Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 4
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Christ is Risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Today, we as a faith community in our local parishes and the faith communities worldwide celebrate the joy of the resurrection of Christ Jesus! Alleluia!

It was wonderful to come together as a school for the Maundy Rāpare / Thursday liturgy led by our ākonga, and marking the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the holiest of holy days in the Catholic church lasting from Holy Rāpare / Thursday night until Easter Rātapu / Sunday.

May you and your whānau be filled with true joy through the resurrection of Christ Jesus this Easter, as we pray:

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
For He whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!
Has risen as he promised, alleluia! Pray for us to God, alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
For the Lord has risen indeed, alleluia!
Lord God, as you brought joy to the world through the Resurrection of Our Lord,
Jesus Christ, your Son, grant that through His Virgin Mother,
Mary, we may come to the joys of eternal life.
We make our prayer through Christ, Our Lord.

Marist Prayer Resource

Ngā mihi maioha Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Special Character

Holy Thursday and Good Friday

“Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom” the very words we took from our Triduum liturgy as Marcellin whānau. On Thursday, we gathered as a whole school in the gym to prepare ourselves for the paschal mystery that was to follow. Our students were able to partake in our version of the veneration of the Cross. A beautiful yet sentimental way to end our school week and begin our journey to the resurrection with Jesus.

We wish you all a Happy Easter & a relaxing few days with all your loved ones

Upcoming Events

  • 12 Paengawhāwhā / April - Last day of term one. IMPORTANT REMINDER: School finishes at 1.30pm on this day (12/04/24) for all ākonga.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Tauranga National Jazz Festival 2024

Congratulations to our Junior and Senior Jazz bands who competed for the first time in the Port of Tauranga 61st National Jazz Festival 2024.

Our Junior Combo (Vanya, Noah, Daz, Alex, Semu, Elija and Cecilia) was awarded a Bronze with special mention from the judges for Vanya (Year 9 vocals) and Noah (Year 8 drummer).

Our Senior Jazz “Marcellin Jazz Saints” (Joshua, Joziah, Tema, Grace, Hudson, Zaralina, Viliami, Ezekiel, Vanessa and Khloe) were awarded a Gold, out of 58 combo bands that performed. Once again, the judges made special mention of our vocalists Tema, Grace, Khloe and Vanessa, as well as Joshua on the guitar.

Ngā mihi ki a Dr Ah Sam and Ms Mayall for their Aroha ki te Mahi and supervision.

Marcellin Polyfest 2024

Congratulations to all those who proudly represented our kura, Marcellin College at the 2024 Polyfest! Ngā mihi ki a koutou to all the staff, tutors and whānau who gave their time and aroha to support our ākonga to ‘Seek the Best’ at the annual event. The results are as follows:

Indian group - Participation
Filipino group - Participation
Samoan group - 1st equal Togiga
Tongan group - 1st place Tau'olunga & 1st place Mā'ulu'ulu

Marcellin Spirit Certificates

At Marcellin College we use the name ‘Marcellin Spirit’ for Positive Behaviour for Learning. Marcellin Spirit teaches positive behaviour for learning by teaching expectations to all ākonga. We do this via specific Marcellin Spirit lessons, as well as by rewarding expected behaviours. We link our expected behaviours to the Marist Pillars. Our free and frequent reward system is whānau points, which ākonga can track using the MyMahi platform.

Marcellin Spirit certificates are awarded to the ākonga with the most Whānau points each week of the term. Congratulations to the following recipients for Weeks 5 and 6, Term One:

Week 7 Marcellin Spirit Certificates

Jason Taufao
Year 7
Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work
Ema Veikoso
Year 8
Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work
Chester Sagarra Year 10 Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work
Tanisq Gowda
Year 11 Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work
Gracedarling Lino
Year 12
Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work
Joshua Emmerson
Year 13
Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work

Week 8 Marcellin Spirit Certificates

Elesi Mataturanga
Year 9
Ki te Huarahi o Maria/ In the way of Mary
Kyle Soriba
Year 10
Ki te Huarahi o Maria/ In the way of Mary
Patricia Bocaya
Year 11
Ki te Huarahi o Maria/ In the way of Mary
Zachary Alcober-Feetham
Year 12
Ki te Huarahi o Maria/ In the way of Mary
Angelie Perillo
Year 13
Ki te Huarahi o Maria/ In the way of Mary

Faculty Certificates

Week 8

1. Health and Physical Education
  • 12HEA- Desiree Leota
  • 12SPS- Raffiel Santiago
  • Junior- Julia Vanisi
  • 13SPL- Noah Apted (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work)
  • 12SPL - Malia Finau
  • Junior - Moala Taufa
  • 11PED- Diandre Tauai,
  • 11HEA- Clein Anipot
  • 10HPE- Daphne Havili Kaufusi
  • 9HPE- Julio Regruindin
  • 13SPS- Vanessa Ugapo
  • 13HEA- Louise Caballes,
  • 9ODE- Aden Tuiletufuga (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work)
  • 8HPE- Lesina Malaesilia (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work)
  • 10HPE- Izzie Seumanu
  • 9HPE- Carl Ricafrente (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work)
2. Maths
  • 13MAC - Diana-Marie Ulberg for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • 13MAS - Joseph Chavez for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • 12MAT - Roanne Martin for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • 11MAT - Davina Ta'ufo'ou for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • 10MAT - Simone Cadampog for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • 10MAT - Trisha Caraig for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • 10MAT - Agape Fineanganofo for Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
Week 9

1.Religious Education
  • Akirshi Gounder (Year 7) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Lesina Malaesilia (Year 8) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Blessing Mata (Year 9) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Chiara Marie Oralain (Year 10) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Rikihana Walker (Year 11) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Jason Taufao (Year 7) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Lesina Malaesilia (Year 8) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Cecilia Koenig (Year 9) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Halo Roache (Year 10) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Catherine Sijo (Year 10) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Julianne Sigua (Year 12) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Roanne Martin (Year 12) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work
  • Harry Des Forges (Year 13) - Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of Work

RACE Unity Speech

A brave and talented Ruby Ruma proudly represented Marcellin College in the Race Unity Speech competition held on Thursday 21 March 2024. Ruby wrote and prepared her speech in her own time while rehearsing for Samoan Polyfest showing perseverance and resilience.
This year the topic was TE TAURA TANGATA - THE ROPE OF UNITY.Here are two short extracts from her speech:
  • A strand is a thread, and as every strand knits together, it forms a unified strength. Alone a thread is fine and weak, but the more threads intertwined, together the stronger they become.
  • Kia whiria te muka tangata, kia kotahi ai te taura pāpori.“ Let the human fibre be twisted, so that the social cord becomes one.

Auckland Model United Nations Conference

On the 16th and 17th of March, UN Youth Auckland held its annual Auckland Model United Nations conference at Waipapa Taumata Rau - The University of Auckland. We were privileged to attend as delegates representing St Kitts and Nevis and the Russian Federation. It was an amazing two days of thoughtful debate on complex global issues such as security, oil and gas exploration, and the role of technology and AI in elections. We picked up many useful skills for debating, public speaking, and negotiation as we had conversations with rangatahi representing other nations from across the globe. It was an event to remember and we’re already looking forward to other Model UN events coming later in the year. We encourage every Marcellin ākonga to consider registering to come along and have fun!

By: Tyler Oroanu and Augustine Palelei

Pacific Health Fono

On the 13th of March, I attended the Pacific Public Health Fono, organised by Tala Pasifika and held at the Holiday Inn. There were engaging speakers from different parts of the public health space, from officials within Manatū Hauora - The Ministry of Health and Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People to advocates and community workers from organisations such as the Manalagi Project and Set Tiko. The Fono was an incredible experience that gave amazing insight into the challenges faced by Pasifika people in public health, most especially our disabled Pasifika people. Seeing the work being done by so many amazing Pacific advocates and public servants was inspiring and I learnt many new ways to engage Pasifika young people within Marcellin College.

By: Tyler Oroanu

Ako/Teaching & Learning

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Reminder

This is a reminder that we are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, and all ākonga/students (Years 7 to 13) need a digital device that is supplied by whānau/families to support the blended learning approaches and digital assessments in class. With the NZ Curriculum refresh currently taking place, all NCEA assessments have been written as digital first. This means they are designed to be both accessed and completed on a laptop.

Marcellin College has a relationship with Noel Leeming (Royal Oak) who offers various payment plans on BYOD devices. Conbrio offers refurbished devices at lower prices. PB Tech offers competitive prices on a range of devices and accessories. Devices must be a minimum of 14 inches, and MacBook’s, iPads and Tablets are not recommended devices for our ākonga.

All subjects and courses have their lessons uploaded to the digital learning platform Google Classroom. Links to all Google Classrooms can be accessed via the school website by clicking on the Distance Learning tab.

NCEA Guidelines

As we approach the end of the first term, senior ākonga will be submitting mahi/work towards NCEA internal assessment. If an extension is needed, please remind your taitamaiti/child that the guidelines for requesting an extension are found in the NCEA Ākonga Guidelines emailed to them in Huitanguru/February. The extension form itself is also in this document. These guidelines and supporting documents can also be found on our school website under Menu / Our College / Our Curriculum / NZQA.

NCEA Information Years 10 & 11

All Year 10 and 11 ākonga will attend an NCEA A-Z presentation in La Valla/the gym next Rāpare/Thursday, 4 Paengawhāwhā/April. This session will cover what NCEA is, the recently made changes, and the requirements needed to gain Level One, Two, or Three NCEA, as well as UE (University Entrance).

Pastoral & Hauora


IMPORTANT: Reminder of our Marcellin College Behavioural Expectations
As we head into the final weeks of Term One, all ākonga are expected to be in class and ready to learn at all times. It is wonderful to see all the different learning experiences happening in and out of the classroom.

Whānau / parents and caregivers, your partnership with the school is greatly appreciated to help support your tamariki /child to make positive choices.

Here are key reminders to ensure our school is a safe physical and emotional environment for our Marcellin whānau and the wider community:
  1. Marcellin College is a Smokefree school at all times - smoking, vaping including e-cigarettes on the school grounds is ILLEGAL and not permitted anywhere at Marcellin College and in public transport (buses, trains or ferries). For more details, refer to our school Smokefrere Policy.
  2. Bullying is harmful behaviour that is not acceptable at Marcellin College. This includes verbal, physical, social bullying and discrimination. For more details, refer to our school Bullying Policy and Harassment Policy.
Disciplinary procedures will be used for anyone who is caught breaching the expected behaviours, with whānau contacted to look at ways in which we can work together to provide the best pastoral support for your tamariki. In cases of extreme misconduct, continual disobedience and/or behaviour risking serious harm, the Stand-Down, Suspension or Exclusion procedures outlined by the Ministry of Education will be actioned. This is all explained in the school’s Behaviour Management Policy available to all Marcellin whānau at . If you have any questions, please contact the office .


2024 ASB Polyfest - Tongan Group

Mālō e lelei fānau ako, pehe foki kihe mātu’a tauhi fānau.

Kole pe ‘ae faingamalie ko eni, ke lave atu kihe tu’unga na’e a’u kiai ‘emau ki’i kulupu Tonga ‘ihe Polyfest 2024.

“To God be the Glory” was and is the only words we can express when talking and thinking about the weekend that was. Our tutors Ilaisaane Valu-Pome’e & Jeanavieve Pome’e-Vaipulu worked alongside 60 ākonga from our school for the last 6 weeks. It has proven to be 6 weeks of hardwork, 6 weeks of whanaungatanga, 6 weeks of growing in pride for the little island we call our home “Tonga”.

On Friday 22nd March, those same students performed a Mā’ulu’ulu (Traditional seated dance performed by both male & female) and a Tau’olunga (traditional dance performed by females only) to hundreds of people at the annual Polyfest on the Tongan stage. We were fortunate enough to walk away with 1st place for both dances which is a first for Marcellin College.

A big thank you to our tutors, parents, kaiako, SLT but especially to our students for displaying not only our Marcellin Pillars, but our Tongan Pillars (fā kave’i koula) throughout the whole 6 weeks and especially on the day. A well deserved win.

‘Ofa lahi atu moe lotu
Jeanavieve Pomee

Special Olympics - Swimming Competition

On Sunday 24th March Toby Leech, Year 9 and Zane Gordon, Year 13 attended the Auckland Special Olympics swimming competition at Silverdale.

Toby placed 2nd in 25m freestyle and 3rd in 25m backstroke in his age groupZane placed 1st in 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke and 50m freestyle in his age group.

Ka mau te wehi Toby and Zane!

Special Olympics Central Zone Day

On Thursday 21st March, 13 āwhina ako ākonga attended the Special Olympics Central zone day at Lloyd Elsmore Athletic Club in Pakuranga.

Zane Gordon was invited to say the athletes oath at the beginning of the day. All ākonga partcipated in walking or running races and field events.

Our relay team, Zane Gordon, Toby Leech, Hadley Leith and Ruby Cowen came 3rd. A great day and lots of fun was had by everyone.


Auckland Volleyball Championship
This was the first time in many years the boys were participating in this competition and regardless of the tough competition they finished 8th within their division. Regardless of injuries the boys showed great character throughout the tournament and kept showing up in true Marcellin Spirit. Thank you to our very own Dr. Ah Sam for coaching the team through the season.

The girl’s team were also very impressive. They won multiple games beating some well established teams through the competition. They made it to the finals of their division and unfortunately lost in the 3rd set 15-13 to a very strong James Cook High School team. They were also unbeaten through their weekly season winning all 9 games of the competition. With this performance they have already put their hands up for team of the year nomination.

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Community Events and Notices

Holiday Programmes - Auckland Netball

Ball Gown Rental

Borrowed Style is a Designer Dress rental business based in Ellerslie Auckland and we'd love to set your school up with a discount code to book our services for your school ball this year.
Feel free to use the discount code MARCELLIN for 20% off all rentals booked for your ball.

Our website is where you can view our full collection, book an in person try on or rental and our instagram is to stay up to date with our latest news.

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Monster Boot Camp Netball Club 2024

Traveller Declaration

Are you going overseas for the school holidays?

When you return, you can now complete a digital New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) before you fly back into New Zealand – replacing the need to fill out a paper declaration card on the plane.

Everyone coming into New Zealand needs to complete an NZTD. You’ll answer questions about your trip and what’s in your bags. You can complete it at a time that suits you, on the NZTD website or by downloading the NZTD app, and submit it 24 hours before your trip back to New Zealand.

Download the NZTD app today!