Marcellin College, Auckland

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Marcellin College
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617 Mt Albert Road,
Royal Oak,
New Zealand

Coordinates 36°54′39″S 174°45′59″E / 36.9108°S 174.7665°E / -36.9108; 174.7665Coordinates: 36°54′39″S 174°45′59″E / 36.9108°S 174.7665°E / -36.9108; 174.7665
Type Integrated secondary (year 7-13) Roman Catholic Co-Ed
Motto Optima Quaere (Seek The Best)
Established 1958
Ministry of Education Institution no. 63
Principal Brendan Schollum
School roll 632[1] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 3

Marcellin College is an integrated, co-educational college in Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand for students in Year 7 to Year 13. Marcellin College was founded by the Marist Brothers in 1958 as a secondary school for boys only. The school is located on spacious grounds which were formerly part of the Pah estate. Most of the former Pah estate contiguous with Marcellin College is now owned by the Auckland Council and is maintained as a park known as "Monte Cecilia Park" (largely located in the suburb of Hillsborough).

In 1982 the proprietor of Marcellin College signed an integration Agreement with the Minister of Education and the college entered the State education system. However, it entered the state system as a co-educational secondary school because in 1980 the school had incorporated a secondary school for girls, St Benedict's College, Newton, which closed in that year. St Benedict's College had its origins in 1884 when the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, at the behest of their founder, Mary MacKillop (St Mary of the Cross), arrived in Auckland from Adelaide and opened their first school in a converted shop in Karangahape Road. They founded St Benedict's College (secondary) and St Benedict's School (primary) near St Benedict's Church, Newton in 1886, and in 1898 a large new school was built on the opposite corner from the church. From the early 1970s, population drift coinciding with, and to some extent due to, the construction of the nearby Auckland motorway system, led to a dramatic fall off in pupils. The secondary college merged with Marcellin College in 1981, and the primary school closed.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ Joseph Romanos, Chris Lewis: All the Way to Wimbledon, Rugby Press, Auckland, 1984, p. 43, ISBN 090863014X.
  3. ^ Bennett, Adam (2008-08-09). "Exhilarating ride may finally be over". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  4. ^ Jessup, Peter (Sep 25, 2004). "League Kiwi flavour to NRL showdown". NZ Herald. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 


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