Marcellin College Alert Level 4 Weekly Newsletter – Monday 23 August 2021

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, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namestay, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Ola, sending warm greetings and prayers to all of our community in our Alert Level 4 bubbles.

During Alert Level 4 we are re-starting our shorter weekly newsletter with key information to help you support your child(ren) with their learning and wellbeing through this time. Take time to read through all of the Newsletter and also to complete the whānau survey sent out today, we value your important feedback and working together to create the best opportunities for our children.

Please be assured that although we maybe at a distance for now, when we return to school we will pick students up where they are and help them to where they need to be. Do not worry about results and assessments, at this time we would like students and families to do their best and that is enough; we will ensure all students achieve to the levels they deserve on their return.

For now, noho ora mai, stay safe and take time to support all those within your bubble; be the face of Christ for others and keep those who are most affected by Covid-19, in our country and around the world, in your prayers.

Ngā karakia e arohanui,

Dean Wearmouth


Learning and Curriculumn

Ako/Learning from Home

As we settle back into learning from home, it is important to keep connected and keep learning as best as we can! Here are a few reminders to support your learning from home:

The Marcellin Distance Learning site

The Marcellin College Distance Learning website contains all the information needed to keep you connected with kaiako / teachers who will know who to refer you to if you need specific support.  This could be for learning, wellbeing, technology or pastoral support.  This site is updated every Sunday evening.  You can access this by going on the school website or pasting the following in your browser –

The Ministry of Education Distance Learning site

The Ministry of Education website for Distance Learning is also a good site to find more support and tips for learning from home.  This includes different learning resources that range from online websites and apps, to suitable TV programmes.  You can access this site by pasting the following in your browser –

He Waka Eke Noa

Every opportunity can be a learning experience, not just the activities that are set by teachers / kaiako.  Work at your own pace and keep connected with your whānau and kaiako / teachers to check in regularly.  As a Marcellin whānau, we will work together to support every ākonga and their whānau to pick up where they are at.  Rapu i te Pai / Seek the Best and God Bless.


Find a balance

Finding the balance between continuing with learning and our own hauora is vital. Experience has taught us that maintaining a connection with friends and whānau is especially important. This is why we have asked all kaiako/teachers to schedule either a Zoom or Google Meet lesson once a week with their classes. It is also why all year-level kaiārahi/Deans have reminded their ākonga that they are available to support them in any way and are contactable via email. You will have received a pānui from your child/ren’s kaiārahi over the last few days, reinforcing these messages.

Nurse and Guidance Counsellor

Our nurse and guidance counsellor are also available to speak with ākonga during this time and their contact details have been shared with ākonga via email.

Hauora/Wellbeing information for all the Whānau

Our Marcellin College Distance Learning website has a Hauora tab with a large number of links for ākonga, kaiako, and whānau that is worth looking at if you haven’t already. There is also a Distance Learning Matrix that can be found on our Distance Learning website, under the Information for Ākonga tab.

Social Media

It is also important that we remember the expectations we have as a school in relation to social media use and safety online. Any posts that reflect Marcellin College or any of its community negatively will be taken very seriously, with future consequences. This is also true if you like or repost any posts of this nature. Please think carefully about how you interact online and/or with social media; use our Marist Pillars to guide these interactions and you will remain safe.

Kia kaha tātou ki te tiaki i a tātou anō – let’s take care of ourselves and others.

Special Character

As a faith community, one whānau in Te Atua, may we unite together in prayer and faith at this time. We pray for ourselves, our own whānau, our wider Marcellin whānau, our country and our world. We know that when we gather in Christ’s name, praying in our various places as one in Jesus, our prayer will be heard and answered.


Loving God,

You have created us in your image. 

You have carved our names on the palm of your hand. 

You love us and care for us.

May we draw our loved ones and all in our world close to you in prayer.

Jesus, our friend and brother.

May we serve you when we reach out to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we show your love and care for those in our homes and for the wider community through finding ways to connect with those who are isolated.

Spirit of love and truth,

Inspire in us the faith to be people of prayerful confidence in God’s plan.

Mary, our good mother and ordinary resource,

We place ourselves, our whānau, our country and our world in your care and protection.
May the recent rededication of our nation to you, fill us with confidence and inspire us to faithful discipleship with you as our model.


The online mass is very precious at this time and we can gather in our homes once more, united spiritually with the church and in communion with God and one another. The online mass can be accessed via this link: Sunday Mass

Online mass and Other Resources from the Auckland Diocesan Website:

The online mass is very precious at this time and we can gather in our homes once more, united spiritually with the church and in communion with God and one another. The online mass can be accessed via this link: Sunday Mass

The Church at Level 4


Helpful sites for information:

There are many helpful sites available to families and communities. If you know of someone who needs support in any of the following ways, you might like to direct them to the following sites for information:


For those trying to contact the healthline which might be overloaded with many calls, you could direct them here: Healthline

Pasifika Information Hub:

The Ministry of Education has created an online information hub for Pasifika parents, families and communities to support learning during lockdown.

Financial Support: 

For anyone you know of who is in need of financial support including businesses, you might like to direct them here:

Wage Subsidy

If you know of someone who needs support with a wage subsidy, they could be directed to:

Marcellin Masterchef Competition



Pasifika Futures Ltd – Covid 19 Partner Contacts

To our whānau that may need further support, please see the pdf below for more information.

Sunday Pray Mass – 2pm on Shine TV

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