Marist Regional College

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Marist Regional College
Marist Regional College crest. Source: (Marist Regional College website)
Burnie, Tasmania
Australia Australia
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Love the Truth
Denomination Roman Catholic, Marist Fathers
Established 1972
Chairman Garry Dazeley
Principal Adrian Drane
Enrolment ~845 (7-12)[1]
Colour(s) Navy Blue, sky blue and white
Slogan "Striving for Excellence, learning for life"

Marist Regional College is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, secondary school, located in Parklands, a suburb of Burnie, Tasmania, Australia.

Marist Regional College is part of the Association of Marist Schools of Australis AMSA network of catholic high schools across Australia, and is one of several within Australia and around the world that share the same name of "Marist" College. The college currently caters for around 845 students from Years 7 to 12.


Marist Regional College was established in 1972 through the amalgamation of Stella Maris Regional College, run by the Sisters of Mercy, and Marist College run by the Marist Fathers.

Marist College[edit]

The Society of Mary (Marists) opened the College in 1959 as a boys’ secondary boarding school, initially known as St James' Marist College, and attracted an Initial enrolment of 90. From 1966 onwards the School had some co-ed classes with Stella Maris Regional Girls' College.

Stella Maris Regional Girls' College[edit]

In 1965, construction of the new Stella Maris Regional Girls' College began on land next to Marist College. In 1966, co-educational classes commenced with a small number of girls attending Marist College for lessons.

Marist Regional College[edit]

Marist College and Stella Maris Regional College were merged in 1972 to form Marist Regional College. From this time the College has offered co-educational schooling from Year 7 to Year 12. Marist Regional College opened with 555 students; 405 boys (an all-time high), and 150 girls. Boarder numbers (boys only) were 130. At the end of 1975 the boarding house was closed. With the amalgamation came the new College crest. From Stella Maris Regional College came the star; symbol of Mary, the Patroness. From Marist College came the monogram A.M.; monogram of Mary, from whose name was derived the name ‘Marist'. The College motto is "Love the Truth'.

Today, Marist Regional College is led by a lay Principal, and retains an emphasis on religious education. The school is managed by lay staff.

The Marist Regional College senior year levels and staff advise the principal on the selection of 20 student leaders who represent the student body during their last year at MRC. They are known as the Student Representative Council (SRC).


Marist, as the college is colloquially known, is situated less than 1 km from Burnie Park, in suburban Parklands. The school has views over the sports grounds, which continue with views of Bass Strait. It is close to Burnie Primary School, with several other schools, including Hellyer College, Stella Maris primary school, Parklands High School (Burnie), and Burnie High School also located in the City of Burnie.


The college currently has an Athletics Carnival, Swimming Carnival and Cross Country. Students represent Houses known as McAuley, Chanel, Colin and Frayne, named after significant figures in the founding histories of the mercy Sisters and Marist Fathers. These houses were previously known as Bass, Flinders, Tasman and Cook, after significant explorers in Australia's history.

Notable alumni[edit]

Sexual abuse cases[edit]

In 2007 Gregory Ferguson was sentenced to two years jail (eligible for parole after 12 months) for offences in 1971 against two boys aged 13 at Marist College, Burnie, Tasmania. On 13 December 2007 he was sentenced to an additional three years jail for offences against a third boy.;[4] in 2008 a jury found former priest Roger Michael Bellemore guilty on three counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17 years in the 1960s and 1970s while he was at the same college.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marist Regional College Prospectus (accessed:05-06-2007) Archived 19 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "COATES Daryl George". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help);
  3. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "PARRY Stephen Shane". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help);
  4. ^ "Pedophile may get parole after one year's prison". CathNews. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Guilty verdict for former priest". ABC News. Australia. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 

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Coordinates: 41°02′54″S 145°53′33″E / 41.0483°S 145.8926°E / -41.0483; 145.8926