Rāhina/Monday 7 Here-turi-kōkā/August 2023 Edition
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Rāhina/Monday 7 Here-turi-kōkā/August 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Meitaki ma’ata / thank you very much to all those who contributed and participated in our celebration of ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani / Cook Islands Language Week. Our cultural language weeks is one of the ways we as a Marcellin whānau affirm the different cultural identities which helps us understand and respect the diverse worldviews, values, customs and language each individual brings to our learning community. It also strengthens our Aroaro/Presence, connecting and being available to others in a culturally responsive way, without expecting anything in return. It is these cultural events that greatly enrich the culture of our kura/school and helps our Marcellin whānau develop a stronger sense of Wairua o te Whānau / Family Spirit. We are blessed to have such a diverse, positive and supportive school community! Korōria ki te Atua!

Next week is the halfway point for Term Three, and a big week for our Marcellin Whānau as we will be celebrating the Feast of the Assumption of Mary as a whole school on 15th Hereturikōka/ August at 11:30am in the La Valla school gym. This is one of only two holy days of Obligation in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is also the patronal feast day of the Marist brothers and the patronal feast day of Aotearoa. When Bishop Pompallier and the first Marist Brothers arrived in New Zealand and celebrated the first Mass at Totara point in the Hokianga, Bishop Pompallier dedicated Aotearoa to Mary in her Assumption.

As part of the Mass, we will be recognising a new senior ākonga leadership role called Kaitātaki Ākonga, servant leaders who will lead our kura with a Te Ao Māori lens. Ngā mihi koutou to our Māori whānau who collaborated with our staff to co-create this significant leadership role. Korōria ki te Atua!

Next week we will also have our Catholic Special Character Evaluation led by a team of reviewers from the Catholic Education Services at the Diocese of Auckland. They will spend three days with our Marcellin whānau learning about how we follow and live the Gospel values as taught by Jesus Christ, the traditions of the Catholic Church and the Marist Charism, as well as the effect this has on strengthening our Catholic Special Character.

Ngā mihi koutou to our whānau for supporting your tamariki to attend school everyday - every day matters and you play a significant role in making sure your tamariki attends school on time and ready to learn. There is still time for your tamariki to work towards their learning goals and plan a thorough revision programme, please contact the kaiārahi of your tamariki if you have any questions regarding the academic progress of your tamariki.

Please continue to keep our kura in your prayers as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming celebrations,

Te Atua
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Korōria ki te Atua!

Ngā mihi Marcellin Whānau. Ngā mihi nui,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Important Notice

2024 Enrolments Open

An urgent notice to whānau who have siblings or other whānau or friends who are yet to enrol at Marcellin College, please send an online application via the school website. The New Whānau evening is fast approaching and if your tamariki needs extra learning support and/or a transition plan, we need to know this now to arrange meeting and visit days. Please send the word out to your networks.

Marcellin College Strategic Planning 2023 - 2026

The new Strategic Planning and Reporting framework by the Ministry of Education outlines the way Marcellin College will implement the Education and Training Act 2020’s objectives in relation to the National Education and Learning Priorities.

Have your say in OUR kura Strategic Plan 2024 - 2026 so please look out for the whānau consultation hui dates later this term.

Please complete the initial survey to find out more about what consultation looks like to you and your whānau. Click here to access the link (https://forms.gle/ZE6gc5Ae1E9nJm8K7 )

Whānau Survey for the Catholic Special Character Evaluation 2023

Kia ora tatou. Manaaki ki a koe. Greetings and blessings to you.

Every four years a team from the Auckland Diocese conducts an external evaluation of Catholic Schools. The team will be on-site at Marcellin College from the 14th to the 16th of Hereturikōkā/August. Your participation in the external review of your school’s Catholic Special Character is absolutely vital, so thank you for the time you will spend answering this survey. This is for whānau to express their views about the Catholic Special Character of the school.

If you would prefer to meet the team and discuss this, please let the Tumuaki/Principal know and a time will be arranged.

Click here to access and complete the survey: https://forms.gle/3jWXxtxwEaBEMyzEA

Special Character

Young Vinnies

Our Young Vinnies have been busy this year with different projects within our kura and the local community. It was great to see our whānau attend the Young Vinnies Whānau hui and listen to our leaders talk about their service in the Montagne Lunch Programme and the weekly Onehunga Food hub with the wider Vinnies youth volunteers from other Catholic Secondary schools in Auckland. Ngā mihi koutou to our Social Justice prefects Eniselini Ali and Justiz Pohutuhutu, Young Vinnies leadership team Vincent Matini, Tetrina Tuiletufuga, Azael Setu Uini-Faiva, Max Koenig, Angelie Perillo, Vika Paea, and our wonderful staff supporters Mr. Craig Franswah, Kaiako Kaimahi Young Vinnies and Mrs. Bridgette Brooks.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Catholic Caring Foundation's Caring Mass and Awards

On Tuesday 1st August, we were blessed to attend the Catholic Caring Mass at Christ the King along with many other Catholic Primary and Secondary schools. The Catholic Caring Foundation is the Bishop’s Foundation through which many Catholic agencies and schools are supported through grants and funds. The Mass is a time of thanksgiving and reflection for God’s blessings and the many hands that work in solidarity and the common good of all people. During this time, distinguished awards endorsed by Bishop Patrick Dunn are given out to ākonga who have shown ‘outstanding care and commitment to their community’ This year, we had six ākonga from Marcellin College who received this award. Many congratulations and blessings to Max Koenig, Grace Collins, Vincent Oudenhoven, Merickal Blackmoore, Jurriell Balatbat and Koloa Fine. It was a great opportunity to witness Christ’s love in action as we acknowledged all the individual people and organizations that tirelessly serve our community and are a shining example of living the Gospel values.

Pillar Badges

Congratulations to the following ākonga who have been demonstrating the Marist Pillar Aroaro/Presence in the month of June.

A78BAN Rishav Bansal
A9RBN Esther Tuang Vungh
A10LAT Rishant Bansal
A10BRK Rikihana Walker
A11HLM Eternity Williams
A12MAG Sharan Jacob
A13BKS Darlene Valerio
B78WRD Ray Hattori
B9MRE Christian Ali
B10DSZ Hope Ofakineiafu
B11ONL Ezekiel Lozano
B11YNG Noah Collins
B12SHL Grace Collins
B13BRN Sabella Solivio
M78BHR Shilla Oh
M9BRG Jezharel Seleni
M9KTU Tuiha'afata Ofanoa
M11ILA Julianne Sigua
M12FRW Joseph Chavez
M13PEL Raphael San Antonio
P78SNG Anja Tuiletufuga
P9LVS Ej Cope
P9OSN Isaiah Lago
P10PLE Afa Masunu
P11HKN Tomislav Jurisich
P12PTR Maile Ngata
P13LUA Vincent Matini

Ako/Teaching & Learning

This year our senior practice exams are being held at the start of Term Four. There will be five days in total:
  1. Rātū/Tuesday 10 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October
  2. Rāapa/Wednesday 11 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October
  3. Rāmere/Friday 13 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October
  4. Rāhina/Monday 16 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October
  5. Rātū/Tuesday 17 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October
These practice exams are very important as results from them may need to be used for any derived grades needed. A derived grade is used if an ākonga is unable to sit their external NCEA exam (for certain, valid reasons). For further information regarding derived grades, please visit NZQA - Derived Grades.
From the start of Term Four, our Year 7-10 ākonga will move into homerooms, to allow for senior practice exams and external NCEA exams to take place in the MacKillop block. In Week Two, Yearr 9 & 10 ākonga will have a second lot of digital Check Week assessments, to help prepare them for the upcoming NCEA changes.

Faculties feature

Faculty of Science
2023 has been a challenging year for Science. Many of our internal assessments are practical investigations that happen over a number of lessons. With all of the disruptions this year, it has been difficult to complete these according to our original schedules. Thankfully, both kaiako and ākonga have worked hard to wrap up most of these assessments and we are now in the home stretch with only a handful remaining. This is a really important reminder of our Marist Pillar of Aroaro (Presence) and how we need to be physically present in our classes.

We have also been lucky with our field trips going ahead this year which, sadly, had been cancelled in previous years due to COVID. On Friday 28th July, our newest faculty member, Mr Greg Sullivan, took his Year 12 Physics class to Rainbow’s End along with the Year 12 kaiārahi, Miss Bell. This trip had to be postponed a number of times due to bad weather but the sun finally shone long enough for the trip to go ahead. Ākonga enjoyed an exciting day reviewing key mechanics ideas as they tried out different rides and amusements. We are hoping to make this an annual event for our Year 12 Physics class…something to keep in mind for our current Year 11 ākonga as course selection for 2024 approaches.

Mrs Jodie Lua - Head of Sciences Faculty
Faculty of Social Science
Last week our Year 12 and 13 Geography students got out into the real-world to do some hands-on learning about society and the environment. The Year 12 students traveled to the Auckland CBD, Ellerslie Mall and Southmall Manurewa to research land use in those 3 areas. The following day the Year 13 students travelled to Bethells Beach on the west coast and Eastern Beach on the east coast to investigate coastal processes and compare the contrasting beach profiles.
Year 13 Geography class at Eastern Beach
Romun Lemoe-Hohepa (12Geo) surveying Southmall Manurewa.
Year 12 Media Studies
The Year 12 Media Studies students have been working hard on their short film projects. They have been developing their directorial, acting, camera and editing skills to create a showdown scene.

The Social Studies staff have been busy planning new courses for 2024 and are excited to be offering a complete media studies pathway with the introduction of a new Level 1 Media and Society course from next year. Additionally, from 2024 we will offer a Services Academy for students wishing to pursue a career in the uniformed services. Students can find out more about these courses at our upcoming Options Day.

Mrs Jane Olsen - Head of Social Sciences Faculty

Nau mai, Haere mai /Welcome to our International Ākonga from China

The first experience of ako (learning) at Marcellin for Chinese ākonga in Year 7 were the taster classes. The ākonga in Year 7 Te Reo Māori, Wairua o te Whānau (Family Spirit) as they all supported the Chinese ākonga and helped them to feel included.

Cook Island Language Week

Last week we celebrated Cook Island Language Week starting with a special assembly on Monday hosted by our Cook Island students Tyler Oroanu and Angelina Finauvala. Our guest speaker was Anthony Gelling former New Zealand Warrior and international rugby league player who shared his story of being a Cook Islander growing up in New Zealand with basic knowledge of the culture and language. He spoke about the importance for everyone to be proud of they come from regardless of where you are on your journey!

We had lunchtime activities such as a Cook Island drumming workshop, ‘ei katu making and delicious Cook Island food! We ended the week with a lunchtime mass on Thursday where our Moana Pasifika group performed a beautiful hymn from the Cook Islands. Meitaki to Mr Gelling and all our staff and students who helped to make the week a success.

Pastoral and Hauora


Please take the time to talk with your tamariki/child(ren) about their learning goals for Term Three and the expected behaviours of our school.
Here are key reminders to ensure our school is a safe physical and emotional environment for our Marcellin whānau and the wider community:
  1. Marcellin College is a Smokefree school at all times - smoking, vaping including e-cigarettes on the school grounds is ILLEGAL and not permitted anywhere at Marcellin College and in public transport (buses, trains or ferries). For more details, refer to our school Smokefree Policy
  2. Bullying is harmful behaviour that is not acceptable at Marcellin College. This includes verbal, physical, social bullying and discrimination. For more details, refer to our school Bullying Policy and Harassment Policy.

Attendance Targets

A reminder of our attendance targets which are in line with the Ministry of Education attendance targets for 2024:

70% ākonga attending school regularly (attending more than 90%)
6% ākonga who are moderately absent (attending more than 70% up to 80%)
5% ākonga who are chronically absent (attending 70% or less)

Please continue to inform us promptly if your child/ren will be absent from school.

The direct link between attendance and academic achievement is well documented. The aim of Marcellin College is to have all ākonga attendance at 85% or above.

It is our collective responsibility to ensure that our ākonga are at school every day and on time.

Late to School Procedure

Procedure for students who are late to school with no justified reason. Please be reminded that the school day begins at 8:40am so students who arrive after this time are considered late.

NB: “Justified reason” means a note, text message or phone call from home to inform the school eg. Medical certificate

LATE TO SCHOOL x1 in a fortnight:
Attendance officer to send a text message to whānau to inform them their child has arrived late and also the next step in the escalation process.

LATE TO SCHOOL x2 in a fortnight:
Attendance officer to send a text message to whānau to inform them their child has arrived late for the second time and also the next step in the escalation process.

LATE TO SCHOOL x3 in a fortnight:
Attendance officer to send a text message to whānau to inform them their child has arrived late for the third time. Attendance officer to refer to Kaiārahi. Kaiārahi to contact whānau and ākonga placed on Daily attendance report for 1 week. Whānau are notified of the next step in the escalation process.

LATE TO SCHOOL x4 in a fortnight:
Attendance officer to send a text message to whānau to inform them their child has arrived late for the fourth time. Attendance officer to refer to senior leader. Senior leader to meet with whānau. Whānau are notified of the next step in the escalation process.

LATE TO SCHOOL x5 in a fortnight:
Attendance officer to refer to senior leader. Senior leader to complete incident report for continual disobedience and present to Tumuaki/ Principal for further action.


The Marcellin College uniform is an important badge of our identity and is to be worn neatly and correctly at all times. With the cooler weather fast approaching, the school jersey and/or jackets are available from the Warehouse (Royal Oak) to purchase.

Makeup is not part of the Marcellin College uniform and is not to be worn to school (this includes nail polish and false eyelashes). Boys must be clean-shaven when at school. The only jewelry to be part of our uniform is one small stud in each ear. Hair should be clean, natural in colour and tied up neatly and off the face. This applies to both our young men and young women.

Footwear: Acceptable footwear at Marcellin College are plain black leather shoes. The shoes must come below the ankle (boots are not allowed). There is to be no fancy trim, no sports shoes or extreme styles. Canvas shoes are not permitted.

Beanies and Puffer jackets are not part of the Marcellin College school uniform and will be confiscated and handed to Tumuaki Tuarua/ Deputy Principal Pastoral care.

If for any reason your child needs to wear an incorrect item of uniform for a day, please send them to school with a note so that they can get a uniform pass from Student Services for that day. If a uniform pass is needed for a longer period of time, please contact your child’s kaiārahi (see details below), as they may be able to offer additional support.

Year 7 & 8 : Miss Jeanavieve Pome’e (pomeej@marcellin.school.nz)
Year 9: Ms. Michelle Diaz (diazm@marcellin.school.nz)
Year 10: Mr Anthony Lensen (lensena@marcellin.school.nz)
Year 11: Miss Jess Stenberg (stenbergj@marcelin.school.nz)
Year 12: Miss Melissa Bell (bellm@marcellin.school.nz)
Year 13: Mr Craig Mildon (mildonc@marcellin.school.nz)

For regular up to date information, follow our school's Social Media Facebook and Instagram platforms which can be found on our school website.

May our Loving God continue to keep us safe and bless us with courage, strength and faith that St Marcellin and our Blessed Mother Mary showed, as we prepare for the new term.

Ngā mihi maioha Marcellin whānau

Samuel Tanielu
Tumuaki Tuarua / Deputy Principal



1st XI Football - Manager's Report

The boys 1st XI football have had a successful round robin stage of their season. They have come away with an impressive record of 9 games played, winning 7, drawing 1 and losing 1. They have now qualified on top of the table and have home advantage for the playoffs. The playoffs involve playing the top 4 teams and the team with the most points at the end wins. The team has gelled together well with our Year 12 and 13's leading the way and the Year 9 players are developing well for the future. Standout players from the round robin stage of the tournament have been Jacob Green, Raffiel Santiago and Quentin Rutene-Talamaivao.

We look forward to ending the season well."

Football Coach - Mr Mildon

Marcellin Bulls Open Girls Basketball Team 2023

2023, what a year for our Marcellin Bulls Basketball Team, being promoted up to the Girls Open A division after having a successful season in the Open B grade last year. Taking the coaching role this season has been a rollercoaster full of challenges and obstacles, but the team trained hard, learnt new skills, and became better basketball players. They have performed admirably and shown what they are capable of with their remarkable versatility. Some highlights of the season starts from the first game in Term 2 where Marcellin won, 28 - 22, against Pakuranga, with no subs and co-captain, Sesilia Havili, leading the way by scoring and her outstanding defence to ensure the win. More notable highlights include co-captain Pafuti Sefo's improvement in scoring 3-pointers, and her ability to assist the team to score and increase their chances of winning each game. Grace Collins, with her athleticism and determination, has been a stand-out performer with her offence and blocking skills, and taking a leadership role when either co-captains were unavailable for the game.

Overall, the team have made good progress playing in the Girls Open A grade and look to finish strong in the next couple of weeks, and will be practicing hard during the off-season on their fitness, skill sets, and team cohesiveness.

By: Coach Reymar Valenzuela (Marcellin Bulls)


Parent Portal

An email has been sent to whānau and ākonga with the username and password details for accessing the parent portal via the link below.

Social Media Links

Download the Marcellin College School App

KAMAR parent portal


Netsafety Week 2023

This year’s Netsafety Week theme is -
Arming Aotearoa with the tools for positive online experiences

The week runs from July 24 - 30 and aims to provide practical tools and harm prevention support to enable New Zealanders to get the most benefit - and the least harm - while living their digital lives.
Below are references on how to report a social media incident, and to help guide parents/whānau with YouTube usage at home.

Netsafes' Parent Portal Toolkit

Netsafe has created the Online Safety Parent Toolkit to get parents and whānau talking about online safety. As young people spend more time online, it's important that parents and whānau can teach their child/children to have a safe online experience.https://netsafe.org.nz/parenttoolkit/You can also download the Online Safety Parent Toolkit resource in English, Te Reo, Samoan and Tongan.

School Policy - Reviews

Kia ora koutou whānau,

Please visit the link below to see the school policies and the current policy under review for this term are:
Term 3 review topics Review opens 17 July
Curriculum and Student Achievement
Board review
Board review
Board review
All reviewers
  1. Visit the website https://marcellin.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  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.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Please email office@marcellin.school.nz if you would like to have a hard copy provided and posted to you.

Community Events and Notices

Te Pū Hangarua Hapori o Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre

Pastoral Services Group Administrator & Communications Officer

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is seeking a methodical, cheerful, dedicated, and highly efficient person for the role of PSG Administrator & Communications Officer to provide administration and operational support to the Leader Pastoral Services Group and providing communications support for the Diocese. This is a part-time role of 25 hours per week with flexibility of hours between 9.am and 3.pm.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, along with proficient IT competency in Word, Excel, Free Source Design e.g. Canva and knowledge of websites (WordPress), social media, Facebook. Can work under own initiative be creative and have a can-do approach to work and is efficient, accurate and organised.

For more details, and a full position description, please visit the Diocesan website https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/staff-vacancies/

Applications close on 18 August 2023.

Te Whatu Hauora - Minor Health Conditions Service

This winter, between Monday 12 June and Saturday 30 September, participating community pharmacies in Auckland will provide a Minor Health Conditions Service for Māori and Pacific people, children aged under 14 years, and community service card holders.

The service allows pharmacists to have a clinical consultation and provide advice as well as medication if needed for a select set of minor health conditions no cost to the patient.

It also includes whānau members of a child with similar symptoms. For example, if the pharmacist determines your child needs treatment for scabies and they have older brothers or sisters, or you yourself also have symptoms, they may provide advice and medication for all of you.

The following health conditions are included in the Minor Health Conditions Service:
  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Eye inflammation and infections
  • Scabies
  • Headlice
  • Pain and fever
  • Eczema/Dermatitis
  • Minor skin infections
If your condition needs further support, the pharmacist can tell you the best place to go to get further help.

Let’s spread the word to our friends and whānau about this new service! It’s also important to remember that you can always speak to your local pharmacist for free health advice, even if you are not eligible for this service.

Participating pharmacies can be found by going to HealthPoint and searching “Minor Health Conditions”. You can also find a list here https://smex12-5-en-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=www.tewhatuora.govt.nz%2fgo%2dwell&umid=03f15db0-214a-489f-8314-00eb263ff8f0&auth=a274b9305a0a6774f29265a98f8f893dbafe8641-7336a07cf314fecd43e11828bcc2ef38514cf6e9.

SHORT and LONG TERM Homestays Families Wanted!

Kind and welcoming families are required to provide homestay accommodation for International Students.
We are expecting a number of new International Students to arrive from a range of different countries throughout the year. Inviting an overseas student into your home and family not only benefits the student, but the hosting families will also enjoy the cultural enrichment hosting brings into their home. There will be a mixture of short and long term students arriving. The International team and our Homestay Company are available to assist homestay families throughout the student's stay.
For further information re payment, please contact Ms Tiffany O’Brien (obrient@marcellin.school.nz) at Marcellin College or Motoko Sugimura, KiwiCare Guardian Services Ltd (motoko@kiwienglish.co.nz)