Mt Maria College Petrie, High Expectations, Resilience and Perseverance

Accepting Year 7 enrolments for 2024 and 2025 with limited places in 2023.

Mt Maria College Petrie is a Catholic secondary co-educational college for Years 7 – 12 educating approximately 540 young people.

The College’s aspirational mantra of ‘High Expectations, Resilience and Perseverance’ is a personal excellence standard and an invitation for students to do their best learning in a safe, supported, and caring environment.

Located in the Petrie educational precinct, the college is less than a 10-minute walk from University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay (USC Moreton Bay), Petrie train station sits between there and the school and is just over a five-minute walk to the college.

2022 will see the completion of a new oval, classroom block and an extension to the undercover sports centre with a new stage for community gatherings and space for the performing arts program.

Further, the college has air-conditioned learning spaces including a state-of-the-art hospitality kitchen, modern science labs, engineering workshop, visual arts and digital technology rooms and a well-equipped music space with practice rooms.

There is a central community café, every day for students, teachers and families. It is in this beautiful covered outdoor space that students gather for learning, lunch and socialising.

Learning at Mt Maria College Petrie

The college offers a broad and flexible academic and vocational program to meet the needs of all students – those with tertiary aspirations to those with specific educational needs.

Senior students can study a range of subjects including physics, chemistry, mathematics, music, visual and performing arts, sport and recreation, hospitality, food technology, drone piloting, tourism, business and retail.

A signature engineering program is the Formula Student race car program where senior students build a race car, and then race it under a special licence on the track at Lakeside Raceway.

USC Moreton Bay offers a range of immersion experiences and offers students the ability to study a university subject while still at school.

Principal Wayne Chapman has been at the helm since 2019 and has a message for parents: “What I want you to know about our team at Mt Maria College Petrie, is that we love our students, and we want them here all day, every day.”

The Formula Student engineering program.

“We will get to know your child and learn how to best teach them and develop them.

“My goal is that that every student leaves our gates highly developed and having experienced a wide range of cocurricular activities so they can become the best version of themselves in their life beyond school,” Principal Chapman said.

A key element of the college’s success with students, and what the professional teaching team do exceptionally well, is support young people to thrive in their learning and development through adolescence.

Students are equipped with life, technical and soft skills, and taught how to use technology so they are flexible and resilient learners who can experience success in any environment.

Learning is delivered through the lens of the Marist charism, and that offers students a rich and meaningful way to connect to a deeper understanding of themselves and their world, including the environment, social equality and serving others who may be less fortunate.

Co-curricular Opportunities

Mt Maria College Petrie students take part in interschool sport as a member of the South East Colleges Association (SECA) Sport program, and can progress to District and Metropolitan North Sporing competitions. Students with individual sporting or co-curricular pursuits are also supported at the college.

The college offers regular homework tutorials and a computer, film and media club, debating, choir and band. Students also participate in events and festivals such as the Writers’ Festival, Theatre Sports, PoTENtial student engagement days and more.

Families are invited to the Virtual Open Day on Wed 20 July at 6.30pm. Register at

Student personal development opportunities include cultural immersion trips, Marist Leadership Summit, Halogen Leadership Day, Parish Youth Group, and advocacy and outreach activities such as Breakfast Club, Care to Cook, Pocket Hearts and Community Playgroup support.

Fun Friday is a whole-college initiative, where students and teachers come together at lunch breaks and play games, perform musical items, or stand-up comedy for each other and engage in fun activities.

Student and Family Pastoral Care

Students and families can expect to be fully supported due to the unique pastoral care programs at the college. Students from different year levels gather in family style groups each morning with the same teacher who knows each student individually and is their main point of contact at school.

Families are invited to become involved in their child’s learning and in college life. Parent engagement sessions are run regularly to provide fellowship and practical parenting information for families.

The Mt Maria College Virtual Open Day is on Wednesday 20 July at 6.30pm. Interested families are invited to register at

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