Update for end of Term 1 beginning Term 2

Update for end of Term 1 beginning Term 2

Kia ora koutou

As we approach the end of Term 1, there are some important notices and key dates in Term 2 to share with you.

Non-uniform Day: Friday 12 April

We will have a Non-uniform Day on Friday to raise money for the Save the Children charity appeal to provide support for children in the Gaza crisis. Please donate generously. Students can bring cash on the day to give to their period 1 teacher, or you can pay online via Kindo. There are set options of $2, $5 and $10 on Kindo. In each option, the amount can be increased by changing the quantity, for example if you would like to donate $4, you can choose the $2 option and change the quantity to two.


Progress reports

Progress reports will be emailed home next week. These reports give an indication of your child’s learning dispositions in their different subjects so far this year. Academic achievement can be tracked at any time via the Parent Portal.


NCEA Co-requisite Information Evening for Year 10 parents: Wednesday 10 April 6pm

We look forward to seeing parents/caregivers of Year 10 students in the Hall on Wednesday evening to share information about the new Literacy and Numeracy Co-requisite for NCEA.


Mobile phones

Just a reminder that our phone rule to meet the government regulation is that from the first day of school next term, mobile phones will be turned off and in bags between 8.55am and 3.30pm. 

A student needing to contact a parent can ask to use the phone at Harakeke | Student Reception. If a parent or caregiver needs to contact their child urgently during the day, they should call Student Reception (09 4810141 Ext 724) or the Main Office (09 4810141) or email their child using their school email address.

For students who need their phone for a purpose connected with their health or for assisting with any disability or learning support need, an exemption card may be requested. This will require written approval in advance from the Principal. Please email office@northcote.school.nz

There were three main challenges that students could predict with the new rule: needing to check timetables, the time, and alerts about meetings or sports training sessions. We have the following solutions:

  • New printed copies of timetables (on special non-tear paper) will be issued to all students this week.
  • All classrooms have working clocks and most are positioned to be seen from outside the room. Students are encouraged to wear watches.
  • Alerts on the School App and TeamReach will be scheduled for before or after school.


ANZAC Day Commemorative Service: Thursday 25 April

Northcote College prefects will represent our school at the ANZAC Day Commemorative Service at the Northcote War Memorial Hall at 10.45am following the parade. All are welcome.


Public transport fares are changing for under 25’s from Wednesday 1 May

An update from Auckland Transport: free travel for 5 to 12 year olds and half-price travel for 13 to 24 year olds on AT bus, train and ferry services will end on 30 April 2024, in line with the government’s decision to withdraw funding for these concessions.  This means that from Wednesday 1 May:

5 to 12 year olds will no longer travel for free on weekdays and will instead pay a child concession (at least 40% off adult fares). They will continue to travel for free on weekends. The child concession will apply to anyone aged 5 to 15, who has a registered AT HOP card with their correct date of birth.  

13 to 15 year olds will stop receiving the half-price child fares discount and instead switch to paying full child fares (at least 40% off an adult fare during weekdays, and free travel on weekends) from 1 May. The child concession will apply to anyone aged 5 to 15, who has a registered AT HOP card with their correct date of birth.  

16 to 19 year olds with a secondary student concession will stop receiving the half-price secondary fares discount and instead switch to paying full secondary fares (at least 40% off an adult fare). Students aged 16-19 should apply for the secondary student concession to ensure they are paying the cheapest fare possible.

More information about the discounts and what you may need to do next can be found at AT.govt.nz/farechanges  


Students visiting previous schools on Flexible Learning/ Teacher only Days

We know that students, particularly Year 9 students, enjoy returning to their intermediate or primary school to reconnect with teachers and friends there. While this is well intentioned, we have had communication from these schools that it is a challenge to have visitors from our school because it interrupts their schedules and learning time.

If you know your child has been visiting their previous school please discuss this with them.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school. We encourage you to stay in contact; if you have any queries, please contact your child’s Dean in the first instance.


Ngā manaakitanga

Vicki Barrie
Tumuaki | Principal


Key dates for Term 2

Week 1

  • Monday 29 April: First day of Term 2 [Timetable Day 6]

Week 2

  • Friday 10 May: Blood Bank onsite

Week 4

  • Tuesday 21 May: Numeracy Common Assessment Activity for Year 10/11 students
  • Wednesday 22 May: Literacy Reading Common Assessment Activity for Year 10/11 students
  • Thursday 23 May: Literacy Writing Common Assessment for Year 10/11 students

Week 5

  • Friday 31 May: Kāhui Ako Teacher only Day - no students at school

Week 6

  • Monday 3 June: King’s Birthday - school closed

Week 7

  • Monday 10- Friday 14 June: Senior school exams

Week 8

  • Tuesday 18 June: Group photos
  • Thursday 20 June: Sports photos / Northcote College Matariki Event

Week 9

  • Friday 28 June: Matariki Public Holiday - school closed

Week 10

  • Friday 5 July: Last day of Term 2