1 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 blood. 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 events; 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 2 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 th 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 th 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. th 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 normal. Year 12 th Wednesday, February 8 Report to Champagnat Centre at 10.30 a.m. for course confirmation Students return home as soon as courses are confirmed th Monday, February 13 School commences as normal at 8.40 a.m. 3 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%. 4 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 www.marcellin.school.nz 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 sleep!) 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 Centre 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 fountains email@example.com 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 Scholarships 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 5 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 Buzz. 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 borrowing. 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 world. 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.