Marist College Ashgrove
Main entrance

Coordinates27°26′25″S 152°58′41″E / 27.440257°S 152.977967°E / -27.440257; 152.977967
TypeIndependent day and boarding primary and secondary school
MottoLatin: Viriliter Age
(Act Courageously[1])
Religious affiliation(s)Marist Brothers
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established1940; 84 years ago (1940)[1]
HeadmasterMichael Newman
ChaplainFr Alatini Kolofo'ou
Enrolmentc. 1,700
Area26 hectares (64 acres)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Royal blue and gold   
AffiliationAssociated Independent Colleges

Marist College Ashgrove (abbreviated as MCA) is an independent Roman Catholic day and boarding primary and secondary school for boys, located in the northern Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove, in Queensland, Australia. The college caters for students from Year 5 to Year 12.[1]


Marist College Ashgrove was founded by the Marist Brothers as a day and boarding College for boys on 17 March 1940.[2][3] Enrolment preferences are given to baptised Catholics, with participation in the Church given more consideration.[4]

The College educates 1700 students from Years 5 to 12, 170 of whom are boarders, and provides wide-ranging programs encompassing academics, the visual and performing arts, sports and service projects.[2][3]

The ethos and mission of the College are influenced by the founder of the Marist Brothers, Saint Marcellin Champagnat.[2][3]


View of The Tower from Cameron Oval

The college is situated on a 26-hectare (64-acre) campus and includes such facilities as:[citation needed]


In 1993, the House system was established. There are eight houses at Marist College Ashgrove:[5]


Marist College Ashgrove is a member of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC).[6]

AIC premierships

Marist College Ashgrove has won the following AIC premierships.[7]

Boarding school

Marist College Ashgrove offers a boarding school for students from Years 6 to 12 and can cater for up to 220 boarders.[8] The boarding community includes many students from the Greater Brisbane Region and South East Queensland, along with many country students from Outback Queensland and regional Australia. International students also board from the Asia-Pacific region from countries and territories such as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Hong Kong.[citation needed]

Crest and motto

The crest of the college is based on the design of the crest of St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill in Sydney. The four quadrants of the shield are filled with: the Marist Monogram with its twelve stars in the top left; the Southern Cross in the top right; the MCA logo in the bottom left; and the lamp and book representing learning in the bottom right.[9]

The college's motto is "Viriliter Age", which translates from Latin to "Act Courageously". The motto was adopted in 1957 and is displayed above the crest.[1][9]

Notable alumni

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Australian Rules Football




Rugby League

Rugby Union


Speed skating




Water Polo



See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Marist College Ashgrove. 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "About MCA". Marist College Ashgrove.
  3. ^ a b c "College Ethos and Mission". Marist College Ashgrove. Archived from the original on 5 March 2022. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  4. ^ "The Process". Marist College Ashgrove. Archived from the original on 18 October 2022. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Pastoral Care". Marist College Ashgrove.
  6. ^ "Member Schools". Associated Independent Colleges. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  7. ^ "About Associated Independent Colleges". AIC. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Boarding Handbook (PDF)". Marist College Ashgrove.
  9. ^ a b Cameron, David. "The History of Marist College". Ashgrove Historical Society Inc.
  10. ^ a b c Parnell, Sean (24 May 2018). "Schoolboy critical after camp mishap". The Australian. p. 3. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  11. ^ MCA. "Notable Ashgrovians". Marist College Ashgrove.
  12. ^ a b c d Cameron, Peter (15 November 2007). "Rudd's computer plan for students - Marist and all: B Main Edition". The Gold Coast Bulletin. p. 35. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  13. ^ Marriner, Cosima (27 April 2007). "It's private - the school he wants to forget". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 1.
  14. ^ a b Tucker, Jim (28 January 2003). "Hayden's best in the world title comes from 'left field': 1 First With The News Edition". The Courier-Mail. p. 26. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  15. ^ Jenkins, Peter (4 August 2007). "HIS NICKNAME IS `KNUCKLES' BUT THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO WALLABY COACH JOHN". The Daily Telegraph. p. 32. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  16. ^ a b c Tucker, Jim; Grey, Lachlan (2 May 2019). "WHERE JOEYS TURN INTO WALLABIES". The Courier-Mail. p. 30. Retrieved 1 January 2023.