Catholic College Bendigo

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Catholic College Bendigo
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Type Catholic Secondary College
Motto Live The Good News
Established 1876
Principal Mr Michael Chalkley
Staff 260
Number of students 2000
Campus 2 Sites ; Coolock and La Valla.
Houses Backhaus (purple), Champagnat (maroon), Jaara (orange), Mackillop (green), McAuley (blue), Vincent (yellow)

Catholic College Bendigo is a Catholic secondary school in the city of Bendigo in Victoria, Australia. About 2000 students attend Catholic College Bendigo's two sites. 200 teachers staff the College.

La Valla Site is located in Junortoun and provides education for Years 7–9, while the Coolock Site in the CBD of Bendigo provides education for Years 10-12 Victorian Certificate of Education. Another campus is currently being planned for West Bendigo to cater for the increasing population of Bendigo and the increasing demand for places within Catholic College's two present sites.

The current acting principal is Mr. Michael Chalkley. The deputy principal, who is in charge of the La Valla site is Mr. John Ferris. The acting deputy principal in charge of Coolock is Mr. John Geary.


There are two central founders of Catholic College Bendigo. The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Bendigo in 1876, and set up a school on Wright Street (Now the Coolock site). The Marist Brothers arrived in Bendigo in 1893. The founders of these orders, Marcellin Champagnat and Catherine McAuley are considered the founders of Catholic College Bendigo.

In 1955, the site at La Valla was opened for boarding boys as 'St Vincent's College'. Due to declining boarders, the school opened to day pupils in 1972.

In 1983, the two schools run by the Mercy Sisters and the Marist brothers combined, to make a co-educational school. It was also renamed Catholic College Bendigo. By 1988, the school had two sites - La Valla and Coolock, which are the current two sites.

An ongoing process of refurbishment has been running since the late 1990s—in 1998, the Junortoun quadrangle was refurbished. In 2004, Wright Street, which runs through Coolock was bought by the school and closed, which led to a large refurbishment of the area to face the road. In 2005, the Coolock Arts building was refurbished. In 2006, work on a new Technology Building at La Valla began. It was completed in 2007.

In 2008, The Marian Centre at Coolock was opened. It features a new music block and theatre, as well as a large gym with 2 basketball courts. This gym is the venue for whole school assemblies—a 2008 initiative to bring the two sites closer together.

There was a major transition to a vertical pastoral care system in 2009. Prior to 2009, Catholic College Bendigo had four houses - Marcellin (Blue), Backhaus (Yellow), McAuley (Green) and Crane (Red). The new system comprises six houses, with homegroups now aligned into houses. The new houses of the College are Vincent (Yellow), Backhaus (Purple), McAuley (Blue), MacKillop (Green), Jaara (Orange) and Champagnat (Maroon).

Coolock also changed their homeroom model to a vertical housegroup system. At Coolock, each house now has six Year 10/11/12 housegroups. At La Valla, each house has two Year 7 housegroups, two Year 8 housegroups and two Year 9 housegroups. The total number of housegroups across the College is 64. There are also two further housegroups, bringing the total to 66.

CCB is a member of the Catholic All Schools Sports Association (CAS).

Each year the College puts on a production, displaying the theatrical talents of Year 9 students.



Mercy Building - three floors. On the ground floor is general reception, staff room, office of Senior Leader and office of Deputy Principal of Coolock. On the first floor, there are staff offices, the finance office, the office of the director of Catholic Identity, and the Principal's office. On the 2nd floor, there is the publications office, alumni office, and the office of the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Kelly Building - two floors. On the ground floor, there are four general classrooms. On the first floor, there are three computer rooms and IT staff offices. All Vincent homegroups are held in this building.

Ursula Frayne Building - Science Block, two floors. All McAuley homegroups are held in this building.

Champagnat Arts Building - Arts Block, with general classrooms, Language classrooms, and on the first floor, Art, Media, Visual Communication, Textiles and Photography rooms, as well as Art offices reside. Champagnat and MacKillop homegroups are held here.

Library - General Library, with two Research Areas, an Information Lab, a non-Fiction Section, a Fiction Section and a reading area, as well as a silent study room and library offices.

Backhaus Building - two floors, classrooms on both floors and two staff offices on the first floor. All Backhaus homegroups are held here.

Coolock House - two floors, with Careers Office, staff offices and general classrooms. Jaara homegroups are held here.

Marian Centre - Music room/stage, theatre, music and PE offices, practice rooms, foyer. Gym with two basketball courts, a weights room, and two classrooms. four portable classrooms are also installed.

College Prayer[edit]

Loving God, we at Catholic College Bendigo

believe that life is your gift to us,

and that every person is worthy of our greatest respect, care and support.

May the spirit of Catherine McAuley

challenge us to live the Good News,

the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.


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Coordinates: 36°46′S 144°20′E / 36.767°S 144.333°E / -36.767; 144.333