School Newsletter – Tuesday 11 August 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 lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namestay, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Olla, warm greetings to all.

The Board of Trustees are meeting this Saturday to discuss areas of focus for the school in the coming years. We would very much like to hear whānau views and if you have 5 minutes to feedback, please complete the three questions on the link below by this Friday 14th August. Your views are very important to how we shape the school and continue to grow.

All Year 10 to Year 12 students and families are welcome into school from 4pm-7pm next Tuesday 18th August to discuss NCEA options for next year with staff. This is also an opportunity to bring in siblings who are joining the school next year; the prefects will give them a tour and answer any questions they may have. It is an informal family time with no pressure to make any decisions for next year yet,  please come along.

I would like to extend a further invitation to whānau for our Sacraments of Initiation Mass this Thursday 13th August at 11:30am. It would be wonderful to see you there to join us in celebrating the students receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. We are so blessed to be together in a faithful Christian community, where we can openly celebrate growing closer to our loving Lord.


Ngā manaakitanga,

Dean Wearmouth



Important Dates – Term 3

  • 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
  • Monday 7 September to Friday 11 Sept             Tongan Language Week
  • Monday 14 September to Friday 18 Sept            Maori Language Week
  • 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


Marcellin College Curriculum Review – Have Your Say!

This year we begin an exciting journey into the review of our Curriculum (courses and subjects).  This will ensure that we continue to seek the best and provide rich learning opportunities that are responsive and authentic for our learners.  Our Review will also lead to the preparation for the new NCEA changes next year.  We strongly encourage you to have your say by completing a short survey that will be emailed/posted out and available at the front office.  All completed surveys will go into the draw for spot prizes!

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. 

Please do not reply to previous texts or emails sent from the school about any past correspondences,  with your child/ren absences. These messages does not go directly to the Attendance Officer.

For all future absences, follow the current school procedure’s of calling the office via the absence line or via the website (Report an absence).


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.

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 .

Options and Open Evening – Tuesday, 18th August

Next week, all Years 10, 11 and 12 students will be meeting with their Kaitiaki teachers and Deans to select their subjects for 2021.  Each of these students will have a copy of the Options booklet and this will be made available on the School Website.  We encourage you to read through the booklet together and to have a kōrero/ talanoa / talk with your children about their career goals as this will help them choose the right subjects that will lead to achieving this goal.  Please come along to the Option/Open Evening next week with your child/ren and find out more about the subjects being offered next year.

Senior Dance Showcase: Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 August

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.

Assessment Evening Wednesday 16 September 6:30 pm for Years 11 to 13 music students

 Parents and whanau please mark this in your calendars so that you can be there to  enjoy support your son/daughter performing.  
Special request –  to all parents of music students.  Please ask them to perform their pieces to you or whanau every week or so.  They need a regular audience to gain performing experience.  
Mr Darragh 
Music Teacher

What’s Been Happening Around the School

Special Character

The Sacramental Mass which we have been preparing for and looking forward to throughout this term will be on Thursday this week (13 August) at 11:30am. At the mass three students will be Baptised, 16 will make their First Holy Communion and 16 will be Confirmed. The mass will be a celebration of the Holy Spirit moving in the church and in the lives of these young people as they choose to take a step to deepen their commitment to Christ.

On Thursday 6 August most of the students in the Sacramental Programme made their First Reconciliation. They spoke with either Father Matthew or Father Rob about an aspect of their lives which they wanted to work on in order to be able to draw closer to God. It was a special ceremony and the prayer focus, pictured below, acknowledged the need for us all to hold the light of Christ deep in our hearts.

Prayer Group 

Another aspect of the special character has been a group of Year 10 students who have been meeting to pray in the chapel during interval on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They call their gathering ‘By the Gate’ which originally began as students in state schools gathering to pray at the gates to their schools because they could not pray within their schools. They prayed for students as they entered their school. The young people in our school acknowledge that they have no need to pray at the gate because they are fortunate enough to attend a school where prayer is a natural and encouraged part of the life of the College. It is beautiful to see these students encouraging others to come and spend a few minutes in prayer twice a week. Everyone is welcome to be part of this. The Year 10s welcome anyone who would like to pray with others or individually to come to the chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at interval.

Here is the original group:


The liturgies continued in Kaitiaki groups last week and our liturgy leaders continue to do a great job of leading the various Kaitiaki classes in prayer.


The service initiative with some of our students going to the primary schools for mentoring and reading support continued last week and the students are working well with the primary schools. We were very grateful that Ms Jess Stenberg volunteered to support this initiative and take the group last week. She had this to say about the experience:

“It was awesome, the students really engaged with the seniors and were excited to see them! A lot of highlights, one in particular, Sione peered up with a student who wanted to learn more about his Tongan culture. They were sharing stories about their family and their trips back to Tonga. Sione gave him some phrases to take home to tell his family, he was super excited and it was heartwarming to see.”

Some of our other staff have also volunteered their time to assist with this programme and next week we will be taking a group of students to St Therese as well as Monte Cecilia primary schools. We will continue to work on developing strong relationships with the primary schools in our area.

We look forward to the Open Evening where our students will take families on tours of our College and we are grateful to those prefects and staff members who have visited the parishes in Onehunga, Papatoetoe, Epsom, Mangere and Three Kings in order to speak about our College and our Open Day informing parishioners about our Open Evening. We look forward to enrolling new families and welcoming them into our school community.

PTFA Samosa Fundraiser

In order to fund some of the wonderful new and exciting opportunities for our students such as the upcoming social for Year 7 and 8 and a leavers dinner for our senior students, we are working on a fundraiser. We are going to be selling Samosas and each student will be asked to sell as many as possible with the student who sells the most Samosas receiving a Rainbow’s End Family Pass and the Kaitiaki class that sells the most will win a pizza lunch. Certainly prizes worth working for! We ask you to get behind us and support this fundraiser as the proceeds go directly back into funding student activities.


Our many co-curricular activities continue to be offered and our students continue to benefit from the variety of activities on offer to assist them to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

A new group which has recently started up is the ‘running club’ and this is led by Mr Nicholas Haslam who has considerable running experience!

It was a joy to take ten of our Year 10 Remar members to GIFT on Saturday 1 August for their first visit and we even had two staff members attend for the first time too, Ms Isabelita Maglalang and Ms Helena Pattison. We were deeply grateful for their support and it was delightful to see the enthusiasm with which our students embraced the experience! The way they got involved and made new friends at GIFT is evident from these photos:

There are many great opportunities for Marcellin College students to join groups and participate in activities which suit their interests and abilities. We encourage all of our young people to participate in the co-curricular life of the College in order to enjoy a holistic educational experience.

Pillar Badges for July

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


A1: Jj Slogan

A2:  Harry Des Forges 

A3: –                         

A11: Shivnil Achary

A12: Leornard Barker

A13: Matthew Villamil


B1: Grace Collins

B3: Eniselini Ali

B11: Thessa Metai


B13: Navron Naidu


M1: Joseph Chavez

M2: Josiah Hall

M3: Annie Fiu-Kata

M11: Bernadette Ah Wa

M12: Pataua Walpole

M13: Ray Ricafrente


P1: Hannah Torres

P2: Siope Ngata

P3: Tetrina Tuiletufuga

P11: Neomai Mototabua

P12: Isabella Saena Ongoongo

P13: Ben Cakau


Important Notice for All Parents Collecting their Children from Sports Practices

To all parents and caregivers collecting their children from sports practices during the week. The bottom courts will be blocked off to cars after school until 5.00pm. Please park at the top of the school and do not drive down the driveway and attempt to park on the bottom courts. This is for the safety of our students who are practicing on the courts after school during the week. We do not want cars down here. 

Year 7 & 8 Central Zone Netball Tournament

On Friday 7th August our Year 7 & 8 Netball team competed against all of the other Intermediate’s within our Central Zone. The team fought well throughout the day with everyone getting an opportunity to get out on the court and represented Marcellin proudly. Big thanks to student coaches Nivea and Susitina in Year 10 who are coaching the team and Mele in Year 12 for volunteering to umpire at the tournament for the team.


Tournament Results:

Game 1 vs. Mt Roskill Won 15-7

Game 2 vs. Diocesan Lost 4-10

Game 3 vs. Auckland Normal Intermediate Drew 7-7

Game 4 vs. Kohia Terrace Won 15-5

Game 5 vs. Balmoral Won 9-5

Play-off for 11th & 12th lost 12-14 to Pasadena

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 from the week

Below are the results from the weekend and last week

  • Girl’s Rugby 10’s Lost 0-58 vs. Mt Roskill Grammar
  • Year 7 & 8 Netball won 19-6 vs. Auckland Normal Intermediate
  • Senior Boys Basketball Won 47-45 vs. Western Springs 
  • Senior Gold Netball Won 30-20 vs. Howick 
  • Senior Blue Netball Won 17-16 vs. Glendowie 
  • Year 10 Junior Gold Netball lost 10-29 vs. One Tree Hill
  • Year 9 Junior Blue Netball Won 34-5 vs. One Tree Hill
  • 1st XI Boys Football Lost 1-6 vs. Henderson
  • 1st XV Boys Rugby Won 20-5 vs. Edgewater


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