Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namaste, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Magandang, Ola, Fakatalofa, 你好 Nǐ hǎo and warm greetings to all.
Term 4 event date changes for senior students
Given the recent disruption, we would like to inform you about some key date changes for term 4, please mark them on your calendar.
The last day for senior students will be 10th November
Thanksgiving Mass will be on 9th November (depending on the alert level, this may or may not be a public event)
Senior Prizegiving will be on 10th November (depending on the alert level, this may or may not be a public event)
NCEA externals commence on 15th November
Term 3 Holidays
This term has been an incredibly testing time for both students and whānau, especially our senior students who have been completing NCEA internals and preparing for externals. Please rest assured that plans are in place to ensure all students in all year levels will achieve the levels they deserve when we return next term. We appreciate all of the support you have given as parents and caregivers and would like to acknowledge you all for your efforts. Please encourage your child(ren) to take a break these holidays in preparation for a busy term 4 ahead.
Connecting with our faith through the Rosary
This is the final Newsletter of this term and the next will be for when we return in October. As we move into this month, a reminder that it is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Last year on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis reminded us that our Blessed Mother Mary has urged the recitation of the rosary in her apparitions, “especially in the face of the threats looming over the world.” He also said, “Even today, in this time of pandemic, it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands, praying for us, for our loved ones and for all people.” Please take time over the next few weeks to connect/re-connect with this Blessed gift of our faith, gift for our spirituality, and gift for the wellbeing of all around us. Stay safe over the next few weeks Marcellin whānau – noho ora mai.
Ngā mihi nui whānau,
Learning and Curriculumn
Ako/Learning from Home
Fakatalofa and 你好 Nǐ hǎo!
Fakafetai / 非常感谢您 Fēicháng gǎnxiè nín / thank you very much for ALL your ongoing efforts during this busy term!
With one more week left of this term, keep connected and do the best you can with learning from home.
学如登山 xué rú dēng shān
Studying is like climbing a mountain.
This Chinese proverbs encourages us that despite the hard efforts, setbacks, and all the energy used to “walk the steep road” of learning – the “view from the top” will definitely be worth it!
We wish you all a restful and safe holiday next week! As a Marcellin whānau, we will work together to support every ākonga to pick up where they are at when we return to school.
Rapu i te Pai! Seek the Best!
Fakafetai / 非常感谢您 Fēicháng gǎnxiè nín
Great examples of student work during lockdown:
Shared with you this week is the awesome work completed by our ākonga / learners at this time (Lockdown Bubble Fun from Room 43 – Ofa He Letiola Timani, Mikayla Malaitai, Juliana Sefo and Gibson Morgan, 9One English – Film Study by Malachi Malaitai, and 10Three English – Novel Study by Hayley Kali, Bradley Fuapau, Vincent Oudenhoven and Joshua Tennent. 棒极了 Bàng jí le / Well done Vincent on weaving a kete!)
Almost unbelievably we find ourselves at the end of the term. Before we return kanohi ki te kanohi, or face to face, we all need to take the time in the upcoming holidays to recharge and to reconnect. Whilst we have been locked down and had restrictions placed on us, the impact this can have on us should not be underrated. Please make time for your own hauora and to check on your whānau hauora as well. If you would like to hear what Dr. Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis suggest for managing during lockdown as a whānau, check out this video: https://parents.education.govt.nz/essential-information/covid-19-information-for-parents-and-whanau/lockdown-tips-with-dr-hinemoa-elder-and-nathan-wallis/. 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, 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.
We pray in a special way this week that all of our whānau will enjoy a peace-filled, refreshing break and that we will be able to gather together once more to begin Term Four.
Tuvalu and New Zealand Chinese Language Week
This week we are focusing on Tuvalu and New Zealand Chinese Language Weeks and we stand in solidarity with the members of our Marcellin Whānau who identify as Tuvaluan or Chinese. We pray that this may be a time for them to celebrate their identity and a time when we may all share in the beauty of these languages and cultures with our whānau.
Our Father in Tuvaluan:
Hail Mary in Chinese:
Online liturgy for Tuvalu and New Zealand Chinese Language 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. Please feel free to join us for the liturgy.
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
Catholic Schools Day:
This Wednesday, 29 September is Catholic Schools Day. It is a precious time for us to celebrate what it means to be part of a Catholic School community and involved in Catholic Education. It is wonderful to be a school community who can pray together and a community whose values are centred on the person of Jesus Christ. We are putting together a video of kaiako and ākonga sharing what it means to them to be involved in Catholic schools.
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.
Tuvalu and New Zealand Chinese Language Weeks:
Once more we have a great range of online activities and resources for our current language weeks and these include:
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:
St Francis Retreat Centre:
The team at the St Francis Retreat Centre are making up packs that include cooked meals and grocery items. If you know of any whānau who would appreciate this support, please contact Joanie Roberson on email@example.com and the details will be forwarded to the retreat centre team.
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
We have been very impressed with the Masterchef Marcellin Style competition entries so far. This continues throughout Alert Level Three so please encourage all 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.