Year 7 & 8

Welcome to the Year 7 & 8 department at Marcellin College. The department consists of three innovative learning environments; where teaching and learning is collaborative and reflective practice is shared.

Students are taught their CORE subjects by their Homeroom teacher (Mathematics, Literacy and Social Studies). Science, Religious Education and Physical Education are taught by the Specialist Teachers.

Students in Year 7 & 8 get the opportunity to use a chromebook issued by the school. All students participate in ‘Taster Courses’ in the first two years of school. These courses are:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Te Reo
  • DVC
  • Art
  • Music
  • Digital technology
  • Food technology


Visual Art

The Visual Art Department offers courses from Year 7 to 13. Students learn such skills as observational drawing, colour mixing, paint techniques, printmaking, mixed media and the role of chance in art making.

Maori, Pasifika, New Zealand European and international artists’ work is modelled throughout all levels to influence student work and provide a broader context to the student’s own art making. Group and individual evaluation of artists and student work, helps to build the level of critical thinking required for Art at Senior level.

Currently, Painting is the only pathway offered at NCEA level. Photography may be reintroduced in the future. There is an active Scholarship programme in Visual Art and Senior students receive advice and guidance about tertiary Art options and art related areas of employment. Secondary school art training helps students develop creative problem-solving skills which can be applied to other disciplines.

Marcellin’s Visual Art department has a close relationship with the Wallace Arts Trust and the nearby Pah Homestead gallery. We take part in the Homestead’s Community Day, Culture Vulture event, and students are encouraged to enter the Secondary School Wallace Art Award. We are currently working with the Wallace Trust to organise loans of art works to be installed around the school. Field trips and gallery visits to the wider Auckland arts community are organised in Terms One and Two. In Term Four, a Year 7-10 student art exhibition is mounted in conjunction with a dance, music and drama showcase.


Marcellin College offers dance at Year 7, 8, 9 and 10, and at NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3, including scholarship.

In Dance education, students integrate thinking, moving and feeling. They explore and use dance elements, vocabularies and technologies to express personal, group and cultural identities to convey artistic ideas, and to strengthen social interaction.

Students develop literacy in Dance as they learn about, and develop skills in performing, choreographing and responding to a variety of genres from a range of contexts.

It is not necessary for students to have had previous training or experience in dance to take Dance as a school subject.

Dance at all levels involves:

  •        Learning different dance styles
  •        Choreographing dance
  •        Viewing and responding to dance works
  •        Developing performance skills

Course overview:

Dance at Year 7, 8 and 9 is a one term course that provides a general foundation in a range of dance contexts. All students learn skills in a variety of dance forms and have opportunities to choreograph their own pieces to given briefs.

Dance at Year 10 becomes a half year option course that allows students to further develop a general foundation in a range of Dance contexts. Students continue to develop both performance and choreographic skills to prepare them for Dance at NCEA Level 1.

Dance is a full year course at each NCEA level. It consists of 20-24 credits per level. Students gain credits by performing different dance styles and creating their own dance works in a variety of group situations. Most of the assessments are internal. In the external examination, students are required to respond to a dance performance which they will have studied throughout the year.

Students also have opportunities to learn from professionals in the Dance industry and attend performances throughout the duration of the course.

Performance opportunities:

There are opportunities for students at Marcellin College to contribute to the wider school life through various dance activities such as:

  •        SDNZ Mega Schools Hip Hop competition
  •        Polyfest                
  •        GenX Unleashed
  •        Stand Up Stand Out
  •        Productions/Musicals                                                                          

There are a number of performance opportunities throughout the year for Dance students to display their work. These include:

  •        Dance department showcase
  •        Open days
  •        Year 7 – 10 Performing Arts evening
  •        YouDance

Where does dance lead?

Dance is an approved University Entrance (UE) subject.

Some establishments that offer Dance as a tertiary subject are:

  •        University of Auckland
  •        Unitec
  •        Manukau Institute of Technology
  •        New Zealand School of Dance
  •        NASDA
  •        University of Waikato

Possible career paths in Dance could be:

  •        Professional dancer
  •        Choreographer
  •        Dance therapist
  •        Dance educator


SDNZ Mega Schools


“Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action and tension, played out in time and space. In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques and technologies to create imagined worlds.” (The New Zealand Curriculum 2007, pg 20)

In Drama students learn to co-operate with others, to respect the ideas and backgrounds of others and to support others. Students who study Drama learn about responsibility and meeting deadlines as well as effective ways of communicating using the written and spoken word in combination with effective body language and non-verbal communication.

The Drama Department offers courses at Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Courses focus on the four strands of the Drama Curriculum: Understanding Drama in Context, Developing Practical Knowledge, Developing Ideas and Communicating and Interpreting.

Drama students gain invaluable performance experience in both curricular and co-curricular areas. Year 10 students are given an opportunity to perform a short production to an audience of invited peers and teachers. Year 11-13 students have production evenings, during which each class performs a complete play to an audience of friends and family.  The Drama Department is also responsible for Marcellin College’s entries into the country wide Stage Challenge Competition and works together with the Music Department on School Musicals.

The Drama Department provides Education Outside the Classroom opportunities for students which involve visits to Theatres to view live professional theatre and workshops for students with theatre practitioners.

The College also holds an annual “Performance of the Arts” afternoon for students in Drama, Dance, Music and Art to display work and pieces from the classroom to the rest of the school.

Music / Pūoro

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka awe awe te ao katoa.

Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder.

The Music Department offers courses at Years 7, 8 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Courses focus on the five main learning areas in Music: performance, theory, historical knowledge, aural and composition. Itinerant lessons are offered in voice, guitar, piano and drums, with experienced tutors during school time.

Students of Music gain invaluable performance experience in both curricular and extra-curricular areas. The philosophy of the department is one of inclusion and growth through experience. We encourage student participation in Rockquest, Pacifica Beats, Play It Strange, Stand Up Stand Out, Caritas SINGout4Justice, and Gen X Unleashed competitions.

The Music Department is also involved in providing music for each of the four major masses per year, as well as for Senior and Junior Prize Giving.   

Senior Music students have two evening assessment evenings per year, whilst Junior Music students have the opportunity to perform in the Year 7-10 Performing Arts Show which is held across two evenings in Term Four.


The Commerce Department offers courses at Y9, Y10, Y11, Y12 and Y13. At Y9, students are introduced to Commerce education in a one term ‘taster’. The Y10 Business Studies programme is a comprehensive 2 term course which introduces students to Economic Decision-Making, and a selection from sources of income, money and exchange, insurance, consumer protection laws and elementary personal and business Accounting. Upon the completion of the course, students have a strong foundation on which to make further choices on pursuing their career choices in Accounting and Economics.

The aims of an Accounting programme are:

  • promote knowledge and understanding of accounting as a financial language for individuals, community organisations and businesses
  • develop key competencies in a range of financial contexts
  • apply financial knowledge and key competencies to practical situations.

To achieve these aims, students are encouraged to examine, understand and apply the assumptions on which accounting is based and to process financial data into meaningful information. They prepare financial reports to meet user needs and undertake job costings to ensure profitability. Analysis and interpretation of financial reports are carried out to make informed decisions and an appreciation of ethics and values are considered in an Accounting context.

A Deloitte sponsored ‘Grow’ programme introduces students to elementary skills of running your own small business while Y10 Business students have been introduced to ‘the social aspects of business’ in the second semester by Deloitte. Senior students have an opportunity to participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme where they apply their entrepreneurial skills to run a business for much of the year.

Accounting is a recognised subject for university entrance.

Marcellin College YES teams Manaia and Indo-Pinoy at AUT for regional pitch finals.


Ko te reo te tuakiri Language is my identity
Ko te reo toku ahurei Language is my uniqueness
Ko te reo te ora  Language is life

Welcome to the students and the families supporting the students who are studying English at Marcellin College. The English Department is delighted to teach your child and we will….

§ Foster a love of learning that will continue into adulthood by providing structured and engaging programmes

§ Prepare the junior students well for studying English in the Senior School

§ Ensure strengths and weaknesses are promptly identified and addressed

§ Focus on literacy – developing students’ skills and interest in the basics of English, namely, reading, writing, listening, speaking, presenting and viewing

§ Ensure the key competencies from the NZ Curriculum are developed: thinking, using language, symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others and participating

§ Provide well-managed classrooms so that every student meets his or her full potential.

Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education from Year 9 – 13 focuses on the wellbeing of our students, others and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts.  Students are encouraged to accept new challenges and reflect on their own wellbeing as well as take responsibility for enhancing the wellbeing of others.  We offer learning through practical and theory as well as outside of the school environment.

The College delivers three lessons of Health and Physical Education per week for Years 9 and 10.  In Junior school Physical Education we offer a range of units that target students physical and interpersonal skills.  In Health our units focus on Hauora, Sexuality, Nutrition and Health Issues in Society.

All Year 11 students take Core Physical Education two periods per week.  Throughout the year, students will take part in one achievement standard where they will participate in a range of physical activities.

At a senior level, we offer two pathways in Physical Education at NCEA.  Students may opt for NCEA Level 1 and then move onto NCEA Level 2 and 3 or take up our Sports Leadership course gaining some credits through MIT at Level 2 and 3.  Both can lead to great career opportunities such as Personal Training, Teaching, Coaching, Physiotherapy, Sport Coordinating/ Directing, Armed Forces.

Attitude Programme for Year 7/8

A presenter comes in to our school from the Attitude Programme to do a presentation to our students about pubertal change, which is followed by an in-class workshop to reinforce the messages from the presentation. Learning about pubertal change is part of your child’s learning and comes under Health and PE in the curriculum.  The content of the presentation and workshop includes major physical changes during puberty, emotional changes, and healthy head messages.

You can find out more about the Attitude Programme here

We feel that this learning is important for our students at this time of their lives, when there are a lot of changes occurring for them. The presenters from Attitude are young and vibrant, and present content in an engaging, age-appropriate manner. Their presentation is aligned with the special Catholic character of Marcellin College.

Parents are advised of this programme and can opt for their son or daughter to be put in other classes for these lessons.

Sexuality in Health Lessons for Year 9/10

The Sexuality Education programme has been designed following a four-day training course undertaken by all PE and Health staff and run by the Catholic Schools Office.  The units have been designed for our students in a Catholic teacher environment and they are in complete accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The students study the following topics:

–       Values of society and Jesus

–       Sexuality in the media

–       Changes and development

–       Human dignity

–       Choices and consequences

–       Love and lust

–       Intimacy, fertility awareness

Parents are advised of this programme and can opt for their son or daughter to be put in other classes for these lessons.

Mates & Dates for Year 11-13

Our school participates in the ACC school-based healthy relationships programme called Mates & Dates.

Attendance in the programme and taking part in the evaluation are not compulsory, and any student can attend the programme lessons without having to take part in the evaluation.  Parents are advised of this programme and can opt for their son or daughter to be put in other classes for these lessons.

ACC has worked with the Ministry of Education to ensure the programme aligns with the curriculum, and has worked with an expert advisory group to develop the content.  The programme has been fully evaluated by an independent research company.

The programme taught in each year will be appropriate for that age group and will be taught by specialist sexual violence prevention programme facilitators over five 50-minute sessions.  Mates & Dates will teach students how to have healthy relationships built on respect, negotiation and consent.  It will teach them how to identify inappropriate behaviour and how to get help if they, or someone they know, are in an unhealthy relationship including how to safely intervene in situations that could lead to harm.

About the Evaluation:  In order to provide continuous improvement to the delivery of the programme, your son or daughter will be asked to provide feedback on the delivery of the programme and what they thought about the course.  At the end of the last session your son or daughter will be given a short survey to complete taking approximately five minutes.  The information they supply in the survey will not identify your child and it will only be used to improve the facilitation and delivery of the programme.

DARE to make a Choice programme

DARE to make a Choice programme is a joint venture between the New Zealand Police Youth Education Service and the DARE Foundation of New Zealand. The programme aims to help young people make responsible choices about their use of drugs and to give them the skills to carry out these choices.

The module will be taught by the student’s teacher and the local Police Education Officer, working together in the classroom. The Police Education Officer has had special training to work with the teacher in this way.


At Marcellin College, the Mathematics Department works to give students opportunities to explore the use of patterns and relationships in the world around them.  They are equipped with problem solving skills which mean they can investigate, interpret and explain the world they live in.

We value collaborative learning, perseverance and courage and believe that every student can become a stronger and more confident Mathematician.  The Marcellin College Mathematics Department provides a wide range of opportunities and diverse programmes that allow students of all abilities to enjoy and engage in Mathematics.


Religious Education

Religious Education is a compulsory academic subject that is taught at each Year level.

While our students work hard and obtain above average grades….


We also have fun and express our faith and develop our spirituality.


Religious Education is on the approved list for University and students in the senior classes can also obtain NCEA literacy credits.



The Science Department of Marcellin College provides a variety of courses to target different students’ interests, learning styles and abilities from Years 7-13. Students are encouraged to provide voice to help build and direct the content of lessons. Learning is differentiated and scaffolded where possible and this, along with the high expectations of the staff, are used to motivate each student to achieve to the best of their ability.

The goals of the department are to ultimately help students to:

  • Be curious, innovative and self-managing learners
  • Use the scientific method to predict outcomes, design and carry out experiments and to present their findings
  • Work collaboratively with others and in various roles within a group
  • Become digitally literate and environmentally responsible citizens
  • Value, appreciate and respect the diversity of life and the natural, chemical and physical forces that shape the world around us.

Courses at all junior levels include study in the areas of Biology (Living World), Chemistry (Material World), Physics (Physical World) and the environment and our place in the universe (Planet Earth and Beyond). These courses then begin to specialise at Year 11 before splitting into the different disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Years 12 and 13.


Social Sciences / Classical Studies

Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o tea ao,

Maku e ki atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Ask me, ‘What is the greatest thing in the world?”

I will reply, ‘It is people, people, people!’

The social sciences learning area is concerned with how human societies work. The aim of the social sciences is to enable students to become informed, critical, active and responsible members of the local, national and global communities in which they live and work.

The social sciences are one of the core curriculum areas and at Marcellin College all our Year 9 and Year 10 students have 3-4 Social Studies lessons a week.

When our students reach Year 11 they have the option of continuing to study the social sciences from NCEA Level 1 through to NCEA Level 3. The four NCEA social science subjects offered are:

  • Classical Studies (Levels 2-3)
  • Geography (Levels 1-3)
  • History (Levels 1-3)
  • Tourism (Levels 2-3)

The Social Sciences Department places a strong emphasis on developing student’s literacy and communication skills. Students are also encouraged to explore different values and perspectives, to think critically and to reflect on their understandings.


The Technology Department consists of five subject areas:  Design & Visual Communication, Food Technology, Fashion and Textiles, Building & Construction Technology and Digital Technology. These creative and practical subjects encourage students to think imaginatively and push the boundaries of design.

Design and Visual Communication and Building and Construction Courses are available from Years 7-13 with Food Technology, Fashion and Textiles and Digital Technology is offered to junior students.

Throughout all technology subjects students will learn and develop an understanding surrounding the design process. Drawing, writing, digital and construction skills are explored across all fields.

Technology is a problem solving subject which allows students to think critically, research and analyse personal and professional design to experiment and explore with different materials, processes and systems used within the design and technology fields.

Senior technology subjects prepare students for a range of different university subjects, or trades based learning. Design and Visual communication is University recognised and credits gained lead towards University Entrance.

Design & Visual communication explores the art of freehand and instrumental drawing specifying in Product and Spatial design, with some students exploring Fashion. Students investigate aesthetic and functional aspects of design, together with researching into the work of professional designers to inform creative ideas. All subjects are NCEA assessed.

Food & Nutrition is offered to year 9 students

Year 7 & 8 Food Technology enables pupils to learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of healthy eating. They will develop practical skills and manage resources along with appropriate planning; working collaboratively and harmoniously in practical tasks, decision making and critical thinking. They will develop confidence to produce and trial products and evaluate their fitness.  All recipes are basic and suitable to be modified and adapted to cooking for family and friends.

Textiles Technology involves learning basic machine skills and garment construction in order to produce practical outcomes that involve preparation processes, sewing techniques and the use of soft materials. Textiles is currently offered to Year 10 students with Year 11 Textiles and a year 12 fashion and design being offered to students in 2019.




 Digital Technology

This course is based on students identifying an issue and producing a solution to real problems, using both theory and practical applications. Students will learn program skills that they will apply to the design and development of a product that meets the individual needs of a stakeholder. They will gain an understanding of technological practice, design theory and operating practices relevant to their work.

Building & Construction Technology

Materials Technology is split into two parts:  Junior and Senior.

The National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (BCATS) is offered to the senior students at Levels one, two and three. It is an innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary programme, providing them with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the building and construction industry.