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18 March 2022
Mr Dave Christison competing (cheating) in the annual
Athletics Day Competition

From the Principal

He mihi maioha, Faa-talofa atu, Greetings,

Next Friday is a milestone for Marian College as it is 40 years since Marian was officially opened on 25 March 1982.  We will be acknowledging the day and will continue to celebrate during this year, as we reflect on how far we have come and the prospect of a new school in 2023.  If you are a past pupil or staff member and would like to keep in touch, please reconnect with our Rauru group.  This is particularly for students and whānau from St Mary’s, McKillop and Marian Colleges and we would love to hear from you.  Over this 40th year, we will share images, photos, stories, and memories.

We are a family school and we talk a lot about our Marian magic, which is the special quality of our school that makes us unique.  A great example of our magic is the relationships between staff and students.  Whilst we have made practical changes to our teaching and learning due to the current pandemic, those important connections remain.  My favourite moment this week was watching three separate classes on the field at the same time, all enjoying being outside and at school.  The Music group was performing and being recorded, the Physical Education class was having a great time in a highly complex and noisy game and a senior Science class was testing the speed of sound in a group task spread across the field.

We are managing the challenges of Covid as the peak approaches and are glad to be at school. We are very fortunate that only a very small number of staff have been impacted so far and we have relief teachers available.  Thank you to our parents and whānau for keeping us informed very promptly about student absences for Covid-related reasons.  I will continue my Wednesday updates as usual, as we expect the peak in Canterbury to be from now on, followed by a plateau of about two weeks.  I hope you and your families are well and please contact us if we can be of help.

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

St Joseph's Feast Day is celebrated each year on 19 March, commemorating the life of the stepfather of Jesus and husband of Mary. 
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 Brianna High (Year 11) - Great Uncle;  Mya Jonker (Year 10) - Grandfather; Neave MacIsaac (Year 9) - Grandfather; Malia Sula (Year 12) - Grandfather; Isabella Tracey (Year 11) - Great Grandmother.

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


Marian College Rowing - South Island Secondary Schools' Regatta
South Island Secondary Schools Regatta followed on from the South Island Junior Regatta held two weeks previous.  As with other South Island regattas, it was held under the Red Traffic Light protocols, meaning schools were placed in zones with other schools.  Each zone was treated as a bubble and could not exceed 100 people.  This meant no mixing of bubbles, no spectators, no medal ceremonies, creating a different atmosphere to usual SISS regattas.

Although the schools participating in this regatta were similar to the previous regatta, the competition was significantly tougher due to its status as a championship regatta.  All heats were completed with only one weather delay of about two hours in duration on Saturday afternoon due to wind. 

Marian crews reached thirteen finals including seven A finals and 6 B finals.  We had two crews medal with the U15 Coxed Quad (Cara Brignull, Georgia Crowther, Charlotte Peterson, Neila Penrose, Maeve Montgomery-McCarthy (cox), achieving silver and the U18 Novice Coxed Quad - Georgia Crowther, Neila Penrose, Charlotte Peterson, Sophie Stewart, Leela Spanton (cox), achieving bronze.  A huge congratulations to both of the crews for their great results and to the coaches who collectively got the girls in a position to win medals. 

Thank you to all the parents who helped out in making this a very successful regatta.  Results such as these do not occur without the great support you gave the girls over the weekend.  Thank you.
Mr Dave Christison, Teacher in Charge of Rowing
Congratulations to Hannah King who competed in the South Island Long Course Swimming Championships held at Moana Pool in Dunedin recently.  Hannah was competing for Aquagym Swim Club.  She placed 2nd in 200m Breaststroke and 3rd in 200 and 400 Individual Medley age 15-16.  Well done Hannah, we can’t wait to see you representing Marian College one day soon. 
Congratulations to Katerina Sumner on her recent selection into the U15 New Zealand Development Squad for softball.  We look forward to supporting you through this sporting journey and seeing where it takes you.  Well done from your Marian Whānau. 

Important Information

Click here to view the latest update on our new school site
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.
Student Illness
It has been our process that students come to sickbay when unwell and our receptionist then rings home to advise parents.  In the current situation, students are able to contact home as they are coming to sickbay, and as most have phones this is understandable.
However, as part of our care and responsibility for students, we help students to sickbay and look after them.  We ring to advise parents of the illness and organise a pick-up offsite (in Covid times) .  Students must sign out at the office, so we know who is on-site in case of an emergency and for their personal safety.
Download the Marian App!
Marian College has a mobile app for 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!
From the Guidance Counsellor
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 Dates
Term Dates 2022
Term 131 January - 14 April
Term 22 May - 8 July
     Thursday 12 and Friday 13 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
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

Marian College Open Evening
As the Covid-19 situation unfolds, a decision will be made as soon as possible as to the date of our Open Evening.
Marian College Careers Website
Keep up to date with the latest news, events and more, by visiting the Careers website.  
You can subscribe to receive a weekly email with the latest events and news from the Careers Department. Senior students can also visit their respective Google Classrooms for ongoing updates.
Click here for Portal and Report Information

School Life

Year 11 Food and Nutrition Class making Pizza
International Women's Day - Tuesday 8 March 2022
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  The day also marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

At Marian College, the students were encouraged to write the names of women in their lives who they admire and respect.
Marian College Library Update 
You can visit our school library blog and access the school library catalogue through the school website.  The blog has information on Popular Reads, new titles and links to research and study sites.
Have you joined the Christchurch City Library yet? Join today, it is free!

Are you learning from home and in need of more reading material?  Libby is the solution for you.  You can access Libby for free when you have a library account.  Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library.  You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere.  All you need to get started is a library card.
Digital Resources to Support Inquiry Learning and Research
Before you turn to Google or other internet search engines you should be using these online resources. These will help you find information that is filtered and appropriate for use in your studies while at high school. You should also be using the school library and public library. 
These resources can also be found on our school website, along with information on a range of other topics.

Te Ara – The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand -   

NZ History

Science Learning Hub -

Encyclopaedia Britannica - Access through our school EPIC account
Australia and New Zealand Reference Centre (EBSCO)
- Newspaper and magazine article database
- Access through our school EPIC account
Topic Explorer - helps you find quality, curated resources on a range of topics to support and inspire inquiry.  Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources, including websites, images, videos, books and more
Any Questions/Many Answers – Offer online help to assist New Zealand students with their inquiries. Between 1-6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your inquiry. With Many Answers you can search for answers to popular questions asked on AnyQuestions.
EPIC - Electronic Purchasing in Collaboration (EPIC) is a consortium of libraries that license electronic resources to be used in New Zealand libraries. The EPIC resources available through the Ministry of Education funded subscription on behalf of New Zealand schools. You can access these freely from a school computer or from home by using the school username and password- see our school library for these.  Click here for the best access.
Benefits of the EPIC resources:
  • You can change the reading level 
  • APA referencing is provided
  • Some resources can be read to you 
  • Multiple languages can be chosen
  • Has links to appropriate additional sites that you should search
Marian College Sport Update
School Sport Vaccine Mandate - Update 
As you may have heard there have been changes to the Public Health Order which came into effect as of 11.59pm on March 12th, 2022.  An important change was made to enable all students to fully participate in school life.  This change means that all students, regardless of their vaccination status, must be able to participate in school sports. If a school representative team is participating against other clubs the organisation or clubs cannot ask for vaccination passes and must assume all school students are vaccinated.  This change however, does still operate under the traffic light system and therefore, at this current time there is still a 100 person limit on gatherings.  All adults involved with teams watching must still be vaccinated to allow for 100 people otherwise this will decrease to 25 people in a space.  This a welcome change for our ākonga as they are all keen to be involved with winter sport in Term 2 & 3.  We will continue our good hygiene practices sanitizing often and mask use where possible. If you have any further questions you can find more information on any of the links below:

or please email Megan Shea (Director of Sport)
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 Marian College Netball AGM will now be held on Wednesday 23 March, 7.30pm as an online event.  All are welcome to attend.  If you wish to receive an invite please contact

The Netball Committee requires new members for the committee and coaches for this year.  Please also email if you are interested.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation in our school environment, we have placed the second trial on hold.  The purpose of this was to enable students unable to play at the first trials a chance to participate and those isolating and coming back from COVID, time to recover.  Research is coming out now that suggests returning to exercise should be a carefully managed process. 

At this stage we are looking at holding the second trial on Wednesday 6 April, times TBA.

Please note the Saturday netball season is expected to begin for all teams on Saturday 30 April 2022.

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.

Mrs Rachel Parkin, Teacher in Charge of Netball

Marian College Hockey - Hockey Trials Change of Date
The first Hockey Trial for Marian College is now on Thursday 31 March 3:50-5pm at Marist Park, (not 24 March).  Depending on the Covid situation at the time, this could change again.  More information about the trials will be in the school notices leading up to the date.  Please ensure registration is completed on the sport website, and the registration fee paid, by Monday 28 March

Any inquiries please contact Miss Anne Dick at school

In the Community

Christchurch City Council Facilities and Services Covid-19 Update

The spread of COVID-19 may temporarily affect the opening hours of some council facilities.  Click here to view the Christchurch City Council facilities website to check opening hours before a visit.

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.
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