Marcellin College is a Catholic secondary school in Melbourne’s east which was founded by the Marist Brothers to meet the educational needs of boys.
The College was established on a site in Camberwell in 1950 with 170 students and in 1963 expanded to Bulleen. Today, the College provides an envied education for more than 1350 students across 14 hectares.
Marcellin College is owned and conducted by the Marist Schools Australia (MSA) 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.
The College has enjoyed a rich history and reputation as one of Melbourne’s leading schools for boys and continues to celebrate and honours its beginnings with an extensive network of graduates who have gone to achieve outstanding careers in medicine, science, business, politics, engineering and much more.
The Marist Brothers is an international Religious Institute of the Catholic Church founded by a French Priest, St Marcellin Champagnat, in 1817. The mission, given by St Marcellin to his followers, was to “make Jesus Christ known and loved”.
This has been achieved over the last 200 years by educating, forming and caring for young people. Schools have been a favoured arena for the Brothers’ apostolic work. Currently there are approximately 3,500 Brothers working in 82 countries on five continents. The Brothers share their mission and spirituality directly with more than 40,000 lay people, and together educate close to 500,000 children and young people.
In 1872 four Brothers arrived from Europe to form the first Australian community. The basic administrative unit of the Institute is a Province, and the current Province of Australia was formed when the Melbourne and Sydney Provinces of the Marist Brothers amalgamated in December 2012.
Currently there are over 230 Brothers living in 38 different communities across Australia, working in a variety of locations and ministries.
At Marcellin College, we want our spaces to awaken, challenge and motivate our students to aspire to simply do more. In 2022, the College commenced significant upgrades to deliver new areas as part of its master plan and commitment to providing student facilities that support a robust curriculum from Years 7 to 12.
Our facilities include dedicated learning spaces such as the Fourviere School of Visual Arts building, Le Rosey Technology Centre and the Br John McMahon Performing Arts and Music Centre. Our Champagnat Chapel provides a space for students to explore their faith and Catholic identity and our Placidus Resource Centre includes a well-stocked library, lecture theatre and information technology (IT) support. Our multi-purpose St Marcellin’s Hall includes two full-sized basketball courts and, along with our gymnasium and six synthetic grass tennis courts, support our celebrated Sport program.
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.
1950 Ardmara Camberwell
Marcellin College was established on a site in Camberwell in 1950 with 170 students.
Marcellin College's first students
Our uniforms have changed over time, but our student's passion for striving for the highest remains strong.
Marcellin College in 1950
We may have started as a small modest College, but today we have grown to over 1200 students.
Marcellin College's First Group of Students
The College uniform may have changed considerably - but our Marist values are grounded.