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.





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Upcoming events


23may7:00 pm- 7:00 pm2020 Foundation Information Night
28may9:30 am- 9:30 amYear 5 Transition Day


6jun1:00 am- 1:00 amYear 5-12 Enrolments for 2020 Close


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Message from the Principal

Dear Marist Community,

Mrs Rosemary Scarlett

After 34 years of outstanding service to Catholic education Rosemary Scarlett has decided it is time to move on. On Wednesday, Rosemary informed me of her intention to resign from her position at Marist College Bendigo effective 7 June.

Rosemary will leave Marist a legacy of which any Business Manager would be extremely proud. Our College would not be the magnificent College it is without her leadership, wisdom and hard work. Both financially and in terms of buildings, Rosemary has set a strong foundation for our College. This legacy will remain for generations of families to enjoy and reap the rewards. This excellent work follows her leadership building similar foundations for three previous Catholic colleges in Gippsland and Melbourne. Her contribution has certainly been substantial.

La Valla opening

Our La Valla students, staff, parents and the College student Leaders hosted some very special guests for a wonderful blessing and opening of La Valla on Wednesday. Our special thanks to Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, Ms Julie Ryan, Regional Director of Marist Schools Australia for blessing  and opening this wonderful learning facility. Ms Ryan invited former Provincial Br Julian Casey to help her open the building. It was an added bonus to have Br Julian join us as he was the Provincial in the very early planning stages for our College. It was a great celebration on Tuesday and I shall leave the account to Year 12 La Valla Captain Matthew Ross who hosted the day:

It was an absolute honour and a privilege to host and be a part of the opening and blessing of our newest building at Marist. La Valla is a very unique place, one where you will always be welcomed with a smile and a wave, it has grown a lot in the last few years and with more students to come, but the sense of love and community has only grown stronger. Now the students and educators are fortunate enough to have a space that will enable personal development, curiosity and imagination to continue to grow. Being a part of this day in our Marist story was such a privilege and defiantly a highlight of my time at Marist over the last six years.        Matthew Ross La Valla Captain

Staff appointments

We recently advertised the position of Finance Officer due to the imminent departure of Mrs Kelsey Meade on Parental Leave. I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Jacinta Hicks to this position. Jacinta joined us at the beginning of this year and is currently our Receptionist. Prior to joining us at Marist Jacinta had responsibility for payroll and all financial matters at St. Patrick’s Pyramid Hill. With the movement of Jacinta Hicks the position of Receptionist became vacant. In the people shortlisted for the above position we were fortunate to have a candidate ideally suited for this role. I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Ms Jodie Fisher to this position. Jodie will commence at Marist on Monday 20 May. This means we will have plenty of time to induct both Jacinta and Jodie into their new roles before Kelsey’s planned finish date of 14 June. Thank you to Business Manager: Mrs Rosemary Scarlett and Deputy Principal Community: Ms Giselle Talbot for their assistance in this process.

Year 7 transition day

We had 117 Year 6 students come and experience a day at Marist on Tuesday. There was much excitement evident during the day and at the assembly before they went home almost every student gave the day more then 8/10. Thank you to Mr Jeremy Darmody, Mrs Carmel Fitt and Ms Yvette Johnson-Jean for all their organisation of this important day.

Next week the focus moves to our Foundation year level with four learning walks and our Foundation Information Evening on Thursday. The following week the focus falls on Year 5 with our Transition Day for prospective students on 28 May. It is a busy but exciting time of year. A reminder to all families that enrolments for Years 5-12 close on 6 June and Foundation 21 June. Current families need ensure they meet this deadline.

Marist national netball carnival

Training and plans for the Marist National Netball Carnival to be held in Alice Springs in July are well underway. We normally send three staff members to these carnivals and at least two of them need to be Educators. I have asked one of our parents Mrs Cathy Williams, current primary Teacher, to attend in the role of an Educator. In the climate of child safety and supervision requirements this is an essential element of these trips and I thank Cathy for taking on this added responsibility rather than travelling as a parent with the team. Cathy’s extra responsibilities will be explained to the students prior to the trip.

Known and loved

We often use this phrase with our students. Marcellin Champagnat often emphasized with the young brothers the need to love the young boys they taught. It became known as his golden rule that:

To educate boys we must love them and love them all equally.

In the years just after the French Revolution this was a very radical idea in rural France. In his last will and testimony Marcellin encouraged the brothers to continue to care for others. His hope was that the people would say of the brothers that they are like the early Christians and would say “see how they love one another”. In today’s society love can be too easily connected to lust and sexual activity but to show love to another can be the greatest gift we give another person. I hope our young people at Marist feel loved by our educators. I am sure that the Gospel for this Sunday was one of Marcellin’s favourites. In the Gospel we here Jesus say to his disciples:

“I give to you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you should also love one another” Jn 13:34

I am proud to have this as a central aim at Marist.


Darren McGregor – Principal

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