Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 5
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Our ākonga and staff should be proud of their perseverance and resilience, in the way they have demonstrated Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work through their ‘can do’ attitude, striving for personal excellence in all their work, and being generous of heart to help those who needed extra support or motivation to get the mahi/work done. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished as a learning community, both in the classroom and out in the community - doing this all with a Champagnat Marist spirit of enthusiasm and zeal!

Your tamariki have been working hard this term and need to take time to have a well-deserved break ready for Term Two. Thank you to all families for your ongoing support for our school community and may you all see the light of Christ in your Blessed children over the coming holidays.

At this time we sadly say goodbye to Marcellin whānau who will be leaving us at the end of the term and we wish them every blessing in their new journey of life.

Mrs Leah Holland has been a long-serving member of our Marcellin whānau as the SENCO and Director of Learning Support. She leaves behind a strong legacy of aroha and inclusion, particularly in her leadership of strengthening inclusion and whānau partnership during her time with us. She will continue her service and leadership with the Managed Moves team in West Auckland, leading the support for young rangatahi at the Waitakere Alternative Education Consortium next term.

Ms Clare Corbett has been instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of our ākonga so that they can Seek the Best in our kura. Her care and compassion for our ākonga and Marcellin whānau will be missed, and we wish Clare every blessing in her new role at the Child and Adoescent Mental Health Services in Tauranga.

Mr Sam Tanielu joined our Marcellin whānau last year as Tumuaki Tuarua / Deputy Prinicipal of Pastoral Care, sharing his extensive knowledge of cultural responsiveness and passions to serve our learning community. His valuable contributions to the Senior Leadership team, pastoral, learning and extra curricular aspects of our school life reflects the Samoan proverb Sam lives by “O le ala i le pule, o le tautua. The pathway to leadership is through service.”

God always places us where God wants us to be, and we are comforted by God’s peace that passes all understanding, knowing that God always journeys with us.

A blessing for Mrs Leah Holland, Ms Clare Corbett, Mr Sam Tanielu, the ākonga and their whānau who will be leaving our kura at the end of this term, and for our Marcellin whānau:

May the mystery of God enfold us.
May the wisdom of God uphold us.
May the fragrance of God be around us.
May the brightness of God surround us.
May the wonder of God renew us.
May the loving of God flow through us.
May the peace of God deeply move us.
May the moving of God bring us peace.

By Joy Cowley
From Psalms down-under. Pleroma Press.

Ngā mihi maioha Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Special Character

As we celebrate Jesus through his resurrection, we also celebrate the opportunity to live a new life in Christ. What a beautiful term to start our year here at Marcellin. We gathered in prayer for the opening of our school year, we reflected together during lent & we ended our term with hearts on fire for what is to come in Term 2. We look forward to all the events upcoming, especially our Feast day Mass & Retreats.

Have a beautiful & safe holiday whānau. God Bless

Caritas Lenten Appeal 2024

This Lent our Marcellin College community joined together to support Caritas for their Lenten Appeal. This organization is the largest Catholic Humanitarian organization in the world and supports many countries in their continual development. Each kaitiaki had a collection box and were encouraged to donate any spare coins as part of the pillars of Lent (Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving). The Lenten Appeal started strong and continued to get better each week. Alongside the kaitiaki collections the La Valla Service Group ran a Bake sale to help with raising money for Caritas. Overall, we raised approximately $1,300 to donate to Caritas and are proud to belong to a generous community who help others in need as Jesus asked us to.
Thank You! Thank You!! Thank You!!!

Upcoming Events

Term 2
  • Tuesday 7th May - ID Photos Catch-up
  • Friday 10th May - Year 12 Retreat
  • Monday 13th May to 18th May - Rotuman Language Week
  • Wednesday 15th May - Auckland Writer's Festival Trip
  • Thursday 16th & Friday 17th May - Maamaloa Project Gala
  • Thursday 16th May - Top Art Exhibition
  • Friday 17th May - 13BIO Zoo Trip
  • Wednesday 22nd May - Year 7&8 Mangere Mountain Trip
  • Wednesday 22nd & 23rd May - Young, Free and Pacific
  • Friday 24th May - MUNA trip
  • 26th May to 1 June - Samoan Language Week
  • Tuesday 28th May - Open Day School Tour (11.45am to 1.15pm)
  • Thursday 30th May - Open Evening (4.00pm to 6.30pm)
  • Friday 31st May - Teacher Only Day, School is closed
  • Monday 3rd June - King's Birthday, School is closed
  • Thursday 6th June - Champagnat Feast Day Mass
  • 10th to 14th June - Filipino Language Week
  • Tuesday 11th June - Year 8 Retreat
  • Tuesday 18th June - Year 13 GEO trip
  • Tuesday 18th and 19th June - Big Sing Choral Festival
  • Wednesday 19th June - Year 12 GEO Trip
  • Friday 21st June - Teacher Only Day, School is closed
  • Monday 24th June - Readers Cup Competition
  • Wednesday 26th and 27th June - You Dance Competition
  • Wednesday 26th June - Year 11 Production and NCEA Music Lights
  • Friday 28th June - Matariki, School is closed
  • Friday 5th July, Term 2 Concludes
  • Saturday 6th July, School Ball
  • Monday 22nd July, Term 3 Commences

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Future Leader Academy | Rangatira Mō Āpōpō

Student Leaders Programme

Congratulations to Margaret Finefeuiaki who was selected from a large group of applicants to be part of the Futures Academy Leadership programme in the Cook Islands during the April school holiday. The programme develops confident leaders to influence positive change and involves team building and leadership workshops, guest speakers, youth wellbeing insights and outdoor adventure in the local culture. Scholarships are available for October 2024, click here for more details

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 9 and 10, Term One:

Year 7 Aloysius Parco Ngawari
Year 9 Lilibeth Kearse Ngawari
Year 10 Daisy Puni Ngawari
Year 12 Tatum Petersen Ngawari
Year 13 Rakshay Chandra Ngawari

Faculty Certificates

Social Sciences

Year 7 - Aloysius Parco (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 8 - Melenaite Manuopangai (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 9 - Etienne Burac (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Hanna Alex (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Kyle Bendall - (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 11 - Benjamin Leyva - (Aroha ki te mahi)

12GEO - Lusia Mesake
13GEO - Neil Clarenz San Miguel


Year 7 -Luke Koenig
Year 9 - Cecilia Koenig
Year 10 - Kyle Bendall
Year 11- Daisy Tupoufutuna
Year 12- Noah Collins
Year 13- Vincent Oudenhoven

NCEA Music Night 1

On Wednesday April 3rd, our Senior Music students had their first chance to complete some Performance assessments in front of a live audience made up of families and friends supporting them. This was their first one with Dr Opeloge Ah Sam as the teacher in charge of music and only a few days after finding out that our Jazz Combos had won a Bronze and a Gold at the National Jazz Youth Competition in Tauranga. The students who performed did a great job performing for the full house that attended. All students that performed on the night were successful in their NCEA task and Term 2 will see them complete their Assessment requirements during the 2nd NCEA Night which will be on the 25th of June.

Thank you to all those who attended to support our students

Ako/Teaching & Learning

Year 11 Literacy and Numeracy Digital Corequisites

In Week 4 of Term Two, all Year 11 ākonga who did not gain the literacy and numeracy corequisites last year will sit the first digital corequisite attempt for 2024. Before this, another literacy and numeracy preparation day will be held on Rāmere/Friday 17 Haratua/May. The confirmed days and times for these corequisites are:
  • Rāhina/Monday 20 Haratua/May: literacy (reading) periods one and two
  • Rātū/Tuesday 21 Haratua/May: literacy (writing) periods one and two
  • Rāapa/Wednesday 22 Haratua/May: numeracy periods one and two
Ākonga will need to arrive at school on time and with a charged device for these days. There will be a second and final attempt in Term Three for ākonga to achieve the literacy and numeracy corequisites for 2024.
These corequisites are vital, as without them ākonga will not be awarded Level One, Two, or Three NCEA.

Year 7, 8 & 9 Tasters

Year 7, 8, and 9 ākonga will complete their first taster subjects this week. Taster Rua/Two will begin the first week back of Term Two. Year 10 ākonga continue their Semester One Options until the last week of Term Two when they will begin Semester Two Options.

Full Reports and Progress Hui

All ākonga will receive a full report in Week 7 of Term Two. This will be followed by two progress hui afternoons, on Rāapa/Wednesday 19 Pipiri/June and Rāpare/Friday 20 Pipiri/June from 2 pm - 6.30 pm. Add these dates to your calendar now!

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 .


Winter Sports

Winter Sports is now under way and Marcellin College will be fielding a number of teams into various sports this winter. Your child has the opportunity to trial for Boys Rugby, Girls Netball, Girls and Boys Basketball and Boys Football. Sports gives students a great platform to try something new away from a standard learning environment. Please encourage your students to join social play during lunchtimes if they miss out on the competitive teams. Later on in Term 2 students will have the opportunity to trial for Hockey and Badminton teams.
If you as a parent would like to assist students with anything sports related please reach out to our Director of Sports on

Junior Debating Team

Marcellin College's Junior Debating team had their first debate on Monday 8th April. This was their first experience in a formal debating competition. The moot was: To Ban Smoking and we were the affirming team. Although they were nervous at first, these three young ladies represented our school with pride and courage. The adjudicator commented on how well they had prepared and researched their topic. Their hard work paid off and they came away with the win, beating ACG Sunderland. An awesome feat for their first attempt at a formal debate. We wish these ladies well for the rest of the debating season.

Senior Debating Team

Congratulations to the junior and senior debating teams for their outstanding efforts in the Auckland Schools Debating Round 1. The senior team, Talen Delany, Lawrence Stanley - Schuster and Victoria Koenig negated the topic "This House Would ban athletes who have been convicted of crimes from playing professional sports." They fought hard against an experienced Mount Albert team and came a close second. The next round is Week 2 Term 2.

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Community Events and Notices

Credit Controller & Administration Support – Part Time – Parental Leave Cover

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland are seeking a motivated credit professional to join their Diocesan Finance team, located in St Marys Bay, Auckland.

This is a part time (20 hours per week), fixed term Parental Leave position, responsible for providing credit control and administrative support to the Operations Manager for the collection of Attendance Dues for schools in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.

This is a varied role, that will be responsible for a variety of tasks within the credit and collections process. The ability to effectively multi-task, strong problem solving and relationship building skills will be essential, as well as a well-developed sense of initiative, and the ability to work independently.

Key Tasks include:

· Collection of compulsory school Attendance Dues
· Contact with school parents via outbound phone calls
· Follow up of unpaid accounts
· Debtor ledger management

Applicants should have previous credit control experience, or similar transferrable commercial experience. Sound collections skills and relevant legislative knowledge would also be advantageous. The ability to effectively juggle multiple priorities, an organised approach to work, excellent attention to detail, and a high level of numerical literacy will be required.

The Diocesan Finance team is close-knit and high performing, so the successful applicant will need to be optimistic, resilient, and driven to succeed – both in terms of achieving their targets and developing and maintaining excellent relationships. Adaptability, transparency, and a collaborative approach to work will be critical for performance in this role, as well as a strong sense of integrity and dependability.

A strong command of written and spoken English will be essential. The ability to speak Samoan and/or Tongan would be advantageous, but not essential.

The role requires a strong sense of empathy, emotional intelligence, and commitment to upholding the values of the Catholic Church.

Only people with the right to work in New Zealand, need apply.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Leanne Killgour – People & Support Manager – For more information on the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, please visit their website

Applications Close 10 May 2024.

Holiday Programmes - Auckland Netball

Fares are changing for Under 25's from 1 May 2024

Free travel for 5 to 12 year olds and half-price travel for 13 to 24 year olds on AT bus, train and ferry services will end on 30 April 2024, in line with the government’s decision to withdraw funding for these concessions.

This means that from Wednesday 1 May:

5 to 12 year olds will no longer travel for free on weekdays and will instead pay a child concession (at least 40% off adult fares). They will continue to travel for free on weekends. The child concession will apply to anyone aged 5 to 15, who has a registered AT HOP card with their correct date of birth.

13 to 15 year olds will stop receiving the half-price child fares discount and instead switch to paying full child fares (at least 40% off an adult fare during weekdays, and free travel on weekends) from 1 May. The child concession will apply to anyone aged 5 to 15, who has a registered AT HOP card with their correct date of birth.

16 to 19 year olds with a secondary student concession will stop receiving the half-price secondary fares discount and instead switch to paying full secondary fares (at least 40% off an adult fare). Students aged 16-19 should apply for the secondary student concession to ensure they are paying the cheapest fare possible.

More information about the discounts and what you may need to do next can be found at

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!