The educational vision from which Marist College Ashgrove draws its inspiration is that of Marcellin Champagnat, a Catholic priest born in France in 1789, and proclaimed a Saint by Pope John Paul II in 1999. It is a vision born of humble origins where the poverty, illiteracy and secularisation that followed in the wake of the French Revolution prompted Marcellin in 1817 to gather a group of young men around him to run schools for poor rural youth with the express aim of forming “good Christians and virtuous citizens.”
As a Catholic school in the Marist tradition Marist College Ashgrove adopts Marcellin’s approach to educating children and young people, in the way of Mary. Inspired by Marcellin and his early companions the core vision of our College mission is “to make Jesus Christ known and loved.” We do this by helping our young men to grow to become people of hope and personal integrity, with a deep sense of social responsibility to transform the world around them.
Marist College educators share Marcellin’s distinctive and innovative intuition that “to bring up children properly, we must love them, and love them all equally.” From this principle flow the particular characteristics of our style of educating young men: presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of our work, and following in the way of Mary.