Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 8
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Talofa lava, manuia le vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa! Happy Samoan language week!

Both the theme for Samoan language week “Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana'i (Serving in love, for a blessed future)” and St Marcellin Champagnat’s vision for education emphasises the importance of the Gospel values of alofa / love and tautua / service to others. Tautua / service is alofa / love in action!

Examples of alofa in action was seen this week with our Marcellin Mentors tutoring at St Therese school, La Valla lucky dip fundraiser to raise money for service projects, and Junior Ambassadors taking our prospective ākonga and their whānau around our kura for the Open Day tours.

Our sacramental programme is getting underway and whānau of ākonga involved in receiving any of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Communion) have been contacted. Fa’afetai tele lava to Ms. Rebecca Sutton, and Br. Ryan Sy, seminarian from the Auckland Diocese who are leading this mahi. If your tamariki / child(ren) has not completed their sacraments of initiation, and you would like them to, please contact the office this week.

We look forward to the celebration of our Patron St Marcellin Champagnat on his feast day, 6th Pīpiri / June. The main objective of Marcellin starting the Brothers was to bring young people to know and love God. This is still our main purpose, and we do this in so many ways in and out of classrooms – our Mass next Rāpare / Thursday in the La Valla gym will be a clear example, as is our relationships with each other, our acting as Christ would expect of us.

An important email was sent to all whānau this afternoon, outlining the plans for the next two weeks. With the increase in cold and flu illnesses in our community, the rising number of staff away each day and the shortage of relief teachers available, we have decided to implement rostered learning (learning from home) for certain year levels, beginning next week. This is a temporary measure as we manage the staffing shortage at this time, and we acknowledge that this is inconvenient for whānau, ākonga / learners, and kaiako alike. Please be assured that ākonga and kaimahi safety is our main concern. We will review this fortnightly and send updates with more information. Fa’afetai tele lava for your understanding and support.

On the last day of May, the month of devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary, may we always be reminded of the transforming power of God who lives within each of us; the Lord, the Giver of life. May the Holy Spirit guide us to continue to seek the best in ourselves, the best in others and to Seek Jesus through Mary, our Beloved Mother.

Tātou tatalo / Let us pray

Si o’u alofa Maria: Hail Mary

Si o’u alofa Maria,
ua tumu oe i le kalasia,
ua ia te oe le Alii,
ua manuia oe i fafine uma,
ma ua manuia o Iesu,
le fua o lou alo.
Maria paia e,
le Tinä o le Atua,
ia le talosia i matou tagata agasala,
i ona po nei,
ma le ituaso o lo matou oti.


Upcoming Key Events

Term 2
  • 3 Piripi/June - King's Birthday, School is closed
  • 6 Piripi/June - Champagnat Feast Day Mass
  • 10 Piripi/June - 14 Piripi/June - Filipino Language Week
  • 19 & 20 Piripi/June - Big Sing Choral Festival
  • 19 & 20 Piripi/June - Progress Hui, 2pm-6pm in the La Valla Gym
  • 21 Piripi/June - Staff Only Day (School is Closed)
  • 26 Piripi/June - NCEA Music night and Year 11 Production
  • 28 Piripi/June - Matariki (School is Closed)
  • 5 Hōngongoi/July - Term 2 Ends
  • 6 Hōngongoi/July - School Ball

Celebrating Ākonga Success


Congratulations to Ayla Tuiletufuga who is our debater of the week!

Model United Nations Assembly

Well done to the following Senior students who represented Marcellin College at the model united nations assembly.

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 4 Term Two:

Year 7
Taylor Rathjens
Wairua o te whānau
Year 8
Nathan Corpuz
Wairua o te whānau
Year 9
Rafel Mathew
Wairua o te whānau
Year 10
Halo Roache
Wairua o te whānau
Year 12
Margaret Finefeuiaki
Wairua o te whānau
Year 13 Hayley Cunningham Wairua o te whānau

Faculty Certificates

Health & PE
13SPS: Grace Collins (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
13HEA: Vuka Aluesi (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
13SPL: Noah Apted (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
12SPL: Tatum Peterson (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
11PED: Trinity Tae (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
11HEA: Sinama Tupou (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
12HEA: Mark Miraples (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
12SPS: Elizabeth Cormier (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)

Year 13ACC
  • Jacinta Taufao ((Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Louise Caballes (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
Year 12ACC
  • KC Panadero (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Desiree Leota (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
Year 11ACC
  • Mercedes Tunai (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
Year 10BST
  • Halo Roache (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
Year 9BST
  • Raphael Perillo (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Charlene Stowers (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Jamesyn Mackie-Fuiava (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Amanda Diniz (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Rafel Mathew (Wairua o te Whānau)
  • Franchesca Laurenciana (Ngāwari)
  • Simone Cadampog (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Michael Hayes (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)
  • Veralinna Lavea (Aroha ki te Mahi/Love of work)

Ara Pathways and Gateway

Ako/Teaching & Learning

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/Thursday 20 Pipiri/June from 2 pm - 6 pm. These hui are an important opportunity for parents to speak with kaiako and discuss how best to support academic achievement. Bookings can be made by:
  1. Going to the School Interviews website and entering the event code 64s8n
  2. Clicking on

Guest Speakers from Whitecliffe School of Art & Design

On the 30th April, the Senior Art ākonga had a presentation from the Whitecliffe School of Art and Design. The guest speakers gave students lots of information about the programmes they offer, and The highlight was a VR demonstration. Some of our ākonga put the Virtual Reality headsets on and were able to quickly learn how to use paint tools and commands . Senior ākonga have asked for a trip to the college, to get more idea of the courses and facilities offered.

James Moore
TIC Visual Art

Marcellin Mentors

Our Marcellin Mentors will be supporting the St Therese school Navigators after-school programme / homework club as part of a mentoring programme that focuses on academic and leadership development. Fa'afetai tele lava to our La Valla and Service coordinator, Mr Craig Franswah for organising this and to Laura Geaney, Tumuaki St Therese school for your support.

Pastoral & Hauora

Reminder: Safety and behaviour expectations in Public

A timely reminder that when your tamariki / child(ren) are wearing the Marcellin College uniform, it must be worn neatly and correctly at all times to demonstrate that they are well disciplined, showing pride for themselves, and our kura / school.

When they are in school uniform, at school or in the public, they must always behave in a manner that brings honour to their whānau and our kura/school, and not behave in a manner which brings their whānau and our kura into disrepute or disgrace.

Our Senior Leadership team has received notification that some of our ākonga in public transport and bus/train depots/stops have not been demonstrating the Marist Pillars and pride of our kura. Please continue to remind your tamariki of our Marcellin Way and expected behaviours. It is important our ākonga be alert and aware of what is happening around them (situational awareness) when travelling to and from school with the increased assaults and unwanted behaviour in buses and bus stops.

It is important that your tamariki remain at school when they arrive in the morning, and not walk to the local shops. Kaiārahi have been following up on attendance and punctuality, and will be contacting home as per our Pastoral procedures.

If your tamariki has a concern, please encourage them to talk to you, a member of the Senior Leadership Team, or any staff member at school.


Maamaloa Youth Brass Band - The Memorares

Our inaugural MEMORARES concerts were a great success in terms of seeing our students who have been learning Brass do so well. In particular, our Year 10 music class performed as part of their current assessment and they all did very well at the performances.

It was a highlight also to have the Maamaloa Youth Brass Band give a fantastic performance and fittingly, we finished the night with an original piece by our Music teacher Dr Opeloge Ah Sam to celebrate NZ Music Month.

We had more than 60 students involved in the performances and they were fantastic in our School Choir, the School Jazz Saints and our new Marcellin College Brass Ensemble.


What a season it has been so far for all the sports teams at Marcellin! Winter has brought its challenges with unpredictable weather, but that hasn't stopped our teams from showing up for each other.

Basketball has been our most consistent sport, with our seniors (under 19) delivering some nail-biting results. Meanwhile, the Open Girls secured their first win of the season by defeating Baradene. The Junior Boys basketball team has been particularly impressive, dominating their opponents by over 50 points, including a recent 93-14 victory over Selwyn.

Our netball teams are also making a statement this year. Marcellin Gold's qualification for Senior A means the competition can expect top-notch performances every week. The Junior Girls have gone undefeated so far, with only one draw against St Cuthbert’s, who got a second chance to face them last week but were comfortably defeated 28-15.

Both our rugby and football teams have had some amazing performances every weekend, though with mixed results. The boys have shown great pride in the Marcellin jersey and are looking to improve as the season progresses.

For all your updates, follow our Instagram page: @marcellinCollegeSport.


Digital Discipline

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

Basketball Auckland Under 14 Trials!

See details of our upcoming Under 14 trials below: Age requirements: U14 = Born in 2011 or 2012 Venue: All trials held at YMCA Pitt Street, Auckland City Cost: $20 Register:

U14 Boys Trial Dates : Trial 1*: Sunday 26 May - 12.00 - 1.30pm (born 2012)* Trial 1*: Sunday 26 May - 1.30 - 3.00pm (born 2011)* Trial 2: Thursday 30 May - 6.30 - 8.00pmTrial 3: Thursday 13 June - 6.30 - 8.00pm

U14 Girls Trial Dates: Trial 1:Thursday 6 June - 6,30-8.00pm Trial 2: Sunday 9 June - 12.00-2.00pm

Registration link:
Any questions, please email:

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!