The Marist tradition of education originated in France in the early 19th century. The Marist Sisters arrived in New Zealand and started in Mt Albert in 1928. The co-founders of the Marist Sisters are Jeanne-Marie Chavoin and Jean-Claude Colin. The College values its traditions and its continued links with the Marist Sisters.
The special character of the College as defined in its Integration Agreement is as follows:
"The school is a Roman Catholic school in which the whole school community, through the general school programme and its instruction and observances, exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland."
The special character of Marist College is evident in our daily prayer, our regular celebration of the sacraments of Eucharist and reconciliation and in the formal study of religious education programme. Students at Marist are fully involved in the planning for and participation in liturgical celebration whether it be the weekly class masses held in the Marist Sisters Chapel or the school masses celebrated in the Parish Church with the full school community.
At Marist College retreats are a compulsory element of the special character of the College. Retreats give girls an opportunity to deepen their relationship with God and a chance to strengthen their own self-esteem. At senior levels retreats encourage the development of leadership skills based on Christian ethics.
Our Faith has been written specifically for students and teachers in Religious Education in Catholic secondary schools in New Zealand. The programme is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and works alongside the school’s Catholic special character, which helps form and enhance their understanding of our faith and what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a member of the Catholic Church.
Religious Education is compulsory for students in ALL year levels.