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Auckland University Maori and Pacific Parents' Evening - Thursday 1st June 2017

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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: https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/silent-sisters/

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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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Welcome to Marcellin College

A warm welcome to readers of this website, and a special welcome to Marcellin College. We are a strong Catholic, Year 7-13 co-educational college in central Auckland.  We are proud of our 56 year history on this site, a history based on the teachings and example of Jesus Christ and St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers. We are pleased the college is named after this inspiring man of vision and achievement.

With the teachings of Christ to guide us, we strive to nurture the talents of every child in our care, to impart values that we believe are the key to personal fulfilment at and beyond school. Marcellin College is able to provide young people with a love of God, love of learning, self discipline, wide opportunities for development, and respect for others that will equip them well for adult life.

In order for our students to be positive, well adjusted and motivated, they need to be aware of the talents God has given each individual.  They need to recognise their duty to cultivate those personal strengths, to pursue success with the utmost determination.  The staff of the College is committed to helping each student to strive for and achieve personal excellence.

It is crucial that parents and guardians share our hopes for, and expectations of, their children.  The saying that "it takes a whole village to educate a child" indicates the degrees of shared understanding and co-operation that are necessary if we are to realise our goals fully.  At Marcellin College, students, parents and teachers are expected to be a close-knit community working together.

Jan Waelen

Principal