Welcome to Marist College Bendigo

Marist is a Foundation to Year 12  Catholic co-educational learning community owned and governed by Marist Schools Australia. This year sees our first class of Year 12 and we are a learning community of 950 students and 120 staff. The 13 year journey of learning at Marist has three distinct learning areas La Valla (F-4), Montagne (5-8) and Champagnat (9-12).  Our only missing year levels are Years 3 and 4 and we will expand to 1,250 students by 2021 as a complete F-12 College.

Marist College Bendigo is a learning community where the student is at the centre of all learning experiences.  We have been able to specifically design our learning environment to suit the exciting new challenges, which education faces early in this 21st Century. This allows us to focus on developing the skills our young people need to work collaboratively, inquire critically and become independent learners. Our community has attracted Educators who are excited about these new ways of learning and each has been drawn to the opportunity of working at the cutting edge of learning.

At Marist we are committed to learning structures that will ensure our students are known and loved. At the centre of our learning structure is our 1:14 group. Here one Educator walks alongside a maximum of 14 students. This 1:14 Educator becomes the key point of contact for the family and is the centrepiece of our learning structures. The group meets for fifteen minutes each morning and for 100 minutes on a Friday afternoon. Yes, Friday afternoons at Marist are dedicated to setting and reviewing personal goals for each student.

Currently our entry levels are Foundation, Year 5, Year 7 and some enter at Year 11. We do have limited spaces available at some, but not all,  year levels.

Please feel free to browse this site. I recommend you begin with a visit to the “Our College” tab to read our Vision and Mission statement. Feel free to return each week and read below the Principal’s weekly letter to our community.




Quick links




Parent Access Module (PAM)

2018 College Annual Report


OWA email

Google Drive

Marist Digital Content Library

Marist Community Art and Design

Marist Community Art & Design Festival

Upcoming events


22jul1:00 am- 1:00 amTicket go on Sale for College Production 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
22jul1:00 am- 1:00 amChampagnat Subject Selection Information Evening
23jul1:00 am- 1:00 amFourvière Day
26jul6:00 pm- 6:00 pmYear 11/12 Formal 'Enchanted Forest'
30jul6:00 pm- 6:00 pmIndonesian Language Immersion 2020 Parent Information Evening


1aug5:30 pm- 5:30 pmLa Valla Parent Reggio Toolkit
5aug6:30 pm- 6:30 pmYear 6 Respectful Relationships Parent Evening
16aug1:00 am- 1:00 amStudent Free Day (Staff Professional Learning) All Year Levels
26aug1:00 am- 1:00 amYear 6 Camp to Canberra


12sep1:00 am- 1:00 amR U OK? Day
12sep1:00 am- 1:00 amTerm 3 Learning Circles
13sep - 15sep 131:00 amsep 15- 1:00 am2019 Production ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

Message from the Principal

Dear Marist Community,

Today marks the half way mark of the academic year, and a little over half for our Year 12 students. When we reflect on the first half, it has been filled with a range of learning experiences that our community has been involved in. There was the Foundation Zoo excursion, Year 2 Melbourne excursion, Year 7 Camp, Year 8 Phillip Island camp, Year 9 Outward Bound, Year 10 Urban camp, Year 12 Retreat, Timor Leste Immersion, Marist National Basketball and Netball Carnivals, numerous local sporting events, Careers Expo, TIS event, Art Exhibitions, Drama performances, Outdoor Education camps, Romeo and Juliet performance and many other experiences. It is amazing to reflect on the variety of experiences available to our students within a 5 month period of time. Our thanks goes to all the students who have been outstanding ambassadors for our College no matter what the event. As a College, we are extremely grateful for the care and support that our Educators continue to share with our students and families throughout each day. Their passion for educating our young people is outstanding and our learning community is far richer because of their presence.

Mobile Phones

This week the Department of Education released a statement indicating the banning of mobile phones in all government schools during school hours. While this is a system approach to mobile phones, each school in the Diocese of Sandhurst has the autonomy to define what devices a student has access to in the course of the school day. Catholic Education Sandhurst will not be seeking to impose a blanket ban on the mobile phone.

Marist College has a clear practice in place that bans the use of mobile phones during school hours, deeming it to be a distraction to good learning and social connections for the students in our College.

At Marist, student expectations regarding use of their mobile phone is as follows:

  • Students securely place their mobile phone in their school bag once the student has entered the College property.
  • Use of the mobile is permitted at the start and end of the school day before and after leaving the College property.
  • Students must refrain from using their mobile phone during the school day to enable a greater focus on learning. The use of a mobile phone during the school day is only permitted when permission is granted by an Educator for a particular purpose.

For further details regarding our Mobile Phone Practice, please refer to our Parent and Student Handbook which can be found on our College Website.

Year 9 to 12 Subject Selection

Term 3 is the beginning of our subject selection process for our students moving into Year 10, 11 and 12 in 2020. This is an important time for our students to carefully consider their future pathways and what subjects will assist them to reach their future career aspirations. During last week’s Learning Circles and during an assembly held this week, the students have begun the conversations around what subjects they currently do well at, what subjects they enjoy and what subjects they might need when considering future career options. As parents, we would encourage you to continue these discussions and explore the many future career possibilities that await your child post-secondary schooling. In Week 2 of Term 3 on Monday 22 July at 6pm, the College will be holding its Champagnat Subject Selection Evening that will be an opportunity for our current Year 9-11 students and their parents to explore the subjects on offer.   This is an important opportunity to discuss with the educators the learning that takes place in each subject. We look forward to working through this process with each student and their parents.

Arts Achievements

During our Assembly on Monday, we acknowledged the outstanding achievements of some our senior arts students. The RAW Arts Award and Scholarship is an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo to highlight and foster the talents and artistic pursuits of the young people in the region. The art exhibition and award ceremony was held in early May. Marist College Bendigo was strongly represented in most art disciplines. We acknowledge those students who were part of the exhibition:  Blessy Benny, Henry Sheahan, Sophie Fisher, Taeah Brown, Eliza Gwilliam, Jackie Kinder, Amber Stephens, Chelcy Griffin.

The RAW Arts Award had 4 different art categories, including performance, digital media, literature and art. We wish to congratulate Henry Sheahan on receiving a highly commended prize for his digital media film, Execute. As part of his award he received $250. Well done to all students who took part in this exhibition and we commend them on their ability to develop a piece of work to such a high standard.

Marist Pledge

Each year on 23 July, we invite our Year 9 students to take the Marist Pledge. This pledge is an opportunity for our students entering their senior years of schooling, to commit to their faith journey as a member of Marist College. It is an invitation to embrace the responsibility of nurturing their faith, both in themselves and in others. Currently we have over 150 students in Years 10 to 12 who have taken the pledge in previous years and have gone on to enrich their faith as leaders in our College through active participation in our Mentor program with Foundation students, the Timor Leste Immersion and the Indigenous Immersion in Year 11. We now invite all Year 9 students and students from Years 10 to 12 that may now wish to take the Marist Pledge to email to inform us of their intention to take the pledge this year. All students taking the pledge will take part in a short Liturgy during our College Assembly on Tuesday 23 July. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Holiday Staffing

Over the Term 2 holidays, Marlhes will be open each day from 9am to 4pm should you need to contact the College during the holiday time.

Luke 9: 51-62

In this week’s Gospel, Luke focuses on what it means to follow Jesus.  While Jesus has been warning his Disciples that his time with them is drawing to a close, they still cannot begin to imagine the suffering he would endure during his final days. Jesus sets out on his final journey to Jerusalem and as Luke described, ‘set his face’ toward Jerusalem, which is an Old Testament way of describing resolve. Jesus was determined to accomplish God’s will.

During his journey he barely notices the Samaritans and this shocks his disciples. He then takes this opportunity to explain to them what it means to follow him and how they will need to accept letting go of the past and the comforts that they know to be home. He is trying to prepare them for what lies ahead after he has gone and as true followers of Jesus, they will be moving into unchartered waters where their lives will move in new directions.

As followers of Jesus, we are often led into new ways of living through the continual formation of our faith.  As we walk with Jesus each day, may we continue to seek his guidance and embrace this gift of life that God has given us, no matter what challenges we encounter along the way. We must place our trust in God knowing that we are often unaware of the plans he has in store for us.

Wishing each and every one of you a safe and peaceful rest during the break and we look forward to the students returning on Monday 15 July.


Carolyn Hamilton
Acting Principal


Darren McGregor – Principal

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