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.

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.

In order to achieve this we rely upon the support, encouragement and goodwill of parents, and also on the dedicated work of a caring and committed staff. 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.