Marist Schools Australia
St Gregory’s College is a member of the Association of Marist Schools Australia. This organisation links Marist schools across Australia that share the Marist charism inspired by St Marcellin Champagnat who founded the order of the Marist Brothers. Teachers and students within Marist Schools Australia, are brought together through educational conferences, retreats and sporting competitions.
For more information about Marist Schools Australia visit the MSA website.
The Marist Charism
St Marcellin Champagnat—who founded the orders of the Marist Brothers in France in the 18th and 19th Century—with school children and parents.
At St Gregory’s good relationships and being present for each other are the ways we build trust, respect and care for each member of our Community.
At the College, we encourage all members to be genuine and honest in the way they interact with each other. It is personal effort that is recognised and rewarded.
In the earliest Marist communities, Champagnat showed inclusion and acceptance of all people. At St Gregory’s we build partnerships between students, parents, teachers, ex-students and friends of the College to foster respect, regard for and acceptance of all, especially the weak and vulnerable.
Love of Work
Champagnat’s life showed that he had a great love of work. Champagnat literally built the houses and schools for the first Brothers. This has meant that love of work is easily identified as a Marist characteristic. Staff and students are encouraged to set high standards and challenge themselves to be the best they can be.
In the Way of Mary
Champagnat grew up with in the wake of the French Revolution. Despite the violence and struggles that he witnessed, Champagnat retained in his heart a gentleness and simplicity that saw him entrust his life and his work to Mary, whom he called, ‘Our Good Mother and ordinary resource’. At St Gregory’s, we strive to reflect the gentleness, humility and acceptance that Mary and Champagnat showed in their lives.
At St Gregory’s, we hope to shape, in partnership with parents, young people of strong mind and gentle heart. The staff of St Gregory’s model these qualities and we hope that our young people will grow to live this also.
We place ourselves, with trust, in the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Students and staff are encouraged to make prayer a part of their everyday lives. Every Friday morning at 8am during the school term, Mass is said in the College Chapel. Also, all students in the Senior School have the opportunity for Reconciliation at least once during the year. The Chapel is available to visit at any time during the day and a book of intentions is located at the entrance to allow our community to write and share prayers and intentions for themselves, their family or friends or the extended community.
At St Gregory’s, we celebrate the following occasions with Mass or liturgy as a College community:
- Opening Mass (February)
- Ash Wednesday
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat (June)
- Feast of St Gregory the Great (September)
- Year 12 Graduation (Last week of Term 3)
- Year 6 Graduation
- Christmas (Last day of Term 4)
Learn more about being part of the Catholic community and the Marist community by downloading the booklet, Welcome to St Gregory’s.
Faith in Action
All students are encouraged to be a part of our liturgies through their prayerfulness, speaking of responses and singing. Extra ministries which students are invited to join include servers, readers, processions, hospitality, Ministers of the Eucharist, music and cantors.
Students at St Gregory’s are encouraged to join with their Marist brothers and sisters in Solidarity and support of those who are less fortunate. They can do this in many ways:
- Support of the Lenten Appeal
- Joining in the activities of Champagnat Day
- Collecting for the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Appeals
- Contributing to the Christmas Hampers for the Claymore community and Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre
- Supporting the overseas Immersions
- Volunteering to attend Claymore Homework Club
- Joining the Community Service Project
- Participating in the Year 11 Insight programme
- Joining the mini-Marists in the Junior School