COVID in the community

The Victorian Government and Marist College Bendigo strongly recommend that all staff and students conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) twice per week. The RATs have been supplied and are sent home fortnightly.

A positive RAT must be reported immediately to:

  • Masks are no longer required at school but students and any staff who wish to wear a mask may do so.

  • Masks are still required on all buses including when attending excursions and camps.

  • Students who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to quarantine. They can continue to attend school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times within their 7-day period and wear face masks indoors while at school (if aged 8 years and above or unless they have a valid exemption).

  • Twice weekly Rapid Antigen Tests are still advised for at least the first four weeks of term.

  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation.

  • Parents must inform the school by contacting Marlhes if a student is a household contact.

  • Parents and carers are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine when visiting the College.

"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,

Shout out

I am sure most of our families would be aware of the initiative this year known as shout outs. This is where staff have been acknowledging the positive work of our students. I would like to give a shout out to the staff of Marist College Bendigo for their extra work over the last two weeks. We are blessed at Marist with a highly talented and very committed staff. At certain times this group of people rises above their normal high standards. These last few weeks have been such a time. Our College has been heavily impacted by COVID recently. During this time we have still been able to conduct the Year 4 camp, a new very demanding Year 9 river quest and the four day Year 8 camp. We have also successfully conducted NAPLAN at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in safe and comfortable environments. To enable these to happen our staff have extended themselves and carried so many extra duties and demands. I am very aware that having year levels home this week was difficult for our families. It was a last resort. This action did not provide any relief for staff as they were covering other classes or going on camp with very short notice. Time and time again over the last two weeks staff members, both Learning Educators and Admin Educators, have dug deep and offered or agreed to go the extra mile. So, a big shout out and thank you to our staff at Marist.


During this week Marist Schools Australia Ltd has been represented here by Regional Director, Ms Julie Ryan and Chair of the Regional Advisory Council Mr Peter White. They ran a number of consultation sessions with staff, parents and students as part of the appointment process of the new Principal. Thank you to all those who offered their time and wisdom to provide input to this process. The position of Principal will be advertised nationally tomorrow. Please be assured this process to unfold over the coming weeks will be extensive and professionally conducted. Ms Julie Ryan will chair this process.

Love one another

This Sunday’s Gospel contains one of the most famous of all Jesus quotes.

I give you a new commandment:

love one another;

just as I have loved you,

you also must love one another.

Jn 13:34

It is worth noting that St. Marcellin Champagnat chose to reference this piece of scripture in his last testimony to the brothers just before his death. His wish was that others would look towards the Marists and say, like they did of the early Christians, see how they love one another. Now in 2022 as people experience our community here at Marist College Bendigo let us hope they say of us: see how they love one another.

Upcoming events


MAY 18

  • Champagnat Parent Evening
    4pm-6pm | Learning Commons

MAY 23

  • Year 7 2023 enrolments close

MAY 30

  • Reconciliation Day Liturgy


  • Champagnat Day

  • Foundation 2023 enrolments close


  • Student Free Day (Correction Day)


  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

JUNE 15-17

  • Year 12 Retreat


  • Term 2 Learning Circles #1

JUNE 22-23

  • College Photos (Whole College)


  • Term 2 Learning Circles #2


  • Last day of term 2:30pm finish

JUNE 27 - JULY 8