Marcellin College Newsletter – Monday 14 March 2022

Marcellin College
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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.

It has been a pleasure to see more ākonga/students returning to onsite learning this week and we hope that the current Covid disruption will ease to the extent that we can return to 100% on site learning by Week 9. As a school, we genuinely appreciate the patience and support from whānau as we have navigated this period of time and would like to assure you that when all ākonga do return on site we will work with them where they are up to and journey with them to where they need to be. This disruption will not leave anybody behind.

At Marcellin College we send out one report per term to keep whānau up to date with effort and progress. Term one reports are currently being completed by staff and they will be sent out to you next Friday. If you have any concerns or questions then please email your child(ren)’s Kaiako who will be able to assist.

Next Friday is also an important celebration of our charism and tradition. The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates when the angel Gabriel visited the Blessed Virgin Mary to tell her that she would become the mother of God. Jesus would be formed in her womb, and she would care for him as his Mother. Mary was willing to accept God’s plan and the joy and pain that came with it. On this day, we do not only celebrate the announcement to Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus, but also her willing acceptance of the news. Mary gives us a model of trust and faith. Even when we know the road ahead is not the easiest, keeping our faith and trust in God’s plan helps us to see our journeys through. Let us be inspired by Mary to live in faith through testing times.

Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth


Important Notices

Health & Safety

Getting tested for COVID-19

Getting tested for COVID-19

You should only get a COVID-19 test if:

  • you have symptoms, or
  • you are a Household Contact.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate for 7 days. You isolate for 7 days from the day your symptoms started or from the day you got your positive test – whichever is earlier. You can leave isolation after 7 days —  you do not need a negative test.  

Household Contacts

If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are a Household Contact. You will need to:

  • Self-isolate for 7 days from the day the person with COVID-19 tests positive or the day their symptoms began, whichever is first.
  • Get a test on day 3 and day 7 of the isolation period, or sooner if you develop symptoms. If you are a Household Contact and you test positive, you will need to isolate for 7 days from the day your test was positive or the day you started having symptoms, whichever is first. 
  • You can return to school on Day 8 if you have had two negative tests and not developed symptoms.
  • Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you will not need to isolate again for 3 months, if someone else in your household tests positive during that time. This is an increase from 1 month.

If you have any of the below symptoms, please do not attend school and get a test as soon as possible. If ākonga 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.

If ākonga are found to be at school during their isolation period, we will have to send them home immediately. 

School Event Calendar – Important Dates

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

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

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.

Learning and Curriculum


Weeks 7 and 8 Rostered Learning for Years 9 – 13 can be found on the Ako / Learning Website and has been emailed to all ākonga/students (Click on this link to access the Ako / Learning website:
NEW BUTTON added to AKO Learning Website:  NCEA and Assessment Information
To keep our senior ākonga and their whānau updated on NCEA updates and assessment information, go to the website and click on the button to access the:
  • NCEA Assessment Ākonga Guidelines – information about what to do if you missed an assessment and applying for extensions, appealing a grade that you do not agree with, what happens if breach assessment rules, etc
  • NCEA Assessment Calendar for each Year level – plan your year by looking at the assessment dates for all of your courses
  • A Guide to NCEA – for tamariki and their whānau new to NCEA (also available in Te Reo Māori, Tongan and Samoan languages)

Year 9 Creative and Designs

The Year 9 Creative Design class created these beautiful key chains using dried flowers and other found objects. They are practicing using resin before creating their NZ themed souvenirs using the laser cutter and resin…watch this space for their final outcomes!

Year 7 & 8 Fashion

The Year 7 & 8 Fashion ākonga created these reusable beeswax sandwich wraps using a traditional batik method of applying design to fabric. They had to ‘draw’ their design on using wax, apply colourful dyes to fabric, remove the wax by melting with an iron before applying beeswax. These wraps can be used instead of glad wrap for sandwiches or covering bowls of leftovers. 

Co-Curricular  2022

It is great to see all our ākonga who have signed up for our Co-Curricular clubs and groups this year!  Three of these clubs will be featured in every newsletter and posted on our social media sites with updates and photos!  It’s not too late to sign up.  
A confirmation letter outlining a description of the club(s) your tamariki / child has signed up for including the Google Meet link, meeting times, and days will be sent by the end of the week to whānau – please check the times as some clubs will run after school.  

New Whānau Open Evening – Online Event

All prospective ākonga/learners with their whānau/families are warmly invited to join us on Thursday 24 March, 6.30 pm via Google Meet, to find out more about our ‘High Achieving Family’ school.  
Register on our school website home page to join us for half an hour online to learn about our high achieving school, extensive co-curricular opportunities, and nurturing family environment. Click on the following link to register Marcellin College Virtual Open Evening link
Seek the Best for your tamariki / child!


For any ākonga and whānau working and learning from home at the moment, the image below is a reminder of five simple ways to take care of yourself.

Special Character:


The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent invites us to the revelation of Jesus’ Divinity. The Transfiguration is a significant turning point for us all as we witness the majesty of God; once more we hear God’s voice-”This is my chosen Son, listen to Him.” Jesus is the Messiah. In his Transfiguration, we see our hopefulness in the glory of Jesus’ Resurrection, even as we prepare during our season of Lent to remember Jesus’ Passion and Death on the cross.

Pope Francis reminds us that “Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity (kairós), let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).

Let us not grow tired of praying. 

Let us not grow tired of uprooting evil from our lives. 

Let us not grow tired of doing good in active charity towards our neighbours.”

At Marcellin, we strive to encounter Jesus in many ways; prayer, Liturgy, service, co-curricular groups and academia. These experiences help our ākonga build their relationship with God and others, to understand what it means to accept that we are made in the image and likeness of God and uphold the dignity of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray together and for each other that God may allow the Holy Spirit to work through us so that we make Jesus known and loved to all. 

Below is a personal Lenten reflection written by one of our Special Character Prefects- Najeer Payne Faletau. He writes on what his Lent means for him and encourages us to take a deeper look at our lives and reflect on how we can continue to strengthen our relationship with God and others.

“For 2022, I’ve accepted the role of working in the Special Character Committee as it’s not just a chance to serve in school masses and Liturgies, but it’s a chance for me to come closer in my faith. 

Lent has always been an event that meant giving up something for Christ. Every year Lent happened, I never really gave up anything although I’ve said in the past, I’d give up this and that. But I never gave up anything because I thought, “What is the point?” I thought if I gave up something for Lent, I’d just go back to doing the same thing after it was over, making whatever I gave up meaningless. But now as I think about it it’s really a chance to better ourselves, and draw ourselves closer to God. Giving up something that makes you less than what you were meant to be is challenging, but also rewarding. I know that if I hadn’t lied to myself, thinking I wouldn’t be a better person having given up all my bad habits in the past, I’d be a better person. Lent is a comeback season, a season that shouldn’t be taken for granted, and taken more seriously with an open mind.

I’d like for everyone to look as deep as you want into yourself, pull out all those habits, and all those thoughts, those excuses you keep telling yourself and let them go. Even if it’s something small, at least it benefits you. Don’t worry about who’s giving up what, this is about you. Do what’s best for you and stay committed to it. Don’t wait until the next day or the next month, or the next year to finally make a move. Somewhere in us, we want us to be better, so accept that call and move on. Give at least 10% of your time wholeheartedly to the Lord, and don’t forget that prayer is always a medicine.”

Our Lenten Journey

Burning the Palms

On the 1st of March, the year 12 ākonga participated in the burning of the ashes from the previous years’ Palm Sunday. The students enjoyed participating in this service and found it an enriching experience.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

We were blessed to have our Ash Wednesday Liturgy this year. This took place in the Kaitiakis and provided a more personal experience in smaller groups. Each Kaitiaki were asked to reflect on what they would fast from during Lent. The message from Pope Francis helped to understand the deeper significance of Lent and fasting. 

In our RE classes, ākonga also reflected on how they can be peacemakers within our community. The theme for this Lent comes from Caritas

“Called to be peacemakers: Building dreams together.” This is particularly significant in these times of conflict especially between Ukraine and Russia.

We bring them to mind and pray as one Marcellin whānau:

From the Caritas Lent Prayer Booklet 2019

Poster created by Toshiro Mendoza, Year 13

Year 7 & 8 RE

Caritas Tonga Fundraising

Lent serves as a timely reminder to renew our commitment to serve others.  We especially remember our brothers and sisters in Tonga who continue to rebuild their lives after the volcanic eruption earlier this year. We humbly offer our prayers and thoughts for them. May they see Christ’s face in all those they encounter and may peace and comfort be restored in their hearts and homes. 

Caritas Tonga are working hard to help all the families in need. We are pleased to announce our first fundraising opportunity for all our Marcellin whānau. This will take place from the 28th of March to 4th of April. We warmly invite you to contribute and help us raise funds this term. All donations will go to the people of Tonga through Caritas Tonga. Please see the poster below for more details.

Upcoming Events:

Sports News:

Co-Curricular Week 2022

During co-curricular week in week 5, the sports department put together some multi sport games for our students. These sports included, Hockey, Turbo Touch, Basketball and Netball.

The multi-sport games gave our students a chance to try different sports that are offered during the winter season. Sign ups for winter sports are still open. Come down to the gym to sign up for our winter season.

A picture below of our Year 7 & 8 students after multisport games at lunch times.

Coaches and Managers expressions of interests

With our Winter season fast approaching, Marcellin College sports department is on the lookout for coaches and managers for our term 2 and term 3 codes. These include, Netball, Basketball, Rugby,  Badminton and Soccer. If you are interested and want to be apart of some amazing College teams with excellent students, please feel free to email our Director of Sport Mr Zac Moulder

Volleyball Summer Season 2022

During term 1 our senior boys and senior girls have been competing in the College Sport Central Zone Volleyball season. Playing local schools around the area, both home and away, our senior volleyball teams have enjoyed being back playing interschool sport. 

With a few weeks left in the competition, both teams are looking to play in finals as well as prepare for senior championships. For updates on games and training keep an eye on our facebook and instagram.  

Student News


Congratulations to Blessing, he was awarded the Parafed Auckland Youth Award and also Wheelchair Rugby MVP for 2021. The awards dinner was set for 2022 but because of covid it has been cancelled.

Blessing has done amazing things and has had endless opportunities to show his awesome sports skills since joining Parafed. With all the health problems and multiple visits to Starship it has not stopped him from living his best life. He is truly blessed.


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