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Marcellin College is a Catholic school which was founded by the Marist Brothers to meet the educational needs of boys in this area of Melbourne. Read more about our rich history and what we stand for.


Marcellin College is a Catholic school which was founded by the Marist Brothers to meet the educational needs of boys in this area of Melbourne. It was established at Camberwell in 1950 with one hundred and seventeen students, expanded to Bulleen in 1963 and today provides education for over 1400 boys.

Marcellin is owned and conducted by the Marist Brothers and it derives its inspiration from the traditions and spirit of the Brothers, the teachings of the Church and current educational theory and practice. The name Marcellin comes from the founder of the Marist Brothers, Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

Marcellin Champagnat had very simple and yet rich directions for his schools. His schools were asked to provide opportunities for the young entrusted to their care and to encourage the students to develop their individual talents to the fullest. This is the challenge that Marist schools have endeavoured to meet for the past 200 years.

Each of our College Houses represents key figures relating to Marcellin’s history – read more about them here.

The College motto is – Virtute Ad Altissima, meaning ‘Through virtue and courage to strive for the highest’. Our motto places before us the ideal to provide our students with opportunities to develop their fullest possible potential.

It is our hope to assist in the development of the whole person – spiritually, academically, emotionally, culturally and physically. We hope that our students are able to integrate all of these aspects of life, so that, when they leave the College, they can take their rightful place in society as critical thinkers and life long learners, able to make a significant contribution to their world in particular in the spirit of Christian service.

We do this in partnership with our parent community as we work together in the formation of good Christians and good citizens. If we are to achieve our goals, then the relationship between parents, students and staff is vital. Honest and open communication are essential ingredients. One of the characteristics of the college is the cultivation of an environment in which parents feel welcome at all times and able to discuss their son’s performance. It is only in such a positive and caring atmosphere that personal growth can take place.

Virtute Ad Altissima

meaning ‘Through virtue and courage to strive for the highest’ – Marcellin College motto

Marist Characteristics


We develop a way of being, loving and doing. We seek to establish positive relationships with all members of the community, founded on love, which create a climate for learning in an educational setting, for passing on values, and for personal growth. We deepen our experience of the loving presence of God within others and ourselves. This presence of God is a profound experience of being personally loved by God, and the conviction that He is close to us in our daily human experiences.

Marist Characteristics

Family Spirit

Father Champagnat’s great desire and legacy is that we relate to each other as the members of a loving family. Our family spirit’s foundation is the love that Jesus has for all his brothers and sisters – all of humanity. Acceptance and belonging should prevail where everyone in our family has a sense of being valued and believed in, where we are ready to trust each other, forgive each other and reconcile with each other. Our relationships are genuine and caring.

Marist Characteristics


As members of a community we strive to be persons of integrity – truthful, openhearted and transparent in all our relationships. Humility and modesty are linked to simplicity. Such simplicity is the fruit of a unity of mind and heart, of character and action that derives ultimately from our being honest with ourselves and before our God. We all need to value others and ourselves for who we are without pretense or dishonesty.

Marist Characteristics

In the Way of Mary

Mary is for us the perfect model of the Marist educator, as she was for Marcellin. Mary’s was a journey of faith, just like ours. She urges us to do whatever Jesus tells us. Mary has continued to carry out her mission of mother and educator within the Christian community, giving witness to God’s solidarity with people in their needs and sufferings. All members of our community are inspired to imitate her tenderness, strength, and devotion in faith.

Marist Characteristics

Love of Work

Marcellin Champagnat was a man of work, a sworn enemy of laziness. Marcellin, the builder, shows us the importance of being ready to “roll up our sleeves”. We follow his example in being generous of heart and constant and persevering in our daily work as well as in the efforts we undertake for our own ongoing learning. Young people learn that work is a powerful means of self-fulfillment, of giving purpose and meaning to life, and of contributing to the general economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the society in which they live.

Democratic Principles

Marcellin College adheres to and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected government
  • the rule of law
  • equal rights for all before the law
  • freedom of religion
  • freedom of speech and association
  • the values of openness and tolerance

As such, Marcellin College adheres to the reporting requirements under Commonwealth and State funding agreements and makes available on request reports on all aspects of school performance to members of the College community.


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