Marist College North Shore

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Marist College North Shore
Marist College North Shore crest. Source: (Marist College North Shore website)
North Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°49′53″S 151°12′27″E / 33.83139°S 151.20750°E / -33.83139; 151.20750Coordinates: 33°49′53″S 151°12′27″E / 33.83139°S 151.20750°E / -33.83139; 151.20750
Type Independent, Secondary, Day school
Motto Latin: Virtus Ubique Vincit
(Courage Conquers All)
Denomination Roman Catholic
(Marist Brothers)
Established 1888[1]
Founder Walter Moore
Headmaster Tony Duncan
Staff ~80
Years 712[2]
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~837[3]
Colour(s) Blue, Black and Gold             
Athletics MCC

Marist College North Shore (MCNS) (often shortened to Marist North Shore), is a Roman Catholic, secondary day school for boys, located in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, a suburb on Sydney's Lower North Shore.

Founded in 1888, Marist College North Shore is conducted by the Marist Brothers, based on the teachings of their founder St. Marcellin Champagnat. The school is non-selective, and currently caters for approximately 800 students from Years 7 to 12 (12 to 18 years old).[2]

The college is administered by the Catholic Education Office for the Archdiocese of Sydney,[4] and is affiliated with the Association of Marist Schools of Australia (AMSA),[5] as well as the Metropolitan Catholic Colleges Sports Association (MCC).[6]


Marist education began in North Sydney[vague] on 2 July 1888. Since then, the school now called Marist College North Shore has experienced significant changes and development. Initially, it was established as a small two-room school in Ridge Street; the current site of St. Mary’s Primary School. It opened with sixty-five students and a staff of three Marist Brothers. It was the fourth school opened by the Brothers in Australia – after those begun at Church Hill (1872), Parramatta (1875) and Hunters Hill (1881). The inaugural Headmaster was Br. Walter Moore who gave the school an excellent beginning and a firm foundation on which to build.

The school met a felt need in the area and its enrolments grew to the point where a larger site and more classrooms were needed. In 1916, with enrolments in excess of three hundred, the school was moved to a neighbouring site in Carlow Street. Here, the former Mark Foy’s Furniture Repository, which had been purchased by Parish Priest Fr. Cornish SJ, was converted into classrooms and a Hall known as Manresa Hall. Marist Brothers High School North Sydney continued to expand in numbers and obtained a name for academic, cultural and sporting excellence. During these years the school catered for the educational needs of boys from Primary through to Intermediate (Year 10) level. Its motto “Esse Non Videri”, translated as “To Be, Not To Seem”, captured the essence of the school as it sought to form boys into good Christians and responsible Citizens.

The final transformation occurred in 1965 when a re-organisation of education occurred in New South Wales. The reforms introduced under the Wyndham Scheme led to the amalgamation of Marist Brothers Mosman and Marist Brothers North Sydney to form a complete Year Seven to Twelve secondary school on the grounds of the North Sydney campus. The school was subsequently renamed to appropriately reflect the representation of the two Lower North Shore Marist schools as one; Marist College North Shore. The school colours of ‘blue black and gold’ were adopted, as was the Marist Brothers Mosman motto of “Virtus Ubique Vincit” – “Courage Conquers All”. From this time development accelerated, and a series of building programmes were initiated to provide for the contemporary educational needs of the students. In 1996 the La Valla Centre was opened for use as a multi purpose educational facility comprising a hall, art rooms, computer laboratories, music classrooms and practice rooms, Design and Technology workshops, and other assorted facilities and offices. In 2007 the most recent building project was completed. The Coyle Centre contains a new library, additional classrooms, and food technology kitchens. In addition several buildings and sections of the school were given names such as the Mosman Wing in homage to Marist Brothers Mosman and the Manresa Courts.

Academically, Marist College North Shore has seen increasing success in recent years. As of 2010 the Year Twelve cohort was ranked 98th in the NSW Higher School Certificate candidature, up from 273rd in the 2009 HSC. However results go up and down.



Major facilities of the college include:

  • The Walter Moore Building - classrooms, offices, ICT centre.
  • The La Valla Centre - hall, conference room, storage areas, kitchen, art rooms, design and technology workshops, computer laboratories, health room, music practice rooms, music classrooms, offices, canteen.
  • The Andrew Power Centre - faith formation offices, counsellors office, careers advisor's office, general purpose religious education area, storage areas.
  • The Coman Sykes Wing - administration offices, board room, sick bay, staff accommodation, classrooms, storage areas, science laboratories and prep rooms.
  • The Mosman Wing - administration offices, board room, sick bay, staff accommodation, classrooms, storage areas, archives, book hire, science laboratories and prep. rooms, drama studio, fitness and training centre.
  • Manresa Courts - basketball courts, cricket nets.
  • Coyle Centre - food technology classrooms, kitchens, MacKillop Library, media room and classrooms.
  • Fitness Centre - gym equipment, new fitness and training area

Other notable named locations in the school include:

  • The Costello Quadrangle - Within the walls of the Mosman Wing and the Coman Sykes Wing, where most informal whole school or other partial group meetings and assemblies take place.
  • The O'Mara Plaza - A quadrangle named in memory of The O'Mara Green which was demolished and subsequently replaced with the Coyle Centre and its namesake plaza.

College Crest[edit]

  • Motto: "Virtus Ubique Vincit" - Courage Conquers All
  • Southern Cross: Symbolises our nation, Australia, and is a reminder of our duty as citizens.
  • Sacred Heart: Reminds us of the love of Jesus for all and also the association between the catholic parishes of Mosman and North Sydney.
  • Open Book: Represents our quest for learning and the Gospels - a reminder of the central place the word of God has in our lives.
  • Interwoven A & M crowned with twelve stars: The Marist symbol - Ave Maria, crowned with twelve stars - (Book of Revelations 12.1) highlights the place Mary, the mother of Jesus, has in the life of the College.
  • College Colours: Blue, Black and Gold


The college updated the houses at the start of 2016 moving from the traditional four to six houses:

  • Chanel: Named in honour of St Peter Chanel, one of the earliest Marists and the first Marist Saint. He was a missionary to the Pacific and was martyred on the Island of Futuna. Colour: Red.
  • Kelly: Named in honour of Fr. Michael Kelly SJ the Parish Priest of North Sydney who provided the original inspiration for the establishment of the College by persistently inviting the Brothers to commence a school in the Parish. Colour: Green (black before 2007).
  • Moore: Named in honour of the College’s first Headmaster, Br Walter Moore, who had the responsibility of establishing a new school and beginning the proud tradition of Marist Education north of the Harbour. Colour: Blue.
  • Salta: Named in honour of Br Peter Salta, ex-student and staff member of the College. Br Peter attended the school as a boy and then returned as a staff member in 1967. He is the longest serving member of staff, finishing teaching duties in 1999 and maintaining until today an involvement as tutor and assistant in the office. He has passed on recently. Colour: Yellow.
  • MacKillop: Named after St Mary Mackillop, Australia's first saint. Colour: Orange.
  • Montagne: Named after the man whose death inspired St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers, to begin his work for the poor. Colour: Purple.

In previous years and in certain circumstances the college opened a special extra house:

  • Ludovic: Usually if the intake of Year Seven students in a particular year is significantly larger than normal, an extra house is opened, often called Ludovic. It is a special house in that it does not have a specific House Coordinator, Senior Captains leadership team, house colour or emblem. Rather the students consist of an even distribution amongst the six main houses and are placed in the Ludovic House for administrative purposes only. This class is an extension class for English students based on exams & Naplan results.

Prior to 2006, the four college houses were Chanel, Xavier, Marcellin and Sykes. However, after an extensive review, an overhaul of the house and pastoral systems resulted in significant structural changes and greater emphasis on intra-house relationships and less so on Year groups as collectives. The houses were subsequently renamed; Xavier became Kelly, Marcellin became Moore and Sykes became Salta. The only House that retained its name in the overhaul was Chanel. The house colours of the previous four houses was retained for their successors. The previous posts of Year Seven to Twelve Coordinators were abolished and four House Coordinators were established in their places.

In 2014, the school decided to increase the number of houses from four to six. The new houses of Mackillop and Montagne were established, becoming functional in 2015.


The college competes in inter-school sport competitions through the Metropolitan Catholic Colleges Sports Association (MCC). The college has been incredibly successful for a school of its size, having emerged as premiers several times in several sports.[vague] Many talented students who have contributed to the college's successes have later gone on to become professionals in their specialist sport.

Other MCC member schools are: Marcellin College Randwick, Marist College Pagewood, Marist College Kogarah, De La Salle College Ashfield, LaSalle Catholic College Bankstown, Christian Brothers' High School Lewisham and Holy Cross College Ryde. The college has held sporting rivalries with the other member schools for many years.

Summer sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football

Winter sports include:

  • Rugby League
  • Football (soccer)
  • Water Polo

Other sports available throughout the year within the MCC include:

  • Athletics
  • Cross Country Running
  • Golf
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Notable alumni[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts
  • Brian Bury - Radio and television broadcaster
  • Kyle Linahan - Australian singer/songwriter and media presenter
  • Mike Munro - Television journalist
  • Ben Harris - Award-winning journalist
  • Steve Ahern - Radio broadcaster, Director of Radio at AFTRS, international broadcasting consultant. Awarded Order of Australia Medal in 2009.
  • Steve Balbi - Australian singer/songwriter - Noiseworks.
  • Grant Blackley - Former executive and CEO, Australian television Network TEN
  • Justin Frew - Singer/songwriter - antenna
  • Peter Carroll - Australian Actor (Movie/Television/Stage)
  • Dan Ewing - actor
  • Rohan Cannon- Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter.
  • Air Marshal David Evans
Politics, public service and the law
  • Justice Brian Sully, now retired, formerly of the NSW Supreme Court
  • Anthony Nolan OAM JP
  • Justice Geoffrey Bellew, of the NSW Supreme Court
Medicine and the Sciences
  • Professor Enrico Coiera - Director Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University
  • Assoc Professor Dr Hilton Gock - Head of Dialysis & Renal Clinics, St Vincents Hospital Melbourne and Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne


  1. ^ "Marist College North Shore". New South Wales. School Choice. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Marist College North Shore Annual Report 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ "2014 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "CEO schools". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Member Schools". Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Teams". Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  7. ^ "HSC Performance 2010" (PDF). The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 

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