Rāhina/Monday 13 Whiringa-ā-rangi/ November 2023 Edition
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Rāhina/Monday 13 Whiringa-ā-rangi/ November 2023

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

St Marcellin Champagnat described education “is to the child what cultivation is to the land; however good the soil may be, if it remains uncultivated, it will produce only weeds and brambles.” Over the weeks, we have seen the fruits of our ‘cultivation’ as a Marcellin whānau with the successes from the Senior Academic and Sports Prizegiving recognising personal excellences, as well as the several national tertiary scholarships that were awarded to our school leavers. We were blessed to have William Sangster (graduate and prefect from the class of 2016) as the guest speaker at the Senior Prizegiving. His inspirational message was one of determination and perseverance, and that living with a disability or any other barrier in life, was not going to get in the way of his career aspirations!

My heartfelt congratulations to the 2024 Prefects who were named. They have had wonderful role models and examples of servant leadership to follow on with from our 2023 Prefects!

The Year 10 retreat was held at St John Vianney, facilitated by the National Evangelisation Teams (NET) Ministries teams, a peer-with-peer ministry in schools and parishes across Australia and Aotearoa. Ngā mihi koutou ki a NET’s ministry who have provided the Encounter Day retreats with all our ākonga this year, providing opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ and build up their spirituality. This is one of the Diocesan Mission Map goals of the Auckland Diocese.

Our Strategic Priorities 2024 - 2025 have been approved and are now being shared with the Marcellin whānau for your feedback.

Strategic Priorities 2024 - 2025
Strategic Goals
Cultivate a global missionary mindset underpinned by the teachings of Christ to enhance ākonga Marist mission and spirituality.
  1. Develop innovative service and outreach experiences with clear links to the Christian Virtues, Gospel values and Ngā Ākoranga Pāpori Katorika (Catholic Social Teaching).
Strengthen school wide culture to foster a safe environment.
  1. Refine pastoral care to ensure the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing of ākonga.
Enable effective ako (teaching and learning) to empower ākonga to be future ready, lifelong learners.
  1. Ensure inclusive learning environments.
  2. Embrace the changing curriculum, qualification, and global needs of ākonga.
Please complete the following survey by clicking on this link. The final day to complete this is Rāhina 20 Whiringaārangi/November 2023.

Our staff are working very hard this term to design rich learning experiences for your tamariki / child(ren) with the new curriculum changes. Year 7 to 10 now have four weeks of school left to focus on their learning, which is very important to build a solid foundation for next year. Please encourage your tamariki to attend school every day with the correct uniform and attitude for learning, and make the most of the learning opportunities on offer.

We continue our focus on the Marist Pillar of the year, Aroaro / Presence as we think about the emotions and feelings that come with completing exams, those who are leaving at the end of the year, those who are facing life difficulties and are in need of God’s peace and justice in our community and the world,

Gracious God,
give us a deep love of your Word that it may become for us, food for our heart.
Your loving presence in Mary and Marcellin made them open to You in the experiences of their lives.
This awareness allowed them to find you always and everywhere.
All events for them became divine events,
revealing your presence, grace and love.
As with Mary and Marcellin,
allow us to listen attentively to your Word and be aware of the signs of our times,
so that we can make you present in the world.

Prayer Resource: Champagnat Marist Schools Prayers

Ngā mihi nui Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Important Upcoming Dates

  1. New Whānau Evening (for new enrolments) - 28th November
  2. Junior prizegiving and final day of term - 8th December

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.

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.

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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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

Marcellin College 2023 Senior Prizegiving

On the evening of Rāpare/Thursday 2nd of Whiringa-ā-rangi/November we held our Senior Prize Giving to celebrate the many successes of our senior Marcellin ākonga. Whakamihi to all our award winners! A huge whakawhetai to our guest speaker, William Sangster (Marcellin alumni 2016), who shared his successful journey of achieving dreams with cerebral palsy and words of wisdom.

Top Academic Awards for 2022:
Year 13 - Elijah Malaitai (Dux) & Alex Vea (Proxime Accessit)
Year 12 - Tyler Oroanu
Year 11 - Roanne Martin

Photos can be accessed via the following link:https://www.bcphotography.co.nz/mrcseniorprizegiving2023

Prefects for 2024

It is a great honour and privilege to announce our Prefect leaders for 2024. May the example of our Loving Lord and the opportunities we are provided keep us ever mindful to be servants to one another at home, at school, at work, at church and in the wider world.


Special Character

Thanksgiving Mass

On Rāapa//Wednesday 1st Whiringa-ā-rangi/November we as a kura celebrated our Thanksgiving Mass. Thank you to all ākonga and kaiako involved, including our Gospel and Offertory procession. Whakamihi to our Remar badge recipients and our 2023 school leavers! A small selection of photos is included below.

For the full collection, click on the following link: https://www.bcphotography.co.nz/mrcthanksgivingmass2023


Ako/Teaching and Learning

Taster Summary Report

Whānau of all Year 7, 8, & 9 ākonga will have received a Taster Summary Report via email today Rāhina/Monday 13 Whringa-ā-rangi/November, to help ākonga choose their tasters (Year 9) or options (Year 10) for 2024. These taster and option selections open today and close on Rāmere/Friday 24 Whiringa-ā-rangi/November. Option booklets will be emailed to all ākonga and whānau today, with tasters/options forms to be completed on paper. Ākonga will receive their taster/option forms in class this week.

Ara-Pathways - CV Workshops


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

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

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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