The climate, tone and spirit of a school are far more important than any of its physical aspects, yet it is also true that it is difficult to implement any curriculum without buildings, equipment and resources. Marist is fortunate in having facilities which are second to none. The school campus of some 15 hectares is located at Pearce in the Woden Valley on the south side of Canberra and contains both Junior and Senior School buildings. Originally barren and undeveloped, the property has been transformed to become ideally suited to the carrying out of the many activities that take place in a busy school with approximately 1,600 students.
Visitors to the College typically comment on the lawns, gardens, trees and landscaping which give the school an atmosphere of orderliness, beauty and peace. The College facilities stand as a tribute to the Marist Family which, by persevering and cooperative effort, has worked to ensure that the boys who form the school's student body lack no means which will help this growth into young men.
The open area bounded by the main building, gymnasium, Parents' Building and music building is known as the Quadrangle. This is adorned with coloured paving, lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers. At the centre of the Quadrangle sits the latest addition to the College's impressive collection of sculpture and other artworks, the Marian Shrine. This space provides a tranquil heart for the school even though it is busily criss–crossed by students on their way to class. It also provides shelter from the sun and rain by means of its wide cloisters on three sides.
Marcellin Hall was opened in July 2012. The Marcellin Hall development is a significant one for the Marist College community that provided for the first time a venue that can house the entire Junior and Senior School body under one roof. It provides external grandstands to view sporting competitions on Oval One, a weights room, two full-sized basketball courts, a staffroom and state-of-the-art AV equipment.
The most recent development in the school community is the 50th Jubilee Building Project that is currently underway. The building will accommodate:
- Industrial Arts on the Lower Ground Level
- Whole school canteen, Senior Students Common Room, Podium and tiered seating on the Ground Level
- Visual Arts, Computer Rooms and a Staff room on the Top Level.
This new building will be located on the site previously occupied by the Brothers' Monastery. In preparation, the Monastery was demolished over the 2016/17 summer break.
The Project Manager for the project is Ruiz Constructions and the architects are Collins Caddaye Architects. Sketch plans for the new building are shown below:
Other facilities at the College include laboratories, computer labs, Pavilion, Junior and Senior School libraries, a gymnasium and the Parents' Building. We also have specialised teaching areas for music, theatre, food science, visual arts, languages and industrial arts.