Marcellin College Newsletter – Monday 27 July 2020

Marcellin College
School Newsletter
Seek the Best – Rapu I Te Pai.
Ki te huarahi o Maria – In the way of Mary

Message from the Principal

Kia Ora, Malo e lele,i, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namestay, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Olla, warm greetings to all.

Welcome back to a new term and to the new version of our Newsletter. We are always looking at ways to improve our student and family experience and hope you like the new format. Any feedback is welcome.

This week in assembly I reflected on the story of Zaccheus in the Gospel. There was a man who had made decisions people did not like. He had been judged by other men and women, however Jesus showed people at the time, and us, how we should respond to people who make decisions that we do not agree with. Jesus invited him closer and what a reaction there was! In these times of social and political unrest we need to always remind ourselves that Jesus is our model. He shows us that, as people of God, we respond to people with love and forgiveness; always. How joyful I feel that our loving and forgiving God gives us the same model to live by every day.

School feels like a great place to be; the students are focused, achievement is looking good with the interventions we have put in place for students following lockdown,  this term’s calendar is full of great co-curricular opportunities for the students. Please check the ‘Important Dates’ section of the Newsletter to be aware or save the date for upcoming events. In particular, we invite all parents to our Sacramental Mass on 13th August at 11:30am and all parents of Year 10-12 students to Options Evening on 18th August. This is also the evening for families to bring along siblings who are enrolling for 2021 to have a look around the school and complete paperwork if this has not been done already.

Just before our next Newsletter reaches you we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord. Pope Francis teaches us that this beautiful and mysterious event demands a response of listening to and following Jesus.

On the mountain you were transfigured, O Christ God,

And your disciples beheld your glory as far as they were able

So that when they would behold You crucified,

They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,

And would proclaim to the world,

That You are truly the radiance of the Father.


Ngā manaakitanga whānau,

Dean Wearmouth



Important Dates – Term 3

  • Tuesday 28 July                                              Sacramental Trip to Cathedral
  • Friday 7 August                                               Year 7/8 Netball Tournament
  • Thursday 13 August                                         Sacramental Mass
  • Tuesday 18 August                                          Options/Open Evening
  • Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 August                Senior Dance Showcase
  • Friday 21 August                                             Year 13 BIO Zoo Trip
  • Friday 28 August                                             Dancing with the Staff
  • Thursday 3 September to Tuesday 8 Sept          Senior Exams
  • Saturday 12 September                                    School Ball
  • Wednesday 16 September                                Senior Music Solo Assesment
  • Monday 21 September to Thursday 24 Sept        Year 10 Exams
  • Friday 25 September                                        Year 13 BIO Zoo Trip


School Website and Facebook Page

For all our new families, please keep an eye out on our website: for news and information, you can also access our official Facebook page by clicking here Marcellin College Facebook Page. There is where we put up photographs of events happening at our school.

Download School App

To all parents/caregivers, please download the school app, see below for instructions. Via the school app, you can report absences, see the school calendar, receive newsletters and contact details for the school and our website.
Here is a QR code and link to the app. 
To download the app please go to the App/Play store and search for KiwiSchools Connect. Once downloaded you can select Marcellin and choose Subscribe to all.
Alternatively, you can scan the QR code or click this  link


Reporting Student Absences

A friendly reminder student absences are to be done via the school app, website, email or calling the school office. Students can not explain absences for siblings or themselves. A written note is to be provided or a phone call on (09) 625 6509 (ext705) if you are wanting to report directly to our Attendance Officer Courtney Todd. 


Students are expected to be in full uniform at all times. This includes black leather shoes, white socks for girls and school socks for boys, the Marcellin jumper and the Marcellin jacket. Please ensure students uniform is labelled. Thank you for your support with this.

Breakfast Club and Lunches

A reminder that a free breakfast club for all students runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7.45am- 8.35am in the food tech room. There are also 15 lunches provided daily by Eat My Lunch, that can be obtained from our Nurse, just let her or the office know.

PhotoLife: Online Ordering 

Student individual and class photos are open for parents/caregivers to purchase online. Please see flyer below for full details.

Events Coming Up

Sacramental Mass: Thursday 13 August

All parents are warmly invited to join us at our Sacramental Mass being held in the School Gymnasium at 11.30am (please be seated by 11.15am). 

Open Evening: Tuesday 18 August

This year we are hosting a Open Evening night on Tuesday 18th August 2020 from 4pm to 7pm. School will finish early at 1.10pm on this day to help the school prepare for our Open Evening.

We invite all prospective students and parents to join us on a tour of the school. 2021 Prospectuses and enrolment application forms will be available. For more details please click on  2020 Open Evening Flyer .

Annual School Ball

This year the annual Marcellin School Ball for Year 12 and 13 students and their partners will be held on Saturday 12 September, at the Ellerslie Event Centre from 6.30pn to 11.30pm. We look forward to a wonderful evening. A reminder to parents that the Ball concludes at 11.30 pm, when we expect our students to be collected by parents. Please find attached is a copy of the ball letter that was sent home with Year 13 and Year 12 students last week on Friday.

What’s Been Happening Around the School

Special Character

The liturgies continue both in the chapel and in Kaitiaki classes and they are source of nourishment for our staff and students. The lunchtime masses also continue and they strengthen us all for our faith journeys.

It is a particularly exciting time for us as the students in the sacramental programme prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. These students are important witnesses to the faith in our community and they bring hope and joy to our hearts. We ask that you pray for them that their preparation may be thorough and that their hearts and minds be open to the Holy Spirit working in their lives. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful sacramental mass with all our families on August 13. 

The Catholic Caring Foundation

The Catholic Caring Foundation invited Marcellin College to attend the Catholic Caring Mass which was held on Wednesday 22 July. It was a wonderful celebration of the work of the Caring Foundation and six of our students have received certificates for their work in caring for others. We will honour them at our assembly on Tuesday 28 July.

The Catholic Caring Foundation needs as much support as possible. This year alone they have provided approximately 60 grants to organisations who care for those in need. They have asked that we ask everyone possible to support them and parishes will celebrate Caring Sunday on July 26.

The Catholic Caring Foundation supports vulnerable families and communities. Through your support, grants are given to over 60 organisations from the Far-North to the south of Auckland.

Demand for our grants has never been higher. Please consider a gift to help our community today.

To read our latest newsletter and see the organisations who have received a grant from us: Catholic Caring Foundation Organisation NZ

To see what is happening on our facebook page: Catholic Caring Foundation

May you all know the care of our loving God through friends, family and through our Marcellin community.


A lovely service initiative has begun with our ministry to primary school students in our area. On Tuesday afternoon eight of our prefects visited Monte Cecilia Primary School and spent time getting to know a group of students there. We look forward to returning fortnightly to spend time mentoring and providing reading engagement activities for the delightful, friendly young people there. We also look forward to a visit to St Therese in Three Kings in week 3 of this term to begin the same sort of programme.

We continue to be proud of our students for their ongoing and outstanding service activities both within and outside of the Marcellin College Community. They continue to impress us with their willingness to serve and their joy in helping others.

The Year 12 students continue to support learning in Year 7-10 classes during their Transition periods, the prefects continue to organise and run a whole raft of activities for the other students including sports activities and special events.

We have been particularly impressed with the manner in which our students chose to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement through prayer and raising awareness of this issue. You may have seen the banner created by our Year 13 students.


The co-curricular life of the College is very strong at present and many of our sports teams are up and running competitively for the season. It is exciting to see the success of some of our teams and the excellent and mature manner in which our students conduct themselves in sport.

The debating team continues to meet and compete with other schools and it is impressive to see the calibre of our inter-school debating team.

Our Remar members continue to meet each week and they continue to serve fortnightly at the GIFT Centre in Balmoral. 

During the holidays the Year 13 students with some help for the Year 12 Remar members organised and ran a Remar Day for the other Remar students which involved lots of fun activities, games and a reflection. It was wonderful to have our new Year 10 members of our Remar family there as well. It was also great to have staff support for this event with Mrs Brooks and Mrs Maglalang being present. We continue to be grateful for the support of Brs Damien and Humphrey for Remar as they are gentle, humble and yet very strong in their expression of what it means to be Marist in their words, actions and way of being.

We look forward to the Remar journey continuing for our Year 10 group as we begin Term Three.

Pillar Badges for June

Congratulations to the following students they received the ‘In the way of Mary’ pillar badge for the month of June in last term’s school assembly.


A1: Krizette Ramos                                           

A11: Nicole Daria

A12: Daniella Manansala

A13: Ben Des Forges

A2: Sesilia Havili

A3: Heshan Balasooriya


B1: Talen Delany

B2: Azael Setu

B3: Rita Cormier

B11: Oli Tu’ipulotu


B13: Evatiani Talalima


M1: Roberta Akeli


M3: Atelea Filo

M11: –

M12: Sakshi Prasad

M13: Frances Seuoti


P1: Aukuso Itaifafo

P2: Fifita Amasaia

P3: Daisy Tupou

P11: Mafumaila F Ioane

P12: Jonathan Alfonso

P13: Emilie Choy


Student Council 

The following students are members of our Student Council for 2020:

Year 7: Mercedes Tunai, Daisy Tupoufutuna

Year 8: Uealesi Timoteo, Epeli Prescott 

Year 9: Grace Collins, Tyler Oroanu

Year 10: Kate Laughter, Clarisse Osorio

Year 11: Rita Tuitavuki. Lesley Sasalu

Year 12: Ezra Galang, Jaylyn Burgess

Year 13: Emilie Choy, Zion Greening, Faith Ah Wa and Jairon Getalado


Teacher’s Scholarship

Congratulations to our teachers Cheryl Iosefo-Schuster and Renu Lata who are the recipients of the ADVANCE PLUS Education Scholarship. This scholarship covers the entire course fee of the MindLab Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning. Well done!


Term 3 Junior Rugby Academy

Next week, our AUT student volunteer, Filisione Taufahema who has been completing his placement in the Sport Department this year, is starting a Junior Rugby Academy. The academy is part of Filisione’s university project and will run through the whole of Term 3. Filisione is a passionate Rugby player and has a great amount of knowledge to pass on to our students. The rugby academy is designed to help students improve their rugby skills, knowledge of the game, and have a greater understanding of health and fitness. The academy is open to all students, boys and girls with the following age groups starting at these times next week:

Monday 27th July: Year 7 & 8 students 7am – 8am

Year 9 & 10 students 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 29th July Year 7 & 8 students 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Year 9 & 10 students 3.15pm – 4.30pm

If you would like more information on the Rugby Academy and are interested in having your child attend, please make contact with the Director of Sport –

Winter Sport Update

Winter sport is back in action for the whole of Term 3, with all of our Netball teams finally starting their competitions post lock down. Just a friendly reminder to all Marcellin supporters to be positive on the sidelines, encouraging all of our students to compete well, and show great spirit. We expect respectful behaviour towards all of our students, staff, coaches, managers, referees and opposition. Many of the coaches and referees are volunteers who give up their personal time so we must  support them otherwise our students wouldn’t be able to play.

Sports Fees

A friendly reminder that a number of students have outstanding sports fees. Some students still need to pay their sports fees from Term 1 summer sports and winter sports they are currently participating in. Parents will be emailed over the next few weeks if their child still has sports fees which are yet to be paid.

Sports Uniform

A reminder that all Sports uniforms which are loaned out from the sport department are to be returned at the end of the season. If these are not returned, you will be charged for a replacement.

Sports Results

Below are the results from the weekend and last week

  • Open A Boys Basketball Won 39-26 vs. Avondale Open A
  • Senior Blue Netball Team Won 20-8 vs. Epsom Girls
  • Senior Gold Netball Team Won 29-21 vs. Selwyn College
  • Junior Gold Y10 Netball Team won 33-2 vs. Pakuranga College
  • Junior Blue Y9 Netball Team won 33-3 vs. Baradene Girls
  • 1st XV Boys Rugby won 37-20 vs. Mount Albert Grammar
  • 1st XI Boys Football lost 1-7 vs. Mount Albert Grammar



Last Dad Standing Auditions


Is your Dad a master of the Dad joke? Are his gags so bad they’re actually good? TVNZ are launching a hilarious (and utterly ridiculous) new family show called “Last Dad Standing”. So if you’re a Dad, or know a Dad, this is your opportunity. “Last Dad Standing” is a Dad’s joke competition for TVNZ 2. Join in the family fun and apply:

Dads need to be free to film either first or second weekend of August 2020 in Auckland so get your application in as soon as possible!

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