Beyond the Classroom



We strive for our students to be connected to the world beyond our classrooms in a variety of ways. Through Debating, The Arts, Outdoor Education and more, we encourage involvement in activities beyond the typical classroom setting.


Debating is an important activity offered to all students. Apart from aiding skills in research, logic and clear thinking, debating develops self-confidence, fluency and teamwork. Marcellin promotes teams at all year levels and organises inter-school debates as time allows.

Marcellin has teams competing in the School Competition of the Debating Association of Victoria, a Catholic Schools Competition, as well as entering students as individuals for students and all students are warmly invited to participate.

The Arts

We value the arts, encouraging all students to develop their creative and design thinking, curiosity and abilities. The College offers studies in Art, Digital Film, Drama, Music, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Theatre Studies and Visual Communication Design. These areas also generate a rich variety of co-curricular opportunities.

Individual tuition is available in a broad range of instruments, voice and public speaking. Our many musical ensembles include string orchestras and quartets, concert bands, choir, stage bands, brass and the symphonic orchestra.
Marcellin enjoys a strong reputation in the community and our annual musical productions are always a highlight. We have developed a partnership with Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg to stage our annual junior and musical productions.

Active involvement in the Arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. We don’t believe that Arts education should be based purely on its social or economic benefits, but because it expands the mind and soul. Furthermore the Arts provide students with problem-solving skills, innovative mindsets, creative expression, communicative attitudes and inspiration. It provides students with the space to nurture their own creative habits of mind: imagination, curiosity, discipline, resilience and collaboration.

Outdoor Education

The program of compulsory Outdoor Education camps is viewed as an integral part of the College’s curriculum at Year 7 through to Year 9. The Outdoor Education program aims to provide our students with enjoyable learning situations to promote aspects of personal development such as self-esteem, resourcefulness, leadership, tolerance, determination and responsibility. They focus on trust, teamwork and co-operation, while developing and encouraging positive attitudes toward environmental appreciation and protection and the encouragement of conservation practices.

It is College policy therefore that each student attends these camps and activities and non-attendance will only be permitted in serious circumstances such as in the case of genuine prolonged illness.


Marcellin College is an inclusive faith learning community where encounter with self, place, God, and the other, creates opportunities for every young man to unlock his inherent possibility. Our focus is developing young men who can one day take their place in society as active contributors, empowering them to be agents of social change and human advancement.

A leader in boys’ education since 1950, our College has built an outstanding reputation for excellence in learning, life, and faith, enabling students to develop with character, confidence and competence. State-of-the-art facilities and extensive Christian service, academic, sport and arts curricular and co-curricular programs inspire each young man to simply be more and achieve their personal best in the classroom and beyond.

We recognise that our world is changing faster than ever before, and our children will live vastly different lives than the ones we know today. For our children to thrive and flourish in this new era, we urgently need to change education and schooling.

The Marcellin Difference: Learning recognises and develops the young men in our care as truly whole human beings. We aspire to cultivate a balance of foundational literacies, character attributes and key capability skills to navigate the world as compassionate Christians and ethical global citizens.

We seek to equip each young man with the context they need to comprehend the world they live in and help them build the necessary critical and creative thinking to better understand and positively contribute to society. Learning aspires to foster a robust and inquisitive mind, allowing each young man to emerge, grow and thrive.

Learning is about future proofing. Exploring the learning of tomorrow is an act of stewardship to our future communities and to the young people who will live in them. We can’t entirely predict what the world of the future will look like. As a result, we equip our young men to be as prepared as possible for any version of what lies ahead. Within a safe and nurturing learning environment, all young men are supported to develop their independence, self-awareness, character and the academic competence that they will need to meet the challenges of our constantly evolving world. We hope for each young man to become courageous and entrepreneurial thinkers capable of inventiveness, adaptability and social and emotional resilience. Ultimately our young men are called to explore new ways of thinking, preparing them to navigate the unknowns of tomorrow.

The future world is full of great possibility – we invite you to join us on this remarkable journey called Learning.

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