Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No.10
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

Ms. Maria Prescott

Upcoming Key Events

Term 2
  • 28 Piripi/June - Matariki (School is Closed)
  • 5 Hōngongoi/July - Term 2 Ends
  • 6 Hōngongoi/July - School Annual Ball

Special Character

La Valla Quiz Night - Saturday 22 June 2024, 6.30pm

We are holding an exciting fundraiser: The La Valla Quiz Night on Saturday 22nd of June 2024 to raise money for the various service projects we would like to do around our school and wider community, with the aim to include equipment for a breakfast programme, trips to local primary schools for mentoring, and to help support servant leadership programmes to help develop our ākonga ability to be a servant leader in school.

The fundraiser will involve all our ākonga who are a part of the La Valla Service Group (Including Young Vinnies). We would love for you to enter a team and enjoy a fun evening whilst supporting your tamariki and our kura.

Saturday 22nd June - 6:30pm
Marcellin College Gymnasium617 Mt Albert Road, Royal Oak
Only $100 for a team (10 people on a team).

Register your team at by Friday 17th June. Please bring a plate of food to share. This quiz night is an alcohol, smoke and vape free event.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

Faculty Certificates

Āwhina Ako
  • Hadley Leith - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Rocky Cornes - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Sam Dunn - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Ruby Cowen - Wairua o te Whānau
  • Toby Leech - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Alex Webb - Aroha ki te Mahi

Year 13 ACC
  • Joshua Araneta - Wairua o te Whānau
Year 12 ACC
  • Allan Victor - Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 11 Com
  • Michael Hayes - Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 10 BST
  • Cristina Leyva - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Stephanie Baynosa - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Kathlyn Kampitan - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • Tausala Bentley - Aroha ki te Mahi
Year 9 BST
  • Antonio Panitanont Costa - Aroha ki te Mahi

Ako/Teaching & Learning

Year 10 Business Studies Deloitte Grow Programme

As Year 10 business study students, we would like to share our experience about what we have been doing, where we went and what we learned.

The Year 10 Business Studies Deloitte Grow programme ended with a celebration in the city on Monday this week. It had begun about 6 weeks earlier with Deloitte coaches teaching us for a week. We learned about famous entrepreneurs and how they started their business. We then studied some marketing strategies which would help us with our businesses. Once we had learnt everything we needed, we moved onto planning our business in groups and were each given a role to play in that business.

Everyone was focused and were prepared to sell our products around school. As the days went by, we had to start creating presentations on our work and how our business had been going up to that point. This was because we were going to present in front of some Deloitte coaches and our classmates, about our budgets, products, communication, profits, etc. The celebration was held on the 20th floor of Deloitte's flash new offices in the city, which we had the opportunity to visit and also enjoy the fantastic views of the harbour. After our presentations each of our groups received positive feedback and comments on our success and how we could improve if we ran our businesses again.

This journey was a good experience for us, as we were able to create a business from scratch, make it into something big and work together with others in our team. The visit to the Deloitte office gave us a glimpse of what life in the corporate world is like. We are very grateful to Deloitte for running the Grow programme at our school.

Year 10 BST Businesses:
Panikeke: Sorona, Joanna, Joyce & Cristina
Otai Now: Lorraine, Mahina & Tausala
Chocalicious: Halo, Kathlyn & Ztary
Bon Bon Lollipops: Victor, Ambrose, Feliaono, Allan & Texas
S Soda: Reece & Kyle
JC: Darius, Brian, Malakai, Dellin & Lui

By: Cristina Leyva (Year 10 BST)

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

Plagiarism and AI (Artificial Intelligence)

With the exponential growth of AI (Artificial Intelligence), there are opportunities for ākonga to use AI to help them with learning. Ākonga must use AI carefully, however, and not use it to complete assignments or parts of assignments for them. Ākonga have had these Authenticity Info slides shared with them to help them understand what authenticity is, and where AI can impact that. The following poster is also in every classroom as a reminder:

Pastoral & Hauora

KiVa Frequently Asked Questions

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.



Unpredictable weather didn't deter winter sports enthusiasts this season! Some very impressive results in our nail-biting basketball matches, athletes pushed boundaries and left spectators in awe. All of our teams have been absolutely smashing it lately on Basketball courts to the Football fields and everything in between. Our athletes have been performing remarkably well in their respective sport competitions. Keep an eye out for more epic performances from our teams!

As we are well into the winter season, we look to end on a high this month. This season has been nothing short of exhilarating.

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

Holiday Programmes at Auckland Netball

Puketāpapa Manu Aute - Kite Day

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!