Marcellin College Level 4 Weekly Newsletter – Monday 30 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, Namaste, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Ola, sending warm greetings and prayers to all of our community in our Alert Level 4 bubbles.

Thank you to whānau for your continued support for your child(ren) to learn online. If you are unsure how to do this then you can follow a link from our web site homepage to our Distance Learning website. The site contains all of the tasks for the week by year level and subject so it is easy for parents and caregivers to check in on what each student should be doing. We understand that every household will be following different routines during lockdown so happy that the mahi will be completed by the end of the week and for students to check in with their subject teachers at their weekly Zoom meeting; times for these are also on the google site under the work for the week. If for any reason your child(ren) do not understand the mahi for a subject, please encourage them to email their teacher for assistance. We are here to support.

With lockdown being extended for at least two weeks, students engaging with their distance learning is becoming even more important. Our Kaiarahi/Deans will be contacting families of students who are not engaging with all of their subjects to offer support to help them continue to achieve. From this week senior students will be given new tasks that will generate evidence towards NCEA so it is vital that all students do their best. Again, we will provide ākonga with all of the support needed to make progress. 

There are some important items for helping others in this newsletter that may be useful for you to share with somebody who may be in need. Our patron Saint Marcellin Champagnat was a man of prayer, action and compassion. It is so important to check on the welfare of those around us and help people when they need it through the ways of Marcellin, the ways of Jesus. Please have a read of the items and pass on any helpful information to those around you who may be in need and remember to keep them 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:

Thank you whānau for all your support of our tamariki during this time of learning from home.  Two key messages for this week:

  • NCEA update – it is important to encourage our senior ākonga to do as much as they can when learning from home.  Ākonga are now being assessed on what they have already done in class AND what they are doing now, from home.  This can include showing their learning through emails, posts, discussions during video conferences, and a range of other ways – please encourage them to keep connected with their kaiako to find out more!
  • 2022 Course Information Booklet for Years 11 – 13 will be shared with the Marcellin whānau this week.  This is a good time to kōrero / talanoa / talk with your tamariki about their strengths and the career pathways they are interested in. is a great resource for ākonga who need support for choosing the right course for them – work through the following activities in these links to help them get started (How to choose NCEA subjects – ) and (CareerQuest ).  Sign in for free and make a start!

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

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.


Hauora/ Well-Being Google Survey Form

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Google Form survey sent to ākonga and whānau last week. We can see that this feedback is in line with feedback from previous lockdowns, which has guided us in relation to the amount of work and online lessons set for each subject each week. Of most importance is that all ākonga are engaging in their learning. Kaiārahi (deans) will be calling home to speak with whānau if a kaiako (teacher) has identified that they have not either: completed assigned tasks; attended an online lesson; responded to an email; or completed online Education Perfect work. If there is additional support you would like for your child/ren please email their kaiārahi directly at:

Yr 7&8 – Mrs Allison Croxford –

Yr 9 – Miss Jess Stenberg –

Yr 10 – Ms Cheryl Schuster –

Yr 11 – Mr Craig Mildon –

Yr 12 – Mrs Karen Rodrigues –

Yr 13 – Mrs Bridgette Brooks –

Recently, the Prime Minister announced that there is a free Pacific Helpline available for anyone in the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region. If you, or anyone you know, are feeling stressed, anxious, or worried you can call 0800 OLA LELEI (0800 652 535) on Monday – Friday between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm to speak with someone confidentially. The languages offered are Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island, English, and Māori. If any additional services are needed, the Ola Lelei team will connect you to the appropriate support services.

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

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.

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.

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.

Care for creation

This Wednesday, as it will be September 1, we pray for the earth. Pope Francis has established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home.

He calls us all to celebrate and to reaffirm our responsibility to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful world which he has entrusted to our care, and to ask for his help for the protection of creation.


Creator God

You give us the warmth of the sun,

the colours of flowers and plants.

You give us animals for companionship and to help us live.

You give us rain that refreshes the earth

and wind to spread the seeds that grow on the earth.

You give us rainbows; a symbol of your covenant with us.

You give us the moon and the stars to show your light is still with us at night.

You have created galaxies and worlds beyond our imagining.

We too, are part of your creation.

Our families and friends and all people are made in your image.

You give us hearts to love our earth, other people and, most importantly, you.

You call us to stewardship; to care for the earth and all you have created.

May we love your creation and care for it as you would have us do.

May we reach out to all in need in our homes, our families, our wider community and our world through prayer, finding ways to connect, financial support when it is possible to give and loving hearts attuned to your creativity and love for all.



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

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

There are many ways to pray for the care of creation and to celebrate God’s creation. You could take a walk in your garden or go for a walk with your family in your neighbourhood, noticing and talking about the trees, flowers, birds etc that you see and hear or you could look at the resources on the website below to share in prayer with Catholics all around the world.

We continue to pray for all members of the Marcellin community.


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.

Wage Subsidy

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

Financial Support: 

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

Food Hub:

If you know of families who might need a food parcel, simply call or encourage them to call: 08000AFFIRM.

(Affirming works also hosted the Young, Free and Pacific workshop that some of our ākonga attended earlier this term.)

Helping Those in Need:

Listed below are some possible ways to volunteer or support those in need if you are able to do so:


The food banks are facing an increased demand for food assistance and are struggling to meet this need. If you would like to support your local food bank and help a family in need you can make a financial donation using their bank details listed on the Donate page: Foodbank New Zealand | Donate

If you would like to donate food items you can call your local food bank directly as they may not accept items during lockdown. If you have commercial quantities of food to donate please call Julie at our food rescue partner Love Soup on 022 074 9526 to arrange for collection. 

You can find more information here: Foodbank New Zealand | Home

St Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organisation that runs in many parishes. They have shops and also deliver food parcels and other necessities to families. During Covid, there has been a much greater need for their services and you can help by donating online.

Share Information:

If you are unable to donate at this time, you can also help those in need by sharing the links with your networks, friends and family members who may be able to assist.

Marcellin Masterchef Competition

The masterchef competition continues and there have been some amazing entries. You can see below what the competition is like! Whānau please check out our new Technology website too:


Some Student Master Chef  Entries: 

One student even claimed her baking was so good she charged her family members if they wanted a second one!

Some Staff Master Chef Entries:

It seems that our Marcellin whānau are enjoying some good food during this lockdown! Keep those entries coming. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of willing taste testers if these dishes and baking items taste as good as they look!


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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