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Life at Marcellin College

Marcellin College is a Catholic Champagnat Marist Catholic School for Year 7-13 students. This means at all times we follow the gospel values as taught by Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church by living the Marist Pillars in all we say and do.

The Marist Pillars are lived and encouraged at Marcellin College.  


For staff:

For ākonga:













Wairua o te Whānau

│ Family Spirit 

 Relating to each other as members of a loving family 

Relating to each other as members of a loving family

Building community, making people from all cultures and backgrounds feel at home

Providing a warm welcome, accepting people and providing a sense of belonging

Being a brother/sister to everyone

Setting and living with clear standards

Providing preferential attention to those whose needs are greatest

Encouraging a spirit of partnership in teaching and learning

We see this when:

We treat fellow ākonga, kaiako and others in our school community with respect

We support each other to do our best in lessons

We do not let anybody feel left out

We respect everybody for who they are







Ngawari │Simplicity 

Being straightforward, transparent and honest in all we do.

Being genuine and straightforward

Saying what we believe

Doing what we believe and say

Being honest to oneself and before God

Valuing oneself and others for who they are

Being open and truthful

Being humble and modest

Being aware of one’s limitations and potential

Keeping things simple, rooted in real life and practical

Being able to organise oneself

Using language that is understandable

We see this when:

We are honest in our words and actions

We follow the systems of the school

We are humble and modest

We are honest before God












Ki te Huarahi o Maria │

In the way of Mary

Caring for each other as Mary, “our good mother”, would do.

Being positive role models

Having faith in God

Being faithful and loyal

Being open to God’s call and being prepared to respond wholeheartedly for a good cause

Providing for other people and sharing whatever you have

Giving each other space when needed

Being forgiving, while offering good advice and guidance

Being compassionate

Working for peace and unity

Being conciliatory and putting others first

We see this when:

We are sensitive to the needs of those around us – this means helping people when they need

We share with others

We are loyal and faithful

We give others space when they need it













Aroaro │Presence

Being available to others without expecting anything in return.

Giving and making oneself available to another

Caring, making time for each other

Establishing relationships founded on love and mutual respect

Treating people or their property with consideration

Getting involved, contributing

Looking out for one another

Being attentive and welcoming

Fostering openness, helping one another grow

We see this when:

We are in the right place at the right time

We care for each other and make time for others

We treat our environment with consideration

We are welcoming and attentive













Aroha ki te Mahi │Love of Work 

Being responsible.

Being a person of work and an enemy of laziness

“Roll up our sleeves” attitude to get the job done

Persevering in our daily work and efforts

Being responsible

Attending carefully to complete work to the highest standard

Making work purposeful

Supporting one another when work is difficult

Using work to develop a strong character and resilience, a balanced moral conscience and solid values

Developing a sense of personal planning and motivation

Fostering teamwork

We see this when:

We have a ‘can do’ attitude

We pursue our personal excellence

We support one another when times are difficult

We help others to learn and feel part of a team

Bell Times

The College operates a two-week timetable. There are five periods in a day with periods being one hour long, except for Rāhina / Monday where periods are 50 minutes long, with a full-school assembly prior to lunch.



Warning Bell

8.40 am

Kaitaki (no bell at 8.45 am)

8.45 am – 9.05 am

Period One

9.05 am – 9.55 am

Period Two

9.55 am – 10.45 am


10.45 am – 11.10 am

Warning Bell

11.05 am

Period Three (no bell at 11.10 am)

11.10 am – 12 pm

Period Four

12 pm – 12.50 pm


12.50 pm – 1.40 pm


1.40 pm – 2.25 pm

Warning Bell 

2.20 pm

Period Five (no bell at 2.25 pm)

2.25 pm – 3.15 pm

Rātū/Tuesday – Rāmere/Friday

Warning Bell

8.40 am

Kaitiaki (no bell at 8.45 am)

8.45 am – 9.05 am

Period One

9.05 am – 10.05 am

Period Two

10.05 am – 11.05 am


11.05 am – 11.30 am

Warning Bell

11.25 am

Period Three (no bell at 11.30 am)

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Period Four

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm


1.30 pm – 2.15 pm

Warning Bell

2.10 pm

Period Five (no bell at 2.15 pm)

2.15 pm – 3.15 pm

 There may be sports games or special music performances held during the weekend.

Kaitiaki Time

Kaitiaki teachers are the guardians of their group of students. This means that they are overseeing each student’s well-being, including their academic progress.  Kaitiaki time includes whole school assemblies, middle/senior school assemblies, chapel time, reading engagement and academic mentoring. Any singing practices or whānau activities will occur during Kaitiaki time.

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