Marcellin College Newsletter – Term 4, Week 2

Marcellin College
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Seek the Best – Rapu I Te Pai.
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.

Year 7-10  continue from distance next week

Next week Years 7-10 continue to learn at distance. This week the Minister of Education indicated that they may be able to return to some form of onsite learning from 15th November. We will let you know as soon as the details of what this will look like are confirmed.

Year 11-13 back on site unless there is a medical reason for remaining at distance

Both onsite and distance learning continues next week for Years 11-13. Unless you have informed us of a medical reason for your child continuing distance learning then we expect to see them on site at school to work towards their Unexpected Event Grades for externals and go through revision materials. Staff and students have found onsite learning a really positive experience this week and we would like to reassure you that our school is a safe and positive place for students/ākonga to accelerate their progress towards high achievement. Details of our health provisions and timetable blocks for the week are contained in this newsletter.

Ki te huarahi o Maria

It has been a real pleasure to see students and staff return on site this week and really enjoy being back together in our school community. Our school pillar of ‘In the way of Mary’ has been evident with how diligently everybody has been with following health and safety requirements. Staff and students have been following in the way of Mary with our presence and care for others, to ensure we all feel both comfortable and safe. This is part of our Marist pathway to find Jesus in ourselves and one another. We are Blessed to have such a wonderful charism to guide us in times of need for our school community and those around us. Stay safe all, noho ora mai.


Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth


Notices to Parents

Student Representative Results

Congratulations to Lesley Sasalu who has been re-elected to be the Student Representative on the Marcellin College Board.

Marcellin College School Policies

Our School Policies can now be accessed online via this link Marcellin College School Policies.
Log in details are as below: 
Community username: marcellin
Community password: seekthebest
If you need help navigating the page you can contact our Office Manager, Lavinia (09) 626 – 6509 ext 705 or an email to

Health & Safety Information

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.

Senior Prizegiving at Alert Level 3

The Senior Prize Giving will be held on Wednesday 10th November. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include all the recommendations from the public health experts, such as mandatory mask wearing and physical distancing. It will be delivered as three separate events, one for each senior year level for award recipients only to minimise gathering numbers. Unfortunately, due to current alert level requirements we are unable to invite whānau or friends on site to attend. The school will have a photographer and each event will be recorded which will be shared with whānau at a later date.
Year 11 Prize Giving – 4pm start

Year 12 Prize Giving – 5.30pm start

Year 13 Prize Giving – 7pm start

Award recipients and their whānau will be notified early next week with further information.

Learning and Curriculumn


Fakafetai / thank you very much for all the work completed this week – both onsite and from home!  Kaiako from all year levels have fed back on the great start it has been to Term 4 – keep it up!
Ako/Learning will continue to be delivered both face-to-face (Years 11 – 13 only) and online (Years 7 – 13).  All the details can be found on our school’s Distance Learning website which is updated every Sunday afternoon for the upcoming week.
Keep learning and stay safe!

Online Learning Blocks for Yr 11, 12 & 13 Ākonga

The timetable for Term Four, Week Three is below. There are year-level assemblies on Rāapa/Wednesday afternoon (during period five) where kaiārahi will discuss the requirements when coming onsite for external exams next month – look out for your kaiārahi Zoom invite in your email!

Special Character

We feel blessed to be a community that prays together which is why it has been so important to us to begin each of the senior learning blocks with a prayer. These have been written specifically for this purpose with the intention of placing our community under the protection of Jesus and of Mary, our good mother.

As a faith community, Christ is at the centre of our lives. We gather both online and in person knowing that when we gather in Christ’s name, he is there with us. Therefore, we have continued with the online liturgies.

All Saints and All Souls Days

Monday 1 November is All Saints Day and Tuesday 2 November is All Souls Day. At this time, we remember those who have gone before us, whose faith has influenced our own faith and whose lives have had a significant impact on our own. We also think about the Saints in the tradition of our church, whose inspiration draws us into a deeper relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.

We think of Mary, our good mother, the greatest disciple and Saint of all. We also think of our founder and example, Saint Marcellin Champagnat, giving thanks for their guidance and prayers for us all. 

Prayer for All Saints Day

On this All Saints Day, we give thanks for all the holy men and women who have gone before us as examples of faith in you.

We thank you for our parents, grandparents, members of our whānau, friends, religious leaders. the saints we have chosen as our model at Confirmation and all who have encouraged and supported us on our faith journey.

Just as they were faithful to you and lived their lives to give glory to you,

may we use this day and all of our days for your glory too.

May we be aware of your presence with us as we journey through this day 

and may all our efforts and actions serve to draw those around us closer to you.


Prayer for All Souls Day

God, our loving father

You gather us as one whānau in you.

We thank you for the lives of those whom we love who have gone before us.

We thank you for the gift of eternal life and the gift of faith in you that reassures us that those whom we love are with you always.

Jesus, our brother

We pray for those who have gone before us.

Hold them close to your sacred heart.

May their eternal life be filled with the joy of seeing you face-to-face.

Spirit of life

We come to you, aware that you are living water for our thirst 

and that one day we will see you, the source of all life and goodness, face-to-face 

as those who have gone before us do now.

Grace our lives with your presence now and always.



Mass continues to be available either on Shine TV at 2pm on Sundays or on the Auckland Catholic Diocesan website: Sunday Mass


Tokelau Language Week

The theme for the week was: Tokelau! Tapui tau gagana ma tau aganuku, i te manaola ma te lautupuola – Tokelau! Preserve your language and culture to enhance spiritual and physical wellbeing.

It was lovely to have so many of our staff and ākonga continuing to gather online for the liturgy with the focus this week being the beautiful islands of Tokelau and our responsibility to take care of our precious environment. We have also had a focus on the language which has been presented online.

Shot Marcellin

It was great to have an opportunity to have a pop-up vaccination centre on the school site and we were pleased that some of our ākonga took this opportunity to have either their first or second dose.

We are very grateful for the wonderful work of our Year 12 Media Committee members: Nyl Duran, Toshiro Mendoza and Tavite Ali, who created the poster and video for us and to the other ākonga who were part of the video too.


Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

2021 has been a somewhat difficult year for sports. Another year facing a pandemic and forcing some codes to have to cut their seasons short, it hasn’t been easy. However, we were fortunate enough to have competed in some awesome College Sport competitions throughout the year. We saw some amazing sporting talent throughout the year, no more so than from our amazing coaches. In 2021 we had an incredible coaching group across our senior and junior sports. Our incredible school staff as well as parents helped out this year, as well as coaches from our local community and past Marcellin Students returning to help give back to the school they once played for. We are truly grateful for all the knowledge, guidance and support our coaches provided our students this year. Sacrificing their time to provide the best possible opportunities for our students and investing their experience and knowledge of their respective sport into our programs at Marcellin. I would like to sincerely thank all our amazing coaches and Volunteers for their ongoing support toward the Marcellin College Sports program and a massive thank you for all your amazing work this year. We as a Sports Department will look to show our gratitude in a more tangible way soon. We are excited for what next year brings to Marcellin College, 2022 is going to be a great year for sport. I wish everyone the best for the rest of 2021, keep safe and stay blessed.

Zac Moulder – Director of Sport

Sports Uniforms

A friendly reminder to all our families whose child might still have some Marcellin sports gear from their winter season this year, if you could please return these uniforms to Student Services at reception, these uniforms are needed for next season and we would greatly appreciate it if they were returned. Thank you all


Diocesan Job Vacancy – 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 to view the full advert and position description.

Applications are via SEEK and close on 3 November.

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