Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 7
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Noa'ia 'e mauri gagaj 'atakoa and very warm greetings Marcellin whānau!

We have been blessed to have two highly esteemed community champions speak at our full-school assemblies. Last week, we had the honour of welcoming back ex-Marcellin ākonga and Head Boy, Dr Tūmanako Fa’aui (Te Arawa, Ngāti Uenukukōpako, Ngāti Whakahemo, Ngāti Te Roro-o-te-Rangi) as part of our Academic Awards ceremony, and this week we had Pacific language champion, Fesaitu Solomone (CEO Centre of Pacific Languages and author) as part of our Gasav ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week celebrations. Both Dr Tūmanako and Fesaitu emphasised the importance of knowing our language and culture to strengthen identity and well-being which leads to success. Vetḁkia ‘os Fäega ma Ag fak hanua - Sustaining our Language and Culture.’

It was wonderful to see our Marcellin whānau dressed in pink to celebrate ‘Pink Shirt Day’, an annual event for our community to speak up, stand together and stop bullying! The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that New Zealand reports the highest rate of bullying among OECD countries which has a devastating impact on hauora and attendance. As part of our Strategic and Annual goals to strengthen school-wide culture for a safe learning environment, Marcellin College will be a KiVa school. KiVa is a research and evidence-based antibullying programme which has been proven to reduce bullying in New Zealand schools, and this programme will be incorporated into the Health and Physical Education and Hauora curricula. More details will be shared with whānau in the upcoming Pānui Kaiārahi.

'Ua'ua'a ki / congratulations to our ākonga who were recognised for their leadership (Junior Ambassadors), and their achievement (NCEA Endorsement and Faculty Awards).

The results for term one are available for you to view on the School Portal. This is a good time to sit with your tamariki / child(ren) and go through the results, setting learning goals and reaching out to our dedicated kaimahi /staff if you have any questions. It is important that your tamariki/child(ren) attend school every day - on time and ready to learn with the correct equipment, uniform and can-do attitude. The more they attend school, the higher their achievement.

All the very best to our seniors who will be sitting the NCEA Corequisites (Literacy and Numeracy) assessments next week.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Memorare Music Concert, next Rāpare/Thursday evening at the Due Drops Events Centre, Manukau City. This event is a showcase of the Marcellin College department and Maamaloa Music Academy collaboration, funded by Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga / Ministry of Education. Click here to book your tickets:

I humbly acknowledge our unsung heroes in our kaimahi/staff who go above and beyond for our Marcellin whānau. Fạiȧkseˈea / thank you to our wonderful support staff for their Aroha ki the Mahi and Marist hearts of service and care.

Aitu ia lelei!
God is good!

Ms. Maria Prescott

Upcoming Key Events

Term 2
  • 20 - 24 Haratua/May - Book Week
  • 23 Haratua/May - Maamaloa Project Gala
  • 26 Haratua/May - 1 Pipiri/June Samoa Language Week
  • 28 Haratua/May - Open Day School Tour, 11.45am - 1.15pm
  • 31 Haratua/May - Teacher Only Day, School is closed
  • 3 Piripi/June - King's Birthday, School is closed
  • 6 Piripi/June - Champagnat Feast Day Mass

Open Tour Day -

Rātū/Tuesday 28 May 2024, 11.45am

Celebrating Ākonga Success

NCEA Endorsements 2023:

NCEA Level One - Merit Endorsement
Niko Duran Lu
Kekoa Hall
Lesina Kautai
Gracedarling Lino
Jamesyn Mackie-Fuiava
Eric Mapa
Lydia Mekonen
Lusia Mesake
Fineula Motu'apuaka
Krizette Ramos
Raffiel Santiago
Telesia Sevele
Julianne Sigua
Katrice Soriba
Raevyn Tae
Uaealesi Timoteo
Viliami Tu'ima
Hudson Tuitupou
Maria Vanisi

NCEA Level One - Excellence Endorsement
Ezekiel Lozano
Roanne Martin
Mary Jane Taito

NCEA Level Two - Merit Endorsement
Joshua Araneta
Joseph Chavez
Grace Collins
Hayley Cunningham
Harry Des Forges
Joshua Emmerson
George Gray
Sharan Jacob
Jonathan Paea Mataele
Jessie Matagia
Lukas Mathew
Vika Paea
Ruby Ruma
Charlene Stowers
Joshua Tennent
Vanessa Ugapo

NCEA Level Two - Excellence Endorsement
Mark Daria
Tyler Oroanu
Angelie Perillo
Jacinta Taufao
Temaleti Tupou

NCEA Level Three - Merit Endorsement
Eniselini Ali Fusitua
Leane Diezmo
Meliame Fifita
Benjamin Garcia-Azcue
Ronan Gray
Jacob Green
Alani Leahe'uhila
Ebony Lolesio
Allyza Lomboy
Ralph Nable
Sean Panadero
Raphael San Antonio
Sabella Solivio
Jazmin Ugapo

NCEA Level Three - Excellence Endorsement
Alacoque Ah Wa-Viau
Heshan Balasooriya
Max Koenig
Elijah Malaitai
Tetrina Tuiletufuga
Alex Vea

Junior Ambassadors

This year, a new leadership opportunity has been created for Years 7 to 10 ākonga to be Marcellin College Ambassadors. As an Ambassador, they are called to be a Marist leader, to know and love God, to be strong and gentle as Mary was and to see and act upon the need for loving service in our school, and community.

Year 7
Tiare Bentley
Faiupu Seau
Karolina Tabuamovi
Kripa Pramod
Lingi Angilau

Year 8
Koloa Fine
Lesina Malaesilia
Tyler Seau
Taupeavai Maasi
Anja Tuiletufuga

Year 9
Juriell Balatbat
Cecilia Koenig
Moana Pulu
Ayla Tuiletufuga
Sophie Kautai

Year 10
Aylen Pua-Valenzuela
Ezra Tofa
Sorona Filo
Cristina Leyva
Darius Pone

2024 Westpac Lisa Fiaola Cup Player of the Match

Whakamihi/Congratulations to Mary Jane Taito (Year 12 ākonga) who has been named the 2024 Westpac Lisa Fiaola Player of the Match! Her team, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, etched their place in history with a convincing 36-0 win over the Wests Tigers in the inaugural Grand Final of the Westpac Lisa Fiaola Cup.

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 3, Term Two:

Year 7
Royall Paskiale
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 8
Taupeavai Ma'asi
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 11
Merynel Booc
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 12
Sioi Salt
Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 13
Harry Des Forges
Aroha ki te Mahi

Faculty Certificates

Āwhina Ako
  • Toby Leech
  • Harrison Stewart
  • Molly Hanrahan
  • Dom Mahoney
  • Zane Gordon
  • Kieran Barker

Ara Pathways and Gateway

Every Rāmere /Thursday this term, six of our ākonga head out to the Ara Project to learn ‘hands on’ skills needed for the Construction Industry through BCITO.

Last week they made a chopping board to take home to their mums for Mother's Day, this week they are working on a cultural item regarding identity.

Our kura Ara / Pathways website has more information and is a great place for our ākonga to find out more details about career pathways and events being offered.

Miss Adele Turnbull, Careers/Gateway Dept.

Ako/Teaching & Learning

Year 11 Literacy and Numeracy Digital Corequisites

All Year 11 ākonga who did not gain the literacy and numeracy corequisites last year will sit the first digital corequisite attempt for 2024. 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.

All Yr 11 ākonga and their whānau have been emailed information with specific information regarding rooms and logistics for next week.

T2 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. Booking information for these progress hui will be shared in the next newsletter (Week 5).

Kid's Lit Quiz 2024 - Sport of Reading

Four Year 8 Marcellin College students: Noah Ah Sam, Leo Bendall, Joshua Collins, and Michael Iaea participated in a nail-biting literacy competition held at St Cuthbert’s College, located in Epsom, on Tuesday 14th May 2024.

With 84 teams participating from the greater Auckland isthmus the competition was fierce! The boy’s literacy knowledge based on a range of literacy themes was challenged extensively. The competition commenced at 9.30am sharp and ended at 1.30pm. The young team supported each other very well and although not gaining a place at the podium they did both themselves and Marcellin College proud. A great experience within a fun literacy context!

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 .


Maamaloa Youth Brass Band - The Memorares

We are pleased to announce 'The Memorares', a concert event celebrating our Brass Programme taking place on Thursday 23rd May, 7.00pm, at the Due Drop Events Centre. This evening of talent will feature our School Choir, The Maamaloa Youth Brass Band, our very own Marcellin College Jazz Saints and our Brass Programme ākonga. Brought to you with the support of our Marcellin College Music Department, Te Mahau / Ministry and the Maamaloa Youth Brass.

Click on the link below for tickets:


The start of term 2 has heralded the commencement of all winter sports for Marcellin College. There are a number of teams training most evenings of the week.

We would like to thank all coaches and managers who will dedicate their time for the next 15 weeks of the winter season.

We appreciate all the support and patience from parents as we cater to a number of teams during this busy time of the year.

Mr Aiolupotea
Sports Director
Current sporting fixtures include Year 7&8 Netball at St Johns, so far this team has won all grading games playing on a Tuesday night. Year 9 & 10 cubs Netball, playing at St Johns for the Saturday morning competition, alongside our Senior Gold and Senior Blue team, who have also won all grading games. We are looking to get a spot in the A grade competition this year.
In 2024, we will have two boys football teams. Junior first XI is our new kids on the block in 2024 and were amazing on their first outing vs Mt Roskill Grammar. Senior Boys first XI looking to build on momentum from 2023. Teams play both at home and away on Saturday mornings with the Junior first XI kicking off at 9am.
Rugby Union
Rugby Union is back up and running at Marcellin. Teams include the under 15’s, with a number of ākonga participating this year, as well as entry into the second XV competition for our senior boys.
Senior Girls Basketball
Senior girls Basketball is coached by former student Zach Fa’afui. Ray Ricafrente, also a former student, is the coach for the Under 19’s boys team, and our Junior boys are coached by student coaches Joseph and Josh, who are currently our most established team already gaining impressive results.

Library Competition


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. 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 2 review topics
Review opens 29 April, 2024
Employer Responsibility Policy (board)
  • Appointment Procedure
Board review
  • Equal Employment Opportunities
  • Teacher Relief Cover
  • Safety Checking
Board review
  • Police Vetting
Board review
  • Timetable
Board review
All reviewers
  1. Visit the website
  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 if you would like to have a hard copy provided and posted to you.

Download the Marcellin College School App

KAMAR parent portal

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

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!