COVID in the community

In line with new guidelines released by the Victorian Government, Marist College Bendigo no longer recommends that all students conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) twice per week. Only test if symptomatic, or if you choose to.

However, if a student becomes a close contact then they will need test 5 out of 7 days. Therefore Marist College will still be providing RAT tests to families until the end of Term 2, ensuring that your family are well equipped if this occurs.

A positive RAT must be reported immediately to: - the College via and to the Department of Health or via the COVID hotline 1800 675 398.

A student who tests positive must isolate for 7 days.

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you are not considered to be a close contact if you are re-exposed to a case within 12 weeks of ending your isolation period.

If a non-Marist student member of your household tests positive for COVID, you still must advise Marist ASAP via Your student/s are still welcome at school but will be considered close contacts and need to complete 5 negative RAT tests in a 7-day period and wear masks while indoors at school. Please note students under to age of 8 are not required to wear masks as close contacts but we do recommend it if possible.

It is important that you contact the school directly to notify us if a positive COVID case has occurred in your household, please do not advise through PAM. Either email or call 03 5400 1252 during office hours - 8.00 am to 4.30 pm

"Come, follow me..." - Matthew 4:19

Welcome to Marist College Bendigo

Marist is a Foundation to Year 12 Catholic co-educational learning community, owned and governed by Marist Schools Australia. We are a learning community of 1,140 students and 150 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).

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 86 minutes on a Friday afternoon. Yes, Friday afternoons at Marist are dedicated to setting and reviewing personal goals for each student.

Entry levels at Marist College Bendigo are Foundation, Year 7 and Year 11.

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.

Dear Marist Community,

After miraculously avoiding COVID-19 for over two years it became my turn this week to succumb to receiving a positive result. The illness took away my energy for three days, but I was very appreciative of our strong vaccination program and gave thanks to God that my illness was not as severe as many in our community have suffered. Thank you to Ms Giselle Talbot for taking on the leadership of our College for the week without warning. Her ability to take on my role whilst still handling her own significant workload is another example of how fortunate we are to have her stepping in as Acting Principal for the remainder of the year.

6 June – 23 July

We currently sit between two significant dates in our Marist calendar. 6 June is the Feast Day of St. Marcellin Champagnat. This is a day when we celebrate our Marist family right across the world. Then in seven weeks’ time we will arrive at 23 July which is known as Fourvière Day. This is the date when in 1816 Fr Marcellin Champagnat and his friends made a pledge to form the Marists. They made this pledge in front of a Statue of Mary in a chapel in Fourvière above the beautiful city of Lyon. Fourvière Day has a special place here at Marist. In 2016 our first class of Year 9s decided to write our own Marist pledge. Why? They wanted to have the opportunity for our senior students to publicly state that they are Marist. It was seen as a coming of age for them as our first Marists. They were the very first students to take our Marist Pledge. To add to the significance of the moment they took the pledge on the day we opened our Fourvière Building on the 200th anniversary of the first Marist pledge. Since that time in 2016 it has been our tradition to invite our Year 9 students to consider taking the pledge. Each year as close to June 6 as possible I meet with our Year 9 students. On Thursday, as Principal I formally invited the Year 9 students to consider taking the pledge on 23 July.

What does it mean to be Marist?

Since 2016 there has been a gradual development each year to broaden this idea of questioning our role as Marists during this 7-week period. It begins with eucharist on 6 June and culminates with a fun festival day on 23 July. This was gaining quite a lot of momentum leading into the last few COVID years. So, I invite each and every member of our community to spend some time during these seven weeks asking what it means to be Marist. What does it mean to be a student or parent of staff member at Marist? Do you feel a call to explore our Marist story and spirituality? As Christian we belong to a 2000-year-old story. As Marists within this Christian story, we have a 200 year story of an international family of Marists. We are blessed to be part of the newest Marist community. What does that mean to you? What does that mean to us?

Year 10 too

Because of COVID restrictions last year we were unable to hold the liturgy for our Year 9 students to take the Marist Pledge. Therefore, on Fourvière Day this year our Year 10 students will have the opportunity to take the pledge. I shall speak to them about this on Tuesday. It is also our practice that any student in Year 11 or 12 who has not taken the pledge and would like to welcome to make the commitment on the day. I have included below the words of our Marist pledge written by our Year 9 students in 2016.

Upcoming events


  • College Photos (Champagnat)

  • Term 2 Learning Circles #2 online


  • College Assembly 9.15am Community Centre | Farewell Principal Darren McGregor - parents/carers welcome

  • Last day of term 2:30pm finish

JUNE 27 - JULY 8


JULY 11-12

  • Student Free Days


  • Day 1 Term 3 (Day 8 timetable)


  • Student Free Day for Subject Specific Learning Circles


  • Fourviere Day


  • Fourviere Day Liturgy


  • Sibling and catch-up photos


  • Day 1 Term 3 (Day 8 timetable)

AUGUST 15-19

  • Year 6 Camp | Canberra

AUGUST 18-19

  • Year 11 Retreat

AUGUST 22-26

  • Book Week