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Marcellin College Special Newsletter – Thursday 24 February 2022

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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.

This is a special Newsletter to outline arrangements for the next two weeks at Marcellin College. With the situation changing every day and presently more than half of our ākonga/students and staff needing to self isolate, we need to provide whānau with certainty about school days. With this in mind for the next two weeks onsite says will be the following:

Year 7&8 – onsite every day

Year 9-13 – two contact days per week

The specific days are contained in this newsletter and will be emailed to all ākonga/students this evening.

A reminder for whānau that all ākonga from Years 9-13 are expected to have access to a device to bring to school and use at home, this is the expectation for most schools and essential for your child(ren)’s success. If there is a situation where your child does not have access to a device, please contact the school so we can provide them with instructions for their distance learning. We will support all ākonga/students to be able to continue learning during this period of disruption and remain hopeful that after this short period of less contact time that all ākonga/students will be able to return onsite and we can continue with the rest of the school year. 

As a heads up, next week is cocurricular week and your child(ren) will have opportunities to sign up for the many cocurricular groups, clubs and teams that run at the college. Keep a look out for our Newsletter early next week that will contain information that will enable you to encourage your child to sign up and join in. Our Loving Lord Blesses us with many gifts and talents and it is our duty as his people to follow our passions and areas of strength and encourage others to do the same.

Please keep all ākonga and whānau who are isolating with Covid or with family members especially in your prayers this week. Our patron Saint Marcellin Champagnat would say it is the most you can do for a person!

Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth

Principal                                                                           

Important Notices

Health & Safety

Changes to contact tracing for schools

If ākonga have been identified as a positive case or a  household contact of a case, they must receive a negative Day 8 test result before returning to school. We don’t need to see evidence of a negative test, however the test could be either a PCR or RAT. You isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started or from the day you got your positive test – whichever is earlier. 

As a household contact you must test on day 3 and 8. 

Close contact and positive cases are no longer receiving ‘release’ notifications when the self-isolation period has ended. 

If you have any of the below symptoms, please do not attend school and get a test as soon as possible. If students are at school with the below symptoms, they will be sent home. 

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

If you are a positive case or a household contact, please just let the school know, so we can update your child’s KAMAR details. 

School Event Calendar – Important Dates

To keep up to date with school events please click on the following link as these are updated regularly:

https://www.marcellin.school.nz/calendar/

School 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:

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.

School closes early for PPTA (Teacher Union) meeting –

Friday 25th February 2022

School closes at 1:30pm tomorrow, Friday 25th February for the annual PPTA (Teacher Union) meeting. Staff are entitled to one half day, so to minimise disruption to ākonga, Marcellin kaiako choose to only take period 5

Learning and Curriculumn

Ako/Learning

The Marcellin College ‘Ako / Learning Website’ is the hub for all the information regarding lessons, support and tips for setting up learning environments at home and at school, as well as resources for prayers and hauora / wellbeing.  
 
You can access this by going to our school website [Menu –> Our College –> Curriculum –> Distance Learning].  Bookmark it now!
 
There is also a section for Whānau / families new to Marcellin College with details on how to access their tamariki/child(ren)’s results as well as a list of staff to contact.
 
A copy of the Rostered Learning for Years 9 – 13 can also be found here. 
 
Please encourage your tamariki / child(ren) to keep connected with their kaiako / teachers and their learning.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

As part of the stationery lists for Years 9 to 13, we require that all ākonga bring their own device for learning in the classroom.  Ākonga in Years 7 and 8 will each be provided a school laptop to use in the classroom where it will remain.
 
Our school has partnered with PB Technology for special pricing – simply use the code MARCBYOD22 when purchasing a device.
 
Ākonga can now borrow a device from the library for the day by checking it out, as they would a library book. These must be returned by 3.30 pm on the day it was borrowed.
Keep learning and keep connected!

Timetable for Weeks 5 and 6

The following timetable has been confirmed for Weeks Five and Six. This timetable ensures all ākonga from Year 9-13 have two onsite contact days per week, covering all subjects, including tasters and options. Offsite learning will continue via our Ako/Learning website on the days ākonga are learning from home. Year 7 and 8 ākonga will be onsite every day. 

Week 5 

Week 6

Pastoral Care

Remember you can contact your tamariki/child’s kaiārahi directly, should you have any pātai/questions or concerns. Our kaiārahi for this year are:
 
Yr 7&8 – Miss Jeanavieve Pome’e (pomeej@marcellin.school.nz)
Yr 9 – Mr Anthony Lensen (lensena@marcellin.school.nz)
Yr 10 – Miss Jess Stenberg (stenbergj@marcellin.school.nz)
Yr 11 – Ms Cheryl Schuster (schusterc@marcellin.school.nz)
Yr 12 – Mr Craig Mildon (mildonc@marcellin.school.nz)
Yr 13 – Mrs Karen Rodrigues (rodriguesk@marcellin.school.nz)

Special Character:

As a faith community, we are one whānau in God; brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Our faith makes us strong and our collective prayer unites us in God’s protective embrace.

We pray:

Jesus, you send us your peace through the Holy Spirit.

Fill our hearts with hope as we trust in you.

Mary, our good mother and ordinary resource, protect us and draw us ever closer to your son.

Holy Spirit, fill us with the fire of courage, love and joy that we may be the face of Christ for all whom we meet.

God, our father, protect our community in your love. 

      Amen.

We place you, our precious Marcellin whānau in the care of our God, entrusting you to the one who says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” May God bless you all and protect you in his loving care.

Upcoming Events:

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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