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,
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: www.marcellin.school.nz 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 QRcode 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 QRcode 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
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.
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
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
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
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 JulyYear 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 – email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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
IF YOUR CHILD IS DOING SOMETHING FANTASTIC OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TIME, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND SHARE IT WITH THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY – EMAIL YOUR STORIES (AND PHOTOGRAPHS) TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Dad Standing Auditions
LAST DAD STANDING
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: tvnz.co.nz/lastdadstanding
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!
Term 1 (Year 7&9): Thu 30th Jan – Fri 27th Mar Term 1 (Whole School): Mon 3rd Feb – Fri 27th Mar Term 2: Wed 15th Apr – Fri 3rd Jul Term 3: Mon 20th Jul – Fri 25th Sep Term 4: Mon 12th Oct – Tue 8th Dec