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Maori Language Week |Te Wiki o te Reo Maori

Monday 4th July - Sunday 10th July 2016 

The theme for this year is ākina to reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

As a school we want to establish our place in Auckland/ Tamaki-Makaurau and acknowledge our school as part of bi-cultural Aotearoa.

Our school/ kura pepeha will be displayed alongside our school mission statement in the Administration area.

A Pepeha tells us who we are:

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga

Ko Manukau te moana

Ko Marcellin te kura

Nā nga tungane Marist te Timatanga o te Kura.

Maungakiekie One Tree Hill is our mountain

The Manukau is our sea

Marcellin is our school

We were founded by the Marist Brothers.

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Year 10 Food Technology

Throughout Term 2, Year 10 Food Technology has been cooking a variety of healthy, simple and delicious dishes, including chicken and bean stew, shepherd’s pie, meatballs with pita breads and vegetable pilaf. Cooking these definitely tested our techniques and time management.

Recently we were involved in the national Maggi Popup Kitchen Showdown cooking competition. We found it really interesting creating our own original dish and then entered it into the competition. The trials helped and feedback from teachers helped us improve the dish to competition standard. Hopefully one team in our class is a winner!

Written by Katrina Tapueluelu

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FIZZ / Sugary Drinks Programme

FIZZ are a group of researchers and public health doctors who have come together to advocate for ending the sale of sugar sweetened beverages (sugary drinks) from New Zealand. Many studies link the intake of sugary drinks with poor health, including obesity, type-2 diabetes, rotten teeth, gout and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease and premature death.

Dr Gerhard Sundborn (founder) and hip-hop artist Che Fu have started a programme to raise awareness among students in Auckland and this was the final part of the 9-week programme at our school. After all the education and quizzes that had gone on in classroom lessons and previous assemblies, each year group in Years 7 to 10 were represented by a team of four, plus a staff team, who competed in the final quiz. The quiz highlighted how much students have understood in finding out how much sugar is in different drinks and products by reading the nutritional information on products, and learning the 3-6-9 message (3tsp sugar a day for children - 6tsp sugar a day for adult females - 9 tsp sugar a day for adult males).
We also had cadets from the Air Force along to present career options to our students.

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Year 13 Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme at Pasefika Business Expo

Four of our Year 13 Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme students, along with Mr Bhan Singh, attended the Pasefika Business Expo at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau on Saturday, 25th June.

Entrinzic is the name of our students business and they are producing water-proof backpack covers for school bags which they sell for $20 each.

The students won third prize ($250) in the Dragon's Den competition during the Expo.

The ultimate goal of the Pasefika Business Expo 2016 is for Pacific businesses and entrepreneurs to CONNECT with like-minded Business people and organisations, be inspired and discover strategies to start and GROW business and find new business OPPORTUNITIES.

Our students got to meet the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, as well as Leah MacDonell, the National Director of the Young Enterprise Scheme.

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Filipino Independence Celebration Evening

Marcellin College held a Filipino Independence Celebration Evening on Friday the 10th of June to celebrate their Filipino students and Filipino culture.  The evening included authentic Filipino food, traditional dancing, an invitational 3-a-side Basketball tournament, karaoke, and lots more ...  Thank you to everyone who helped in some way and made this a very successful event.

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Bodysafe

Bodysafe will be running sessions with all our Year 10 classes over the next few weeks. Bodysafe’s sessions encourage and teach students to promote healthy and respectful relationships. If you would like further information on the content of what is being taught, please contact Miss Melissa Peterson on petersonm@marcellin.school.nz.

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Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill tree planting

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority warmly invites all members of the public to attend the dawn planting ceremony this Saturday, 11th June, 7.30-8.30am to mark the first phase of returning a tree to the tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill.

Representatives from Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, Auckland Council and local community will plant a small grove with a total of nine young tōtara and pohutukawa where the former tree stood. The aim is that after a decade, a single pohutukawa or tōtara will remain standing on the tihi.

Come and be a part of this historic moment for Auckland.

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Board of Trustees Triennial Election

Declaration of Parent and Staff Election Results:

Parent representative votes:
‘Ofa Corbett 38
Karl Lesoa 44
Ese Manu 28
Paul Pua 39
Daryl Ruebe-Donaldson 36
Filemoni Timoteo 38
Glenda Vilisoni 27

I hereby declare the following duly elected:
‘Ofa Corbett, Karl Lesoa, Paul Pua, Daryl Ruebe-Donaldson and Filemoni Timoteo.

Staff representative votes:
At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received I hereby declare Gertie Wetsteijn duly elected.

Deidre Merriott
Returning Officer

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Champagnat Mass and Talent Showcase

On Friday 3rd June we had a wonderful celebration of St Marcellin Champagnat, reminding ourselves of the footsteps in which we follow. This year we focused on his 'Montagne Experience', one of the pivotal moments in his life. Champagnat was called to the house of a dying 17 year old, and was dismayed to find he had not even heard about God, let alone know any prayers. Champagnat told this young man about the compassionate God who loved him and guaranteed him a place in heaven. The young man accepted God and died later that day. This incident confirmed for Champagnat that the conviction of his heart was very much the call of God and indeed, was his vocation. He then set about starting to form a community of brothers who would educate young people, spread the word of God and trusting in Mary’s help. Nearly 200 years later Champagnat’s vision is still being carried out. In Champagnat’s footsteps, then, we follow Jesus like Mary – a woman with dust on her feet, a woman who was disturbed and puzzled by God, who was challenged to trust and give without knowing all the answers, whose faith life was a journey. A rich heritage indeed.

Mass was then followed by the annual Marcellin College Talent Showcase which was organised by the arts prefects - Shenade Choy and Eniselika Ali. These two students organised the auditions, screened the performances for quality, organised the judges, created the format and insisted on providing a safe environment for performers to showcase their talents. Behind them they had full support of the performing arts department: Carey MacDonald, Kylie Mayall, Fleur McCombe-Lowery and Tarere Happy as the teacher in charge of Whanau. Molly Tagaloa, who is currently on maternity leave, also provided her assistance in preparation for the day by creating the performers certificates and helping with the music mix.

The show ran relatively smoothly and performers were able to showcase their talents to the audience and judges. The judges were made up of Jonathan Kubiak (singer), Amanaki (dancer) and Leki Bourke (ex-student and actor) The following acts achieved the following places:

1st Place - Ana Falekaono and Joseph Feau (duet)
2nd - Nathan Fatu (solo dance)
3rd - Marcellin Warriors (group dance)
Most Promising - Sophie Flavell and John Paul Flavell (original song)
Most Couragous - Kolovoso (song)
Marcellin Spirit - Kyrstelle Buking, Patrick Somostrada and Victor Nofoa

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Pink Ribbon Day

The month of May is Breast Cancer Awareness month, where people all over New Zealand help fundraise through hosting a pink ribbon breakfast. On the 2nd June, Marcellin College hosted a pink ribbon breakfast for Year 12 and 13 ladies and female staff members to enjoy a girly morning, filled with yummy food, inspirational words from a two-time breast cancer survivor and help raise funds, awareness and support for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Staff and student, Cassandra Biano, worked hard in the kitchen the night before baking yummy goods to sell in a bake sale to help fundraise more money to support the research development of the breast cancer foundation. A whopping $900 was raised which is an outstanding amount, Thank you for all who helped support and participate in the days’ events.

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Model United Nations Assembly

On Friday 27th of May, the MUNA team consisting of Erika Menezes, Patrick Puru and Mary Aguilar went to Auckland Girl’s Grammar school to participate in MUNA, the Model United Nations Assembly.  They represented Marcellin College as the country of Lithuania and with Ms Mac’s help they got dressed in the traditional clothing of Lithuanians, which later won them runner up for best dressed country. At MUNA they were able to experience what it was like to be part of the United Nations Assembly which aims to solve world issues in order to reach peace. They participated in two remits and gave two minute speeches in front of many schools representing other countries as well as sending notes to other countries regarding other remits and participating in Bloc meetings to discuss how to solve given issues. It was an amazing and enlightening experience for the students.

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NCEA Student App

The NCEA Student App has been updated. It can be downloaded from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, it is free to download and can be used from any smart device. This is a great tool for parents and students.

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Groove City

Groove City: Past Marcellin students from 2006 and 2007 entrepreneurial venture into film-making, production and music - we encourage you all to see their film ...

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School Production - "The Great Adventure"

A huge thank you to the companies and helpers who helped make our production a success.  Please support the below businesses:

- First Scene costume Hire

Harvest 2 Home for your kind generosity in supplying fruit

- Subway Mt Eden

- Edwards Sound Systems

- The Mangere Arts Centre

- The PTFA

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Catholic Schools Day Celebrations

As part of the Catholic Schools Day celebrations on Monday 16th May, our Prefects attended Mass at St Paul's Cathedral.  Other Catholic schools were represented by their prefects and leaders.

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The Revolution Tour

The Revolution Tour team came to our school assembly on Tuesday, 10th May. They are a bunch of talented, compassionate people using their blazing dance moves, fresh music, and fun communication style to teach, reach and give hope to teenagers around NZ. There were some laughs, moving stories of transformation, and refreshing honesty about life. The Revolution team are dedicated to using their gifts to connect with young people and had a great time doing it and passing on their anti-bullying message.

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Mega Schools Competition

Our Hip Hop group went to the Mega Schools competition on Friday 29th April.  Our girls did not place, however they did extremely well with their performance, especially being the last of 15 schools to perform. Nive Ah Wa & Kardenya Ng-Wun represented the school in an interview with Maori Television, which then resulted in them winning the award for "Best Backstage Interview" as it was given with confidence, pride and fluidity when speaking.

Our girls also made a huge impact on an organisation that was present at the competition which resulted in the winning of a $100 Westfield voucher.

Overall the group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very inspired with ideas for next year. They were the only Catholic school competing in the competition and did the school very proud.

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Caritas Fundraising Concert

On Thursday 14th April, the Prefects and Arts Committee organised a concert as a Social Committee fundraiser for Caritas. Bands from school played and a sausage sizzle was held at the same time in the MacKillop Block courtyard – a great way to end the term.

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Tamworth Magpies Rugby Club Tour

The Tamworth Magpies Rugby Club team from NSW, Australia came and stayed with us from Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th April, playing a game of rugby against our First XV on the Tuesday afternoon. Our boys showed how they have improved in working together as a team, winning the game 26-7. The Tamworth team and their coaches were very appreciative and enjoyed their time being hosted by Marcellin - we hope to have them back again in the future and wish them well for the rest of their NZ tour!

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Year 11 Geography Trip to Waihi

On Friday 1st April, the Year 11 Geography class headed down to Waihi to explore Oceana Gold Martha's Mine. The students got to see and experience some of the aspects of gold mining in preparation for two internals. It was a great day and the students represented Marcellin College well.

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Easter

On Holy Thursday the College was dismissed with a holy week liturgy, today we regathered as a community with an Easter Candle liturgy and in the great tradition of Marcellin College, a new Easter Bunny has been found and distributed Easter eggs to all students this morning.

  

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Uniform at The Warehouse

Marcellin College P.E. uniforms, school jackets, sleeveless vests, cardigans and jumpers are now in stock at The Warehouse Royal Oak.

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Year 13 Retreat

Marcellin College's Year 13 students held their Retreat on Tuesday 8th March at the Fickling Convention Centre in Three Kings - a wonderful day was had by all.

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Article on Marcellin's Head Prefects

Marcellin College is featured in the March issue of Onehunga Community News with an article on our Head Prefects - Clio Exconde and Amber Alfonso.

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Year 11 Art Trip to Pah Homestead

On Friday 4th March, 12 Year 11 students visited the Pah Homestead accompanied by Mr Moore and Miss Hobbs. They were looking at the Richard McWhannell Painting exhibition. Richard is one of NZ's leading landscape and portrait artists and has been exhibiting his work for the last 40 years. The Education Programme Coordinator, Zoe Hoeberigs, had some excellent activities based around this work. She got students into pairs and while one person described an art work in detail, the other person had to draw it without looking at the art work. The group then got into two teams and students had a debate about which work was best, giving reasons for their statements. Students then spent time with the rest of the work currently showing in the other gallery spaces. The students were really engaged and respectful of the work and the space. Marcellin Art department has an excellent ongoing relationship with the Pah Homestead and more trips are planned for later this year.

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New Parents' Afternoon

On Wednesday, 24th February, all new parents to the Marcellin College community were invited along for an afternoon BBQ to meet key staff members as well as other new families to the school.

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Senior Swimming Sports

Senior students walked along to Jellicoe Pools in Onehunga for their annual swimming sports day on Tuesday, 23rd February. Students and staff were blessed with perfect weather with lots of competitive swimming happening, as well as games and plenty of fun being had in the pool.

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Year 7 Affirmation Day / Year 8 Retreat

On Tuesday, 23rd February, Year 7 students had their Affirmation day. They were allowed to come to school in mufti and were asked to bring a shared lunch.

Brother JP, Brother Damien and their helpers organised lots of activities for the day which the students enjoyed participating in.

Affirmation is about showing kindness, getting to know your friends properly, learning about teamwork, showing caring towards each other and being a good samaritan.

Meanwhile, on the same day, Year 8 headed off to the Fickling Community Centre at Three Kings for their Retreat.

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Athletics Day

We were very fortunate that the bad weather forecast stayed away for our annual Athletics Day on Thursday 18th February. The students and staff enjoyed a full day of sporting events and dressing up in whanau colours - well done to all those who took part.

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Academic Assembly

Our Academic Assembly was held on Tuesday 16th February to celebrate those students who passed NCEA in 2015 endorsed with Excellence. Ex-student, Tumanako Fa'aui, who was Head Boy in 2007 and who is currently doing his Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, came along to present awards to our students. Well done to all our students who achieved so highly in their NCEA examinations!

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Inaugural Mass

On Friday 5th February, we celebrated a fantastic start to the year with our Inaugural Mass where our Prefects were inducted.  It was a very prayerful and joyous occasion.

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NCEA Results

Congratulations to the students who earned endorsements on their NCEA certificates at their 2015 levels of study.  They can be immensely proud of their superior achievements – at Level 1 80% passed; Level 2 87% passed; and Level 3 91% passed - well done to all our students!

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Welcome to Marcellin College

A warm welcome to readers of this website, and a special welcome to Marcellin College. We are a strong Catholic, Year 7-13 co-educational college in central Auckland.  We are proud of our 56 year history on this site, a history based on the teachings and example of Jesus Christ and St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers. We are pleased the college is named after this inspiring man of vision and achievement.

With the teachings of Christ to guide us, we strive to nurture the talents of every child in our care, to impart values that we believe are the key to personal fulfilment at and beyond school. Marcellin College is able to provide young people with a love of God, love of learning, self discipline, wide opportunities for development, and respect for others that will equip them well for adult life.

In order for our students to be positive, well adjusted and motivated, they need to be aware of the talents God has given each individual.  They need to recognise their duty to cultivate those personal strengths, to pursue success with the utmost determination.  The staff of the College is committed to helping each student to strive for and achieve personal excellence.

It is crucial that parents and guardians share our hopes for, and expectations of, their children.  The saying that "it takes a whole village to educate a child" indicates the degrees of shared understanding and co-operation that are necessary if we are to realise our goals fully.  At Marcellin College, students, parents and teachers are expected to be a close-knit community working together.

Jan Waelen

Principal