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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
Marist College, Ashgrove.jpg
Main entrance
Marist College Ashgrove is located in Queensland
Marist College Ashgrove
Marist College Ashgrove
Location in Queensland

Coordinates27°26′25″S 152°58′41″E / 27.440257°S 152.977967°E / -27.440257; 152.977967Coordinates: 27°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; 79 years ago (1940)[1]
HeadmasterPeter McLoughlin
ChaplainChris Ketsore
Enrolmentc. 1,600
Area26 hectares (64 acres)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Royal blue and gold         



The "Tower Block" was the first and still remains the prominent building on the College campus:

A castle in the woodsEdit

Shortly afterwards another building dominated the district. It was St. Jude's Seminary, where the Mission of the Most Holy Eucharist was established in 1929-30. On the 16-hectare (40-acre) estate of the late Dr. Taylor, next to Glenlyon, on the first slopes leading to the heavily timbered mountains that provide a scenic background for Ashgrove and Enoggera, a monastery that might have been built in the storied era of mediaeval times was set down in Australian bush surroundings. Such is the architect's art that St. Jude's, where missionaries are trained for the Philippines, toned into its surroundings, and provided a spiritual atmosphere for a modern suburb. This beautiful building, semi Gothic in inspiration, is approached by a bridge that might have spanned the moat of some warring baron's castle instead of the gentle meandering Enoggera Creek. The bridge alone cost more than £1000. St. Jude's, old in spirit but young in structure, communicates its dignity and modernity to the new suburb where hundreds of new houses have sprung up.[2]


View of The Tower from Cameron Oval

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

  • McMahon Oval – used for both Rugby Union and cricket – featuring the John Eales Grandstand and Matthew Hayden scoreboard
  • State of the art Science Block
  • 8 cricket / rugby union / soccer ovals containing:
  • 2 multi-purpose courts basketball/tennis
  • Long jump/triple jump training track
  • Shot put/discus/javelin stations
  • Gymnasium – capacity for 2 indoor basketball courts/8 badminton courts
  • 2 outdoor basketball courts
  • Weight room
  • Matthew Hayden cricket training complex
  • Olympic sized heated swimming pool with grandstand
  • A performing and visual arts center which houses a 340-seat theatre
  • Three distinct houses that contain the five boarding residences
  • Hall of Fame


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

  • Foley
  • Ephrem
  • Gilroy
  • Harold
  • Ignatius
  • Slattery
  • Ridley
  • Rush

Boarding schoolEdit

Marist College Ashgrove also offers a boarding school catering for students from grades 6 to 12. The college currently[when?] caters for nearly 200 boarders. 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 all over the Asia-Pacific region from countries and territories such as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Hong Kong

Crest and mottoEdit

The crest of the College was based on the design of the crest of St Joseph's College at Hunters Hill, 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 left.

The motto traditionally displayed above the crest, Latin: Viriliter Age (Act courageously), was adopted in 1957 and is translated from Latin.[1]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "The Suburban Development of Brisbane". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 22 January 1936. p. 5. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ Marriner, Cosima (27 April 2007). "It's private - the school he wants to forget". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 1.

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