Our school’s pedagogy reflects the overarching principles and approach to learning outlined in the Sydney Catholic Schools’ Statement on Authentic Learning. By connecting to the real world of students’ lives, authentic learning enables students to become lifelong learners who contribute to society and the wider world as active and discerning citizens. Authentic learning is central to our work as Catholic educators because it promotes the continual growth and wellbeing of the whole person — spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

Together, we are explorers of our world and ourselves and as a result the learning approach required to prepare our students for life beyond the Marist College Kogarah gates needs to be agile. A high priority at the college is to satisfy the needs of students by providing learning opportunities that act as the catalyst for boys to work together to animate their growth and ownership. Instead of looking back at problems, we are looking forward to solve them. We embrace risk taking that is deep rooted in the achievement of extraordinary things. We aim to unlock the maximum potential of our students, not their minimum competence. We welcome change, innovation and search for challenges that will shape and measure the best of their energies and prowess.

Our teachers follow in the footsteps of St Marcellin Champagnat by being present to our students in ways that show that we care for them. Personally and collectively as a staff, we seek to establish relationships with them, founded on love, which create a climate for learning in an educational setting, for passing on values, and for personal growth. We instil in every student an expectation of success. We recognise that student motivation, engagement and self-belief drives student achievement.

The college’s motto, “Finis Coronat Opus – the end crowns the work” is at the heart of ensuring the students who graduate are successful learners. We value the quest for excellence through adventure, curiosity, collaboration and creativity which nurtures independent, resilient, confident and empathetic young men who are equipped to flourish in the future.