Rāhina/Monday 4 Mahuru/September 2023 Edition
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Rāhina/Monday 4 Mahuru/September 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

“Every human being desires communion and peace. Everyone needs peaceful co-existence. But this can grow only when we also build inner peace in our heart.” Pope Francis

Social Justice week began yesterday with a commitment to focus on peace and responding to conflict for the next three years. Established by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference in 1997, the annual Social Justice week serves as a regular call to action and commitment for all to consider, reflect and act on a particular current social justice issue through the lens of Catholic social teaching. This year, the Social Justice focus is " ‘Imagine Peace For All / Pohewatia te Rangimārie mō te Katoa’.

Pope Francis encourages us to reflect on how we can be active participants in building God’s kingdom by the things we do to make the world a better place, a place where everyone is cared for and treated fairly, that we live peacefully which also includes caring for creation.

This week we also celebrate ‘Uike Lea Faka-Tonga/Tongan Language Week’ with the theme: 'E tu'uloa 'a e Lea faka-Tongá 'o ka lea'aki 'i 'api, siasí (lotú), mo e nofo-'a-kāingá, which means the Tongan Language will be sustainable if used at home, church and in the wider community. 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. They provide excellent opportunities for sharing of cultural histories, traditions, values and language that help build understanding and respect for different viewpoints. This builds peace in our communities which relates to our cultural wellbeing.

It was great to see the gifts and talents of our ākonga at the UNISS Netball tournament, League Nationals, Stand Up Stand Out Music and Dance showcases over the last two weeks. Our AIMS Rip Rugby and Basketball teams are in Tauranga this week so keep an eye out on our social media pages for more details!

This evening, our Head Girl, Tetrina Tuiletufuga and I had the honour of speaking at the Rotary Club of Maungakiekie dinner about our school and how Rotary could be involved. This organisation and charity serves in 130 nations with approximately 1.2 million members. It was a privilege to re-connect and say thank you for their support of our school over the years for events such as MUNA, and the Summer Science Forum. We look forward to working closely with the Rotary Club in the many service projects they have including the Literacy support, and Book Fairs.

As we head into the final weeks of the term, continue to encourage your tamariki/child(ren) to come to school every day, overall attendance rates this term have been between 65 - 70% and there is a lot of room for improvement. Attending school every day is strongly linked to successful educational outcomes so please continue to encourage your tamariki/child(ren) to come to school.

Let us continue to make the Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, known and loved, through our daily experiences of following Christ, as we pray the Prayer for Peace, Pope St. John Paul II
Karakia Whakakapinga: He Īnoi mō te Rangimārie, nā Pāpā Hāto Hōani II

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are Yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said,
“Peace to you” – please grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters.
May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.

Ngā mihi Marcellin Whānau. Ngā mihi nui,

Ms. Maria Prescott

Important Notices

Year 10 Whānau Evening

Our Year 10 Whānau evening will be held tomorrow 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.

Kōrero Mai, Talanoa Mai Marcellin!

Calling all whānau to kōrero mai, talanoa mai and share your valuable knowledge and contributions for the development of our school’s Strategic Plan 2024 - 2025. This Plan will guide us in prioritising actions/practices that are responsive to our community and achieves equitable and excellent outcomes for all ākonga at Marcellin College.

We need your voice as you are the first teachers of your tamariki/child(ren)!

Please take a moment to complete the survey on the Google Form (https://forms.gle/dYbdqTyctKpwwLz77)

Mālō ‘aupito / thank you very much in advance for your support!

Special Character

A message from the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand for Social Justice Week: 3–9 Mahuru / September 2023
“Imagine Peace for all: Peace begins with you! Pohewatia te Rangimārie mō te Katoa: Ka tīmata tonu te rangimārie i roto i ā koe! “Every human being desires communion and peace. Everyone needs peaceful co-existence. But this can grow only when we also build inner peace in our heart.” Pope Francis

Each year, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference lead us in Social Justice Week to consider an issue of social justice in Aotearoa. This year marks the beginning of a three year focus on building peace and responding to conflict. We hope people will begin their journey by reflecting on their own personal peace and how to seek the peace of God in all areas of their lives. For resources and more information visit www.caritas.org.nz/parishes/social-justice-week

Year 11 Retreat

The year 11 retreat took place on the 28th and 29th of August. It was a great day to share in our spiritual journey, learn from each other and deepen bonds within the cohort. Our focus for the retreat was ‘Encountering Jesus’.. This retreat day created a space where our young people looked again at the person of Jesus, who He is and what message He brings, and how we called to live the Gospel values. During the day they heard how other young people encountered Jesus in ways beyond their expectation and were offered an opportunity to encounter Jesus themselves through prayer and Scripture. It was a lovely, reflective day and we were grateful to have Net Retreat team from the Catholic Diocese come in to give our ākonga such an enriching, faith-filled experience.

Sacraments of Initiation Mass - Tuesday 12 September

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Faculty Certificates

Faculty of Religious Education
7Tahi - Kenshu Yeng Tung for consistently demonstrating the Marist Pillars

8Rua - Nigel Pena - Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work - for trying to complete all class activities to the best of his abilities.

8Toru - Aden Tuiletufuga - Consistently demonstrating our Marist Pillars, especially Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work and Ki te Huarahi o Maria /In the Way of Mary.

9REL - McDamien Williams - Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work, great contributions during group discussions

Year 11REL - Lusia Mesake Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work, She always does her work to the best that she can.

Year 12 REL - Susana Havili Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work, She does her work to the best of her ability

Year 13 REL - Sean Carroll - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work - for taking ownership of his learning and seeking support to achieve the best

Year 13 REL - Faustina Viliamu - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work - diligence in her Religious Education assessment.

Faculty of Science
7SCI - Losimani Taufalele - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Science

9SCI - Trisha Caraig - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Science

Kierstin Idago - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Science

Kathlyn Kampitan - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by always completing work to a high standard

Franchesca Pinto - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by always completing work to a high standard

10SCI - Steven Hayes - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Science

11SCI - Julianne Sigua - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by always completing work to a high standard

12CHE - Cedric Pinto - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Chemistry

Pillar Badges

Congratulations to the following ākonga who have been consistently demonstrating the Marist Pillar Aroaro/Presence in the month of Here-turi-kōkā/August .

Ruby Cowen
Agape Fineanganofo
Zion Fretton-Pritchard
Katalina Johansson
Aisea Tuakalau
Kierstin Idago
Talen Delany
AnaRose Suesue
Jeremiah Afamasaga
Maria Togia
Zeus Greening
Moala Taufa
Joseph Manase
Jasmine Christopher
Peniel Avau
Lui Jnr Onesi
Jian Bernado
Semu Asotau Fa'alavau
Mary Jane Taito
Isaiah Bentley
Kepu Kautai

Former students of Marcellin College graduating from Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington

Congratulations to the following former students of Marcellin College.

Ako/Teaching and Learning

Final full senior reports for the year will be emailed home to all Year 11, 12 & 13 whānau on Rāmere/Friday 22 Mahuru/September. These reports will be a summary of the year, with comments related to effort, progress, and achievement. The next steps will also be identified for all ākonga, either for the upcoming external assessments or to complete any remaining internal achievement standards. There will be one final report emailed home to all Year 11, 12 & 13 whānau on Rāmere/Friday 27 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October which will be an NCEA summary report. This will show all achievement for the year, as well as practice exam results (used for NZQA - Derived Grades if needed). The report will also show whether ākonga have gained their NCEA level at that point in time and how many remaining credits there are available in the external assessment (exams).

NCEA Practice Examination Timetable

Our NCEA Practice Examinations will be held in week 1 of Term 4 and the timetable is shown below. This examination will serve as a crucial component of our learning process and the results could be used as a Derived Grade if your child is absent for valid reasons in the November NCEA Examinations (NZQA - Derived Grades).

To assist with the success of your child, it is important that they:
  1. Create a study timetable (The BEST Way to Revise for NCEA Exams - StudyTime NZ)
  2. Review/revise materials shared by their teachers (Revision strategies)
  3. Attempt past NCEA exam papers (Find past digital external assessments » NZQA).
  4. Seek assistance from kaiako/teachers
  5. Look after themselves and their hauora/wellbeing (Five Ways to Wellbeing)
These examinations will take place in the MacKillop block, where the morning paper begins at 9 am and the afternoon one starts at 1.15pm. Attendance is compulsory and ākonga must be in full school uniform with the correct equipment.

NCEA Assessment rules for students

Exam rules for students :: NZQA - External assessment
Important Notes about Practice Exams and Derived Grades
Schools must be able to assure NZQA that derived grades are collected in a way that mirrors the format and conditions of the externally assessed standard. This means that if ākonga engage in the following we will not be able to assure conditions and practice exam results will not be used for a derived grade:
  • Leaving the exam for a toilet break more than once
  • A toilet break that lasts more than five minutes
  • Leaving full-screen mode in a digital exam
  • Using notes
  • Communicating with or disturbing other candidates/ākonga in any way
  • Accessing a mobile phone or digital device of any sort (including watch)

Faculty of English

In the English faculty, our Year 9 ākonga have been studying the film 'Take Home Pay.'On Wednesday, 9Rua put their knowledge of the film and techniques into practice by creating a plot diagram together.

It was great to see the ākonga working so well as a team and supporting one another!

Senior Dance Showcase

Our annual Senior Dance showcase took place on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of August. Our ākonga performed well and gained great experience from this performance opportunity. Many thanks to everyone who attended the shows and supported our talented Dance ākonga.

Year 7 - 10 Ākonga Show - 20th & 21st November 2023

The Year 7-10 show is back on this year. The performances and accompanying art exhibition will be held on the 20th and 21st of November. Year 7-10 ākonga need to register their interest before the end of term 3 with any of the Creative Arts kaiako. Items can be group or solo and in any performance medium. eg music, poetry, rap, dance or drama.


Cultural Festival

The Marcellin College Cultural Festival will take place on Friday 27th 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 office@marcellin.school.nz BYO gazebo. Tables and chairs provided.



This year we have entered three teams of 5-6 students each into the Badminton competition. They play in the Mixed C Open Grade at Gillies Ave, Epsom on Mondays. All three teams have demonstrated the five Marist Pillars well. They have been committed to attending training on Fridays after school and have shown gradual improvement over the last five weeks of competition. On the courts, they not only strive to win but have also shown great sportsmanship. These ākonga look forward to ending the season well.

UNISS Netball Tournament, Hamilton

Congratulations to our Senior A Netball team who finished second in their grade! Mālō 'aupito to Ms. Stenberg, Ms. Schuster, Mr Goundar and our famili / families for all their support throughout the season.

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.


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

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)