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                MARCELLIN COLLEGE
 Telephone 625-6509 Fax 625-7835
 Newsletter, Monday 5th December 2005
Dear Parents/Guardians                              place day by day.
                                                    Your life became the life of the poor
Among the many talents of the recently deceased     In your wish to be with them
Pope John Paul II, was his ability as a poet. The   through the work of your hands.
following poem seems a particularly apt source of
reflection as we approach the Christmas period.     I knew: the light that lingered in ordinary things,
                                                    like a spark sheltered under the skin of our days –
Her Amazement at her Only Child                     the light was you;
                                                    it did not come from me.
Karol Wojtyla
                                                    And I had more of you in that luminous silence
                                                    than I had of you as the fruit of my body, my

                                                    John Paul II’s Christmas Poetry

                                                    This is our last Newsletter for 2005 and contains
                                                    a great deal of information relating especially to
                                                    the beginning of the 2006 academic year. Please
                                                    keep it aside for reference in late January and
                                                    keep in mind that the new website referred to
                                                    later in the Newsletter, which can be accessed
                                                    through the internet, will contain the Newsletter
                                                    also. A third source of this information will be the
                                                    College answerphone service.

Light piercing, gradually, everyday
a woman’s eyes, hands
used to them since childhood.
Then brightness flared, too huge for
simple days,
and hands clasped when the words
lost their space.

In that little town, my son, where
they knew us together,
you called me mother; but no one
had eyes to see
the astounding events as they took
 Starting and Term Dates – 2006                          Year 11
 The Ministry of Education has further emphasised        Thursday, February 9th
 and clarified that all schools in New Zealand are        Report to Champagnat Centre at 10.30 a.m.
 to start and finish on the same dates in 2006. As          for course confirmation
 a result, we have been required to alter the             Students return home as soon as courses
 starting and finishing dates as published in the           are confirmed
 Year 7 and 9 Orientation packages. They are as          Monday, February 13
 follows:                                                 School commences as normal at 8.40 a.m.

 Term Dates 2006
Term 1     Tuesday      to   Thursday 13 April
                                                         Year 10
           7 February        (96 half-days)
                                                         Monday, February 13th
                                                          School commences as normal at 8.40 a.m.
Term 2     Monday       to   Friday 30 June
           1 May             (88 half-days)

Term 3     Monday       to   Friday 22 September
           17 July           (100 half-days)
                                                         Year 9
Term 4     Monday       to   Thursday 14 December        Friday, February 10th
           9 October         (96 half-days)               School commences at 9.00 a.m. and finishes
                                                             at 3.10 p.m.
 Note: The start and finish of the school year has
 been pushed back a week further at the
 beginning and end of the school year. This will
 also be the established pattern for future years.
                                                         Year 8
 Commencement Dates – 2006                               Monday, February 13th
                                                          School commences as normal at 8.40 a.m.
 All students must present themselves in full
 school uniform at the times listed below.

       Year 13
       Tuesday, February 7
        Report to Champagnat Centre at 1.00p.m          Year 7
           for course confirmation                       Friday, February 10th
        Students return home as soon as                  School commences at 9.00 a.m. and
           courses are confirmed                             finishes at 3.10 p.m.
       Friday, February 10
        Report to Music Room at 9.00 a.m.
        Finish school at 3.10 p.m.
                                                     Note: Monday, February 13th will be the first full
                                                     day for the whole school. All year levels will
                                                     commence at 8.40 a.m. and finish at 3.10 p.m. as
   Year 12
   Wednesday, February 8
    Report to Champagnat Centre at 10.30
      for course confirmation
    Students return home as soon as courses
      are confirmed
   Monday, February 13
    School commences as normal at 8.40 a.m.
Report Posting                                          Property Developments
Included with this Newsletter should be the                Over the holiday period the interior of the
following items at each year level:                         Champagnat Centre will be repainted.
                                                           The Boys’ and Girls’ toilets in the main block
                                                            will be refurbished and redecorated.
Year 13 – (2005)                                           The funds required for the Gymnasium
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)            extension have yet to be released from the
                                                            Ministry of Education.
                                                           We hope to re-carpet six areas at the College
Year 12 – (2005)
       Newsletter
                                                            as part of our maintenance programme.
       Year 13 Stationery List
       Uniform Page                                    Scholarships
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)        Congratulations to the following students who
                                                        have won, based on outstanding academic
                                                        achievement, the Blessed Virgin of Mt Carmel
Year 11 – (2005)
                                                        Scholarships for 2006:
       Newsletter
                                                        Year 13       -       Jessica Lee
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)
       Year 12 Stationery List
                                                        Year 12       -       Melissa Mendonca
       Uniform Page                                    Year 11       -       Shelly Deng
                                                        Year 10       -       Natalia D’Souza
                                                        Year 9        -       Mary Gao
Year 10 – (2005)                                        Year 8        -       Kristianne Basabas
       Newsletter                                      Year 7        -       Katherine Louden
       End-of-Year Report
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)        School Bus Services
       Year 11 Stationery List
       Uniform Page
                                                        All normal school bus services will resume on
                                                        Monday, February 13th.

Year 9 – (2005)
       Newsletter                                      New Uniforms
       End-of-Year Report                              Uniforms Plus have Marcellin College uniform in
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)        stock and purchases can now be made. The
       Year 10 Stationery List                         details are as follows:
       Uniform Page

                                                                       Uniforms Plus
Year 8 – (2005)
       Newsletter                                               45 Carr Road – Mt Roskill
       End-of-Year Report                                        Telephone No: 625 5009
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)                Shop Hours: Monday – Friday
                                                                   8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Year 7 – (2005)                                               Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
       Newsletter
       End-of-Year Report
       2005 Year Book (if ordered and paid for)        Second Hand Uniforms
       Year 8 Stationery List                          We have a small amount of second hand uniform
       Uniform Page
                                                        available to be purchased after January 15th
                                                        2006. - Contact
                                                        Mrs C Wall          Phone: 276 7791
Note: We hope to include the Year Book with this
                                                        Mrs C Phillips      Phone: 279 9569
posting. We will wait until December 9th. If it is
still not available by this time, the rest of the
information will be sent then and the Year Book         Congratulations
will be sent later in a separate posting.               Otago University Problem Challenge
Obviously, if at all possible, we would like to avoid
                                                        Mary Gao finished third equal in New Zealand
the added expense of a separate posting.
                                                        scoring 90%.
Forty three thousand students in New Zealand        available in two categories – Schools Partnership,
entered this competition and 1500 reached the       which Jason Leuga received for the Diploma in
finals.                                             Sports and General, which Tongaketi Tangi (Dip
                                                    Sports) and Marilyn Lata (Nursing) received.
Four of our students scored more than 80% and
sat the final exam. They were Mary Gao, Ioane
Ng Lam, Ravideep Kumar and Simon Tra.               Catholic Character
                                                    “Year after year, Christmas time comes round
                                                    again"…so the song goes. Another line says “We
Marcellin College Website                           seem to lead such busy lives.”
Our new College website is now inline. Our
address is                  Are we making ourselves so busy that we do not
What can be found?                                  hear the voice of God in our lives? Have a think
 Our weekly Newsletter                             about yesterday. Was God remembered in your
 Important upcoming events                         life? Was God thanked? Was God praised? Did
   Those who know of ex-students who may            you ask for forgiveness? Do we only reach out to
   wish to register on the site for future          God when things go wrong?
   information about the forthcoming Jubilee in     Where has God been in your life today?
   2008 please let them know.                       As a family do you say grace before meals? If
 Information about Careers and Scholarships        you don’t – then start today.
 Information      about       the International    Do you say a family prayer before bed? If not –
   Department                                       start today. (God bless us and give us a good
                                                    Do you speak to God before a journey? If not,
A Big Thankyou                                      start today. (Lord keep us safe as we travel and
To the Parents, Friends and Teachers’               keep our minds alert to keep others safe.) Play a
Association and to all who have helped raise        praise and worship tape in the car.
funds over recent years. At their November          “Year after year,
meeting, the PTFA allocated approximately           Christmas time comes round again.
$23,000.00 to the following projects:               Time after time, as the year grows old,
 Year 12 Mural – 2006                              I think of God in his love
                                                    Sending his son from heaven above.”
 Volley ball kneepads
                                                    Give God some of your time. God is always
 Ceiling fans in all four laboratories
                                                    waiting to hear from you.
 Painting of the interior of the Champagnat
                                                    Hearts Aflame Summer School for young
 High Jump mat and cover for Physical              Catholics will be held on Friday 30th December
   Education                                        until 8th January at Stratford. This is for the 18-35
 Replacement of some of the drinking               age group.         Phone 274 5395 or email
 New plastic non-moveable rubbish bins
 New stretcher for the sick bay
 Folding noticeboard for displays                  Certificates of Attainment
 New set of 60 chairs for the Champagnat           Excellence in NCEA Achievement Standard
   Centre                                           1.4 – Geometric Techniques
 Computer chairs for the Junior School             Serena Davis        Shelley Deng
 Thirty new school blazers for students            Michael Freeman     Nadine Laburada
   representing the College                         Lisa Zheng          Nikki Grainger
                                                    Karen Kennedy       Scott McKenzie
                                                    Shalini Reddy
Three Marcellin College students are to be          Cricket News
congratulated for being offered scholarships by
                                                    The first eleven had its third win for the season on
UNITEC Institue of Technology. These are worth
                                                    Saturday, 3rd December against Lynfield College.
$3000 for one year and may be awarded in
                                                    That gives the team three first innings victories
subsequent years if the students do well in their
                                                    from three games.
studies.      The scholarships are offered
provisionally on being accepted for the course
they have applied for. The scholarships are
Lynfield, previously unbeaten, batted first and        The YMCA at Lynfield has a range of holiday
reached 135 all out in the 22nd over. Kunal Deo        activities for 11-15 year olds from 22nd December
took 2 wickets for 14 runs, Tinashe                    until 3rd February, 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. The
Muchecheterwa 3 for 18 and Karlos Marron 2 for         sheet of these is available in the Common Room.
23.                                                    Costs vary from $15 a day to $40 for the Surfing
Marcellin reached the target in the 28th of 30
alloted overs with the loss of 4 wickets. Captain
Vivian    Tully   scored     33    and    Tinashe      Yours sincerely
Muchecheterwa was unbeaten on 77 at the close.

The Year 9 team lost by default due to insufficient
players for two teams.
                                                       D B Fahey
Junior School Newsletter                               Principal
Reports are nearly completed and should be
arriving home late this week or early next week.
Please discuss the report with your child and
make a list of the things that need to be worked
on. Having a set time each day for the family to
sit and read over the holidays would be a good
help The local library has good books for
Some goal setting and a regular check would
help progress next year. Please do this before
the school year starts.
Thanks to those who have helped with times
tables, mapping awareness and spelling learning.
Many children have really made good progress.
A few times with the atlas while watching the TV
news would help your child’s knowledge of the

When shopping for stationery at the beginning of
the year, please buy the essentials and not the
toys that distract the student. Stationery lists are
in with the reports.

Thanks to Miss Fisher and the other staff
members who ran the Bible quiz on Friday
morning. It was great fun. The winning team had
these members: Jessie Koh, Andrew Hiliate,
Sebastian Kolio and Zane Ale. The costumes
were great and the competition was won by
Makerita Moe for the girls and Isaac Adeosun for
the boys. Congratulations to all who took part.