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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care and Health Team

As a College, we understand the importance of the wellbeing of the whole person in order to achieve educational success, therefore we have a comprehensive pastoral care system.

The pastoral care system at Marcellin College is aligned with Ngā Ākoranga Pāpori Katorika (Catholic Social Teaching), in particular, Te Mana o te Tangata (Human Dignity). With each student being made in God’s image our pastoral care aims to respect and uphold the dignity of every student in every encounter.  

Alongside this, we are also a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) school, where relationships are at the centre of all interactions and a restorative (rather than punitive) approach is used for any conflict or behavioural issues. We use restorative practices to remind ākonga that Jesus calls us to love one another and to be brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Our name for PB4L is ‘Marcellin Spirit’. We link this closely to the daily living of our Marist Pillars. Marcellin Spirit lessons are taught throughout the year, focusing on expected behaviours within each pillar. Ākonga are rewarded with whānau points for demonstrating expected behaviours, which can then be exchanged for various items throughout the year.

During their time at Marcellin, ākonga will belong to one of four whānau: Aubert, Benedict, MacKillop, or Pompallier.

Ākonga will be supported by both a Kaitiaki (guardian), as well as a Kaiārahi (mentor) each year. Throughout the year there are various whānau competitions (singing, chants, haka, athletics, swimming etc.) with the Marcellin College Whānau Shield being awarded to the winning whānau at the end of each year.

Marcellin College is an inclusive kura, with ākonga having access to additional support via our Āwhina Ako (Learning Support) where our SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), LSC (Learning Support Coordinator) and teacher aides can be found. Next to Āwhina Ako is a room called Whakaaro where ākonga are afforded time and space to reflect and are able to kōrero with our Learning Mentor before returning to class to engage in learning.

There is a Māori whakataukī that reflects our overarching vision for pastoral care at Marcellin College: Poipoia te kākano kia puawai – nurture the seed and it will blossom.


Years 7 – 13 each have a year level Kaiārahi whose primary role is the wellbeing and achievement of students. 


  • Oversee class placement
  • Liaise with subject teachers and Kaitiaki teachers
  • Monitor student motivation and achievement
  • Monitor student attendance
  • Assist with subject option choices
  • Provide a link between home and school

Guidance Counsellors

The support systems of the College include specialised help for those needing extra support and guidance.  The College guidance counsellor is available by appointment to discuss any important personal matter with students and, if desired, with their family members.

Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour

A support team from our cluster offers strategies to support students with learning and behavioural needs.

Learning Needs Coordinator

Our Learning Needs Coordinator oversees all special educational needs requirements and is supported in the classrooms  by teacher aides.

Careers Advisor

Our advisor is available to meet students by appointment along with family members if desired.  Students have ready access to information on tertiary education and employment. They may receive assistance with preparing their CV’s, getting ready for job interviews and gaining work experience.

Registered Nurse

Our nurse deals with emergency situations in the College and can access unwell students. The  nurse co-ordinates specialised health related programmes, conducts health assessment sessions and writes management plans for students with chronic illnesses.

Health Services Provided

  • Doctor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Dental Care
  • Asthma Auckland Unit
  • Vision Tests
  • Hearing Tests
  • Health Assessment
  • Pacific Outreach Team

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