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Marcellin College Newsletter – Term 4, Week 7

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Seek the Best – Rapu I Te Pai.
Wairua o te Whānau – Family Spirit

Message from the Principal

Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namaste, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Ola, warm greetings to all.

Prizegiving Ceremonies

Prizegiving ceremonies will take place by year level during the final few days of term. Due to health restrictions we are unable to invite guests though the ceremonies will be filmed and all students receiving an award will be presented with an official photograph. More details will be emailed to award winners and their families soon.

Enrolments for new students beginning 2022

For families with younger siblings still to enrol, we only have three places left in Year 7 for 2022 and very few for Year 9, please get in touch with the school office promptly to ensure that younger siblings are enrolled and can gain a place for next year. A reminder that all existing Year 8 students are automatically enrolled for Year 9 and have a place for next year.

Student Leaders for 2022

Congratulations to student leaders selected for 2022. These students have all shown leadership in different ways over the course of their school lives and are excellent role models to our younger ones, each in their own way. We are very confident that they will model our special charism over the course of 2022 to truly show the Glory of God and being part of his Kingdom in our everyday school lives and beyond. I will be letting all students know at the beginning of next year that this is a ministry for all of us as the people of God.The ministry of leadership to Christ is our shared responsibility, to support one another and those around us in the growth of our faith.

 

Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth

Principal                                                                                                     

 Notices

Marcellin College Policies

The school board would like to encourage our Marcellin whānau to please take part
in the review of our School Policies. Your feedback is much appreciated.

The current Policies under review are:

  • Religious Education
  • Māori Education success

Please follow the instructions below to submit your comments and review.

1. Visit the website https://marcellin.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm

2. Enter the username (marcellin) and password (seekthebest).

3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

4. Read the policy.

5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.

9. If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with
printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Health & Safety Information

There are an extensive range of health requirements and measures that will be in place to ensure all ākonga in Years 7-10 can safely return to onsite learning at Marcellin College in Alert Level 3. These are all in line with the most current up-to date information released.

  • 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 7-10 (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
  • There is no specific physical distancing requirement inside or outside when at
    school, but it is recommended wherever practicable
  • Ākonga are encouraged not to share their food or drink
  • The tuckshop remains closed until further notice
  • Drinking fountains can now be used at Alert Level 3 (mouths should not touch
    the nozzle)
  • Water bottles can be used and appropriate health and safety considerations
    followed for re-filling.
  • Counselling appointments will remain at distance; ākonga can email Ms Hyde-
    Hills to make an appointment
  • Nurse appointments can only be made by ākonga during the break time, when
    they are onsite for a learning block. Ākonga must attend these appointments
    alone at the specified time. There will be no waiting room.

Learning and Curriculumn

Ako/Learning

Our ākonga have been busy with different projects as you can see in the photos from 7LAT – Clay Candleholders, Āwhina Ako ākonga, 9Two English completing an activity outdoors, 10ENG Hut models, and 10Four Science Volcano paper mache!  Jazmyn Moors has shared her acrostic poem as part of the work completed in 10One.
 

Treading towards the land of our ancestors

Unpleasant and tiring journey to Takitimu 

Praying for our safety and guidance on our journey

Understanding we have a long way to go

Never giving up till we reach our destination of our heritage

Always thinking of our ancestors before us

–        Jazmyn Moors, 10One

 

Middle School Taster/Option 2022

Kaitiaki kaiako / teachers are now following up with Year 7 – 9 ākonga for their taster/option choices 2022.  Your support with reading through the Middle School Course Information booklet with your tamariki to help them make their choices is greatly appreciated – click here to see the online booklet  https://pubhtml5.com/fyft/vncu. Our Pathway / Ara Advisor Ms. Clark is available if you or your tamariki/child(ren) have any questions regarding careers, email clarkf@marcellin.school.nz 

School Loan Devices are NOW DUE to be Returned

All school devices (Laptops, Chromebooks, or Drawing Tablets ) that were loaned to ākonga for learning are now due to be returned.  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.
 

Middle School Learning Blocks

Here is Week 7 and Week 8 Middle School Learning Blocks timetable for Yrs 7-10:

“WORD THE FRONTLINE” Spoken Word Competition

The competition began with over 30 teams. Marcellin College made it through the regional heats and semi-finals which means they are in the TOP 4 schools and are finalists for the Grand Slam competition! The finals will be held online this coming Wednesday 1st December 7pm via the Action Education Facebook page. This is Marcellin’s first year in the competition and our entire team is made up of Year 11 ākonga – Eniselini Ali, Kate Laughter, Alani Leahe’uhila, Jazmin Ugapo and Azael Uini-Faiva. They will be going up against some well-established teams from Western Springs College, Epsom Girls Grammar School and Papatoetoe High School. We wish them all the best as they represent us in the finals. Thank you to Mr Bourke and Ms. Vete for all the mentoring and support as the Kaiako-In-Charge!
 
Rapu i te pai!

Marcellin Spirit

All unspent whānau points from this year will be transferred to 2022, where they can be spent in the first term. Here is a reminder of the 2021 Whānau Points Menu

Nurse and Counselling Appointments

  • Counselling appointments will remain at distance; ākonga can email Mrs Hyde-Hills to make an appointment (hydehillst@marcellin.school.nz)
  • Nurse appointments can only be made by ākonga during the break time when
    they are onsite for a learning block. Ākonga must attend these appointments
    alone at the specified time. There will be no waiting room. (Email Miss Corbett
    at corbettc@marcellin.school.nz)

Special Character:

We have recently celebrated the Feast of Christ the King and then this past Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday of our Advent journey. We celebrated Jesus the king of a kingdom of love. That kingdom of love is the foundation for Christian hope. Christ’s birth that we prepare for during Advent reminds us that Christ entered our world to redeem us, to give us a hope and a future that give meaning to our lives now.

Mass

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

Reconnection Liturgies

We enjoyed delightful liturgies that helped us to reconnect as a whānau when our Year 7-10 ākonga returned to school. The liturgies included a nature walk as a way of pondering the continued creative presence of God in our lives and a natural world where we find symbols that speak to us of God at work amongst us.

Senior Ākonga

We encourage all senior ākonga to remain close to Jesus in prayer throughout the remainder of the year and we pray that the Year 13s leaving us in 2021 will continue to keep Jesus in their hearts and in their lives, remaining connected to supportive church communities.

NZ Catholic

The New Zealand Catholic is providing, free of charge, a digital link to the latest issue and on the final page there is a story about Marcellin College: https://indd.adobe.com/view/707e9a74-c217-46bf-8f04-918203a095a9

Community:

Prefects for 2022

Diocesan Youth and Family Events

Sunday 28 November, 7pm – Converge // Youth and Young Adult Leaders Gathering
Youth and young adult leaders are invited to join together for an evening of fun, formation and sharing. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87574994154

Sunday 5 December, 7pm – The Great Diocesan Christmas Quiz. This is an opportunity to win up to $500 for your parish school or faith community. Grab your best Christmas outfit and join us for another night of trivia-filled fun! https://us06web.zoom.us/j/875409124

Marcellin College Yearbook

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

Sports: 

Marcellin College Sports Uniforms – Due to be returned

Please return all Marcellin College Sports Uniforms to the Student Services Center before the final day of the school term, Friday 10th December.  We really appreciate your support and we are looking forward to our 2022 sports season coming up!  Thank you all.  Keep safe, Mr. Moulder (Sports Director).

IF YOUR CHILD IS DOING SOMETHING FANTASTIC OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TIME, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND SHARE IT WITH THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY –  EMAIL YOUR STORIES (AND PHOTOGRAPHS) TO: office@marcellin.school.nz

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