Marcellin College Newsletter – Term 3, Week 8

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.

Te wiki o te reo Māori this week is an important reminder for everybody to continue to lift the language. As a college, one of the actions for our third strategic goal is to grow te ao Māori in the college including the language. Good work has been done growing the use of te reo Māori in everyday school life and there is still so much more everybody can do. This week let us be reminded to use and grow our use of te reo Māori not just this week but every week of the year. Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Our Newsletter arrives with you on one of our Marian Feast days; The Most Holy Name of Mary. It is a day when we celebrate the love of Mary for Jesus and her intercessions that we may ask from her as the Mother of God. We are truly Blessed in our Marist tradition to celebrate Mary as a model of Discipleship. We can follow Jesus and love him wholeheartedly, as Mary did. We can ask for Mary’s intercession to love others as Jesus taught us to do.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.


Ngā mihi Marcellin Whānau.

Dean Wearmouth



New Marcellin College Alumni Network 

Marcellin College is excited to announce the establishment of an Alumni Network. A small committee of past pupils has come together with the aim of providing an opportunity to foster friendships, help alumni reconnect and build a closer relationship between school and our alumni community.
A website and other communications tools are under development and it is our intention to hold regular events in the future. However, to grow our Alumni community we need your support. Please click the link below and complete the Registration Form so we can add your details to our growing Alumni network and help you Stay Connected with alumni news and events 
We’ll stay in touch with updates on development and some snippets from the past.
We look forward to reconnecting with you.

Cultural Festival – Friday 28th October 2022

The Marcellin College Cultural Festival will take place on Friday 28th October, Term Four. The school day will finish at 1.30pm, when the festival will officially begin. The cultural performances will commence at 2pm. There will be kai/food and inu/drink available from stalls which will be open until 3pm. Come and support the diversity here at Marcellin College!

We would love to offer a range of food and beverages from a range of cultures at our festival. If you would like to run a stall, please contact BYO gazebo. Tables and chairs provided.

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.

Learning and Curriculum


Senior Practice Exams

These exams are most important: if for any reason ākonga were unable to sit the NZQA exams in November/December, these practice exams would form the basis of derived grades. The practice exam timetable is:

Year 9 Creative Design Taster Class

Mrs O’Neil’s Year 9 Design taster class were given the brief to create a small souvenir that represents New Zealand using the laser cutter and resin. 
Check out their amazing work!


Zespri AIMS Tournament 2022

Last week, 25 ākonga and staff travelled to Tauranga to participate in the premiere sporting AIMS (Association of Intermediate and Middle School) event.  This was the first time Marcellin College had entered teams, both the Rip Rugby and Sevens teams played with Marcellin Pride and Spirit!  
Congratulations to Julia Vanisi and Moala Taufa who were awarded Most Valuable Player and to Tama Tonihi who was awarded Overall Best Sportsperson for the AIMS 2022 Tournament.  All three ākonga demonstrated our Marist Pillars both on and off the field.
Thank you very much to the coaches and managers, Mrs. Schuster, Mr Osofua, Mr Leavasa and Ms. Prescott.

Clean Up Week 

Next week is the national annual Clean Up Week where our Marcellin College community will join hearts and forces with our local community to pick up litter.  The 11DGT class will be organising our Clean Up Week activities and more details will be shared later this week!  

Special Character:

The Most Holy Name of Mary

Today we celebrate our Marian feast day; The Most Holy Name of Mary. Our Marian feasts are an important part of our Marist charism. St Marcellin Champagnat dedicated his work and mission to make Jesus known and loved to our Blessed Mother. We ask her to intercede for us and help us deepen our relationship with Jesus. Throughout history, many people have looked to Mary for prayer and strength so that like her, we may learn to be faithful to God and allow God to walk beside us in our life. 

In Aotearoa, from the work of Bishop Pompallier and the Marist missionaries, we are blessed to pray and sing in praise of Mary and uphold the dignity of the language and people, creating a deep sense of belonging with all people through our Marian spirituality. 

Mary always points us to God, reminding us of God’s infinite goodness. Mary encourages us to cooperate with Jesus in building a peace based on justice, a peace that respects the fundamental human rights of all peoples.

The Season of Creation

1st September – 4th October 2022

We have begun our season of spring and with this brings hope and new beginnings. Pope Francis invites us to participate in the season of creation, to renew our relationship with God as co-creators, to remember that we are called to be stewards of the earth and work towards the common good to look after and protect our most vulnerable in our community. 


In our whānau groups last week, we spent time in the Chapel praying and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation around us and remembering that we too are made in the image and likeness of God. Ākonga had a lot of fun identifying the different natural landmarks in Auckland. We pray that in this season of creation, we continue to work together as a community to celebrate, converse and renew our commitment together in building God’s kingdom here on earth. 

If you would more information, please see the links below,

The Resources page is here:

Here is a video describing the Season of Creation 2022 (1.49 min dur) :

Upcoming events at the Diocese:

Notice Board

Short and Long Term Homestays Families Wanted

Eden Roskill Softball Club

Christ the King Catholic School (Owairaka) – Enrolments

Domino’s Pizza Delivery – Positions Vacant

Spring School Holidays at Orewa Beach


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