This year, the Marist Brothers will celebrate 150 years in education in Australia. I want to update you of an important evolution in the Marist Brothers’ education ministry.

The Marist Brothers, who own Marist College Canberra and 12 other Colleges across Australia, in collaboration with the Marist Association of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, have been working with Marist Schools Australia to formalise and further strengthen school governance arrangements for Marist Colleges. This process has involved close collaboration over many months with the various State and Territory school education regulators.

The work has culminated with the decision by the Marist Brothers’ Provincial Council to incorporate Marist Schools Australia, which has provided support to the Province in the governance and management of the Marist Colleges for the past decade. From 1 January 2022, all Colleges, including this one, now operate under Marist Schools Australia Limited, a not for profit company. The Marist Brothers will continue to be closely involved as members of the Company.

For you and all at Marist College Canberra, there will be little noticeable difference and no difference in the day-to-day operation of the College. The terms under which your child was enrolled are not changing but your enrolment contract will, from 1 January 2022, be with Marist Schools Australia Limited by virtue of your child coming to school.

The creation of Marist Schools Australia Limited is a very positive step forward that will ensure the Marist mission in education in Australia continues with renewed energy and supported by a strengthened governance that reflects modern education.

Dr Frank Malloy
National Director, Marist School Australia