"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 1030 students and 136 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). Our only missing year level is Year 4 and we will expand to 1,100 students in 2021 as a complete F-12 College.

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

Currently our entry levels are Foundation, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 11. We do have limited spaces available at years 10-12. All other year levels are on waitlist.

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.

Message from the Principal

Dear Marist Community,

This time

In The Fellowship of The Ring by JRR Tolkien there is a reflective conversation between Frodo and Gandalf:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Whilst their conversation revolves around the discovery of the second ring it does provide us with some good thoughts for our current time. These times we have been given are certainly challenging us on so many fronts and in many different ways. I am immensely proud of how we as Marists have decided to do with the time that is given us. Thank you to our parents, staff and students for the individual strength you have shown but also for the willingness and commitment to help others. I hope everyone finds time over the school holidays to enjoy time with friends and extended family and to rejuvenate.

Term Four starting times

As announced in emails yesterday the return times to face to face learning are finalised:

Year F-6 Thursday 8 October
Year 7-12 Monday 12 October

The directive on when we can open comes from the Victorian Government and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. I do not have the authority to allow students and staff back earlier than the dates directed by these two authorities. The General Achievement Test (GAT) is an annual statewide 3-hour test sat by all students who are enrolled in a Unit 3/4 VCE subject. It is a very important test and the results are used to potentially moderate the final VCE results for a student. In a year of unprecedented disruption, this test may potentially be very significant. The Victorian Government is doing everything it can to enable every student to sit this test on Wednesday 7 October. With the easing of restrictions in Regional Victoria, the Government has brought forward the commencement of Term 4 for primary students from 12 October to 5 October. However, in F-12 Colleges these students cannot return until Thursday 8 October. I acknowledge that most of the primary schools in Bendigo will have students return on Tuesday 6 October following a student free day for staff on Monday 5 October. Unfortunately, the regulations do not allow us to do this. I am certainly looking forward to the return of our staff and students on the above dates.

Students in Years 7-12 will be required to wear face masks and younger students may wear a mask if they wish. Our hygiene practices implemented before the second learning from home will continue through Term Four.

New Staff

We are close to finalising our staffing for 2021, but they won’t be completed until early in Term Four. Like previous years we attracted a large number of applicants the quality of those we interviewed was exceptional. I am able to announce the following staff will join us at the beginning of next year. Please note this list will grow as time unfolds.

Mark Dawson, St Francis Xavier College (Beaconsfield)
Abbey Fairley, Beverford District Primary School (Swan Hill)
Hannah Gundry, Graduate
Lauren Hill, Assumption College Kilmore
Geoff Hill, Swan Hill College
Emily Holmes, Graduate
Henry McCullough, Graduate
Kerrith McGrath, St Mary’s Primary School (Lancefield)
Ella Moratti, Cobar High School, NSW
Amy Weavell, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School (Tarneit)

Reversing the order

This Sunday’s Gospel recounts one of the many stories Jesus tells to explain what the Kingdom of God is like. Theologians today believe that it was Jesus’ role to make the Kingdom of God known to us and it is our role to make this become a lived reality here and now. I like this approach albeit very challenging. At the end of the story Jesus says:

Thus the last will be first, and the first, last. Mt. 20:16

Jesus is therefore calling us to look after those who have less, who are on the margins, who for whatever reason feel they are left behind or “last in the queue”. This care for others before our self is an element of humility which Marcellin saw as a key Marist virtue and lies at the heart of how we try to live as Marists. During these challenging times I have witnessed many, many examples of people in our community living this commitment.

I wish you all a safe, restful holiday and look forward to having all our students back next term.

Darren McGregor
Principal

Upcoming events


SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 4

  • Term 3 School Holidays

OCTOBER 5

  • First day Term 4 Learning from Home

OCTOBER 7

  • The General Achievement Test (GAT)

OCTOBER 8

  • Students in Years F-6 return to face to face learning

OCTOBER 12

  • Students Years 7-12 return to face to face learning

OCTOBER 17-23

  • Book Week Theme: 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'

OCTOBER 23

  • Public Holiday (no school)

OCTOBER 28

  • Bendigo Cup Public Holiday

OCTOBER 30

  • Year 12 'Class of 2020' last day

NOVEMBER 9

  • VCE exams commence