Middle School Prizegiving

The end of the 2017 school year ended with a wonderful prizegiving ceremony for our Middle School on Friday, 8th December. Congratulations to all our students who have worked so hard this year – we wish you a restful holiday period, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

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2018 Prefects Camp

Our 2018 Prefects went to camp on Thursday 30th November until Saturday 2nd December. From all accounts, a lot of team building, learning and fun was had!

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The last week at school was action packed – we had students at the Onehunga War Memorial Pools on Monday and Tuesday, there were walks to One Tree Hill and trash to fashion competition. We also had people in from BCITO, Attitude and the Cut Above, as well as sports, the Amazing Race and learning the new school haka …

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Orientation Day

New Year 7 & 9 students for 2018 enjoyed an afternoon of getting to know each other on Tuesday 28th November. We look forward to having these students as part of the Marcellin College whānau!

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Korean Lunch

Students enjoyed a Korean lunch on Wednesday 8th November put on by the Korean Consulate of New Zealand to raise awareness for Korean culture. They enjoyed rice balls, a Korean coleslaw and spicy fried chicken – this is known as a dosirak. A favourite was the fried chicken.


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2018 Prefects

Our 2018 Prefects have been named as follows – we congratulate them and wish them well in their upcoming examinations and look forward to their contribution as leaders next year:

Tyra Ah Yuk – Head Girl; Kasi Valu – Head Boy; Krystelle Buking – Deputy Head Girl; Gabriel Godinet – Deputy Head Boy

Prefects:  Carlos Adan, William Austin, Miguel Benjamin, Hannah Best, Louis Bucu, Precious Calder, Carlos Carbonilla, Jacob Dela Rosa, Jasmine Lauaki, Jaime’e Maoe, Karuna Motuhifonua, Dylan Nagpal, Ester Naufahu, Mounu Ofa, Tyler Ofakineiafu, Seena Sebastian, Bill Sevele, Patrick Somostrada, Penisuiti Tata, Paula Vitaliano

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Senior Prizegiving

On Friday 3rd November we had a fabulous evening celebrating the achievements of our senior students.  Of special note:

Leandra Augustin – Dux

Seadon D’Silva / Martin Tiangco – Proxime Accessit to Dux

  • Aidan-Paul Samasoni-Tukuitonga (Year 13) who has been awarded a $20,000 Auckland University Maori Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Gabriel Johnson (Year 13) who has been awarded a $10,000 Otago University Māori & Pacific Peoples Entrance Scholarsip
  • Isaac Rebello (Year 13) who has been awarded the $7,500 Ned Covich Scholarship
  • Patricia Chandra (Year 13) who has been awarded a $6,000 Law Faculty first year scholarship to study Law at Otago next year.  The scholarship is for students who have shown determination to go on to tertiary study.
  • Luke Rooney (Year 13) who has been awarded the $5,000 AUT Scholarship
  • Amelia Paunga (Year 13) who been awarded a $2,000 Scholarship as the Young Enterprise Scheme NZTE International Challenge Winner

And we have just been informed this week, that Ivan Evangelista has been awarded a $5,000 University of Auckland Faculty of Science Entry Level Undergraduate Scholarship.

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Year 13’s

The Year 13’s are having a bit of fun during their last week at Marcellin, squeezing into their old Junior uniforms – they are the last cohort to have worn the old uniform.

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Thanksgiving Mass

Our annual Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on Tuesday 31st October by Father Benedict for students, staff, parents and invited guests. The focus was “Light” and how we are the light of the world. Our new Ministers of the Eucharist were installed and the Year 13 REMAR badges for service were distributed. It was a deeply spiritual celebration with a strong cultural dimension by our Māori students with a karanga as well as our Tongan and Samoan groups playing major roles in welcoming the Gospel and the Offertory. This was a very moving and spiritual moment for the Year 13 students who celebrated their final school Mass.

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Melbourne Trip for Remar Students

During the school holidays Kasi, Carlo, Precious and Tyra (all Year 12) went to Melbourne on a leadership camp with other REMAR members. The camp gave them new leadership skills, gave a greater insight into their faith and how to be a leader while upholding the Marist pillars. They also had the opportunity to go to places like the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and explore some of the graffiti art in the lane ways.

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2017 Sports Prizegiving

On Wednesday 27th September, we held our annual Sports Prizegiving with Auckland Warrior, Albert Vete, being our special guest presenter. Congratulations to all of the prize winners – well done!

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Student Board of Trustee Election

Voting is now closed for the 2018 Board of Trustee Student Representative election.  Congratulations to Karuna Motuhifonua who is the successful candidate.

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‘Matilda’ the Musical

On Wednesday the 20th September, a group of Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to attend ‘Matilda’ the musical in at the Civic in town – all agreed it was a fabulous show.

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Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori began at Te kura o Marcellin with a Karanga to welcome the week. Mr Dell (Ngati Whakaue) presented the college with a patu to be awarded annually to the ākonga best displaying Wairua o te Whānau. Mr Weijermars presented a Purerehua to the college to be used in our powhiri and Mrs Waelen presented our student tauira tuakana Patariki Puru with his kahu huruhuru korowai, gifted from his whānau. A beautiful start to what will be another amazing wiki at Te kura o Marcellin.

On Rātu, there was lots of activity at lunchtime with our carving and weaving classes running.

Rāapa, we launched our first official Kapahaka group practice.

On Rāpare, a concert was held at lunchtime with NZ songs and some songs being sung in te reo. The Social Justice Committee also ran a bake sale.

We concluded Māori Language Week with a Miha on Rāmere in Te Reo Māori celebrated by Pa Petera Tipene. The school now has a Marcellin korowai in the Marian colour of blue.

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NZ Rugby League National Secondary School Tournament

Marcellin College had a wild card entry into the New Zealand Rugby League National Secondary School Tournament  we made the finals and played Haeta Community Campus from Christchurch and won 30-8!!

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Tongan Language Week

Marcellin College welcomed Tongan Language Week on Monday morning with a kava ceremony. The whole school came to watch and learn more about the Tongan culture. On Tuesday at Assembly, the last word, prayer and reading were all done in Tongan. At lunchtime there was a concert with Tongan songs. Wednesday there was a Tongan costume parade in the gymnasium at lunchtime. Thursday we had more performances.

On Friday students were able to wear their cultural clothing and there was a school mass with Tongan food afterwards at lunchtime.

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Stand Up Stand Out Competition Finals

Marcellin College’s band The Islanders (Simione Petelo, Culistofa Petelo, Sione Ofanoa, Sammy Veamoi, Leo Fo’ou, Andrin Eti Tovio) made it to the finals of Stand Up Stand Out on Saturday 2nd September at the Vodafone Events Centre. They won the People’s Choice Award and $500 prize money – well done, we are so proud of you!

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Trivia Night

Trivia Night on Friday 25th August was a huge success with 22 teams participating.  Thanks to Mrs Tagaloa for her organisation, energy and passion to make this event successful and contributing so much to the outstanding evening that it was.  Thanks to the companies/ people who put up goods or services for our silent auction – see later in newsletter for special offer from Snap Fitness in Royal Oak.  Thanks also to Mr Brown who was an awesome MC on the night and to all the other staff who contributed and helped behind the scenes doing odd jobs, collecting money, setting up and packing down, supervising students, cooking food, etc.

With grateful thanks from the whole Marcellin community, we have been blessed.

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We held the interclass Mathex competition for Years 9 and 10 on Friday 18th August.  Again it was great fun to see all the students engaged and enjoying doing mathematics problems!  The competition was close this year with several teams who were vying for first and second place.  Congratulations to the following teams and students who placed in the competition and then went on to represent Marcellin College so well at the regional competition at Selwyn College.

Year 9 1st – 9M

Maleta Oneone, Taamilo Stowers, Sakshi Prasad and Jan Lomboy

Year 9 2nd – 9B

Alisi Sevele, Falaumahina Tangitau, Sophia Losalu and Lajoelas Ione Lali

Year 10 1st (based only on the number of questions passed) – 10M

Finlay Samasoni-Tukuitonga, Nishi Afemeimounga, Eric Fuapau and Aniseto Filo

Year 10 2nd – 10B

Jaime Bahan, Giovanni Leiataua, Selena Bucu and Zion Greening

Thanks to Ezra Galang and Jairus Evangelista who stepped in to represent us at the regional competition.

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200 Years of Champagnat, Marist Education Celebration Mass

On Tuesday 15th August, the three Auckland Marist schools (Marcellin College, St Paul’s College, Sacred Heart College) got together to celebrate 200 years of Champagnat, Marist education. Mass was held at Logan Campbell Centre and led by the Most Reverend Patrick Dunn DD, the Bishop of Auckland.

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Education Review Office (ERO) │Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

The Education Review Office (ERO) team were welcomed to Marcellin with a powhiri on Monday morning (7th August). ERO will be with us this week talking to students, staff and parents about student learning.


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Sister Jean Sinclair, the founder of Gift, passed away on Friday 21st July.  She was 95 years old and founded Gift about 35 years ago.  Her funeral is on Friday 28th July at the MacKillop Centre where she lived for many years.  Rest in Peace.

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Waiata Group

The waiata group are a bunch of students who meet once a week at lunchtime in the Music Room to learn everything te reo – yesterday they had a lot of fun learning about traditional Māori weapons.

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Young Enterprise Dragons Den Regional Finals

The Marcellin College Young Enterprise teams ‘Manaia’ and Indo-Pinoy were finalists in the Regional Dragons Den Competition held at AUT on 27th June.  Manaia placed third and won $300.00 prize-money towards their business. Manaia’s product is ‘Siamu Popo’, a jam made from coconut milk which is widely used in the Islands but is not available in NZ. Please contact Amelia Paunga on 021 026 30638 if you want to buy this product.

The teams comprised of:

Manaia: Aidan-Paul Samasoni Tukuitonga, Amelia Paunga, Michael Kelemete, Finlay Samasoni-Tukuitonga.

Indo-Pinoy:  Leandra Augustin, Erika Menezes, Seadon D’Silva, Trizhel Amon, Khrystalle Ann Alafriz

All our students were Year 13s, except Finlay who is in Year 10 and reportedly the youngest member of a Young Enterprise team in all of New Zealand!

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Sacramental Mass

On Friday 16th June we celebrated our school mass where 23 students completed their sacraments of Initiation. It was a wonderful celebration, led by Monseigneur Bernard Kiely with Pa Peter Tipene and Father Benedict Francis.  An atmosphere of prayerfulness and a beautiful liturgy allowed the Holy Spirit to be strongly present to all our students. Thank you to all the supporting families for making this day so special.

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Year 12/13 BCATS Class

The Year 12 and 13 class have done a superb job building their cape cod chairs and recliners …

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Year 7 & 8 EOTC Day, Friday 9th June

Year 7 and 8s had a great day on Friday completing a variety of EOTC activities with the help of the good people from Youthtown. They worked well together, problem solving and challenging themselves. They were blessed with beautiful weather!

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Year 11 Business Studies – Deloitte Grow Programme

The Year 11 Business Studies class finished off their Deloitte Grow Programme with a visit to the Deloitte Auckland City office on Friday, 9th June, to make their final presentation.

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Samoan Language Week: 29th May – 2 June

We began Samoan Language Week with the ‘Ava Ceremony on Monday morning which involved Ms Waelen, Patrick Puru and Joelle Reid as the Tangata Whenua and Mr Wearmouth, Mr Kelly, Mrs Rodrigues and Auspito Sio, MP for Mangere. as the visitors to be welcomed.

The senior Samoan students conducted the Ceremony with much grace and poise and impressed our visitors and support parents. The ‘Ava ceremony was particularly special as many of our Samoan students had never seen it performed before.

Samoan Language Week concluded on Friday with a wonderful Samoan Mass celebrated by Paere Mikaele. It was also the 55th Anniversary of Samoan Independence on Thursday.

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Bullying Free NZ Week

The week commencing Monday 22nd May was Bullying Free NZ week.  We supported the week with various activities including:

  • All students received a copy of our Bullying Policy in their email.
  • Each student made a chain link with a positive message on it – these were hung up around the school, including Student Services.
  • A pink bake sale was held on Thursday 25th May – all money was donated to the Mother of Mercy Divine Refuge Group in Avondale.
  • Pink accessory day was held on Friday 26th May.  Students wore full school uniform and a pink accessory – e.g. a pink hat, scarf, earrings, ribbons, etc.

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School Ball

On Saturday 20th May, our social event of the year – the school Ball – was held at Alexandra Park with the theme being ‘Viva Las Vegas’.  Students looked spectacular and their behaviour was exemplary – a fantastic night was had by all.  Huge thanks to Mr Brown and the Ball committee for all the preparation they have put in over many weeks.  See our Facebook page (link above) for more photos …

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Auckland Writers Festival

On Thursday 18th May, the English Scholarship students led by Mrs Brooks, Ms Metcalfe’s book club and a few others attended the Auckland Writers Festival. It was an insightful experience as we were able to listen to authors share their personal experiences with writing and at times, with life. Some students also took part in the workshops which were invaluable. One piece of advice that struck was that one should not be concerned with how others may react to their work when writing a book, a poem or any other piece of literature. I believe this is a crucial piece of advice for aspiring writers.

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Pompallier Shield Speech Competition

The annual Pompallier Shield speech competition among 14 Auckland/ Whangarei Catholic secondary colleges was held at Marcellin College on Wednesday 17th May.  A total of 160 students competed.

Results were:

1st place for Junior Scripture – McAuley High School.  We placed 10th out of the 14 schools – Scolastica Samoa.

1st place for Senior Scripture – St Paul’s College.  We placed 13th out of the 14 schools – Leon Lobo.

1st place Maori Scripture – Sacred Heart College.  We placed 8th out of 9 schools – Leighton Ngatokorua-Crisp.

1st place Senior Oratory – Sacred Heart College.  We placed 5th out of 14 schools – Kasi Valu.

1st place Junior Speech – St Mary’s College.  We placed 9th out of 14 schools – Abigail Luton.

1st place and the winner of the Shield was – Sacred Heart College.  Marcellin placed 8th out of the 14 schools.

The students who participated did extremely well.  We are very proud of their dedication and hard work.  If you see them around please say “WELL DONE!”.  Leighton in particular needs to be congratulated.  He was asked to do it and took it on willingly, even though he was incredibly nervous.

Our drama students:  Gidienne Johnson, Precious Calder, Louis Bucu, Krystelle Buking and Kariena Punzalan – also did an outstanding job.  I think if Drama was a competitive field we would have won!

Marcellin College did a wonderful job of hosting.  It was a fun night enjoyed by all and lots of new friendships were made.

Great job done by Mrs Karen Rodrigues, our Director of Religious Studies, who did a fantastic job in organising this event – the school received glowing feedback from those who attended.

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Revolution Tour

In the run-up to Bullying Free NZ Week, the Revolution Tour team returned to our school on Tuesday 16th May. They are a bunch of talented, compassionate people using their blazing dance moves, fresh music, and fun communication style to teach, reach and give hope to teenagers around NZ. There were some laughs, moving stories of transformation, and refreshing honesty about life. The Revolution team are dedicated to using their gifts to connect with young people and had a great time doing it and passing on their anti-bullying message.

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Easter Liturgy

Staff, students and Brothers gathered at the start of Term 2 to reflect on the Triduum, the days of Easter from Jesus’ crucifixion to his Resurrection. Students acted out parts of the gospel story, as well as prayer as hymns.
A lovely way to start the term …

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Year 7 & 8 Painting of Mary, Our Lady of Marcellin College

This week the Year 7 and 8’s were working on a collaborative painting of Mary, with a guest artist from Italy. They did the sketch work last Friday and were working on the painting this past week, the students were so excited they kept painting during their break times to get it finished by the end of the day! Organised by Mr Wearmouth.

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Year 9 French Taster End-of-Term Afternoon Tea

Students in the Term 1 French taster course celebrated the conclusion of their course with a French afternoon tea this week. Students were able to enjoy some French cuisine such as Croissants, Pain aux Chocolate and Baguettes. Students took to the occasion by wearing Berets and adorning the French flag!

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Marcellin College in the April edition of Onehunga Community News

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Year 11 Geography Trip to Waihi Gold Mine

On Friday 31st March, the Year 11 Geography class travelled to Waihi’s Martha Mine. Students went to explore around the open pit mine and experience a simulated underground mine. Students represented Marcellin College with pride. They have learnt a lot of information which will help them with their next internal, Geography 1.6.

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NZ Geographic article on the Carmelite Nuns

In this month’s New Zealand Geographic, there is an article on our neighbours across the road – the Carmelite Nuns, go to this link to read it:

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Tramping Club

On Sunday 26th March, the tramping club, led by Ms Cobban, ventured out for the first time this year. Sunday’s tramp is hopefully the first of many. The group walked to the upper Nihotupu Reservoir in the Waitakere’s.

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Polyfest 2017

Congratulations to our students (over 200) who have been involved in Polyfest this year.  They students themselves, their families and the school proud performing over three days (Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th March).  Special mention of Kasi Valu in Year 12 who placed third in the Tongan speech competition.  We also had performances on the Diversity stage, the Tongan stage and the Samoan stage.

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Year 13 Geography Trip to Tawharanui Peninsula

On Thursday 9th March, the Year 13 Geography class had a beautiful sunny day to go to the beach and carry out fieldwork to identify coastal processes.  The trip took them out to the Tawharanui Peninsula where they explored Jones Bay and got to walk in and out of arches and caves at Anchor Bay.  The students are now hard at work using the data collected to complete their internal that is worth 5 credits.

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Year 9 & 10 Trip to the Pop Up Globe

On Thursday 9th March, our Year 9 and 10 students visited the Pop Up Globe in Ellerslie to see  Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

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Head Prefects in the News …

Our Head Prefects – Patrick Puru and Erika Menezes – feature in the March issue of the Onehunga Community News …

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Ash Wednesday

Marcellin College marked Ash Wednesday on the 1st March – the beginning of Lent – with a liturgy where staff and students received a mark on the forehead made with ashes as a reminder that “we are dust and unto dust we shall return”. The ashes symbolise our mortality and need for the mercy of God. Lent is a time to make us stop and reflect. It is a season in our Christian year when we focus on simple living, prayer and fasting. We reflect on the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ through his suffering, death and resurrection, and on the events which led up to his death. Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance, as we strive to conform our lives more closely to Christ.

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Central Western Zone Athletics Day

Marcellin College students attended the Central Western Zone Athletics at Trusts Stadium on Tuesday 28th February.  All of our students who took part were well behaved and represented Marcellin in their specific events with pride. We had a few students who made finals on the track events:

  • Napoleon Tuliatu (Year 11) made the 100m Intermediate boys’ final
  • Pone Tongia (Year 13) and Agani Manson (Year 13) made the 200m Senior boys’ final.

All competed to their very best! The best result of the day went to Pone Tongia who smashed the Senior boys’ Javelin and came 1st in this event.

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Tongan Queen Mother Remembrance

On Monday 27th February our Tongan students remembered the Queen Mother, Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho ʻAhomeʻe who passed away last week. The students all wore their formal clothes and Ta’ovala as a mark of respect. The senior leaders prepared a beautiful and moving liturgy at lunchtime which was attended by all our Tongan students as well as numerous staff.   

Rest in Peace

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2017 Student Leaders Forum

Our Head and Deputy Prefects, along with students from eight other Marist schools in New Zealand gathered together in Christchurch as one community to deepen their understanding of Champagnat Marist School Spirit, to share about their various schools and to participate in a number of physical activities and challenges. The forum started Thursday 23rd February and finished on Sunday 26th.

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New Parents’ Barbecue

Many of our new parents joined us on Thursday 23rd February after school for a BBQ and question and answer time as part of our welcome to new whanau at Marcellin.

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Academic Assembly

On Tuesday 21st February, we celebrated our students who in the 2016 NCEA exams gained Excellence and Merit endorsements, and Scholarship. Our guest speaker was past-student Gavin Mendonca who has a BCom from Auckland University and works for Kiwi Rail. Congratulations to all our students who achieved at the highest level.

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Athletics Day

Athletics Day went ahead on Monday 20th February at Waitakere Trust Stadium in Henderson after being rained off the week before. A great day was had with lots of participation and nine records being broken.

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Inaugural Mass

On Friday 17th February, our prefects, peer mediators and ministers of communion were commissioned as well as fare-welling Pa Peter as our Chaplain.
The Mass was con-celebrated by Pa Petera, Monsignor Bernard Kiely and our new Chaplain Father Benedict Francis.

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Changes to the School Frontage

More hard work has been going on to improve our school frontage – Mr Stephenson and helpers worked through all weathers this week to prepare the ground for the ready lawn and new planting – we think it looks great!

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Welcome Powhiri

The school year began with a powhiri to welcome new staff and students. We were delighted to welcome four new teachers and two new support staff to Marcellin College.

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2017 Prefects

Congratulations to our 2017 Prefects:

Head Boy – Patrick Puru / Head Girl – Erika Menezes


Deputy Head Boy – Isaac Rebello / Deputy Head Girl – Mary Aguilar

Prefects:  Lawrence Adan, Gadesvy Andrades, Seadon D’Silva, Cesar Estoconing, Jenney Guo, Michael Kelemete, Deborah Luton, Sinafoni Mikaele, Amelia Paunga, Joelle Reid, Aidan-Paul Samasoni-Tukuitonga, Josh Taefu, Malia Tongia, Pone Tongia, Janet Tua Tagaloa, Tessa Tualevao, Seteone Tuli and Edgar Varona

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Middle School End-of-Year Prizegiving

Marcellin College finished the school year on Tuesday 13th December with Middle School Prizegiving.  The top academic prizes were awarded to:

–       Year 7: Abigail Luton

–       Year 8: Sakshi Prasad

–       Year 9: Trizhia Amon

–       Year 10: Vivek Panchal

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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Year 7-10 Performing Arts Show

The first ever Year 7-10 Performing Arts Show took place at Marcellin College on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December, with both evening shows being sell outs! Dance, Drama and Music were on display, covering all eras and genres. Drama excerpts ranged from Shakespeare through to contemporary monologues; Dance pieces from cultural to hip hop; and Music from The Eagles to Justin Bieber. Congratulations to all involved, including the amazing crew. Watch this space for 2017’s show!

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Joseph Parker

On Tuesday 6th December, Joseph Parker, his brother John (both ex-students of Marcellin College) and the WBO Heavyweight Belt visited our school.  Joseph spoke to an assembly of Year 7-10 students and gave out the Sports Prizegiving certificates.  He then kindly gave up his time to get his photograph taken with every single person at the school.  We wish him well this Saturday when he takes on Andy Ruiz for the WBO World Heavyweight Title!

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2017 Prefects’ Camp

On Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th December, our 2017 Prefects’ went to camp at Karanga Camp near Bethells Beach.  They enjoyed three days of bonding and team building, learned the value of leadership, looked indepth at the Marist values and came away with an amazing team spirit ready for their 2017 school year.

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Senior Prizegiving

On Wednesday, 2nd November, we held our Senior Prizegiving which was a great celebration of all the successes of our students.  Our Prefects for 2017 were named and we congratulate them.

We were honoured to have the Philippines Ambassador, Mr Jesus Domingo and Consul General, Mr Paolo Garcia, attend and present awards.  We also had list MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar, Ms Colleen Gleeson from the Catholic Schools Office, Mrs Ella Kumar from the TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Ms Sina Eti, Student Recruitment Advisor at Unitec, Ms Angelique Kouratoras from Massey University, Mr Malcolm Campbell, HOD School Humanities from Auckland University who came and presented awards to our students.

The 2016 Year 13 legacy was a ciborium chalice to be used at our future Masses.

Top academic prizes presented were:

  • PTFA Cup for the top Academic student in Year 11:  William Austin
  • Collins Cup for the top Academic student in Year 12:  Erika Menezes
  • Proxime Accessit to Dux:  Clio Exconde
  • Dux:  Celine Malaluan

Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to achieve their great results this year.

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Leavers Mass

On Friday 28th October, we celebrated our Leavers Mass – a very joyful, wonderful celebration of Marcellin College for 2016 and of our Year 13 cohort who are leaving us. Thanks to the Year 13’s who put this liturgy together and to the school for participating so well. Pa Tipene spoke of the 3 F’s that are the most important things in life – Faith, Family and Friends. A message that students took on board and could repeat back to him at the end of Mass – proof that they were listening!

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Young Enterprise Award

Our Young Enterprise business made up of Year 13 students won the ‘Textiles Award’ for their use of fabric to make waterproof school bag covers. The award ceremony was at AUT on the evening of Friday 21st October.

Please offer congratulations to Krystelle Fernandes (CEO), Latai Samita, Mon Lomboy, Patricia Jordan, Arch Pacaigue, Malia Taleo and Jason Su if you happen to see them.

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Morning Tea for 2016 Prefects

On Friday 21st October, the 2016 Prefects were rewarded for all their fantastic work throughout the year with a morning tea.


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Sports Prizegiving

On Tuesday 18th October, Marcellin College held its annual Sports Prizegiving.  Thank you to Jasmine Pereira, a member of the NZ Womens’ Football team (Football Ferns) who competed at the Rio Olympics, who was our special guest presenter.  Thank you also to our wonderful Sports Coordinator – Pax Patel.  Special mention and congratulations goes to the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year – Yoba Ezekiela and Jeanil Lopez.

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Student Board of Trustees Election

Voting is now closed for the 2017 BOT Student Representative Election. Congratulations to Joelle Reid who is the successful candidate.

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Technology Exhibition

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Mufti Day

Marcellin College students have raised $1500 for our Marist school in Fiji – St Marcellin Primary school. This year the money is going towards buying mats for the children to sit on at Mass, rather than just being on concrete. Thank you for your generosity!

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Year 11 Sports White Water Park Trip

As part of ‘Demonstrate responsible behaviours in outdoor activities’ the 11SPS class went to Wero White Water Park in Manukau on Wednesday 21st September to partake in various outdoor water activities. Students participated in stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, river crossing and white water rafting. Students were kitted out with appropriate swim wear and safety equipment in order to participate fully on the day. It was great to see all students give every activity a go, they all looked out for each other and provided assistance to their peers if they needed it. It was a great day out for the students and teachers involved.

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Year 13 Sports Science Event

13SPS planned and ran an event for the Year 7 and 8 students on Tuesday 20th September. This event aided their leadership standard where they trialled different types of leadership principles and identified which principles best suit physical activity. The learning outcomes set by the Year 13s for the Year 7 and 8 students was to play fair, fully participate and most of all have fun! The event consisted of modified games, mini games and water activities. The Year 13s put a lot of time and effort into organising and running a fun event for the Year 7 and 8 students.

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Marist School Teacher Only Day

 The theme of the recent Marist School TOD was “past, present, future”. The day started off with breakfast in the Champagnat Centre while the brothers shared with us stories of their experiences of being a teacher within the Marist brothers, some history of Marcellin College and the surrounding Monte Cecilia area as well as the influence of Marist Brothers involvement in setting up Catholic education in Auckland in the early 1900’s.

Staff then went by bus to Sacred Heart College, via Waikaraka cemetery, where there are over 100 Marist Brothers buried.
At Sacred Heart we began with a Powhiri and key note speakers reflecting on the present and Catholic education today. The day ended with a liturgy.

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The second annual Dancing with the Staff competition took place on Tuesday 30th August with six dance troupes taking part. 3rd place went to Ms Mayall and JKJK, 2nd place went to Mr Moa and the Pasifika Warriors, and 1st place went to Ms Talakia’atu and the Pacific’s Horse Pearls. Mr Moa won the award for Best Teacher Participation.

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Sacramental Group Meet Bishop Patrick Dunn

The sacramental group met Bishop Patrick Dunn on Tuesday 9th August at the Cathedral, our mother Church, as part of their journey towards completion of the sacraments of initiation – which will happen this Friday, 19th August, at our school Mass, which Bishop Pat will celebrate.

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Year 13 Geography Trip to Rotorua

Students from the Year 13 Geography class travelled to Rotorua for two days (5-6 August) to learn and experience different aspects of Rotorua’s tourism. On the Friday students got to explore parts of the old Maori village, Ohinemutu and saw the most beautiful window sketch of Jesus. There was a trip to the old Rotorua Bath House and then off to Mitai Maori Village for a cultural performance and hangi. The Saturday was action packed full of adventure with trips on the Luge and also exploring different attractions at Agroventures. Some of the students plummeted 40 meters in a giant swing while others cycled on a monorail or sat in the fastest jetboat in the Southern Hemisphere. The students arrived safely home with new stories to tell about their time as tourists in Rotorua.

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Year 8 Pilgrimage to Sts. Patrick and Joseph Cathedral

As part of the Year 8’s study of the Church, they went on a pilgrimage to the Catholic Cathedral of Sts. Patrick and Joseph on Wyndham Street in the City.  The trip was designed to give the students an understanding that the Church is both a local community and a worldwide organisation.  The visit included a guided tour of the Cathedral and a time for reflection in this Year of Mercy.

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Sports Coaches and Managers Breakfast

As a small gesture of our appreciation Marcellin College Sport hosted its first Coaches and Managers Breakfast on Tuesday 2nd August, to thank all our community volunteers, staff and students who have actively helped with sports this year. Sport at Marcellin College would be impossible to run without the help and support of our coaches and managers and we hope you enjoyed having breakfast with us.
Thank you for waking up early and waiting for us each morning before training and being the last person to lock up behind us, thank you for washing and folding our dirty socks and shirts, thank you for making sure our bottles are filled with water and for motivating us when we felt like we had nothing left.


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2016 Marcellin College PTFA Raffle Results

The winners of the 2016 Marcellin College PTFA Raffle were:

1st – $1,000 Travel voucher: Anastasia Leo (#1456)

2nd – $800 TJ Landscaping voucher: Tulip S (#5428)

3rd – $500 Travel voucher:  B Stephenson (#6846)

4th – $500 Pak n Save voucher:  Sos Katoa (#7063)

5th – $220 Rainbow’s End Family Pass:  Elena (#4357)

6th – $185 Waipuna Hotel accommodation:  Jeremy Lees-Green (#7376)

All proceeds go to supporting materials and resources for the students of Marcellin College.

Mr Weijermars

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Inspire 2016

A group of our Year 12 students attended the Fuji Xerox-hosted secondary schools’ Inspire programme on Tuesday 5th July.  Fuji Xerox run this programme, in partnership with AUT Business School and the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Inspire 2016 is a full day event held in celebration of Leadership Week, featuring a sensational line-up of speakers and bringing together 350 secondary school students from all over Auckland. This event is designed to recognise and inspire the potential leaders of tomorrow by providing them with a unique opportunity to meet and learn from great New Zealand leaders of today’s world.

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Maori Language Week |Te Wiki o te Reo Maori

Monday 4th July – Sunday 10th July 2016

The theme for this year is ākina to reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

As a school we want to establish our place in Auckland/ Tamaki-Makaurau and acknowledge our school as part of bi-cultural Aotearoa.

Our school/ kura pepeha was presented to the school at assembly on Tuesday 5th July and will now be displayed alongside our school mission statement in the Administration area and the Marcellin College akonga iwi map will hang in the Student Services office.

A Pepeha tells us who we are:

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga

Ko Manukau te moana

Ko Marcellin te kura

Nā nga tungane Marist te Timatanga o te Kura.

Maungakiekie One Tree Hill is our mountain

The Manukau is our sea

Marcellin is our school

We were founded by the Marist Brothers.

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School Ball 2016

Congratulations to all the students who attended our school ball on Saturday night. Everyone was dressed to impress and looked magnificent in their finery, the behaviour was impeccable and it was a most enjoyable evening. Huge thanks to the Ball committee and Mr Brown for their hours of work for organising such an outstanding event. Particular mention to Malia Taleo who led this committee and the wonderful job she did. The highlight of our College social calendar for the year!

You can view and order more photographs from the ball by going to this link:
Password is MC16BALL.

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Year 10 Food Technology

Throughout Term 2, Year 10 Food Technology has been cooking a variety of healthy, simple and delicious dishes, including chicken and bean stew, shepherd’s pie, meatballs with pita breads and vegetable pilaf. Cooking these definitely tested our techniques and time management.

Recently we were involved in the national Maggi Popup Kitchen Showdown cooking competition. We found it really interesting creating our own original dish and then entered it into the competition. The trials helped and feedback from teachers helped us improve the dish to competition standard. Hopefully one team in our class is a winner!

Written by Katrina Tapueluelu

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Road Safety Expo

Samantha Peterson from Auckland Transport, along with the help of four Year 13 students – Jason Su, Desmond Sheck-Andrews, Jacob Winters and Caleb Winters – organised a Road Safety Expo at school on Wednesday 29th June at lunchtime in the gymnasium. The focus was on learner driver safety and included activities such as time trials, a hazards game and a distraction game. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic and engaged on the day to make this a great event, and despite the bad weather they had around 80 students attend.

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FIZZ / Sugary Drinks Programme

FIZZ are a group of researchers and public health doctors who have come together to advocate for ending the sale of sugar sweetened beverages (sugary drinks) from New Zealand. Many studies link the intake of sugary drinks with poor health, including obesity, type-2 diabetes, rotten teeth, gout and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease and premature death.

Dr Gerhard Sundborn (founder) and hip-hop artist Che Fu have started a programme to raise awareness among students in Auckland and this was the final part of the 9-week programme at our school. After all the education and quizzes that had gone on in classroom lessons and previous assemblies, each year group in Years 7 to 10 were represented by a team of four, plus a staff team, who competed in the final quiz. The quiz highlighted how much students have understood in finding out how much sugar is in different drinks and products by reading the nutritional information on products, and learning the 3-6-9 message (3tsp sugar a day for children – 6tsp sugar a day for adult females – 9 tsp sugar a day for adult males).
We also had cadets from the Air Force along to present career options to our students.

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Year 13 Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme at Pasefika Business Expo

Four of our Year 13 Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme students, along with Mr Bhan Singh, attended the Pasefika Business Expo at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau on Saturday, 25th June.

Entrinzic is the name of our students business and they are producing water-proof backpack covers for school bags which they sell for $20 each.

The students won third prize ($250) in the Dragon’s Den competition during the Expo.

The ultimate goal of the Pasefika Business Expo 2016 is for Pacific businesses and entrepreneurs to CONNECT with like-minded Business people and organisations, be inspired and discover strategies to start and GROW business and find new business OPPORTUNITIES.

Our students got to meet the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, as well as Leah MacDonell, the National Director of the Young Enterprise Scheme.

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Filipino Independence Celebration Evening

Marcellin College held a Filipino Independence Celebration Evening on Friday the 10th of June to celebrate their Filipino students and Filipino culture.  The evening included authentic Filipino food, traditional dancing, an invitational 3-a-side Basketball tournament, karaoke, and lots more …  Thank you to everyone who helped in some way and made this a very successful event.

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Bodysafe will be running sessions with all our Year 10 classes over the next few weeks. Bodysafe’s sessions encourage and teach students to promote healthy and respectful relationships. If you would like further information on the content of what is being taught, please contact Miss Melissa Peterson on

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Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill tree planting

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority warmly invites all members of the public to attend the dawn planting ceremony this Saturday, 11th June, 7.30-8.30am to mark the first phase of returning a tree to the tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill.

Representatives from Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, Auckland Council and local community will plant a small grove with a total of nine young tōtara and pohutukawa where the former tree stood. The aim is that after a decade, a single pohutukawa or tōtara will remain standing on the tihi.

Come and be a part of this historic moment for Auckland.

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Board of Trustees Triennial Election

Declaration of Parent and Staff Election Results:

Parent representative votes:
‘Ofa Corbett 38
Karl Lesoa 44
Ese Manu 28
Paul Pua 39
Daryl Ruebe-Donaldson 36
Filemoni Timoteo 38
Glenda Vilisoni 27

I hereby declare the following duly elected:
‘Ofa Corbett, Karl Lesoa, Paul Pua, Daryl Ruebe-Donaldson and Filemoni Timoteo.

Staff representative votes:
At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received I hereby declare Gertie Wetsteijn duly elected.

Deidre Merriott
Returning Officer

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Champagnat Mass and Talent Showcase

On Friday 3rd June we had a wonderful celebration of St Marcellin Champagnat, reminding ourselves of the footsteps in which we follow. This year we focused on his ‘Montagne Experience’, one of the pivotal moments in his life. Champagnat was called to the house of a dying 17 year old, and was dismayed to find he had not even heard about God, let alone know any prayers. Champagnat told this young man about the compassionate God who loved him and guaranteed him a place in heaven. The young man accepted God and died later that day. This incident confirmed for Champagnat that the conviction of his heart was very much the call of God and indeed, was his vocation. He then set about starting to form a community of brothers who would educate young people, spread the word of God and trusting in Mary’s help. Nearly 200 years later Champagnat’s vision is still being carried out. In Champagnat’s footsteps, then, we follow Jesus like Mary – a woman with dust on her feet, a woman who was disturbed and puzzled by God, who was challenged to trust and give without knowing all the answers, whose faith life was a journey. A rich heritage indeed.

Mass was then followed by the annual Marcellin College Talent Showcase which was organised by the arts prefects – Shenade Choy and Eniselika Ali. These two students organised the auditions, screened the performances for quality, organised the judges, created the format and insisted on providing a safe environment for performers to showcase their talents. Behind them they had full support of the performing arts department: Carey MacDonald, Kylie Mayall, Fleur McCombe-Lowery and Tarere Happy as the teacher in charge of Whanau. Molly Tagaloa, who is currently on maternity leave, also provided her assistance in preparation for the day by creating the performers certificates and helping with the music mix.

The show ran relatively smoothly and performers were able to showcase their talents to the audience and judges. The judges were made up of Jonathan Kubiak (singer), Amanaki (dancer) and Leki Bourke (ex-student and actor) The following acts achieved the following places:

1st Place – Ana Falekaono and Joseph Feau (duet)
2nd – Nathan Fatu (solo dance)
3rd – Marcellin Warriors (group dance)
Most Promising – Sophie Flavell and John Paul Flavell (original song)
Most Couragous – Kolovoso (song)
Marcellin Spirit – Kyrstelle Buking, Patrick Somostrada and Victor Nofoa

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Pink Ribbon Day

The month of May is Breast Cancer Awareness month, where people all over New Zealand help fundraise through hosting a pink ribbon breakfast. On the 2nd June, Marcellin College hosted a pink ribbon breakfast for Year 12 and 13 ladies and female staff members to enjoy a girly morning, filled with yummy food, inspirational words from a two-time breast cancer survivor and help raise funds, awareness and support for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Staff and student, Cassandra Biano, worked hard in the kitchen the night before baking yummy goods to sell in a bake sale to help fundraise more money to support the research development of the breast cancer foundation. A whopping $900 was raised which is an outstanding amount, Thank you for all who helped support and participate in the days’ events.

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Model United Nations Assembly

On Friday 27th of May, the MUNA team consisting of Erika Menezes, Patrick Puru and Mary Aguilar went to Auckland Girl’s Grammar school to participate in MUNA, the Model United Nations Assembly.  They represented Marcellin College as the country of Lithuania and with Ms Mac’s help they got dressed in the traditional clothing of Lithuanians, which later won them runner up for best dressed country. At MUNA they were able to experience what it was like to be part of the United Nations Assembly which aims to solve world issues in order to reach peace. They participated in two remits and gave two minute speeches in front of many schools representing other countries as well as sending notes to other countries regarding other remits and participating in Bloc meetings to discuss how to solve given issues. It was an amazing and enlightening experience for the students.

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NCEA Student App

The NCEA Student App has been updated. It can be downloaded from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, it is free to download and can be used from any smart device. This is a great tool for parents and students.

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Groove City

Groove City: Past Marcellin students from 2006 and 2007 entrepreneurial venture into film-making, production and music – we encourage you all to see their film …

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School Production – “The Great Adventure”

A huge thank you to the companies and helpers who helped make our production a success.  Please support the below businesses:

– First Scene costume Hire

– Harvest 2 Home for your kind generosity in supplying fruit

– Subway Mt Eden

– Edwards Sound Systems

– The Mangere Arts Centre

– The PTFA

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Catholic Schools Day Celebrations

As part of the Catholic Schools Day celebrations on Monday 16th May, our Prefects attended Mass at St Paul’s Cathedral.  Other Catholic schools were represented by their prefects and leaders.

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The Revolution Tour

The Revolution Tour team came to our school assembly on Tuesday, 10th May. They are a bunch of talented, compassionate people using their blazing dance moves, fresh music, and fun communication style to teach, reach and give hope to teenagers around NZ. There were some laughs, moving stories of transformation, and refreshing honesty about life. The Revolution team are dedicated to using their gifts to connect with young people and had a great time doing it and passing on their anti-bullying message.

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Mega Schools Competition

Our Hip Hop group went to the Mega Schools competition on Friday 29th April.  Our girls did not place, however they did extremely well with their performance, especially being the last of 15 schools to perform. Nive Ah Wa & Kardenya Ng-Wun represented the school in an interview with Maori Television, which then resulted in them winning the award for “Best Backstage Interview” as it was given with confidence, pride and fluidity when speaking.

Our girls also made a huge impact on an organisation that was present at the competition which resulted in the winning of a $100 Westfield voucher.

Overall the group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very inspired with ideas for next year. They were the only Catholic school competing in the competition and did the school very proud.

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Caritas Fundraising Concert

On Thursday 14th April, the Prefects and Arts Committee organised a concert as a Social Committee fundraiser for Caritas. Bands from school played and a sausage sizzle was held at the same time in the MacKillop Block courtyard – a great way to end the term.

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Tamworth Magpies Rugby Club Tour

The Tamworth Magpies Rugby Club team from NSW, Australia came and stayed with us from Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th April, playing a game of rugby against our First XV on the Tuesday afternoon. Our boys showed how they have improved in working together as a team, winning the game 26-7. The Tamworth team and their coaches were very appreciative and enjoyed their time being hosted by Marcellin – we hope to have them back again in the future and wish them well for the rest of their NZ tour!

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Year 11 Geography Trip to Waihi

On Friday 1st April, the Year 11 Geography class headed down to Waihi to explore Oceana Gold Martha’s Mine. The students got to see and experience some of the aspects of gold mining in preparation for two internals. It was a great day and the students represented Marcellin College well.

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On Holy Thursday the College was dismissed with a holy week liturgy, today we regathered as a community with an Easter Candle liturgy and in the great tradition of Marcellin College, a new Easter Bunny has been found and distributed Easter eggs to all students this morning.


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Uniform at The Warehouse

Marcellin College P.E. uniforms, school jackets, sleeveless vests, cardigans and jumpers are now in stock at The Warehouse Royal Oak.

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Year 13 Retreat

Marcellin College’s Year 13 students held their Retreat on Tuesday 8th March at the Fickling Convention Centre in Three Kings – a wonderful day was had by all.

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Article on Marcellin’s Head Prefects

Marcellin College is featured in the March issue of Onehunga Community News with an article on our Head Prefects – Clio Exconde and Amber Alfonso.

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Year 11 Art Trip to Pah Homestead

On Friday 4th March, 12 Year 11 students visited the Pah Homestead accompanied by Mr Moore and Miss Hobbs. They were looking at the Richard McWhannell Painting exhibition. Richard is one of NZ’s leading landscape and portrait artists and has been exhibiting his work for the last 40 years. The Education Programme Coordinator, Zoe Hoeberigs, had some excellent activities based around this work. She got students into pairs and while one person described an art work in detail, the other person had to draw it without looking at the art work. The group then got into two teams and students had a debate about which work was best, giving reasons for their statements. Students then spent time with the rest of the work currently showing in the other gallery spaces. The students were really engaged and respectful of the work and the space. Marcellin Art department has an excellent ongoing relationship with the Pah Homestead and more trips are planned for later this year.

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New Parents’ Afternoon

On Wednesday, 24th February, all new parents to the Marcellin College community were invited along for an afternoon BBQ to meet key staff members as well as other new families to the school.

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Senior Swimming Sports

Senior students walked along to Jellicoe Pools in Onehunga for their annual swimming sports day on Tuesday, 23rd February. Students and staff were blessed with perfect weather with lots of competitive swimming happening, as well as games and plenty of fun being had in the pool.

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Year 7 Affirmation Day / Year 8 Retreat

On Tuesday, 23rd February, Year 7 students had their Affirmation day. They were allowed to come to school in mufti and were asked to bring a shared lunch.

Brother JP, Brother Damien and their helpers organised lots of activities for the day which the students enjoyed participating in.

Affirmation is about showing kindness, getting to know your friends properly, learning about teamwork, showing caring towards each other and being a good samaritan.

Meanwhile, on the same day, Year 8 headed off to the Fickling Community Centre at Three Kings for their Retreat.

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Athletics Day

We were very fortunate that the bad weather forecast stayed away for our annual Athletics Day on Thursday 18th February. The students and staff enjoyed a full day of sporting events and dressing up in whanau colours – well done to all those who took part.

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Academic Assembly

Our Academic Assembly was held on Tuesday 16th February to celebrate those students who passed NCEA in 2015 endorsed with Excellence. Ex-student, Tumanako Fa’aui, who was Head Boy in 2007 and who is currently doing his Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, came along to present awards to our students. Well done to all our students who achieved so highly in their NCEA examinations!

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Inaugural Mass

On Friday 5th February, we celebrated a fantastic start to the year with our Inaugural Mass where our Prefects were inducted.  It was a very prayerful and joyous occasion.

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NCEA Results

Congratulations to the students who earned endorsements on their NCEA certificates at their 2015 levels of study.  They can be immensely proud of their superior achievements – at Level 1 80% passed; Level 2 87% passed; and Level 3 91% passed – well done to all our students!

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Junior and Middle School End-of-Year Prizegiving

Marcellin College finished the school year today with the Junior and Middle School Prizegiving – this was a celebratory occasion with the Year 7 and 8 students performing the Jesse Tree Drama, lots of well-deserved awards handed out to our student body and some great musical items from the students including the Year 10 boys’ band, Ester Naufahu performing Holy Night and Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard entertaining everyone with a beautiful song at the conclusion of the prizegiving. We wish the whole school community a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year …

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Year 9 and 10 Activities Week

Lots of fun activities were planned for Years 9 and 10 during their last full week of school. On Wednesday 2nd December they attended three sessions: Financial Literacy presented by YWCA; Careers; and IT. On Thursday 3rd December all the students went to the swimming pools at Jellicoe Park in Onehunga and were blessed with beautiful warm sunny weather. On Friday 4th December the students started off with sports, then a Trash to Fash wearable arts challenge, and ended the day with the Amazing Race – we hope all the students enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to prizegiving and the end of the school year on Tuesday 8th December!

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Year 9 and 10 Art Exhibition / Showcase Performance

There will be an exhibition of Year 9 and 10 art work to coincide with the Performance Evenings on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December.

The Exhibition will be held in the Art room and will open at 5.45pm so that people can see the work and then go across to PAC for the show at 6.30pm.

There will be refreshments and finger food.

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Ex-student Paul Pua in the News …

Paul Pua, who graduated from Marcellin College at Year 13 in 2012 features in the Western Leader, 1st December edition – well done Paul on your achievements so far …

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Advent Candles and Wreath

A lovely article on advent candles and wreaths on the Catholic News website:

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Potential Traffic Delays

A funeral service for Jonah Lomu is to be held at Eden Park at 1:00 p.m. on 30 November 2015.  The news media is predicting that tens of thousands of people will be attending the event. Level 3 Accounting students are advised to leave home at least three hours before their exam.

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Culture Vulture Day

On Wednesday 25th November, Mr Moore, Ms McDonald, Dr Bassi and Ms Ter-Huurne took 40 Year 10 students to Pah Homestead for the Culture Vulture day.

This event involves groups doing revolving sessions with Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, TAPAC Performing Arts, Carol Brown Dances and Wallace Arts Trust. The event was organised by Zoe Hoeberigs the Education Programmes facilitator.

Our students were an absolute pleasure. They were inventive in their improvisations, attentive, respectful and engaged. Several of the providers commented on how impressed they were with the students from Marcellin. Comments like “you must have very good teachers” also reflected well on the staff. The students had an absolutely fantastic time and Mr Moore is looking forward to being involved in this event next year.

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Waka Ama

Marcellin College had eight students compete in the Junior inter-schools Waka Ama competition on Saturday, 7th November, at Orakei Basin.

The students have been training for about three months now and most of the time it has had to be land training because of the weather and tides so they ended up having approximately four hours in total on the water before the event!

They did really well.  The mixed team came 3rd in their non-competitive final and the girl’s team came 2nd= in the B grade final!! So overall the girls would have placed 6th out of 20 teams! Pretty good for their first time ever!

Miss Happy and the Mangere Bridge coach Barry have done an awesome job with these students – both Miss Happy and Barry have a wealth of knowledge and experience in Waka Ama and it was great to see this passed on to our students and to witness how much our students got out of the whole experience …

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Year 12 BCATS Class Project

Congratulations to the Year 12 BCATS class, under the direction of Mr Menon (and the help of Mr Singh from the Commerce Department!), who have completed building the deck on the south side of the Technology Block, facing the netball courts – compliments to the team as the boys have given up their spare time to complete the job before external exams.

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Mo-vember News

November is a time when we aim to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst men.  Nearly two New Zealand men die of prostate cancer every day.  Many Marcellin staff are donating to the cause this month.  The Mo-Brothers were clean shaven on the 1st November and will grow a suitable moustache throughout the month.   Mr Brown, Brothers Kevin and Damien, Mr Talakia’atu, Mr Moore and Mr Singh said goodbye to their handsome beards to start afresh.  Fantastic commitment!  Our Mo-Sisters support and encourage and have even decided on moustache designs!  Here’s a photo of them all one week in … we will keep you posted how they are going …

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Senior Prizegiving 2015

On Monday 2nd November we celebrated the Senior School Prizegiving for 2015. Thank you to everyone who made this into the wonderful event that it was – students, parents, guests, staff and specially Mrs Robertson and her team of helpers who ensured the evening ran smoothly.

We congratulate those many students who were acknowledged last evening for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the College.

I take the opportunity now to thank the 2015 Prefects and whanau leaders, superbly lead by Andrew Fatialoa and Glory Clemant for the outstanding contribution that they have made to the College this year.  It has been a pleasure to watch you grow into your roles and to lead the College with such humility, grace, wisdom and passion.

I congratulate the 2016 prefects who were announced and I am sure Clio Exconde and Amber Alfonso will lead their team with as much passion and commitment as their predecessors. The standard has been left very high for you to follow.

A list of the major award recipients at prizegiving is in our Newsletter dated Tuesday 3rd November.

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Thanksgiving Mass – Friday 30th October

We celebrated a very reverent and joyful Thanksgiving Mass last Friday.  This was organised by the Year 13 group and reflected things that were meaningful for them in their time at Marcellin.

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Chromebooks in Junior School

Chromebooks were implemented into Junior School last week. The school received a grant which we bought 34 Chromebooks for use in the Intermediate classes to allow students to use Google Classroom and Google Docs. Teachers have been receiving training over the last few weeks and it is envisaged that this is the start of a change in teaching methodology that incorporates more use of technology to further equip students with modern learning tools. Chromebooks were purchased through PB Technology who are committed to giving Marcellin and the wider school community the best deals on technology purchases.

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Tertiary Study Information

Students who plan on tertiary study after they leave school should apply for their Student Allowance or Loan by 16 December.

It doesn’t matter if you are still unsure where or what you’ll be studying, the best thing is to apply early. Get your application in by 16 December to make sure you can get everything sorted ready for the start of your course – wherever or whatever it might be!

When applying for a Student Allowance or Loan for the first time, students need to prove their identity. This can be done online by signing up for a RealMe verified identity.

Starting tertiary study is an exciting time, but there are a lot of things to be organised. Get one out of the way – apply now for your Student Loan or Allowance at

The StudyLink Team

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World Cerebral Palsy Day

Marcellin College students were asked to perform at New Zealand’s first World Cerebral Palsy Day at the Trusts Arena on Tuesday, 6th October.  Our students performed the opening haka – they represented the school with pride and received many compliments after their performance.

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Marcellin College in Onehunga Community News

Marcellin College’s Dancing with the Staff  featured in the October issue of the Onehunga Community News …

Bill English’s visit to Marcellin College was also covered in the October issue of the Onehunga Community News …

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BOT Student Trustee Election

Thank you to all the candidates who stood for Student Rep on the Board of Trustees. Congratulations to Malia Taleo who was the successful candidate.

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The Remar students from all levels (Year 10 – 13) gathered around the statue of St Marcellin Champagnat who is one of the Remar sponsors, for a group photo. It has been a delightful year so far for all of the Remar groups as the students have continued to be committed to sharing their faith, celebrating and developing their friendships and serving other members of the wider community. The photo reflects the beginning of the Remar journey for Year 10 – a large group which has evidently swelled the numbers involved. We, the Remar team, look forward to finishing the year well with these groups and enjoying the final outreach activities and reflection days we will have with them. Unfortunately, Leigh Walker (Year 13 Dean) was not available to be present for the photo but we are grateful for the work she has done with the Year 13 Remar group.

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At lunchtime on Thursday, 10th September, ‘Dancing with the Staff’ took place to raise money for the Catholic Caring Foundation. It was a great event with lots of brave staff and students taking part and raising $785 – a fantastic result. Most Committed Dancer went to Mr Moore, Best Costume went to Miss Parkinson and Ms Siono’s group, 3rd place went to Ms Ter Huurne’s group, 2nd place to Mrs Hahn’s group and 1st place was Mr Weijermars’ group.  Click on ‘Gallery’ to see pictures …

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Blazers for Year 12 & 13 Students in 2016

A letter has been sent to parents of Year 11 and 12 students asking for feedback on the introduction of school Blazers to all Year 12 and 13 students in 2016.

Please return completed forms to the office week commencing 7th September.

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During tournament week 31st August – 5th September, we took 11 girls down to Hamilton to represent Marcellin College at the Upper North Island Netball Tournament. Our team was relatively young with only two members from the 2014 team. The team played well together and came away in 24th position. Over the week we played ten games playing against teams from the top of the north island. It was a great experience for the team, they have gained a lot of tournament knowledge and have developed their skills throughout the week.

Thank you to Celine Lio and Virginia Victor for all of their hard work with the team this year. These two girls are in their last year of studies at Marcellin College and have been assets to our team in terms of play and leadership. Also, thank you to Miss Happy for being our Manager during our week at UNISS.

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Careers Expo and Options Evening

On Wednesday, 2nd September, the Careers Department ran their biennial Careers Expo alongside the Options Evening for our senior students.  This was an outstanding evening and representatives were there from The New Zealand Forces, The Auckland University, AUT, Unitec, MIT, MAINZ, The New Zealand Sports Institute, Cut Above, Travel Colleges, Retail, Whitecliffs College, Techtorium, G&H Training, Best Training and many others.  We thank you all for coming along and making it such a huge success.

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Hon. Bill English, Minister of Finance Visit

The Hon. Bill English, Minister of Finance for New Zealand, as well as Dr Parmjeet Parmar visited Marcellin College on Wednesday 2nd September and spoke to the senior Economics and Accounting students.

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Marcellin College PTFA Raffle Results

Congratulations to the following Raffle winners:

1st Prize – $1000 travel voucher:  Jairus Evangelista (Year 8)

2nd Prize – Lenovo Laptop computer: Tapaau Pua

3rd Prize – $500 travel voucher: Sammy Veamoi

4th Prize – 2 nights accommodation in Rotorua:  Hedy Geronimo

5th Prize – 1 night Waipuna Lodge:  Selesitina Taamole

6th Prize – $100 dinner for 2 at Dominion Bar & Grill:  Lupe Sasalu

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Sacraments of Initiation Mass

On Friday, 21st August, four students were baptised and 10 students were confirmed. The Bishop of Auckland, Most Reverend Patrick Dunn led the Mass with Pa Tipene con-celebrating.

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Teacher Only Day

On Friday, 14th August,  a Teacher Only Day was held at Marcellin College. Teachers started the day by visiting Mindlab in Parnell, then returned to school for a BBQ lunch cooked by Mr Barbafiera, Mr Vao and Mr Lee. The afternoon was spent in the Champagnat Chapel in a strategic planning session.

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Year 12/13 PE Camp at Mt Tongariro

On the 9th August, 19 students from the Year 12 and 13 Physical Education Leadership classes went on camp to the Hillary Outdoors Centre at Mt Tongariro. The aim of the camp was to expose students to Outdoor Experiences as well as to give them the opportunity to demonstrate leadership. Throughout the four days at camp the students excelled in their environment. Some activities that students participated in were: overnight camping, caving, bush bashing, flying fox and they had a day in the snowy mountains. Thank you to Hillary Outdoors for arranging such a great experience, Foundation North for providing a grant for our students to attend the camp, Mr MacEachern for taking his time to attend the camp and to all the students who were exceptional throughout the camp and made it successful.  Ms Peterson

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Vector – Free Solar System for Marcellin College

Go to and help Marcellin College win a Vector solar system featuring a Tesla Powerwall battery free to use for 10 years – voting closes at midnight on Sunday 30th August.

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Junior Food Technology

Mrs Moore, the Food Technology teacher, has introduced healthy herbs to Marcellin College.  She took cuttings from herbs in her own garden, and in October 2014, planted them at school.  So far she has rosemary, coriander, mint, parsley, thyme, sage, pineapple sage and lemon sage.

The garden did not come without its challenges: students used the garden as a short-cut, trampling across the plants.  The caretaker added some strategically placed rocks to the garden and she is now growing a rosemary box hedge to provide further protection.  All the plants are labelled and growing well.

During the first term of 2015, a new herb was introduced to all the junior classes every week.  Students were encouraged to smell, taste and use them in the dishes they were making.  Cheese break sticks with sage was a big hit.

As the herbs have grown, so has the enthusiasm of Mrs Moore’s students.  Students have taken ownership of the garden, and even started their own garden club in Term 2.  “It is such a pleasure to share my own passion for gardening and watch the children learn to enjoy the gardening process, using the herbs in the foods room, developing their taste buds, trying new flavours and evaluating the use of herbs in cooking for flavour and nutritive value”.

In Term 3 this year, renga renga was removed.  The garden expanded by growing vegetable plants to use in classes.  Students have also started composting waste scraps from the food room to reduce the amount of rubbish that gets binned and to provide excellent, worm-filled, free fertiliser!

Junior Food Technology entered the Heart Foundation “Fuelled for Life” Competition and won the Auckland/ Northland division.  Adele Orangi came to school on Tuesday 18th August to present the school with their prize – a commercial food processor for the Food Technology room.

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Kids Can Cook Kitchen

Kids Can Cook Kitchen (KCCK) came to Marcellin College for Year 7 & 8 Food Technology classes on 12th August with chef Chris Fortune who is AMP “Do your thing” National Scholarship, Winner Hells Kitchen 2003 NZ, Founder and Chairperson of Farmers Markets New Zealand and a professional chef with 20 years in the hospitality industry.

The mission of KCCK is “A Community of Kids Feeding Themselves” and backs up some aims of Year 7 & 8 Food Technology of choosing and cooking nutritious food  for meals, using  seasonal foods & money saving tricks along with good eating habits.

The dishes Chris made were Middle Eastern Rice Pilaff and Russian Latkes (potato pancakes) with pickled cabbage.
He makes food fun – relating healthy food to fun things as he got students involved – letting them be sous chef, making a parchment cartouche and taste testing the dishes made.

Check out his website for more information and recipes and to watch the video of KCCK at Marcellin College.

Message from Chris Fortune:  Good morning Mrs Moore and the team at Marcellin College  … I was so impressed by your school once again and you can see the extra effort that your teachers are putting in …well done to all…a great school and community 
Your video and photos of your School visit is now on the  front page of our website, just click on your school name link at

You can also find us on Facebook and is a great way to communicate about what you are doing in the future

Thank you for having me at your school this week…..great kids in a great school and community 

Cook – Chris Fortune 

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U19A Basketball Team

Congratulations to our U19A Basketball Team who have won their Grade Division in a spectacular fashion by winning ALL their games and going undefeated all season – well done team!

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Year 13 Geography Field Trip to Rotorua

On Friday 7th August the 13 Geography trip set off at 6.30am from school to drive to Rotorua.  The group had an action packed two days going to many of the significant tourist spots in Rotorua, before returning Saturday evening.

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Auckland University Presentation

The Year 12 students recently attended an information session with the school advisor from Auckland University to hear about the Open Day being held at the city campus on Saturday 29th August.  A booklet about the event was handed out to students.

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Congratulations to the school Badminton team who finished second in Group B of the inter-school Central Auckland winter tournament.  Captain Clio Exconde and his team mates did a fine job.

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13 Tourism Trip

On Friday 31st July, the Year 13 Tourism students visited the New Zealand School of Tourism and spent some time learning to be aircrew which included inflating a life raft.
The group then visited Butterfly Creek to hear about the operation of a tourism attraction and the work roles available including being a zookeeper looking after crocodiles!

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ICT-Connect Presentations

In Term 2 senior students attended presentations from ICT-Connect. This is the nationwide institute of IT  professionals, in school programme, which inspires and educates young people about their future in IT. This programme puts software and information technology professionals face to face with students in the classroom where they are introduced to diverse applications and pathways in their industry.Students attended four different workshops and heard from the presenters about their pathways into IT and their present employment. They also heard about the many present employment opportunities in IT and that IT skills will continue be in demand in the future.

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Marist to Marist Appeal – Subway Mount Eden

The Social Justice Committee recently had a raffle for 10 one-foot-long Subway lunches which were generously donated to us by Michelle, the manager of Mount Eden Subway, at 110 Mount Eden Road. They also give us a generous discount on the lunches we have at the Senior Retreats. The proceeds from the raffle went to our Marist to Marist appeal and we were able to contribute $400 toward providing school lunches for children at the Marist school in Fiji. Congratulations to the 10 lucky winners who received their Subway lunches on Wednesday 1st July. A further congratulations to A5 who received a tutor group lunch on Thursday 2nd July for being the tutor group that raised the most money.

The 10 lucky winners were:
Jayden Chapman-Tau, Room 15; Mon Lomboy, Year 12; L’mon Jerome-Luafutu Beef, Room 17; Mrs Brooks – English Department; Talita Wulf, Year 12; Jan Gamo, Year 11; Edrick Ramos, Year 10; Chris Paasi; Titie Afemeimounga, Year 13; Tessa Tualevao, Year 11

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2015 School Ball

The 2015 School Ball, held at Alexander Park on Saturday 27th June, was a beautiful and memorable occasion.  Click on Gallery above to see more pictures from the night …

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The Warehouse Gateway Programme Graduation

The five students who participated in the Warehouse Gateway programme in Term 2 celebrated their success with an afternoon tea ceremony on Thursday 25th June.  The feedback from the Co-ordinator and the Warehouse staff was very positive, saying they were one of the best groups they had ever had there!

The students enjoyed it so much they were really sad that the placement was finished.  It looks like all five of them will apply for part-time jobs there, and as they will shortly receive their Customer Service Awards that come as part of the programme, they will certainly make great employees!

There are six more students participating in the programme next term.

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Auckland Central Rugby Representative Team

Well done to Monte-Carlo Maynard, Soane Kautai and Damien Vaifale, all Year 8 students, who have made the Auckland Central Rep team – they will be playing their first game against Onehunga on Monday 29th June – best of luck!

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Champagnat Talent Showcase

On Friday 5th June, Marcellin College celebrated the feast day of St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers and Patron Saint of our College.  We started the day with a beautiful and uplifting Mass, and continued with a performing arts showcase which involved a number of dances, performances and musical items.


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Marcellin College My Kitchen Rules Competition

After school on Thursday 28th May, five staff teams entered the Marcellin College MKR competition in the Food Technology room.  The teams were the Innovators (Mr Weijermars and Ms Parkinson), the Smiling Assassins (Mrs Sale and Mrs Coyle), Cut My Ear Off in the Name of Love, aka Frida and Vincent (Mrs Ter-Huurne and Mr Moore), Bellaitalia (Mr Barbafiera and Miss Mason) and The Activists (Ms Siono and Ms Walker).  The judges were Mrs Moore, Ms Merriott and Mrs Latunipulu – they had a very difficult job picking the winner as all the cooking was fabulous.  In the end though, The Innovators took out the winning medal with a delicious Chili, Ginger & Coconut Salmon with Croquettes main and a Chocolate Multi-Cake with Raspberry Couli dessert scoring 87.5 out of a possible 100 score.


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 Model United Nations Assembly

Marcellin College students Glory Clemant, Amber Alfonso and Clio Exconde made up the delegation from the United Arab Emirates to the MUNA held on 22nd and 23rd May.  Glory opened the first round of debate with the UAE’s views on the misery caused by tax havens. Amber began the second session with a presentation on combating ISIS.  Clio tried to convince the assembly that the new Secretary General in 2017 should not be Helen Clark but instead one of the male candidates from Eastern Europe. The trio were outstanding representatives of the college.

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Year 12 Tourism Trip

On Wednesday 20th May, the Year 12 Tourism class had an action packed day – they went into town to visit the International Travel College, they did the Auckland Harbour Bridge walk, and they went on the Auckland Adventure Jet boats around the Waitemata Harbour.  Click on Gallery above to see more photos …

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NCEA Level 3 Drama – Too Much Punch for Judy

The hard hitting verbatim play ‘Too Much Punch for Judy’ based around two young women who drink and drive and the consequences of their action, was performed for two evenings in the week commencing 18th May.  There was a strong message being said in this play.  Verbatim theatre means the story and some of the dialogue is taken straight from the actual people who are portrayed by actors in the play. If you were able to get along and see this, you were richly rewarded. It was hard-hitting and unsettling, yet very funny at times, and our fantastic students delivered some impressive performances…


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Workchoice Day

The Year 12 Workchoice Day visit to Turners & Growers took place on Thursday 14th May.


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Faith n Chips

Our Prefects attended the annual Faith n Chips ceremony at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby on Friday 8th May – here they are surrounded by all the other Catholic secondary schools in Auckland.

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MERC Camp, Junior School

Our MERC camp was held on the 4th and 5th May 2015 at the Long Bay marine reserve. Forty-eight students went on an overnight camp and 50 students went on a day camp. Our students were exposed to a range of activities including archery, sailing, body boarding, surfing, raft building, Giants ladder, dingy games, kayaking and mountain biking. Students also participated in a range of afternoon and evening activities such as champion a catcher, crab soccer, etc.

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Staff, family, and students attended the Mt Roskill ANZAC celebrations. Long may we remember our veterans and those who paid the price for world peace.

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ANZAC Day Liturgy

On Friday, 24th April, the school held its ANZAC Day Liturgy.  Click on Gallery above to see more ANZAC 100 year commemorations we were involved with.

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Mt Roskill War Memorial

On Tuesday, 21st April, Mr Weijermars, along with four Prefects, attended the formal opening of the new War Memorial at Mt Roskill as part of ANZAC Day ceremonies.


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Rheumatic Fever / Youth Art Space Workshop

This video was made at the Rheumatic Fever / Youth Art Space Workshop held in the April school holidays that Bella Robertson attended. She composed the song (collaboratively) and is also singing it.

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MegaSchools Hip Hop National Championships 2015

On Friday 17th April we had a group of students enter the National Street Dance Competition in the MegaSchools section.  This is the national Hip Hop competition that is the platform for crews all around NZ to be selected to represent in the World’s Hip Hop competition in the USA.  It is the first time Marcellin College have entered the competition.  Although we did not place, these students represented Marcellin College very well and should be very proud of the dance they created in a short amount of time.

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ANZAC Memorial Mass

An ANZAC Memorial Mass was held on Sunday 29th March in the SHC Old Boys Memorial Chapel.  Our Prefects attended, along with the Principal, Jan Waelen and the Director of Pastoral Care, Anthony Weijermars.

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Stations of the Cross

The final Stations of the Cross were acted out on March 26th as part of our Holy Week celebrations – the pictures show when Jesus (Peyton Hawbaker) is crucified and Mary (Ara Dimaano) solemnly watches over his death


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Marist Schools’ Quadrangular Rugby Tournament

The Annual Marist Quadrangular Rugby Tournament is hosted this year by Sacred Heart College, with guest teams from St Paul’s College Auckland, St Bernard’s College Wellington and our College – Marcellin.  Our team are playing on Thursday 26th March (vs St Paul’s) and Saturday 28th March (vs Sacred Heart) – we wish them well!

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Samoan Group at Polyfest

The Samoan group performed on Saturday 21st March and got the 1st prize for Best Uniformand also a Special Award for the Best Behaved School.

Indian Group at Polyfest

The Indian group were outstanding in their performance at Polyfest on Friday 20th March.  They performed an almost faultless performance that had so much crowd support and a judge giving them a standing ovation!  The students really enjoyed themselves and certainly did Marcellin College proud.  They won the Best Interpretation of Theme award and were placed 2nd out of 66 school groups.

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St Patrick’s Day

Teachers and students got into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day and for a gold coin donation to Caritas could adorn themselves in something green.

Leon Roberson, Anthony Weijermars, Reg Wills and Carey McDonald are just a few of the staff who got into the spirit of the day.


Even Saint Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat took part in the festivities …

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Senior Swimming Sports

Secondary Swimming Sports were held on the 10th March at the Jellicoe Pools in Onehunga.  A lot of fun and good sportsmanship was shown on the day.

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Polyfest Practice

Polyfest practice is happening on Saturday 7th and 14th March – on the 7th the Bollywood group were hard at work and the 14th will be the Samoan group’s turn.

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Year 12 L2 AS on Ethics

All of Year 12 sat their first Level 2 Achievement Standard on Ethics in the week commencing 2nd March.  The final day for this three-hour assessment is Tuesday 10th March.

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Year 13 Retreat

The Year 13 Retreat was held on Tuesday 3rd March – Year 13 students enjoyed learning about life skills with the fabulous Paula.

Below is a photo of the winning ‘X Factor’ team at the Year 13 Retreat.  Back Row: Leuatea Schmidt, Antonio Fuapau, Titie Afemeimounga, Tyler Schaumkel, Tavas Toala, Angelo Ramos.  Front Row:  Penetito Mateo, Brittany Johnson, Andrew Fatialofa, Elisepa Naufahu.

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Marist School Leadership Camp

The Champagnat Marist Leadership Forum 2015 was held at Hato Petera College from 26thFebruary to 1st March. Our student leaders were fortunate to have attended along with the leaders of nine other Marist schools around New Zealand. With the guidance of Brother Terence and Dan Dungy, they were able to develop their leadership skills through group activities and the challenging high ropes course. This was definitely a valuable experience as they got to know better their fellow Marist student leaders and learn from them various leadership qualities.  They intend to practice what they have learned within our school and also maintain a close relationship with the other Marist schools.

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New Parents Evening

Thank you to the new parents who took the time to come along and meet their tutor teacher and dean and hear about what Marcellin offers our students. It was lovely to meet you all.

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Junior School Visit to MOTAT

The Junior School students had a fun day visiting MOTAT on the 26th February, learning how things used to be …  Click on ‘Gallery’ above to see more photographs.

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Athletics Day

Our annual school Athletics Day was held on Tuesday 24th February and it was a successful day for our students. It was also great to see so much family support on the day. We have had several records broken and a number of students who have qualified for Central Zone Athletics.

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Academic Assembly – 17th February

Our Academic scholars were celebrated with the students who gained their NCEA with Excellence receiving their badge.  Endorsements at Excellence level do not come without hard work, and it was fantastic to see these students, and their families, suitably acknowledged.

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Caritas Leadership Day – 12th February 

Instead of entering into what we thought would be a serious discussion about Caritas, we came into a group of enthusiastic students from other secondary schools playing a game of ‘Unfair Soccer’. We were warmly welcomed by the volunteers of the Caritas programme along with other students.

Caritas leadership programme was a wonderful experience that we will cherish. If another opportunity like this comes our way, we will not hesitate to accept. Overall, the day was awesome as we learned so much and had a fantastic time.

Back Row: Rebekkah Baggot; Middle Row: Monica Bahan, Lisenta Augustin, Ara Dimaano; Front Row: Richard Somostrada, Chek Ng-Wun, Jason Su, Celine Lio

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School Leaders

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Head Prefects, Prefects, Sports Captains, Whanau Leaders and Peer Mediators – a joyous and uplifting Inaugural Mass was held where our 2015 leaders were commissioned.

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Inauguration Powhiri for Jan Waelen

The Powhiri for new Principal, Jan Waelen, was held on Friday 30th January.  This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in Marcellin College’s history.  Jan is originally from Christchurch, the middle child of five.  She shifted to Auckland 22 years ago and has taught at McAuley High, Marist College, St Kentigern College and her last role was as Deputy Principal at St Paul’s College.  Jan has six grown up children and is looking forward to meeting the Marcellin community.