Earlier this week our Boys and Girls Tag Teams attended the NH Champs Zone Day looking to retain their titles from 2016. Our Boys Team dominated all their Pool Play games winning very convincingly and were not tested at all. Their defence was standout and general skills and speed saw them make the final easily up against a very determined Northcote Intermediate. Although the final was locked at 0-0 at halftime, our boys scored a couple of terrific tries in the 2nd half, running away with the title 10-2.
Our Girls team was a totally different story. They had two pool play losses and scraped into the final on points differential against Murray’s Bay, who they lost to in pool play. In the final the NX Girls turned it up and played with purpose. At the final whistle the scores were tied 5-5. Into a 5 man drop off! After a few possessions our girls put the ball through the hands with some nice draw and pass play to score the winning try and retain their NH Title, earning a trip to Auckland Champs! Both teams will head off to Cornwall Park next week to attempt to get an Auckland Champs Tag Championship. Thanks to all the parent support on the day, Manning Smith for his coaching of the boys and Miss Hale for her management of the girls. Great job everyone!
Fun, action, challenges and learning in the outdoors were all part of the Week 1 Year 8 Camp experience. Last week NX Students, parents and staff thoroughly enjoyed a week of activities at Finlay Park on the shores of Lake Karipiro. We are very proud of all our students who made the most of their week, going out of their comfort zone to try new activities, cooperating with others to complete tasks and showing perseverance and resilience when faced with challenges. A big thanks to all the incredible parent helpers who went above and beyond the call of duty to support us in making this an awesome experience for our students.
An amazing bunch of 88 NX Triathletes took part in the recent NH Triathlon held at Long Bay Beach. Despite it being their first competitive tri for many of those participating and coming just after EOTC week for our Year 7's the NX students gave it everything in the pursuit of top placings. Students competed in individual or team events against other North Shore Intermediates.
Northcross gained top places in the following; Y8 Boys Team 1st (Sam Paranihi, Toby Lewis and Coby Moratti), Y7 Boys Team 2nd (Carter Jones, Daniel Lindsay, Matthew Lindsay) and Y7 Girls Individual 3rd - Victoria Lane.
Well done to our amazing team!
Last week our Girls Cricket Team went to Greenslade Reserve to compete in this year’s NH Girls Cricket Zone day. The team, made up of many novices, took to the field with plenty of enthusiasm and determination and put together some outstanding batting and fielding displays - beating both Orewa and Murray’s Bay, to come out as top team of the day. Thanks to our two umpires Ben and Joe for their hard work and to all the parents who came to support the team on the day.
120 Northcross students headed to the National Aquatic Centre Pool at Millennium on Wednesday to either compete in the NX Swim Meet or trial for our Wateprolo teams. All students took to the water with lots of determination and effort, giving their all to achieve personal best results in the hope of gaining a spot in our Northcross Swim or Waterpolo teams. Not only did these students do themselves proud in the commitment and stamina they showed while competing, but they were also excellent representatives of Northcross as spectators while at the venue. A special thanks to the students of Room 11 who were excellent timekeepers on the day and to the many parents who also helped on the finish line.
Northcross welcomed new staff, Year 7 students and new Year 8 students with a school Powhiri on the first full school day for 2017. NX students were impressively presented in their NX uniforms and were as equally impressive in the respect shown during the ceremony. Our returning Year 8 Kapa haka students performed strongly as they welcomed teachers and students onto the grounds of our school.
Our kaupapa, or philosophy, at Northcross, is one of respect for all cultures, for one another and for the learning environment - we are all connected as part of our school’s whanau. Our Principal, Mr Tredray gave a special welcome to all those new to Northcross this year, and Mr Jensen reminded us to make the most of every day, valuing the friendships and opportunities that are part of our journey. The Powhiri set the scene as we look forward to making 2017 the best year possible.