Northcross Intermediate
Lighting the Path to Success

Latest News and Happenings

Tank_garden.JPGOver the past term we have been doing some major work to improve the outside area around the new Specialist block. Hayley Barrowcliffe and myself along with the Enviro Group and numerous NX students have planted a large variety of fruit trees, bay trees and olives, to name a few. With the help of the Greenscene Company, we landscaped the new area with planter boxes and Concrete Concepts managed to put down a new concrete path and pads for the new Green House and Shade house. Last week we finished building the greenhouse which the students really enjoyed helping with, and learnt a lot during the construction process. Over the holidays the Shade House will be built and we are also aiming for the new worm farm and composting area to be completed. We will then design and build a new hydroponics unit that will operate inside the shade house. Everyone involved has been working very hard to make sure we have the best environment possible. Feel free to come and see the progress in term 4. 

Graham Rickards


We have had a fantastic 2 nights of games at the Waterpolo finals, where all our kids Waterpolo_2.JPGwere great representatives of NX. 

The Year 7A team finished 3rd in the A grade and the Year 7B team were 2nd in the B grade.

The Year 8 games were intense! The B team won by default and finished 3rd in the B grade. As their opposition hadn't turned up they had a "friendly" against a mixture of A and B grade players. They held their own but lost by 3. 

The A team had an incredibly tough but exciting game against Kristin.  It went down to the last minute but unfortunately we lost by 1. This means that we finished 2nd in the A grade. An awesome result from an awesome bunch of kids! 

Thank you so much to all the staff and parents who came down over the two nights to support the players. I know the kids really appreciated it. 

Juliet Hamblyn



On Wednesday Room 41 embarked on a 17km mission from Northcross to Narrowneck along the beaches of the East Coast Bays. The walk presented challenges around every cliff, from water-wading to rock-hopping (with some sand-trekking in between). The students have been getting sponsors for their chosen charity – Gutter Kitties and are aiming to raise over $500 for this fantastic cause. A big thank you to the Party Bus Company for sponsoring our bus trip back to Northcross – our legs were definitely in need of a rest after that hike. To find out more about Gutter Kitties, go to


On the 13th of September, fourteen ILC students went for the judging day for the NH Chris_Sci_Fair.jpgScience Fair at Birkdale Intermediate. The judges called them in for an interview about their project to see if it would be in the running for a prize. Out of the fourteen Northcross Kids entered, seven won prizes. We were very successful again this year, with two Top of Category winners; Jade Sosich won the Consumer Category with Which Fire Detector will save your Life? and Hayden Schmidt won the Technology Category with The Robo Helper 2014. Our 2 Bronze Medallists were Alex Monckton with The O-Mate and Liam Starrs with Sound out Heart Beat. Two Northcross students received Special awards on the night: William Brunton received the Chief Judge’s award with his project Down the Drain and Rowan- Rose Townend won the NIWA award with Ika Waimaori (Freshwater Fish). We were astounded by the result of Chris Carson. Chris came away with the Supreme award; the overall winner of the Fair with his Trash to Treasure project which showed building products made from plastic rubbish. Overall Northcross had a very successful night winning a handful of medals and Trophies.  Jade Sosich.




Soon after winning the regional title, Northcross Rock Band, 'Old Greg's Love Shack', found out they had been chosen from 13 other bands from around New Zealand as the National Bandquest Winners for 2014! The prize includes a total of $3400 worth of musical gear for NX, and the band have been invited to record at Neil Finn's recording studio in Parnell.(How cool is that!)

Well done to James Thorington who was judged not only best DRUMMER in the National Final, but also best overall MUSICIAN! Congratulations to Adam who was judged to have the best ROCKSTAR STYLE!

Danile_Gym_web.jpgHuge congratulations to Daniel Stoddart who won a Gold medal in Gym Sport in the Open Junior Mens Artistic division.

Also to Brett Palmer who attained a bronze medal in the Junior Mens Trampoline event.

Boys Football finished 2nd overall after a tough final against Auckland Normal Intermediate on the Friday, the score was 0-1. A very impressive result considering there were 58 teams vying for a spot in the final.

Girls Football finished 6th overall

Basketball Boys faced a nail biting game against Rosmini College in their final on Friday afternoon, eventually losing 29 - 36

Our Basketball girls and our Boys hockey teams both finished 11th

Girls hockey came 13th overall

Our Rugby 7's team came in 6th and our Waterpolo team finished 5th.

Congratulations to all students, staff and parents who were involved in this fantastic sporting event.

Check out the Gallery for shots of our school teams and individuals in action.


Last Friday Room 41 put together a special Daffodil Day in support of one of their classmates who has had support from the Cancer Society.


Their learning for the week was based around innovation and enterprise – the end goal of raising funds and awareness.

 Altogether Northcross raised almost $2800 for the Cancer Society through a mufti day, bake sales, sausage sizzle, carnival games, raffle and a special Ice Bucket Challenge enjoyed by the whole school!

Footage of the Ice Bucket Challenge can be seen at:

 Thank you for your generosity!


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On Tuesday 26 August, our  Year 7 Boys and Year 8 Boys Netball teams headed out to compete at the Auckland Champs Zone Day, in Mt Wellington. The weather could not have been more perfect and set the day up for stunning netball.

 The Year 8 Boys faced Viscount in their quarter final, we were 1 goal up with 30 seconds to go….. Viscount evened the score to 4-4. We went into overtime and sadly lost that game. Northcote (who we lost to by one goal at the North Harbour competition), went on, eventually coming 1st. The boys played stunning netball, the Silver Ferns would be proud! At the end of the day the boys placed 6th Overall. 

 The Year 7 Boys team played awesomely! Winning all their pool games and quarter final. They played their final against Kedgley Intermediate. They drew at full time, but sadly lost in overtime. The boys were consistent throughout the competition, showing dominance and skill in the mid court and in the circle. They finished the competition just outside the Top 3, coming a commendable 4th Place, overall. J


A fantastic day was had by all.

The competition for all teams was tough and at the end of the day, each player should be proud of their effort.

Mrs Haruru Douglas

TIC of Netball


NX dominates North Shore Bandquest 2014

Last Thursday our three rock bands were the talk of the North Shore regional final of the Bandquest competition held at Auckland Girls' Grammar School.

 First up were 45 Degrees who wowed the crowd with a sensational rendition of "Feeling Good" and won Ada Wong the prize for Best Female Vocalist. The performance can be seen at


Our newest band, Ricochet, had the audience spellbound performing "Coldplay's "FixYou".

Our 5-piece rockers Old Greg's Love Shack gave everything with their covers of "I got mine" and "Rope". The performance not only thrilled the audience but won over the judges who judged them as this year's North Shore regional winners. To add to the NX awards Miles Timmis took out the award for Best Male Vocalist, and James Thorrington was awarded not only Best Drummer but was judged Top Overall Musician on the night. 


Connor McDermott took home the individual prize for Best Keyboardist. A video of their song can be seen at

They are now in the online National Final to be judged agains the winners from 12 regions around New Zealand - GOOD LUCK GUYS! Their set can be seen at


Northcross joined other Year 7 and 8 students from North Shore and Hibiscus Coast Schools for a vibrant and impressive exhibition held at Mairangi Arts Centre. The Opening was held on the 23rd of August and the show will run until 13th September. A vibrant collection of 2D and 3D work is on display with a wide variety of themes and media. The standard is very high and is beautifully presented in the gallery space.

Well done to the Northcross student artists who excelled themselves.


Gymnastics.JPGIn early August Northcross had seven students compete in the NZ Secondary Schools GymSport Nationals. These girls did outstandingly, showing skill and talent and finishing the weekend with excellent results. Special mention to Hanna Softley who gained an excellent 1st place in Rhythmic Gymnastics Club C Division and Aria Rhodes who achieved an outstanding 3rd in the Tumbling event and 4th place All Round in the challenging Level 5 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Division. Well done girls!

The students were:

Aria Rhodes, Elise Turner, Georgie Carroll, Hanna Softley, Lauren Billet, Sacha Werner and Sophie Hughes.

On Wedneday 13 August, 32 Northcross students travelled by bus to the North Shore Events Centre to compete in the 2014 North Shore Mathex. The annual competition is open to Year 7 and 8 teams from intermediate and full primary schools on the North Shore. It is an exciting event for those who love a Maths challenge! This year Northcross came away with their best result ever, winning both year 7 and 8. The 7’s competed in a tiebreaker challenge against Kristin, and managed to clinch a win, taking the title. The 8’s had a clear win; being the only team to correctly complete all 20 questions within the 30 minute time limit.  Well done Northcross for an amazing day.

Last week we took 100 students to Rangitoto College to compete against Murrays Bay in the annual Intermediate Schools Challenge across a variety of sporting codes. Going into the day we had won all 7 Challenge Days that had taken place previously, so the students had a huge reputation to uphold.


They ALL did outstandingly - competing hard against our rivals and finishing the day with the title once again!


The results were as follows:

Boys Football - won 3-1

Girls Football - Drew 1-1

Boys Basketball - won

Boys Hockey - won 2-0

Girls Hockey - won 1-0

Girls Basketball - lost by only ONE basket Boys Rugby - won by default


An awesome team effort - Go NORTHCROSS!

Last Tuesday we had a very successful day at our North Harbour Zone Day. We have 3 teams heading to Auckland Champs in late August. Our Year 7 girls won a convincing final to Carmel College winning 21 points to 3. Year 8 boys came 2nd in their division losing by 1 point. Year 7 boys came 2nd losing 6-9 in an exciting final. And our Year 8 girls came 3rd in their division. Congratulations to all those who participated and thank you to those students who umpired various teams on the day. It was also fantastic to see so many parents able to make it down to support our teams.

T2F5.JPGOn Saturday 21st June, Northcross hosted the North Auckland semi final for the Schools Trash 2 Fashion Awards. The event went very well with over 120 entries showcasing their garments. Congratulations to Sophie Hindley, Tessa  Herkt, Caley Roe, Ellie Hart, Jana Kamminga, Joan Hardjadinata, Nikita Gurden, Sarah Pilbrow, Anna Blake, Ustinia Kulanova, Hannah Solomons, Anna Videler, Fraser  Longmuir, Sam Roe,  Luka Katavich, Alessandra  Mayo, Emily  Park, Victoria Chen, Jana Hunt, Zoe Collins & Cayleen  Bester who were our wonderful NX entrants. We now await to see who will represent Northcross with the finalists being announced in a couple of weeks time.

For more pictures check out the Trash to Fashion Gallery

Update on Finalists

Congratulations to Northcross School’s Trash 2 Fashion Finalists; Sophie Hindley & Tessa Herkt, Caley Roe, Ellie Hart, Nikita  Gurden, Anna Blake, Sam Roe, Luka Katavich, Jana Hunt and Cayleen Bester. These students will be showcasing their garments in the finals at the Corban Arts Estate in Henderson on August the 23rd & 24th of August.


A competition of speed, skill and nerves, Mathex is a Maths problem solving challenge where teams of 4 students battle to answer maths word problems as quickly as Y7_win_web.jpgpossible.  Over 350 students took part in the NX Mathex challenge held recently, pitting their mathematical knowledge against each other and four teams of teachers and parents. 

The Year 7's competed first, with a very close finish - congratulation to the winning team from Room 55, Team 1: Danica Andreas, Michelle Kim, Andrew Lee, William Brunton.  

In the Year 8 competition 1st place went to Room Y8_win_web.jpg54 Team 1: Liam Starrs, Miles Timmis, Hayden Fisher and MacKenzie Rhodes.  Thanks for the amazing parent turn-out and participation - students were overwhelmed by the cheering section and support you all showed.  A huge thanks also to the NX staff, to the organisers and those who came back to mark the competition and of course, cheer on their teams.

Our School Leaders recently spent the day involved in Team building activities at MERC situated on the edge of the beautiful beach of Long Bay.


The day was devoted to working with each other on a series of problem solving activities and then working on the water with sailing and raft building and racing. The students involved themselves in all the activities sharing ideas and working as a team. They were all a real credit to Northcross and really endeared themselves to the instructures from MERC who could not speak highly enough of our Leaders.

A very full and exciting day that marks the start of a busy year for our School Leaders.

The NX Girls Tag team are this year’s North Harbour Champions having destroyed Birkdale Intermediate in the final 11-1. Throughout the whole tournament the NX girls scored 61 tries and conceded only 5. An amazing effort from an amazing group of players.

The team went on to play in a very extremely tough Auckland tournament where they were up against the best regional tag teams. Despite the tough opposition the girls won every pool game to make it to the final against a tall and powerful Wesley Intermediate side.

This final game was all about defence. It was tense, tight and nerves were being stretched to the max! At the sound of the fulltime hooter it was 0-0 and straight into a 5 on 5 drop off. Again both teams had their opportunities on attack but the defence was incredible from both sides. After about ten minutes Wesley final got an overlap and scored the winning try to take out Auckland Champs. While gutted our girls displayed tremendous fortitude in tough circumstances and certainly emptied the petrol tank. They could not have done anymore and we are all very proud of the result and their incredible efforts. A huge thank you to the parents and supporters who came on the day and ARL for their organisation and the opportunity to play.

Northcross Student Leaders 2014

Our new student leaders were presented to the school last week at our final assembly for Term 1.  These students were part of a very detailed process which saw 130 candidates having to be reduced down to 21. All these students were outstanding with the process being a very difficult one. From the final 30 plus interviews, we selected the School leaders and appointed the Head Boy and Girl along with our Deputy Head Boy and Girl. These Leaders will be an important part of Northcross over the next year, contributing much to the life and soul of our school. Head_Boy_and_Girl.jpg

It is with much pleasure that we announce our Head Boy and Girl and their respective deputies.

Congratulations to Nick Lehtola (Head Boy), Zahra Kirk (Head Girl), Brodie Reed (Deputy Head Boy) and Lauren Kennedy (Deputy Head Girl).

We also congratulate the following students who make up our Student Leader team:Dep_Head_Boy_and_Girl_1.jpg

Liam Starrs, Jade Sosich, Hannah Kim, Tessa Herkt, Miles Timms, Luc Worthington, Cheyenne Pearson, Samuel Roberts, Jessica Lane, Aneka Mittendorf, Lara Wilson, Charlotte Ware, Oscar Tansley, Ella Krajancic, Sophie Goodall, Harriett Postles and Dannidee Dreyer.

We wish all our student leaders the very best for 2014

Last Friday some privileged Northcross students were invited to assist Master Chef winner, Brett McGregor with a cooking demonstration. This took place at the newly built-in cooking centre, at Noel Leeming in Albany.

We learnt about the benefits of cooking on a new innovative, induction glass top stove. It was amazing the electromagnetic currents heated the special pan directly, so it got hot, but the cooker stayed cool.

We assisted with making Mexican Lamb on a stick. For our contributions we were rewarded with tasting the succulent results!  Mmmmm…