Marist College Ashgrove
|Marist College Ashgrove|
|Type||Private, Secondary, Day and Boarding|
|Headmaster||Mr Peter McLoughlin|
|Chaplain||Rev. Fr Jim Hargraves|
|Colour(s)||Royal blue and Gold|
Marist College Ashgrove is a Roman Catholic day and boarding school for boys, located in Ashgrove, a northern suburb of Brisbane, Australia. The college has a primary school for students in grades 5 to 6, and a high school for students in grades 7 to 12.
The "Tower Block" was the first and still remains the prominent building on the College campus:
A Castle in the Woods
Shortly afterwards another building dominated the district. It was St. Jude's Seminary, where the Mission of the Most Holy Eucharist was established in 1929-30. On the 40-acre estate of the late Dr. Taylor, next to Glenlyon, on the first slopes leading to the heavily timbered mountains that provide a scenic background for Ashgrove and Enoggera, a monastery that might have been built in the storied era of mediaeval times was set down in Australian bush surroundings. Such is the architect's art that St. Jude's, where missionaries are trained for the Philippines, toned into its surroundings, and provided a spiritual atmosphere for a modern suburb. This 'beautiful building, semi Gothic in inspiration, is approached by a bridge that might have spanned the moat of some warring baron's castle instead of the gentle meandering Enoggera Creek. The bridge alone cost more than £1000. St. Jude's, old in spirit but young in structure, communicates its dignity and modernity to the new suburb where hundreds of new houses have sprung up. 
The college is situated on a 26 hectare campus and includes such facilities as:
- McMahon Oval – used for both Rugby Union and Cricket – featuring the John Eales Grandstand and Matthew Hayden scoreboard
- 8 cricket / rugby union / soccer ovals containing:
- 2 multi-purpose courts basketball/tennis
- Long Jump/Triple Jump training track
- Shotput/Discuss/Javelin stations
- Gymnasium – capacity for 2 indoor basketball courts/8 badminton courts
- 2 outdoor basketball courts
- Weights room
- Matthew Hayden cricket training complex
- Olympic sized swimming pool with grandstand
- A Performing and Visual Arts center which houses a 340-seat theatre.
- Three distinct houses that contain the five boarding residences.
- Hall of Fame
In 1993, the House system was established. There are eight houses at Marist College Ashgrove;
Marist College Ashgrove also offers a Boarding School catering for students from grades 7 to 12. The college currently caters for nearly 250 boarders. The boarding community includes many students from the Greater Brisbane Region and South-East Queensland, along with many country students from Outback Queensland and regional Australia. International students also board from as far away as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Saudi Arabia.
Crest & motto
The crest of the college was based on the design of the crest of St Joseph's College at Hunters Hill, Sydney. The four quadrants of the shield are filled with: the Marist Monogram, with its twelve stars, in the top left, the Southern Cross in the top right, the MCA logo in the bottom left and the lamp and book representing learning, in the bottom left.
The motto traditionally displayed above the crest, Viriliter Age (Act Courageously), was adopted in 1957 and is translated from Latin.
- Lachlan Keeffe, Collingwood Australian Rules footballer
- Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia
- Sir Julius Chan, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
- Bill Ludwig, trade union leader
- Ray Meagher, actor
- Humphrey McQueen, Author and Historian
- Andrew McGahan, Novelist
- Michael Bauer, Novelist
- John Eales, rugby union player and former captain of the Australian Wallabies
- John Connolly, former Wallabies coach
- Des Connor, former rugby union player
- Daniel Herbert, former rugby union player
- Anthony Herbert, former rugby union player
- Daniel Heenan, rugby union
- Harry Amos Moore, rugby league
- Christian Layland, football media personality
- Corey Brown (footballer)
- Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer and Olympic Sailing Team coach
- Pietro Figlioli, Olympian – Water Polo
- Matthew Hayden, Australian and Queensland cricketer
- Ben Griffin, football player
- Lev Susany, Australian powerlifter and Commonwealth record holder
- Brendan McKibbin, rugby union player – scrum half – NSW Waratahs
- Charlie Cameron, AFL player – Adelaide Crows
2008 Blue and Gold Ball
The College holds an annual "Blue and Gold" ball with the college's premier Big Band being the only regular performance. In 2008, Australian jazz musician James Morrison performed with the big band along with his own band.
- "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Marist College Ashgrove. 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
- "The Suburban Development of Brisbane.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 22 January 1936. p. 5. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- Marriner, Cosima (April 27, 2007). "It's private - the school he wants to forget". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 1.