Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 1
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Nau mai, haere mai - welcome to a new year at Marcellin College!

We celebrate Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work as the Marist Pillar of the year, which has been demonstrated by our kaimahi/staff and Prefects this week who have been diligent in preparing for the start of the year. Our ākonga will learn more about this Marist Pillar on the first day back for the whole school, Rāhina / Monday 5 Huitanguru / February. Your support on ensuring your tamariki / child(ren) is on time and ready to learn is greatly appreciated.

It was wonderful to have our new ākonga and their whānau come together at the Welcome Liturgy and Assembly this week. The Prefects showed leadership and care as they encouraged the Years 7 to 9 ākonga during the Whanaungatanga / Team building activities. Make sure you follow our kura / school’s social media platforms to see photos of all our school events! The links are on our website and at the end of this newsletter.

We are blessed to have new staff join our dedicated team here at Marcellin College this year, a very warm welcome to:
  • Āwhina Ako department: Jeanette Craig, Hannah Cox and Niva Tonga
  • Creative Arts faculty: Jehan Johnson
  • English faculty: Rachel Lamont and Angela Withers
  • Maths faculty: Geraldine Corray
  • Religious Education faculty: Rebecca Sutton
  • Science faculty: Melissa Marinich (Science Technician)
  • Social Sciences faculty: Marina de Silva
You can meet them with the rest of our wonderful kaimahi/staff on 15 Huitanguru / February, 3.30 - 6.30pm - ‘Meet Our Kaimahi / Staff’ afternoon. More details will follow by email and on the school website and social media pages next week.

An important email was sent to all ākonga and their whānau detailing the Marcellin College Cellphone Rules - ‘Away for the Day’. Your support in reminding your tamariki about the Rules and what will happen if the expectations are not met will help them adjust to the new regulations that begin this term.

We commend this year to our Loving and Compassionate God with our school prayer written by the School Leavers of 2010. Take the time to pray this with your tamariki as we journey together as a Marcellin whānau:

Me inoi tātou / Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, help us to follow the ways of
our Patron Saint Marcellin Champagnat.
Unify us as a whānau in his spirit.

We give thanks in celebrating the gifts and talents
we have been blessed with.

When we are faced with life’s difficulties,
help us to find Jesus in the way of Mary,
our gracious mother.

When life is complicated,
help us live as simple people
of Prayer, Action and Compassion

May our presence benefit the common good of our school
and that of each student and the wider community.

Open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit
as we seek the best in all we do.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Pray for us. Amen

Ngā mihi maioha Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Upcoming Events

  • 14 Huitanguru / February - Ash Wednesday
  • 15 Huitanguru / February - Meet our Kaimahi / Staff Afternoon
  • 22 Huitanguru / February - Dedication Mass
  • 29 Huitanguru / February - Athletics Day

Pastoral and Hauora

A reminder of the beginning of year schedule for next week:
  • Rāhina / Monday 5th Huitanguru / February ALL Year groups in full school uniform (arrive by 8:30am)
8.45 am
Extended Kaitiaki time - refer to kaitiaki classrooms lists that will be placed outside the whare pukapuka/library AND MacKillop stairwell.
10.15 am
Mihi Whakatau in the La Valla Gym
11.30 am
Timetabled classes begin (Week Two, Rāhina/Monday period 3)
3.15 pm
School finishes
What to bring:
Device, Stationery, Food and Drink (School tuck shop is open)
  • Rātu / Tuesday 6th Huitanguru / February School Closed Waitangi Day
  • Rāapa / Wednesday 7th Huitanguru / February Normal timetable (arrive by 8:30 am)
Please take the time to talk with your tamariki/child(ren) about their learning goals for Term One and the expected behaviours of our school. At extended kaitiaki, all ākonga will receive their timetable and Ākonga Handbook with information about the school, including the Marcellin Way - Code of Conduct. It is important that you read through this with your tamariki to ensure they have a clear understanding of the expected behaviours that will ensure they ‘Seek the Best’ and have a positive start to the year.

All information about the school can be found on the school website.

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. More information about the current fee structure can be found on our school website ( 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

Back to School 2024 - Stationery

We've teamed up with Warehouse Stationery for our 2024 stationery requirements, and we're happy to let you know that your lists are ready to go. You'll have the flexibility to purchase in store or online, with delivery and click & collect options available. Click on this link to view your stationery list, and enjoy getting school ready!

Note, to get the best deals, the Back to School special pricing is available from the 3rd January.

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