On Friday 8 May, every Student at Northcross will be taking part in a whole school 3km FUN RUN. This exciting event will be fundraising for our NX AIMS Teams who will travel to Tauranga for the National AIMS Games event in September. In true NX fashion this ‘RUN’ will be filled with lots of fun, excitement and plenty of laughs! Students will receive a booklet with all the information – they will be asked to set a goal for how fast they will run the course in, will need to collect sponsors and then have heaps of fun running the event on the day! Major prizes will be up for grabs! See the booklet for more information.
Students are encouraged to attend the second Anzac service at Browns Bay on Saturday, which begins at 9am. Our student leaders will be attending and will lay a wreath on behalf of the school. If students and parents would like to be part of the Northcross Intermediate Group then please meet by the RSA at 8.15 am; students in formal school uniform please. From there we will join the other schools and walk to the cenotaph alongside Browns Bay Beach. At the conclusion of the service students can be collected by their parents.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, and as such marks an important milestone in NZ's history. We encourage all our students and families to attend this event.
Another year of Y8 Camp and Y7 Outdoor Education Week comes to an end. What a great experience for all students and staff.
I cannot speak highly enough of the way the students embraced the activities with enthusiasm and commitment. For a number of students, many of the activities were a first. Sleeping outside in the bush or next to the river in bivouacs is something special in this wonderful country we live in. Kayaking down the beautiful Pokaiwhenua gorge and experiencing the glow worms at night is very much a highlight. We were very fortunate with the weather being on our side.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the parents who gave up four days to assist the NX staff in supporting the students to enjoy a great experience. Without this support Camp and the Y7 Outdoor Education Week would not be possible.
After a rigorous selection process from amongst a very impressive line up of nominees the Northcross Head Boy and Girl along with their deputies have been chosen. All those interviewed for the positions were of the highest calibre. Congratulations to Bella de Silva (Head Girl) and Maison Oakley (Head Boy) and to Charlie Loughran (Deputy Head Boy) and Aria Rhodes (Deputy Head Girl). We know they will be outstanding representatives for Northcross.
Well done to our Y7 and Y8 Boys Softball teams who represented Northcross at the Boys Softball Zone day last week. Both teams played outstanding Softball, with excellent fielding, brilliant batting and aggressive base running, earning both teams a place in their respective finals. The Y7’s fought hard in the final against tough competition and earned an impressive 2nd place overall, a great result considering the team had had only a couple of trainings. Many thanks to the parents who stepped up and coached the team on the day!
Our Y8 Boys dominated the play right from the start in their final, winning convincingly and taking out the title of North Harbour Champs! Thank you to those parents who supported the boys on the day, your encouragement and cheering was very much appreciated. Good luck to the Boys at Auckland Champs!
Our Equestrian team represented Northcross exceptionally well at the Intermediate Schools Ribbon Day event on Friday. They all gave a huge effort and did a great job winning several ribbons in Turnout and Kevin Markotter won an award for Sportsmanship.
The composite team of Northcross/Kristen were first overall which is an excellent result, sharing the Equestrian trophy. This event involves all Intermediates in the Auckland region from as far north as Orewa and as far south as Pukekohe. An outstanding result! Well done to all the students who were involved and thank you to the parents who organised the team on the day.
The team consisted of: Sophie Littlewood, Mia Cooper, Ella Rutherford, Kaitlyn Monti-Ellery,Abbie Sutherland and Kevin Markotter
The Year 8 Girls Softball enjoyed a most successful day at the North Shore Zone day on Thursday. First up were wins against Northcote and Takapuna, getting us into the semi-finals. Here we met a strong and confident Albany team, filled with rep players. The girls continued their improvement, both with bat and ball. Three double plays were a feature of just how skilled they were playing and the win came.
We were into the finals against a very well-drilled Glenfield team. Their short-hitting strategy caught us in the first innings but we got the three outs and only 4 runs down. Our experience at running the bases came to the fore as the opposition fast pitcher struggled for control. Discipline in the batting box helped to keep in touch and then get our noses in front. In our final innings, the bats were blazing for a large lead. Again, the fielding was top notch with several double plays.
We owe a big, special thanks to our parents for their awesome support, especially Trina Baggett and Wayne Rhodes for their coaching help. Also a big thanks to Levi and Jack for performing so well as umpires.
On Tuesday this week, we took 90 very enthusiastic swimmers to the Millennium Institute to compete in our annual Swimming Sports Event. Each student swam their hardest to produce their best time with the aim being to gain a spot on our Swim team who will then go on to represent NX at the North Harbour Zone day. Many thanks to our Staff and Parent Helpers who came along on the day and made the Swimming Event run very smoothly.
Tēnā koutou Parents
A warm welcome to all our school community. We trust the start of the school year has been a positive experience for both you and your child. A special welcome to our year 7 students, we hope the transition from your primary schools has been a smooth one.
We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new staff for 2015.
Yesterday morning saw our first meeting as a whole school where year 7 students and new staff were officially welcomed. An acknowledgement to parents for ensuring students wore the correct uniform; 1050 students immaculately presented was an impressive sight.
This obvious pride in personal presentation and the Northcross uniform will permeate into all aspects of school life. Certainly a very positive start to the year.