Marist College Eastwood is a school that values the importance of honouring individual strengths and talents and nurturing students to work collaboratively, looking outwards towards the world. As principal, the opportunity to continue driving this strong community forward and shaping its vision for the future is an exciting undertaking. Together we will build on the college’s strong Marist tradition, great school spirit and the strength of our wellbeing and values-based approach to education.
With training as a science teacher and further study in the area of educational leadership, I have been fortunate to work in and lead a variety of school communities. These experiences have fostered in me an appreciation for creativity, innovation and courage, both in a student’s approach to their learning and within their own lives.
A Daring Faith, A Dynamic Education and A Holistic Personhood are at the core of our vision for all students, guiding us in the work we do. It is my priority to build on the longstanding traditions and excellent academic culture that Marist College Eastwood is renowned for – an exceptional school where all learners have a place and where their talents are valued, in an environment where excellence is coupled with joy and hope.
Our motto, Respice Finem, is such a powerful statement for our times. Marist men are called to recognise their purpose and to prepare themselves as strong, courageous and empathetic leaders in their own lives and the lives of others – to be people of influence and compassion in their local and global communities.
An education at Marist College Eastwood is one that resonates with the world we live in. As a school, we seek to continue creating opportunities for our students to create meaningful partnerships that will develop them in all aspects of their lives.
History Marist College Eastwood has been educating young men in the Marist tradition since 1937. Brother Leopold Smith and three other Marist Brothers – Ervan McDonough, Loyola Sullivan and Kenneth Harris came to Eastwood and opened St Kevin’s Boys School, as the college was originally named. On the first day, they taught 107 students in Eastwood House which was built in 1863 and which housed the original four classrooms. Today, Eastwood House serves as the college’s administration building, the site has significantly expanded and the college has an enrollment of over 900 students.
The Marist Brothers themselves were founded by St Marcellin Champagnat in 1817, a priest who began his ministry in La Valla, France. He had a special love for the poor and underprivileged which encouraged him to establish the Little Brothers of Mary, later to become known as the Institute of the Marist Brothers. Today, Marist College Eastwood continues to share the privilege and responsibility of nurturing “Good Christians and Good Citizens.” Today the charism is expressed in our commitment to the following Marist pillars and ideals:
Presence – By establishing positive relationships with all members of the community, founded on love, openness and hospitality.
Family Spirit – Our family spirit’s foundation is the love that Jesus has for all, this pillar convicts us to stand in solidarity with each other and build a sense of community.
Simplicity – We strive to be people of integrity and humility as we seek out God’s call for our lives and our true self.
Love of Work – We seek to work collaboratively, resiliently and joyfully, to be generous with our gifts and to do good quietly.
In the Way of Mary – Mary is the perfect model of discipleship who is constantly guiding us to her Son Jesus. She offers us an example of faith, strength in gentleness and courage.
Our apostolic mission, illuminated by our founder St Marcellin Champagnat, calls us to nurture Good ‘Christians and Good Citizens’. In partnership with parents and the wider community the college aims to develop, A Daring Faith, A Dynamic Education, A Holistic Personhood.
With students at the centre of all we do, Marist College Eastwood seeks to nurture students towards a full humanity, embracing individual gifts and talents and points of challenge and growth, supported by their community.
Our Shaping Document, which informs our core purpose can be accessed here.
Motto The words Respice Finem are firmly embedded in our college history and hold as much value for us today as when our founding Marist Brothers became inspired to attach it to the college. The most authoritative sources translate Respice Finem as “Look to the end”. The motto places emphasis on recognising the purpose for all the endeavours we undertake and challenges us to allow this purpose to inform our actions. In looking to the end, one can be motivated to set high expectations and their sights on aspirational goals. In addition, it reminds us of our humanity in light of the impermanence of worldly things, as well as our own mortality, inviting us to develop virtue in seeking the transcendental. This is reflected in our pursuit of truth, goodness, beauty and of course God – a morality expounded on equally by the Prophet Amos who states “Seek [God] and live” (5:4) and St Augustine, “For what other end do we have, if not to reach the Kingdom of which has no end…there we shall rest, love and praise” (cf. CCC 1720). Our motto strongly affirms that we can be the person we hope to become in the present moment, and that we can realise our vision, each day and through each encounter.
The college seeks to promote and nurture its relationship with our local parishes and broader Catholic community. Marist College enjoys relationships with parishes from across the Archdiocese of Sydney, particularly the Northern Deanery; as well as parishes in the Diocese of Parramatta and Broken Bay.