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Principal’s Message

Welcome to the online community of Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich. The College proudly bears the history and charism of the Society of Mary who commenced their work in Lyon, France in 1816. By 1824, the Marist Sisters had begun their apostolic work across Europe led by their Foundress, Jeanne-Marie Chavoin.

The College was established in 1909 by a group of Marist sisters (French, English and Irish) who settled in Woolwich to bring Marist education to the young women of Sydney. Today the College is a thriving educational and faith community beautifully situated in leafy grounds overlooking
the Lane Cove River just a few kilometres from the heart of Sydney.

At the core of College life and learning are the values of our Catholic faith. These are nurtured by the Marist tradition and captured in our College motto:

“Virtus Super Omnia” (Goodness Above All).

The contemporary learning facilities assist our young women to engage in the arts, literature, science, humanities, technology, STEM and sport within a vibrant environment. Effective teaching and wellbeing programmes prepare and equip students to meet the challenges of further study, professional workplaces and global responsibility.

The benefits of an all-girls’ school are evident in the fact that girls are always at centre stage. Of necessity they participate, take charge and get involved. The College leaders, captains, scholars, editors, musicians, artists, performers, inventors – they are all girls – professional women of the future.

Girls need to be independent at an all-girls’ school. They are developed to be critical thinkers, self-starters, able learners and contributing team players. We are a “community on the move” preparing for the greater good.

Marist Sisters’ College is not just a school with girls, it is a school for girls and it is a special place for girls to learn, explore, discover and grow, supported by a vertical house system that provides guidance and mentoring as well as opportunities for student leadership.

This environment, inspired by the Marist spirit, fosters a strong family atmosphere, which cares for each student’s individual needs.

The College is directed by a Leadership Team consisting of:

  • Ms Marietta Taliana: Assistant Principal
  • Miss Mary Kleist: Religious Education
  • Mr Bob Anderson: Leader of Learning and Curriculum
  • Ms Sia Mastro: Leader of Wellbeing
  • Mr Justin Hodges: Leader of Governance & Communication
  • Ms Roslyn Mahrous: Leader of Administration
  • Ms Celeste McNicholas: Leader of eLearning & Information Services

It is my hope that every student who walks through the gates of Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich feels valued and respected, and through participation, develops a strong sense of belonging to the College community.

Dr Anne Ireland
PhD, M. Ed (Leadership), M. Arts (Theological Studies), B Ed.