Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 2
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

“Transform lives through faith, knowledge and education founded on Marist traditions” is our school vision for 2024 - 2025. Ngā mihi nui for all your feedback and contributions to our strategic plan which can be found on our school website and in the following section of this newsletter. We are blessed as a kura / school to welcome Bernadette Tovio as the new Presiding Member of the Marcellin Board, and Jane Hahn, as the new Proprietors Appointee. As our new Presiding Member had mentioned in her letter to our community, our heartfelt thanks and gratitude goes to Filemoni Timoteo and his family for his leadership and Aroha ki te Mahi, serving our kura with such humility, passion and commitment.

You can find out more about this plan as well as the learning and pastoral programmes at the Marcellin College Whānau ngā Kōrero Ako evenings (Parent Information Evenings) next week.

Save the dates:
  • Year 7 - 9 ākonga and their whānau on 6 Poutūrerangi / March, 6.00 - 7.00pm
  • Years 10 - 13 ākonga and their whānau on 7 Poutūrerangi / March, 6.00 - 7.30pm
Make sure you follow our kura / school’s social media platforms to see photos of all our school events including the Dedication Mass, Meet our Kaimahi and Athletics Day! The links are on our website and at the end of this newsletter.

As we approach the halfway point of this term, it is wonderful to see our ākonga settling into routines and class work. Thank you to our whānau for your continued support. All ākonga are now expected to have their full correct uniform, stationery and device to be ready to learn for each lesson. Attendance and being on time every day is key to ensuring your tamariki / child(ren) ‘Seek the Best’ of every opportunity AND be the best that they can be. If you have any questions about your tamariki / child(ren)’s attendance and progress, please email the Kaiārahi in the first instance.

Our school Lenten journey continues and our ākonga and staff have been invited to contribute to the Caritas Appeal. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the official agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for justice, peace and development. Ngā mihi kia koutou to our Special Character and Social Justice / La Valla prefects who are leading this.

Caritas has wonderful resources for all whānau to use. I encourage you to find time with your tamariki to read the reflections, prayers and scripture prepared in the “The Time is Now! Ko Tēnei tonu te Wā! Caritas Lent Reflection Programme” which you can access by clicking on this link.

This week’s focus on the Second Sunday of Lent is ‘Time for Encounter’ based on the Gospel reading of the Transfiguration.

Me inoi tātou / Let us pray:
E te Ariki, te Hoa o etahi atu, Friend of others, thank you for being our faithful friend. Empower us to walk with others, as we make our way through the mountains and valleys of life. May we know when to lead and when to follow.


Ngā mihi maioha Marcellin whānau,
Ms. Maria Prescott

Marcellin College Board

Presiding Member - Ms. Bernie Tovio

Warm pacific greetings.

It has been two weeks since accepting the Presiding Member role for the Marcellin College Board, and I acknowledge the immense responsibility that we as a Board have been entrusted with. We see and appreciate the immense contribution, passion, and value that our staff, school leaders, ākonga, and school community bring to Marcellin College. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do.

As a board, we have a stewardship role as the governing body for Marcellin College. This includes planning for and acting in the interests of Marcellin College and the wider school community to ensure that we make informed decisions that add value to student learning, well-being, achievement and progress. This is a big task and will require us all to work together to create a school community that delivers quality educational experiences founded on Marist traditions and values.

On that note, I am pleased to announce the newest member to our Board of Trustees Team, Jane Hahn, the Proprietors Representative on the board who shares a little bit about herself below.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

New Proprietor's Appointee - Mrs. Jane Hahn

Kia ora koutou,

I feel very privileged to join the Marcellin College Board as a Proprietor’s Appointee. I have just completed sixteen years as principal in two local Catholic primary schools, five years at Christ the King Catholic School and eleven years at Good Shepherd School, Balmoral. Previous to that I spent a number of years working with the Ministry of Education and the University of Auckland, supporting literacy and numeracy development in kura throughout the Auckland region.

As a product of the Catholic primary and secondary education system myself, and having had three sons enjoying the same privilege, I have a strong interest in and commitment to the wider Catholic schooling sector. I am impressed with the deep sense of community at Marcellin College and am looking forward to supporting the school to achieve the best for its tamariki, in the context of a vibrant Catholic Champagnat Marist special character.

As we begin a new school year, I am very much looking forward to working with the wider Marcellin whānau as we celebrate the Marist Pillar of the year, Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work.

Marcellin College Board Casual Vacancy -

Parent Representative

Marcellin College School Board Casual vacancy for a parent representative.
A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.
The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Presiding member (chair)
Marcellin College Board
PO BOX 24-126
Royal Oak Auckland, New Zealand 1345
by: Tuesday 19th March 2024

Special Character

New Director of Religious Studies (DRS) - Mrs. Jeanavieve Pome'e-Vaipulu

Mālō e lelei, Kia ora koutou and warm Pacific greetings fāmili/whānau of Marcellin College. It is with great honour that I get to introduce myself as the Director of Religious Studies for 2024. My name is Jeanavieve Pome'e-Vaipulu and I have been blessed with 6 years here at Marcellin College. For the past few years I have had my fair share of pastoral roles such as Kaiārahi of Year 7&8, Across school leadership and kaiako in charge of Tongan Group. But I am a big believer of "everything happens for a reason", and it is safe to say that the path in which God has chosen for me in 2024 is one leading the Special Character of our kura.

I look forward to the many opportunities I will get as DRS to not only build strong Faith formations and relationships, but to help our tamariki find Jesus in EVERYTHING WE DO.

Mālō 'aupito, whakawhetai kia koutou katoa & God bless.

The Prayer

Heavenly Father, in this first term, allow us to act Christ-like to others. Give us the wisdom to act kindly and compassionately in the face of negativity and belligerence. Give us the knowledge and vision to do good unto others. Help us to be selfless to others in their times of need and help us to accept assistance from others in our times of need.

We ask you to strengthen our identities, give us the sense of self confidence and self worth inherent to all children of God. If we are lost in doubt, give us the will to ground ourselves so that we may tackle and resolve our insecurities from their roots.

We ask these prayers in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

By: H. Des Forges

Staff Prayer and Spiritual Growth

We experienced a wonderful beginning to the school year as a school community. Both our staff and students, whether they were returning or new to Marcellin, had the chance to come together during the first week for prayer and spiritual growth. Through these sessions, our community delved deeper into the life of our founder, Marcellin Champagnat, and the core value of "love" that he embedded in Marist Spirituality. Following these moments of reflection, we engaged in interactive activities and team-building exercises, allowing our students to connect with the theme of this year, Aroha ki te mahi - Love of work. Additionally, we also celebrated the installation of our stunning stained glass window depicting Mother Mary in our school chapel.

Upcoming Events

  • 05 Poutūterangi / March - ID photos for all ākonga
  • 06 Poutūterangi / March - Year 7 - 9 Whānau ngā Kōrero Ako evenings (Parent Information Evenings)
  • 07 Poutūterangi / March - Year 10 - 13 Whānau ngā Kōrero Ako evenings (Parent Information Evenings)
  • 07 Poutūterangi / March - Year 7 Retreat, St Francis Friary (compulsory event for all Year 7 ākonga)
  • 15 Poutūterangi / March - Year 13 Retreat (compulsory event for all Year 13 ākonga)
  • 20 - 23 Poutūterangi / March - Secondary School Polyfest event
  • 21 Poutūterangi / March - John Parson ‘Online Safety’ workshops for ākonga and staff (school hours) and whānau (evening)
  • 29 Poutūterangi / March - Good Friday. School closed for instruction 29/03 to 2/04 (Easter Tuesday).

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Week 3 Marcellin Spirit Certificates
Nigella Mae San Miguel
Koloa Fine
Reniel Delica
Victoria Koenig
Elisiva Tuimoala
Ruby Ruma
Week 4 Marcellin Spirit Certificates
Tiare Bentley
Leo Bendall
Zeus Laurenciana
Stephanie Baynosa
Aaron Singh
Lupe Halafau



Both our senior girls and boys volleyball teams started training during holidays this year and with the guidance of their coaches they have performed well in the first week of competition. Both teams won their two games in week one of the competition and are confident of improving their game in the coming weeks to keep the momentum going as they prepare and work towards representing Marcellin College at the Auckland Championships. The games are played every Thursday afternoon at various locations each week. To stay up to date with Marcellin College Sport please follow our Sports Instagram page.

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Community Events and Notices

Sir Graeme Douglas International - schools

Fancy a fun-filled day for the whole family with the chance to meet some of the country’s top
athletics stars?

Bring the kids along to the Sir Graeme Douglas International brought to you by Harcourts
Cooper & Co. – kids age 12 years and under are FREE* with a paying adult but will need
a ticket to enter.

Sir Graeme Douglas International
Sunday 10 March, 3pm-6pm
The Trusts Arena, Auckland

Top-tier international athletes will go head-to-head against New Zealand’s finest as they
compete for their place at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Hits FM will be there providing entertainment and fun activities, plus there’s the chance
to meet athletics stars past and present – including Dame Valerie Adams!

Book tickets at:

*conditions apply

Auckland Model United Nations 2024

F45 Hillsborough

Monster Boot Camp Netball Club 2024