Rāhina/Monday 21 Here-turi-kōkā/August 2023 Edition
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Rāhina/Monday 21 Here-turi-kōkā/August 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

This was the Gospel that was read by Monsignor Kiely at the Feast of the Assumption Mass last week revealing to us the highest honour bestowed upon our Blessed Mother Mary by God. It was wonderful to gather as a Marcellin whānau to celebrate the Patronal Feast day of the Marist brothers and the Patronal Feast day of Aotearoa. It was a time to reflect on how we, as individuals and as a kura, can continue to commit all we do to living the Gospel of Jesus with the same faith, hope and compassion that Mary, our Blessed Mother did.

During the Feast of the Assumption Mass, we commissioned our Kaitātaki Ākonga leaders Tawhetakino Fenton-Rutene, Sean Carroll, and, in absentia, Eternity Williams, to be Marist servant leaders who will share their mātauranga and tikanga to co-create opportunities for our kura to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. This is our commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and it was very fitting to have this inaugural award ceremony during the Patronal Feast day of Aotearoa.

Ngā mihi ki a koutou to all those who shared their valuable contributions with the Catholic Character Evaluation reviewers, Mrs Monica Johnson (past Tumuaki / Principal of Marist College), Mr Philip Mahoney (Manager of the Catholic Education Services) and accompanying tumuaki Mr Patrick Walsh (Headmaster of Sacred Heart College). We had a wonderful Catholic Character review last week, and I look forward to being able to share the report with you all in the next few weeks.

Our Ara and Careers Expo was a success, with a wide range of vocational and tertiary providers available in the La Valla gym. All year levels had the opportunity to move from stall to stall, gathering brochures, pens and important information about career pathways. Our Years 10 to 12 ākonga have an important decision to make with 2024 Course Selections due this Rāmere / Friday 25th Hereturikōkā / August. Ask your tamariki to show you the course information booklets that were emailed to them last week. Our kura Ara / Pathways website https://marcellin.careerwise.school/ has more information and is a great place for our Year 13 ākonga to find out more about the scholarships that are available.

Please keep our senior netball team in your prayers as they travel to Hamilton next week for the annual UNISS (Upper North Island’s Secondary Schools) Netball Tournament. This tournament is for top athletes and 120 teams are expected to attend. Ngā mihi ki a Ms. Cheryl Schuster and Miss Jess Stenberg for their aroha and dedication to supporting our netball team and organising a memorable learning experience for our ākonga.
May we continue to be inspired by Mary’s discipleship and humble service of God and his son Jesus, so that we too might dedicate our own lives to the service of God, following the examples of Mary and Marcellin.

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.

Ngā mihi Marcellin Whānau. Ngā mihi nui,

Ms. Maria Prescott

Important Notice

Year 10 Whānau Evening

Our Year 10 Whānau evening will be held on Rātu / Tuesday 5 Mahuru / September at 6 pm to outline the new NCEA Changes that will be implemented next year. This will be an opportunity to share information and answer questions that will help strengthen whānau understanding of how we can work collaboratively to best support their tamariki / child to 'Seek the Best' during their time at Marcellin College. This will include information on how NCEA works, the mandatory new NCEA Literacy and Numeracy corequisites, digital exams, and the importance of course selection and planning for career/ara pathways.

There will also be an opportunity to share your valuable contributions to the development of the Marcellin College Strategic Plan 2024 - 2026. We look forward to seeing you there!

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 )

Special Character

Feast of the Assumption of Mary Mass

On Tuesday 15th August, we celebrated the patronal feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also one of the two holy days of obligation in NZ. It was a special Mass for us as a Marist whānau as we honored Mother Mary for her ‘Yes’ to God’s plan to bring about Jesus, the salvation of the world. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven has long been held as an important Catholic belief and a Holy Day of celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Catholic Church’s belief teaches that Mary, who was without sin, was taken, body and soul, into the glory of heaven. Our Marist Pillar, ‘In the way of Mary/ Ki te Huarahi O Maria’ shows us how to shape our attitude towards others and try to serve in the same compassionate and kind way that Mary did. We remember that she never left Jesus’ side on his journey to the cross and her presence at the foot of the cross was testament to her strong devotion to God that she was with Him through His suffering. Let us pray that we too live with steadfast hope and trust in God, allowing Him to journey with us. May we be loyal and committed to renewing our relationship with God and know that Mary leads us to know Jesus more fully. We ask Mother Mary, our Ordinary Resource, to pray for us.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Merit Certificates

Congratulations to the following ākonga who have been consistently demonstrating the Marist Pillar Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work in Week Five of Term Three.

Year 9 - Aylen Pua-Valenzuela
Year 10 - Michael Hayes
Year 11 - Allan Victor
Year 12 - Jacinta Taufao
Year 13 - Raphael San Antonio

Ako/Teaching and Learning

2023 NCEA Examination Timetable and NZQA Login

Below is the confirmed 2023 NCEA examination timetable. All exams will be held onsite at Marcellin College, run by an Exam Centre Manager who is employed by NZQA. All Year 11, 12, and 13 ākonga entered into external exams will receive a personalised slip from NZQA before they go on study leave.
In order for ākonga to see their results when they are released in January they will need an NZQA login. If ākonga are sitting any digital exams this year they will also need their NZQA login for these exams. Please check your tamaiti has a login following the steps in NZQA - Student Login.

12DGT VR Voom Virtual Reality Centre Trip

On August 11th, the 12DGT class embarked on an exciting field trip to the VR Voom Virtual Reality Centre. Our ākonga were fully immersed in a captivating experience, delving into the realm of advanced VR technology and its diverse applications. Throughout the visit, they had the invaluable opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas to the VR experts at the centre. The constructive feedback received from these experts will undoubtedly prove instrumental in refining and advancing their respective projects. They also engaged with the latest and most popular VR gaming and experiences available at the centre.

St Therese Year 7 and Year 8 Visit (Science)

On Wednesday 9th August, the Year 7 and 8 class from St Therese School came to see what Science is like at a secondary school. They were accompanied by Ms Goodier and Mrs Alvites Escobedo, both of whom were warmly embraced by a number of Marcellin ākonga who had been taught by them previously.

The session was led by Mrs Lua and Mrs Pele and started off by looking at how a science lab is different from a typical classroom. The St Therese ākonga were then introduced to some common lab equipment before practising how to use measuring cylinders. A short experiment, where they had to predict, observe and explain what would happen, was then done and resulted in some successful ‘explosions’ as ākonga popped ziploc bags with baking soda and vinegar. Everybody had an enjoyable time and it is hoped that this will become an annual event to help strengthen our relationship with St Therese.

Mrs Jodie Lua
Head of Science Faculty

Careers Expo

On Thursday, 17th August, we hosted our highly anticipated annual Careers Expo. This remarkable event is designed to offer our ākonga a sneak peek into the myriad of potential future pathways awaiting them. Tailored for our junior students, who still have several years of schooling ahead, this serves as a golden opportunity for them to gain invaluable insights and knowledge about how diverse career journeys are shaped.

For our senior ākonga, the Expo becomes a pivotal moment, granting them exclusive access to engage with a diverse array of tertiary providers, including esteemed universities. This direct interaction empowers them with firsthand information and personalized advice, aiding not only in making informed course selections but also facilitating a seamless transition from school to higher education or vocational training.

The dynamic involvement of each school department adds an extra layer of significance to this event. By showcasing exceptional ākonga work and expertly steering them towards their 2024 option choices, the event becomes a holistic experience that echoes our commitment to nurturing well-rounded, future-ready individuals. A big thank you to Miss Turnbull for all her time and effort providing this excellent opportunity for our ākonga.

Mr D'Souza
Director of Vocational Pathways

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


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


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

Senior Dance Showcase

Poetry competition at Mt Roskill Library

Calling all creative young people! We'd love for you to submit poetry for us to exhibit in the library alongside a series of beautiful photographs by young photographers, taken through Imagen8 - Nurturing a love for Nature.

This exhibition will be a part of the
Auckland Climate Festival and we encourage your words to be inspired by this year's theme, 'Wai', and/or by the amazing photographs! Six pieces will be selected for the exhibition, and the lucky winners will receive a prize pack from the wonderful Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists!

You can view the photographs and submit your work here by 5pm on Sunday 20 August:

We can't wait to read your work!

  • Mt Roskill Library team

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)