HOW WE DO THINGS
Absences & Lateness
If your child is absent from school for any reason please phone the office on (09) 481 1400 to let us know. You can phone outside of school hours and leave a message on our answer phone.
We have a whole school formal assembly every alternating Wednesday at 12:15pm. Parents and caregivers are always welcome to attend our assemblies. Each class has a turn to organise assembly. There is usually a curriculum component to the assembly where students share work they have been doing related to the current unit of study.
We have a whole school singing assembly every alternating Wednesday at 12:15pm. Mr. Grayson leads the singing with Mr. Ancell accompanying on guitar. Singing assemblies are an enjoyable time for both students and staff and are one of the ways in which we nurture our close-knit "family" culture.
Students stay with their home class and teacher for most lessons but may go to another teacher for Mathematics which is streamed. We have specialist teachers for Technology (Science, Cooking and Electronics), Arts (Music and Visual Art) and Language (Korean, Mandarin and Te Reo Maori). Each term, students spend a 1.5 hour block per week on a particular specialist area.
Each class also has a number of blocks of lessons in a second language - this year all classes are learning Mandarin, Korean and Te Reo Māori. Each class has a 45 minute Mandarin lesson for 40 weeks and 45 minute Korean and Te Reo lessons for 20 weeks.
"Students have opportunities to contribute to the success of their learning. They set their own goals, identify resources they require and review how well their learning goals are met.
Teachers use achievement information to plan programmes and modify their teaching practice. They have good knowledge of each student?s learning requirements. Consideration is given to teaching and learning practices that best support students? different capabilities and interests. Students with learning difficulties are well catered for, with a good balance between targeted in-class programmes and small group sessions."
- ERO 2013
If you have any questions or concerns about your child at school please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible to arrange a time to talk. It's a lot easier to resolve issues and problems if they're addressed early on and the classroom teacher is the first point of contact. If you still have concerns or questions after that please contact Principal Ben Kelsey.
Teachers can be contacted via the school office or via the contact form on each staff member's profile on the Meet the Staff page.
The Dental Clinic at Northcote Intermediate is now officially closed. Unless a transportable unit is onsite, services are available at the following clinic:
- Willow Park Primary School Dental Clinic. (09) 419 4107
Donation & Technology Fees
The $140 donation per student ($240 for two or more children) helps to close the gap between the money we get from the Ministry of Education to run the school and the actual cost to run the school, which is well above this.
Schools are funded on rates based on the number of students and also the decile of the school. As we are a mid-decile school with a relatively small roll, we rely on the donation to pay for things like broadband internet access, upgrading of computers in the classrooms and the two computer pods, new sports equipment such as new netball posts, soccer nets, hockey sticks, library books and classroom resources.
We offer the option of paying off technology fees and school donation in installments. Please contact Debbie Doubleday in the school office if you would like more information about how you can do this.
The $60 technology fee per student pays for materials for the technology programmes throughout the year.
EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom)
We are into challenge here! At Northcote Intermediate School you can expect to be taken out of your comfort zone a little with our EOTC programme. Each year every class goes on an overnight camp.
Last year we challenged ourselves at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre in Torbay. Students took part in raft building, kayaking, abseiling, tree climbing and lots of sports and beach activities. There is no shortage of parents wanting to help on these school camps.
ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)
Additional English lessons are available for students whose first language is not English and who require further English support.
There are many opportunities at NIS for students with identified skills and qualities to be extended and enriched.
Within classroom programmes students may be ability-grouped for a variety of subjects. Mathematics is streamed across teams for each strand. Literacy options for extension include working with the correspondence school to complete Year 9 English units, participation in the Kids Lit Quiz and attending the Auckland Writer's Festival.
We also offer the opportunity for any student to choose to enter the ICAS exams (preciously known as the "New South Wales Exams") in Digital Tech, Science, English, Writing, Spelling and Mathematics.
Those passionate about music may well find a place in one of a number of Music Enrichment Programmes run by Mr Luke Grayson. These programmes include rock bands, harmony-focused vocal ensembles, and instrument ensembles. NIS's Rock Band have consistently done well in various junior regional and national band competitions.
If you enjoy acting there are opportunities for you in our bi-annual school production, a highlight in 2015 with our School Production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Pippa Hechter.
For those with any of the above talents or maybe something a little different, we also hold a Talent Showcase every "other" year - alternating with the School Production.
For the artistically gifted there is an Art Extension Programme run by Mrs Phillippa Barret-Garner.
EZ Lunch Scheme
The lunchroom is open at morning tea time and lunch time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Students must order their lunch in the classroom at 8.45 a.m. by putting the correct money in an envelope and writing their name, room number and what they are ordering on the outside of the envelope. This is put in the classroom lunchbox and sent to the office at 9.00 a.m. Students may purchase items at morning tea by queuing outside the lunchroom, next to the hall, but all lunches must be pre-ordered at the start of school as there are no counter sales at lunchtime.
First Aid & Illness
The sick bay room, located in the office block, is available for treatment of minor injuries. In the event of a more serious injury or illness preventing your child from participating in classroom activities we will get in touch with listed caregivers and emergency contacts. Please ensure a student's contact details are up-to-date at all times for this reason. Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell.
Homework will be given weekly; approximately 45 minutes each night. The purpose of giving homework is to reinforce work being taught at school and to establish good work habits that will assist in a smooth transition to college.
Homework, where possible, will relate to the current classroom programme and will usually include Maths and English. It should not be new learning and should be work that children can complete independently. For children with special learning needs, homework tasks and expectations may be modified.
All homework will be marked by the classroom teacher and there are consequences for non-completion of homework - these include an "invitation" to the lunchtime homework class.
Each teacher has a different method for handing out and returning of homework - your child's teacher will let you know what their system is. If you have any concerns about homework during the year please see your child's teacher in the first instance.
Being a small school, all students are given a number of opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Each class has representatives on a student council that meets weekly. The student council organises activities for the whole school and councilors are called upon to represent the school at official functions, to welcome visitors to our school and report back to their classes.
Bi-weekly assemblies are run by classrooms and students have to organise the format, guest speakers and items as well as present weekly awards.
Each year we send a group of our school leaders to the Young Leaders? Conference where they listen to inspirational speakers and talk to leaders from other schools.
"The student leadership team provides a valuable forum for sharing and discussion of students' perspectives and issues of importance to them."
- ERO 2010
We have a classroom money box system in place whereby any payments brought to school by students should be placed in their classroom money box during roll call and are sent to the office to be receipted. Permission slips for activities and events can also be returned in this manner.
Payments can also be made by direct bank deposit into ASB Bank account 12-3053-0365947-00. Please ensure you indicate in the reference who and what the payment is for.
PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
You have a small but active PTA who focus on raising funds to support projects which benefit the school community and our students. The PTA works in co-operation with school and provides assistance where we can. Previous PTA projects have included the purchase of musical instruments for the school, assisting the school with improving its IT infrastructure and funding the School Yearbook and student awards.
We are a volunteer, non-profit organisation and are always on the lookout for new members or just a helping hand. Joining is a great opportunity to get to know more about the school, meet new people and form friendships as well as making a real difference to your school. You can be involved as little or as much as you like and we welcome parents, caregivers and teachers to come to our events and meetings.
If you would like further information please email Miss Renee Gardiner (Room 16).
School starts at 8:45 a.m. and all students are expected to be at school by 8:30 a.m. at the latest. This allows them to catch up with friends briefly, get to class and get everything ready for the start of the day. We ask for your support in ensuring your child is at school by 8.30 a.m. each day.
Monday - Friday
Please Note: These times are subject to change in certain circumstances (e.g. early finish due to Parent/Teacher/Student interviews).
Manners & Respect, Discipline and Behaviour Management
The rules of Northcote Intermediate School can be summarised with a single word: "Respect", and this can be expanded to include the following:
- The Environment
We have kept the school rules very simple so that it is easier for students to know what is acceptable and what is not. We have a very rigorous behaviour management programme.
Manners and showing respect are very important at our school. We expect students to treat all adults and other students in the school with respect and to speak in a polite and pleasant manner. Swearing and abusive language is not permitted at school.
We do not tolerate bullying of any kind - physical, verbal, social or emotional and will deal swiftly with any instances of bullying as soon as we are made aware there is a problem. Consequences for breaches of our behaviour programme and school rules vary depending on the individual circumstances and situation.
Are you nuts about sport? Then Northcote Intermediate School is the place for you! We have sports teams in most of the main sporting codes and we participate in the Intermediate Zone Sports days (where we perform very well). We have whole school sports once a week, daily fitness and organised lunchtime sports games most days.
Miss Kat Naylan is the sports coordinator at NIS.
Stationery lists will be given to Year 8 students (current Year 7 students) at the end of the year and Year 7 students (current Year 6 students) on the Orientation Day in November. (The stationery list is also included in the school prospectus and can be downloaded from the link below).
We do not sell stationery at school as we can't sell it as cheaply as the major stationery providers. All students should have their full stationery package at school at the commencement of classes in Term 1. Students are not allowed to tag or draw on covers or inside exercise books.
For safety reason please do not park in our bus bay at the front of the school between 3:00pm - 3:20pm as our school buses need to have clear access to this. If you are picking up your child after school please arrange to meet them away from the bus bay. Thank you for your support.
We are very proud of our uniform at NIS. All students are issued with a copy of the Uniform Regulations - please help us by ensuring your child has their uniform named. Formal uniform is worn at all times except for sport, PE and fitness.
Uniforms can be ordered directly from the supplier, The Uniform Shoppe. Shop hours are (from February):
Tuesday & Thursday, 11am - 6pm
Netball North Harbour
AMI Netball Centre & Onewa Road Arena
44 Northcote Road