placed in the top 10.  We are so proud of all competitors!

The AIMS Basketball team went to North Harbour Zone Day on August 22nd, and had a title to defend! Our first pool play games were good wins versus Wairau, Mahurangi and Kristin. We then had solid wins against Glenfield (Quarter-final) and Northcote (Semi-final). The final for the day was against Murrays Bay, who we lost to at Semester 1 League Final, so we were ready for this re-match! It was a high-paced game, but the boys shifted to another gear and convincingly took away the win, 29-14. North Harbour Champions again! Each player did exceptionally well, and they worked hard together as a team. Now onto the AIMS National Tournament and Auckland Champs in Term 4.

Our NX Girls 1st 11 Hockey team took on the best girls teams in Auckland on Friday, representing our North Harbour Zone at Auckland Champs. It was a tough round robin draw, meaning the team had to be playing their best hockey right throughout the day – and that they did! Showing lots of resilience, effort and pure determination the team finished the round robin stage on top, with five wins and one draw. They faced a very determined St Cuth’s team in the final, but our girls fought hard and finished with the coveted title of Auckland Champs! A huge achievement – well done girls!  

Wow, what an exciting day!  On Thursday 4th August, Northcross Intermediate hosted the annual North Shore Mathex problem solving competition for the first time. 

Twelve schools with almost 300 students competed at Northcross in this high speed Maths competition completed in groups of four against a timer.  The challenge is to complete 20 problems correctly in 30 minutes.  This year, Northcross Intermediate won the Year 8 competition, with the team of Taewon Yun, Wen Shan, Jet Shand-Pease and Matthew Armes scoring a perfect score of 100 points.  Our second Northcross team of Jasmine Ha, Scarlet Hur, Saana Ramaekers and Kelly Cha placed second with 95points. 

In the year 7 competition, we also came first, with the team of James Xu, Nadia Evans, Aiden Finn and Lucy Brunton beating out their closest competition by three questions.

Thanks so much to all the parents who managed to come along and cheer on their children.  Special thanks to Paper Plus Browns Bay and Scholastic books for providing prizes including Paperplus vouchers, books and pen sets for our top place getters.

Congratulations to our Y7 Boys and Y8 Girls Netball teams for taking the title of North Harbour Champs at the Netball Zone day on Tuesday. Outstanding netball was on display Y8 Girls final (1024x681).jpgall day from both of these teams - the boys showed extra determination and control in their final against Orewa and the girls showed excellent precision and timing in their final against Albany. Well done to both teams! Special mention to our two other teams who also played exceptionally well against tough competition on the day - our Y7 Girls team took out 3rd place overall and our Y8 Boys team finished in 5th place. A great day for NX Netball!

Over 100 enthusaistic NX students took to the challenging terrain of Long Bay Regional Park on Monday to compete in our Northcross Cross Country trial. While the weather held off and the sun was out, there was plenty of determination and competitiveness in the air. The course was tough, with lots of sand to push through, steep hills to climb and uneven grass mounds to conquer, but our NX students all gave it 100% and as a result achieved impressive times. The top 10 runners from each age/gender group will advance to the North Harbour Zone day next Tuesday at Sanders Reserve. 

Our top three finishers for each age/gender group are:


Year 7 Girls

1st:      Kristy Fleming (18.13)           IMG_6088 (685x1024).jpg

2nd:     Amber McAllister 

3rd:      Leela Lowery 

Year 8 Girls

1st:      Jasmine Ha (16.28)          

2nd:     Janet Ha

3rd:      Mackenzie Harvey 

Year 7 Boys

1st:       Toby Lewis (15.54)

2nd:       Sam Paranihi

3rd:      Tyler Bindon          IMG_6042 (1024x681).jpg

Year 8 Boys

1st:      Fletcher Coburn (16.25)

2nd:      Connor Oakley

3rd:      Ben Rhodes

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!