15 Haratua/May 2023 Edition
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Rāhina/Monday 15 Haratua/May 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Noa’ia and warm greetings to you all!

We celebrated Sign language week as well as the first of the National Pasifika Language weeks with Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week 2023 - Vetḁkia ‘os Fäega ma Ag fak hanua - Sustaining our Language and Culture. It was an honour to have Daren Kamali share his gifts and talents of poetry, writing and music during our school assembly to also celebrate our annual book week. Daren spoke of the significance of sustaining his language and culture, not only for him, but also for his children and in honour of his ancestors who migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand for a better life. Ākonga are encouraged to read more about his inspirational journey through life in his book ‘Vunimago and me’ that he gifted to our school library. Fạiȧkseˈea / thank you very much!

Our staff have been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming school events that provide opportunities for our ākonga to nurture and showcase their gifts and talents. Our school production ‘Aladdin Junior’ is in the Māngere Arts Centre this week, Rāpare/Thursday 18 Haratua/May to Rāhoroi/Saturday 20 Haratua/May. Come and support our ākonga by purchasing a ticket (see link below). We also have field trips to Deloitte and Auckland Theatre Company, Rainbows End for our senior Physics ākonga as well as the Kokako Camp for all Year 9s which strengthens whanaungatanga and social skills. May the tamariki/children grow closer to each other and our Lord through these experiences and the time spent together.

Please continue to encourage your tamariki/child(ren) to come to school every day, attendance rates this term has 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. Our pastoral team will be following up with whānau to ensure your tamariki are seeking the best!

We sadly say goodbye to Mr O’Malley who will be leaving us this week to teach senior Commerce and Mathematics at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart. Mr O’Malley joined us as a kaiako aide and then a Maths kaiako in 2020, and has been a wonderful support to all, especially as the Pompallier kaiako leader who are currently first place in the Whānau Competition this year. Laˈ ma ạlalum and all the very best Mr O’Malley.

This week we also welcomed Mr Franswah who joins our Marcellin whānau in the Religious Education faculty. Mr Franswah brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in theology and faith formation, particularly with his service with the Society of St Vincent de Paul Youth programme, prison ministry, hospital ministry and leading youth groups. He was recognised for his service and other commitments to the Catholic Church with a Papal knighthood for the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Whiringaārangi / November 2022.

We continue to pray for our Mother Mary’s intercessions and prayers during this month of Haratua/May, that we continue to follow in the way of Mary with our aroaro/presence and care for others, and that we see each other as God sees us, with unconditional love and support.
ˈIs la roaˈit / Let us pray

ˈOtomis Ӧˈfā fak lạgi
ˈẠmis far ˈou ạlalumˈạkiga ˈe gasav teˈ
Se teˈ ne ˈạmis tūtū ˈatakoa
ˈE as ˈon Jisu Karisto.

ˈẠitu iạ lelei!

Ngā manaakitanga Marcellin whānau
Ms. Maria Prescott

Upcoming Key Dates

PPTA Industrial Action For Term Two:

PPTA industrial action continues this term which includes:

1.the continuation of the relief ban for kaiako/teachers who are union members

2. a ban on kaiako union members attending meetings outside of regular school hours (this may have an effect on co-curricular activities such as sports trainings)

3. Rostering home of year levels beginning this week:

Week 4
Rātu/Tuesday 16 May – Year 9
Rāapa/Wednesday 17 May – Year 10

Week 5
Rāpare/Thursday 25 May – Year 11

Week 6
Rātu/Tuesday 30 May – Year 13
Rāpare/Thursday 1 June – Year 12

Week 7
Rātu/Tuesday 6 June – Year 10
Rāpare/Thursday 8 June – Year 9

If you have any questions regarding your tamariki / child’s learning programme, please contact the following Kāiarahi in the first instance:

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)

Special Character

Pompallier Shield 2023

The Pompallier Shield is a prestigious competition for the 15 Catholic secondary schools in the Auckland Diocese. After a three year pause due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were very pleased to take a team to Pompallier Catholic College in Whangārei on 3 Haratua/May. Events included Junior Scripture, Senior Scripture, Te Reo Māori Scripture, Senior Oratory, Junior Prepared speech and Waiata presentations.

Ngā mihi koutou to our wonderful staff who helped out: Mrs Rodrigues (Coordinator), Ms. Pome’e, Mr Bourke and Mr Ilaua (Waiata), Ms. Diaz (Junior Speech), Mrs Ward and Mrs D’Souza (Senior Oratory), Mr Pillay (Junior Scripture), Ms. Maglalang (Senior Scripture) and Mr Bergin (Te Reo Māori Scripture).

Congratulations to our team who came sixth overall, and to our participants and award winners:
  • Senior Scripture Reading: Joshua Araneta
  • Te Reo Māori Scripture Reading: Romun Lemoe-Hohepa
  • Junior Speech: Daysharn Lawson
  • Group Waiata: Azael Setu Uini-Faiva, Felicity Pome'e, Hudson Tu'itupou, Viliami Tu'ima, Jane Finauvala, Uaealesi Timoteo, Susitina Taualagi, Vanessa Ugapo, Jazmin Ugapo and Sarai Talo.
Prize Winners
  • 1st Place Junior Scripture cup Reading: Semu Asotau Fa'alavaau
  • 3rd Place Senior Oratory : Alani Leahe'uhila

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Our Liturgical Season of Easter continues to fill out hearts with joy and thanksgiving as Resurrection people. Our journey is moving towards the Ascension of Jesus to Heaven and the promise of the Holy Spirit to be our guide so that we can carry on the mission of spreading God’s Word and living the Gospel values.

Our Gospel Reading reminds us that we are deeply loved and cared for by God, no matter our circumstances. The Father and the Son are One and we are encouraged to show our love by keeping the commandments. We are not alone and we must pray to the Holy Spirit who is our Advocate and connects us to God.

Let us humble ourselves before God and pray for his guidance and wisdom
O God,
from whom all good things come,
grant that,
by your inspiration,
we may discern what is right,
and by your merciful guiding may do it;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
*prayer and image used from liturgy.co.nz

Pray Mass




Year 9 to 10 Check Weeks

In Week 6 of this term (29/5 - 1/6), all Year 9 & 10 ākonga will sit an assessment in their timetabled classes to check their academic progress as they prepare for NCEA.

Year 9 ākonga will sit an assessment in each of their core subjects (RE, English, Health & PE, Maths, Science and Social Studies). Year 10 ākonga will sit an assessment in each of their core subjects as well as in their two option subjects.

All assessments will be sat digitally, as the upcoming changes to NCEA are for all external assessments to be digital. The check week assessments will be similar to those that ākonga will experience in Level One NCEA. It is essential that ākonga attend all classes in Week 6 and that they have a device with them, fully charged.

Subject kaiako will share more information about this assessment with their ākonga in Week 5. The timetable for check week assessments will also be emailed to all whānau and ākonga in Week 5.

NCEA Kōrero - Study Skills

On Rāmere/Friday 12 Haratua/May, all Yr 11 & 12 ākonga attended an NCEA kōrero on study skills. This kōrero covered why ākonga need to study, how best to study, as well as when (including ensuring that there is at least one day without study per week). Ākonga were challenged to take at least two pieces of learning and put them into action - ask your tamaiti/child what they learned and what action they are taking!

Marcellin College and Maamaloa Music Academy partnership

We are very excited to work collaboratively with the Maamaloa Music Academy to pilot a culturally responsive music learning programme which involves teaching the Tongan music notation as part of the New Zealand Curriculum. The purpose of this Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga / Ministry of Education funded initiative is to increase the engagement and attendance for our ākonga, and provide more pathways for the Music, Tongan Languages and Pacific Studies courses, as outlined in their Attendance and Strategy Strategy. We look forward to showcasing the gifts and talents of our ākonga in the Marcellin College Brass Band concert later this year.

Marcellin College Vocal Ensemble - Choir Camp 2023

The Marcellin College Vocal Ensemble attended their first ever ‘choir camp’ from Monday 01 to Wednesday 03 May 2023 at the Willow Park Christian Convention Centre in Eastern Beach, Howick. The intention of the camp was to enable the students to have concentrated time together to learn the complex pieces which are to be performed for 'The Big Sing' festival, school Masses and other upcoming events. The camp was also designed to build comradery and fellowship and to develop meaningful relationships across the various year levels represented in the choir.

The camp was incredibly successful with students learning an entire piece of music in four part harmony on the second day, completing their three-song set required for 'The Big Sing'. Students rehearsed for one to two hour periods at a time with breaks interspersed throughout. During the breaks, students made excellent use of the centre’s facilities, which included a gymnasium, trampolines, table tennis tables and a variety of other indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. Meals were included as a part of the camp and were very much a highlight with a variety of beautiful dishes being served by a dedicated team of cooks.

The members of the choir would like to express their utmost gratitude to the staff who organised and led the camp as well as the team at Willow Park Convention Centre. Their time on camp felt short but they have learned a great deal and have enjoyed spending quality time in each others’ company. They are excited and motivated to do their best to share their joy of music making and choral singing with their audiences in all upcoming performances.

Year 10 Art Ākonga

Year 10 Art students making work for their unit titled Chance and Control.

Year 10 Art Ākonga - Dada Masks

Yr 10 Art students wearing their paper bag masks. This task was influenced by the Dada art movement. This movement was founded in 1916 and was anti war, subversive, anti-rational, rebellious and provocative. I think our ākonga were able to relate to these sentiments.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

First Foundation 2023 Awards Night

Transforming Lives was the theme for First Foundation Awards Evening on 2 Haratua/May 2023. The First Foundation scholarship is a four year programme that provides a dedicated mentor, financial support and paid work experience for young leaders throughout school, tertiary and into the professional world. Congratulations to Lingi Tu’itupou, First Foundation scholarship recipient 2023! Mālō e ako!

Faculty Certificates

Congratulations to the following ākonga who have been recognised for their efforts in their classes and demonstrating the Marist Pillars:

Social Sciences

8 Social Studies
  • Juriell Balabat, for excellence and commitment to learning.
9 Social Studies
  • Isabella Sulu-Kiripati, for her positive attitude towards her learning and always completes work on time.
  • Kathlyn Kampitan, for her effort and work quality.
  • Helaena Sabalburo, for her work quality.
10 Social Studies
  • Bella-Rosa Lealiifano, for her positive attitude and always completes work on time.
  • Rishant Bansal, always contributes well to class discussions and has a positive attitude towards his learning.
  • Joelina Mafi, work quality.
  • Michael Hayes, for good effort and always producing quality work on time.
11 Geography
  • Margaret Finefeuiaki, for excellence and commitment to learning.
13 Travel and Tourism
  • Faustina Viliamu, for her consistant effort and dedication to her learning.

  • Mejock Yor, for working consistently each lesson.
  • Meliame Fifita, for working independently and consistently during Fashion.
  • Allyza Lomboy, for working diligently and independently in Fashion.
  • Ceclia Koenig, for displaying strong leadership skills within her wearable arts group.
Materials Industries:
  • Albert Ng Chok, for consistently challenging himself and pushing himself to do more.
  • Kaylamesha Fahiua, for taking a difficult situation and turning it into a learning opportunity.
  • Lawrence Stanley-Schuster, for consistently pushing the envelope and challenging himself .
Digital Technology:
  • Vincent Oudenhoven, for demonstrating an outstanding commitment and passion for Digital Technology.
  • Kyle Bendall, for showing exceptional creativity and innovation in Digital Technology.
  • Ayla Tuiletufuga, for showing excellent skills and creativity in creating VR/AR projects.
  • Siope Ngata, for dedication to his learning and a great work ethic.
  • KC Panadero, for always completing her work and her commitment to learning.
  • Jessie Matagia, for her consistent high standards in Hospitality.


Training and Game times

All training's and game times could be found on Marcellin College Sports Instagram so if you haven't already then jump online and give us a follow to stay up to date with everything sports.

Marcellin College Sports, Searching for Team Managers & Coaches

Would you like to join the Marcellin College Sports Whānau? We are currently searching for whānau members to join our teams as managers and coaches. If you would be keen to volunteer and help out a team please get in touch with the Director of Sports on goundard@marcellin.school.nz


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


Digital Technology and Online Safety : Linewize

Marcellin College is using safeguarding and monitoring technology called Linewize Education services to help keep our ākonga safer online and ensure they use their device as best as possible to support your learning.

If ākonga use a school device at any time, the school and staff can monitor your activity to support you better.

The school is responsible for its devices, networks and Google accounts at all times. When a school-issued Google account to sign into Chrome on a personal Chromebook, Windows or Mac device at any time of the day, including at home, we will also be monitoring the activity within that Chrome session. Please be especially aware of this when you are not at school. Because it is a school Google account, we need to ensure it is used safely all the time, wherever and whenever it is being used. Know that this may include taking screenshots of personal Chromebooks if risky behaviour is detected when the school Google account is being used on it.

Importantly for BYOD, the technology being used will only monitor activity within the Chrome/Chromebook session signed in with the school Google account. The technology cannot monitor activity beyond the school account's Chrome session. Therefore, if you are undertaking personal activities, do not use the school Google account to do so. Either use a personal Google account to sign into the Chrome browser or Chromebook, or use a different web browser altogether. That is whānau responsibility to manage.

If you have any questions or concerns on the monitoring and safeguarding technology we are using, please see www.linewize.io/legal and the school’s policy ‘Digital Technology and Online Safety’. You can also contact Miss K Mayall (mayallk@marcellin.school.nz)

The Marcellin Way - Code of Conduct

Marcellin College ākonga are expected to always act in a manner which acknowledges and upholds the mana and tapu of themselves, God, others, their property and their environment.

Marcellin College ākonga will always strive to uphold our Marist Pillars of Wairua o te whānau (Family Spirit), Ngawari (Simplicity), Ki te huarahi o Maria (In the way of Mary), Aroaro (Presence) and Aroha ki te mahi (Love of work) in all they say and do. Their behaviour needs to bring mana to themselves, their whānau and to Marcellin College.

This code of conduct applies to daily life at the college, school trips, school events and especially in public and online.

Your rights as ākonga at Marcellin College:

You have the right to:
  • Learn and be taught without disruption and interruption.
  • Learn and be taught in a safe environment.
  • Be treated with respect and Te mana o te Tangata (human dignity) which everyone possesses as a creation of God.
  • Have pride in yourself, your culture and your school.
  • Receive regular feedback from your kaiako regarding your academic progress.
Your responsibility as ākonga at Marcellin College:

You have the responsibility to:
  • Uphold and live the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Uphold and acknowledge the mana and tapu of each individual.
  • Allow others to learn.
  • Keep our school a safe, tidy, clean and healthy place.
  • Treat others with respect and mana both in person and online.
  • Act in ways that demonstrate you are proud to belong to Marcellin College.
  • Wear our college uniform correctly and with pride. Remember that your behaviour and conduct whilst wearing our school uniform reflects on our whole school and wider school community.
  • Keep Marcellin College an alcohol free, smokefree and vape free school. Alcohol, illegal substances, cigarettes, vapes and e-Cigarettes are not permitted at school or at any school event or activity off site.
  • Be at school every day and on time. The school day begins at 8:40am.
  • Keep Marcellin College gum free. Chewing gum is not permitted at school.
  • To use mobile phones and devices in a responsible and respectful manner.

Netsafe - Useful links

Here are a few useful links from Netsafe, which is an online safety organisation, to start the talanoa/ discussion with our ākonga about keeping safe online and what our whānau can do to report safety issues and concerns:

“Engaging young people in online safety discussions” https://netsafe.org.nz/engaging-young-people-in-online-safety-discussions/

“Online Bullying”

“Online safety Parent Toolkit”

“Social Media vs. Reality”

“Online bullying support”

Measles Information

You may have noticed lots in the media about measles recently. Measles is a very infectious disease that also can take a long time to show symptoms and so it can spread very quickly. Symptoms include fever, cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes and a blotchy rash that lasts for up to a week. Measles can lead to other problems and severe illnesses, especially in young children.

The best protection against measles is immunisation. Two doses of the MMR vaccine is 99% effective. Anyone born before 1969 should be immune and doesn't need further immunisation. Anyone born after 1969 should check if they have documentation of 2 MMR vaccines. If not, get a free MMR vaccine from your GP. Anyone who has contact with someone with measles and doesn't have evidence of vaccination or immunity will have to isolate for 14 days. If you have been vaccinated you don't have to isolate, as you will be immune.

For more information on measles and how to book for a vaccination:

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:
Education Outside The Classroom (board)
  1. EOTC Planning and Review
  2. EOTC Risk Management
  3. EOTC Coordinator
  4. EOTC External Providers
  5. EOTC Staff Competence
  6. EOTC Event Categories
  7. EOTC Communicating with Parents
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 News and Events

Laulōtaha Ikuna Mentoring

This year we are blessed to be working together with the Laulōtaha Ikuna mentoring team, a innovative culturally responsive programme helping ākonga achieve success in education. ‘Laulōtaha’ is Tongan for excellence and the suffix ‘taha’ means best or number one. ‘Ikuna’ means to conquer, and all these words align with our vision, as well as the motto of our school ‘Rapu i te Pai / Seek the Best’.

The programme was founded and established by Mrs Valeti Finau, a Pasifika Education Specialist, who was recognised for her services to education and the Pacific community when she was awarded the New Year Honour in 2018 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The mentoring will involve one-to-one mentoring with a focus on literacy and numeracy for any Year 7 - 10 ākonga, and will begin this term. If you have any questions or would like to be part of this mentoring programme, please email the office@marcellin.school.nz