Marcellin College Newsletter – Tuesday 14 June 2022

Marcellin College
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Seek the Best – Rapu I Te Pai.
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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.

I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving Marcellin College at the end of term 3 to take up a new position as Foundation Principal at St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic College in Drury.

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Principal of Marcellin College. The success we have achieved over the last few years is a testament to our strong staff team, supportive Board, committed families, the inspiration of the Marist Brothers and, of course, our wonderful students. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful staff for their mahi during my time at Marcellin College, they go above and beyond every day for our children and their futures.

I would also like to acknowledge our Board Chair Mr. Filemoni Timoteo, for his unwavering support and guidance, which has enabled our school to make so much progress. The Board will now commence a process to select the next Principal for Marcellin College and more details about this will follow.
I will leave at the end of term three confident that we have a great team in place to continue the mahi. The school, students and families during my time at the college will always hold a special place in my heart, may you all remain under the protection of Mary, our Good Mother. Ngā mihi nui Marcellin Whānau. 

Dean Wearmouth


From the Board Chair
Magandang araw po ma kia ora koutou Marcellin whānau,

Being a principal is a calling, it is no ordinary job. It requires a person of faith, devotion and humility. Dean is such a person, and now he is called to the next part of his ministry. I know that he will continue to fulfil the Marist Champagnat mission of delivering the message of Jesus’ love to young people through education. As a board, we were hoping that he would be with us longer, however, when God calls we must first listen, reflect, pray and then act.  Thank you Dean for your servant leadership and authentic heart and may the Marist pillars continue to be a solid foundation in your new ministry.

I want to thank you personally for your enormous commitment and effort over the past three years as we have navigated our way through a falling roll, the Covid-19 pandemic and developing a vision for our school with our ‘akonga very much at the centre. Our school is heading in the right direction: our roll continues to grow, we are managing life well in a pandemic and we have a new evolving vision of the future with ‘akonga first. You have left your mark. All the best at St Ignatius. Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui! Rapu i te pai! Ia manuia ma ‘ofa lahi atu.

To our Marcellin Whānau, the June board meeting is next week. We will discuss our options and a timeline for the recruitment of a new principal as part of the agenda. We will let you know the process and timelines for this in the coming weeks. Hanggang sa muli po.

Filemoni Timoteo

Board Chair


Important Notices

Progress Hui – Rāapa/Wednesday 22nd and Rāpare/Thursday 23rd Pipiri/June

School will finish at 1.30pm

On Rāmere/Friday 17th Pipiri/June the academic progress reports of every ākonga will be emailed to enable whānau to see the progress that has been made so far this academic year.

On Rāapa/Wednesday 22nd and Rāpare/Thursday 23rd Pipiri/June, school will finish early at 1.30pm for our progress hui afternoons. Each progress hui afternoon runs from 2pm-6pm with each interview lasting five minutes. This is an opportunity for whānau to meet kaiako (teachers) and discuss the progress of their tamariki (child). Please check the report of your tamariki and book interview times with the kaiako you would like to speak with. Appointments can be booked at or scan this QR code:

If you have any issues, you are able to call the office to make your bookings over the phone. Each booking will be 5 minutes in length for all Year 7-13 ākonga.

We look forward to seeing as many whānau as possible next week to discuss the progress your tamariki has made so far and how to help them progress further.

Matariki, School is closed –  Friday 24th June 2022

School will be closed on Friday 22nd June 2022 for Matariki. 

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


Kamusta Marcellin pamilya!
The rostered learning schedule for the next two weeks was shared with the Marcellin pamilya last week (see below):
Please contact your kaiārahi and kaiako/teachers if you are needing extra support for your learning.  A reminder that the library is open until 4.30 pm after school, Monday to Friday.


Learners Drivers Licence Course

Congratulations to the 19 Year 12 ākonga who successfully completed the recent Learners Licence in May. The course was delivered by VTNZ and was kindly funded by the Auckland Business Chamber. Good luck to 20 of our Year 13s who will be sitting the Learners Licence course onsite at Marcellin from June 27-29th.

In Zone Careers Coach Roadshow and Expo

A group of our Year 11’s attended the In Zone Careers Coach roadshow and expo at MIT Techpark on May 18th. The coach itself had been transformed into an interactive arcade with built-in kiosks. Each kiosk was loaded with activities and videos showcasing industries ranging from creative arts to the defence force. The In Zone Careers Coach travels the length of Aotearoa in the hope as many secondary school students as possible get to experience its innovative way of delivering career education. Year 11’s then visited the mini expo delivered by MIT where the students were able to meet student liaisons from MIT, NZMA, QES, Whitecliff, Skills4work and MITO. 

Foodstuffs DC site and careers and apprenticeship Expo

Marcellin College was one of only four schools to be invited by Foodstuffs and the Auckland Business Chamber to attend the site tour and careers/apprenticeship expo at the new Foodstuffs site on Landing Drive, Auckland Airport. The distribution centre is the equivalent in size to nine rugby fields and with it comes a raft of career and apprenticeship opportunities in I.T/marketing, baking, butchery and warehousing/logistics. Not only were our group of Year 12 and 13 ākonga treated to a site tour and presentations from Foodstuff employees, but we also joined in with the Foodstuffs Samoan Language Week festivities and celebration lunch. Ākonga left the Foodstuffs event understanding that their career choices after secondary school will not always follow a linear path and that they should remain open-minded to the opportunities on offer which align not only with their academic strengths but also with their personal goals and cultural values. 

Gateway programmes are available in the July holidays and Term 3

Spaces are filling up fast for these Gateway programmes, please get in touch if you are interested in enrolling into one of the gateway packages on offer these July holidays.

University Enrolments are now open

Links below. Please reach out if you have any questions or are having trouble completing an enrolment. It is important that students complete their enrolment before starting any scholarship and/or accommodation applications.

If you have any questions, please email me

Ms. Clark
Ara Pathways / Gateway Coordinator

Co-Curricular 2022 club features this week: Marcellin Cultural Festival Groups:

Tongan Group: 

The Tongan group is well underway with preparing for our first ever cultural festival. This year we are focusing on bringing some new Tongan items to our fānau ako, and we hope to do more than just teach dance. Our students are in the middle of learning their big item for the day and are at the start of costume workshops. We have had the pleasure of our own staff stepping up to teach our students as well as guide them through the process of learning the culture. We cannot wait to show you what we have been practising at our cultural festival this year.
Mālo ‘aupito
Tu’a ‘ofa atu
Miss. J Pom’ee

Samoan Group: 

Malo le soifua manuia!
It is my pleasure to inform you that the Samoan group has begun rehearsing items for Marcellin’s very first cultural festival this year. With the help of numerous staff at our school, as well as voluntary support from outside sources, our main focus is to build on connections. First, the connections we can make to identity but most importantly, the connections that our students are able to make with each other. There are a few non-Samoan students in our group so we are very blessed to be able to share the Samoan culture with them too! We are looking forward to this year’s cultural festival.
Fa’afetai tele lava
Mr J Leavasa

African Group: 

Greetings everyone, 

The African group are currently in the process of learning various dances from the different parts of Africa. Not only is this our first cultural festival but our first time having an African group at Marcellin College. Although there are not many of us we all come from different parts of Africa and it is important that we are able to come together and share our beautiful cultures first with the school but most importantly with each other. We are counting down the days till this year’s cultural festival and we hope you are too! 

Thank you

Daoj Yor
Prefect and Student in Charge of African Group

Special Character:

Trinity Sunday

On the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity—one God in three persons. Trinity Sunday strengthens our understanding of the unity shared by the members of the Trinity. The Holy Trinity will always remain a mystery but we believe that as Jesus and the Father share all, Jesus and the Spirit share all. The feast of the Holy Trinity reminds us that God is a family of love.

St Marcellin Champagnat Feast Day Mass

We celebrated the feast day of our patron Saint Marcellin Champagnat on the 7th of June at our mother Church- The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph. St Marcellin Champagnat followed his calling from God with the simple and ordinary Christian faith in his heart together with hard work. Our Marist spirituality is summed up by the motto- All to Jesus through Mary; all to Mary for Jesus. St Marcellin Champagnat was inspired by God and emboldened by the Holy Spirit to tell people about the Good News. His words and actions are motivated by the Gospel values to love God and love our neighbor. It was a joyous Marist occasion as we joined together and celebrated being Marist and asking Mary, our Blessed Mother to intercede for us.

Champagnat Day Awards

At our Champagnat Day mass at the Cathedral we acknowledged one ākonga from each year level, a staff member and a member of our community who consistently uphold our Champagnat Marist Virtues. These people live out the gospel values in the way that Marcellin did in modeling his life on Mary, our good mother and her virtues of faithfulness, dedication, courage, compassion and service. Ākonga were nominated by their kaiako who spoke very highly of them. Mr Dean Wearmouth, Br Mark and Br Damien presented the awards to the following members of our community:

Raphael Perillo in Year 7 received his award for his leadership qualities and the fact that he is helpful, respectful, encouraging of his peers, positive and hard-working.

In Year 8 Henry Sloan received the Champagnat Award for showing consideration towards others, being kind and caring, and having an excellent attitude towards his learning.

Challyse Stylus in Year 9 received her award for being friendly and polite, making a genuine effort towards self-improvement, being supportive of others especially the Awhina Ako ākonga and being a valued and dependable friend.

In Year 10 Mary Jane Taito received the award for Mary Jane’s for always being helpful, polite, making sure the Awhina Ako ākonga feel welcomed and included, her willingness to learn, being a team player and always saying ‘yes’ to taking part in service activities.  

Harry Des Forges received the Year 11 award for his quiet confidence which allows him to get all of his work done without having to be asked twice and for always making the time to help when other ākonga are struggling with their work.

In Year 12 Tetrina Tuiletufuga received the award for consistently demonstrating genuine and loving care for everyone, checking in to see if kaiako are alright, always being positive, encouraging and supportive of her peers and her willingness to lead karakia. 

Daoj Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor received the award in Year 13 as a way to acknowledge the culmination of her consistently excellent attitude throughout her time at Marcellin College, her constant Marian ‘yes’ to serving others, using her gifts and talents for the good of all, her humility and focus on others, her love for the Marcellin whānau and her listening, thoughtful attitude towards everyone.

Mrs Theresa Hyde-Hills received the staff award Mrs Hyde-Hills for her long-standing service to Marcellin College, for the love and compassion she has consistently shown to all staff and ākonga, modeling the humble, gentle, loving service that Mary, our good mother inspired in St Marcellin Champagnat, consistently putting the needs of others before her own and being dedicated to listening, being truly present to others and to supporting all members of the Marcellin community. 

Mr Filemoni Timoteo received the award given to a member of the community for his service to Marcellin College both as a parent for ten years and for his governance role as chairman of the Board for four years. Mr Timoteo received the award for his  service of the Marcellin whānau through supporting the cultural aspects of the College, through his promotion of Marcellin College in the wider community, through his hard work in many diverse ways to support the the ākonga, families and staff of the College, his strength and gentleness, his compassion and willing service which make him an exemplary model of the Marist Virtues.

It is such a joy to see that we have so many members of our community who genuinely uphold the Marist charism shared with us by the Marist Brothers and given to them by the Holy Spirit through the life and vision of St Marcellin Champagnat. 

Young Vinnies Commissioning Mass

Our Vinnies leaders were acknowledge at a beautiful mass led by Father Martin Wu at St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday 11 June 2022.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organisation inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Vincentians work to promote human dignity and justice through personal contact with those in need. Marcellin College is humble and proud to be part of this organisation.
Marcellin College Year 12 & 13 leaders for 2022 are:
Rita Tuitavuki
Nyl Austin Duran
Tetrina Tuiletufaga
Kate Laughter
Najeer Faletau
Azael Uini Faiva

Upcoming events at the Diocese:

Farewell Mass for Bishop Michael


Old Boy’s Day at Marcellin College

On the weekend we celebrated our first Old Boy’s Rugby Day at Marcellin College. 

The day was aimed at celebrating all rugby players past and present who have been a part of the Marcellin rugby program. Our U15s played a local derby against Mt Roskill Grammar U15s in their round 3 clash of the Auckland Rugby competition. Prior to the 9:15 kick off our boys were presented jerseys from two of the boys’ fathers who both spoke to the boys about the importance of legacy. 

We then celebrated our past Old Boy’s by hosting an after match with our current U15s players and past players from our school. We were blessed to have 1965 1XV Captain Paddy Barratt present on Saturday, he shared a few words from his time here at Marcellin and also presented our last First XV Captain and 2021 Head Boy Noah Samasoni with the Old boys cup he won last year. 

We would like to thank all who attended and helped with making a wonderful day possible.

Notice Board

Marcellin College Technology Market Day (cash only) – Staff and students only

Friday 17 June 2022, lunch time (1.300pm)

Sacramental Programme – Sign up Now – 20th June

Christ the King Catholic School (Owairaka) – Enrolments

Student Gym Special 


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