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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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It's 'Hasta la vista!' from Spanish students
It's 'Hasta la vista!' from Spanish students Northcote College Spanish language students will spend the school holidays soaking up Spanish culture and spring sunshine – in Argentina. But they’ll also be working hard – volunteering at a charity for vulnerable children.
A flair for the dramatic
A flair for the dramaticMove over Pop Up Globe – our Northcote College students are waiting in the wings, and they’re going to give you a run for your money!
Keeping our vital rescue helicopter in the air
Keeping our vital rescue helicopter in the air Seven stalwart students did their bit in raising over $30,000 to keep Auckland’s rescue helicopter flying.
National cycling success for Oscar
National cycling success for OscarOscar Radonich has raced his way into offroad cycling’s national top ten – with a great result in the NZ Cycling Secondary Schools Downhill race.
Winner's podium for Jeremiah
Winner's podium for JeremiahJeremiah Rogo scored himself a place on the winner’s podium at last week’s College Sport Auckland Athletics Championships, held at Mount Smart Stadium.
Northcote’s Commonwealth Games hope
Northcote’s Commonwealth Games hopeAt first glance the Northcote College swimming pool seems pretty unassuming. It doesn’t scream ‘look at me, look at me’. But past the ordinary exterior is the breeding ground of champions….
Northcote basketballers make national Top 10
Northcote basketballers make national Top 10Northcote basketballers stormed their way into the top ten teams in the country at the 2018 Secondary Schools 3x3 National Championships in Tauranga.
Weekly Sports Report
Weekly Sports ReportA round up of the games played in the last week.
French up your life!
French up your life!A French fox and other crazy animals were all part of the school week for 30 French language students last week.
Dragon boaters strike gold
Dragon boaters strike goldNorthcote College dragon boaters had a great day on the water at the Auckland Dragon Boat Championshiops at Lake Pupuke yesterday ... and some even came home with gold medals!
Enterprising students take market by storm
Enterprising students take market by storm Northcote College students had a successful day market-testing their fledgling businesses at the Birkenhead Artisan Markets this past weekend.
Banding together to make musical magic
Banding together to make musical magic Northcote College music maestro Cameron Allen is inspiring the next wave of Northcote College band members – before they even get here.
Rousing kapa haka delights the crowd
Rousing kapa haka delights the crowdThe Northcote College kapa haka team is back - and it's better than ever. Last night they gave a thrilling performance in the school hall - their dress rehearsal for their Polyfest appearance on Thursday.
Fun-filled Fiafia Night delights all
Fun-filled Fiafia Night delights all The school hall was standing-room only - and a night uproariously good fun was had by all our Tongan team's Fiafia Night dress rehearsal for Polyfest.
Special breakfast serves up inspiration
Special breakfast serves up inspiration A special breakfast on International Women’s Day served up a large helping of inspiration for eight lucky Year 12 students last week.
Contest winners are 'write on'!
Contest winners are 'write on'! Annual writing competition reveals the fabulous talent in our school. Perhaps the next big name in New Zealand writing could be among them?
Chat with a champion was fabulous: No debate about it
Chat with a champion was fabulous: No debate about itOur debate teams were treated to a coaching session with an NZ schools champion on Monday.
Powhiri delights Shinagawa girls
Powhiri delights Shinagawa girlsA group of visiting Japanese high schoolers got a fabulous taste of Kiwi culture when they were welcomed to Northcote College with a powhiri.
Lion Dancers a roaring success at Lantern Festival
Lion Dancers a roaring success at Lantern FestivalNorthcote College’s Lion Dancers had the crowd roaring with delight at the opening of the Auckland Lantern Festival on Thursday night.
Mr Reed heads to cyclone-hit Tonga
Mr Reed heads to cyclone-hit Tonga It isn’t everyone who gets excited about heading off to a cyclone-devastated area – and teach in a school that might still not have the power and water back on – but Northcote College Deputy Principal Mr Reed definitely is.
Athletics Day a Scorcher
Athletics Day a ScorcherMore than 500 students enjoyed “a scorcher of a day” at the Athletics Day last Friday. “There was some fierce competition,” says Director of Sport Paul Hewson. “And it was a really good fun day – a lot of really great spirit.”
Howzat! A weekend of cricket successes
Howzat! A weekend of cricket successesOur cricket teams did us proud this past weekend – winning matches around Auckland.
Swimming Sports Results
Swimming Sports ResultsCongratulations to all who took part in the recent Northcote College Swimming Sports and particularly to those who broke records. A full list of champions and records broken is provided.
Practising Spanish
Practising SpanishYear 13 Spanish students recently hosted a visiting family from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Te Reo Maori Classes - Enrol Now
Te Reo Maori Classes - Enrol NowWe are offering fees free weekly Te Reo Māori classes for staff and the community at Northcote College in 2018 (through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa).There is a choice of two time slots: Wednesday 4-7pm and Thursday 6-9pm.
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.
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.
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.
Student Leaders
Student LeadersCongratulations are in order for the student leaders of 2018.
Kidslink
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 2017 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.
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 Day
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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