Rāhina/Monday 27 Whiringa-ā-rangi/ November 2023 Edition
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Rāhina/Monday 27 Whiringa-ā-rangi/ November 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Tēnā koutou Marcellin Whānau,

Yesterday we celebrated the last Sunday of the liturgical year, The Feast of Christ the King! This week, our ākonga will be learning more about this important feast day through kaitiaki liturgy, that when we care for those who are most in need, the sick, the homeless, the troubled, the hungry, the lonely - Jesus says we care for him.

This will be our final newsletter for the year and my sincere thanks goes out to our Marcellin community - our committed Board members, our dedicated staff, the Marist brothers for their example and continued presence, our diligent ākonga and their whānau, all who have prayed for, and supported us and our kura in so many ways this year.

Our senior ākonga are finishing up the last of the NCEA external examinations this week, please continue to encourage them to attend and attempt all the questions. Senior ākonga will be able to log onto the NZQA website to check their results in mid to late January / Kohitātea 2024, provided they have registered. Please contact your Kaiārahi if you need your NSN number to do this.

This is the last week of teaching for our Years 7 - 10 ākonga who have shown great aroaro / presence in the way they have remained focused and ready to learn. More details about the Big Day In and Big Days Out will be shared in the newsletter. This is a great way to celebrate the year and all that has been accomplished.

We look forward to celebrating and honouring our Years 7 to 10 ākonga at the Middle School Prizegiving next week, as the final day of school. A letter will be emailed to all whānau enrolled at Marcellin College 2024 (new and current whānau) in mid January / Kohitātea with the key dates and times for the first two weeks of Term One to ensure your tamariki / child(ren) are ready to learn for the new year. This will include Pastoral changes and instructions for the first day back to school. It is important that you update the Student Services team (office@marcellin.school.nz) if your contact details have changed.

As we look forward to the new season of joyful hope, the season of Advent, we reflect on the blessings of this year, and on the “yes” of our Blessed Mother, to bring the Saviour into the world. We remember in our prayers those who are facing difficulties and the challenges of life at this time. May we follow in the example of our Blessed Mother, to bring Jesus, source of all hope, to all those we encounter.

On behalf of the Marcellin Board and Staff, I wish everyone in Marcellin College a very blessed and hope-filled Christmas where we have time to spend with whānau and friends, and remember the God who comes to save us.

We end with the prayer read by our kaitiaki classes this week:
Gracious God,
Thank you for shaping us in your image and crafting us with your love. We thank you for the many gifts and talents we have been blessed with. Help us to become good stewards of these gifts and talents and continue to use them to glorify your name. Teach us to never take anything for granted and to always be a beacon of light to others.

We end these prayers in the name of your son our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ngā mihi maioha Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Important Upcoming Dates

2024 Key Dates

  1. New Year 7 - Year 9 Ākonga Induction- Thursday 1st February 2024
  2. Year 7 - Year 9 Team Building Day- Friday 2nd February 2024
  3. Pōwhiri Full School Return
- Monday 5th February 2024

Important Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Attendance Dues are compulsory payment at all Catholic / Integrated Schools.

A gentle reminder that a condition of enrolment at any integrated school such as Marcellin College, is a legal requirement for whānau / parents and/or caregivers to pay Attendance Dues. Attendance Dues are collected by the school on behalf of the school’s Proprietor.

There is a need for all whānau / parents and caregivers to make a commitment to paying something (e.g. $20 per fortnight automatic payment) towards the cost of your tamariki/child(rens) education at Marcellin College. Financial Assistance is available to assist whānau who may need financial support.

Overdue accounts may be referred to a debt collection agency by the Proprietor which puts more pressure on whānau. It is important that regular communication is made with either the Executive Officer, Tiffany O’Brien, or the Tumuaki, Maria Prescott, to prevent this from happening.

There is also a voluntary contribution asked from the school which make up the fees. 2024 school fees will be available at the end of Term Four and more information about the current fee structure can be found on our school website (https://marcellin.school.nz/financial-contributions-attendance-dues/). If you have any patai / questions regarding the payments for your child’s fee, please contact our Executive Officer, Ms. Tiffany O’Brien via email obrient@marcellin.school.nz.

Save the date: New Whānau Evening

When: 28 November 2023, 6pm
What: New Whānau Evening
Where: La Valla Gym

We look forward to welcoming our new whānau and sharing about how ākonga / students at Marcellin College achieve success, confidence, and connectedness!

For whānau who have not yet completed enrolment or are on a waiting list for a Catholic secondary school - click here (https://www.marcellin.school.nz/enrolment-process/) to complete the application form and secure your place at Marcellin College today! Spaces are available in Years 7 and 9 for 2024.

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Years 7 - 10 Big Day Out

Our Big Day Out events will take place next week where the boys and girls in Years 7-10 will be split and doing two different activities on alternate days.

On Tuesday 5th December, Years 7-10 girls will visit Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill to attend a Stardome session and engage in various sporting activities while the Year 7-10 boys will be going to Jellicoe pools to participate in various swimming activities.

On Wednesday 6th December, it alternates where Years 7-10 boys will be going to Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill while the Year 7-10 girls will visit Jellicoe pools.

We will be walking from Marcellin College at 9am to both locations and will be returning to school before the end-of-day bell at 3:15pm. Ākonga can come to school in mufti and will need to bring a packed morning tea, lunch and a water bottle. For the pools, proper swimwear such as togs, rash tops and shorts are required to swim on the day as t-shirts are not allowed in the pool.

Absence, late to school and early pickups

If your child is late or absent from school please email the school at ssc@marcellin.school.nz or via the schools app https://marcellin.apps.school.nz/install/

If you are wanting to pick your child up from school or if they contact you they are feeling unwell during class or through out the day, please call the school office via 09 625 6509. Thank you for your continuous support with this and we appreciate if the school office is contacted in advance of any early pick up/dentist or doctors appointments.

2024 Enrolment

Limited spaces in Year 9. 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 in three weeks time 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 Crossing Upgrade

Auckland Transport is proposing to improve the crossing in front of Marcellin College to improve safety, and would like to know what you think about the proposed changes. For more information and to give feedback, please visit our website at haveyoursay.at.govt.nz/marcellin-college-crossing or use the QR code provided.

Feedback will close on the 19th November, 2023.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Years 7-10 Art Show

The Years 7-10 performance and accompanying art exhibition took place on the 20th and 21st November. It was a pleasure for the Creative Arts Faculty to see the return of the show after the cancellations during covid.

There was wide range of items from a solo poetry performance to whole class dance pieces and full band musical numbers. Some ākonga found their calling in other crucial production roles such as tech assistance and working back stage.

Our ākonga particularly found their groove for the sellout show on the second night. The exhibition showcased strong work in painting, drawing and mixed media from our Year 7-10 ākonga in Visual Art.

If you missed this event, be sure to come to the 2025 show.

Whakawhetai to all those involved and to our whānau and kaiako for their support.

Mr Moore
HoF Creative Arts

1001 Spheres Sculpture Installation

On Thursday 23rd of November, Tyler Oroanu and myself attended an event to celebrate the second stage of the 1001 Spheres sculpture installation in Monte Cecilia park. The sculpture and concept were based around the 125 years of Women's Suffrage in NZ . Those selected to contribute, read aloud, a statement they had written that reflected on gender equality in Aotearoa.. The writings were incorporated into the art work and etched onto discs for the contributors to takeaway.

The contributors included Emeritus Professor, Ngahui Te Awekotuku, National Council of Women, Louisa Wall (former Labour PM and Ambassador for Gender Equality.) and the Human Rights Comission. Tyler was the youngest contributor and was articulate in expressing his views about equity for non- binary rangatahi. Tyler represented our kura beautifully, in contributing to the art work with his words. I would like to acknowledge Mrs. Bridgette Brooks (HoF English) for her role in supporting Tyler’s learning and putting him forward for this Art event.

Mr Moore
HoF Creative Arts

Special Character

Year 10 Retreat

Our Year 10 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. The Year 10s showed exemplary behaviour and actively participated in the retreat.

Ako/Teaching and Learning

Year 7- Year 10 Final Full report for 2024

Whānau of all Years 7 - 10 ākonga will receive a final, full report for 2024 via email on Rāmere/Friday 8 o Hakihea/December. This will be a summary of all learning and achievements for the year.


Marcellin College is part of the Blues Fill the Bus Campaign!

The Blues have partnered again with the Salvation Army in the aim to provide every child with a gift this Christmas. The Blues have set a goal of collecting 20,000 unwrapped gifts and $15,000 of monetary donations for their Christmas appeal. These gifts will then be distributed to children within the Blues region, from Cape Reinga to the Bombay’s via the Salvation Army.Ways you can help: Donate gifts (0 -18yrs - unwrapped please) at Marcellin College (drop-off point for the community Mon-Fri 9am-3pm). Make a monetary donation that will allow The Salvation Army to purchase presents on your behalf - click to donate https://www.salliesgiftsofhope.org/products/blues-product

Donate a $30 Back to School Pack (filled with essential school stationery items by the generosity of Warehouse Stationery) - click to donate https://www.salliesgiftsofhope.org/.../blues-bus-back-to...

On Friday 1st December, Blues players will be splitting off into three Blues Buses to collect the donations from our region, as this day will be the last day of the campaign. Join the Blues & Marcellin College to support our community this Christmas so every child can have a present under the Christmas tree!


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 4 review topics

Review opens 9 October
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

November Art Classes at Shiloh


Register now.SUB Football 7-a-side football leagues are open for registrations. Played on weeknights over summer with Open (Men's) and Mixed divisions for 15yrs+, and a Mixed League for 10yrs+.These leagues are a great way for teams to share the field in a specifically designed social football environment.Play at Waikaraka Park, Onehunga, Seymour Park in Royal Oak, or at Auckland Domain. Enter now at https://subfootball.com

Vacancies - Catholic Diocese of Auckland

University Ministry Coordinator – Catholic Diocese of Auckland
Are you a self-motivated relationship-builder who can be the driving force behind a new project? We’re looking for someone who answers “Yes!” to become our full-time University Ministry Coordinator. You’ll be part of a tight-knit team implementing a bold new strategy for ministry to young people in the Diocese of Auckland.

Youth Ministry Officer – Catholic Diocese of Auckland
Are you a self-motivated relationship-builder who wants to make a meaningful positive impact in the lives of young people? We’re looking for someone who answers “Yes!” to become our full-time Youth Ministry Officer. You’ll be part of a tight-knit team implementing a bold new strategy for ministry to young people in the Diocese of Auckland.

To learn more about these positions, please visit: www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/staff-vacancies/

Boost Your Learning

Does your child require further support or extension, over and above what can be offered at school?
Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit www.boostyourlearning.co.nz for more information or contact Anna on 020 4031 6035 to book a free consultation.

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