Rhinoceros production - November 2019
Kia ora Parents and Whanau
Congratulations to all cast and crew of the outstanding Northcross production, Rhinoceros.
Last night saw the final evening performance in front of a very enthusiastic audience.
The play has many poignant life messages woven into the script. Our performers gave a very intelligent interpretation of Rhinoceros. The full cast was on stage for the duration of the play, their delivery was spectacular with the script flowing allowing the audience to enjoy the humor and subtleness intended by the plays writer.
Actors/stage crew were beautifully supported by members of the Northcross band. The musicians not only played the catchy songs but provided the sound effects, they were very tight throughout the performance.
It is hard to believe the cast and band are only 11 and 12 years old!
Acknowledgements to Director Mark Jensen, musical Director. Sylvia Watson, stage manager, Shannon Hale and lighting Director, Murray Toohill.
Our community is so fortunate to have such wonderful mentors for our students.
Principals Message - November 2019
Dear Parents and Whanau
Some more acknowledgments from our very successful New Zealand Future Problem Solving Championships last weekend.
Please see the results below, congratulations Olivia and Alice on your Scenario writing.
National Champion - Northcross Intermediate Olivia Loufte Coach: Janine Joyce 2nd - Cobham Intermediate Maya Rodnyanskiy Coach: Sebastian John 3rd - Northcross Intermediate Alice Dibble Coach: Janine Joyce
Thank you again to the Graeme Dingle Foundation and their outstanding support of our youth through programmes such as Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator and Project K. I did survive the Sky Tower Jump (phew), in the support of the running of these programmes, we have a mufti day this Friday, $2.00 donation and an electronic donation box in our front office, we appreciate any donations given.
The cast and crew of our school production, Rinosaurous, star again tonight and tomorrow night starting at 7 pm. Please book through our school office.
Don’t forget to watch 7 Sharp tonight to see our students demonstrating their Bright Sparks designs.
Acknowledgements and Upcoming Events
Kia ora Parents and Whanau
We wish the cast and crew of this years production, Rhinoceros, all the best for tonight’s opening performance. Our students and staff have certainly worked hard over the last 10 weeks to bring you this musical parody. The show runs from tonight until Thursday. Tickets can be purchased from the school resource room, I know our cast will appreciate your attendance and support. Proceeds from this will go to supporting the welfare of the Rhino's at the Auckland Zoo.
Congratulations and best wishes to Angelia Yang, Casey Richardson-Mould, Isabella Mumford and Summer Bailey who will represent our school at the National Bright Sparks Competition this Thursday. Bright Sparks celebrates 22 young inventors and entrepreneurs from around New Zealand, the students are selected for their innovation and design and recognised at this Thursdays Award evening. Television New Zealands , Seven Sharp programme has picked up on the girls success and highlighting their design journey in tomorrow night’s Seven Sharp programme. Angelina will also appear on Friday’s Good Morning Show with her Ping Pong serving invention.
Congratulations to our talented Future Problem Solvers, who competed in the New Zealand Future Problem finals last weekend. Future Problem Solving consists of team having to solve complex and ethical problems and then come up with a solution. A special congratulations to Sofia, Carmen, Ella and Jasmine who won their division and next year will represent both Northcross and New Zealand at the World Future Problem Solving Finals in Boston. An outstanding achievement.
1st in flag making - Year 8 - Alice, Olivia, Sissi and Eileena 3rd in dramatics - Year 7 Sofia, Carmen, Ella and Jasmine.
1st Year 7 girls - Sofia, Carmen, Ella, Jasmine 2nd Year 7 boys - Holden, Tymon, Logan, Dane 3rd Year 8 girls - Alice, Olivia, Sissi, Eileena
An acknowledgement of Mrs Glenis Martin, the students coach and mentor, who not only worked with our Northcross Intermediate students but also Manurewa High School winning their division and off to America next year also. A phenomenal record.
Tomorrow at 11 am, I am throwing myself off the Sky Tower as part of the Drop the Boss Campaign organised by the Graham Dingle Foundation. This fundraiser is in support of the Graham Dingle Foundation, an excellent charity that motivates students from early primary through to secondary with programmes such as Kids Can and Careers Navigator.
There is a device situated in the front office that you can use to donate using your EFTPOS card. Please support this worthy cause when dropping in to visit. We will also have a scheduled $2.00 mufti day this Friday in support of the G D Foundation.
This term our learning Concept is Careers. We are looking at how our students may best prepare for the future. The focus questions posed to our students will help them to reflect on personal qualities and attributes they may need when seeking employment and how to analyse these skills and attributes.
The Careers Concept will culminate with a Careers Expo day (29th of November) where community members from a variety of professionals will speak to our students on their vocation and the skills needed to carry out their role. Please discuss with your child their understanding of this concept.
NIWA Science and Technology Fair
Kia ora Parents and Whanau
As part of our Term 2 and 3 learning focus our students were engaging in Science and Technology. Our students completed a Science or Technology project demonstrating the learning process for their scientific investigation. On Friday the 5th of September we took the following 20 students to the NIWA North Harbour Science Fair:
1. Joel Thorburn 8
An alarm that can notify and warn people that they have not put their bung in and water is coming into the boat.
2. Cara McLeod 11
The Gee Gee Handle
A handle designed for disabled horse riders.
3. Keavy Chapman 12
Wheelie Bespoke Phone Holder
A cell phone holder for a wheelchair.
4. Becky Thompson 13
A magnet book light that can be clipped onto the pages of a book and moved down easily.
5 Isla Norfield 13
A biodegradable poop bag from cotton and bean curd.
6 Angelina Yang 16
Table Tennis Serving Machine
Automated robotic table tennis serving machine.
7 Mathias Stovring 17
A candle sensor that can blow out a candle.
8 Ava Khoo-Giles 20
Insulated clothing alternative made from compostable cooler bags.
9 Cameron Schmidt 22
Forget the Wet
An automated clothes line protector that will cover the clothes and line when it rains.
10 Casey Richardson-Mould 22
Ripper rugby belt with an alarm system to notify players when the tag has been pulled off.
11 Isabella Mumford 22
A small, more affordable, sustainable and easily accessible medical device (Epi-pen) that can be worn on the body.
12 Rui-Yi Ong 22
How long do permanent markers last when drawing?
13 Max Gilmore32
A universal ball holder that can be attached to different bags.
14 Alice Dibble 54
Alexia - 'Open Mood Bank'
Data collection app developed to be used on Alexa to track the users mood.
15 Summer Bailey 54
Designed an app that will monitor the environmental conditions and collect data of the surrounding environment to help determine optical conditions for tree planting and growth.
16 Kate Borton 54
Tracking the health of the streams in the East Coast Bays area and to find out which one is the healthiest.
17 Tai Rhodes 54
Lower limb injuries 'v' track stiffness
How does the stiffness of a synthetic athletics track affect the rate of lower limb injuries in an athlete.
18 Kenzie Longmuir 54
Hooked on Tech
Testing brain activity when social media notifications are received.
19 Maddi Bennett
Can you hear colour
When we hear different sounds what colour do we see?
20 Isabella Vautier 55
To Sleep or Not to Sleep
Can meditation before sleep change your sleep patterns?
Over 1000 students at Northcross completed Science Expo Projects and our final 20 boards were of an exceptional standard.
The following students were recognised at NIWA Science and Technology Fair 2109 Prize giving on Tuesday evening.
Tai Rhodes – Miles Maxted Award for outstanding use of statistical data Kate Borton – NIWA Award for an outstanding environmental project
Rui-Yi Ong – Consumer Science
Kenzie Longmuir – Living World
Maddy Bennet – Physical World
Cara McLeod – Technology
Isabella Vautier – Living World
Casey Richardson-Mould – Technology
Tai Rhodes – Living World
Alice Dibble – Technology
Max Gilmore - Technology
I would like to thank Sonia Gobindlal H.O.D Science for all of her hard work with our students and her part in running the Fair. Also to our teachers and students who worked hard on their Science and Technology learning throughout the term.
Congratulations to all of our students who completed the projects and especially our award winners who competed against students from across North Harbour to gain recognition in their division.
AIMS Games - September 2019
Kia ora Parents and Whanau
Congratulations to the 200 Northcross Intermediate students who attended the New Zealand AIMS (Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) Games in Tauranga last week.
Eleven thousand athletes from throughout New Zealand and Pacific Islands converged on Tauranga to compete both as teams or individuals in their chosen sport. The games is a culmination of a years preparation, where athletes have been training and competing locally and could now experience the highs and tribulations of the largest National sporting competition in the country. All competing teams made it into the top eight of their division. This is quite remarkable knowing some sports had more than 100 teams competing in that particular sport.
Not only did our athletes compete admirably, they also showed great maturity, respect and resilience on and off the field. I was equally impressed in the way they supported each other, attending competitions and supporting their peers when they were not required to compete.
A huge thank you to Shannon Hale and the Northcross staff for their efforts in ensuring our students were well coached, managed and cared for throughout the week.
Thank you also to the many parents who took time to travel down to support both their child and our school, your positive support and participation was greatly appreciated.
An acknowledgment of the boys football (always difficult to single out one team) who have won the National title for the 7th time. This is an outstanding feat, knowing the competitive nature of football and certainly highlights, not only the talented players but also the incredibly effective training program organised by Jack, Nathan and Murray during their time as coaches.
1st Boys Football
2nd Boys Hockey
3rd Boys Basketball
3rd Girls Basketball
Individual Gold Medalists
Amy Hurly Gold Medal - Y7 Girls Cross Country
Millie Middleton 2 Gold 1 x AIMS Record - Swimming
Benson Li 2 Gold - Swimming
Holly Nelson 2 Gold - Swimming
Talia Mills 2 Gold - Trampoline
Madison Mills 1 Gold - Overall Open Senior Trampoline
Zoe Davis 1 Gold - Womens Artistic Twisters Vault
All results are on our website.