Marist College Ashgrove

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Marist College Ashgrove
Marist College, Ashgrove.jpg
Main Entrance
Latin: Viriliter Age
Act Courageously[1]
Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia Australia
Coordinates 27°26′25″S 152°58′41″E / 27.440257°S 152.977967°E / -27.440257; 152.977967Coordinates: 27°26′25″S 152°58′41″E / 27.440257°S 152.977967°E / -27.440257; 152.977967
Type Private, Secondary, Day and Boarding
Denomination Roman Catholic
(Marist Brothers)
Established 1940[1]
Headmaster Mr Peter McLoughlin
Chaplain Rev. Fr Jim Hargraves
Staff ~137[1]
Years offered 512[1]
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~1600
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, Queensland, Australia. The college has a primary school for students in grades 5 to 7, and a high school for students in grades 8 to 12.[1]


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;

  • Foley
  • Ephrem
  • Gilroy
  • Harold
  • Ignatius
  • Slattery
  • Ridley
  • Rush

Boarding school[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

2008 Blue and Gold Ball[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Marist College Ashgrove. 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  2. ^ Marriner, Cosima (April 27, 2007). "It's private - the school he wants to forget". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 1. 

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