Marcellin College Newsletter – Monday 23 May 2022

Marcellin College
School Newsletter
Seek the Best – Rapu I Te Pai.
Ngawari – Simplicity

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 you will be aware, Covid remains in our community and a new wave of cases appears to be going through many schools in Auckland. Marcellin College is affected this week with many ākonga and staff isolating and unwell. With this in mind, to maintain the kaupapa of the school and ensure all classes go ahead with subject specialist teachers where possible, we are rostering one year level per day to work from home from tomorrow until Thursday, when we will be able to see whether our wave has improved or we might need to continue with roserting next week. 

For this week, year groups will be learning from home on the days below, however, students can attend before and after school sport practices on the rostered days:

Tuesday – Year 12

Wednesday – Year 11

Thursday – Year 10

We always appreciate whānau support and working together to seek the best. For ākonga to learn from home, our Distance Learning website contains work to access and a link has been emailed. Please encourage your child(ren) to continue their learning at home and give their personal best.

This Sunday is Ascension Sunday and it is such a special and spiritual reminder for life in Christ. Jesus ascends into heaven so that we can follow him and from that point onwards there has been a pathway to Heaven for all of us if we walk with Jesus. So let us keep walking with him, being there for others, using our gifts to make the world a better place and sharing in the joy of the Good News.

Noho ora mai Marcellin Whānau,

Dean Wearmouth


Important Notices

Marcellin College Board

Casual Vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Filemoni Timoteo (chair)

Marcellin College Board

P.O. Box 23-126

Royal Oak

Auckland 1345

New Zealand

by: Monday 6th June 2022

Teacher Only Day –  Friday 3rd June 2022

School will be closed on Friday 3rd June 2022 for Teacher Only Day. 

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

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


Now we have entered the Orange setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework face masks are no longer compulsory for ākonga, however they are strongly recommended indoors at school.

Learning and Curriculum


This term we will continue with our Curriculum Review that started in 2020.  Our Marcellin whānau identified the following as being the most important to the education of our ākonga, and have been incorporated into our Strategic Plans: Pathways, Academic Achievement, Confident, Hauora, and Service.  
This year’s Curriculum Review will build on this, and focus on creating a shared understanding of engagement, especially during the pandemic, and what this looks like for all involved in the Marcellin College ako/ learning journey.  How can we use the cultural richness of our whānau to improve engagement?  We have partnered with the University of Auckland who are facilitating this project and will be hosting fono / small focus groups with ākonga, kaiako/staff and whānau in terms two and three.  More details will be available very soon!

Careers and Ara Pathways

Forklift Training

Congratulations to…
– Sitani Lei Loamanu
– Victor Ah Yuk
– Semisi Sasalu
– Beau Koloa
– Julius Bond
– Annie Fiu-Kata
– Ha’ele Kaufusi
who all successfully completed the Forklift Training and Licence course in April. The course delivered by ASWEFA covered  Staff at ASWEFA commented that our students were very mature, open to learning and instruction and made the two day course very enjoyable for their trainer. We have another course booked in early June. These Forklift Licences will be valid for the next two years and are a great addition to a CV.

Advanced Workplace First Aid Training

Congratulations to…
– Kate Laughter
– Angel Paunga
– Angel Ierome
– Mafumaiala Fenunuti Ioane
– Katalina Johansson
– Natanya Formosa
– Antonette Judicpa
– Najeer Payne Faletau
– Seilosa Masunu
– Rita Tuitavuki
– Leane Diezsmo
– Tetrina Tuiletufuga
– Thessa Metai
– Krystal Samasoni
– NIchelle Sharan
who came in during the April holidays to take part in and successfully complete the Advanced Workplace First Aid Training. The course, which was delivered by Life Care consultants, covered three unit standards; manage first aid in an emergency situation, provide first aid, and provide basic life support. The workshop presenter Nicolette Collins, was impressed with how quickly our students were able to confidently apply the theory during their assessments. The  First Aid Certificates will be valid for the next two years and are not only a great qualification to have but are also integral life skills, particularly for our school leavers.

Student 360

Himanshi Bala and Tahamaka Anderton completed their first internship through Student 360 during the April holidays at marketing and advertising firm DDB in Grey Lynn. Student360 works with students in their final years at secondary school, where they offer them paid internships in an industry-aligned to their chosen career goals and academic pathway. Student 360 also offers ongoing mentoring and support right up to a student’s second year at University. Their approach is holistic and this is evident in the way they also organize for students to take part in workshops that aim to teach young people skills to manage stress and how to incorporate mindfulness into their lives.
“I wasn’t expecting there to be so many departments and so many large teams of people who did a lot of work for the ads that we see daily.  We met with many different people who told us about our jobs, and we even got to participate in a campaign DDB was making for Waka Kotahi (New Zealand’s transport agency). We learned that some of the ideas we suggested were presented in their campaign which was cool to see. We got to see the creation process of famous ads that you’ve probably seen, such as the Westpac ad with the little girl and the monster and McDonalds’ ads. It was a really great experience and I got lots of good advice from all the people there… Student360 was very supportive throughout the entire internship. Ryan met us at Britomart every day and he gave me a lot of great advice about making the most of my time while I’m there and forming connections with people in the industry. I’d definitely recommend that you sign up for the programme, it’s really helpful and it’s definitely helped me to be more confident in what I have to say, and it teaches you to talk and share your ideas at work and even in school environments. It’s not too late to sign up for the program, and they’re still accepting students if you are willing to put in the time “. – Tahamaka Anderton

Upcoming Events

– 1 June Foodstuffs site tour of Landing Drive site + apprenticeships expo 
– 8 June Victoria University Pasifika Year 13 Event 
– 8-10 June Forklift Training and Licence Course
– 14 June MIT presentation to Year 13s (library at lunchtime)
 15 June Otago University to Year 13s (library at lunchtime)
– 27-29 June Year 13 Learners Licence course (on site)
Ms. F Clark (Ara and Gateway Coordinator)

Co-Curricular 2022 club features this week: Marcellin College Choir

The Marcellin College Choir has been working hard on learning repertoire for their first performance at our full school Mass in June. They are learning a piece called ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ (Give Us Peace) which is sung in canon. The choir are excited to offer up their voices for service as part of our Mass and are quietly working on a second piece which will be used as a part of our school Mass in Term 3.  
Mr. J Roberson.

Sustainability Club

The sustainability group is off to a great start this year.  Students have re-established the pest trapping programme and are now working on establishing a paper-recycling programme for classrooms.  Each small step takes us closer to becoming a sustainable school.
Mrs. J Olsen


Resilience is a word that has been used a lot recently, particularly as we move through these COVID-related times. The following poster suggests three ways in which we can help ourselves and others be resilient, using CPR: Connect, Protect, and Respect.

Special Character:

As our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end, we are reminded in the Gospel that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who will teach us everything we need to know, remind us of all that Jesus taught, and bring us peace. 

On Friday our Year 13 ākonga attended their retreat at St John Vianney. The theme for the retreat was ‘Discipleship’. Who does God call them to be and what steps can they take to listen and answer God’s call. Everybody contributed so well and took the time to reflect on their life journey thus far. We established the importance of continuing to make God the number one priority in our lives. The year 13s studied the Scripture of Samuel’s story and also St Marcellin Champagnat; identifying how God called them and he will do just the same for us, if we let Him. They created different scenarios to show God’s call in our lives. Overall, we enjoyed our time together- both kaiako and ākonga and we continue to pray for our young people as they journey through the milestones in their lives. 

Upcoming events at the Diocese:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Winter Season Weeks 1-3 Review

Our long wait is finally over. Winter Season 2022 is underway this week.

We have 13 Teams playing this week across 5 Days of Secondary Sport Action

All of our winter codes have had a great preparation period during term 1 and are all looking forward to getting out on the court / field to represent our school.

You can find our draws and training schedule on our Facebook and sports Instagram pages.

Auckland Basketball Umpiring Clinic

After 2 full weeks of awesome inter school sporting action, Marcellin College has seen some fantastic results. Our senior boys football have started their season off to a great start winning their first game against Dilworth Green 6 – 0 at home. The week 1 victory has highlighted their hard work through the pre-season under coaches Craig Mildon and Anthony Lensen. The Victory came on a busy sporting day for Marcellin as our Under 15s Rugby hosted their final preseason against One Tree  Hill, they didn’t get the result they wanted but they took plenty of learnings heading into the season. Across town at the Auckland Netball Centre, our Year 9 and 10 teams have been putting one solid performances through the first 2 weeks of grading, as too have our senior girls netball team who are 1- and 1 with a final grading game to go before their season officially starts. In our Mid week codes, basketball reigns supreme, our Premier boys basketball continue to impress through their college sport senior A grading rounds, without senior A team continuing to work hard through the grading and are improving week to week.

Last week the teams faced off against each other in a  thrilling home court contest.  The Premier boys came away with the win at full time. Our senior girls basketball are continuing to work hard at their craft and are improving each game, this showed in their close loss to One Tree Hill at home. They now face St Cuthbert’s at home this Thursday in their final grading game. Rugby league is off and running in Marcellin for 2022, with our Girls 9aside playing their first 2 games of the season against Auckland Girls Grammar and McAuley, unfortunately the girls didn’t get the result they wanted but still show plenty of promise for the next games ahead.

Keep an eye out for draws and results as well as weekly updates and news on our Facebook and sports instagram pages.

Marcellin’s Newest Sport sees round 1 success on and off the turf.

In 2022 we have been very blessed to be able to introduce Hockey into Marcellin College, with the help of Sport Auckland and their Tu Manawa Fund, we were able to purchase brand new hockey sticks, balls and kit as well as two international goals for our new turf. This has given us the opportunity to field a senior mixed Hockey team in the college Sport and Auckland Hockey Winter competition. Our senior team saw its first game on Friday night playing Pakuranga College. With a strong pre season training under the guidance of Coach Jess Stenberg, our Year 13s earned a solid 5 – 2 win over their opponents to get their season off to a flying start. Not only was the first game a success on the turf, but the challenge and enjoyment of the new sport experienced by our team was a reward in itself.  We’d like to thank Sport Auckland for their ongoing help and support through this exciting introduction of Hockey into our school and we look forward to growing the game here at Marcellin for our future students.

Notice Board

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:

Free Breast Screening – Mt Roskill

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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