Advisory Council

Marist College Canberra is governed canonically and civilly by Marist Schools Australia Limited (MSA Ltd).

The College Advisory Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Headmaster of the College and wholly within the terms described within its Constitution. The purpose of the Council is to provide advice and support to the Headmaster in order that the Headmaster can lead the College effectively as a Catholic school community, with its evangelising and educational mission shaped by Marist spirituality and educational practice.  

It is not involved in the day-to-day management or direction of the College which remain the area of competence of the Headmaster and Executive. The Council is not a board of governance and does not have any legal responsibility for the College. 

Current membership of the Advisory Council
  • Paul Vane-Tempest (Chair)
  • Matthew Hutchison (Headmaster)
  • Christine Worth (Secretary)
  • Leesa Croke
  • Rita Daniels
  • Michael James
  • Br Tony Leon (Provincial’s and Trustees’ Representative)
  • Jeeven Nadanakumar
  • Victor Pantano
  • Brendan Smyth

Strategic Directions

The College will continue to be a leading Catholic boys' school pursuing excellence in all we do.

Catholic Identity and Marist Spirituality

Our purpose is to nurture the Catholic identity and Marist Spirituality of our diverse community in which core values are given witness in daily life.

Strategic Directions

  • Enrich our provision of programs and opportunities for students, staff and parents to enhance and embed their faith and spirituality.
  • Provide vibrant, meaningful and contemporary experiences of liturgy and prayer.
  • Explore creative and authentic ways to evangelise and connect with parish, broader Catholic Church and the Marist Association.
  • Nurture a culture of respect that values the diversity of our community.

Excellence in Learning

Our purpose is to build a culture of curious and engaged learners with high expectations.

Strategic Directions

  • Develop Marist College Canberra Principles of Learning.
  • Utilise data to customise and improve student learning and inform teaching practices.
  • Nurture a learning culture that promotes curiosity, creativity, engagement and critical thinking.
  • Develop students’ self-regulation and capacity for self-reflection in becoming responsible for their own learning.
  • Consolidate the Year 4—12 whole-school model.

Excellence in Teaching

Our purpose is to deliver excellence in teaching by supporting educators and encouraging innovation in boys' education.

Strategic Directions

  • Attract, retain and develop excellent teachers and support staff.
  • Provide opportunities for staff to reflect, collaborate, learn and renew so that they grow as professionals in line with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • Develop a staff culture characterised by self-efficacy, innovation and collaboration.
  • Nurture an evidence based enhanced pedagogical culture building the professional judgement of teachers.
  • Promote a deep understanding of the uses and purposes of assessment that informs planning for student learning.

Wellbeing and Personal Growth

Our purpose is to foster positive relationships so staff and students feel valued, safe and supported to achieve their best.

Strategic Directions

  • Provide challenging, engaging and appropriate educational opportunities which promote boys’ wellbeing.
  • Utilise academic and welfare data to review the effectiveness of the student wellbeing framework in order to drive evidence based change.
  • Develop a staff driven wellbeing framework that integrates contemporary research and practice.
  • Utilise academic and welfare data to inform teacher, pedagogy and student care.

Community and Service

Our purpose is to promote and support a strong community which enlivens the mission of the College.

Strategic Directions

  • Expand strategic partnerships with our diocese, community organisations, institutions, business groups and other agencies.
  • Work in partnership with the Foundation to develop a philanthropic culture and be a beacon of hope.
  • Provide opportunities for current and past students, and parents to boldly serve the needs of the wider community and promote solidarity with those on the margins.
  • Promote and support the mission and strategic development of the Marist Association and build bridges with parish and broader Catholic Church.

Governance and Future Growth

Our purpose is to provide and maintain a robust, transparent and effective governance framework with appropriate resources and infrastructure to support the mission of the College.

Strategic Directions

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive governance framework and business plan that considers:
    > a changing financial and
    educational environment
    > financial viability and sustainability
    > risk and compliance
    > maintenance and renewal of resources and facilities.
  • Develop and implement a marketing strategy that positions the College as the region’s Catholic school of choice for boys.

Together, we create fine young men

College Policies

  • Child Safe Code of Conduct

  • Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Complaints Handling Policy

  • Credit Reporting Policy

  • Information Collection Notice - Job Applicants

  • Information Collection Notice - Students

  • Information Collection Notice - Volunteers and Contractors

  • Privacy Policy

  • Procedures for Managing Child Safety Incidents or Concerns At or Involving the College or its staff

  • Sports Policy

  • Staff and Student Professional Boundaries Policy