Marian College

​​​​​​​Marian College is a Catholic state integrated school for girls Year 9 - Year 13

Marian College is a Catholic integrated school for girls that combines high academic standards and a progressive approach to modern education with a genuine commitment to the values inherent in the traditions of two orders of religious, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and the Sisters of Mercy. At Marian College we have always talked about the importance of faith and attitude to triump

Operating as usual


Wishing our Maadi cup rowers good luck as Summer tournament week begins. Later this week our Water Polo and Equestrian teams will also be competing. Looking forward to seeing Marian Colllege Magic in action.

My family, my school, my rowsuit, my courage - Rowing Hub 17/03/2024

As our rowers head to the Aon Maadi Cup tomorrow, here is a beautiful piece about former student Libby Galbraith's journey through cancer and how her time rowing played an important part in getting her through.

My family, my school, my rowsuit, my courage - Rowing Hub On the eve of the Aon Maadi Regatta, former Marian College rower Libby Galbraith shares her incredible journey with Andy Hay.

Photos from Marian College's post 16/03/2024

Our stunning Pasifika group performed at Polyfest today. They were exceptional and a credit to our school, their families and the tutors. Well done! 💙❤️


Our wonderful PTA is starting up again this year with its first meeting next Wednesday. This fantastic group support the school through helping out with events and fundraising - including taking charge of the landscaping at Our New Home.
We are always keen for new members, so join us for our first meeting to find out what we're all about.


We have an incredible sports programme here at Marian with proven success in many fields and a high participation rate amongst our students.
We are looking for a Sports Director to lead, manage, and deliver our school’s sport programmes. This is a full-time, permenant position and requires a high level of skills of a variety of sets, detailed knowledge of sports, education and young people, and proven experience in sports administration. If this sounds like you, head to our website to find out more.


Our much loved office administrator Mrs Butler is retiring after 29 years here at Marian!

If you have a calm and positive demenour, effective communication skills, high levels of organisation, initiative and attention to detail, we would love to hear from you. Head to our website for the full job description.


We are less than TWO WEEKS away from our first Past students, staff, and Whānau event. We have about 150 people already registered ranging from attending Marian, St Mary's or McKillop Colleges from 1974 right up until 2021. Have you got your tickets yet?
Register now at

Photos from Marian College's post 10/03/2024

After a huge weekend, Bishop Lyons’ 2024 is now complete. Thanks to all the teams who attended and to the staff and coaches that supported the students all weekend. Congratulations to Villa Maria who were this year’s winners. St Bedes College were placed 2nd with Marian College 3rd.
We look forward to 2025 where we will be hosted by St Bedes College.

Photos from Marian College's post 09/03/2024

Bishop Lyons continues this morning. This fantastic event is showcasing the talent in our diocesan schools and is a great chance to share manaakitanga for our students and staff. We have the privilege of hosting this year and think it’s going pretty well. Last night we celebrated Mass and dinner together. This morning is Scripture Reading followed by Religious Questions. Check out the photos for winners in each category so far and the amazing students from all of the schools competing.

Photos from Marian College's post 08/03/2024

Bishop Lyons 2024 is underway. Earlier this week we presented our team with their badges. Tonight we welcomed all teams and the competition began. We look forward to seeing everyone back tomorrow for a big day.


A huge CONGRATULATIONS to our Proxime Accessit for 2023 Harriette Fraser who achieved Scholarship for English. Well done Hariette!

Photos from Marian College's post 07/03/2024

Last weekend our Marian College Rowing Squad had another sucessful regatta at the 2024 Meridian SI Secondary Schools’ Champs coming away with 3 medals, 7x A Finals, and 6x B Finals.

A huge congratulations to the team!

🥇U17 2X Cara Brignull, Charlotte Peterson

🥈Novice 4X + Addy Pinfold, Charlotte Richards, Jennifer Courtier, Petra Everleigh, Cox Paige Swain

🥉U17 4+ Cara Brignull, Neila Penrose, Charlotte Peterson, Sophie Stewart, Cox Sienna Ikin


Here are some of the positions available at Marian College starting in term two. These are two short term positions - maternity leave and sabbatical. Please share if you know of anyone who may be interested.


Calling all past students, staff, and whānau of St Mary's, McKillop and Marian Colleges. As we celebrate Our New Home on Lydia St, we would like to invite you to join us for our first fundraising event to come and see the new school. Tickets are $25 and include drinks, nibbles and entertainment.

Head to for more details and to purchase tickets.

Hope to see you there!


The rain has been, the wind is dying things out and the sun is due to come out later. Athletics day is still on today. See you all there! Who will win the staff vs Year 13 race this year?

Photos from Marian College's post 19/02/2024

Gaby and Ellen along with Whaea Myra are currently in Sydney at JJAMM. Reports back are they are having lots of fun, meeting new people and learning about Saint Mary MacKillop and her amazing achievements. Looking forward to welcoming them back on Wednesday and sharing their experiences.


Congratulations to the amazing Luatimu Taaso who was last night awarded the Mana leadership winner at the Spacpac Canterbury Pacific Awards! Luatimu is supported by fellow leaders Tessa and Tiera. Luatimu is an outstanding role model here at Marian and we are very proud of her.


Our Ash Wednesday liturgy commences our Lenten season. This year our focus will be on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.


Who snuck into our Year 13 Statistics class...

Sr Colette couldnt help but check out the maths classrooms in our new home.


A reminder to our whānau of students new to Marian College in 2024, our information evening will be held tomorrow evening. We look forward to seeing you there.


Congratulations to Malina Pulega (Year 11) on her recent achievement representing Canterbury in the Beach Volleyball tournament held at the IPC in Mount Maunganui. Malina was playing in the u17 age group and came third 🥉Amazing Work Malina ❤️🏐

Photos from Marian College's post 09/02/2024

Today our new home on Lydia Street was officially opened by Bishop Michael Gielen. Thank you to everyone who celebrated this momentous occassion with us.

We were blessed to have so many familiar faces from the past join us for the celebration. Head to our website to see who you might recognise.

Photos from Marian College's post 01/02/2024

Congratulations to the Marian Rowing Squad, who competed last weekend at the South Island Club Champs regatta. It was an extremely successful regatta, with one of Marian Rowing’s highest medal totals.

🥇🥇U17 quad: Cara Brignull, Charlotte Peterson, Neila Penrose, Sophie Stewart, Cox Sienna Ikin

🥇🥇U19 8: Franky Tohiariki, Neila Penrose, Cara Brignull, Tessa Jamieson-Timo, Charlotte Peterson, Faya Wayman, Sophie Stewart, Milla Harper, Cox Sienna Ikin

🥈🥈U17 double: Cara Brignull, Charlotte Peterson

🥈🥈U16 double: Sophie Davis, Sophie Stewart

🥉🥉U17 4: Cara Brignull, Neila Penrose, Charlotte Peterson, Sophie Stewart, Cox Sienna Ikin

We are very proud to have such amazing talent representing Marian. Keep it up!! ❤️💙


Sport Registrations are now open for Term 1
A few new key points:
All teams must have their own transportation to and from the games ( parents, public transport )
There must be a adult supervisor for the duration of the game
You need to pay at time of registration - any issues email Mrs Lawson (Shea)
Those registering to play Korfball, trials will be held afterschool on Friday 9th February
Korfball registrations are due Wednesday 7th February at 9am, all other sport registrations due Thursday 8th February at 9am.
We look forward to seeing you representing Marian College


It is with great sadness that we advise that our much loved teacher Ms Shareen Prasad passed away on Sunday 28 January 2024 surrounded by her family.

Shareen taught at Marian College for 20 years, teaching Science, Biology and Religious Education. Throughout this time, she was also involved in a number of extracurricular roles including supporting our Pasifika students and their families.

As a school community, we are deeply saddened and we ask that you hold Shareen, Menka and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to share any memories you have of Ms Prasad or write a message for her family, please do so here and we will pass it on.

Prayer for Ms Prasad:
E te Atua o te Atawhai, God of Mercy.
We pray for our sister, our teacher, our dear friend Shareen Prasad.
May her kindness, humour, loyalty and servantship live on through our school, our staff and her students.
May Your love and the peace of Your Son, Jesus Christ, bless and console us all, especially her mother, her daughter, Menka, her brothers, and family during this time of sadness.

Auē, ua māliliu toa, ua maumau ai āupega o le taua.
Ua talai ofu tau. Ua vala’au le Atua ai Shareen lana auauna.
Oh how the mighty have fallen, alas, the weapons of victory now lie abandoned.
The warrior’s armour has been removed.
The Lord has called his servant Shareen home.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

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Our Story

The gospel values which underpin the Catholic special character of Marian College guide our students through their education journey and beyond.

A strong tradition of service at Marian College is inspired by two remarkable women of faith – St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and the Venerable Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

Marian College is fortunate in being able to remain a small school with a friendly, family atmosphere which comes from teachers and students knowing each other well. We are known for 'punching above our weight' and achieving remarkable results for a small school.

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Our Ash Wednesday liturgy commences our Lenten season. This year our focus will be on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Sneak peak of our new home, not long now!
Our Lydia Street Site Opening SoonAs we prepare to relocate Term 4 of 2023, the PTA has started preparations for our "Gr...
Bridging The Old With The NewOur move to a new location is centered around preserving the rich history, traditions, and ...
Kicking off June with a site update from the new school.Thank you Armitage Williams, incredible progress.
New School Update: Today we take a look at what's been happening at the Lydia Street site particularly around the St Mar...
Marian College, Lydia St December 2022 Update
Apologies for the delay, on our November tour of the Lydia St site, we got to see some of the furnishings going into the...
Marian College, Lydia St: October 2022
Our New School is coming along and this month we got to see the new Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel for the fir...
Highlights from the blessing of the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Marian College, Lydia St site yester...




2 Lydia Street

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 3pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 3pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 3pm
Friday 8:30am - 2:30pm
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