Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namaste, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Magandang, Ola, warm greetings to all.
Alert Level 3
When we change to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday, students under the age of 14 who have nobody at home to care for them can come on site to continue with their distance learning programme during the hours of 9am-2pm. If you are a family who will need this provision then please email Ms Hunt email@example.com to apply for a place.
All students continue to learn at distance until Alert Level 2. This will be term 4 at the earliest because the next review of settings is scheduled for the first Monday of the school holidays, which take place from Friday 1st to Monday 18th October.
For families with students who are currently studying NCEA in years 11-13. Please let us re-assure you that we will work to ensure your child(ren) achieve to the levels they would have, had we not had this disruption. More details will follow about provisions made for students and arrangements for term 4 in due course.
Your continuing support
In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us about what we are really striving for. To achieve greatness we must become last and a servant for all. This is a timely reminder for all caregivers of school age children. Lockdown has been a challenge and the next few weeks seeing out Alert Level 3 will continue to be a challenge, yet we can help our children by encouraging them to be online and give their best. This is growth in the eyes of God for us and for them. With Mary as our guide, we continue to support our children with their home learning knowing we are following in the words and footsteps of our Lord and Saviour. We can be the face of Christ.
Ngā mihi nui whānau,
Learning and Curriculumn
Ako/Learning from Home
Marcellin College Options Week
Tēnā koutou katoa te whānau,
Options Week 2021 has begun with a focus on Career / Ara Pathways planning for our Year 10 – 12 ākonga making their Course Selections for 2022. More details are on the interactive poster which is available via our school Facebook, Instagram and our Distance Learning website https://sites.google.com/marcellin.school.nz/distance-learning/2021-option-week-schedule . Whānau are strongly encouraged to join their child(ren) during the Faculty Q&A sessions.
There is a special session for our Year 10 ākonga and their whānau who will be new to NCEA in 2022. Join Ms. Hunt (Tumuaki Tuarua / Deputy Principal) and Mrs. Iosefo-Schuster (Year 10 Kāiarahi) on Google Meet for an Introduction to NCEA presentation – the link is in the 2021 Options Week poster .
Keep connected with your whānau and kaiako / teachers to check in regularly. Kia kaha!
Great examples of student work during lockdown:
Shared with you this week is the awesome work/mahi completed by our ākonga / learners at this time (Cream Horns and Waffles by Micah Fa’afiu for the MasterChef Competition, 9 English – Film Study by Leafa Akeli, 10 English – Novel Study by Vuka Aluesi, Lupe Halafau and Crystal Kaihea, and Lockdown Bubble Fun from Mrs Iosefo-Schuster, Raden Chavez and Shyla Manoa-Head).
Whilst we are waiting to be told when we can begin to resume ‘normality’ it can feel like we have little control and that can start to make us feel a little down. These feelings are completely understandable and we will all feel varying degrees of them as we come to the end of this fifth week of restrictions. If you’d like to see how some others are dealing with some of these emotions, check out https://thelowdown.co.nz/. There are five sections with different videos in each. All our feelings are valid, and we are never alone.
Kia kaha tātou ki te tiaki i a tātou anō – let’s take care of ourselves and others.
As a faith community, one whānau in Te Atua, may we unite together in prayer and faith at this time. 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. Our domestic church continues to be the heart of our wider church as we share and pray together in our own bubbles, building the Kingdom of God amongst those in our homes and those with whom we communicate.
Social Justice Week
This week our focus turns to social justice as we think about and pray for those in our world who are most vulnerable and least likely to experience the protection of their rights as human beings, made in the image and likeness of God.
Jesus, you were a friend to all. You listened to all people, giving each person a voice and someone with whom to share their story.
You told us that we must be like little children, trusting wholeheartedly in you and modelling our lives on your care for all.
Help us to hunger and thirst for your life in us and for the truth that is in you alone.
Give us hearts full of your love to share with all people and all that you have created.
Online liturgy for Social Justice Week
All ākonga will be sent an invitation to the online liturgy which is held every Thursday at 1:30pm in place of our usual lunchtime mass when we are onsite. This is a lovely way in which we can gather as a faith community so that we can be spiritually united even though we are physically distant.
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
Tuesday 21/09, 7pm
Behind the Scenes of The Chosen: An Evening with Actor Noah James
From the beginning of our first COVID lockdown, many people have experienced a powerful encounter with Jesus through the TV series, The Chosen. With more than 100 million views worldwide, this series has become an international phenomenon. You’re invited to join us for an incredible evening with actor Noah James, who plays the apostle Andrew, as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at The Chosen and answers YOUR questions.
Young women (13-35), join in this beautiful event where we will hear from international Catholic speaker and musician Emily Wilson! Emily will be speaking about overcoming self-criticism, cultivating gratitude, and creating space to listen to the voice of God. Make sure you put this event in your calendar, invite your friends to join in sisterhood, and bring your questions for the Q&A!
The Season of Creation continues until 4 October and there are many ways 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. There are also many other apps that can assist with family prayer on our Distance Learning Website.
Social Justice Week
The theme for Social Justice Week in 202 is A Culture of Encounter: Be the Church / He Ahurea Tūtaki ki Ētahi atu: Me Noho Ko Koutou te Hāhi. The theme was inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. In 2021 Social Justice Week has been linked to the Beatitudes from St Matthew’s gospel.
Social Justice Activities and Resources
There are online activities related to Social Justice week and connected to the beatitudes. Check these out on the school Facebook and Instagram pages as they are made available throughout the week.
Caritas Aotearoa NZ manages Social Justice Week. Caritas has published a page of resources for it here: Social Justice Week
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:
Eat My Lunch:
Eat my lunch is usually associated with providing lunches in schools but they are now reaching out to support families who are struggling at the moment. If you know of families that need some help at this time you could direct them to: home-lockdown-deliveries-2021 – Eat My Lunch NZ
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.
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.
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.
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
Marcellin College kitchens have been very busy places as the Masterchef Marcellin Style competition continues so please encourage all of our ākonga to continue to get their entries in!
Ministry of Social Develop help with Essential costs
Please find below information from the Ministry of Social Development of how they can help families with essential costs. Information are given in English, Te reo, Samoan and Tongan.
Diocesan Job Vacancy
Part-time Credit Controller & Administration – Pompallier Centre
This part time role is to provide credit control and administration support to the Operations Manager for the collection of Attendance Dues for schools in the Auckland Diocese. Hours are flexible to incorporate some evening and Saturday morning work.
Key Tasks include: Collection of compulsory school Attendance Dues; contact with school parents via outbound phone calls; follow up of unpaid accounts and Debtor ledger management.