Marcellin College Newsletter – Term 2, Week 2

Marcellin College
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Seek the Best – Rapu I Te Pai.
Wairua o te Whānau – Family Spirit

Message from the Principal

Kia Ora, Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namaste, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Ola, warm greetings to all.

As a school our reputation continues to grow every day, we have received so many messages from the wider community around the conduct of our students at Polyfest and the sheer joy shared through our performances. In the last few weeks we’ve had so many enrolment enquiries for future years from families who are very keen to join us; whānau, please contact the school to reserve places for siblings for next year, spaces are limited for 2022. This is a credit to students, staff, families and everybody else involved in events that showcase Marcellin in the wider community. Well done to all involved in these types of events for showing people what we are all about!

This term, our spiritual focus this year continues to be growing the family spirit further within our school through our co-curricular programmes, re-enforcing the Gospel message and St Marcellin’s teachings about family spirit in schools. Amongst other guidance, Marcellin gives guidance along the lines of:

  • Always be respectful to others so they can learn from your example.
  • If somebody else upsets you or makes you angry, wait until you are calm before you decide how to approach them
  • Every time you might feel frustrated with somebody else, raise your heart to God, to think about how you might approach the situation

It is this type of advice that helps us to grow in confidence that we will always be respectful, even when we don’t see eye to eye. According to Marcellin, it is respect that helps to grow true family spirit in a school. May we continue to grow closer as one community, one family; the family of God.


Ngā mihi nui whānau,


Dean Wearmouth


Important Dates 

2021 Important Dates

  • Term 2

    • Tuesday 11 May                         Yr7&8 HPV Main Dose
    • Wednesday 12 May                    Yr 9 Auckland Writers Festival
    • Thursday 13 May                       Teacher Only Day
    • Friday 14 May                            Yr 9 Real Love and True Friendship Talk
    • Tuesday 18 May                         APO Discovery Trip
    • Tuesday 18 May                         Yr7&8 HPV Main Dose 1 & Boostrix Catchup
    • Wednesday 19 May                    Year 12 Retreat
    • Friday 21 May                            Pink Shirt Day                                                                                                          World Book Day
    • Friday 21 May                            Yr7&8 Trip to Mangere
    • Monday 24 to Wed 26 May          Learner Drivers Programme
    • Monday 24 May                         Tech21 Summit
    • Thursday 27 May                       Year 12 Leadership Diversity
    • Sunday 30 May to Sat 5 June      Samoan Language Week
    • Friday 28 May                            Kaitiaki & Sports Photos
    • Friday 28 May to Sat 29 May       Model United Nations
    • Monday 31 May & Tues 1 Jun      St Johns First Aid (Yrs 9&10)
    • Monday 31 May                          Yr 11SPS Trip
    • Tuesday 1 June                          Yr 11SCE Trip
    • Thursday 3 June                         Champagnat Day Mass
    • Friday 4 June                             Yr 11 Dance Show: Maui
    • Friday 4 June                              Teacher Only Day (school closed)
    • Monday 7 June                           Queens Birthday (school closed)
    • Tuesday 8 June to Fri 11 June      Filipino Language Week
    • Friday 11 June                            Yr 7 Friendship Tractor
    • Friday 11 June                            Yr 8 Tackling Technology
    • Tuesday 15 & Wed 16 June          Report/Afternoon Evening (1pm-6pm)
    • Monday 19 to Friday 25 June        Diversity Week
    • Monday 21 June                          YouDance Tech.Rehearsal
    • Tuesday 22 June                         YouDance Performance
    • Wednesday 23 & Thur 24 June     Yr 12&13 Drama show (6.30pm-8.30pm)
    • Friday 25 June                            Yr 11 YOU Programme
    • Wednesday 30 June                    Yr 12 YOU Programme
    • Wednesday 30 June                    Level 1 Music Assessment
    • Thursday 1 July                          Yr 11 Retreat
    • Thursday 1 July                          Yr 12&13 Music Assessment (6.30pm-8pm)
    • Monday 5 July                            Yr 9 Retreat
    • Tuesday 6 July                           Yr 9 Hauora                                                                                                            Yr 10 Hardwired
    • Thursday 8 July                          Term 2 Concludes
    • Friday 9 July                              Teacher Only Day (School is closed)


2021 Term Dates

Term 1

Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April

Term 2

Monday 3 May to Thursday 8 July 

Term 3

Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4

Monday 18 October to Friday 10 December


School Attendance Dues – Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of Attendance Dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information. 

Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:

Teacher Only Day – Thursday 13 May

School will be closed on this day for teacher only day. 

Safety Driving into the School Site

For families who drop off and pick up, please find a place to stop within the school site. You can also park at the Warehouse on Pah Road ( a few of our parents do this) and students can meet you there. 

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

Reporting 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. 

It is also required by the ministry that student absence for 3 days or more for any medical reason, will need to provide a medical certificate from your doctor.

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.

Special Character:

Easter -We continue our joyous, light-filled Easter Journey

This week we considered Sunday’s gospel about Jesus being the true vine and we, the branches. The important statement in the gospel ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing’ is a powerful one about the importance of our connection to Jesus, the vine. When separated from him we can do nothing. The reverse is true as well. With Christ everything is possible. 

This was shared in the school in our assembly reflection and in our lunchtime mass this week. 

At our lunchtime mass on Thursday and at the mass at the Carmelites on Friday, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, our chaplain, talked about the fact that the recent gospel readings have come from what is known as ‘the supper discourse’. The things that are spoken by Jesus in the gospels during these weeks are presented in John’s gospel as being said during the Last Supper. Mons. Bernard drew our attention to the fact that Jesus gathers at the table with those he knows will abandon, betray or deny him and does not let those actions that he knows they will do, define them. 

This is a powerful message for us. Jesus stays with us even when we abandon him and he does not let the things we do that distance us from him, define us. There is so much hope in our Easter readings as we journey towards the great feast of Pentecost.

Our Liturgies this week have also helped us to reflect on the importance of spreading out as branches of the vine in our love and care for others.

It was lovely to hear some of the ways in which our ākonga spoke of how they could be bear fruit and show love in our world such as:

  • Helping at home
  • Helping others with work in the classroom
  • Smiling and welcoming others
  • Making others feel accepted
  • Doing small acts of kindness but with genuine care for others.
  • Sharing what we have – food or donations
  • Respecting others
  • Giving of our time to those around us.
  • Being like Christ in all our actions.

Our Remar members have also reflected on this idea of the vine and the branches this week and have considered how they can be effectively connected to Jesus, the true vine and how they can reach out to others to bear fruitful service in our community.

Some opportunities for our Remar members to be nourished and to reach out to others are as follows:

  • Year 11 and 12 Remar members are invited to go to GIFT (Growth In Faith Together) on Saturday 22 May. 

This is always a special opportunity for our ākonga to learn about themselves and others and grow in understanding of the value and joy of serving others in the community.

Year 13 Remar members are invited to go to the GIFT Pentecost mass and supper on Wednesday 26 May.

Chapel Open for Quiet Prayer

The Chapel is open and staffed every morning from 8am for any ākonga or kaiako who would like to spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation or prayer before beginning the school day. It is a lovely, prayerful, peaceful time and a great way to get ourselves in the right space to spend our day close to Jesus.

Next Generation 

On Wednesday and Friday, we welcomed the Next Generation speakers to present on Real Love and True Friendship to our Year 9s. The students participated in a 2 hour session learning about what it means to be a true friend and how we can live out the Gospel Values and Catholic Church teachings in our everyday relationships. It was an informative and valuable session as we hope to grow our akonga to encounter Jesus in their everyday lives.

Catholic Prefects Networking 

On Wednesday 5th May, a group of 11 Year 13 prefects chose to attend a networking event  hosted by McAuley Highschool. The focus of the event was to help share ideas, meet other student Catholic leaders and see themselves as part of a bigger Catholic whanau.

Our Head Girl, Scolastica, shares her experience below-

“As a prefect at Marcellin College, with heavy responsibilities come overflowing opportunities to strengthen yourself both mentally and physically as a leader. This event consisted of different Catholic schools in our Auckland region and aimed to connect with other leaders, share experiences within a safe space. As a year 13 leader  it is important to branch out to other leaders outside of school and bring new ideas I can try implementing at school. It also helps create new and strong bonds with other schools which help Marcellin College be more exposed to other schools and can lead to creating projects with these new schools in the near future. One highlight from the event was not only meeting new people but being able to connect and share with new people and them feeling safe to do it back. All eleven of us prefects who went really enjoyed the night and hope to one day have Marcellin College run a Catholic networking event at our school.” 

Fa’afetai lava


Information for New Zealand Catholics Online: 

The Covid-19 Vaccine

The Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand are encouraging everyone to get the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes possible to do so. 

The bishops’ Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics is working to provide resources containing accurate information based on the Catholic moral tradition and the relevant Scientific understandings.

You can read the latest information here:

The Diocesan Mission Map

The Auckland Catholic Diocese has a ‘mission map’, a plan for the ways in which we might develop our sense of mission and work to bring about the Kingdom of God, here in Auckland. 

The purpose of this Mission Map, as stated on the diocesan website is: 

Kia ngangahau, kia whakawhānuitia te Rongopai a te Karaiti

To live and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ

On the site we can read about how important it is that our young people in our schools and parishes develop their faith and sense of mission. We cannot forget that our young people are the key to continuing the Church in the future. They will be our leaders and priests and we must nourish them and empower them now.

Pope Francis says:

“Young People, you are not the tomorrow, you are not the ‘meantime’, you are the Now of God.”

Bishop Patrick Dunn says:

One of the key priorities of Diocesan life as articulated in the Diocesan Mission Map is to Build up the Spirituality of our Young People.

“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” 

These are some of the starting words from Pope Francis in his document, Christus Vivit. Pope Francis continuously encourages young people to keep dreaming, to be courageous and to take risks.

As the Church continues to serve young people,  we would love to remind you of the infinite love that God has for each and every one of you. The gifts and talents that you bring are needed in our church today. Keep saying YES to the plans that God has for you and watch his adventure for you unfold.

There is a lot more to the Diocesan Mission Map and more information can be found on the Auckland Catholic Diocesan website at:



Our Polyfest groups continued to be celebrated this week. The assembly on Tuesday 4 May was a wonderful opportunity to congratulate our Tongan and Samoan groups as a school and to share in their joy and success.

At the assembly we had a reflection on the vine and the branches which included a reflection on the way in which the groups’ care for all members, and determination to give of their best and to unite as a community showed their fruitfulness in using their gifts and talents to give glory to God. 

We then, viewed excerpts from the performances, heard explanations of the awards and presented the awards to the Year 13 leaders in both groups. While the placings were important, the learning and celebration of identity and belonging experienced by ākonga were even more important. We continue to be grateful to the whānau, staff and students involved in Polyfest 2021. We were overjoyed to see the support of the entire school as they stood to sing and pray together at the end of the assembly.

It was particularly moving to see the joy Clarah took in being reminded of her special Polyfest experience!


A group of prefects gave up their Sunday morning during the holidays to represent Marcellin College at the Mount Roskill Community ANZAC Day on 25 April. It was wonderful that this acknowledgement of those who gave their lives for our freedom could be possible once more this year. 

The prefects represented our school with distinction and the event organiser and several members of the public spoke of how impressed they were with our students’ readiness to assist with any task, their ability to take the initiative and their warm, welcoming approach to the public. Special mention goes to Noah and Ta’amilo for their efforts and to Scolastica who read one of the scripture readings during the service.

We are grateful to Mr Richard Brown who accompanied the prefects to this event again this year.

Year 11 Drama Production

It was wonderful to see whānau, kaiako and ākonga gather together to enjoy an evening of talent, production skill, and great drama at the Year 11 production on Thursday evening. The talent of our ākonga was impressive and the time and effort they and their kaiako Mr Saale Ilaua put in during the holidays to rehearse was definitely worthwhile. This was a wonderful community event which showed the support of whānau and friends.

Special Assemblies and Presentations:

There were Year level assemblies this week for a number of year levels so that relevant information and positive messages about our pillar for the year: Wairua o te Whānau, could be shared with the various year groups. We continue to encourage ākonga to welcome new students and to be open to making new friends as we have a number of newcomers to the College this term

Crossroads Presentation

The Year 11 students enjoyed an interesting and engaging presentation about safety in cars and on or near the roads. It was an important presentation as Auckland roads are so busy and Mount Albert Road is very busy when our ākonga are travelling to and from school. It will also be helpful for Year 11 ākonga who may soon be considering obtaining a driver’s licence.

Parent Teacher Friends Association (PTFA)

The PTFA meets again tonight and we look forward to welcoming some new whānau onto the team. We are delighted that whānau have seen the importance of the work of this association and that they have chosen to join the group. The PTFA is working on some fundraisers for scholarships for new ākonga to the College and some fun events for current ākonga. We are grateful for the work they do and we welcome any other new members who would like to work with us. If you are interested please email Dr. Joanie Roberson:


Hopefully by now whānau have had an opportunity to look through the co-curricular brochure with ākonga and encourage them to participate in activities which allow them to build on their strengths, share their gifts and talents with others and maybe try something new that stretches them a little bit. The range of activities and opportunities available to ākonga is inspiring and it is wonderful to see new opportunities being presented to ākonga by kaiako and other providers. We are so pleased that our ākonga have so many engaging learning opportunities available to them beyond the classroom. We hope they will take advantage of the opportunities and grow and develop in this environment of holistic education.

Sustainability Group

Mrs Jane Olsen has taken on the role of Sustainability Leader and it is with great pleasure that we observe the work she and her team are doing. It is inspiring to see both Mrs Olsen’s and the student leaders’ enthusiasm for making their peers more aware of ways in which they can look after the environment better. We look forward to seeing the progress they make with their initiatives.

Three of our ākonga, leaders in this group: Kate Laughter, Eniselini Ali and Tetrina Tuiletufuga were among the 50 ākonga selected to be part of the Auckland Council’s Young Leaders Sustainability Programme during the holidays. The article below shows just how important creating a more sustainable future is for these students. They have been true representatives of our values at Marcellin College.


Our Remar members continue to meet to consider relevant topics and themes. New members or returning members are always welcome. The meetings occur during the following lunchtimes:

Monday – Year 13

Wednesday – Year 11

Friday – Year 12

Later this term the Year 13 Remar members will visit Year 10 Religious Education classes for Year 10 Remar orientation. This will mean that Year 13 members will share their stories of their experience in Remar and explain to the Year 10 ākonga why they have remained in Remar throughout their years at Marcellin. Year 10 ākonga will have the opportunity to ask questions and later will have the opportunity to form their own Remar group. The Tuesday lunchtime space has been left open for Year 10 Remar meetings.

Remar Day:

On the first Wednesday of the holidays the Year 13 Remar members ran Remar Day for the younger Remar members. It was a great day full of fun, laughter and some prayer. A real highlight of the day was the Amazing Race which was connected to an Easter Egg hunt. Most important of all, though, was the fact that four of our ex-Remar students, who finished school at the end of 2020, returned to be reunited with their Remar family. It shows how deep the connections run when faith is shared between people over the years as young people grow together towards adulthood and a deep personal connection with the person of Jesus and with one another.

Year 7 & 8 Design: 

Here are the laser cut pieces of adornment that the Year 7 & 8 Design students produced in term 1. Their design brief was to design a piece of adornment inspired by their culture(s). They did a fantastic job!


It is great to see so many of our ākonga getting involved in sports teams and representing the school so effectively. Ākonga are working hard to improve their skills and to remain committed to their codes and teams.

Great to see the early morning basketball training happening as students improve their skills and work on their fitness with Mr Exconde who has been working with our basketball teams for many years.

It’s also good that the other winter codes are really getting into the training and the games as well. We wish all our teams a great season.

Writing Competitions

There are some writing competitions which are available to students who are interested in submitting a piece of writing for these and they are:

The Sargeson Prize short story competition is now open for entries! The Secondary Schools division has a 3000-word limit, and carries a first prize of $500 and a summer writing internship at the University of Waikato.

Enrolled secondary school students aged 16-18 are eligible to enter, and entries are open from now until 30 June.

This years judge is Patricia Grace.

Find out more about this competition on the website below or ask your English teacher:

Sargeson Prize – Arts and Social Sciences


The New Zealand Poetry Award

The New Zealand Association of Teachers of English Youth Writing Competition


University Scholarships for Year 13 students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2022. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.

Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. 

For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

Waikato University Open Days 

Waikato University Open day for the Hamilton campus is on May 21 and for the Tauranga campus on May 28.

You can click on the following link to register: Waikato Univeristy Open Day registration .


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