Bishop Leslie Tomlinson in the new building. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN


CELEBRATIONS to mark 125 years of teaching and service to the Bendigo community by the Marist Brothers ended on Monday with the official opening of the $3.5 million Montagne building at Marist College in Maiden Gully.

The school, established less than four years ago, also marked the anniversary with the launch of an outdoor sculpture by Chewton-based artist Richard Yates depicting the Marist Brothers founder, St Marcellin Champagnat.

The sculpture is presented on a cedar bench commissioned by local artist, Linton Torr.

The unveiling of the life-sized statue of the Brothers’ founder and the opening of the Montage building was witnessed by members of the Marist community from across Australia, as well as teachers, students and their parents, local dignitaries and civic leaders.

Many former students of the Marist Brothers also attended, with the Marist Old Collegians actively involved in funding of the sculpture.

The new building was blessed by Bishop Leslie Tomlinson and jointly opened by Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, and Br Peter Carroll from Marist Schools Australia.