Rāhina/Monday 30 Whiringa-ā-nuku/ October 2023 Edition
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Rāhina/Monday 30 Whiringa-ā-nuku/ October

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Our ‘end of year’ celebrations of personal excellence have begun with the TechArt Show, Sports Prizegiving awards ceremony, and our annual Cultural Festival afternoon. Ngā mihi kia koutou to our organisers, participants and supporters for your loyalty and commitment.

We continue our celebrations this week with the Thanksgiving Mass on Rāapa / Wednesday 1 November at 11.30am followed by the full school Leavers assembly later in the afternoon, where our Year 13 champions will address our school for the final time. We acknowledge the whānau of our school leavers as their Year 13 tamariki / child leaves us, and invite you to join us as we pray together and give thanks during the end of year school Mass.

Our senior ākonga (Years 11 - 13) will then begin their study leave for the NCEA examinations beginning next week on Rāhina/Monday 7 November, all this information will be in a letter which can be picked up from the Student Services Centre if they have not received this from the kaiako kaitiaki.

The final Senior NCEA Summary reports were emailed out last Rāmere / Friday 27 October with the most up to date NCEA achievement progress data for your tamariki. There will also be a NZQA Examination assembly for all our senior ākonga after assembly today, and the guidelines and advice that will be shared will also been emailed to them. Whānau of our senior ākonga, please read this through with them as this will help them focus and manage exam pressure. They can use their experience and feedback from the practice exams earlier this term to refine their revision programme and study techniques.

If you did not receive the NCEA Summary report, contact Student Services at office@marcellin.school.nz to update your contact details.

Our junior school have completed their end of year ‘Check Assessment Week’ and have shown great aroaro / presence in the way they have remained focused and ready to learn. Please continue to encourage them to attend school everyday, with the correct gear and attitude to be ready to learn. All the very best to our Year 10 ākonga who will be trialing the NCEA Digital Literacy and Numeracy co-requisite assessments this week.

This week also marks the start of November, with the celebration of All Saints Day dedicated to all those who have entered heaven, followed by All Souls day of remembrance dedicated to those who have recently died, two significant days on our liturgical calendar.

Please continue to pray for our school, whānau members who have gone before us, our senior ākonga preparing for examinations, those who are moving on at the end of the year to start the next part of their life journey and especially those who are finding life stressful and challenging at this time.

St Marcellin Champagnat, pray for us.

Ngā mihi nui Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Important Upcoming Dates

  1. Thanksgiving Mass - 1st November, 11.30am at Marcellin College La Valla Gymnasium
  2. Senior Prizegiving - 2nd November, 7pm at Marcellin College La Valla Gymnasium
  3. Teacher Only days - 3rd and 13th November
  4. Year 10 Retreat - 10th November
  5. New Whānau Evening (for new enrolments) - 28th November
  6. Junior prizegiving and final day of term - 8th December

Important Notice

Senior Prizegiving Ceremony

Senior Prizegiving will be held on Thursday 2nd November in the school gymnasium. Due to school growth in the past few years, we kindly request that only two members of each whānau attend this event. Please be seated by 6:45pm ready for a 7pm start.

Please note that there are limited parking spaces on school grounds on this evening. It is best that you arrive early, park on the nearby streets or at The Warehouse car park.

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.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Marcellin College 2023 Sports Prizegiving

On Tuesday 24th October, we celebrated as a kura our Sports Prize Giving 2023. It was a wonderful occasion to gather as a full school to recognise the sporting achievements of our ākonga with whānau. We were also blessed to have guest speaker Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland Blues and All Blacks) share his sporting journey with us. Whakamihi to award winners!

Supreme Awards:
- Sports Team of the Year: U19 Boys Basketball
- Highest Team Achievement of the Year: Senior Netball Gold
- Highest Sporting Achievement: Mary Jane Taito
- Year 7&8 Sportsman of the Year: Dempstar Santiago
- Year 7&8 Sportswoman of the Year: Payton Collins
- Middle School Sportsman of the Year: Rikihana Walker
- Middle School Sportswoman of the Year: Aylen Pua-Valenzuela
- Senior Sportsman of the Year: Joshua Emmerson
- Senior Sportswoman of the Year: Grace Collins

Below is a small selection of photographs. If you would like to see the full range, please click the link belowhttps://www.bcphotography.co.nz/marcellincollegesportsawa...

Triple Header National Anthem Singers

On Saturday 21st October we had 3 of our students; Viliami, Tema and Jazmin perform the National Anthems at Eden Park for Tonga and New Zealand at the New Zealand Rugby League game, between New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa.

They were absolutely fantastic and represented our school, their family and culture with great pride.

Congratulations - Rugby League

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ngahe, David Filo and Sarah Vaka, who were selected to represent Tonga in Australia and played in the QTRL Carnival, from the 19th October - 22nd October. Both teams did exceptionally well considering the heat. David Filo was awarded MVP of the tournament.

Also Atelea Filo, Elizabeth Ngahe & Mary Jane Taito we’re selected to play NZRL National u16s and u18s on the 23rd October. Mary Jane Taito captained the u16s Girls and was awarded MVP of the tournament.

All players were absolutely amazing and displayed true Marcellin Spirit over in Australia and in the tournament in New Zealand.

Ako/Teaching and Learning

Upcoming Summary Reports Years 7, 8 & 9

Whānau of all Year 7, 8, & 9 ākonga will receive a Taster Summary Report via email on Rāmere/Friday 10 Whiringa-ā-rangi/November, to help ākonga choose their tasters (Year 8 & 9) or options (Year 10) for 2024. These taster and option selections open on Rāhina/Monday 13 Whiringa-ā-rangi/November and close on Rāmere/Friday 24 Whiringa-ā-rangi/November.

Year 10 Digital Literacy & Numeracy Corequisite Trials

This week we have some of our Year 10 ākonga trialing the digital corequisites for Literacy and/or Numeracy, in preparation for the new NCEA Level One next year. Ākonga and whānau involved in this trial have been informed of this last term. Details for these corequisite trials are as follows:
  • Literacy - Rāhina/Monday 30 Whiringa-ā-nuku/October; 9 am - 1.30 pm in Rm 40
  • Numeracy - Rāpare/Thursday 2 Whiringa-ā-rangi/November, 9 am - 11 am in Rm 40 and Rm 41

Ara-Pathways - CV Workshops


Cultural Festival

On Friday 27th October we came together to celebrate culture and diversity at Marcellin College at our Cultural Festival! The whānau spirit was widely felt and all who attended enjoyed the wonderful performances and food stalls on offer. A big thank you to the Marcellin community for their support, the stallholders and the performers for making the festival a true celebration, and to everyone behind the scenes for their mahi. This collective effort made the Cultural Festival a true success!


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

Mana Moana & NZ Symphony Orchestra - Tour 2023

Mana Moana is a celebration and fusion of two worlds of music colliding of symphony, songs from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, Cook Islands and more!

Bringing the sound of Pasifika featuring the Signature Choir Wellington and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for one night only! 80 choral singers and 78 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra musicians on stage showcasing the gorgeous harmonies and rich melodies of traditional songs from across Pasifika islands.

This year, joining the Wellington choir will be some of the best singers from Auckland as well as, well-known NZ Tongan journalist, Indira Stewart.
An event not to be missed! organise a night out with staff and co-workers, parish community, school, social groups - come and celebrate music of the South Pacific and the NZ Symphony Orchestra!

Date: Friday, 24 November 2023
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Spark Arena, Auckland
Cost: tickets prices start at $19.90 each

Buy your tickets now – click here Mana Moana Concert at Spark Arena, Auckland

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

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