26 Pipiri/June 2023 Edition
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Rāhina/Monday 26 Pipiri/June 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Welcome to the final newsletter of Term Two.

Our ākonga and staff should be proud of their perseverance and resilience, in the way they have demonstrated Aroaro / Presence and worked together as Wairua o te Whānau / Family Spirit to keep pressing forward during another busy term. With the PPTA industrial actions and heavy rains this term, learning was once again disrupted.

Your tamariki / child(ren) have been working very hard this term, nurturing their gifts and talents in:
  • Special Character activities such as engaging in the school Masses and liturgies, retreat day and Chapel singing, Pompallier shield, Vinnies cook off, Remar meetings, kaitiaki prayers and whakaaro;
  • Curriculum activities inside and outside the class including the co-curricular field trips to Deloitte, YouDance, KidsLit competition, the first ever Choir camp, Aladdin Jnr school production, Big Sing, and
  • Learning experiences that nurture their hauora such as the Whānau events, Language weeks and extra curricular activities such as sports, Blake camp and Outward Bound adventures
At Marcellin College, we offer a holistic education and it is through personal academic success and exploring our passions, interests and areas that are important both spiritually and culturally that we grow into the fullness of who we are, the people God has created us to be.

You will have received your tamariki / child(ren)’s full academic report at the end of last week via email. These include all assessment grades published to date, attitudes and a comment for each subject area. You as whānau have a significant role in your tamariki’s learning and we value your contributions on improving the learning and wellbeing outcomes of your tamariki.

Contact via email or phone call:
1. Student Services centre (ssc@marcellin.school.nz) if you did not receive the report OR you would like a hard copy to pick up from the office.
2. Your tamariki’s kaiārahi if you have any questions regarding their learning progress. They may be able to answer your questions or pass your details onto a staff member who can.
We will end of the term with our Marcellin Mānawatia a Matariki celebrations where our Years 7 to 10 ākonga will spend valuable time together learning all about Matariki and expressing their learning through lots of different ways. This year, te rā ako ki a Matariki will be officially celebrated on Rāmere / Friday 14 July which falls during the school holidays. More details will be shared on our school social media Facebook and Instagram pages with all school updates so make sure you are following us. Links to these pages can be found on the school website.

With Mary as our guide, this Matariki let us be renewed to the call of God, to seek the Best, to grow into the fullness of who we are called to be. Rapu i te pai e ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori.

Praying that our tamariki and staff have a safe and well deserved holiday.

Ngā mihi nui whānau, thank you for your ongoing support for our school community!

Ms. Maria Prescott

Special Character

Year 13 Retreat

Our Year 13 Retreat was a great day of reflection, participation and prayer. We were blessed to have an external provider for our ākonga. The team from Net Ministry led the retreat. Net Ministry is a youth team from our Catholic Diocese with young adults from NZ, Australia and Canada. They led the day and helped our ākonga to understand their identity as young Catholics and how they will carry out their faith and mission in the wider world. The retreat ended with a powerful prayer Liturgy in the St John Vianney Church. It was moving to see our Year 13 ākonga build on their faith and journey together as a cohort.

Big Sing

Our Marcellin College Vocal Ensemble received the Spirit of the Festival award at this year’s Big Sing Gala Evening. This award is provided by the Ministry of Youth Development and is awarded to the choir that best exemplifies the spirit of the festival - which is to share their music with the community and to serve the community as youth ambassadors for choral singing. This is a prestigious award, especially as only one school will receive this award each year. It is so fitting that our Marcellin ākonga receive this award as they truly do embody the 'Spirit of the Festival' as we have seen in their service at Mass, their ongoing commitment to rehearsals and to their Wairua o te Whānau within the group. Ceciley Payne Mapa, the ‘Choir Leader’ and Section Leaders Vincent Matini and Temaleti Tupou attended the awards ceremony and Gala Concert with Mr Haslam where they received the award. As this was Marcellin College’s first time performing at The Big Sing it is very exciting to see how the Marcellin College Vocal Ensemble will grow in the coming years. The students of the Marcellin College Vocal Ensemble would like to thank all of the staff who supported them and contributed to their journey thus far, especially Mr James Roberson (Choir Director), Mr Nicholas Haslam (Accompanist) and Ms Isabelita Maglalang (Choir Camp Assistant).


This week is the final week for all Year 7, 8, and 9 tasters, as well as Year 10 options. Year 7, 8, & 9 ākonga begin their third set of tasters in Term Three, Week One. Year 10 ākonga begin their second set of options at the same time (unless they are in 10 Samoan, as this is a year-long course). Next term Year 10, 11, & 12 ākonga will need to select their options for 2024, so it is a good time to discuss what options Year 10 ākonga have enjoyed as well as what they may like to opt for in Year 11. Year 7, 8, & 9 ākonga will make their selections for 2024 in Term Four.

Progress Hui

As we look ahead to Term 3, our kaiārahi will continue their work with tracking the achievement and attendance of our ākonga. Due to the PPTA strike action, we were unfortunately unable to hold our progress hui to discuss Term 2 reports. Our kaiārahi will be in contact with you over this next week to schedule dates and times for a hui. The purpose of these hui is to inform you of where your child is currently sitting in regards to their academic achievement and also their attendance. Our kaiārahi will also be discussing the plan we will be putting in place to support the well being and academic achievement of our ākonga. Please keep an eye out communication from myself and our kaiārahi.

God bless !

Mr Tanielu

Year 11 Music ākonga Solo Performance Evening

The ākonga in Year 11 Music completed a successful Solo Performance Evening on Thursday 22 June 2023. This evening served two purposes, one being to provide an opportunity for students to perform for a live audience and the second to record their solo performances towards completion of Achievement Standard 90190: Perform Two Pieces of Music as a Featured Soloist. The evening was a great success with a wide range of musical genres being performed by our talented students. Parents were treated to iconic ballads like Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley and Yesterday by The Beatles as well as the famous jazz standard Autumn Leaves. Our talented drummers and bass guitarist entertained us with upbeat, funky tunes that demonstrated a high level of technical proficiency, especially for students who only started receiving tuition on their instruments at the start of this year. We are looking forward to welcoming parents along to our Year 12 and 13 Solo Performance Evening on Thursday 29th June at 5:30pm where our senior music students will rise to meet the high bar which has been set by the Year 11 Music Class. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Te Iti Kahurangi

Scholarships/ Pathways

The purpose of a scholarship is https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-types/undergraduate-scholarships/entry-level-and-first-year-scholarships/pacific-academic-excellence-scholarships.html to help finance a student's educational journey to reduce the value of the individual's student loan. Scholarship money is particularly useful for helping to pay course costs, living costs, and food costs among other things. It is important to note that different scholarships might only help in specific areas.
There are hundreds of scholarships available every year to Year 13 students. Provided you are eligible, you are in with a chance of being awarded one. (you don't need to be highly academic)

It's essential to know that scholarships are competitive, have limited numbers and follow strict deadlines. To have the best chance of success, it is crucial you get onto them early. School holidays are the ideal time to look and apply for scholarships as you don’t have the distractions that come with term time.

For example:

1. University of Auckland (UoA) https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-types/undergraduate-scholarships/entry-level-and-first-year-scholarships/academic-potential-scholarships.html

All are Open - Now / Close - 23rd August 2023.

2. Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

AUT Find Your Greatness Scholarships are available under the categories below, applicants are encouraged to apply for all categories for which they are eligible.

  • Academic Excellence: High academic achievement.
  • All Rounder: Contribution at a high level to the school or community. Applicants under this category must hold leadership positions and/or be active in cultural pursuits or sport at a representative level.
  • Kiwa: Māori and Pacific students demonstrating all-round ability and leadership potential. Applicants applying under this category must declare that they are of Māori or Pacific descent and declare this ethnicity when applying for admission to AUT.
  • Hiki Ake (Lift Up): Students demonstrating academic potential but are experiencing financial hardship or have been disadvantaged due to personal circumstances, making it difficult to undertake tertiary study.

All are Open - Now / Close on the 1st Sep.

3. MoneyHub
This is also a great resource for finding scholarshipshttps://www.moneyhub.co.nz/scholarships-nz.html

Students can make a booking with Miss Turnbull if further help is needed turnbulla@marcellin.school.nz and make sure you check out our new CareerWise website located via the Marcellin main website - https://marcellin.careerwise.school/It is a great place to go to for all things Career and Pathways related.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Faculty Certificates

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

Religious Education

Year 7:
  • Simione Va'inga - for consistently giving his best to all class work and activities.
  • Tyler Seau - For consistent effort and a commitment to the Marist Pillar Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Joshua Collins - For a commitment to the Marist Pillar Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 8:
  • Aden Tuiletufuga - for consistently demonstrating our Marist pillars
  • Agnes Lawson - for engaging well in all class activities.
Year 9:
  • Elijah Sanonu - engagement in his learning (Aroha ki te Mahi)
  • Alana Cains - determination, humility & respect (Ngāwari)
Year 11:
  • David Filo - for taking ownership of his learning, asking questions and using feedback and completing all tasks set to the best of his ability.
  • Roanne Martin - for diligence in completing her work independently, and her initiative when asking for feedback and completing her presentation.
  • Tomasi Taufa - for taking ownership of his learning, requesting feedback and ensuring that he remains on task.
  • Mary Jane Taito - consistent work ethic (Aroha ki te Mahi)
  • Eric Mapa - diligence in class activities and proficient learning leadership (Ki te Huarahi a Maria)
Year 12:
  • Sharan Jacob - respect for ākonga and kaiako; learning leadership (Aroha ki te Mahi)
  • George Grey - high level of engagement: participation in class activities (Aroaro)
Year 13:
  • Angela Paunga - for demonstrating diligence and for seeking the best in her school work
  • Darlene Valerio - conscientious approach to learning (Ki te Huarahi a Maria)
  • Annie Fui Kata - humility in her learning and determination to succeed (Aroaro)
  • Ishah Holden Tufele - Demonstrating Aroaro through improved effort and engagement in Science
  • Jireh Ta’ufo’ou - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort in Science
  • Raphael Perillo - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort in Science
  • Joseph Gray - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort in Science
  • Kyle Bendall - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort in Science
  • Amiel Dimaculangan - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort in Science
  • Aylen Pua-Valenzuela - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Science
  • Jancey Pandagani - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by completing all Science work and completing it on time
  • Juvel Jaison - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by completing all Science work and completing it on time
  • Kilieni Kautai - Displaying Aroha ki te Mahi by completing all Science work and completing it on time
  • Astyn Tuiletufuga - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Science
  • Niko Duran Lu - Showing Aroha ki te Mahi and Aroaro in the completion of Science assessments
  • Angelie Perillo - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by consistent effort and engagement in Biology
  • Jacinta Taufao - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by showing diligence and effort in Chemistry
  • Karyssa Iona - Demonstrating Aroha ki te Mahi by showing diligence and effort in Chemistry


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


Common Sense

Common Sense is a free, nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of all tamariki/children and whānau/families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. They provide age-based reviews and ratings on movies, apps, games and more to make it easier to choose high-quality, age-appropriate, and diverse content for tamariki at home. Their website provides tips and FAQs for a range of ages, topics and digital platforms.

Common Sense Media

Conbrio - Second hand Devices

Marcellin College is a BYOD school and Conbrio currently has an awesome opportunity for our whānau. Please see below or click on the following link: https://classtech.co.nz/

Pastoral and Hauora

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.

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:
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.