Marcellin College Newsletter – Monday 28 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.

As a school, we genuinely appreciate the patience and support from whānau as we have navigated the Omicron outbreak and would like to assure you that we have systems in place to ensure ākonga/students achieve to the level they should. Our situation is similar to many other schools in Auckland and we remain hopeful that we will be back to full week on site attendance by the beginning of Week 11.

Our term one reports provide an overview for whānau about whether your child(ren) meet expectations for effort and progress in each of their subjects. There are year-level Kaiarahi/Dean email addresses contained on the report and you are welcome to make contact if you have any questions or concerns.

We are very pleased this week to launch our new school app! Please take time to read about the features and download to your phone. The app has some great features to help keep you up to date and to help you keep us up to date too. More details are contained in this newsletter.

As we continue to journey through Lent, let us reflect on the enduring mercy and love of our God. It is always there; God is always there. How often in the daily business of our lives do we take time out to pray? Like Sunday’s Gospel which contained the parable of the Prodigal Son, our loving God celebrates when we reconnect, when we rediscover. Let us keep reminding ourselves that prayer is the most we can do for ourselves and do for others. With people still sick and dying of Covid-19 and people being subjected to war in Ukraine, during Lent and everyday take the time to reconnect, to offer prayer for those around us; our neighbours.

Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth


Important Notices

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.

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.

New School App

Today we launch a brand new school app! This is available on any Apple or Android device and has lots of great features.
Search “SchoolAppsNZ” in the App store of your device, or if you do not have a compatible device use the link below click here. Remember to add it to your browser’s bookmarks!

Health & Safety

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. 

Learning and Curriculum


Weeks 9 and 10 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:
Well done for all your efforts so far – keep learning and keep connected with your kaiako and kaiārahi, especially during the last few weeks of Term One.  Kia kaha!

Co-Curricular 2022 club feature this week: Dungeons & Dragons

On Friday, the first Dungeons & Dragons campaign began where ākonga designed their character and set the scene for engaging as a character in a fantasy world setting.  This space welcomes all to explore their inner personalities and see how creative they can be within all their adventures!  Sessions run Friday 3.30 – 4.30 / 5.00 pm each week for Term One (Wednesdays and Fridays in Term Two).  Click here to see the YouTube video created by the Dungeon Masters Hayden, Tavite and Troy.

Minecraft Club

“We are having fun at the Minecraft Club!” 
Minecraft Club is running every Friday in the computer room. Minecrafters from any year level can join and use Minecraft to build a “Better Future”. Some groups are preparing their builds to enter the Interface Minecraft Competition 2022. 

Careers and Ara Pathways

Years 12 and 13 Gateway Programme

  • The Red Shirts Gateway Programme focuses on supporting students to gain NCEA Level 2 customer service and retail credits by completing two workshops plus five days work experience onsite at The Warehouse, Mt Roskill. During the workshops, our ākonga learnt about The Health & Safety at Work Act, The Fair Trading Act, The Consumer Guarantees Act and the Privacy Act and how these regulations apply to a ‘real life’ work place. They also learnt the importance of professional standards of communication and personal presentation that is expected in the workplace. Our Red Shirts students are now into their second week of work experience. 
  • MSL Police Preparation Course is also in its second week of classes. This course provides Year 13s wanting to eventually join the NZ Police, the opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills required to gain successful entry into the police force. The MSL Police Preparation Course focuses on the important of community engagement and requires students to develop a team project that will benefit the community they live in. The course runs for 20 weeks, with students attending one day a week. The MSL Police Preparation Course has had a number of students go on to successfully graduate from NZ Police College.   
  • Student 360  We have 17 students so far who have enrolled in the Student360 programme. Student360 supports Year 12 and 13 students in gaining first hand experience in the industry they plan to work in in the future. During the school holidays, our students will complete paid internships in industries such as I.T, law, marketing and business. Through these internships, students will also be mentored by leaders in their chosen industry. This support and mentoring continue right through to their second year of university study.

Upcoming courses

  • April 11-13th Forklift Training and Licence Course 
  • April 26-27th Advanced Workplace First Aid Course

University presentations

Despite the disruptions throughout Term One, we have been lucky enough to have hosted AUT and the Defence Force introductory presentations via Zoom.  The Year 13s who attended these sessions were introduced to what degrees and careers are on offer as well as the entry requirements. 
Upcoming university presentations dates:
  • 5 April- University of Auckland (lunchtime in the library)
  • 8 April – Otago University (lunchtime in the library)
  • 11 April – University of Waikato (lunchtime in the library)
  • 4 May- Unitec (lunchtime in the Chapel)
  • 18 May – MIT (lunchtime in the library)
During Term Two and Term Three, the Universities will also offer subsequent course planning and scholarship application sessions either onsite or via zoom.

Year 11 Careers and Ara/Pathways short course

As part of the Ara / Career programme of our school’s Strategic Plan, the purpose of the course was to help ākonga/ students prepare for a successful future by providing career education about specific pathways and events throughout the year that can support them with decision making.  Facilitated  by Ms. Clark (Ara Advisor and Gateway Coordinator) the course supported ākonga in filling in forms correctly, writing a CV and learning effective communication and interviewing skills.  Ākonga were able to gain NCEA Level 1 credits upon completion.



Sleep is a vital part of our hauora. Experts advise that 11 & 12-year-olds need between 9 and 12 hours of sleep per night and that 13 to 18-year-olds need between 8 and 10 hours per night. See the attached sleep hygiene guide for small steps to aid better rest and sleep. 

Special Character:

As the term progresses we continue to live in faith with our Lenten intentions. Listening to God’s Word and witnessing to the Gospel Values at school, our homes and our community. Our journey continues as we reflect on the significance of God’s love and compassion for us. It is readily available; we just have to accept it. Like the Father in the parable of the prodigal son, God is always waiting for us to return to Him so we can receive the abundance of life he offers us. The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” Today’s Gospel describes the reason for our joy: God’s great love for us has been revealed in Jesus. Through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has reconciled us with God and one another. Let us continue to pray together and for each other that God may allow the Holy Spirit to work through us so that we can make Jesus known and loved to all. 

Below is a personal Lenten reflection written by one of our Special Character Prefects- Seilosa Masunu. She writes to encourage us to look deeper in our faith, stay strong and keep our hope and trust in God. 

“Accepting this role has really allowed me to navigate through my spiritual journey and grow a better and healthier relationship within myself through God.

Lent to me is a time of reflection and a time of deep repentance. To reflect on how I am strengthening my faith. Allowing myself to grow as a person through this process? I think through this whole experience during Lent it’s important to give myself up emotionally, mentally and spiritually to God. During this season I want to be able to give myself a chance to pray and reflect on what I’m giving up and why I am doing it.

I would encourage everyone to take this time to reflect and allow themselves to be open and honest with God. Giving up something is hard but it can also be very beneficial too. In saying this, I encourage you all to seek help from God and build your faith with the works of a disciple. A way in doing this is to join the special character committee and share your faith with our school community and help each other to strengthen our relationship with the Lord.”

Feast of the Anunciation of the Lord and Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Friday March 25th was the Feast of the Annunciation of  Lord. We remember this significant event in our Christian faith where the angel Gabriel visits Mary and tells her she will be the Mother of God. The angel Gabriel said to Mary “Rejoice, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28. God chooses to save us from our sins by sending his only Son here on earth. Jesus is fully human and fully divine- he is God in human form. Mary’s Yes- “Let it be done” was a sign of her willingness to accept God’s call. She believes and entrusts herself to God, certain that nothing is impossible for Him. Pope Francis declared the 25th of March to be a World Day of Prayer for Russia and Ukraine. As a Marcellin whānau, we gathered to pray the Rosary at lunchtime in our Chapel. This was a very special event for us as we showed solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering from war and injustice. g

Bishop Lowe said Friday would be a day of prayer for everyone affected by the war: “We will be praying for those who have been wounded or killed. We will be praying for those who care for the wounded. We will be praying for those who have suddenly become refugees and for those that care for them. And we will pray that the Russian leadership and soldiers may have a change of heart.

“This is the season of Lent, which is about the change, the conversion of the heart. Christ calls us to love our enemies and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters. And as we pray for Ukraine we also remember those caught in other conflicts, including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.”

Below are a few pictures of our lovely 7&8s working in solidarity with the 13s to write intercessory prayers to Mother Mary. We ask Mary, our Good Mother to intercede for all those in conflict, may this Lent bring reconciliation and peace and that we place greater emphasis on healing and restoring broken relationships.

Fundraising for Tonga with Caritas Tonga

Almsgiving is an important focus during the season of Lent and serves as a timely reminder to renew our commitment to serve others. We humbly offer our prayers and thoughts to the nation of 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. 

Our Social Justice Prefects are proud to announce their first fundraising opportunity for all our Marcellin whānau. Brownie dry mix bags are available to purchase from 28th-March-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 follow the Google order form below to buy a sweet treat to make with your whānau or give away as a special Easter gift. As we journey towards Easter, this will make for a perfect way to spend time with the whānau, baking and enjoying treats together. 

The brownie dry mix is packaged in a piping bag, all you need to do is add the wet ingredients and it comes with a recipe, or add your own twist! We thank you in advance for your generous donations. All funds raised through this will be given to Caritas Tonga. 

Order Form via Google- please click the link below

Alternatively you can scan the QR code using the camera on your phone, a link will pop up, that directly links to the form. 

Upcoming Events:

Sports News:

Winter Season Training

Winter season training is in full swing! Our rugby, basketball, football and netball teams have been working hard over the last few weeks to prepare for their term 2 seasons! We are all excited for the 2022 winter season! We are always on the lookout for coaches and managers for our teams. If you are interested in coaching or managing a team please email our Sports Director; Zac Moulder-

Senior Girls finish 2nd in the Central Zone Volleyball Competition

Our senior volleyball girls played their final games of the season on Thursday! Having won 4 games leading up to Thursday’s finals, the girls were feeling confident they could put their best foot forward. Playing Onehunga in the first game proved a tough challenge, but Marcellin was able to claim a closely fought 2 set victory. They then took on the 1st placed Baradene team. After a hard first set loss our girls dug deep and stayed in check with the strong Baradene players, however they just fell short of winning the second set with Baradene taking the win!

An awesome effort from our girls! They have played well this season and we are all extremely proud of you and your hard work!

 Auckland Championship Athletics

Marcellin College Head boy Alesana Timoteo

Earned a top 10 finish in Senior boys high jump at the Auckland Athletics championship’s at Mt Smart. Finishing 10th with a jump height of 1.60m

An awesome effort! We are all very proud of your efforts

Year 10 David Filo also completed in the junior boys 100m sprints! He ran a fantastic race and finished 44th overall.

Notice Board

Free music instrument lessons

If you would like you child to learn an instrument, the Maamaloa Music Academy is offering free lessons every Saturday in a group setting. 
If you are interested, please contact Mrs Liava’a via email at or you can contact 

School Attendance Dues – Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of Attendance Dues for preference students attending both primary and secondary Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest, or Auckland Common Fund Ltd at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland on 09-360-3069 for further information. 

Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be downloaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:

Outward Bound

The fully funded Youth Activate is an 8 day course for physically disabled youth aged 16-17 years. Our next course date is  10–17 May 2022.
Find more information about Youth Activate here.

The fully funded Leaps & Bounds Activate 8 day course is for physically disabled youth (13 to 16yrs) and their parent or caregiver. Our next course date is 10-17 October 2022.
Find more information about Leaps & Bounds Activate here.

Student Gym Special 

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