"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 144 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 from 2021 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,


As our term draws to a close I have resorted to the written word rather than the video this week. Thank you to those of you who have sent in kind words of encouragement about the weekly videos. I am pleased so many enjoyed the “take over” by the Student Leadership Team last week. They are a wonderful group of young adults deeply committed to serving our community.

Uncertainty continues

As I write this newsletter we have no indication from the Victorian Government as to what the beginning of Term 4 will look like. All we can assume is that if the Covid19 situation in Regional Victoria does not deteriorate then Years F – 2 and Year 12 will be on site from the first day. Hopefully there will be other year levels join them, but this has not yet been announced and I have not heard any discussions in relation to this. We may hear more this Sunday when Premier Andrews outlines the plan for the next few months. The GAT remains scheduled for Tuesday 5 October.

Year 12 classes extended

In discussion with our Year 12 cohort we have decided to delay the end of official Year 12 classes by two days. The final day for our Year 12 students will now be Friday 22 October which is the end of week three. This day will include the final assembly which will most likely be streamed rather than a full gathering of our students, staff and Year 12 Parents. It is a strong indicator of the effect of Covid19 when Year 12 students almost unanimously vote to delay their last day of classes but I congratulate them on this mature decision.

Student free day

During this Covid experience we have had to postpone or cancel so many events. One aspect of our community that has been significantly diminished is staff professional learning and our ability to gather the staff as one to work on whole college issues. The loss of the Staff Spirituality Day is one example but we have also been unable to run a myriad of staff forums and professional learning activities over these last 18 months. The lack of these events has a significant effect on individual staff in terms of their own professional learning but it also hinders our development as a Learning Community. To enable us to focus on some of these missed elements Monday 8 November will be a student free day and all staff will be involved in this professional learning day. I understand some families may think that our students have already missed enough school time. Yes, they have but we also need to ensure staff are given the professional learning opportunities they require / deserve and our learning community can thus continue to develop some of the key big picture areas of our College.

Why we do what we do . . .

Many of the Gospel stories are found in more than one of the Gospels. This Sunday we hear a passage from Mark’s Gospel that is also told in Matthew’s. The account is Matthew is the reading given to Marists as the Gospel for the Feast Day of St. Marcellin Champagnat. It might therefore sound familiar to many in our community. In many ways it is a Gospel that explains why we in Catholic Education do what we do. It is because we value the treasures that our young people are. It is the recognition of the joy they bring to our lives and the central focus we have on young people in our community.

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ Mk. 9: 30 -37

Thank you to each and every member of our community for your resilience, support, hard work and for helping us all get through this very challenging term. I hope we all find time to relax and rejuvenate over these coming two weeks and I pray that we shall have all students back as soon as possible in Term Four.

Upcoming events

TERM 4

OCTOBER 4

  • First Day Term 4

OCTOBER 5

  • General Achievement Test (GAT)

OCTOBER 4-7

  • VCE Unit 2 Outdoor and Environmental Studies Mitchell Rafting Trip

OCTOBER 7

  • Kids and Worry workshop – Community Centre | 6:15pm

OCTOBER 9

  • Sacrament of Confirmation and First Eucharist | Sacred Heart Cathedral 4pm – 5.30pm

OCTOBER 18-22

  • Bendigo Health Dental Service for La Valla, Year 5 & 6 students

OCTOBER 19

  • Year 12 Graduation Mass | 7pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral

OCTOBER 22

  • Year 12 students last day at school (details TBC)

OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 26

  • Montagne swimming program (offsite during PE sessions)

OCTOBER 26

  • BENDIGO CUP PUBLIC HOLIDAY | NO SCHOOL

OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 17

  • VCE Exams