Marcellin College Newsletter 2024
Issue No. 10
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Marcellin College Newsletter

Message from the Tumuaki/Principal -

Ms. Maria Prescott

As we come to the end of the term, and the end of the first week after Matariki, we take this opportunity to pause and reflect on this term’s accomplishments with celebrations of remembrance, as well as celebrations and hopes for the future.

I am proud of the aroha, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga I have seen in and out of the classroom this term which have led to the great achievements that you will have heard from your tamariki, and seen in our social media posts and newsletters. These key Māori values underpin Matariki and our Marist Pillar of the year, Aroha ki te Mahi / Love of Work. St Marcellin Champagnat emphasised the importance of doing all things, big or small, with dignity, excellence and compassion - serving God and others, particularly the poor and vulnerable.

Thank you to our whānau who attended the academic progress hui and for all your support in ensuring your tamariki attend school regularly with the right equipment and persevering attitude. Looking ahead, our focus will remain on academics and attendance to improve learning and hauora / well-being outcomes for your tamariki, and meet our 80% pass rate targets for NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. Research has shown the critical link between regular academic achievement and attendance, as well as overall hauora. I urge you to continue checking in and encouraging your tamariki to attend school regularly and seek help when things are getting tough. Term Three is another intense term of completing final assessments, exam week, career pathways and course selection, as well as planning for 2025. Every day matters and your involvement is key to ensuring their success.

An important email was sent to all whānau regarding information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care report. Please continue to remember and pray for survivors of abuse in care, those who support survivors, the Royal Commission and all those who work to make church environments places of safety for all.

May the Matariki and new season of renewal and reflection inspire in us the Marist spirit of love and service.

St Marcellin Champagnat,
Pray for us.

Mary, our Good Mother
Pray for us.

Ngā manaakitanga o Matariki ki runga i a koutou.
Maria Prescott

Upcoming Key Events

Term 3
  • 22 Hōngongoi/July - Term 3 begins
  • 30 Hōngongoi/July - Class Photos
  • 2 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Year 11 Retreat
  • 4 - 10 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Cook Island Language Week
  • 8 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Team/Sports Photos
  • 13 & 14 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Open Day Tour
  • 15 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Feast of the Assumption & Sacraments Mass
  • 18 - 24 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Lea Faka-Tonga Language Week
  • 22 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Careers Expo
  • 23 Here-turi-kōkā/August - Staff Only Day (School is Closed)

Special Character

Caritas YCC Day

This year Marcellin College will be participating in the Caritas YCC day this is to support Caritas' work with Holy Trinity School in Papua New Guinea who are in dire need of resources. We are looking forward to running activities with our whānau groups next Week (Week 10 of Term 2) which will give ākonga a glimpse of what life is like for students who attend Holy Trinity School in Papua New Guinea. God bless you all and have a safe Mātariki weekend.If you would like to find out more information about this project please check out the YCC Day information Page here

NZCEO Convention

"If we train our eyes properly, we should be able to see Jesus in everyone & everything"

Attending the NZCEO Catholic Conference for the first time was an unforgettable experience. I was inspired by the many keynote speakers who shared profound insights and innovative ideas on how to be a better Catholic in this new day and age. Their words resonated deeply, helping me to further understand and commit to my mission as a Catechesis in education.
The conference provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, engage in meaningful discussions, and gain fresh perspectives. This experience has truly invigorated my passion for catechetical ministry, equipping me with new tools and renewed enthusiasm to carry forward my work in faith formation.

Celebrating Ākonga Success

North Shore Junior Vocal Competition

Congratulations to Viliami Tu'ima with the cup he won at the North Shore Junior Vocal Competition back in April of this year. Although he was the only one in his age class, he impressed the judge and the audience with his singing and was marked 92/100 for his song.

He's a very talented young man.
Mr R. Howell

Marcellin Spirit Awards

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 10 Term Two:
  • Year 8 - Anja Tuiletufuga
  • Year 9 - Juriell Balatbat
  • Year 10 - Catherine Sijo
  • Year 12 - Noah Collins
  • Year 13 - Charlene Stowers

Faculty Certificates

Health and PE
  • 7Tahi - Lingi Angilau - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 7Rua - Jhaeden Grae Magcalas - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 8Tahi - Charlotte Lowe - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 9Tui - Melissa Tuimauga - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 9Kiwi - Losaline Leailiifano-Salakielu - Aroha ki the Mahi
  • 9Weka - Moana Pulu - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 10Wha - Bea Cramat - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 10Rua - Lile Lousiale - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 10Tahi - Kathlyn Kampitan - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 10Rima - Richard Tuivua - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 7Rua - Nigelle Mae San Miguell - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 8Tahi - Keiran Clive Campos - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 9Ruru - Aysha Feata - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 9Weka - Aden Tuiletufuga - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 10Rima - Kyle Soriba - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 13MAC - Jessie Valino - Aroha ki te Mahi
  • 12MAT- Laisa Tuivua - Aroha ki te Mahi

Ako/Teaching & Learning

Tasters (Years 7, 8 & 9) and Options (Year 10)

This Rāmere/Friday Year 7, 8 & 9 tasters end, with new tasters beginning on Rāhina/Monday of Week 10. Semester One Options also end for Year 10 ākonga, with Semester Two Options beginning on Rāhina/Monday of Week 10. The only Year 10 Option to continue is Samoan, as this is a year-long course.

Year 10 and Year 11 Drama Production

Congratulations to our Year 10 and Year 11 Drama classes on their productions this week. The Year 10s performed a successful production of ’Shakespeare Junior’ on Tuesday night and the Year 11s performed a hilarious rendition of ‘Cool Gangs’ on Wednesday. Thank you to the Marcellin whanau for supporting our Drama ākonga on these evenings.

Mr. Cuan Pillay

Āwhina Ako Master Chef

On Thursday 13th June, the Year 11 Leadership development group organised and ran a Master Chef comp for 5 of our senior āwhina ako students who take Hospitality as one of their subjects. They have spent the last 7 weeks planning it and have done an amazing job organising and running it. Thanks so much to everyone that was involved with the mahi and helped out or visited. It was a lovely evening and it was great to see our ākonga sharing their skills with their whanau.
By: Mr Aaron D'Souza

YouDance Festival

On Wednesday 26th June, 12 Dance ākonga from Year 12&13 participated in YouDance at the Raye Freedman Performing Arts Centre. YouDance is a youth dance festival established in Auckland to celebrate youth choreography and performance in a collegial, non-competitive environment.

TOLU Dance Trip

On Thursday 27th June, the Year 12&13 Dance class attended TOLU, presented by NZTRIO & Pacific Dance New Zealand. The show celebrated the cultural diversity of Tāmaki Makaurau through live music and movement, and addressed modern issues like climate change that have begun to affect our oceans, our islands, and our cultures.

Pastoral & Hauora

Student Code of Conduct - The Marcellin Way

Real Parents Seminar

Real Parents is a Canterbury-based parent support organisation. With a team who have backgrounds in psychology, social work, education, and most of all parenting! As a collective they provide one-on-one parent coaching and deliver parenting programmes such as Incredible Years, Incredible Years Autism, Tuning into Kids, and Tuning into Teens. You can learn more about Real Parents' team and work at their website

Understanding and managing teen emotions - online event: Join Amber, a super experienced youth worker who has supported teens after major events (such as the Christchurch Earthquakes) and worked with teens in alternative education for an insightful one-hour presentation to support you in gaining practical strategies to help your teenager manage their emotions effectively. Together you'll delve into the psychology behind teen emotions and better understand how our teens' brains develop, while this session will also provide you with actionable tips and tricks to bring a little more calm to your household.

Connecting and communicating with our teens - online event: Join youth worker Amber for a fun-filled session where we will explore how to nurture and build strong relationships with your teens! In this engaging and interactive workshop, we will dive into effective communication strategies, trust-building activities, and ways to support and understand your teenagers better. Amber will share valuable insights and practical tips to help you connect with your teens on a deeper level, fostering a positive and supportive environment for their growth and development.

Te Iti Kahurangai Kāhui Ako

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.


Auckland Big Sing Gala Concert

Our Marcellin College Voices competed at the Auckland Big Sing Gala Concert last night at the Auckland Town Hall and won the award for the choir that "impressed, delighted and captivated the audience" at the concert!

Filipino Language Week

We had a great time celebrating Filipino Langauge Week at Marcellin College in Week 7 of this Term!


What a month of sport it has been! Marcellin College Sport has witnessed record-breaking scores and nail-biting games. So far this season, five teams remain undefeated: U19s and Junior Boys Basketball, 1st XV Rugby, Netball Gold, and Junior Netball. Choosing the Team of the Year is shaping up to be a tough decision, with all teams showing no signs of complacency.
Netball Gold (Premiers) have moved up a grade, making a statement that they are ready to advance even further. Meanwhile, our Netball Cubs have shown promising signs for the future and remain unbeaten. Basketball, our most popular sport at Marcellin, continues to strengthen as the season progresses, with both Senior Boys and Girls battling it out in the Top 6 of their grades. The football team scored their biggest win of the season, with our newcomers, Junior Boys, winning 11-1 in week 8, where J.R. scored an impressive 7 goals. Rugby has won all its games convincingly and is looking to end the term on a high note.

We thank our amazing coaches and managers who continue to sacrifice their time to nurture the future of our athletes. Thank you to our loyal supporters who turn up weekly in this cold weather to support our Marcellin athletes.

For all your updates, follow our Instagram page: @marcellinCollegeSport or by scanning the QR Code below.


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

Administration Assistant to the Leader Pastoral Services Group

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is seeking a methodical, cheerful, dedicated, and highly efficient person for the role of Administration Assistant to the Leader PSG to provide administration and operational support. This is a part-time role of 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with flexibility of hours between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, along with proficient IT competency in Word, Excel, Free Source Design e.g. Canva and knowledge of websites (WordPress), Facebook. Can work under own initiative be creative and have a can-do approach to work and is efficient, accurate and organised.

For more details, and a full position description, please visit the Diocesan website

Applications close on 23 July 2024.

Marriage and Family Life - Administration Assistant

Marriage & Family Life are seeking an exceptional hardworking administrative assistant to join their team of marriage educators. This is a Part – time role of 16 hours, working 4 hours a day 10am -2pm Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri every week (with some evening and weekend work in venues) at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Saint Mary’s Bay.

For full details and requirements please visit the Diocesan website, under Diocesan Services and Staff vacancies.

Closing date 23 July 2024

Come work for us – Advocacy Lead at Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, part of a global federation. We’re on the hunt for an Advocacy Lead to join our team and bring about positive social justice through education, advocacy, and Māori engagement. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and research skills, experience in an advocacy and/or policy position, and a relevant tertiary qualification. Reporting to the Chief Executive of Caritas NZ and the Regional Coordinator of Caritas Oceania, they will be responsible for contributing towards the establishment of the advocacy function and framework for Caritas Oceania and Caritas NZ and coordinating programmes aligned to the Caritas mission. This role offers an exciting opportunity within a close-knit Wellington-based team. Visit

Holiday Programmes at Auckland Netball

Next Level Basketball 2024 Term 3 Miniball Tournament

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!