Marcellin College, Auckland

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Marcellin College
Marcellin College.png
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 Jan Waelen
School roll 588[1] (November 2015)
Socio-economic decile 2F[2]

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).


The college was established in 1958, for boys, by the Marist Brothers as a normal school for the training of Brothers as teachers. Until 1958 the site of the college had been occupied by the Marist Brothers scholasticate. From the scholasticate, which was established in 1943, the young teachers had to travel to the Marist school in Vermont St, Ponsonby. This was expensive and inconvenient. In 1957 the scholasticate was removed to new buildings erected on land (called Monte Cecelia) purchased from the Sisters of Mercy behind and adjacent to the college site. When the school opened it only had two classes - Forms 1 and 2 (years 7 and 8). The staff of the scholasticate acted as the teachers until the College was staffed independently. The College was soon operating as a full secondary school.[3]

Coeducation and integration[edit]

In 1982 the proprietor of Marcellin College signed an integration Agreement with the Minister of Education and the college entered the State education system as a State-integrated school. 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.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 01 December 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Brothers Plan Normal School". Zealandia XXIV (No 25) (Auckland). 10 October 1957. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Strevens 2008, p. 232.
  5. ^ Joseph Romanos, Chris Lewis: All the Way to Wimbledon, Rugby Press, Auckland, 1984, p. 43, ISBN 090863014X.
  6. ^ Bennett, Adam (2008-08-09). "Exhilarating ride may finally be over". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  7. ^ Jessup, Peter (25 September 2004). "League Kiwi flavour to NRL showdown". NZ Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 


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