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Marcellin College Newsletter – Term 4 Week 1

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Wairua o te Whānau – Family Spirit

Message from the Principal

Fakaalofa lahi atu, 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 and warm greetings to all.

On site and distance learning for Years 11-13 from next week

As you will already know, our Year 11-13 students can come back on site to complete their NCEA learning. We acknowledge that this is under some tough circumstances and share the concerns of the parent voice we have received over the last few days. However, we are aware that many of our students are feeling stressed and needing the extra help to complete internals and prepare for externals so are committed to providing the best opportunities that we can. Please read through this Newsletter for details about return to school. We have put many measures in place to create as safe and productive environment as possible for students and staff.

Unexpected Event Grades for externals – great news for our students

This Ministry of Education has confirmed that we can use unexpected event grades  for our external entries this year. This means that when students demonstrate their learning over the next few weeks we can submit their achievement grades to NZQA and they will stand as their final results. This is unless the student also wishes to attempt the external exam to see if they can better their grade. This is great news for our students and we need maximum effort over the next few weeks to gain the best results possible!

Shot Marcellin!

There will be a pop-up vaccination service at Marcellin from 8am to midday this Wednesday. If you haven’t already been vaccinated, family members are more than welcome to use this service. Likewise, students can use this service before school begins on Wednesday. Let’s get to 90% vaccinated to protect those around us.

Our Marcellin Whānau

Our staff have worked so hard over lockdown and to prepare for senior students to return next week. At this time I am very grateful that they see all of our Marcellin students, parents and caregivers as family and want to do their best for everybody. We are truly Blessed with such highly professional and committed staff, following in the example of St Marcellin Champagnat. Stay safe over the next few weeks Marcellin whānau – noho ora mai.

Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth

Principal 

Health & Safety Information

Ākonga in Years 11 to 13 

Ākonga in Years 11 to 13 in Auckland will return to school for face-to-face onsite learning from Tuesday 26 October. There are a range of health measures that will be in place to ensure all students in Years 11 to 13 can return to onsite learning in Alert Level 3 safely.

Ākonga at higher risk of severe illness are to remain home, where possible.
Ākonga with complex medical needs, can also seek advice from their health professional about whether it is appropriate to come to school.

Can you please fill in this Google Form that has been emailed to whānau to indicate if your child/ren will remain at home to continue distance learning due to a severe illness or complex medical condition. 

Onsite Learning Health Measures – Year 11- Year 13 Ākonga

The reopening of learning onsite to all ākonga is critical for their learning and is based on advice from Public Health experts. There are a range of health measures that are required to be in place to ensure all ākonga in Years 11 to 13 can return to onsite learning in Alert Level 3 areas safely.

There are an extensive range of health requirements and measures at Alert Level 3 that will be in place at Marcellin College:

  • Ākonga who are unwell must stay at home, and get tested for COVID-19

  • Ākonga at higher risk of severe illness remain home, where possible

  • Mandatory mask wearing for staff and ākonga in Years 11 to 13 (ākonga are encouraged to invest in reusable masks, however disposable masks will be available from SSC for any ākonga who are unable to get a mask)

  • All visitors, including parents and caregivers, should wear face coverings when on school grounds and maintain a two-metre distance from those who are not part of their household bubble

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette

  • Hand sanitiser available in all learning spaces

  • Classrooms will be well ventilated

  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected each day

  • A contact tracing register will be in place via the attendance register

  • Physical distancing should be adhered to by ākonga, including around friends and peers. Anyone who is not adhering to this will be sent home.

  • Ākonga are encouraged not to share their food or drink

  • The tuckshop will not be operating in Alert Level 3

  • Drinking fountains should not be used at Alert Level 3

  • Water bottles should be used and appropriate health and safety considerations followed for re-filling.

Learning and Curriculumn

Ako/Learning

Next week, Ako/Learning will be delivered to our students/fānau in two ways:
 
1. Face-to-face Learning (Years 11 to 13 only) – the day will be structured in two learning blocks, each block is two hours long. Students/fānau will only be expected to attend their learning blocks and then go straight home. All the dates and times are in the ‘Senior Ākonga Learning Blocks Timetable’. This will be shared with all senior students/fānau this afternoon, together with the health requirements and measures to keep staff and students/fānau safe as possible. A copy will also be posted on the school’s Distance Learning website.

2. Distance Learning (Online learning – Years 7 to 13, i.e. Years 11 – 13 ākonga requiring to self-isolate, or advised by health authorities to remain at home while they wait for their COVID-10 test results, or at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19). Online learning will continue to be provided, with the instructions for each class published on the school’s Distance Learning website every Sunday afternoon. It is great to see the amazing work from our Years 7 – 10 students/fānau! Keep up the wonderful efforts!
 
We are pleased to hear that NCEA derived grades can now be used for external assessments! This means that any relevant learning demonstrated throughout the year, at school or at home, can be used as evidence. Senior students/fānau will still have the opportunity to attend the end of year external exam to better their derived grades.
 
It is therefore important that we continue to encourage all our fānau to do as much ako/learning as they can, as all of this will count towards their end of year achievement.
 
Fakaaue lahi / thank you very much for all your support of our school!

Online Learning Blocks for Yr 11, 12 & 13 Ākonga

The timetable for Term Four, Week Two (beginning Rātū/Tuesday, 26 o Whiringa-ā-nuku/October) is below. Please make sure you read all Health & Safety information before coming onsite. We look forward to seeing you again, kanohi ki te kanohi / face to face.
 
 

Special Character

While we are aware that there will be some concern about the return to school for our senior ākonga, it is in times of uncertainty that our faith gives us comfort, strength and courage. 

As a faith community, Christ is at the centre of all that we are and all that we do. We place our return to school, our ākonga – both those learning at distance and those returning to school – and our entire Marcellin whānau in Christ’s hands, confident that his love will light our journey together.

Prayer

Jesus, our friend and brother,

In this time of change we draw close to you.

We know that you care for us and light our way.

Hold us in your loving embrace.

Keep all members of our Marcellin whānau close to your sacred heart

where we will remain in your peace.

 

Mary, our good mother and ordinary resource,

we ask for your protection.

Draw us all into union with your son.

Stay close to us and may we be united as one whānau in Jesus’ love. 

Amen.

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COVID-19 KNOW YOUR VAX – LET’S TALANOA

(This week we are launching the Let’s Talanoa video series across our digital channels – FacebookInstagram and YouTube.)  

Fakalofa lahi atu, 

Today, there are 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the community – 56 are in Auckland, while four are in the Waikato.  
Northland has moved into Alert Level 2, while Auckland and parts of Waikato remain at Alert Level 3.
Auckland remains at Step 1 of Alert Level 3, and this will be reviewed on November 1, and Waikato’s settings will be reviewed on Friday.
We hope you are enjoying Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week.
A phrase of the day shared on our Facebook page is, Mena kai mole vave, tagata ni mo lagomatai.
In English this means, Don’t be stingy with your food, you eat it, then it is gone but I’ll still be here for you.
As the uncertainty of COVID-19 continues, it has never been more essential for us to share whatever, however and whenever we can with each other – especially our time, kind words, listening ears, laughter, alofa and our gratitude.
From October 26, students in Years 11-13 will be able to return to schools at Alert Level 3, with NCEA and Scholarship exams set to proceed. Masks will be required to be worn at school and on school transport.  
The NZQA has confirmed students in Northland, Auckland and Waikato will be eligible for an unexpected event grade. 
 
Let’s Talanoa
Vaccination is our most powerful COVID-19 protection, for ourselves and our loved ones.
It is fantastic to see 80 percent of Pacific peoples have now had our first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Let’s keep that momentum going. Visit HERE for a list of walk-in or drive-through vaccination locations. 
If you’re still weighing up whether to get vaccinated, I encourage you to join one of our Let’s Talanoa online sessions.
Aimed at Pacific people under 30, this video series promotes having open conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine and why it is safe and important for us to get vaccinated.
Each week, a video will be released with Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster and Rocky Lavea. The two influencers will Talanoa, sometimes joined by special guests, and answer vaccination questions and invite viewers to Talanoa with their own friends and family.
This week’s episode is Know your Vax, which you can view on our digital channels FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Reminders:
COVID vaccination nationwide helpline
We are supporting a COVID-19 vaccination health line for Pacific people. The number is 0800 21 12 21. You can book your vaccination by calling this number seven days a week, from 8am–8pm. 
A note, no one is required to show identification to be vaccinated, but if someone does not have an NHI number, showing a passport can speed this process up. 

COVID-19 testing
If anyone is feeling unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, you are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test. If you are concerned or want additional advice, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Community testing centres and pop-up Community Testing Centres in the Auckland region can be found through the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website. Testing centres across the country can be found through Healthpoint.

Track yourself
Please stay in touch with the Locations of Interest list, which is updated regularly on the Ministry of Health website. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit HERE

Enjoy the rest of Niue Language Week, visit the MPP website for more information and resources.

Fakaue lahi,  
Laulu Mac Leauanae 
Secretary for Pacific Peoples
Chief Executive, Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Diocesan Job Vacancy – EXECUTIVE OFFICER

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

We are seeking a highly capable and experienced Executive Officer.  Our Executive Officer will provide executive support in governance, legal, property, finance, treasury, human resources, risk and compliance as well as supporting the GM on strategic projects and initiatives.  It’s a busy and very interesting role working with a great team of people. The role will assist our GM to collaboratively manage the leadership team.

While handling strategic and operating information with integrity and confidentiality, you will have the experience to prioritise tasks that change frequently. Of course, strong skills in most of these applications is important – MS word, Excel, SharePoint, Mailchimp, Infoodle and PowerPoint. Our senior team is also advanced in their use of these applications.

We’re looking for a people person with great communication, relationship and administration skills. Sound judgement, accountability, discretion, initiative and the ability to work autonomously, efficiently and professionally are essential for the success of this position and its reputation.

 Please visit the Diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz to view the full advert and position description.

Applications are via SEEK and close on 3 November.

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