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Welcome to Marist College Bendigo

Marist is a Foundation to Year 12 Catholic co-educational learning community, owned and governed by Marist Schools Australia Limited. 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, that 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 Marcellin group (previously known as 1:14). Here one Educator walks alongside 14 students. This Marcellin Group Educator becomes the key point of contact for the family and is the centrepiece of our learning structures. The group meets for thirteen minutes each morning and for 80 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,

Marist Cricket Carnival

On Sunday it was so exciting to see our national Marist sports competition back on the calendar for the first time in three years. This was the first time our College hosted the cricket carnival. This year was to be the 48th Marist Cricket Carnival and there has rarely been a more anticipated competition. After 3 years of cancellations due to COVID restrictions, it was wonderful to return to one of the fantastic traditions of Marist Schools Australia.

The original concept of the Marist carnival way back in its inception was to allow young Marists from across our wonderful country to come together, to meet and understand that we are part of a bigger Marist family. As such, our young Marists this week have made new friends from our Marist schools across Victoria and NSW. This week we have warmly welcomed Marists from La Valla Catholic College, Catholic College Sale, Marcellin College and St Joseph’s College.

In my opening address to all players, I relied on wise words from our current Australian Cricket Captain of the male team - Pat Cummins. When a reporter asked Pat Cummins about winning in cricket he said this “If you are having fun, then you are winning”. I encourage all players to ensure they took this advice throughout the carnival, and whilst it was a cricket competition, there were other ways to be winners at this carnival, particularly if they took Pat Cummin’s advice.

I concluded by encouraging all players to strive for success both a player, but more importantly as a team.  Each day as I joined all teams for afternoon tea back at Marist, I was impressed as all boys mingled and shared stories, enjoying each other’s company regardless of runs made or wickets taken. So whilst St Joseph’s College from NSW left with the overall trophy, I am confident that in Pat Cummins eyes and my own that all boys left as Winners on the day. I would like to thank Kelci Fitzpatrick, Brian Brasher, Liam Hawkey, Jill Southcombe, Chris Howgate and Nathan Fitzpatrick for their role in running a successful 48th Marist Cricket Carnival.

Site update – Fourvière Extension

As we are fully aware the Bendigo winter weather has brought more rain than usual, and this has impacted on our communities in more than one way. For our College building on site, the extra days of rain have impacted our builder's maintaining their completion dates. We have now had over 50 extra days of rain delay which whilst our building is now moving along nicely, with the roof planned for early January, we are now planning for a finish date for the commencement of Term 3.

New Beginnings for Year 4 2022 La Valla to Year 5 Montagne 2023.

An exciting time from our 2022 Year 4 students this week as they formally farewelled their Year 4 Educators and Learning Experience La Valla to formally make their way up the Gier to their new home in Montagne. Our students along with their educators participated in a beautiful liturgy in La Valla and then journeyed through their rite of passage Guard of Honour created by their La Valla mates, parents, family members and educators to rightfully take their place in Montagne. As part of this ritual, the students sang acapella their rewritten words to the tune of Guy Sebastian Song “Choir”.

Here are some of their heartfelt lyrics:

“But now our books are out of pages 

And I know there’s lots of changes

But out of all the moment in my life

The ones I go to share with you

Were probably my favourite

Thanks for looking after us

I hope you are proud of us

Now Montagne is our new home

But we know we’re not alone.”

 

La Valla Community Carnival

A wonderful day in the sun last Friday for all our La Valla students. Enjoying putting into practice all the physical skills students had learnt throughout the year in HPE into practice, in front of family and friends. It was lovely to have our families cooking the BBQ for students on the day. The weather could not have been kinder, dare I say it was nearly too warm, but there was plenty of sunscreen on hand to keep the UV rays at bay. A lovely way to finish the year in our Health & PE curriculum. Special thanks to Jarrod Bateson for his leadership in organising the La Valla carnival and for all the educators who assisted in running events and supporting students on the day. Thank you to families for giving freely of their time on the day to be part of the BBQ cooking team and to those family members supporting their children by cheering on the sidelines. Congratulations also to the winning team Cowan… a strong start for the 2023 House Cup. A special thank-you to Ms Caitlin Butler for her wonderful leadership of our House Cup Program for the last 3 years.

La Valla Family Mass.

On Monday our La Valla Learning Experience celebrated our year with Fr Brian Boyle. It was a lovely Mass with a two-part homily, one for the parents and then one specifically for our students. The first part of Fr Brian’s homily focused on makers that historians used to note the commencement of civilization. It was such an interesting story where evidence of a human’s femur bone being healed by carers was where an anthropologist first noted humans had entered civilized times.

Fr Boyle then turned to our Marist Schools Australia’s 150th year theme of Known and Loved and the artwork that celebrated this theme for his homily to the students. A focused Q&A session was held where students learning from over the year was apparent. Students recalled the artwork was possibly a picture of Mary and baby Jesus dressed in an emergency foil blanket as they were probably refugees traveling over the seas from Africa to Europe to feel persecution and a better way of life.

The Mass was a lovely way for our La Valla community to celebrate the year that was and listen to the lovely music of our La Valla lunchbox choir joined by some of our Marist Choir. A special thank-you to Ms Nicole Klicki for her preparation of this Mass and all the beautiful La Valla readers and also to Father Brian Boyle who has supported many of our Masses this year and our Sacramental Program. We look forward to hearing how Fr Brian unpacks our 2023 Marist Schools Australia theme early in the new year.

Marist Co-curricular Volleyball Team

Congratulations to our volleyball team who won their Grand Final last night at Red Energy Arena against Crusoe Secondary College 2-1.  It was a close battle with some fantastic team play. I would like to thank Jo Doolan for spending her lunch times coaching the boys and then attending the games to provide strategy and support to the team. Fun Fact… Ms Doolan represented Victoria in Volleyball back in the day. A wonderful accomplishment I enjoy telling our students any chance I get. I look forward to seeing if the boys can go back-to-back in 2023.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir New Scholarship Holders 

A big congratulations to Azalea Boyer and Phoebe Blanks both in Year 9 in 2023 who have both received scholarships to the Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir. A wonderful addition to choir, just in time for all the Christmas Masses too.

Both Azalea and Phoebe are proud members of our Marist College Choir and are Choir Mentors for La Valla Lunchbox Choir. I wish to thank both students for their service to the College over the year in sharing their talents with us all.

Advent… the third candle

This week we light the third candle in the Advent wreath. This is the pink candle, which represents Joy. This candle reminds us that Jesus coming is near as we reach the middle point of Advent. As all of our students have now finished their studies for the year, I hope we can now turn our attention to the importance of our liturgical calendar and the arrival of Jesus and the Joy that we experience we make ourselves fully aware of his presence in our lives. Below is a lovely Christmas prayer that reflects on our important Marist values at a very material time in our secular year. I would like to personally thank all families for their generous support of our St Vincent food and present drive for those less fortunate in our community this Christmas time. The number of donations by our families are overwhelming and will be shared widely in our community as needed. Thank you one and all!

Jesus our Friend

We put ourselves into Your hands and pray that You will bless us and our families and keep us safe over these Christmas holidays. May we all help make our home a place of, joy, love and peace. Let us continue in Marcellin’s footsteps this Christmas time and live out our Marist values of humility, simplicity and modesty. May we help others enjoy the blessings of this special time in our families this year.

St. Marcellin Champagnat: Pray for us
Mary our Good Mother:  Pray for us                                        
And let us always remember:  To pray for one another

Whilst the year is just ending it is an important time for rest and reflection, I certainly am looking forward to staring the 2023 college year with all members of our community as Marist College Bendigo’s Principal.

Wishing you peace and joy in your homes this Christmas time.

Giselle

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