Marist College Kogarah

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Marist College Kogarah
Marist College Kogarah crest. Source: (Marist College website)
Bexley, NSW
Coordinates 33°57′29″S 151°7′49″E / 33.95806°S 151.13028°E / -33.95806; 151.13028Coordinates: 33°57′29″S 151°7′49″E / 33.95806°S 151.13028°E / -33.95806; 151.13028
Type Independent, Day
Motto Latin: Finis Coronat Opus
(The end crowns the work.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1909
Principal Mr. J Riordan
Staff 96+[1]
Years 712
Gender Boys
Enrolment 1200+[2] (2007)
Colour(s) Blue, red and white             
Athletics MCC
Affiliations MSA

Marist College Kogarah is an independent Catholic College for boys from Years 7 to 12, located in Bexley, New South Wales, Australia.

The College was founded in 1909, and has a tradition based on the teachings of the French educator Saint Marcellin Champagnat. The school offers education to approximately 1200 students in the St George area of Sydney.


Marist College Kogarah was established in 1908 as the Kogarah Boys' School, a primary school for boys. The Marist Brothers agreed to establish the school after requests by Fr John O'Driscoll, parish priest of the new parish of Kogarah. During 1908 a hundred pupils were enrolled, it then being the only Catholic boys school in New South Wales south west of Newtown. As demand for secondary education grew in the region, junior secondary classes were added to the school in the late 1920s. By 1938 it was a full secondary school, presenting pupils for the Leaving Certificate. By the 1940s it was the largest Catholic School in Australia. In the 1960s, the school became part of the new Archdiocesan system of schools and this had important consequences for Kogarah. Parish schools were preferred for primary education and so in 1982 primary classes ended at Marist Brothers Kogarah. From 1984, senior girls were enrolled in Years 11 and 12. This was however short-lived due to the establishment of Bethany College in 1993.

School crest and motto[edit]

Over the years the school has had three crest designs. They all have in common a red cross dividing a shield into four fields. Above the shield is the school motto Finis Coronat Opus, meaning "The End Crowns the Work"; below is the school name. The redesigns were required after the school's name was altered. The crest's symbols were also rearranged after the first redesign. The fields contain the following symbols:

  • The Marist symbol.
  • The Southern Cross, the symbol of Australia
  • The Waratah, the symbol of New South Wales
  • An open book to symbolise learning.
Marist College Kogarah

House system[edit]

The present School house system has been operating since 2000. As each new student begins at the school, he is allocated to a house and its colour. The school has four houses that have been named after people that have made a lasting impact on the school. Students are involved in House Competitions which include Sporting, Cultural and Academic events. The four houses are:

  • Cooper: Named after Alfred Cooper, a benefactor of the school.
  • Gonzaga: Named for the first Principal of the school, Brother Gonzaga Brown.
  • Gilroy : Named for Cardinal Gilroy of Sydney, who was enrolled in the school on the first day of lessons in 1909.
  • Lindwall : Named for Ray Lindwall, a first-grade St George rugby league footballer and cricketer who represented for Australia at Test level.


Subjects offered for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) include English Standard, English Advanced, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, General Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering Studies, Studies of Religion 1, Studies of Religion 2, Geography,Modern History, Ancient History, History Extension, Economics, Business Studies, Italian Beginners, Italian Continuers, Music 1, Music 2, Visual Arts, PDHPE, Industrial Technology, Design and Technology, Information Processes and Technology, and Software Design and Development.

Principals [3][edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts
  • Warren Fahey AM – Australian Folklorist, founder of Folkways Music and Larrikin Records, former Deputy managing director Festival Mushroom Group.
  • Dan Ginnane – Broadcaster on Triple M Radio and ESPN Television
  • John Hargreaves – Actor; only actor to receive the Byron Kennedy Award[4]
  • Chris Holland- former College Vice-Captain, now a member of Australian band Operator Please
  • Geoff Plummer- (1954–2006) founding member, drummer and singer of multiple platinum record winning 1970s fifties revival band "Ol'55" who made numerous appearances of Countdown.
  • Paul Merciadez- Member of Justice Dance Crew who won Australia's Got Talent in 2010.
  • Artie Rocke- Contestant, Australia's Biggest Loser – 1st series, 2006
  • Christopher 'Kris' Halteh- Cast member on dramality series The Shire.
Politics, public service and the law


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marist College Information Book 2006 (accessed:14-06-2007)
  2. ^ Marist College- Introduction (accessed:14-06-2007)
  3. ^ Centenary Publication
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Marist College Kogarah- Famous Ex-students (accessed:14-06-2007)
  5. ^ "Gavin Bell". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 

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