Marist College, Auckland

Marist College (originally called Marist Sisters College) is an integratedCatholic girls high school located in Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. It teaches from year 7 through to year 13 with an education “founded on the Catholic faith”, and as of 2019 had a student roll of 760.[4]

State integrated school in Auckland, New Zealand
Marist College
31 Alberton Avenue,
Mount Albert


New Zealand

36.8817°S 174.7257°E / -36.8817; 174.7257

Type State integrated
Motto Latin: Ad Jesum per Mariam
“To Jesus through Mary”
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1928; 93 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 70
Principal Raechelle Taulu[1]
Years 713
Gender Girls
School roll 755[2]
Socio-economic decile 7O[3]

The college was associated with a cluster of 96 COVID-19 cases in early 2020.[5]

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The college was founded in 1928.[6] According to the college, it was founded by the Marist Sisters,[7] a congregation or order of Roman Catholic women started in France during the early 19th century by Jeanne-Marie Chavoin and Jean-Claude Colin.[8] The college was initially called Marist Convent High School, later becoming Marist Sisters’ College and finally Marist College in 1996.[9]

Marist College began a year after a primary school was established in Mt. Albert Parish, and between 1928 and 1936 was a boarding school which initially included primary age students. [10]

The two pioneers were Mother Bernard (Mary Gorman) Irish woman and Sister Austin, an Australian. Sr. Alexius arrived New Zealand in February 1928 to teach in the secondary school and official registration was obtained in 1947. [11]

By 1955 there were 93 students at Marist College, then in 1981 after integration into the State system this had grown to a cap of 411, then by 2010 this cap had grown to 750. [12]

The boarding school closed in 1978 due to a lack of staff, and the College was gifted by the Marist Sisters of New Zealand to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland in 2001. [13]

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, a large cluster of cases was associated with the school.[14] The school closed on 23 March 2020 after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.[15] It stayed shut after a Government decision to close all New Zealand schools. Marist College reopened on 18 May, at the same time as other schools. Before reopening, all staff, students and families were offered free Covid-19 testing and more than 900 tests were done.[15] There were 96 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the Marist College cluster, making it the second-largest cluster in New Zealand.[5] On 15 June, the Ministry of Health declared the Marist College cluster to be closed.[16][17]

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