Northcross Intermediate
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Northcross welcomed new staff, Year 7 students and several new year 8 students with a school powhiri last Thursday morning. 1050 students were impressively presented in their NX uniforms and were as equally impressive in the respect shown during the ceremony. It was wonderful to see our kapa haka students from last year, return as year 8’s and sing so strongly as they welcomed the teachers and new students onto the grounds of our school.

Our kaupapa, or philosophy, at Northcross, is one where all students can respect the languages and cultures that make up the learning environment and that all people feel a connectedness with being a part of our school’s whanau. Our Head Girl, Jumana Maash and Head Boy, Rudger Van den Heever gave a special welcome to all those new to Northcross this year, and we can all look forward to making 2016 the best year possible.

This weekend, Michelle (Minju) Kim was acknowledged at the International Competitions ICAS_Michelle_Kim_award.jpgand Awards for Schools (ICAS) prize-giving ceremony held at the University of Auckland.

This ceremony was to award students who achieved the top of their year level in the exams.  Michelle scored top of Year 8 in New Zealand with a perfect score in Mathematics.  This result represents a combination of hard work and dedication.  Congratulations to Michelle on her outstanding result - her success and award clearly demonstrates that her achievements are of a world standard. 

Christina England

Head of Mathematics


 It has been a great year for FPS this year. There have been 22 teams competing.  The topics were very interesting and they were: Impact of Social Media, Processed Food, Propaganda and the national topic was Enhancing Human Potential. From the 22 teams 5 teams got into second round marking meaning that 5 teams were placed first ranking in first round marking. From second round marking, 2 teams and the individual were invited to the nationals.

The two teams that were successful for the Nationals are: Year 8 – Camille Bennett, Daniel Gailer, Zeke Thornton and Kyle Sowry-Marychurch. The Year 7’s were: Emily McIntosh, Keri Schiess, Jumana Maash and Saana Ramaekers.

The Nationals weekend was held at Carey Park on October 30th-November 1st. There were teams from all over New Zealand. The competition was very strong. Northcross did very well by gaining 3rd place for the Year 7’s in the Junior B division and 5th place for the year 8’s in the junior division.

What better way to learn about Science and Technology than carrying out an investigation?  Following a lesson sequence learning about changing variables to improve the performance of mousetrap-powered vehicles, Northcross held an in-class Science Fair.  From across the school, twenty projects showing excellent scientific and technological skills and wonderful creativity were selected for entry in this year’s North Harbour Science Fair. 

Students displayed their projects and attended judging interviews on Sunday.  Thursday’s Prize Giving was an exciting evening, with twelve Northcross students receiving awards.  

  • Hayden Schmidt – Supreme award – for his invention to help develop hand strength and rehabilitation.
  • Rowan-Rose Townend  -  Runner up Top of Fair for her investigation comparing the quality of North Shore stream water from streams with bush surrounds and those adjoining sports fields.
  • Aria Rhodes – Top of Consumer Science for her investigation into the efficacy of a product marketed to reduce the incidence of Sever’s Disease in young gymnasts.
  • Sian McKay – Top of Technology with her invention of a brush to apply conditioner to curly hair.
  • Jasmine Hadfield – Chief Judge’s Prize for her investigation into the effect of different waters on plant growth.
  • Dominique Stallard – Chief Judge’s Prize for her investigation into the flammability of flour particles.
  • Tamara Land and Emily McIntosh won Gold Medals.  Tamara for her comparison of different kinds of balls, and Emily for inventing a device for walking on water.
  • Matthew Armes won a Silver Medal for his investigation into the sugar in drinks.
  • Ryan Lindsay, Jana Hunt and Yannick Lange were awarded Bronze Medals for their investigations into a fishing product, rusting of nails, and the invention of a warming wrist band

Our hearty congratulations to these students, all of whom demonstrate the qualities of budding scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Big congratulations to all NX finalists in the Schools Trash 2 Fashion competitions held recently. Emily Cochran, Elsa Xu, Jasmine Hadfield, Freya Rhodes, Luka Katavich, Aine Freeland,and Jana Hunt represented Northcross in 3 proffesionally produced shows in  at the Corbans Art Estate. 

Aine recieved a Highly Commended for her 'The Dark Bride'. Luku Katavich won the Dark Side of the Screen Catagory with 'What Hides in the Shadows' and was then presented with the Supreme Award for 2015 thus making him the best schools costume designer in Auckland.

What a fantastic result we have had at Auckland Champs this week.  On Tuesday our Yr7 and Yr8 girls teams particpated in the Netball Competition.  Unfortunately our Yr8 team went down to the overall winners in pool play, Holy Cross.  Coming 5th overall.

Our Yr7 Girls did an outstanding job, coming 1st overall.  They won the semi final by 1point against Murrays Bay and then playing Pukekohe to take a convinving win.

On Wednesday our Yr7 boys coached by Mrs Gobindlal were trailing behind at half time and went onto win by 3 goals.

Congratulations to our winning teams and our winning coaches and managers.  You've put the hard yards in and deserve where you've got..

Our Northcross Mathematicians gained spectacular results at the recent North Harbour Mathex competition.

The Year 7’s calculating skills came to the fore with Team 1 tying for second on 95 points. They went into a pressured play off and despite frantic problem solving they just got pipped at the post, coming third overall out of 44 teams.  The four team members were Taewon, Wen, Shirley and Jasmine.

In a tight final the NX Year 8 team won with a perfect score, an incredible effort and achievement. The team in 2nd place got 95 and 3rd 90 an indication on how close this competition is.  Our winning team was Zeke, Andrew, Daniel and Michelle. The Year 8 Team 2 scored 80 and placed them 5th out of 41 teams.

All our students represented Northcross with pride and a top attitude, even helping with the clean-up at the end – GO NX!

It was a successful day for our four Northcross Netball teams at the recent North Harbour Zone Day.  Even the weather came to the party and held out right up to when we had to leave on the bus to return to school.
Our Year 8 boys came a credible 3rd after Orewa knocked them out of contention in pool play. The boys were very unlucky not to make it to the final where they would have been a handful to the eventual winners Orewa.
The Year 8 Girls played outstandingly in their pool games and semi-final but had a shock loss against Takapuna in the final, coming 2nd overall. Despite the disappointment the girls know they have the skill and determination to go all the way. A good learning experience as the team prepares for AIMS.
The Year 7 Girls played with real heart against Murrays Bay in the final. The opposition had got away to a very good lead early on and the NX girls worked exceptionally hard to close the gap. Unfortunately time was against them and with only a few goals in it they finished in 2nd place.
Last but not least our Year 7 boys had a thrilling win against their rivals, Murrays Bay in overtime. It was a close game throughout and it was sheer resilience and tenacious teamwork that gave our lads the victory.
Three out of four of our teams will be heading to Auckland Champs on the 18th and 19th of August and are all looking forward to the challenge.

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On Friday last week, 100 enthusiastic runners took to Long Bay beach to compete in our NX Cross Country run. It was a tough course, which included running the cliff top walkway, but each student gave it lots of determination and commitment and ended up achieving awesome times. The top 10 runners for each age/gender group will be off to the NH Zone day next week (Tuesday) to take on the best runners in North Harbour.

The top three runners for each age/gender group are:

Y7 Girls

1st Jasmine Ha, 2nd Janet Ha, 3rd Shelby Fisher

Y8 Girls

1st Elim Hu, 2nd Zoe Sosich, 3rd Olivia Van Kuyk

Y7 Boys

1st Ben Rhodes, 2nd Billy Davidson, 3rd Fletcher Coburn

Y8 Boys

1st Ryan Place , 2nd Ronan Wilkinson, 3rd Robert Tarling

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Great to see so many of our teams playing so well in the finals the other night. Congratulations to the following teams

 NX Jazz  coached by Shannon Hale winners of girls league 2. Unbeaten all semester winning the final 24-14. Well done, Kiriana-Maia Baggett, Lucy Bone, Emma Bone, Makenzee Boucher, Lauren Davey, Ellie McDonald, Emma Pugh and Madison Smith.

 NX Kings coached by Josh Davis winners of boys league 3. Our top year 7 team unbeaten all semester against mainly year 8 teams and after winning the semi final in triple overtime went on win the final 20-17. An excellent season Josh Bruce, Jed Cooper, Logan Currin, Jacob Fotu, Ryan Lindsay, Christian Martin, Liam Spencer and Ian Wong.

 NX Spurs coached by Clint Fox, winners of boys league 8 also unbeaten all semester. A great team effort from Cole Enstrom, Brady Fox, Luka Katavich, Chris Kim, Andrew Sundah, Jordyn Te Maro and Rohan Thomas.

 NX Nuggets coached by Samantha Martin also unbeaten all semester winners of boys league 9. It was a close fought final against NX Pistons. Well done Luca Becker, Daniel Gorbey, Paul Ironmonger, Nicolas Lietz, Jamie Orton, Josh Richmond, Brooklyn Showler and Muka Thompson.

 NX Thunder coached by  David Hunt winners of boys league 10 after a great final against NX Pacers were also unbeaten all semester. Congratulations to Billy Davidson, Travis Alarcon, Fletcher Coburn, Samuel Cooper, Zavier Coulam, Tomas Heard, Teagan Hunt, Josiah Neville-Hoult and Jack Underwood.

 A big thanks to all the coaches and managers, we could not do it without you. 


Our NX Boys Football Teams had fantastic results at the recent Auckland Champions  tournament held at St Kentigerns College in Papakura. The Y8 squad had two very tough pool games before they met Glen Eden in a hard fought semi which went to extra time. Stamina and determination were going to be key and the NX lads stepped up and produced a stunning winning goal, making it 2-1. A very intense final against Sacred Heart was to follow and both teams gave 100% on attack and defence. The teams traded goals to be 1 all at half time and it wasn't till late in the second half that Northcross produced a well worked team goal to take out the title and becoming well deserved Auckland Champions for 2015.

Our NX Y7 team played outstanding football all day against some very polished opposition teams. As each team was to play each other in a round robin it meant that the winning team would be decided on points rather than a final game. The Y7's first game was against Sacred Heart and the teams were evenly matched with equal possession and chances. The 1 all score line reflected this and put pressure on the team to score goals. Despite winning all the rest of their games and finishing on equal points with Sacred Heart the Y7's had to settle for 2nd place as it came down to goal difference. The boys can be very proud of their effort and result and are definitely looking forward to going one better in 2016.