Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 6
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

It was all go for our Marcellin whānau in the first week of the term, with our Musicians participating in the International Jazz Festival and our Pompallier Shield competitors participating in the annual Catholic Secondary schools event hosted by Rosmini College.

We welcomed three new staff to our Marcellin whānau this term with a staff liturgy on the first day:
  • Sophia Zhou - School Nurse
  • Renée Arrasco-Ward - Science Technician
  • Kit Chui - Long Term Reliever, Maths and Social Sciences
This term we will continue to focus on attendance and engagement. Research shows that missing school leads to lower achievement and well-being so it is important that your tamariki/child(ren) attends school regularly. EVERY DAY MATTERS and you play a significant role in making sure your tamariki attends school on time and ready to learn. Last term, our senior year levels had the lowest average attendance rates overall which is a very big concern. Please continue to encourage your tamariki to attend school every day. Our staff are here to support you, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

As we begin the new term, we pray for our Good Mother’s intercessions and prayers during Haratua/ May the month of Mary, that we continue to follow in the way of Mary with our aroaro/presence and care for others, and that we see each other as God sees us, with unconditional love and support.

Ngā manaakitanga Marcellin whānau
Ms. Maria Prescott

Upcoming Key Events

Term 2
  • 6 Haratua/May - Academic Assembly
  • 7 Haratua/May - ID catch up photo day
  • 8 Haratua/May - La Valla Whānau evening
  • 9 Haratua/May - NCEA me te Whānau evening (NZQA Facilitator, whānau with senior tamariki strongly encouraged to attend)
  • 10 Haratua/May - Year 12 Retreat compulsory
  • 13 - 17 Haratua/May - Rotuman Language Week
  • 16 Haratua/May - PPTA Paid Union Meeting, school finishes early.

Special Character

Mālō e lelei and kia ora koutou,

What a blessing it is to welcome you all back to another Term of fruitful Special Character events. As a school we entered into the Month of Mary with some awesome activities as well as the feast day of St Joseph the worker. We have a full line up of Mass celebrations, Retreats & spiritual formations ready for this Term and we look forward to sharing these moments with you all.

'Ofa atu moe lotu
Jeanavieve Pome'e

The Auckland Vinnies Secondary Schools Council Camp

During Term 1 our Young Vinnies Leaders were able to attend The Auckland Vinnies Secondary Schools Council (AVSSC) Camp. This is an opportunity for all the leaders across all the Catholic High Schools to come together, network, learn more about the Society of St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) and implement service projects into their schools. The theme of the Camp was “Trust and Believe” In reference to trust and believe in Jesus as he undergoes his passion, death and resurrection and remember that he is with us always. This has brought our leaders back to Marcellin with a rejuvenated sense of purpose to continue serving our community.

Marcellin College Young Vinnies Leaders Commissioning

During the Holidays the Young Vinnies Leaders of Marcellin College were commissioned to come back and serve our community. Monsignor Bernard Kiely was the main celebrant and he spoke about Jesus coming to us so that we may have life and have it to the full John 10:10 and how we must follow the Good Shepherd and by His example lead and serve our schools as He did for us. As the Leaders were commissioned,They received a badge holding the Vincentian Symbol of Christ blessing the hand of giving and the hand who received, reminding the rangatira that Jesus will always be with them in their lives particularly in their works of service. We were given a candle that represents the light of Jesus that we hold out to others as we serve. This was presented to Angelie Perillo, one of our Year 13 leaders. Please continue to pray for our rangatira Vika Paea, Angelie Perillo, Ceciley Payne Mapa, Romun Lemoe-Hohepa, Jamesyn Mackie-Fuiava, Margaret Finefieuiaki, Eric Mapa and Sine Falemaka as they serve our community with joy and with the example of the Good Shepherd. God Bless you!

Open Tour Day -

Rātū/Tuesday 28 May 2024, 11.45am

Celebrating Ākonga Success

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 Week 11, Term One:

Year 8
Koloa Fine
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 9
Damian Prior
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 10
Franchesca Laurenciana
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 11
Raden Chavez
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 12
Margaret Finefeuiaki
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 13
Joshua Emmerson
Aroha ki te Mahi

Faculty Certificates

Creative Arts

Visual Art
Year 13 - Angelie Perillo (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 12 - Amelia Stanley-Schuster (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 13 - Joziah Atoa (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Catherine Sijo (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Esther Tuang Vungh - (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Helen Roache (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Catherino Sijo (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Ayva Collins (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Nathan Tamangaro (Aroha ki te mahi)

Year 7 Tahi - Meletilini Taufalele (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 - Reniel Delica (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 Rima - Elliott Thompson-Tindling (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 10 Rima - Catherine Sijo (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 11 - Ruby Hobbs (Aroha ki te mahi)
Year 11 - Juvel Jaison (Aroha ki te mahi)

Ako/Teaching & Learning

NCEA Information Workshops

NZQA is running two information workshops at Marcellin College next week:
  1. An evening for whānau and ākonga to understand how NCEA works: 6 - 7 pm in La Valla / Gym
  2. An afternoon workshop for Yr 11 ākonga to focus on how to achieve Yr 11 this year with the new NCEA: 2.15 - 3.15 pm in La Valla / Gym

Year 11 Literacy and Numeracy Digital Corequisites

In Week 4 this term, 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.

Term 2 Reports and Progress Hui

All ākonga will receive a full report, with grades for Effort and Progress and comments, in Week 7 of this term. 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!

Fashion and Textiles Design Technology

The year 9 Term one FAD class worked hard to produce these cute little Ugly Dolls, exploring different hand stitching techniques.
Ākonga in Year 11 FAD class are enjoying their exploration of recycled materials to create cultural accessories. During a recent class trip to local resource centers, ākonga gathered materials to utilize and transform, aiming to showcase and emphasize cultural traditions and costume elements.
The Year 12 FAD class is investigating how Fashion and Architecture can work together, exploring creatively designed items with a structural focus.

Creative Design

In the Year 9 Creative Design class during term 1, ākonga delved into a blend of drawing, design, resin crafting, and the utilization of workshop machinery and soldering techniques to craft stunning LED Name lights entirely from scratch! This project was a first-time endeavor, resulting in an impressive outcome. Proud of the ākonga and these results.

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 .

Welcome to our new School Nurse - Ms. Sophia Zhou

Kia ora whānau, my name is Sophia, I was born in China but grew up in west Auckland. I have been a registered nurse for almost a decade and absolutely loving my job. I started working in ICU in Christchurch after I graduated, then moved back to Auckland and started working in primary health care as a practice nurse.

I’ve become a community prescriber couple of years ago as my heart is set to giving back to my community and have also worked for an alternative education school in town.

I am super new to Marcellin College, but I am ready to put some work in for our rangatahi.



On Thursday 25th April, a group of our Year 13 ākonga participated in the Mt Roskill community Anzac Day parade. They helped the organisers to set up the event and our Head Girl, Grace Collins, delivered one of the scripture readings during the service.

Library Competitions

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Community Events and Notices

Auckland College Climbing Series

Indoor Rock Climbing Competitions
Absolute beginners to experienced
Next event Boulder: Northern Rocks 19 May
Round 3 Top rope : Vertical Adventures 23 June
Round 4 Boulder: Boulder Co 11 Aug
$25 per event, includes gear hire

Register via school sports coordinator, deadline 9 May or (10 days prior to each event)

For more info see: Auckland College Climbing Series website (under Auckland Sport Climbing Club) or email

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.

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.

Under 12s Basketball Sessions

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!