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1 April 2022
Marian College Celebrates 40 Years

From the Principal

He mihi maioha, Faa-talofa atu, Greetings,

Marian College is now 40 years old, and we celebrated this milestone on Friday 25 March.  Sr Eleanor Capper and Mrs Kathy Seaward joined us to cut a cake and share some of their memories.  They were joined by first day pupil Philippa Stevenson (Grocott) and Carmel Gregan-Ford from our Board of Trustees.  I have realised that I have now been at Marian for over half of the time the school has been in existence.  This certainly gave me pause for thought, but I know how fortunate I am to be part of Marian College.

There is always time for cake so staff and students enjoyed a treat and you can see from the photos in this newsletter that it was a lovely day.  I particularly enjoyed the impromptu dancing at lunchtime!  We are well into the construction of the new school with an exciting future ahead, so we feel very blessed.

With faith in our future,
Mary-Lou Davidson (Mrs)

Current Covid-19 information and regular Marian College updates can be found by clicking here
In this Newsletter:

Special Character

Prayer for Peace
Our focus for our Lenten karakia for each day during the week was for Ukraine and on Friday 25 March, we joined Pope Francis in a special day of prayer for Ukraine.  Each Wā Whānau created their own karakia for peace, for the refugees who have fled Ukraine and for the countries who have opened their whenua and homes to those who have left Ukraine.  These karakia are on our Special Character whiteboard which surrounds our scripture quote for the year: 'Love one another as I have loved you'  John 13:34.  Our Catholic Diocese states, "This is the season of Lent, which is about change, the conversion of the heart.  Christ calls us to love our enemies and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters".

May we all continue to pray for peace for all countries at war and for all those people who have had to flee their home/country because of war.  
Mrs Myra Fidow, Director of Ministry
Recently, Beautianna Gamble and Maria Ilalio had the opportunity to attend a Zoom ‘chat’ with the Caritas Education Team, Justine and Michael.

During this chat, we were joined by other schools across Aotearoa, to discuss and reflect on Catholic Social Teaching principles, justice issues and many more interesting events like Caritas Challenge.  The leaders led us in a number of fun activities surrounding and focusing on poverty, peace and development.  We both had so much fun, most especially in the Global Farmers Simulation, where we were given a scenario and we had to act out what it's like in those situations.  It was an eye-opening activity, giving us a short and brief experience of what it's like living in such conditions.  This was one of our main highlights.

In short, Caritas ‘chat’ provided us with abundant knowledge, in a very fun, comfortable and engaging environment.  We left with so much information which not only challenges us in how we lead, but also teaches and educates us.  It was truly a rewarding experience.

As leaders, we hope to incorporate our learnings and findings from this chat into our leadership roles.  We strive for the betterment of our Marian community, exposing and educating the girls in things that help make a change.  This allows us to be good stewards of creation, helping others make a difference in society.
Maria Ilalio, Head of Special Character
We are praying for...
We remember students, staff, and members of our Marian College community who are currently in hospital or unwell.

We also remember especially students, staff and their families who have lost loved ones recently, especially Laylah Reid (Year 9) - Great Grandfather.

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.  Amen


Marian College Celebrates 40 years

Important Information

Click here to view the latest update on our new school site
Enrolment for Year 9, 2023
Enrolments are now open and can be made via our websiteInformation about enrolment can be found here.  If you have any queries, please ring the school office, 385 8449.

Key Enrolment Dates
Friday 29 July, 1pm: Enrolments for Year 9, 2023 close

Wednesday 3 August: Ballot (if necessary)

Thursday 4 August: Letters of Offer sent to parents

Monday 15 August: Deadline for Acceptance

The Marian College Project
To celebrate 40 years since Marian College began, we're inviting past and present Marian College whānau to share their most memorable moments and photos with us to form part of our collective history.  We will share these photos and stories throughout the year on our website, social media, and newsletters.  You can see some photos already on our website.
Click here to view The Marian College Project
Full Winter Uniform will be compulsory to be worn by all students from the beginning of Term 2
Uniform Expectations
A quick reminder to all students and parents regarding wearing our Marian uniform with pride.   Please ensure you are aware of the following: 
  • Make-up may not be worn. 
  • The blazer must be worn on official occasions eg. Mass, assemblies and to and from school. The summer dress may be worn on the street without the blazer in hot weather (but not just with a cardigan/jersey).
  • Correct sports uniform (tracksuit bottoms and jacket) may be worn on a Wednesday if a student is going to play sport immediately after school, and only navy, red or white tops with the Marian College logo are permitted to be worn underneath jackets. Jandals or slippers are not permitted.
  • Dress length must be appropriate.
  • Socks - With summer uniform white ankle socks must be worn with shoes, plain with no logos.  With winter uniform navy socks are to be worn.
  • Hair must be worn simply and either cut above the collar level, or neatly tied back with red or royal-blue ribbons or hair ties.
  • Girls with pierced ears may wear two small plain gold or silver stud/sleeper in each ear. No other piercings are permitted. Clear plastic retainers must be in place.
  • No other jewellery, bangles, chains (apart from medical alert etc.) can be worn.
  • Any form of taonga/crosses may be worn with the uniform.
Students who, for unforeseen circumstances, are unable to be in correct uniform must obtain a uniform pass from the Deputy Principal before school.
New Senior Tie
Here is the link to the new senior tie introduced and suggested by the Student Executive in 2021. This tie is available to all students in Year 11, 12 and 13. 

The new tie can be purchased from Mainland Uniforms at a cost of $28.50. 
Hybrid/Home Learning
For students who are isolating or recovering from being unwell, a reminder that all classwork can be accessed through each subject's classroom page, or the link is posted within the classroom stream with details of the time and date of the meeting.  Students log into each subject page and then go into the classwork section.

For each subject, there is a weekly summary posted of the 3-4 lessons for that week.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and 
to post questions to the Google Classroom Stream or email their teacher.  Below is an example of what these look like.

When Google Meets are being held, on the left-hand side there is always code which is where students click onto, in order to access the link.
Download the Marian App!
Marian College has a mobile app for notification of absences, notices, events and instant alerts for important news, registrations, reminders and in case of an emergency.
Go to the App Store on your Apple device or Google Play on Android and search:  Marian College.  Click to download and select ‘Allow’ to receive notifications. Then you are all good to go!
Click here for Portal and Report Information
From the Guidance Counsellor
It’s important to look after your mental wellbeing during the outbreak of Omicron.  Please know I am here for you and I’m happy to talk with you confidentially.  If you require a counselling appointment, please book online, Code: 2DV4R.

Click on this link to view five things you can do as part of your daily life to build resilience, boost your wellbeing and lower risk of developing mental health problems. 

If you, or someone you care about, needs support and assistance, here are some numbers you might find useful.  For those who need support and assistance, please reach out and speak to trained mental health professionals via the following well-being and support services.
If it is an emergency or you, or someone you know, is at immediate risk call 111.
Mrs Carolyn Thomas, Guidance Counsellor 
Click here for Important Term 1 and 2 Dates
Term Dates 2022
Term 131 January - 14 April
Term 22 May - 8 July
     Thursday 12 May
- NCEA Teacher Only Day
     Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday
     Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 325 July - 30 September
     Monday 8 August - Special Character Staff Only Day - TBC
     Monday 22 August - NCEA Teacher Only Day
     Friday 9 September - Mid Term Break

Term 417 October - 14 December
     Monday 24 October - Labour Day
     Friday 11 November - Show Day

School Life

Lots of Socks in Support of World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome day was 21 March, chosen as such because people with Down Syndrome have a duplication of the 21st chromosome, hence 21/3.  This year’s theme is ‘inclusion’, and that applies not just for Down Syndrome, but for anybody who is, or has the potential to be marginalised by the wider community. Practicing the concept of inclusion in everyday life is so beneficial and rewarding for everybody, not just people with Down Syndrome.
If you are interested in knowing more, please click on this
Year 10 Drama
Recently in Drama, the Year 10s have been choreographing scenes exploring movement and meaning through shadow theatre. 

Click here to view some of the shadow work.
Marian College Sport Update
Return to Play after a Covid Infection
You will be aware the symptoms of Covid vary for each individual and can impact some longer than others.  As some of our students are beginning to return to school post having Covid it is important, you as a Whānau, are still monitoring your child.  The monitoring of physiological factors is crucial particularly as they return to sport and physical activity where their cardiovascular system (lungs) are under increased pressure.  A simple rule of thumb to follow is if they have symptoms below then they should seek medical advice before returning to intense physical activity.  A recent article suggests the guideline of 7 days symptom-free before returning to physical activity plus a minimum of 10 days rest.  If any student is still feeling increased fatigue and muscle soreness it may be of benefit to seek medical advice for a graduated return to play programme.  Returning to play before ready can have prolonged effects on an individual's recovery to full health. 

For information on this please follow the links below: 

Miss Megan Shea, Director of Sport
Marian College Netball

The website for all information relating to Saturday netball is

We have moved our Facebook page across to a new page - check it out here.  This is where photos and updates can be viewed throughout the season. 

The final netball trial for students will be held next Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April, see below for times.  These trials will be held at Catholic Cathedral College.

Students who are recovering from COVID 19 over the last 2 weeks will need to take precautions following the return to play protocols.  Any student who has been unwell this week will be unable to trial.  If you have concerns about this please email Rachel Parkin -

Dresses are available for purchase at $90 and socks at $17.  As a club, we do have some second-hand uniforms available too for $50.  Can all Netball Club payments please be paid into the account 03 1700 0072907 00.

Teams will be announced following trials and training times confirmed.  Training will be held during the holidays.  Please note the first game of the season is Saturday 30 April which is the last Saturday of the holidays.

Any student who is named in the Senior A/B squad will participate in a tournament on Saturday 9 April in Rangiora.  The final list for the Senior A and B teams will be named on Monday 11 April

All players trialing in the second trial must have paid the $50 registration fee.  Payment of the remainder of the $195 is required prior to the season beginning.  If you wish to make arrangements to pay this off please contact Chris Woods -

Netball uniforms for those that have paid for dresses and socks will be distributed over the next two weeks.

Mrs Rachel Parkin, Teacher in Charge of Netball

Past Students and Staff of St Mary's, McKillop or Marian Colleges
Are you a past student or staff member?

We are currently developing our Past Pupils and Staff Network, Rauru and would love for you to join.

Head to to register.

In the Community

Free webinars for parents and those working with children
  • Does your child experience anxiety?  
  • How well does your child navigate change? 

MHERC (Mental Health Education & Resource Centre) are offering two free webinars that will help parents learn how to support their child's wellbeing when facing change or experiencing anxiety.  These webinars will also benefit teachers and anyone working with children.

Join Catherine Gallagher, a Registered Clinical Psychologist and experienced facilitator to learn essential skills to help the young people in your life.
Supporting Children and Young People Around Change
This workshop will explore ways of supporting young people through change, while helping to build on their skills to traverse future change more independently.
  • Understand the changes that children and young people may face
  • Understand what makes certain changes more difficult for some people, especially in the context of modern life
  • Learn strategies to support children and young people through change
  • Explore the important role adults play in supporting and managing change

Tuesday 5 April, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom - register here
Cost: FREE
Marralomeda Charitable Trust
Expressions of interest are invited for new trustees to join our Board. 
Marralomeda operates in Redwood and is a Christian community where those members with a learning disability, who live within the community or access other services provided by Marralomeda, are empowered and resourced to take their rightful place in the wider community.
Please contact Ruth Jones for more information on the trustee positions - 027-440-8573

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