Boarding Residences

Boarding Residences2023-05-22T14:25:14+10:00
The ethos of a Marist school is embedded in its family spirit.

For families living closer to the College campus, weekly boarding provides all the benefits of a caring, supervised environment on campus during the week, leaving weekends free to relax at home.

Located in a tranquil garden setting, the boarding college is a welcoming and supportive community which emphasises the development of self-confidence, independence and a tolerance and understanding of others.

Creating a ‘home away from home’ has been an important feature of Marist education since its inception by St Marcellin Champagnat in 1817. Marcellin’s charism continues to shine today in our modern and vibrant boarding community. We strive to ensure that boarding at Marist College Ashgrove is a safe, rewarding and socially satisfying experience where boys from a diverse range of backgrounds learn to live, play, work and pray together.

Boarders can take full advantage of the breadth of Marist College Ashgrove’s teaching and co-curricular programs and facilities. Structured study periods in the evenings allow boys to complete homework and study. Boys also benefit greatly from the advice, encouragement and expert assistance from resident teaching staff and academic tutors.

Accommodation for 240 boarders is divided amongst five residences. Meals are well-balanced, with menus developed in consultation with a qualified nutritionist.

Recreational areas provide ample opportunities for indoor activities and the Boarding Program makes extensive use of the College’s leisure and sporting facilities, including sports grounds, swimming pool and tennis courts.

On weekends, our boarders enjoy a busy lifestyle, which includes participation in the outstanding Boarding Recreation and Clubs Program, as well as representing the school through the AIC Sporting Competition.

For more information, please contact the Enrolments Department on Ph: 07 3858 4507 or or to book a tour of our boarding facilities online.

Boarding Residences

La Valla Years 5-7

La Valla residence caters for 28 boarders across Years 5, 6 and 7. La Valla residence is named after the small French village in Southern France where St Marcellin Champagnat commenced his ministry as a priest. From Marcellin’s early pastoral work in La Valla grew the work of the Marist Brothers, represented in 80 countries worldwide.

La Valla residence is spread across a single level, located on the first floor, directly above the residence of the La Valla boarding leader, Health Centre and Boarding Reception.

Like the early Brothers, for many boys, La Valla is the beginning of their Marist journey and, as such, has a strong sense of family, vibrancy and fun. The focus in La Valla is to provide a safe and supportive environment where boys can learn, develop resilience and build the foundations for lifelong friendships.

La Valla residence is coordinated by a boarding leader who lives on site, is very hands-on and does a wonderful job providing the La Valla boys with a true ‘home away from home’.

Montagne Year 8

Montagne residence is spread across a single level, located directly above the junior La Valla residence.”Montagne Residence caters for 28 Year 8 boarders. Named after Jean-Baptiste Montagne, a dying 16 year-old boy discovered by St Marcellin Champagnat on his pastoral rounds in revolutionary France. St Marcellin was struck by the lack of Christian knowledge Jean-Baptiste possessed inspiring him to form the Marist Brothers to ensure that rural children would have the opportunity to learn about God.

Montagne residence is spread across a single level, located directly above the junior La Valla residence.

The focus for the boys in the Montagne residence is to build upon the foundations set in Year 7.

Montagne residence is managed by a dedicated boarding leader who is committed to providing a warm and welcoming residence for the boys of Montagne and their families.

Hermitage Year 9

Hermitage residence caters for 34 Year 9 boarders. Located in St Chamond, 40 minutes south west of Lyon, ‘The Hermitage’ is the spiritual home of the Marist Brothers. Built by Saint Marcellin Champagnat and the early brothers as a training and retreat house, The Hermitage still stands today.

Hermitage residence is spread across a single level, located directly above the Year 8 Montagne Residence, completing the Years 5-9 boarding precinct.

The focus for the boys in Hermitage residence is to lead by example. Geographically situated above the Years 5-8 boarders provide concrete opportunities for our Year 9 boarders to demonstrate key Marist characteristics of simplicity, love of hard work, presence, in the way of Mary and family spirit.

Hermitage residence is managed by a dedicated boarding leader who facilitates a challenging, rewarding and fun environment that prepares our Year 9 boys extraordinarily well for the important transition into Year 10.

Fourvière Years 10-11

Fourvière residence caters for 48 boarders from Years 10 and 11. Fourvière commemorates the common origin of the Marist Project. From the earliest antiquity, the hill of Fourvière – the praying hill – is the centre of spiritual and cultural life in Lyon, France. On 23 July, 1816 twelve Marist aspirants, priests and seminarians, St Marcellin Champagnat among them, climbed the hill to the shrine of Our Lady of Fourvière. They placed their promise to found the Society of Mary under the corporal on the altar. A short time later Marcellin Champagnat started the Marist Brothers under this banner, originally, The Little Brothers of Mary.

Fourvière residence is spread over two floors, each with its own fully equipped common area facilities including 3 purpose-built tutoring rooms. It is modern, light and airy, providing our ‘sub senior’ boys with a degree of privacy to relax and study.

The Fourvière boys lead the buddy program with our junior boarders. The focus for this stage of the boarding journey is to refine and sharpen good study and leadership habits that will prepare the boys both individually and collectively for success in Year 12

Fourvière residence is managed by a dedicated boarding leader who challenges the Years 10 & 11 boarders to constantly reflect on their learning, College involvement and the type of young man they aspire to be.

Br Terence Years 11-12

As the senior boarding hub, Br Terence residence caters for 78 boarders. Positioned above the beautiful Derek Cameron Oval with city views, Br Terence was opened in 1995, and named after the late Br Terence Heinrich fms who was Head of College at Marist College Ashgrove between 1991 and 1996.

Br Terence residence has a large open foyer that commands the entrance space, off which branches the four residential wings (on first and second levels). Each wing has its own fully equipped common area facilitates.

Br Terence residence also has a separate ground level with an open courtyard, large recreation and tutoring areas as well as a purpose-built laundry and drying room for student use.

Br Terence Heinrich was a deeply spiritual and humble man with a hands-on, no fuss approach to his work and leadership. This is exactly the type of young man the boarding school seeks to develop as leaders of the boarding school and in preparation for life beyond the College gates.

Br Terence residence is managed by a dedicated boarding leader who is acutely aware of the opportunities that are uniquely presented to the seniors of the College and very much walks alongside our young men as they complete their Marist boarding journey.

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