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


22aug9:10 am- 9:10 amBook Week Parade & College Assembly
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’


14oct - 16oct 141:00 amoct 16- 1:00 amYear 5 Camp to Ballarat
22oct7:00 pm- 7:00 pmYear 12 Graduation Mass
29oct7:00 pm- 7:00 pmMarist Movie Night

Message from the Principal

Dear Marist Community,

Deputy Principal appointments by Dr Frank Malloy, National Director Marist Schools Australia

With the continued growth of the College under the strong leadership of Mr Darren McGregor, in order to best meet the needs of this flourishing Marist community, three Deputy Principal positions were created and advertised. Over the past few months, an exhaustive selection process has been undertaken, ably led by the Marist Schools Australia Regional Director, Ms
Julie Ryan, College Principal, Mr McGregor, members of the Marist Schools Australia Regional Council and College Advisory Council.

I am delighted to announce the appointment of:

Giselle Talbot – Deputy Principal: Community
Carolyn Hamilton – Deputy Principal: Learning
Michael Flaherty – Deputy Principal: Learning Enabler

Giselle Talbot holds a Masters degree in Student Wellbeing from The University of Melbourne, a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University, and a Bachelor of Education from Ballarat University. Giselle has been at Marist since it began.  Giselle’s distinguished career in Catholic education spans 25 years. During this time Giselle has been Head of Faculty at Salesian College, Sunbury and St Columba’s College, Essendon, Deputy
Principal at Catholic College Bendigo and in 2019 has been Deputy Principal at Marist College Bendigo. In all of these roles Giselle’s work has been characterised by high professional standards and leadership grounded in a continuous example of excellence as a Catholic educator.

Carolyn Hamilton has a Bachelor of Education from Victoria College, and a Masters of Instructional Leadership from The University of Melbourne. Carolyn is well known in Bendigo, having spent the past 25 years in a variety of roles first at Catholic College Bendigo and then at Marist College Bendigo. Carolyn is widely regarded for her creative and highly competent leadership of learning. At faculty level, Carolyn led the Mathematics Department at Catholic College Bendigo. At a senior whole school level, Carolyn was appointed Curriculum Leader at Catholic College Bendigo. In 2016, Carolyn became Deputy Principal at Marist College Bendigo and has recently acted in the role of Principal during Mr McGregor’s period of long service leave. Carolyn has also been with Marist since the beginning.

Michael Flaherty is currently the Deputy Principal at Catholic Regional College Sydenham. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education from the University of Divinity, and a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters of Education from The University of Melbourne.  Michael has demonstrated highly successful leadership in a variety of roles. In addition to his current role Michael has been Curriculum Coordinator, Leader of Teaching and Improvement and Learning Leader of the Arts at Emmanuel College, Altona North. Michael is also a certified Teacher and Trainer in the internationally renowned “New Tech Project Based Learning” methodology, which has well documented success in a variety of learning contexts across the world and a basis for the original learning model at Marist.

In making this announcement I wish to thank the following people for their time and careful work as members of the selection panel:

Ms Julie Ryan, Marist Schools Australia Regional Director
Mr Darren McGregor, Principal, Marist College Bendigo
Mr Denis Higgins, Chair, College Advisory Council
Ms Kath Dillon, Deputy Director CEO Sandhurst
Ms Lisa Fogliani, Deputy Principal, Newman College, Perth 

I trust the wonderful community of Marist College Bendigo will join in congratulating these three exceptional Catholic educators on their appointments to these senior leadership positions.

Business Manager appointment

In recent weeks we have been working through the process for the appointment of a new Business Manager for Marist College Bendigo. I was joined on the selection panel by:

Mr Peter White , Chair of our College Finance Subcommittee of our Advisory Council
Ms Sharon O’Neill, Acting Business Manager
Ms Kath Corbett, Business Services Manager, Marist Schools Australia.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brett Burdeu as our new Business Manager.  Brett will bring to this role a good blend of experience in the areas of education and finance. Brett is currently the Business Manager at Moama Grammar. Before his current appointment Brett has worked in Corporate Finance for Deloitte, KPMG and as a financial analyst for Ford. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.  Mr Brett Burdeu will join us in Term Four. Until Brett arrives we are fortunate to have Ms Sharon O’Neill continue as our Business Manager.


Darren McGregor – Principal

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