Marcellin College Newsletter – Monday 7 September 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.

It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome students and staff back on site this week. Our ‘Love of work’ school pillar has been very evident with everybody working hard to catch up on learning. The seniors have been working extra hard to complete internal standards to be ready to focus on external study from week 9 onwards. We appreciate any support and encouragement you give at home and if you feel that your son or daughter needs further support in school then please contact us.

Following on from reassurances in our communications last week, we will work very closely with all of our students to ensure that all at Marcellin College are not disadvantaged with their progress and have achievement to be proud of at the end of the school year. Again, your support as family to reassure your child(ren) will help them to feel calm and confident about engaging with their learning until the end of the school year.

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus reassures the Disciples “ where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.” During these times of hard work and catch up, please remember to take the time to keep Jesus in our lives through the gathering in his name at home, at work and in our own prayer.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Dean Wearmouth


Important Dates – Term 3

  • Monday 7 September to Friday 11 Sept             Tongan Language Week
  • Monday 14 September to Friday 18 Sept            Maori Language Week
  • Wednesday 16 September to Friday 18 Sept       Senior Exams
  • 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


Senior Option Selections 2021 is now open!

All students in Years 10 to 12 have been given a Course Selection booklet and an opportunity to find out more about these courses at the Options Afternoon run by the Head of Departments.
Click here to access the NCEA Level 1 Course selection booklet
Click here to access the NCEA Level 2 & 3 Course selection booklet
Please take the time to talk with your child/ren about their career goals and the subjects they will need to help them reach these.  is an excellent website with more information about the different careers available and tips on choosing a career path if they are unsure.  

 Enrolments for 2021

We are still taking enrolments for 2021! If you have whānau and friends wanting to enrol their child/dren next year at Marcellin College please see the flyer below for more information.

Senior Practice Exams

To allow students more time in class to prepare, the practice exams were delayed until Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th September. These exams are most important: if for any reason students were unable to sit the NZQA exams in November/December, these practice exams would form the basis of derived grades. The practice exam timetable is:

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

Sports Prizegiving

All parents are warmly invited to join us at our Annual Sports Prizegiving. This will be held in the school gymnasium on Tuesday 13th October at 2pm.  

Annual School Ball

Our Annual School Ball was scheduled to take place on September 12th. We have now secured a new booking for October 17th but we need to wait to see what Alert Level we move to before confirming this. Please do not pay the balance of the ball ticket at this stage, we will send out more information closer to the time.

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

 Parents and whānau 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

Marcellin Spirit

The Marcellin Spirit team is running a whānau points competition for this term, with specific focuses for Weeks 7, 8, 9, and 10 of this term. In Week 7 the focus was being on time to class (Presence/Aroaro); this week it is bringing all necessary equipment to class (Simplicity/Ngawari); Week 9 it is completing work to the best of your ability (Love of Work/Aroha ki te Mahi), and in Week 10 it is showing kindness, compassion and care for others (Ki te Huarahi o Maria). The Middle School and Senior School Kaitiaki with the most whānau points collected between Week 4 and 9 of this term will receive a pizza lunch in Week 10. Parents and students – remember that you can see individual whānau points in the KAMAR portal!

Special Character

We continue to celebrate the joy of being a faith community by finding ways to pray together while being mindful of the need for care for all.

Our return to school after the Alert Level Three lockdown once more began with prayerful liturgies in which we used the passage from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 to acknowledge our unity as one family in Christ

This week we have a lot to focus on as 6-12 September is Social Justice Week and there are also two important Marian feasts within the week.

Social Justic Week Calls us to put our faith into action: 

There are nine core principles of Catholic Social teaching and they are:

  1. Participation: Promoting participation – nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou – acknowledges that each of us has something unique and important that we are called to contribute to society. Find out more about this here:
  2. Common Good: Common Good is about working for the good of all – he painga mā te katoa and respecting the rights of each person to develop their gifts by using them to benefit the community. Find out more about this principle here:
  3. Distributive Justice: Distributive Justice – te tika ka tohaina – is a reminder that all have the right to share in the resources that God has given us. All should have the necessities of life as well as the resources to develop fully. Find our more here:
  4. Preferential Option for the Poor: Preferential option for the poor – he whakaaro nui mō te hunga rawakore – requires us to care for the most vulnerable in our community first. Find out more here:
  5. Human Dignity: This principle recognises that each of us is made in God’s image and therefore  every person has an innate human dignity – te mana o te tangata – that no one can take away. Get more information here:
  6. Stewardship: Stewardship – kaitiakitanga – is about being responsible guardians. We are kaitiaki – guardians of the earth called to responsibility for the resources God has given us including our own gifts and talents and faith itself. Further information can be found at:
  7. Solidarity: This principle encourages us to understand that all people are our brothers and sisters and to actively work for others’ good. We are called to build relationships – whakawhanaungatanga – to empathise with others who are different from us. There is more to be found here:
  8. Promotion of peace: The principle of Promotion of Peace – te whakatairanga i te rangimārie – is about peace as the fruit of justice and love – of respecting the dignity of others and ensuring all have freedom. More about this principle at:
  9. Subsidiarity: Subsidiarity- mana whakahaere – is about empowering communities by making sure decision-making happens at a level which enables all those affected to contribute. More to see here:

The Domestic Church

Families are once more the hub of the Church Community as we are, again, unable to gather in our churches. The online masses continue to be available at and there are many other helpful resources on this site. It was lovely to see one of our chaplains, Monsignor Bernard Kiely leading the mass during the weekend. We pray for many blessings for our families.

Marian Feasts

The two Marian feasts celebrated this week are: 

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8

The Holy Name of Mary – September 12

As a Marist community we acknowledge Mary as the mother of us all and we continue to entrust all our students, families and staff to Mary’s protective embrace as she draws us all closer to her Son.


We are deeply aware that there may be families in our community that have suffered because of Covid-19. Marcellin College is a family and if you are struggling, we want to know as we want to do all that we possibly can to support you. Please get in touch with Joanie Roberson confidentially via the following email address: so that we can work together to get through these challenging times.

We continue to have many initiatives which are aimed at building up our sense of community even from a distance such as:

Tongan Language Week
The Tongan students have been working hard to plan some great activities to celebrate Tongan language week and these activities include:

Monday – Kahoot! competition in the library at lunchtime
Tuesday – Virtual assembly led by the Tongan students.
Wednesday – Tongan dance classes in the Performing Arts Centre at lunchtime
Thursday – A liturgy in the chapel for Year 11, 12 and 13 Tongan students (to restrict the number of students in the chapel)
Friday – Volleyball competition in the gym

We look forward to a wonderful week celebrating the Tongan language and culture and we are grateful to the Tongan students for organising this event. Students are welcome to wear their Tongan cultural attire to school only on Thursday.

Cans for Christmas
Marcellin College is involved in the Cans for Christmas project this year. Cans for Christmas began in 2015. It is a project that includes 51 schools around New Zealand and, last year collected more than 26,000 cans for families in need.

We ask our families to support our efforts if they can by sending canned goods to school with our students. As the week of 6-12 September is Social Justice Week  it seems appropriate that we begin this coming week.



There are many exciting co-curricular activities for our students to get involved in at the moment. Some of these are:

The Design a Shirt Competition currently running where students can design a shirt to celebrate women in Science. Click on the link for more information and to get involved. Any questions can be directed to students’ Science teachers. Entries close 18th September. 

There is also a Think Kind Competition running. Students can view the details here: The 2020 Think Kind Competition. This competition encourages students to be kind to animals, the environment and one another. Students can create any project of their choice such as an essay, a short film, a poster/mural, a scratch coding project, a speech or a dance, a school fundraiser, or a petition, etc., as long as the topic relates to being kind! 

For those students with a passion for Music the 21 Play It Strange Competition is the perfect way to get your talents out there in the community! Use this link’s resources  to start on a song Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition 2020

There are lots of other activities for students to continue to be involved in such as:

  • Remar
  • Young Vinnies
  • The Creative Writing Club
  • A range of sports
  • The activities prepared by our Tongan students for Tongan Language Week
  • Prayer led by Year 10 students during interval on Tuesdays and Thursdays

We encourage all of our students to find an activity that enables them to feel connected to others, develop talents and interests which are already strengths, learn new skills and have fun!

Pillar Badges for August

Congratulations to the following students they received the ‘In the way of Mary’ pillar badge for the month of August.


A1: Sharan Jacob

A2:  Isaac Jacob

A3: Krystal Samasoni                     

A12: Noah Samasoni

A13: Zoe Browne



B2:Faustina Viliamu

B3: Zeus Greening

B11: Carne Fa’afiu


M1: Vincent Oudenhoven

M2: Alacoque Ah Wa-Viau

M3: Juan Castillo

M11: Senita Vanisi

M12: Margaret Lee

M13: Jeneed Lomoby


P1: Vincent Matini

P2: Justin Calimbas

P3: Lorenzo Faasolo-Kumar

P11: Alesana Timoteo

P12: Geneva Tu’itupou

P13: Jack Phoon


Students who play sport outside of Marcellin College, we want to know about !

If you have a child who has been participating in a sport outside of Marcellin College this year and/or have been a representative for any sport, we want to know! Please send any information and photos through to Cameron Bitchener at by Monday 21st September.

Important Notice for All Parents Collecting their Children from Sports Practices

If you have a child who has been participating in a sport outside of Marcellin College this year and/or have been a representative for any sport, we want to know! Please send any information and photos through to Cameron Bitchener at by Monday 21st September.

Sport at Alert Level 2.5 (Gathering sizes of 10)

With the Governments recent announcement of the extension of Alert Level 2.5 with gathering sizes to be no more than 10, winter sports matches will not be able to continue until Thursday 17th September at the earliest. When we receive more information from College Sport and the other Sports Governing bodies we will pass this on. We are able to continue with practices and internal sports competitions within Marcellin College, and these will continue this week. The driveway to the bottom courts of the school will continue to be blocked after school so please park in the top carpark when collecting your child. Rest assured, all sports equipment that is used is disinfected after every use.

A reminder that under alert level 2 there are to be no spectators or parents at any sports practices or games.

Term 4 Junior Sport Coaches and Referrees needed!

We are currently planning for Junior Sport competitions for Term 4 and are on the lookout for coaches and referees for the following sporting codes: Touch, Volleyball, Tag, and Softball. If you are able to support any of these sports, please get in touch with Cameron Bitchener at


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