"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,


La Valla Carnival

We certainly had a perfect day today for the La Valla Carnival. It was wonderful to see children, staff and parents simply having fun and gathering as community. A special thank you to some of our senior students who came out of holiday mode to help on the day. Well done to Mr Jarrod Bateson and his team of helpers for organising such a fabulous day. It was so pleasing to return to an almost normal celebration of young people and community. I was particularly impressed with one family member who had driven all the way from Mildura just to share in their young family member’s day.

Transition Year 7

Last night we held a successful information evening for our families coming into Year 7 in 2022. The night was online and each family had time with their new 1:14 Educator. I look forward to welcoming all these students at Marist next week.

A candle for love

I find these weeks leading into Christmas a very interesting period of contrast in the secular and Christian ways of life. I wonder hopefully if the direction is turning back to our Christian celebration. As we all seem to limp into Christmas this year with a sense of weariness and fatigue the commercial world is, once again ramping up the commercial message of spending money to show your love. In contrast to this our Christian Faith is calling us to focus on the deeper essence of love as we prepare to the celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I sense that one of the surprise gifts of these last two years of Covid is a stronger appreciation by each of us about the importance of the people in our lives. I sense we are becoming more aware of the Christian messages of hope, love, joy and peace that are at the centre of our Christian Christmas.

This is the second week of Advent and the second candle of the advent wreath that will be lit signifies love. We openly speak of love at Marist and our phrase / commitment to have children known and loved is something I know you have all heard many times. I would like to draw to your attention two relevant references for reflection this week.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which will be used this Sunday Paul encourages the early Christians to love each other when he writes:

God knows how much I miss you all, loving you as Christ Jesus loves you. My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognise what is best. Philippians 1: 8-11

1800 years later St Marcellin Champagnat writes to his much loved Marist Brothers just before his death. In his final letter he picks up this theme of Christian love and writes:

I beg of you with all the love of my heart, and by all the love you bear me, keep ever alive among you the charity of Christ. Love one another as Jesus Christ has loved you. Be of one heart and one mind. Have the world say of the Little Brothers of Mary, what they said of the first Christians: ‘See how they love one another!’

As we prepare for Christmas and the birth of Jesus let us slow down this weekend and appreciate those we love and those who love us.


Upcoming events

TERM 4

DECEMBER 6

  • Year 5 and Year 7 last day for 2021

DECEMBER 7

  • Foundation Orientation 9.00am-11.30am

  • Year 7 Orientation Day 9.30am-2.30pm

  • Year 6 last day for 2021

DECEMBER 8

  • Year 4 Liturgy | 2:15pm.

DECEMBER 9_10

  • Orientation Day Year 5 students in 2022 (Current Year 4)

DECEMBER 10

  • La Valla students last day for 2021.