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 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.


A very successful day was had at the North Harbour Dancesport Competition on Tuesday 3 November. The best results Northcross has had in a long time! All of this is down to the incredible amount of work put in by the students and their Dancesport teacher Angela.

All of our students did extremely well with so many getting through to the third or fourth round of competition.

Students competed in four dances- foxtrot, samba, cha-cha and jive. The competition was tough and we had some stand out performers who absolutely blew us away and took home some major awards.

In the fox trot, Jack (rm 50) and Zoe (rm 35) gained 5th place.

In the cha-cha, Aria and Rowan-Rose (both rm 54) gained 4th place and Jack and Zoe gained 3rd place.

In the jive, Jack and Zoe received 5th place and Aria and Rowan-Rose 1st place!

 There were at least 300 competitors and only five special awards... Jack Lowe from room 50 won one of these. He won the award for the Most Dynamic male dancer. An incredible achievement!

The students looked immaculate and represented our school with pride


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.


Northcross Intermediate bands have made followed up last year’s success by once again dominating the awards at the North and West Auckland Regional Final of Bandquest 2015. Northcross contributed 6 of the 17 bands on the night and were rewarded for hours spent in the practice room by picking up 1
st place and 3rd place overall, as well as a raft of individual awards.

Winning band “Something from Nothing” will now submit a video performance to the judges as part of an online national final against 11 other bands from around New Zealand.


If you would like to see our NX bands’ performances, click on the links below:

Something from Nothing – 1st Place
Best Male Vocal – Teva Dickinson

Crossfire – 3rd Place :Rock Star Style Award – Eshloe Roberts 

jiNX: Best Female Vocal – Ashley Gaines & Paula Milto

The Junipers: Best Original Lyrics – Mia Tayler


The Venters

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. 


Room 41 tested their physical and mental limits last Thursday on the rock face of the Mt Eden quarry! This was outdoor activity 4 of the William Pike Challenge Award designed to get young kiwis making use of their local resources. Led by instructors from Bigfoot Adventures, the students  re-learned how to belay and helped their group members up natural rock faces – some of which were easier than others!

We are looking forward to activity 5 next term – Mountain Biking at Woodhill Forest!

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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.  

Girls_T1_zone_day.jpgLast week saw the NX Girls Hockey team compete at the North Harbour Hockey Zone day. The team went up against 9 other teams in the competition and after a rocky start, came back strong to go through to the semi final. The semi against AJHS was intense with many outstanding plays and excellent team work on show; it ended drawn at full time and went to strokes. Excellent goal keeping and great shots on goal secured the NX team with a spot in the final. While the score at the end of the final wasn’t in favour of our NX team, they played awesome hockey and displayed great determination and effort to take out 2nd place. Well done girls!

On Friday 12th June the annual Girls U57kg 7’s Rugby Zone Day was held at Northcross Intermediate in sunny conditions. Our NX girls were looking to finish their already successful season on a high and continue their unbeaten record in girls sevens over a number of years. We were also looking to play for Cara Galvin, who was injured by her coach in the lead up to the tournament. In pool play they amassed a whopping 140 points for and none against, scoring 28 tries in those 4 games. In the final they faced a fast-improving Murray’s Bay side. NX shot out to a commanding 30-0 lead at halftime and sublime backline play and an ability to turn the ball over in the tackle assured NX of an unassailable lead. Murray’s Bay scored two second half tries and pushed NX all the way to the final whistle. The final score, 30-10 ensured that the Northcross 2015 side retained their title. Players to stand out were Zoe Sosich with her ability to tackle and rip the ball from opponents in the tackle,  Kaia Tupu-South’s strong and powerful running, Aria Rhodes and her great front on and one-on-one defence and Charli Foster’s captaincy, tackling and ability to guide the team around the field with her vision in a play making role.  Thank you to Ellie Minton who was Manager for Northcross on the day (unable to play because of injury.) A massive thank you to Tyler Lindsay who refereed on the day, ably assisted by Caleb Fallon and Callum Hall (Touch Judges) and Chelsea Alley (Black Fern) who came and assisted refereeing and for also supporting all the girls on the day. 

Wednesday 3rd June saw the Boys NH Champs Rugby Zone Day finally go ahead after the original date was postponed . Although the weather was still not flash, our two teams (U45kg and U55kg) played some excellent rugby in pool play to advance to the finals. Our U45kg team played in the Semi Final against Belmont and although the match ended in a draw they lost because of the ‘first try scored advances’ ruling.  They went on to play AJHS in the 3rd/4th playoff and ran out of steam to go down 0-10. A massive thank you to Stewart Lodge who has spent countless hours preparing the boys for the tournament. 

Our U55kg team had everything going against them. Placed in the hardest pool and having the only back-to-back game of all the teams was going to be a tough ask, but they prevailed and showed a lot of mental fortitude throughout the day. Our key pool match was against Rosmini and the lads were pumped for this game. Our forward pack fronted up big time getting us out to a 10-0 lead at halftime. Rosmini scored a late try but the boys had earned an upset win over the winners of the Blues 7’s Tournament. In the final we played Orewa who had knocked us out in the Semi Final last year. However, we dominated the entire game with superb forward play and smart tactics from the backs to win 15-0.  Well done boys, we are very proud of you!

Last week, on Friday the 22nd of May, Northcross Intermediate fundraised for Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying day, by holding a pink-themed mufti day. We sold wristbands on Wednesday, Thursday and for half an hour on Friday - we were sold out by 8:30! The day was clearly very popular, and this was shown on the day by all the people wearing pink. Pink Shirt Day clips were shown throughout the school to raise awareness of bullying. Overall it was an extremely successful day, with the total amount of money raised coming to $1,691.00. Thanks to everyone who participated.

- Camille Bennett

On Saturday 23rd May our Girls U57kg 7’s Team competed in the BLUES Regional 7’s Tournament Finals held at Fearon Park, Mt. Roskill with the FINAL being held at Eden Park as the curtain raiser to the Blues vs Hurricanes Super 15 match. To contest the FINAL our girls first had to qualify through the NH Blues 7’s Tournament, which they did with ease with a 45-5 win over Murray’s Bay. However, in the finals Royal Oak and Henderson were going to be serious opposition. On a miserable day in Auckland and on a field which looked more like a swamp our girls fought out a first up win over Royal Oak 10-5 and then found their A game with an impressive passing display in a 35-10 win over Henderson in horrible conditions.  Running out onto Eden Park for the final was pretty awesome and the girls were excited to say the least! Right from the outset their tackling was aggressive, their line speed was urgent and just their overall intensity was superb. Royal Oak scored a late try but the final score was 20-10 to Northcross. While it was a team effort, players to stand out were Charli Foster and Ellie Minton for their tackling and playmaking and Aria Rhodes, Charlotte Heighton and Zoe Sosich for their gutsy performance on defence. I would like to thank Wayne Rhodes for all his help and all the fantastic parents and siblings who supported us on the day in terrible weather conditions; we couldn’t have done it without you, thank you so much!

Scott Washer


36 enthusiastic Northcross students took to the squash court Wednesday last week to compete in the NH Squash Zone day. While their opponents had a high level of skill and ability, our NX team went in with a fighting spirit, and gave each game everything they had.DSC01986.JPG Although no top placings were secured by any of our teams, a lot was learned at the end of the day with many gaining a new respect for the level of fitness and finesse required in the game of squash. Well done to all who took part, you represented NX very well.

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On Thursday 7 May 2015 two teams from Northcross participated in the Auckland Kids Literature Quiz. The quiz was held at St Cuthbert’s College in Epsom and 35 teams from the Auckland area were involved in the evening heats for this event.

Competition was fierce and students were required to participate in ten rounds of literature questions, spanning over 3 hours. Our Northcross teams were:

Team One Camille Bennett Room 54,Harrison Burns Room 9,Reuben Chandler-Wall Room 54, Bella de Silva Room 52

Team Two Keeva Marinthe Room 54, Daniel Porter Room 43, Lucy Tee Room 55, Kayla Williams Room 54

Team One were placed 5th overall and both teams worked collaboratively to achieve Kids_Lit_team_1.JPGsome very good scores during their rounds. Our Northcross students really enjoyed the opportunity to compete in an event which celebrates their passion for reading and we are looking forward to taking another two teams to the 2016 challenge!

Tui Bennett (Teacher)

Congratulations to our Under 57kg's girls rugby 7's team who came first at the North Harbour U57kg tournament held at Windsor Park last week.

Also, congratulations to our Under 57kg's boys team who came second at the same event. A good day for Northcross!

Orienteering Report - Term 2, 2015

 On the 29 April, 48 Northcross students competed at the North Harbour Champs held at Onepoto Reserve. The following teams came 2nd - Team 1 Y8 Boys – Michael Padrutt, Yannick Lange, Zeke Thornton, Josh Crossman, Tom Kendrick and James Hickson. Team 1 Y8 Girls – Kayla Allison-Carnie, Angela Knoester, Aria Rhodes, Olivia Applegath, Kylie Norrish and Olivia van Kuyk. Team 2 Y8 Girls came 3rd - Shannon Yates, Jacqui MacColl, Kirsty MacColl, Alannah McTernan, Aimee Thorpe and Julia Ford. The following students also had individual placings on their courses – 1st Angela Knoester, Aria Rhodes. 2nd Michael Padrutt, Yannick Lange, Zeke Thornton, Kayla Allison-Carnie, Kirsty MacColl, Jessie Caldwell. 3rd Elsa Popovici, Kylie Norrish. With such great results Northcross was eligible to send 6 teams to the Auckland Champs.

 On the 5th May, 36 students headed to Reeves Farm in Pukekohe to compete at the Auckland Champs. The students ran really well avoiding the many cow pats however, no one managed to get a placing on the day.

 Auck._Champs_2.JPG28 students competed out at Woodhill Forest at the Auckland Secondary Schools Individual Champs on 13 May. The course proved to be extremely challenging and definitely tested many of our competitors. Northcross did manage to take out third place in the boys’ event with Michael Padrutt receiving a bronze medal.

 We will be sending some students to compete at the NZ Champs in the July holidays down in Nelson.

 Wanda Jaggard – Teacher in Charge Orienteering

Another very successful Fun Run was held last Friday with over 1000 students completing the 3km route. The weather conditions only added to the fun and excitement as many students and teachers got into the spirit of the day by donning costumes or team colours. It was certainly impressive to see so many NX students giving it a go and showing such a positive attitude.  This year the money raised from the  Fun Run will be going towards PE equipment and  helping support our students attending the AIMS tournament. Thank you to all those who have sponsored a student and supported us in this fundraiser.

Shannon Hale

HOD Sport


The Northcross Y7 and Y8 Boys Football teams achieved stunning results at the recent North Harbour Football Zone days.

Having won all their pool games the Y7 team took on Takapuna Normal Intermediate in the semi final. Our Northcross lads dominated - winning the match 4 nil. They faced a skilful Murrays Bay side in the final and rose to the challenge with outstanding team work to take it out 2-1 and becoming the Y7 North Harbour Champions.

Our Y8 team played exceptional footy throughout the day. They also made it through to the semi's, meeting Albany in a match where the NX team were constantly on attack and eventually winning the game 4-0. Northcross were up against the defending champions, Murrays Bay in the Y8 final.  Right from the start the NX boys took it to the opposition and with the midfield and attacking players combining brilliantly were able to gain the upper hand. Ryan Place, the NX striker, made the most of the shooting opportunities scoring a hat trick while our defence were amazing in stopping any counter attack. Northcross won the final 3-0, well deserved NH Champions having scored 24 goals in the day with none conceded!

The students of Room 10 were passionate about the forthcoming centenary anniversary of ANZAC Day and wanted to create a fitting memorial which encapsulated their century and that of the soldiers of WWI. Therefore, we developed the concept of a QR code Poppy.

The QR code poppy is built of over 150 separate QR codes which each, when scanned with your Smart Device, send you to a different resource or reflection to do with various aspects of the First World War and the Gallipoli landing. The Poppy has a theme represented in its colours; The Green stem refers to key dates throughout the War, The Red flower part is all to do with Warfare (including weapons, trench life, women & children in the war, animal involvement etc.), and finally the Black centre refers to the death and destruction that occurred.

The giant QR code poppy can be found inside the Library. Please scan and enjoy! From Mr Rowlinson and Room 10

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.

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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!