Useful Information

Class Times


Period 1      9.00am
Period 2    10.00am
Interval     11.00am
Senior Assembly 11.30am followed by period 3
Junior Assembly  
follows period 3 and starts at  12.10pm
Lunch 12.45pm
Period 4 1.30pm  
Period 5  2.30pm     3.30pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Period 1      9.00am
Period 2    10.00am
Interval     11.00am
Level Assembly/ Form Period 11.30am
Period 3 11.45pm
Lunch 12.45pm
Period 4 1.30pm  
Period 5    2.30pm

Teachers start the day at 8.15am with Professional Learning. Students are welcome at school and student spaces including the Library and Kauri are available.

Period 1      9.30am
Period 2    10.15am

From 11am class times are as normal for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Code of Expected Behaviour

The Northcote College school behaviour guidelines are founded in respect - for self, others and the environment.

Attitude to Others

  • We are courteous and show respect in all our dealings with others.
  • Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Physical violence, sexual harassment, bullying and/or verbal abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Material which is homophobic, racist, sexual, sexist or violent must not be brought to school.

We always represent the school in a positive manner.  This means:

  • Students will abide by fair play rules when playing sport.
  • Northcote College uniform will be worn correctly and with pride. (Refer to Uniform Guidelines)


  • Students are expected to be at school by 8.55am.
  • Students arriving after 9am are expected to sign in at the Attendance Office.
  • To attend an appointment outside school an appointment card or note from a parent is required to obtain an exit slip from the Attendance Office.
  • Students who become unwell during the school day must report to the nurse and must not leave the College without permission.  Appropriate arrangements will be made to care for the student or for collection by parents.

Respect for the Environment

  • This means that students are expected to treat school property and the property of others with respect.
  • Students are responsible for their personal property. No responsibility is taken by the school for loss or damage.
  • Students will not take or use the property of another student without permission.
  • Students will bring to class all required materials and equipment.
  • Laptops, chromebooks and tablets are encouraged for learning at school but must be switched off if requested by the teacher.
  • A mobile phone is a device designed for communication and quick reference and it is expected that in the classroom, mobile phones will be turned off/on silent and be kept out of sight - unless specific permission has been given by the teacher.
  • During class time and at school events headphones are not to be used and are not to be visible unless specifically allowed by the staff member in charge.

Intellectual Property

  • The work submitted for assessment must be original.
  • All resources used in an assessment are to be itemised within a reference list or bibliography. (Refer to Northcote College Assessment Policy in Practice)
  • To comply with the Copyright Act 1994 students are not to download any files such as music, videos, games or programmes.

Prohibited Items

  • Northcote College is a smoke, drug and alcohol free school.
  • We strive for a safe environment free of any hazardous and/or potentially dangerous substances and objects.  This means:
    • Substances or articles that are likely to be harmful (matches, fireworks, offensive weapons, knives etc.) must not be brought to College.
    • Smoking and the possession of smoking equipment is forbidden.
    • Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic liquor is forbidden.
    • Drug usage and possession for use other than for a diagnosed medical condition is forbidden.
    • Permanent markers, chewing gum and aerosol cans are forbidden.

If there is a suspicion that a student has broken any of the above rules the school reserves the right to search personal property in accordance with Ministry of Education search and seizure guidelines.

Uniform Guidelines

We expect Northcote College uniform will be worn correctly and with pride.

  • School Uniform Years 9 -12
  • Northcote College uniform is worn by students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
  • Correct uniform is to be worn at school, to and from school, and at all school functions.
  • All uniform must be tidy, clean and in good repair.

Parents and students may select items from the list provided.  No other items, including sports team uniform, may be worn with the school uniform.   Uniform items are available from Yarnton’s, Birkenhead.

  • Short or long sleeve shirt (tailored or plain style) /Navy Fleece
  • Navy school jacket with hood / Navy Trousers
  • Navy Shorts / Navy Skirt
  • Navy Sarong/Tupenu/Lava lava / Black shoes (refer below)
  • Black belt / Plain navy cap or bucket hat
  • School Beanie / Black socks or Black opaque tights

Student Appearance

  • Facial hair is to be neatly trimmed
  • T-shirts worn under uniforms are not to be visible.
  • Skirt lengths are to be modest.


  • Hair styles must not be extreme.
  • Hair is to be a natural colour.
  • Long hair must be tied up for Health & Safety reasons in a workshop or laboratory  and when wearing the No.1 uniform.
  • Plain navy blue or black headbands may be worn.

Jewellery and Nail Polish

  • Students are permitted a watch and one small plain stud worn in each ear.
  • Facial piercing is not permitted.
  • Necklaces should not be visible.
  • Natural or pale coloured nail polish may be worn.


  • Plain black (no colour), low heeled, low cut, shoes are required with uniform.  No boots, or sports boots are to be worn.  Note: plain black socks or black stockings must be worn with black shoes. 
  • Students may wear black roman sandals without socks but shoes with a full heel and toe must be worn in any laboratory or workshop.

Sports Uniform

  • Physical Education – a change of clothes must be worn for all P.E. classes. The PE uniform is to be worn by all students Year 9 to 12. Shorts and a T-shirt suitable for the purpose must be worn by Year 13 students participating in PE (refer to Year 13 dress code).
  • Students playing sport for Northcote College will wear complete and correct sports uniform.

Formal (No. 1 Uniform)
When representing Northcote College and wearing the school blazer the following applies:

  • School blazer
  • School tie
  • White shirt with a collar to take a tie  (buttoned to the neck)
  • Navy school skirt, or Navy sarong/Tupenu/Lavalava, or black dress trousers
  • Black opaque tights or black socks
  • Black leather dress shoes (clean and polished)

Points to note:

  • Long hair must be tied up 
  • Jewellery must be kept to a minimum - One pair of small plain studs and a watch. 
  • Shoes are to be flat (Canvas shoes are not acceptable with the No.1 uniform)
  • No nail polish.
  • Facial hair is to be neatly trimmed.

Year 13 Dress Code:

The guiding principle for Year 13 dress is that students should be wearing clothes that are suitable to wear to a place of work where they are dealing with members of the public.  Beachwear is not acceptable.

Acceptable presentation must include tidiness, cleanliness, clothing that is not torn/frayed, moderation with regard for other people’s values, dress that is not offensive to others.

This precludes:

  • the wearing of garments with offensive material on them
  • garments advertising alcohol, cigarettes, drugs
  • showing bare midriffs