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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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A darkly comic tangled internet web
A darkly comic tangled internet web Year 12 Drama presents a dark comedy about trying to quit the internet.
Art exhibition wows the crowds
Art exhibition wows the crowds A lunchtime art exhibition was a huge hit at Northcote College yesterday.
Sport was the winner on the day: A great Thames sports exchange
Sport was the winner on the day: A great Thames sports exchange We had another amazing annual Thames High School Sports Exchange on Tuesday – keeping up a long-standing relationship between the two schools.
Stunning Spanish success for Jess and Rose
Stunning Spanish success for Jess and Rose Congratulations to Jess Cordes and Rose Herda – who’ve done us (and themselves!) proud at the National Spanish Speech Competition.
2018 Technology Showcase
2018 Technology Showcase There will be an impressive array of amazing work on display at the 2018 Northcote College Technology Showcase.
Fantastic football in annual Old Boys and Old Girls matches
Fantastic football in annual Old Boys and Old Girls matches The Annual Old Boys and Old Girls fixtures against our 1st XI Boys and 1st XI Girls on Saturday 22 September were enormous fun.
‘My Dog Has Fleas’ a winner for Ella
‘My Dog Has Fleas’ a winner for Ella Fleas aren’t usually something we celebrate – but this week Ella Crooks is changing all that.
Northcote College in theatresports finals
Northcote College in theatresports finals Come along and support the Northcote College Theatresprats as they compete for the title of top Auckland Secondary Schools Theatresports team in the finals on Friday.
2018 Bake and Shave fundraiser
2018 Bake and Shave fundraiser Cancer has touched far too many New Zealand families – including Hannah Burton’s and Callum King’s. So when they had the chance to shave their hair to help people with the disease, they didn’t hesitate.
Welcoming next year’s students
Welcoming next year’s students We’ve got an influx of 200 extra students here today at Northcote College.
Te wiki o te reo Maori — korero mai
Te wiki o te reo Maori — korero mai We’ve had a fabulous Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori – challenging everyone at the school to use as many te reo Māori words and phrases as possible during the week.
Te wiki o te reo Maori – flax weaving
Te wiki o te reo Maori – flax weaving The fantastic art of flax weaving inspired staff and students celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori today.
Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori - Hikoi
Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori - Hikoi Celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori outside Northcote College on Onewa Rd ... with our friends from Birkenhead College, Nga Tikanga Pono kohanga, Birkdale Primary, and Northcote Intermediate.
2018 Tournament Week – Day 5
2018 Tournament Week – Day 5 A roundup of results from 2018 Tournament Week – Day 5 – Friday 7 September
2018 Tournament Week – Day 4
2018 Tournament Week – Day 4 A roundup of results from 2018 Tournament Week – Day 4 – Thursday 6 September
2018 Tournament Week – Day 3
2018 Tournament Week – Day 3 A roundup of results from 2018 Tournament Week - Day 3 - Wednesday 5 September
Dramatic win for theatresports team
Dramatic win for theatresports team A huge congratulations to the Northcote College ‘Theatresprats’ - Ronan Mann, Ella Shepherd, Matt Fox, and Rose Herda – the winners of the Auckland North Theatresports Festival, held on 3 September.
2018 Tournament Week – Day 2 Results
2018 Tournament Week – Day 2 Results A roundup of results from 2018 Tournament Week - Day 2 - Tuesday 4 September
2018 Tournament Week – Day 1
2018 Tournament Week – Day 1 A roundup of results from 2018 Tournament Week - Day 1 - Monday 3 September
Taking a tilt at greatness
Taking a tilt at greatness Year 13 hard tech students have created a stunning array of complicated multipurpose folding tables.
Kurbis stand up and stand out at finals
Kurbis stand up and stand out at finals Northcote College’s own Kurbis took to the stage in Saturdays finals of Stand Up Stand Out 2018 – Auckland’s premiere music and dance competition.
Inspiring start to Tongan Language Week
Inspiring start to Tongan Language Week Every day there's something new to love at Northcote College. Today it's some of our fabulous Tongan students celebrating the start of Tongan Language Week.
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results A roundup of games played in the last week
Northcote students in poetry top ten
Northcote students in poetry top ten Two Northcote College students are among the top 10 secondary school poets from around New Zealand.
Coming into the fold
Coming into the fold Folding stools provided a real challenge for Year 12 hard tech students – but they’ve proved more than equal to the task.
Netball was the winner the day
Netball was the winner the day Staff traded blackboards for netball bibs for the much-anticipated staff-v-students netball match at lunchtime today.
Bringing new skills to the table
Bringing new skills to the table  Hard tech students have used creativity and practical skills to craft bedside tables which are both useful and beautiful.
Building new skills
Building new skills There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of making something with your own hands – as our hard tech students are finding out.
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results  A roundup of games played in the last week
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results A roundup of games played in the last week - Term 3 Week 5
Celebrating international languages in style
Celebrating international languages in style We celebrated International Languages Week in style - with language and cultural events throughout the week, and capped off with a lunchtime market day featuring tasty foods from around the world, and a colourful costume day.
Read all about it!
Read all about it! There’s really nothing quite like curling up with a good book! Our wonderful English Department are so passionate about sharing their love of reading that they’ve created a website called Reading Unravelled to inspire students and parents alike.
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results A roundup of games played in the last week
Special guest announced for Talent Quest!
Special guest announced for Talent Quest! We're stoked to announce that breakout New Zealand music star Miller Yule will give a special guest performance at the 2018 Northcote College Talent Quest on Thursday 9 August.
Revenge of the Amazons dazzles and delights
Revenge of the Amazons dazzles and delights Northcote College's immensely talented Year 13 Drama took us on a trip back in time to shoulder pads, hairspray and careless whispers, with their 1980s-inspired production of Revenge of the Amazons.
2018 Talent Quest – the countdown is on!
2018 Talent Quest – the countdown is on! The news is out – the annual Northcote College Talent Quest is back, and it’s even better than ever!
Annual open day an outstanding success
Annual open day an outstanding success Future students and their families flocked to Northcote College on Saturday for the school's annual Open Day.
63-17! Our girls storm to rugby victory over Birkenhead College
63-17! Our girls storm to rugby victory over Birkenhead College There was jubilation on the main field on Monday as our girls rugby team scored a decisive 63-17 win over long-time rivals Birkenhead College.
Yes we can!
Yes we can! Our students have again helped those in need - collecting cans for emergency food parcels.
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results A roundup of games played in the last week
Stunning student artistry on display
Stunning student artistry on display A stunning exhibition of student art wowed visitors at Northcote College’s 2018 Arts Showcase.
Emerging talents showcase their creativity
Emerging talents showcase their creativity The halls were alive with the sound of music … and poetry, dance, film, drama, and more … at the recent 2018 Northcote College Arts Showcase.
Hablar muy bien Espanol: There’s just no debate about it!
Hablar muy bien Espanol: There’s just no debate about it! Our Spanish language debating team are now New Zealand's national champions!
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results A roundup of games played in the last week
Temple visit a cultural eye-opener
Temple visit a cultural eye-opener Northcote College’s Chinese language students were privileged to spend a morning at an amazing Buddhist temple in Auckland this week.
Award-winner's workshop is write on
Award-winner's workshop is write on Award-winning playwright Victor Rodger hosted an inspiring workshop for the school’s young Pasifika writers this week.
New building opens at neighbouring school
New building opens at neighbouring school Northcote College principal Vicki Barrie was delighted to attend the opening of Northcote Primary’s new classroom block.
Weekly Sports Report
Weekly Sports Report A round up of the games played in the last week.
Dramatic win for Shakespeare performance
Dramatic win for Shakespeare performance A huge congratulations to our drama students who’ve won two awards at the prestigious national Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival.
All smiles after synchronised swimming success
All smiles after synchronised swimming success Lily Milne has brought home gold and bronze awards from the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships.
Tara is judo's golden girl
Tara is judo's golden girl Tara Beale has won a coveted gold medal in 2018 Waikato-Bays Open Judo Tournament.
The sweet taste of success
The sweet taste of success One of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs kicked off an amazing Careers Day at Northcote College with an inspirational speech.
Spectacular jazz night wows the crowd
Spectacular jazz night wows the crowd We had an amazing night Jazz Night at the Birkenhead Bowling Club this week. Check out the video!
Hartley Cup triumph!
Hartley Cup triumph! We’re in full celebration mode after our premier netball team brought home the coveted Hartley Cup this past weekend.
The halls are alive, with the sound of music
The halls are alive, with the sound of music The Northcote College Music Fest got off to a resounding start today (21 May) – and the music will keep going all week.
Enterprising students win award
Enterprising students win award Team AutoFresh have won a regional award for ‘best startup business’ in the 2018 Young Enterprise Scheme. The Year 12 Business team have developed an ingenious product which gets rid of sunblock stains on cars.
Netball fundraiser scores a hit
Netball fundraiser scores a hit A quiz night has netted nearly $7,000 for Northcote’s netball teams.
Novelist's passion for prose inspired by Northcote teachers
Novelist's passion for prose inspired by Northcote teachers Talented former Northcote College student Ruby Porter has been shortlisted for a prestigious writing award.
By-election candidates visit college
By-election candidates visit college Candidates in the upcoming Northcote by-election were quizzed on lowering the voting age when they visited Northcote College today.
We're on the telly!
We're on the telly! A bunch of Northcote College students showcased their amazing talents on Sunday morning TV show What Now yesterday.
Cross Country Results
Cross Country Results The school cross country which is compulsory for all juniors and optional for seniors, was held on Wednesday 2 May in ideal conditions. Congratulations to all participants. Read on for results.
Sweet success at swimming events
Sweet success at swimming events Top Northcote College swimmers Lily Zhang, Daria Barbina, and Bailey Wang have won an impressive swag of medals in recent events.
A hunger for poetry
A hunger for poetry Northcote College students were treated to a feast of poetry – all about food – at a special poetry reading event at the school.
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 dramatic Move 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 Oscar Oscar 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 Jeremiah Jeremiah 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 hope At 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 10 Northcote basketballers stormed their way into the top ten teams in the country at the 2018 Secondary Schools 3x3 National Championships in Tauranga.
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 gold Northcote 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 crowd The 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.
Chat with a champion was fabulous: No debate about it
Chat with a champion was fabulous: No debate about it Our debate teams were treated to a coaching session with an NZ schools champion on Monday.
Powhiri delights Shinagawa girls
Powhiri delights Shinagawa girls A 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 Festival Northcote 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 Scorcher More 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 successes Our cricket teams did us proud this past weekend – winning matches around Auckland.
Swimming Sports Results
Swimming Sports Results Congratulations 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 Spanish Year 13 Spanish students recently hosted a visiting family from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Te Reo Maori Classes - Enrol Now
Te Reo Maori Classes - Enrol Now We 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 Models Year 10 students have designed and modelled baches as part of their work in Design and Visual Communication - which used to be called Graphics.
Across School Leaders Appointed
Across School Leaders Appointed Three 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 Leaders Congratulations are in order for the student leaders of 2018.
Kidslink
Kidslink When 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 Scholarship Congratulations to all the 2017 scholarship recipients.
News Flash
News Flash Commuters stuck in traffic on Onewa Road now have something new to look at as the long-awaited electronic sign has arrived.
Weekly Podcasts
Weekly Podcasts Student current affairs podcasts.
Fusion Radio
Fusion Radio Voice of the students of Northcote College through media platforms.
Year 11 Art in Progress
Year 11 Art in Progress Year 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 Westbury Connor Westbury in Year 10 was victorious at the recent Kartsport Auckland Club Championship.
Elijah Neblett Selected for World Cup
Elijah Neblett Selected for World Cup Elijah 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 Hosts Northcote 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 Open The 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 Writers The Senior Writers' Group attended the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on Thursday 16th May at the Aotea Centre.
Sports Elite Update
Sports Elite Update New 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 Experience As 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 Famine World 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 Victorious Our Junior Premier Debaters were triumphant against King's College in last week’s Round Robin competition.
Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget The 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 Fundraiser All proceeds go towards LSC camp 2013.
Matthew Jackson representing Northcote at Youth Parliament
Matthew Jackson representing Northcote at Youth Parliament Matthew 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 Day A 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 2013 The Northcote College Pacific Island Group performed two items on the Tongan stage at the 2013 Polyfest.
CSI at Northcote College
CSI at Northcote College The 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 NZ Nicky 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 College In February 2013 Northcote College is hosting 2 students who have been sponsored in their studies by the Chilean government.
Weekly sports results
Weekly sports results A roundup of games played in the last week
A dramatic win for Shakespeare performance
A dramatic win for Shakespeare performance A huge congratulations to our drama students for awards at the prestigious national Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival.
Underwater Hockey World Championships
Underwater Hockey World Championships Former 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 College Mrs Lesieli Makasini, mother of Year 13 pupil Latu Makasini, made these traditional cloths as a gift to the school.
ERO Report
ERO Report The 2016 ERO report.
BEAMS Day
BEAMS Day The 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 Boxer Chad 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 2012 Eighteen Classical Studies students from Years 12 and 13 travelled to Rome and Athens for an incredible Classical Studies trip.
Geography Field Trip
Geography Field Trip Year 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 Update The 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 Fellowship Having 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 Update Keep 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 2012 At 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 Assembly The 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 Back The 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 Voyage Mr 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 inspires A 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 Award On Thursday 18th October, Ross Parlane was presented this prestigious award by Denis Currie, President of New Zealand Cricket.
Hartley Cup Comes Home
Hartley Cup Comes Home The 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 Style Type 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 Trees Kauri dieback refers to a disease like fungus that is spreading alarmingly around our great kauri forests and reserves.
NavQuest Challenge
NavQuest Challenge The 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 Committee The 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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