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Former Student
Jul 18, 2023

Great School!

In my opinion, Marian College is an excellent school with competent teachers, a secure environment, and enjoyable activities such as Feast Day and dressing up as your favourite artist. Based on my experiences, there was little to no bullying, and any issues were dealt with quickly if there were any. Marian College likes to promote diversity and it is something that is not looked down upon there—for example, celebrating Asian language week, pride month, and welcoming exchange students. Overall I had a fantastic time there and made many memories with students and teachers I won't forget.
Former Student
Jul 16, 2023

"Courage, Commitment, Perseverance, Respect"

My time at Marian College was traumatizing. Due to the small roll size, I witnessed a cultivation of "toxic pack mentality" among the students which led to a lot of issues with bullying and homophobia. For a school that promotes "courage, commitment, perseverance, and, respect", I witnessed none of this. My safety along with the bullying that occurred, were not much of a concern to the staff in charge of pastoral care and what was happening was swept under the rug. I did not feel safe or listened to in an environment where I was supposed to be receiving an education.
Former Student
Mar 4, 2023


i didn’t enjoy Marian. my religious education teacher had a lot of opinions that i found rather disturbing and offensive about abortion and the lgbtq+ community. in fact she made a bi-sexual girl in my class cry. i have problems with my mental health the current counselor at marian talked about herself when i went to see her. this school is not for someone that wants to express themselves. as you quite literally can’t. the school doesn’t allow any sort of jewelry, accessories or nail polish etc. only nuteral hair colors are aloud. hope this helps when looking for a school. some of the teachers were okay. but yeah definitely not the school for someone that likes to express themselves and their individuality. thanks.
Sep 5, 2020

School review

Alright school, don’t give learning that is needed though
Aug 29, 2020

Marian College experience

A pretty good school. Nice for people who have social anxiety and want to go to a smaller school that is less overwhelming. Opportunities for subjects however are not as wide at this school, because of its size. But it does what it can for the size of it.
For students wellbeing like many small schools, options for counselling within school are not very vast, there is one guidance counsellor, and they are good for the most part, but are not exclusively a counsellor and teach a few classes within the school as well. This person has been known to not follow all confidentiality contracts, so to be safe it may be better for individuals to seek mental health care outside of school if they have bigger problems (eg. Struggling with self harm, family violence, severe depression ect.) and wish to be cared for by people who specifically specialise in the counselling field.
However, for smaller things many of the teachers are fabulous at helping out and making you feel safe and cared for in the school environment, you can openly talk with them if you are feeling a bit lost or just off in any classes or areas of your learning.
Because Marian is not a co-ed school, teachers and anyone who talks to students in the school tend to use extremely feminine gendered language. If you identify as something other than female on the gender spectrum certain parts of this can make school feel a bit uncomfortable and alienating.
However, the teachers are for the most part extremely good at their jobs and there are multiple teachers in my school who I will remember for a lifetime because of their kindness, and their encouraging attitudes.
122 Barbadoes Street, 8011, Christchurch
Mary-Lou Davidson
03 385 8449

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