College Life ​Religious Education

Marist College is first and foremost a Catholic school where education in the faith is given a privileged place. For us, evangelising means "to make Jesus Christ known and loved" and to help young people "realise how much Jesus Christ loves them".

We want to build an environment that nurtures and strengthens our students as they are transformed into better and more compassionate people. Religious Education has an integral place in this overall goal and is central to the College's broader curriculum. Education in faith includes communicating Catholic doctrine, engendering a sense of the sacred, building a Christian community and inviting young people to care with the heart of Jesus Christ.

In striving to meet these goals the school offers:

  • A Religious Education curriculum in Years 4-10 that is both academically rigorous and innovative, bringing into dialogue faith and life
  • A course in Religious Studies in Years 11 and 12, approved by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies
  • The Year 4-10 courses are in keeping with the requirements of the Archdiocesan RE guidelines, "Treasures New and Old"
  • Opportunities for the celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation
  • Brothers Together Faith Formation rogram for boys from Years 4 – 8
  • Reflection Days for Years 9 and 10
  • Residential Retreat experiences for Years 11 and 12
  • Year 11 and 12 Youth Ministry Teams
  • A host of creative and prayerful liturgies that help students further understand and celebrate their faith
  • Outreach to the community through a range of service opportunities.

In preparing students for the Church of the future, senior boys are encouraged to embrace opportunities to be leaders in prayer and community service activities. Together with the staff, they build up an ethos and a way of acting that is characterised by the family spirit given to us by our Founder, St Marcellin Champagnat. This spirit values and respects each student as a unique individual, but also encourages him to find his true self in the community of the school and in the wider community of the Church, through openness and sharing.

As a Catholic school we celebrate major feasts of the liturgical year. As a Catholic school in the Marist tradition we particularly celebrate those days dedicated to Mary, Mother of Jesus, as well as St Marcellin's Feast Day (6 June) and other significant Church events. Such celebrations may occur within the class or year group, as a House, or as a whole College.

Prayer is a regular part of every day and on each Friday morning of the school year the boys and parents are invited to celebrate Mass in the College Chapel.