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'Matilda' the Musical

On Wednesday the 20th September, a group of Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to attend ‘Matilda’ the musical in at the Civic in town – all agreed it was a fabulous show.

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Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori began at Te kura o Marcellin with a Karanga to welcome the week. Mr Dell (Ngati Whakaue) presented the college with a patu to be awarded annually to the ākonga best displaying Wairua o te Whānau. Mr Weijermars presented a Purerehua to the college to be used in our powhiri and Mrs Waelen presented our student tauira tuakana Patariki Puru with his kahu huruhuru korowai, gifted from his whānau. A beautiful start to what will be another amazing wiki at Te kura o Marcellin.

On Rātu, there was lots of activity at lunchtime with our carving and weaving classes running.

Rāapa, we launched our first official Kapahaka group practice.

On Rāpare, a concert was held at lunchtime with NZ songs and some songs being sung in te reo. The Social Justice Committee also ran a bake sale.

We concluded Māori Language Week with a Miha on Rāmere in Te Reo Māori celebrated by Pa Petera Tipene. The school now has a Marcellin korowai in the Marian colour of blue.

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NZ Rugby League National Secondary School Tournament

Marcellin College had a wild card entry into the New Zealand Rugby League National Secondary School Tournament  we made the finals and played Haeta Community Campus from Christchurch and won 30-8!!

 

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Tongan Language Week

Marcellin College welcomed Tongan Language Week on Monday morning with a kava ceremony. The whole school came to watch and learn more about the Tongan culture. On Tuesday at Assembly, the last word, prayer and reading were all done in Tongan. At lunchtime there was a concert with Tongan songs. Wednesday there was a Tongan costume parade in the gymnasium at lunchtime. Thursday we had more performances.

On Friday students were able to wear their cultural clothing and there was a school mass with Tongan food afterwards at lunchtime.

 

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Stand Up Stand Out Competition Finals

Marcellin College’s band The Islanders (Simione Petelo, Culistofa Petelo, Sione Ofanoa, Sammy Veamoi, Leo Fo'ou, Andrin Eti Tovio) made it to the finals of Stand Up Stand Out on Saturday 2nd September at the Vodafone Events Centre. They won the People's Choice Award and $500 prize money – well done, we are so proud of you!

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Trivia Night

Trivia Night on Friday 25th August was a huge success with 22 teams participating.  Thanks to Mrs Tagaloa for her organisation, energy and passion to make this event successful and contributing so much to the outstanding evening that it was.  Thanks to the companies/ people who put up goods or services for our silent auction – see later in newsletter for special offer from Snap Fitness in Royal Oak.  Thanks also to Mr Brown who was an awesome MC on the night and to all the other staff who contributed and helped behind the scenes doing odd jobs, collecting money, setting up and packing down, supervising students, cooking food, etc.

With grateful thanks from the whole Marcellin community, we have been blessed.

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Mathex

We held the interclass Mathex competition for Years 9 and 10 on Friday 18th August.  Again it was great fun to see all the students engaged and enjoying doing mathematics problems!  The competition was close this year with several teams who were vying for first and second place.  Congratulations to the following teams and students who placed in the competition and then went on to represent Marcellin College so well at the regional competition at Selwyn College.

Year 9 1st - 9M

Maleta Oneone, Taamilo Stowers, Sakshi Prasad and Jan Lomboy

Year 9 2nd - 9B

Alisi Sevele, Falaumahina Tangitau, Sophia Losalu and Lajoelas Ione Lali

Year 10 1st (based only on the number of questions passed) - 10M

Finlay Samasoni-Tukuitonga, Nishi Afemeimounga, Eric Fuapau and Aniseto Filo

Year 10 2nd - 10B

Jaime Bahan, Giovanni Leiataua, Selena Bucu and Zion Greening

Thanks to Ezra Galang and Jairus Evangelista who stepped in to represent us at the regional competition.

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200 Years of Champagnat, Marist Education Celebration Mass

On Tuesday 15th August, the three Auckland Marist schools (Marcellin College, St Paul's College, Sacred Heart College) got together to celebrate 200 years of Champagnat, Marist education. Mass was held at Logan Campbell Centre and led by the Most Reverend Patrick Dunn DD, the Bishop of Auckland.

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Education Review Office (ERO) │Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

The Education Review Office (ERO) team were welcomed to Marcellin with a powhiri on Monday morning (7th August). ERO will be with us this week talking to students, staff and parents about student learning.

  

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R.I.P. 

Sister Jean Sinclair, the founder of Gift, passed away on Friday 21st July.  She was 95 years old and founded Gift about 35 years ago.  Her funeral is on Friday 28th July at the MacKillop Centre where she lived for many years.  Rest in Peace.

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Waiata Group 

The waiata group are a bunch of students who meet once a week at lunchtime in the Music Room to learn everything te reo – yesterday they had a lot of fun learning about traditional Māori weapons.

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Young Enterprise Dragons Den Regional Finals

The Marcellin College Young Enterprise teams 'Manaia' and Indo-Pinoy were finalists in the Regional Dragons Den Competition held at AUT on 27th June.  Manaia placed third and won $300.00 prize-money towards their business. Manaia's product is 'Siamu Popo', a jam made from coconut milk which is widely used in the Islands but is not available in NZ. Please contact Amelia Paunga on 021 026 30638 if you want to buy this product.

The teams comprised of:

Manaia: Aidan-Paul Samasoni Tukuitonga, Amelia Paunga, Michael Kelemete, Finlay Samasoni-Tukuitonga.

Indo-Pinoy:  Leandra Augustin, Erika Menezes, Seadon D'Silva, Trizhel Amon, Khrystalle Ann Alafriz

All our students were Year 13s, except Finlay who is in Year 10 and reportedly the youngest member of a Young Enterprise team in all of New Zealand!

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Sacramental Mass

On Friday 16th June we celebrated our school mass where 23 students completed their sacraments of Initiation. It was a wonderful celebration, led by Monseigneur Bernard Kiely with Pa Peter Tipene and Father Benedict Francis.  An atmosphere of prayerfulness and a beautiful liturgy allowed the Holy Spirit to be strongly present to all our students. Thank you to all the supporting families for making this day so special.

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Year 12/13 BCATS Class

The Year 12 and 13 class have done a superb job building their cape cod chairs and recliners ...

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Year 7 & 8 EOTC Day, Friday 9th June

Year 7 and 8s had a great day on Friday completing a variety of EOTC activities with the help of the good people from Youthtown. They worked well together, problem solving and challenging themselves. They were blessed with beautiful weather!

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Year 11 Business Studies - Deloitte Grow Programme

The Year 11 Business Studies class finished off their Deloitte Grow Programme with a visit to the Deloitte Auckland City office on Friday, 9th June, to make their final presentation.

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Samoan Language Week: 29th May - 2 June

We began Samoan Language Week with the 'Ava Ceremony on Monday morning which involved Ms Waelen, Patrick Puru and Joelle Reid as the Tangata Whenua and Mr Wearmouth, Mr Kelly, Mrs Rodrigues and Auspito Sio, MP for Mangere. as the visitors to be welcomed.

The senior Samoan students conducted the Ceremony with much grace and poise and impressed our visitors and support parents. The 'Ava ceremony was particularly special as many of our Samoan students had never seen it performed before.

Samoan Language Week concluded on Friday with a wonderful Samoan Mass celebrated by Paere Mikaele. It was also the 55th Anniversary of Samoan Independence on Thursday.

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Bullying Free NZ Week

The week commencing Monday 22nd May was Bullying Free NZ week.  We supported the week with various activities including:

  • All students received a copy of our Bullying Policy in their email.
  • Each student made a chain link with a positive message on it – these were hung up around the school, including Student Services.
  • A pink bake sale was held on Thursday 25th May – all money was donated to the Mother of Mercy Divine Refuge Group in Avondale.
  • Pink accessory day was held on Friday 26th May.  Students wore full school uniform and a pink accessory – e.g. a pink hat, scarf, earrings, ribbons, etc.

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School Ball

On Saturday 20th May, our social event of the year - the school Ball - was held at Alexandra Park with the theme being 'Viva Las Vegas'.  Students looked spectacular and their behaviour was exemplary - a fantastic night was had by all.  Huge thanks to Mr Brown and the Ball committee for all the preparation they have put in over many weeks.  See our Facebook page (link above) for more photos ...

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Auckland Writers Festival

On Thursday 18th May, the English Scholarship students led by Mrs Brooks, Ms Metcalfe’s book club and a few others attended the Auckland Writers Festival. It was an insightful experience as we were able to listen to authors share their personal experiences with writing and at times, with life. Some students also took part in the workshops which were invaluable. One piece of advice that struck was that one should not be concerned with how others may react to their work when writing a book, a poem or any other piece of literature. I believe this is a crucial piece of advice for aspiring writers.

 

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Pompallier Shield Speech Competition

The annual Pompallier Shield speech competition among 14 Auckland/ Whangarei Catholic secondary colleges was held at Marcellin College on Wednesday 17th May.  A total of 160 students competed. 

Results were:

1st place for Junior Scripture – McAuley High School.  We placed 10th out of the 14 schools – Scolastica Samoa.

1st place for Senior Scripture – St Paul's College.  We placed 13th out of the 14 schools – Leon Lobo.

1st place Maori Scripture – Sacred Heart College.  We placed 8th out of 9 schools – Leighton Ngatokorua-Crisp.

1st place Senior Oratory – Sacred Heart College.  We placed 5th out of 14 schools – Kasi Valu.

1st place Junior Speech – St Mary's College.  We placed 9th out of 14 schools – Abigail Luton.

1st place and the winner of the Shield was – Sacred Heart College.  Marcellin placed 8th out of the 14 schools.

The students who participated did extremely well.  We are very proud of their dedication and hard work.  If you see them around please say "WELL DONE!".  Leighton in particular needs to be congratulated.  He was asked to do it and took it on willingly, even though he was incredibly nervous.  

Our drama students:  Gidienne Johnson, Precious Calder, Louis Bucu, Krystelle Buking and Kariena Punzalan – also did an outstanding job.  I think if Drama was a competitive field we would have won!

Marcellin College did a wonderful job of hosting.  It was a fun night enjoyed by all and lots of new friendships were made.

Great job done by Mrs Karen Rodrigues, our Director of Religious Studies, who did a fantastic job in organising this event – the school received glowing feedback from those who attended.

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Revolution Tour

In the run-up to Bullying Free NZ Week, the Revolution Tour team returned to our school on Tuesday 16th 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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Easter Liturgy

Staff, students and Brothers gathered at the start of Term 2 to reflect on the Triduum, the days of Easter from Jesus' crucifixion to his Resurrection. Students acted out parts of the gospel story, as well as prayer as hymns.
A lovely way to start the term ...

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Year 7 & 8 Painting of Mary, Our Lady of Marcellin College

This week the Year 7 and 8's were working on a collaborative painting of Mary, with a guest artist from Italy. They did the sketch work last Friday and were working on the painting this past week, the students were so excited they kept painting during their break times to get it finished by the end of the day! Organised by Mr Wearmouth.

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Year 9 French Taster End-of-Term Afternoon Tea

Students in the Term 1 French taster course celebrated the conclusion of their course with a French afternoon tea this week. Students were able to enjoy some French cuisine such as Croissants, Pain aux Chocolate and Baguettes. Students took to the occasion by wearing Berets and adorning the French flag! 

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Marcellin College in the April edition of Onehunga Community News

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Year 11 Geography Trip to Waihi Gold Mine

On Friday 31st March, the Year 11 Geography class travelled to Waihi's Martha Mine. Students went to explore around the open pit mine and experience a simulated underground mine. Students represented Marcellin College with pride. They have learnt a lot of information which will help them with their next internal, Geography 1.6. 

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NZ Geographic article on the Carmelite Nuns

In this month’s New Zealand Geographic, there is an article on our neighbours across the road – the Carmelite Nuns, go to this link to read it: https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/silent-sisters/

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Tramping Club

On Sunday 26th March, the tramping club, led by Ms Cobban, ventured out for the first time this year. Sunday's tramp is hopefully the first of many. The group walked to the upper Nihotupu Reservoir in the Waitakere's.

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Polyfest 2017

Congratulations to our students (over 200) who have been involved in Polyfest this year.  They students themselves, their families and the school proud performing over three days (Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th March).  Special mention of Kasi Valu in Year 12 who placed third in the Tongan speech competition.  We also had performances on the Diversity stage, the Tongan stage and the Samoan stage.

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Year 13 Geography Trip to Tawharanui Peninsula

On Thursday 9th March, the Year 13 Geography class had a beautiful sunny day to go to the beach and carry out fieldwork to identify coastal processes.  The trip took them out to the Tawharanui Peninsula where they explored Jones Bay and got to walk in and out of arches and caves at Anchor Bay.  The students are now hard at work using the data collected to complete their internal that is worth 5 credits.

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Year 9 & 10 Trip to the Pop Up Globe

On Thursday 9th March, our Year 9 and 10 students visited the Pop Up Globe in Ellerslie to see  Shakespeare's As You Like It.

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Head Prefects in the News ...

Our Head Prefects - Patrick Puru and Erika Menezes - feature in the March issue of the Onehunga Community News ...

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Ash Wednesday

Marcellin College marked Ash Wednesday on the 1st March – the beginning of Lent – with a liturgy where staff and students received a mark on the forehead made with ashes as a reminder that "we are dust and unto dust we shall return". The ashes symbolise our mortality and need for the mercy of God. Lent is a time to make us stop and reflect. It is a season in our Christian year when we focus on simple living, prayer and fasting. We reflect on the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ through his suffering, death and resurrection, and on the events which led up to his death. Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance, as we strive to conform our lives more closely to Christ.

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Central Western Zone Athletics Day

Marcellin College students attended the Central Western Zone Athletics at Trusts Stadium on Tuesday 28th February.  All of our students who took part were well behaved and represented Marcellin in their specific events with pride. We had a few students who made finals on the track events:

  • Napoleon Tuliatu (Year 11) made the 100m Intermediate boys’ final
  • Pone Tongia (Year 13) and Agani Manson (Year 13) made the 200m Senior boys’ final.

All competed to their very best! The best result of the day went to Pone Tongia who smashed the Senior boys’ Javelin and came 1st in this event.

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Tongan Queen Mother Remembrance

On Monday 27th February our Tongan students remembered the Queen Mother, Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho ʻAhomeʻe who passed away last week. The students all wore their formal clothes and Ta'ovala as a mark of respect. The senior leaders prepared a beautiful and moving liturgy at lunchtime which was attended by all our Tongan students as well as numerous staff.   

Rest in Peace

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2017 Student Leaders Forum

Our Head and Deputy Prefects, along with students from eight other Marist schools in New Zealand gathered together in Christchurch as one community to deepen their understanding of Champagnat Marist School Spirit, to share about their various schools and to participate in a number of physical activities and challenges. The forum started Thursday 23rd February and finished on Sunday 26th.

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New Parents' Barbecue

Many of our new parents joined us on Thursday 23rd February after school for a BBQ and question and answer time as part of our welcome to new whanau at Marcellin.

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Academic Assembly

On Tuesday 21st February, we celebrated our students who in the 2016 NCEA exams gained Excellence and Merit endorsements, and Scholarship. Our guest speaker was past-student Gavin Mendonca who has a BCom from Auckland University and works for Kiwi Rail. Congratulations to all our students who achieved at the highest level.

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Athletics Day 

Athletics Day went ahead on Monday 20th February at Waitakere Trust Stadium in Henderson after being rained off the week before. A great day was had with lots of participation and nine records being broken.

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Inaugural Mass

On Friday 17th February, our prefects, peer mediators and ministers of communion were commissioned as well as fare-welling Pa Peter as our Chaplain.
The Mass was con-celebrated by Pa Petera, Monsignor Bernard Kiely and our new Chaplain Father Benedict Francis.

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Changes to the School Frontage

More hard work has been going on to improve our school frontage – Mr Stephenson and helpers worked through all weathers this week to prepare the ground for the ready lawn and new planting – we think it looks great!

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Welcome Powhiri

The school year began with a powhiri to welcome new staff and students. We were delighted to welcome four new teachers and two new support staff to Marcellin College.

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2017 Prefects

Congratulations to our 2017 Prefects:

Head Boy - Patrick Puru / Head Girl - Erika Menezes

 

Deputy Head Boy - Isaac Rebello / Deputy Head Girl - Mary Aguilar

Prefects:  Lawrence Adan, Gadesvy Andrades, Seadon D’Silva, Cesar Estoconing, Jenney Guo, Michael Kelemete, Deborah Luton, Sinafoni Mikaele, Amelia Paunga, Joelle Reid, Aidan-Paul Samasoni-Tukuitonga, Josh Taefu, Malia Tongia, Pone Tongia, Janet Tua Tagaloa, Tessa Tualevao, Seteone Tuli and Edgar Varona

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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