Mt Maria College
Mt Maria College is a Catholic, Secondary Coeducational College located in northside Brisbane on two campuses. It offers both an OP course and a VET course for students. It is part of Brisbane Catholic Education.
|Mt Maria College|
|Mitchelton, Queensland, Australia|
|Type||Private School, Roman Catholic, Coeducational, Secondary.|
|Established||1930 (reformed in 2006)|
|Principal||Mr Mark Stower|
|Grades||8–12 (7-12 planned for 2015)|
|Colour(s)||Burgundy & Navy|
|Affiliations||Brisbane Catholic Education|
Mt Maria College is housed at 67-69 Osborne Road, Mitchelton.
History of the college
Mt Maria Junior Secondary College and Mt Maria Senior College existed for many years as two separate schools. In 2006 the amalgamation of the two colleges took place to form Mt Maria College.
The property now occupied by the Mt Maria College Mitchelton campus was originally set up in 1930 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd as the Good Shepherd Home, catering for those with special needs or those deemed to be ‘uncontrollable’ in their own homes. It was later renamed the Mt Maria Training School for delinquent girls. The home was closed in late 1974 due to changes in community and government expectations, as well as financial difficulties and a shortage of staff.
In 1970, the site that was occupied by the Mt Maria College Enoggera campus was established by the Marist Brothers as a boys school, initially for years 5-7. The school was known as Marcellin College (and as Marist Brothers Enoggera). The first year 12 class graduated in 1976.
In 1978 Brisbane Catholic Education purchased the Mt Maria Senior College Mitchelton campus, with the intention of providing co-educational schooling for senior students (years 11 and 12) from Marcellin College and from St Benedict's Catholic Girls School at Wilston. Marcellin and St Benedict's closed their year 11 and 12 classes in 1977 and in 1978 Mt Maria Senior Secondary College began operating at Mitchelton, under Brother Terrence Heinrich, who had previously been principal at Marcellin. He was succeeded by Brother Robert O'Connor in 1981, who in turn was succeeded by Brother Anthony in 1985.
By the late 1980s, Catholic primary schools were teaching boys through to grade 7, and consequently Marcellin no longer needed to provide primary school education. When St Benedicts finally closed its doors in 1991 the girls school moved over to the Marcellin campus at Enoggera and became Mt Maria Junior Secondary College.
The two schools operated like this until the amalgamation in January 2006, when the two colleges were jointly renamed Mt Maria College, a new uniform phased in and the adoption of a new logo took place.
Mt Maria has planned to relocate all schooling to the Mitchelton campus between 2011 and 2013. The initial phase is to construct new facilities on the Mitchelton campus, which will allow year 10 from Enoggera to be combined with years 11 and 12 to form the new Senior school at Mitchelton. During the following year, the original buildings was refurbished, followed by construction of the remaining buildings to accommodate years 8 and 9. It is possible that year 7 may be incorporated into the school by this stage, depending on the outcome of the educational reviews being carried out in Queensland.
In February 2012 The Marcellin Champagnat Building was opened at a cost of $7.5 million. The former convent home, now know as The Rose Pelletier Building is currently undergoing a major refurbishment that is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
On 1 December 2012, a Mass of Thanksgiving was held to celebrate 42 years of Catholic schooling at the Enoggera site.
Mt Maria holds many events in the school year. There are three sporting carnivals held per year: swimming, cross country and athletics. Two performances are also held each year, These typically showcase music, dance and drama, as well as film as of 2008. Another key event was the Live Simply Day held on 8 August 2008. This was an initiative of the Student Representative Council where the student body was asked to wear black and white to school and to live simply in all aspects of their daily school life, such as turning off lights, computers and using minimal resources. A photograph was taken of the whole school, the first taken since the amalgamation in 2006.
Mt Maria College has an administration team consisting of a principal, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal - Administration and Assistant Principal - Religious Education. Prior to 2009, there were two Deputy Principals: one for each campus. It was announced in May 2009 that as of Semester Two 2009, Mark Stower will begin leading the school as principal.
The Leadership Executive as of 2011 are:
- Mr Mark Stower - Principal
- Mr Michael Boyle - Deputy Principal
- Mr Anthony Elmore - Assistant Principal Administration
- Mr Derek Worden - Assistant Principal Religious Education
- Mrs Mary-Louise Hannam - Business Manager
There are also five House Co-ordinators:
- Benedict: Geoff Fletcher
- Champagnat: Sian Burke
- Lavalla: Damien Waters
- Mackillop: Kath Bryant
- Pelletier: James Taylor
Key learning areas
Mt Maria College is split into ten Key Learning Areas for students. These are:
Head of KLA: James Brownlie
Head of KLA: Luisa Marinelli
Head of KLA: Peter Myska
Head of KLA: Lauren Moore
Head of KLA: Randall Jettoo
Head of KLA: Geoff Fletcher
Head of KLA: Hilde Claus
Head of KLA: Kerry Maher
Head of KLA: Max Luxton
Head of KLA: Stephen Connors
Student Representative Council
In Year 11, students undertake a Leadership Selection Process to establish the eleven student leaders for the college. This includes two School Captains, two Vice Captains, two Secretaries and five House Captains. These students meet on a weekly basis to attend to any student-related issues that may have arisen.
At the Year 12 Graduation Evening, eight major prizes are awarded to students who have contributed in certain areas of the college. Their names are engraved on a trophy and recorded on the honour boards.
The award prizes are as follows:
- The Myer Brookside Award for Sporting Excellence
- The Mary Ryan Prize for Oratory
- The Mary King Prize for Character
- The Noel Stallard Prize for Commitment to Studies
- The Tom Fitzsimon Prize for Service
- The Champagnat Prize
- The Excellence in Work Education Award
- The College Award
Parents and Friends Association
Mt Maria College has a Parents and Friends Association that meets on the first Wednesday of each month. The 2013 President of the Committee is Marianne Flowers. This Association meets to further advance the college community.
Houses and committees
Mt Maria College has five houses, each named after a particular person. For each house, there is a designated House Captain. The College House Captains, members of the Student Representative Council are elected at the end of each year. The houses are:
There are also five student committees that all students may join that are led by the House Captains:
- Arts Committee
- Environment Committee
- Liturgy Committee
- Mission Committee
- Service Committee
- Mt Maria - History & Tradition, retrieved 28 July 2010.
- Good Shepherd Home and Laundry (former), Brisbane City Council Heritage Citation, Brisbane City Council Heritage Unit.
- Mt Maria College Education Brief (Draft), retrieved 28 July 2010.
- Fulton Trotter Architects: Mt Maria College Mitchelton Master Plan, retrieved 28 July 2010.
- A Flying Start for Queensland Children: Education Green Paper for public consultation, retrieved 28 July 2010
- Mt Maria College builds on learning, retrieved 28 May 2012
- Building Projects, retrieved 28 May 2012
- "Good Shepherd Home (former)". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- "Key Staff". Mt Maria College. Retrieved 2 March 2010.