Parramatta Marist High School

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Parramatta Marist High School logo.jpg
Parramatta Marist Emblem
"Fortior Ito"
Go Forth With Strength
2 Darcy Rd
Westmead, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°48′21″S 150°59′05″E / 33.80583°S 150.98472°E / -33.80583; 150.98472Coordinates: 33°48′21″S 150°59′05″E / 33.80583°S 150.98472°E / -33.80583; 150.98472
Patron saint(s) Mary, Mother of God; Marcellin Champagnat
Founded 1820
Principal Br Patrick Howlett (2002–present)
Asst. Principal Gavin Hays (curriculum), Peter Stephens
Years offered 7-12
Gender Boy
Pupils Approx. 1000
Classes 36 homerooms (6 for years 7-12)
Average class size 30 (years 7-10), 25 (years 11-12)
Campus type Suburban
Houses Alman, St. Vincent's, Campion and Harroway
Colour(s) Green and Gold
Slogan Fortior Ito
Song 'Fortior Ito' by A. Clark
Nickname PMHS, PMH or Marist

Parramatta Marist High School is a systemic Roman Catholic, secondary, day school for boys, located in Westmead, a suburb in the Greater Western Sydney region in New South Wales. It was the first Catholic school established in Australia, and second oldest school in Australia; only Newcastle East Primary School (founded in 1816) being older.[1]

Parramatta Marist began as a school established by Father John Therry in 1820, under the direction of Mr George Morley. The school was transferred to the site of the present Cathedral in 1837 and entrusted to the care of the Marist Brothers in 1875.

The school was entrusted to the care of the Marist Brothers in 1875, thus becoming Marist Brothers Parramatta (MBP); later, this was changed to 'Parramatta Marist High'. In the 1960s a decision was made to move the secondary classes to a site in Westmead and leave only the primary classes at the Parramatta site. The Westmead campus was opened in 1966. In 2008, Parramatta Marist High introduced Project Based Learning into Year 9 to cater for a new technology-rich modern learning environment. Classrooms were redesigned to cater for this technology rich environment. This ensured that each student in year 9 had access to individual computers. The school has since also implemented new strategies such as 151 (One Five One), as of 2010. In Year 12 2013, the school has now adopted a Flipped-Classroom approach. [2]


1880s - 1960s[edit]

The 1880s were important years for Marist. In 1888, a new monastery was built next to the school and in 1889 a new headmaster, a Frenchman by the name of Brother Claudius, took over the school. During this time enrolments increased to over 250, the first senior classes were presented for public examinations with notable success, facilities were expanded, extra classes were organised at night and on weekends, and competitive sports were promoted vigorously with next-door neighbours The King's School being the chief opponents in cricket, rugby and athletics. The school began to flourish. Developments in the new century. In 1918, the original stone building was demolished and replaced with the building that housed the junior school until 1994. During the 1920s and 1930s numbers continued to grow, placing more pressure on classroom accommodation. The 1940s and 1950s saw the growth and consolidation of the secondary school and a fine record of scholastic and sporting success. Despite the new erection of a new wing in 1956, the school in the early 1960s was at breaking point. Enrolment was over 1000, with classes having to be taught in the Parish Hall, which had been sub-divided, on verandas, at St Vincent Boy's Home, and even under an oak tree in the school grounds. The decision was taken to move the secondary classes to Westmead and leave only the primary classes at the Parramatta site. [3]

1966 - 2007[edit]

In 1966 the first stage of the buildings on the new Westmead campus was opened, and most classes transferred. Further buildings were completed: the Monastery in 1968, the Swimming Pool in 1968, the Library in 1971, the Senior Block in 1973, and Arts and Techniques Centre in 1982, the Administration Block in 1984. Meanwhile the fields and grounds were developed. In 1993 the Morley Centre was opened as a new multi-purpose facility, the new Science Building was opened in 2001. In 2003, the library was refurbished and named the Br Ludovic Learning Centre; a new healthy Canteen was built in 2004; an eLearning Centre was created on the lower floor of the building; in 2007 the Science laboratories, TAS and Creative Arts areas were updated and a 172 seat theatrette was built on the site of the old canteen. In July 2014, a new multi-million dollar Administration and Classroom block is expected to be opened - it has been purpose built to accommodate a PBL approach to learning.


2008 - Present[edit]

In 2008 the school introduced Project Based Learning into Year 9. Classrooms were redesigned to cater for this technology rich environment. This ensured that each student in year 9 had access to individual computers. PBL continues to be delivered to Year 9 and 10 students in 2011 with a variation of PBL (problem based learning) now delivered to Year 11 students. This is known as 151 and has its roots based on a one day one problem approach to learning. Year 11 students undertake 151 lessons on the UWS site in a building named the Champagnat Centre. [5] In 2013 students in year 7 have found a new way off using PBL, the year 7 students at Parramatta Marist are using iPads to help them learn. Year 12 Students have undertaken an experimental 'flipped classroom' approach which focuses on content delivery through sources accessible through iPads, whilst practicing responses to HSC style questions during periods.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  5. ^ Unknown, Author. "2008 - Present". Retrieved 04-06-2011. 
  6. ^ Deare, Steven. "Forged in a Parramatta Marist Fire". Retrieved 01-06-2011. 
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