Marist College Emerald

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Marist College Emerald
Emerald, Queensland
School type Private, secondary
Motto In Veritate Libertas(The truth will set you free)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Catholic
Principal Mr Mark Green
Grades 7-12
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment approx. 550
Houses Moore, Heenan, Farrelly, Chanel, MacKillop
School colour(s) Blue and Silver, Yellow and Black, Red and White, Purple and Gold, Green.
School fees $2,600(AU)+

Marist College Emerald is a Catholic, co-educational day school located in Emerald, a rural town located in the Central Highlands, about 3 hours west of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

The college draws students from Emerald, as well as surrounding rural areas including Gindie, Springsure, The Gemfields, Capella, Blackwater, Comet and many rural properties.

The college is one of only two high schools in Emerald.


In 1994 Joe McCorley proposed that the feasibility of opening a secondary college in Emerald be looked at. The only secondary school in Emerald at the time was Emerald State High School.

The proposed site of the original Marist College was on the north side of the Capricorn Highway, adjoining the Agricultural College.

The mayor of Emerald at the time, Paul Bell, was also keen to open a secondary college in Emerald. He suggested utilising land on the east side of the Nogoa River. In coming years, the college would promote housing developments in the area.

Joe McCorley asked the Marist Brothers to administer the College. Bishop Brian Heenan (after which one of the college houses is named after) also asked the Marist Brothers to administer the college.

The college commenced Year 8 classes in 1996 with the first Year 12 class graduating in 2000.

The initial cohort of students was expected to be around 90 students, with around 450 students expected by 2000. The current student numbers stand at around 410 students (2008).

Brother Peter Corr as the first principal of Marist College Emerald. The parish priest at the time was Father Dan Moore (after which Moore house is named).

In 2006 the College celebrated 10 years of Catholic secondary education on the Central Highlands.


Marist College Emerald boasts modern architecturally designed buildings set in landscaped grounds.

The campus includes such facilities as:

    • Generous computer facilities, wireless throughout the school and a laptop hire scheme for Years 7 to 12
    • Music and Drama specialist classrooms
    • A new Senior Art Studio, renovated Junior Art Block and courtyard
    • Hospitality Precinct including a commercial kitchen, Restaurant and Alfresco dining area
    • A well resourced air conditioned Library
    • Technology workshops
    • Modern well equipped Science laboratories
    • Canteen, which serves hot and cold meals daily
    • Large undercover area for assemblies, sport and cultural productions
    • Well appointed general teaching areas
    • Sporting facilities including oval and basketball courts
    • A Sacred Space featuring eight stain glassed windows
    • An Inclusive Practices Centre

Sporting tradition[edit]

All students participate in the College's Wednesday afternoon sporting program, and can play a variety of sports, including:

Students have the opportunity to progress to district, regional, state and national levels in these sports. The college also has an inter-house competition which includes swimming, cross country running and athletics carnivals.

Academic Achievements[edit]

As of 2010, seven Marist College students have achieved an overall position of 1, the top level of secondary school academic achievement in the state of Queensland.[1]

Band and Instrumental Music[edit]

The College bands are well known around Emerald and play a significant role in many town functions. The college bands have been successful every year at the Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival.

School Houses[edit]

The school has three houses: Moore, Heenan and Farrelly, Chanel and Mackillop.

Moore House[edit]

Motto: Post Prolia Pramia (After the battle come the rewards). Colour: Blue Emblem: Shark

Moore House was named in honour of Father Daniel Moore, who was Parish Priest of Emerald when the college was founded. His positive enthusiasm and love of people proved an early inspiration to the Marist College community.

Heenan House[edit]

Motto: Per Aspera Ad Astra (Through difficulty to the stars). Colour: Gold Emblem: Hornet

Heenan House was named in honour of Bishop Brian Heenan, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockhampton during the foundation of the college. Bishop Brian was very involved in the introduction and development of Marist College Emerald.[citation needed]

Farrelly House[edit]

Motto: Cituis Altuis Fortuis (Faster, Higher, Stronger). Colour: Red Emblem: Dragon

This house was named in memory of Brother Mark Farrelly who was involved in the early development and planning of Marist College. His life was marked by a thirst for learning, by creativity and by the love of people and life. He was actively involved in research and publication on Marcellin Champagnat's life and charism. Brother Mark died of a brain tumour in July 1999.

Chanel House

Motto: Honora Omnes Time Nullus (Respect all, fear none). Colour: Purple Emblem: Cobra

This House is named after St Peter Chanel, a great Marist saint who assisted in bringing Christianity to the Futuna Island in the Pacific. Following his death, Chanel was declared a martyr and beatified in 1889 and canonized in 1954. He was a man of obvious courage, faith and inspiration.

Mackillop House

Motto: Ubi Concordia, Ibi Victoria (Where there is unity, there is victory). Colour: Green Emblem: Green Eyed Panther

Our newest House is named after St Mary MacKillop, Australia's first and only saint. The Josephites have strong ties to the Emerald area due to their love of rural communities and having founded a school outside of Clermont. Mary died on August 8, 1909 and was canonised on 17 October 2010, to be known as St Mary of the Cross.

Crest and Motto[edit]

The crest of Marist College Emerald was designed to incorporate symbols of the main influences on this Catholic College. The central motif represents the Trinity - the flames are symbolic of the Holy Spirit; the Chalice and Host represent the Son, Jesus in the Eucharist; with the hands of the Father shown in a supporting gesture. Sunflowers represent the Shire of Emerald and the stylized "A & M" is the international symbol of the Congregation of the Marist Brothers.

The motto "In Veritate Libertas" translated: "The Truth Will Set You Free."


  • Marist College Emerald Prospectus
  • Marist College Student Diary 2008, pg 2-8, 2008
  1. ^ "Report," Archived 2008-12-12 at the Wayback Machine. Catholic Education.

Coordinates: 23°32′36.71″S 148°09′29.44″E / 23.5435306°S 148.1581778°E / -23.5435306; 148.1581778