New appointments will help college prepare for success

Two recent appointments to the leadership team at Marist Catholic College North Sydney will help ensure all students are well cared for when the new K-12 college opens its doors in 2021.

Richard Grech has been appointed Assistant Principal: Strategy and Transition for the new school, while Brigid Taylor has been named the Assistant Principal of Marist College North Shore, which will become the college’s secondary campus.

Preparations have already commenced for the arrival of the first co-educational Year 7 class, and both new roles will be pivotal in leading the new college and its network of primary schools forward. Formerly the Assistant Principal at Marist College North Shore, Mr Grech will use his existing relationships within the school community to help students and staff prepare for and manage the college’s transition.

Marist Catholic College Assistant Principal: Strategy and Transition Rick Grech with Year 9 student Lucas Longley and his sister Isabella Longley, who will join Lucas at the college in 2021.

His role will include developing relationships with students at St Mary’s North Sydney, which will become the new school’s primary campus. He will also work with Sacred Heart Mosman, Blessed Sacrament Clifton Gardens and St Michael’s Lane Cove to ensure local Catholic students feel welcome if they choose to attend secondary school at Marist. “I am excited about working with staff, students and the community to bring the vision for the precinct and network to life,” he said.

Miss Taylor joins Marist College North Shore during a pivotal time in the school’s transition to co-education, and will advocate for the interests of both girls and boys. She joins the school following five years as the Assistant Principal at Brigidine College Randwick, and has previously worked in both boys’ and girls’ single-sex colleges. “I am acutely aware of the issues girls face and the concerns parents have for their daughters,” she said, “and I know the hopes and dreams we all have for our beautiful boys.” “I’m very much looking forward to bringing a girls’ perspective to the college. Your daughters will be well looked after and unapologetically, there will be high expectations placed upon them to succeed as there will be upon all students at the college.”
Marist Catholic College Assistant Principal Brigid Taylor comes to the College after five years as the Assistant Principal at Brigidine College Randwick.
Meet the Marist Catholic College North Sydney leadership team and learn about the
many opportunities on offer for boys and girls at the college’s open afternoon on
Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 4pm-5.30pm at 270 Miller Street, North Sydney.

Welcoming in a culture of coeducation at Marist Catholic College

Marist Catholic College is inviting all interested parents and their children to come and meet current students and staff at an open afternoon on 17 October.

The Sydney boys’ school preparing to welcome girls

Marist North Sydney is welcoming girls because the diocese felt there was no other Catholic high school option for girls in the area. At Penshurst, which was a Year 7 to Year 10 boys’ campus, it had been a case of change or close. continue reading click here [The Sydney Morning Herald website]


Sydney Catholic Schools has revealed the new crest and colours for Marist Catholic College North Shore, which offer a modern take on the site’s rich history of quality Catholic education.

Marist College and St Mary’s North Sydney have both inspired key elements of the new design, which nods to the charisms that have shaped their influence on hundreds of children for over a century.

“It was important to everyone that both schools be featured, so we consulted with staff and students from both schools, and the designer researched the history and symbolism behind our existing crests.” said St Mary’s Principal Beverly Coffey.


“The final design tells one lovely story of the past and the future.”

Every element of the new design represents a part of the site’s history, including the choice of classic French font, Garamond, used in the time of founding Marist father, St Marcellin Champagnat.

Marist College North Shore’s Marist charism, which values love and care for others, is illustrated in the new crest by Mary’s monogram, and a bible stamped with the Miraculous Medal that was formerly part of the St Mary’s crest.

The Jesuit charism of the local parish, which values scholarly rigour, is reflected by a sacred heart, which is featured on both school’s crests and is an important part of their religious tradition.

A stylised crucifix and an image of the Southern cross illustrate the faith and history both schools share, and the new colour palette includes navy, gold and a touch of cerise (cherry red), springboarding from the blues, black and gold of the two foundation schools.

The Sydney Catholic Schools design team did a great job of listening to the committee,” said Marist College North Shore Principal Tony Duncan.

“They responded with something new and different to the existing logo that draws from the history and culture of both schools.”

The new school opened Year 7 enrollments for 2021 on 3 September, and will reveal uniform and other key design elements in the coming months.

School invites students to join bright future

A new-look Marist Catholic College North Shore will take enrolments for 2021 from 3 September.
The college, which will form part of a recently announced P-12 Catholic educational precinct in North Sydney, will accept applications from both boys and girls from across the upper and lower north shore hoping to enter Year 7.
First round enrolments will remain open until the end of October, allowing parents to attend the school’s open afternoon on Wednesday 17 October if they would like to meet the school’s faith-filled community and discuss their plans to create custom-built modern learning spaces before lodging an application.
The afternoon will run from 4-5:30pm at the school’s Miller St campus.
“It will be a great opportunity to meet your son or daughter’s future teachers and coordinators and some of our current student leaders,” said Marist College North Shore Principal Tony Duncan.
“Parents can learn about our wellbeing and academic offerings and to hear about the future of the school going forward.”

Marist Catholic College will also run a second round of enrolments, opening in March 2019.

Introducing Marist Catholic College North Shore

Sydney Catholic School’s forthcoming North Sydney educational precinct has been given a name – and it’s a familiar one for those who know the area’s history.

The new K-12 school will be known as Marist Catholic College North Shore when it opens in 2021, and will incorporate St Mary’s Catholic Primary School North Sydney and Marist College North Shore.

The name of the forthcoming school was announced at a symposium that drew together parents, parishioners, and senior leaders on 27 June. It recognises the partnership that has existed between the Jesuit Fathers and the Marist Brothers on the site for 130 years.

Also revealed were the names of the school’s two campuses, which will offer students stage-specific contemporary learning spaces and provide a seamless curriculum pathway from Kindergarten to Year 12. The primary campus will continue to be called St Mary’s, while the secondary campus will be called La Valla.

The two campuses will retain their existing leadership, and the new names and direction were welcomed by St Mary’s Principal Beverly Coffey.

She said becoming one college would enhance opportunities for primary children – particularly gifted and talented students, who will have access to the senior school’s library, science labs and other resources for extension projects.

“It’s such a nice journey for the child to go right through,” she said, “to situate both schools under the same logo and colours.”

“Marists have a wonderful charism that will be a great educational framework – the curriculum offerings will be very rich and diverse.”

Presenters at the recent symposium also discussed the site’s design and the new co-educational secondary program, which will see girls admitted to Year 7 from 2021.

Marist College North Shore Principal Anthony Duncan said he hopes to ensure there is an equal ratio of boys and girls in La Valla’s initial co-educational cohort.

“La Valla was the first parish of St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers, who were formed to educate poor country children in post-revolution France” Mr Duncan said.

“We are excited about the new college having this name – it links nicely to the history of education on this site.”

The new-look college will take on its new name and structure from 2021.
The school’s design, logo and colours are still to be determined.

Marist College to welcome girls

Sydney Catholic Schools to expand in North Sydney

In partnership with Our Lady of the Way Parish, Sydney Catholic Schools is looking to develop an innovative, educational and pastoral precinct in North Sydney. The plan includes Marist College North Shore to become co-educational on its site in a move to expand low-fee Catholic education opportunities in North Sydney.

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) has announced that the school will admit girls to Year 7 in 2021 for the first time in its 130-year history.

The move forms part of an SCS master plan for its large North Sydney site in response to projections that show schools in the area are likely to experience enrolment growth.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School North Sydney will also expand in line with aims to offer a complete educational pathway for students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

The school will add considerably to its current population of around 405 children, growing to become a three stream school.

Executive Director Dr Dan White said SCS is committed to meeting the needs of the local community, and ensuring a strong pathway for Catholic students.

“A feasibility study has been completed in anticipation of projected future enrolment growth,” Dr White said.

“We will now move to a master planning phase for the North Sydney Catholic Precinct so that it will meet the future needs of Our Lady of the Way Parish and the projected enrolment growth of the schools.”

Planning will take into account Catholic Mission and identity, curriculum and infrastructure.

A business case is being developed for complementary partnerships on the North Sydney site. The steering committee will consult with the community about theese plans at a meeting to be scheduled for the end of Term 2. This meeting will provide key information, address questions and seek feedback as plans move forward.