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School Terms 2017

Term 1: 31 January - 13 April

Term 2: 1 May - 7 July

Term 3: 24 July - 29 September

Term 4: 16 October - 13 December

School Terms 2018

Term 1: 30 January - 13 April

Term 2: 30 April - 6 July

Term 3: 23 July - 28 September

Term 4: 15 October - 7 December

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Year 10 Bach Models
Year 10 Bach ModelsYear 10 students have designed and modelled baches as part of their work in Design and Visual Communication - which used to be called Graphics.
Young Enterprise Success
Young Enterprise SuccessYear 11 and 12 students have taken out a regional prize for excellence in product development in the Young Enterprise competition.
Affair of the Heart Ends
Affair of the Heart EndsAfter 12 successful and enjoyable years, Northcote College has made the decision not to continue with the annual Affair of the Heart Art Exhibition.
2018 Prefects Announced
2018 Prefects AnnouncedThe thirty two students elected as Prefects for 2018 were announced at the Senior Service Award assembly today.The assembly was followed by a handover lunch where 2017 Prefects serenaded the new appointees with the school waiata.
VR gives you wings!
VR gives you wings!Thanks to Isometric Solutions Ltd who have loaned the school a Virtual Reality Kit students have been transported beyond the classroom. Year 9 and 10 French students took the opportunity to explore some magical sights.
From World Champs to . . .
From World Champs to . . .Year 13 student Bobbi Gichard is a talented backstroke swimmer who having gained significant success at the World Champs in Budapest is now aiming for Commonwealth Games selection.
Weekly Sports Report
Weekly Sports ReportThis weekly report is a summary of the sporting action over the last week - based on the information received from coaches and managers.
Tournament Week Results
Tournament Week ResultsThere are a number of teams in different sporting codes representing Northcote College at Winter Tournaments around the North Island this week. Results will be posted here as they come to hand.
Lea Faka-Tonga
Lea Faka-TongaNorthcote College’s student cultural group helped with the Tongan Language Week celebrations at Massey University last week.
Classics Week Winners
Classics Week WinnersNorthcote College Classical Studies students recently took part in a series of creative competitions involving schools from across the country. Read on for the results.
Hao Chi
Hao ChiAfter trying them at Yum Char last term the Year 10 Mandarin students made sesame balls in class last week with great success.
Epro8 Challenge
Epro8 ChallengeCongratulations to the Year 9 and 10 students who participated in the Epro8 Challenge hosted at Northcote College recently.
Northcote College Talent Quest 2017 Awards
Northcote College Talent Quest 2017 AwardsThe performers gave us a wonderful night on August 10th and the school has been treated to selected acts at each assembly since the talent Quest. The list of award winners is below.
Special Olympics
Special OlympicsA group of sixteen students went to "Pins Lincoln" recently for two games of Tenpin Bowling as part of the Secondary School Special Olympics.
A Taste of France
A Taste of FranceYear 9 and 10 students of French experienced France with their taste buds at Le Garde Manger restaurant in the city recently.
ASB Supporting Success
ASB Supporting SuccessIf you are a parent, staff member or member of the school community and you draw down a new ASB home loan of $250,000 or more, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.
Spanish Debaters Shine
Spanish Debaters ShineSenior Spanish students Charis Goode, Holly Phillips and Rose Herda competed in the National Spanish Debating Competition and came away with a commendable third place.
AUT Inspires
AUT InspiresStudents who attended the recent Inspire Event at Auckland University of Technology had only positive things to say about their experience.
Big Construction Tour
Big Construction TourA group of 10 Northcote College students recently responded to an invitation from the building and construction apprenticeship organisation BCITO to take part in the Big Construction Tour.
Rhythmic Gymnasts
Rhythmic GymnastsTwo Year 9 students Heidi Lin and Pania Matthews represented Northcote College at the College Sport Rhythmic Gym Sport Competition recently and acquitted themselves well.
Mental Health Support
Mental Health SupportThere has been a lot of discussion about youth mental health recently. The Ministry of Education has asked all schools to let parents know where to find information to support the mental health and wellbeing of their children.
British Lions Meet Northcote XV
British Lions Meet Northcote XVMembers of the touring British Lions team attended the Northcote v Kristin rugby match on Friday 2 June.
Yum Char
Yum CharYear 10 Chinese language students were able to practise the food and drink phrases they have learned and sample a variety of Cantonese dishes during a trip to a local restaurant.
MUNAThe Model United Nations General Assembly was held 26 - 27 May and six Year 13 Northcote College students took the opportunity to represent the United Arab Emirates and Greece.
Student Volunteer Award
Student Volunteer AwardAlways encouraging and giving positive feedback to the students, Alysha Burgess is a worthy recipient of the Harbour Sport Student Volunteer of the Month Award.
Kings Back at School
Kings Back at SchoolAppropriately for New Zealand Music Month, Northcote College had a special visit from former Northcote College student, Kings who was here as part of a NZ Careers video promotion.
Pink Shirt Day
Pink Shirt DayNorthcote PSSP students have today launched an anti-bullying campaign at school and their challenge to staff to wear pink to show their support was well received.
Zone Cross Country
Zone Cross CountryEight Northcote College students competed in the North West Zone Cross Country at Moire Park and the Year 10 students performed particularly well against Year 11 runners.
AT Improving Safety for Students
AT Improving Safety for StudentsAuckland Transport has developed a plan to improve safety for students crossing Onewa and Kauri Glen Roads and construction may well commence by June 2017.
Essay Competition Success
Essay Competition SuccessIn the recent Charles Brasch Young Writers' Essay Competition 2017 - Mia Rutledge was awarded Second Place and Ioana Manoa was awarded Highly Commended. The winner of the competition is presently studying at the University of Columbia in the United States.
NZSA Award for Ioana
NZSA Award for IoanaIoana Manoa is one of four secondary school students have been selected as winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme 2017.
Northcote's Kiwi Fern
Northcote's Kiwi FernFormer Northcote College student, Madison Bartlett has made the Kiwi Ferns squad for the first time. Her debut will be in the ANZAC clash against Australia. Now she's hoping for a selection in the World Cup this year.
A Japanese Experience
A Japanese ExperienceTwelve Japanese language students from Year 10, 11 and 12 spent two weeks in Japan in the April school holidays accompanied by Japanese language teachers, Yvonne Acheson and Stephanie Alexander.
2017 Cross Country Results
2017 Cross Country ResultsThe poor weather at the end of Term 1 meant the scheduled school cross country had to be abandoned. Well done to the keen runners took to the fields and streets on Wednesday 3 May. Their results are below.
MSU Player of the Year
MSU Player of the YearFormer Northcote College Deputy Head Girl and Victrix Ludorum, Tabi Porter has been named as Metropolitan State University 2017 Women's Tennis Player of the Year. Tabi has a sports scholarship to study at MSU in Denver Colorado.
Word: The Front Line
Word: The Front LineThe Northcote College Slam Poetry Team competed brilliantly in the Northern and Western heats on the 1st of April and have won a place at the Auckland semi-finals in August.
NZ Swimming Champ
NZ Swimming ChampBobbi Gichard 13KDY will compete at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest from July 23-30 this year.Bobbi's specialty is backstroke and she took out two gold medals and a silver at the New Zealand Championships.
Much Ado
Much AdoSenior Drama students thoroughly enjoyed their recent trip to the Pop-Up Globe to view 'Much Ado About Nothing' and are looking forward to the Sheilah Winn Regional Shakespeare competition this weekend.
Youth Summit
Youth SummitThe World Vision Youth Summit is an opportunity for student leaders to meet and consider how they can contribute to solving some of the problems facing the world today. These students will take a leadership role in the 2017 40 Hour Famine Appeal.
Spanish Festivities
Spanish FestivitiesFor students of Spanish language, learning seems to be inextricably linked to food and celebration and this term has been no exception.
Science Forum
Science ForumEllie Price was sponsored to attend the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum where, in her words, “I met many wonderful new people, and I had the time of my life.” Read on for her full report.
Te Ratonga Hauora
Te Ratonga HauoraStudents often leave gifts when they move on from Northcote College and Aaliyah Albo (Year 13 2016) is no exception. Her striking flax design graces the entrance to the newly revamped Wellness Centre.
Senior Writing Comp Results
Senior Writing Comp ResultsThe winners of the Northcote College Senior Writing Competition were announced at the Year 13 assembly last Friday. Congratulations to Freya Markula, Toni Schollum and Matthew Goldsworthy.
Polyfest Success
Polyfest SuccessThe Northcote College Tongan Group which included students from Birkenhead and Westlake Colleges came away from Polyfest with first place in the Paddle Dance. Congratulations to all students involved.
Across School Leaders Appointed
Across School Leaders AppointedThree outstanding teachers have been selected as the first NCOL Across Community leaders: Kelsy Fletcher, Year 6 classroom teacher at Onepoto Primary School; Peter Radonich HOD Mathematics; and David Taylor Assistant HOD English at Northcote College.
Writing Stars
Writing StarsCongratulations to Kaarearea, I Rangiaatea and Te Maunga Roa Shepherd whose poetry placed first, second and third (respectively) in the Year 11 Writing Competition.
Volcanic Cones
Volcanic ConesYear 11 Geographers visited volcanic cones around Auckland this week looking at how the Auckland landscape has been used over time.
Records Fall
Records FallThe annual Northcote College Swimming Sports saw records tumble on Friday 24 February with some outstanding performances from Lily Zhang and Bobbi Gichard.
Southern Trust
Southern TrustNorthcote College students who have been unable to bring a device to use in Year 9 this year are able to borrow a school chromebook thanks to the Southern Trust.
Northcote Athletics Day
Northcote Athletics DayThe Northcote College Athletics Day was held on February 10th at Onewa Domain with every junior student competing and the dedicated track and field senior eventors making the most of the opportunity to challenge their peers.
Scholarship Success
Scholarship SuccessAll 14 successful 2016 NZ Scholarship students returned to school today to have their achievements recognised. In all, these students gained 16 subject scholarships in 10 different subjects.
India Trip
India TripThree teachers and a guide accompanied a group of Northcote students to India in the December holiday for an adventure of a lifetime through Antipodeans Abroad.
Further Poetry Success for Ioana
Further Poetry Success for IoanaYear 13 student, Ioana Manoa was thrilled to hear of the success of her poem Leaves Fall as the Roots Grow which won the Youth Poets section of the Robert Burns Poetry Competition.
Swim School
Swim SchoolBelgravia Leisure Ltd manage the Northcote College swimming pool offering swimming lessons to all ages.
KidslinkWhen parents or caregivers ask for advice on where to go for specialist help with anything from behavioural to special needs issues, schools do not always have the information about available services at our fingertips. Thanks to Kidslink that has changed.
Safe and Unsafe 'Apps'
Safe and Unsafe 'Apps'Students of today are, in most cases, actively participating in the digital world. This article includes a link to a guide for parents that covers the pros and cons of most popular ‘apps’.
NZ Scholarship
NZ ScholarshipCongratulations to all the 2016 scholarship recipients.
News Flash
News FlashCommuters stuck in traffic on Onewa Road now have something new to look at as the long-awaited electronic sign has arrived.
Futures 2014
Futures  2014Futures 2014 is a careers event for senior students at Northcote College. Run bi-annually, it allows students the opportunity to hear from industry speakers.
Weekly Podcasts
Weekly PodcastsStudent current affairs podcasts.
Fusion Radio
Fusion RadioVoice of the students of Northcote College through media platforms.
Year 11 Art in Progress
Year 11 Art in ProgressYear 11 Art students were given the opportunity to show their work to parents and friends last week as part of the learning process.
Esther Ige Top Photography Scholar
Esther Ige Top Photography Scholar Former student Esther Ige and her family were guests of the Governor General at Government House in Wellington recently at an award ceremony for gaining the top mark in Photography.
Kart Champion Connor Westbury
Kart Champion Connor WestburyConnor Westbury in Year 10 was victorious at the recent Kartsport Auckland Club Championship.
Elijah Neblett Selected for World Cup
Elijah Neblett Selected for World CupElijah Neblett in Year 12 has been selected to play in the Oceania Football World Cup to be held in United Arab Emerates in October this year.
Netball Tournament Hosts
Netball Tournament HostsNorthcote College was the Duty School for running the Benefitz NNH Secondary Schools Senior Tournament at the AMI Netball Centre recently.
Newly Renovated Fields Open
Newly Renovated Fields OpenThe lower fields now provide a good winter playing surface thanks to investment by the Northcote College Board and the use of innovative technology.
A Festival of Writers
A Festival of WritersThe Senior Writers' Group attended the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on Thursday 16th May at the Aotea Centre.
Sports Elite Update
Sports Elite UpdateNew Zealand Olympian, Sarah Cowley who represented New Zealand in the Heptathlon at the London Olympic Games came to school recently to run a seminar for members of the Northcote College Sports Elite.
Scuba Experience
Scuba ExperienceAs part of their learning programme Year 12 Physical Education students went Scuba Diving at Goat Island last week.
World Vision 40 Hour Famine
World Vision 40 Hour FamineWorld Vision 40 Hour Famine 7 – 9 June. “They don’t have to starve and neither do you but we all need to do something,” according to 40 Hour Famine student leaders, Anna Thompson and Natasha Watson.
Junior Debating Team Victorious
Junior Debating Team VictoriousOur Junior Premier Debaters were triumphant against King's College in last week’s Round Robin competition.
Lest We Forget
Lest We ForgetThe Northcote College Prefects once again participated in the Northcote Anzac Day Service on 25 April which fell in the school holidays this year.
Fast and Furious 6 Fundraiser
Fast and Furious 6 FundraiserAll proceeds go towards LSC camp 2013.
Matthew Jackson representing Northcote at Youth Parliament
Matthew Jackson representing Northcote at Youth ParliamentMatthew Jackson (13NA) has been selected to represent the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman MP for Northcote, at the 2013 Youth Parliament.
Equestrian Inter-Collegiate Ribbon Day
Equestrian Inter-Collegiate Ribbon DayA group of four Northcote College students competed at the Inter-Collegiate Ribbon Day held at the Woodhill Sands Equestrian Events Centre on 27th March.
Polyfest 2013
Polyfest 2013The Northcote College Pacific Island Group performed two items on the Tongan stage at the 2013 Polyfest.
CSI at Northcote College
CSI at Northcote CollegeThe year 9 students have just completed their first science based investigation, which was based on a “crime scene” in which they had to find out how high a drop of “blood” had fallen from.
ICAS Exam Top Score in NZ
ICAS Exam Top Score in NZNicky Ingram gained the top score in New Zealand in Year 11 for the ICAS Writing Exam.
Chilean Delegation visit Northcote College
Chilean Delegation visit Northcote CollegeIn February 2013 Northcote College is hosting 2 students who have been sponsored in their studies by the Chilean government.
Underwater Hockey World Championships
Underwater Hockey World ChampionshipsFormer student, Julian Debruyne is in the NZ U19 Underwater Hockey team competing against the world's best in Hungary.
Tapa and Fine Mat Gifted to College
Tapa and Fine Mat Gifted to CollegeMrs Lesieli Makasini, mother of Year 13 pupil Latu Makasini, made these traditional cloths as a gift to the school.
ERO Report
ERO ReportThe 2016 ERO report.
BEAMS DayThe BEAMS day incorporated workshops in the Auckland University faculties of Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science.
Ex Pupil Now Champion Boxer
Ex Pupil Now Champion BoxerChad is the National under 60kg amateur boxing champion and was in Year 13 at Northcote College in 2009
Classical Studies Trip 2012
Classical Studies Trip 2012Eighteen Classical Studies students from Years 12 and 13 travelled to Rome and Athens for an incredible Classical Studies trip.
Geography Field Trip
Geography Field TripYear 11 students travelled to Rotorua for the Annual Geography field trip. Teachers, Ms McMillan, Mr Humphries, assisted this year by Mr Van derZwann, took the overnight trip.
Waka Update
Waka UpdateThe Waka crew have been at Mangareva Island now for a few days of cultural exchange then restocking supplies in preparation for the final leg to Rapanui.
Mr David Taylor awarded Woolf Fisher Fellowship
Mr David Taylor awarded Woolf Fisher FellowshipHaving received this prestigious fellowship, Assistant Head of English Mr David Taylor has now returned from overseas. Only twelve fellowships were awarded last year.
Waka Update
Waka UpdateKeep up to date on the progress of Te Aurere on it's epic ocean voyage to Rapanui, captained by our very own Mr Conrad.
National Poetry Day 2012
National Poetry Day 2012At an informal gathering in the library, pupils and teachers recited poems that evoked nostalgia, inspiration or cultural meaning for them.
Model United Nations Assembly
Model United Nations AssemblyThe main purpose of the event is to debate the issues such as indigenous rights, the exploitation of child soldiers and whether or not countries such as Israel and Taiwan should be admitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Northcote College Gives Back
Northcote College Gives BackThe college has received a letter of thanks from the New Zealand Blood Service for its support at the recent blood drive.
Staff Member Captains Waka Voyage
Staff Member Captains Waka VoyageMr Conrad departed on an epic Waka voyage to Rapa Nui or Easter Island on Friday 17th August 2012. He will spend the next three months as Captain on the traditional, double hulled Waka, “Te Aurere”.
Olympic Kayaking legend Paul MacDonald inspires
Olympic Kayaking legend Paul MacDonald inspiresA visit from former Olympian Paul MacDonald was very special for aspiring young athletes within the Northcote College Sports Elite.
Sir Jack Newman Award
Sir Jack Newman AwardOn Thursday 18th October, Ross Parlane was presented this prestigious award by Denis Currie, President of New Zealand Cricket.
New School Counsellor
New School CounsellorNigel Pizzini has a background in teaching and wide counselling experience in a number of high schools, community agencies, and private practice, specialising in counselling boys, men and families.
Hartley Cup Comes Home
Hartley Cup Comes HomeThe cup is back in familiar hands following a tremendous win by our netballers on Saturday. The game was more or less secured by the first quarter with a 12-5 score. The final result was a massive 36-18 win.
Masterchef, Northcote College Style
Masterchef, Northcote College StyleType 2 diabetes is an increasingly prevalent condition in New Zealand and the Master Chef competition was an initiative that the students came up with to educate and advocate change.
Help Save Our Kauri Trees
Help Save Our Kauri TreesKauri dieback refers to a disease like fungus that is spreading alarmingly around our great kauri forests and reserves.
NavQuest Challenge
NavQuest ChallengeThe challenge is a three hour orienteering race organised by the Sir Edmond Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of New Zealand. Teams navigated their way around Waiuku Forest using map bearings and a compass.
New 1st XV Sponsor
New 1st XV Sponsor The team now has 28, smart new gear bags with the school and sponsor’s emblems on them.
Korean Student Committee
Korean Student CommitteeThe Korean Student Committee will establish mentoring and support between junior and senior students and this will include academic tutorial support for Korean students. This will have a huge benefit to the international students...
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