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.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank parents, caregivers and whānau for all of your wonderful support during a very tricky term. It is through working together as a Christian community, supporting one another, that we are able to journey through testing times together and emerge stronger in our bonds with one another and with God, growing together in the faith of our community and of our Lord.
We are pleased that nearly all ākonga/students have returned back on site and look forward to the school year ahead when everybody can continue with our academic studies without interruption and participate in more co-curricular opportunities. Please keep reading the Newsletter and checking student notices on the school app to keep up with opportunities and encourage your child(ren) to participate. The more our children use their God-given gifts and talents, the greater they become in life, in our eyes and most importantly, in the eyes of God.
The Easter season beginning on Sunday is a time to share in joy, the joy of the Risen Christ and the hope that one day we will rise too. In Sunday’s Gospel reading, we see the hope in the Disciples as they race to the empty tomb. This hope is a reminder for us all that we must have faith to find Jesus and look for him wholeheartedly in ourselves and others. Later when Jesus appears to the Disciples it is with the message “Peace be with you”, this is a message of the Divine Love that our Lord and Saviour brings; the inner peace we might feel with the presence of Christ. May peace be with all families during the coming school holidays through prayer, the Eucharist, seeing the spirit in one another and through our daily experiences of following Christ.
Ngā mihi nui whānau
New Appointed Assistant Principal – Miss. Kylie Mayall
Kia ora koutou,
I feel very blessed to be moving into a new role here at Marcellin College and continuing to serve our community. I first started at the college in 2016 as the Teacher in Charge of Dance and thoroughly enjoy inspiring ākonga to be confident and express themselves, empowering them to feel a sense of belonging and significance.
I am grateful to the college for helping me further develop my strengths as a kaiako and leader, and for providing opportunities for growth. I look forward to this exciting new challenge and helping Marcellin College continue to grow.
School Event Calendar – Important Dates
To keep up to date with school events please click on the following link as these are updated regularly:
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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
We have launched 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.
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
Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
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
Mālō ‘aupito / thank you very much for all your efforts this term!
Senior Assessment Calendars for TERM TWO will be posted later today and emailed to ākonga to help them prepare for the next term.
Have a safe and restful holiday – take the time to reconnect with whānau and friends!
Co-curricular 2022 club feature this week: Running Club
Last Friday, the running club kicked off to a great start for the year. We worked up our cardio fitness by running laps of the field, before enjoying some sprint games in the second half. Over the coming year, we look forward to challenging ourselves on different types of terrain such as Monte Cecilia park and native bush trails.
Year 7 & 8 Technology
The Year 7 & 8 Fashion Technology ākonga have been working on designing and making a tea-towel to take home as a special thank you to the main cook in their whanau. First they created a stencil which was laser cut out of paper, then screen printed their design onto the fabric before using the sewing machines to hem the edges. Mrs O’Neill is very proud of their results and of how hard they worked to create something special for their loved ones.
Year 9 Creative Design Class
The Year 9 Creative Design class were tasked with designing a small souvenir that visitors to New Zealand could take home to remember their time in our beautiful country. They did a wonderful job, creating these lovely key chains, bag tags and bookmarks using the laser cutter and resin.
Careers and Ara Pathways
April 11-13th Forklift Training and Licence Course
April 26-27th Advanced Workplace First Aid Course
Seven Ways to Rest in the Holidays
Whether you are an ākonga, kaiako, or whānau member, this term has most likely been difficult and challenging at some point. Here are seven ways to help ourselves to rest and recover, so we are ready to tackle Term Two:
Allow yourself a break – no one can survive or thrive by staying busy 24/7. Schedule time to rest and to dream. Cut yourself some slack when you feel compelled to do everything. We have to learn to say “no” to good things if we want to do great things.
Turn off your phone – technology is helpful, but it often keeps us from resting. Turn off your email notifications and social media alerts for a while. It’s OK. The Internet will be there when you get back.
Take a Sabbath – Sabbath is something God tells us to do in the Bible. It simply means setting aside a day to honor God and remember He keeps the world spinning even when we stop working. Catch up on that mountain of sleep deprivation. Put your work aside for an afternoon or a day to remember that even God rested (Genesis 2:2-3).
Exercise – get off the couch. Go for a walk. Physical activity helps our bodies and minds stay healthy and balanced. Using energy can actually be a way to recharge.
Pray – ask Jesus to help you experience peace. Listening to God and meditating on Scripture will remind you that He is in control and there is much to be grateful for (Colossians 3:15-16).
Spend time with whānau – try to doing something with each other that promotes rest instead of busyness. Plan a few hours together without an agenda.
Choose people over things – it’s easy to get distracted with new gifts and/or making plans. But don’t forget: people are always more important than possessions. Healthy relationships are part of a rested mind and body. Things can wait.
Palm Sunday marks our entry into Holy Week. It is a time to remember how we are spiritually transformed through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. We are called to be followers of Jesus. We hold our palms up high, renewing and restoring our relationship with God and with each other. On Holy Thursday, Scripture tells us of the selfless love that we are called to practice in imitation of Jesus when he washed his disciples’ feet. As we come forward to venerate the cross on Good Friday, we profess our belief that Jesus can overcome anything, even death. Pope Francis reminds us that by “cultivating fraternal love towards everyone, we are united to Christ, who gave his life for our sake (cf. 2 Cor 5:14-15), and we are granted a foretaste of the joy of the kingdom of heaven, when God will be “all in all” (1 Cor 15:28).” We bring to mind especially for all those suffering from injustice, suffering and war, especially those in Russia and the Ukraine. We ask Mary, our Holy Mother for her intercessions, may this Lenten season and Holy week plant seeds of neighborly love and bring forward a conversion of hearts and minds that leads to peace and reconciliation.
Below is a personal Lenten reflection written by one of our Special Character Prefects- Nicola Daria. She evokes a deep importance of individual reflection on our relationship with God. What can we do, especially in this Holy Week to strengthen our faith and actions to show our gratitude for God’s great love for us?
“To me, the season of Lent is a period when we need to focus on repenting and reflecting. It’s a time for us to think back on how our actions and thoughts have affected our relationship with God. For me, this Lenten season is a great time to grow in my faith and remember everything God has done, like giving up His only son for our sins. It reminds me that everything that I have and everything that I am, is all because of God. I encourage everyone to reflect on their own personal relationship with God. Think about all God has done for us. How can we give back to Him and grow our relationship with Him? Maybe you could make more of an effort to talk or pray to Him everyday, or you could get involved in different activities to serve God, it doesn’t have to be a big change but whatever you may decide to do, I hope it helps you to strengthen your faith.”
Special Chartacter Event Next Generation Talk by Sr Jeanne Marie; Life and Love
On the 4th of April, two of our Prefects, Rita Tuitavuku and Edmon Raad, attended a talk given by guest speaker Sr Jeanne Marie at the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplain. Sr Jeanne Marie is part of the Sisters of Life community. They are a contemplative/active Roman Catholic community of women religious, who profess the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Sr Jeanne Marie reminded us that we are all made in the image of God and just as God loves us and cares for us, we too must do the same for others. We are God’s precious creation and we have a responsibility to uphold the dignity of each person, acknowledging and valuing their sacredness. It was a great evening and our Prefects were inspired by Sr Jeanne Marie, refreshed by her message and ready to put it to action.
Stations of the Cross with Tertiary Chaplaincy
Summer Sport Wrap Up
Term 1 is coming to a close and with it the senior summer sport season. With a shaky start due to covid we managed to compete in multiple sports in the college sport calendar such as Softball, Tag, Volleyball and Athletics. We saw some fantastic results across the summer season. Our Senior boys tag team took out the B grade in the central, northern and western tournament day. Winning 5 from 5 games on the day. The 2022 summer season also saw a top 10 finish for Alesana Timoteo in the Auckland Athletics championship’s high jump event.
Our Senior Girls Volleyball also saw success, finishing 2nd in their central zone competition, narrowly missing out on the top seed. Although it wasn’t the full season of summer sport we were all hoping for, Marcellin College still managed to compete at a high level. We are all proud of our summer sport teams and athletes.
Sports Academy – Coaching
Sport Auckland, Auckland Netball and Northern Netball ran a student coaching development course for up and coming Netball coaches. As a part of our Marcellin College Sports Academy, all 4 of our student Netball coaches attended the day that was hosted at the Auckland Netball Centre. The day consisted of a morning of theory and learning about the different philosophies of coaching, followed by an afternoon of practical sessions all based around learning new coaching skills as well as helpful Netball drills. We’d like to say a massive thank you to Sport Auckland, Northern Netball and Auckland Netball for running and hosting an awesome day.
Representative News – Rugby League
A huge congratulations to two of Marcellin College’s Senior Boys rugby league players, Sitani Loumanu and Atelea Filo who were both selected to represent Auckland South in the ARL Dean Bell cup and Shaun Johnson Shield competitions respectively. Playing in the finals last weekend, Atelea’s U16 Team claimed the inaugural Shaun Johnson shield. Atelea, having played a strong role in the team’s success has earned himself selection into the Auckland Rugby League’s U16 representative team who is due to tour the North Island at the end of April. Congratulations to both Sitani and Atelea on a great campaign.
Year 7 & 8 Social Sport
With the Central Zone competitions for Year 7 & 8’s halted for term 1 due to covid, Marcellin College has been running Year 7 & 8 Social sport at lunch times. Starting in Co-Curricular week and continuing on, our intermediate students have had fun playing lots of new and exciting sports such as turbo touch, tag, multi sport and volleyball. We will look to continue this during term 2.
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.
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:
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