Marcellin College Newsletter – Term 4, Week 3

Marcellin College
School Newsletter
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.

Planning for Year 7-10 to return

It seems like we are coming to the end of the period of lockdowns with the 90% vaccination target in site and this will mean a welcome return to school for our Year 7-10 students. Whilst we are unsure about what this will look like yet, we are already planning and looking forward to a return to onsite learning for our younger students.

End of Year Senior Liturgies

This week will be the final formal lessons before Year 11-13 go on Study Leave on Tuesday. There will be online liturgies for Years 11 and 12 and a Liturgy in the Chapel for Year 13 when we will present the Class of 2021 with their leaving certificate and a taonga from the school.

Senior Prizegiving

To ensure we can hold Prizegiving safely we are running a separate event for each year level. For Health and Safety reasons, only students receiving awards will be able to attend. However, we will record  the events and post a link to student emails so whānau can watch later. We have also hired a photographer and paid for the rights for you to be able to download a professional photograph of your child(ren) with their award(s). A link will be emailed when they are ready a few days after the events.

External Exams

Whilst we have generated Unexpected Event grades for the majority of students and subjects for the externals, all students should seek their best and site all of their external exams. The current assessment conditions provide students with a great opportunity to go into exams knowing what they already have but being in a position to go one better and beat their grades. Rapu i te pai!

Draw strength and inspiration through our faith

As we see Covid-19 spreading in our communities it is more important than ever to draw strength and inspiration through our faith. A prayer to the Holy Spirit written by Saint Mariam Bouardy, also known as St Mary of Jesus Crucified, came to me from one of my relatives recently. It is so simple yet so appropriate for our current situation, so sharing with you.

Holy Spirit, inspire me.

Love of God, consume me.

Along the true road, lead me.

Mary my Mother, look upon me.

With Jesus, bless me.

From all evil, from all illusion,

from all danger, preserve me.



Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth


Notices to Parents

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 have been notified. If you have not already, please email to register your child to attend.

Learning and Curriculumn


Tēnā koutou katoa te whānau,
Thank you to our ākonga for doing their best and keeping connected with kaiako.  Shared with you is the awesome work completed by 9Three in Religious Education this term where they learned more about the Rosary and the mysteries of the Rosary.  Ākonga created a Petition Rosary and a storyboard using ‘’.  (9Three – Christine Tongia, Sioi Salt, Aaron Singh, Skylar Castillo and Neil Lau’i)

Christine Tongia’s Prayer Intention Rosary:


Sioi Salt’s Storyboard on the Glorious Mysteries:


Aaron Singh’s Storyboard on the Glorious Mysteries:


Skylar Castillo’s Storyboard on the Glorious Mysteries:


Neil Lau’i’s Storyboard and Reflections on the Joyful Mysteries:


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Return of school devices next week

All school devices (Laptops, Chromebooks, or Drawing Tablets ) that were loaned to ākonga for learning are due to be returned next week.  This will allow enough time for the eLearning Director and Technician to begin the long process of maintenance and upgrading of school software.
Please ensure your tamariki/child(ren) returns the device with charger (and laptop bag if provided) to the STUDENT SERVICES CENTRE.  The team will check the equipment and then remove your tamariki’s name from the school’s record.
Thank you for your support as we work together to ‘Seek the Best’ for our ākonga!

Ākonga Leadership: Ministry of Education Auckland Youth Advisory Group

Congratulations to Faustina Viliamu, Tetrina Tuiletufuga, Eniselini Ali, Shennade Wilson, and Elijah Malaitai who have been selected to represent rangatahi/young people on the Ministry of Education Auckland Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

The purpose of the YAG is to establish a forum for youth to share their experiences and perspectives on education with the regional Ministry of Education in Tamaki Makaurau.  Rangatahi representatives will bring their insights and provide advice on regional strategies to help the Ministry engage more effectively with rangatahi.

This is also a great leadership opportunity for our ākonga.  Tino pai!

Online Learning Blocks for Yr 11, 12 & 13 Ākonga

The timetable for Term Four, Week Four is below – these are the final learning blocks for seniors this year. For those ākonga sitting the external exams, your admission slips will be arriving at school next week. Look out for the email explaining how you can collect them at the end of next week.

Special Character

We continue to enjoy the blessing of being a faith community that prays together. The liturgies have continued online as we remain true to our mission and the special character of the College.

Leavers’ Liturgies

It is important that we finish the year as we always do in prayer. The Leavers’ Liturgies will be different this year and will occur in the following ways:

  • Year 11 and 12 ākonga will be sent an invitation to an online liturgy. The liturgies will take place on Tuesday 9 November at 3pm for Year 11 and 3:30pm for Year 12.

  • The Year 13 liturgy will be held in the school chapel and all Year 13 ākonga will be presented with a small gift as a reminder to stay close to Jesus throughout their lives. This liturgy will also take place on 9 November but will be held directly after the second learning block at 1:50pm.

We encourage all senior ākonga to share in prayer with the other members of their year level and their kaiārahi for the last time for 2021.


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

A mass was recorded at Marcellin College for Shine TV yesterday with a small group of kaiako and ākonga present. The mass was led by our chaplain, Monsignor Bernard Kiely. We are grateful to those staff and ākonga who assisted with the mass and we were delighted that it was possible to have a mass onsite even if only with a small number present. The mass will be on Shine TV on the Second Sunday of Advent, 5 December.


Cans for Christmas – Givealittle

The Cans for Christmas Givealittle page has been growing steadily and it is great to see that the contributions have been coming in steadily. There are 52 schools involved this year and although it has been impossible given the current situation to collect cans, the sum of $5,855 has been collected for St. Vincent de Paul to assist whānau in need. We are aware that Marcellin whānau have been among the contributors. There is still an opportunity to contribute and you can use this link if you would like to do so: 2021 Collection

Marcellin College Yearbook

The Marcellin College Yearbook is now available for purchase from the Student Services Centre.


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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