Message from the Principal

Mt Maria College is an inclusive and welcoming community. With approximately 500 students enrolled in 2021 we are large enough to present a great breadth of offerings to our young people, yet small enough to come to know our students very well. In fact, the building of authentic relationships is the very key to our success.  

Nestled in the leafy suburb of Petrie, the sprawling grounds provide a beautiful backdrop to the deep learning growth that takes place each day. 2021 sees the continuation of our building project with the Kolbe building extension and library redevelopment completed in time for the commencement of the academic year. Our master plan presents an exciting campus which includes vibrant learning spaces. 

Young people at Mt Maria are deeply engaged in rich curriculum opportunities that enhance core skills and transfer these into real world understandings.  We focus closely on developing the literacy of each student in order to support their learning across the curriculum. Our students are able to enter a great diversity of pathways through senior schooling. 2020 saw our first cohort of students complete their Senior year in the new QCE system. Our 2020 seniors achieved great success with almost every one of our ATAR students attaining their number one preference for University study.

Co-curricular activities occur largely within our Wednesday afternoon program with students competing in the SECA (South East Colleges Association) inter-school sporting competition and school based activities. Physical activity is important for student wellbeing and also supports academic growth. Our young men and women represent themselves and the college very well, competing with high effort and in good spirit. 

Our Marist Charism flavours all that we do and offers a rich way to meaningfully connect the young people in our care to deeper understandings about the world. Our students have many opportunities to become involved in various outreach programs such as The Breakfast Club and Care to Cook in which they serve those in need across the broader community. 

​To prospective parents, please access the many opportunities that are available to engage with us to understand how we can support your son or daughter in this caring environment. To our current parents, as partners in the learning journey of our young people, I look forward to continuing to work with you as your son or daughter flourishes at Mt Maria College, Petrie. 


Wayne Chapman
College Principal