Marian College (Ararat)
|Motto||Latin: Fortiter et Suaviter
(Strength and Gentleness)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
Established in 1955, Marian College works under the governance of the Brigidine sisters.
Marian College was founded in 1888 by the Brigidine Sisters from Ireland. The foundress being Mother Gertrude Kelly. It follows the five Brigidine Core Values and is under the motto "Fortiter et Suaviter" - Strength and Gentleness. The first teachers of the school were five Brigidine nuns from Ireland sent by Bishop Daniel Delany to Australia. The sisters came on the boat "The Ormuz" and moved into the new brick convent. The original convent is still in use in the school today housing the chapel, parlour, hall, offices, library and staff area.
The parlour, the most beautiful room in the school, was painted by Sister Kate Griffin, for whom a wing in the school is named.
There are numerous wings in the school named after influential people: - Ursula Hayes Wing - Brendan Davey Wing -
There are eight sister schools to Marian College (Ararat) that also follow the Brigidine Order in Australia.
- St. Joseph's College, Echuca, Victoria (1886)
- Brigidine College, Randwick, New South Wales (1901)
- Kilbreda College, Mentone (1904)
- Brigidine College, St. Ives, New South Wales (1954)
- Killester College, Springvale (1955)
- Clonard College, Geelong West (1956)
- Marian College, Sunshine West (1958)
- Kildare College, Holden Hill, South Australia (1966)
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