Welcome to Marist College Bendigo

Marist is a Foundation to Year 12  Catholic co-educational learning community owned and governed by Marist Schools Australia. 2019 saw our first class of Year 12.  We are a learning community of 1030 students and 136 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 level is Year 4 and we will expand to 1,200 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 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 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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2018 College Annual Report


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Upcoming events


26feb - 28All DayYear 7 Camp


2mar7:00 pm- 7:00 pmParent Partnership Whole School Forum
4mar - 6All DayYear 10 Urban Camp
12mar7:00 pm- 7:00 pmTimor-Leste Fundraising Dinner


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Message from the Principal

Dear Marist Community,

Opening Mass

Yesterday’s Opening Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral was a wonderful celebration of our faith and our learning community. We are privileged to be able to gather and celebrate in such a beautiful building. Thank you to Bishop Shane Mackinlay for the welcoming and peaceful way he led our Mass. I hope our students came home talking about the experience. I also hope they talked about Bishop Shane being able to so eloquently talk about the children’s movie “A Bug’s Life” and its connection to both the Gospel of the day and our 2020 College Theme. Whilst many people contributed to the preparation and celebration of the liturgy I would like to pay a particular vote of thanks to the College Choir. They worked diligently over the last three weeks to learn the songs and they sang beautifully.

2020 College theme

At the Opening Mass we launched our theme for 2020 which is:

One wild and precious life; creating one humanity.

As mentioned last week this was also the theme for our Year 12 Retreat. A significant point of inspiration for the theme is a poem written by American poet Mary Oliver. Bishop Shane Mackinlay referred to the poem yesterday and the final line of the poem is written on the wall leading into our new learning commons. I have included below the words to this beautiful poem.

THE SUMMER DAY by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Student Leadership Teams

At the Mass we blessed and presented the badges of leadership for our two whole college student leadership teams. Congratulations to the College Student Leadership Team (Year 12):

College Captains: Luke Basile Madeline Blake
Faith Captains: Sarah McGregor Kieran Murphy
Applied Learning Captain: Bridget Hayes
La Valla Captain: Sarah Sinapius
Montagne Captain: Declan Beatty
Champagnat Captain: Ashlee Bowen

and the House Captains (Year 11).

Chisholm Cowan Mabo    Monash
Angus Chisholm Jemma Gordon Al Brasher Sophie Pickford
Jasmin Nevins Xavier Nevins Holly Lockhart Will Trew
Darcy Williams Drew Ryan Phoenix Pointon Eli Woodhatch

1:14 crosses

The final blessings and presentations were the crosses for each 1:14. These will be used each morning in prayer time during 1:14 time and each family will have the opportunity to have the cross in their home for a weekend at some point during the year. One of the many special moments in the Mass was when Bishop Shane was squatting down presenting the crosses to La Valla students and looking them in the eye with such joy and kindness.

Counter cultural teachings

200 years ago Jesus walked the roads of the Middle East proclaiming a message that was very different to the lived experience of the people. In a country occupied by Roman forces he was constantly speaking about love and the need to forgive others. Now, many years later, his message is as relevant and, in some ways as counter cultural as it was then. This Sunday Jesus challenges us to show love and compassion to those who make life difficult for us.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to anyone who asks, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.                                              Matthew 5: 38-40

It seems today that many people are quick to highlight differences and attempt to cause division amongst people rather than focus on what can unite us. I wonder how different we could make the lives of those around us if we took up Jesus challenge of loving and accepting rather than fighting and dividing.

After penning this reflection I attended our weekly Friday Joys. At the conclusion a staff member shared with us the following reflection from Marvin Ashton:

Be the one who nurtures and builds.
Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart.
Be the one who looks for the best in people.
Leave people better than you found them.

All this relates so closely to our 2020 theme: One wild and precious life; creating one humanity.


Darren McGregor – Principal

Latest news


Bob Stewart uniform shop located at 108 High Street, Bendigo [opposite Red Rooster].

UNIFORM SHOP Reopens from Monday 13 January

NORMAL TRADING HOURS :  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm & Saturday 9:00am to 12pm

PRICE LIST – Marist College Bendigo 2020 PriceList

Online orders continue to be available and collection from the store or posted direct to your home –


Marist College Opening Mass on Thursday 20 February, commencing 10.00am at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

All welcome to share in this celebration as part of our Marist Community.  Please be seated by 9:45am.

Students to wear full summer uniform and come to school as normal and travel to Cathedral by bus.

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