Boarders are the "heart and soul" of the College Community
We strive to ensure that boarding at Marist is a safe, rewarding and socially satisfying experience where boys from a diverse range of backgrounds learn to live, play, work and pray together. Having such a large boarding population resident the entire week and weekends makes it possible to offer a wider range of academic, sporting and recreational opportunities.
What separates Marist from other boarding schools is the level of care and commitment to each individual. Communication between the boarding school and the family is paramount. Parents are ensured of weekly emails and constant contact on their son's progress. Marist is unique in that most of its 210 boarders are resident 7 days a week during term time. The consistency, camaraderie and care provided by this model is something country people have told us they want for their sons.
The overwhelming spirit and tone of our residences is one of harmony and happiness. The opportunity to live, work and play with boarders from all over Australia, the South Pacific and beyond makes boarding a special experience. The genuine friendships forged as boarders continue well beyond graduation.
Accommodation for 210 boarders is divided among five residences. Our senior boarders in Terence House occupy a modern complex with rooms that provide students with personal living and study areas. Each wing of the building is serviced by a common room and the residence is set up for wireless computer use. With study as the main focus the building has a computer laboratory incorporated above the central foyer. The other residences Fourvière, Lavalla, Hermitage and Montange provide modern private cubicles that have built in study desks fitted with study lighting and internet access at each desk. The design of each bed area provides for a fully sprung mattress and ample cupboard and storage space. At Marist we pride ourselves on the provision of immediate maintenance for the boarding residences to keep them in top condition. Regular major work (painting, renovations, carpet laying, etc) on all residences is carried out each holiday period.
We recognise parents as the primary caregivers and at all times parents and families are welcome to spend time with their sons. Boarders can enjoy weekend leave with families approved by their parents. Sunday visiting allows boys to spend quality time with family and friends who may be located in the Brisbane area. Boarders' visiting is closely monitored and we endeavour always to carry out the wishes of parents in regard their son's whereabouts. Leave for a special occasion is granted through the duty office of each Head of Residence. Provision also exists for the older boarders to have time in the city or to make use of local shopping precincts. The younger boys have such city visits incorporated in their recreation programme and are fully supervised.