St Marcellin Champagnat provides the inspiration for our teachers in his golden rule: "To educate children first we must love them - love them all equally." From this principle flow the particular characteristics of our style of educating: presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of work, and following the way of Mary. This is the foundation of a Marist education; being nurtured with opportunities, inspired to work hard and empowered with knowledge to realise our aspirations. 


Part of a worldwide network of Marist schools Marist Catholic College Penshurst was founded by the Marist Brothers of Australia in 1953. The College was then known as Marist Brothers Penshurst. Since that time there has been a continuous presence of the Brothers at the College.

Marist schools are based on the ideals of their founder, St Marcellin Champagnat (pictured), who founded the order in France.  The College celebrated the 60 year Diamond Jubilee in 2013.

The basic principles of a Marist education are:St Marcellin Champagnat 3

  • Family Spirit
  • Zeal and Hard Work
  • Simplicity
  • Spiritual Formation of the Child
  • Fondness for the Child Most in Need
  • Education of the Whole Person: Faith, Culture and Life in Harmony
  • Effective Teaching
  • Being Present to the Children
  • Good Example
  • Daring, Audacious, Youthful Optimism
  • All to Jesus through Mary

In keeping with these ideals, the College aims to be a place where hard work and excellent achievement is highly valued, where the individual student is respected, and a strong family and community spirit is evident.                                                                   


For a wonderful insight into what it means to be Marist and a history of the Brothers read 'Champagnat Stories' by Brother Tony Butler FMS.


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