Vision & Mission Statement

Picture of St Marcellin Champagnat Patron Saint

Identity Statement

Assumption College: an inclusive and transformative Marist community, inspiring one another to shape the future with audacity and hope.

Our Vision

The people of Assumption College have long aspired to ‘seek the things that are above’ by making visible the Marian face of the Church. Cherishing the rich heritage of having provided a quality Catholic education for rural families for over 120 years, we appreciate and recognise our special place in the hearts and minds of Australians. In a contemporary way, we strive to cultivate young women and men who can confidently live as ‘good Christians and good citizens’[1]. Our Marist inheritance is a gift that guides the daily culture of the school in life-giving and challenging ways.

The adults and adolescents of our community are committed to a mindset of ongoing improvement, and see life-long learning as the cornerstone of our development. We are proud to support and encourage others to achieve their potential, and know that partnerships with families, local schools, and other community and educational organisations enrich us, and help us provide even greater opportunities for all. Knowing that we are a community blessed with much, we hear the call from those on the margins, and in solidarity advocate and toil for a more just and merciful world.

In a region that is gradually becoming more urbanised, we believe in and work for the values of a strong and lively rural life, where people of all ages and backgrounds feel welcomed and nourished. We are enriched by the presence of our boarders, many of whom hail from families whose association with the land has shaped and changed our nation. Together, our rural and urban families create a unique social environment that calls for a courageous discernment of evolving times, and an agility of response that ensures our students ‘learn to know, to be competent, to live together and, most especially, to grow as persons’[2].

As such we affirm:

  • Mary courageously said yes to all that God promised. Like her, we seek to witness and nurture in all a passionate and compassionate spirituality through which Jesus is known and loved.
  • The early Marists proclaimed: ‘Let it be said of us, as it was of the first Christians, ‘see how they love one another’[3]. In a world thirsting for connection and belonging, we strive to be a place in which a family spirit of love, respect and mutual trust are the wellsprings of growth and healing.
  • Marcellin responded to the needs of his time. Inspired by his example, we dedicate ourselves to building an aspirational and responsive school that ignites a love of learning and celebrates personal excellence.
  • Gospel leadership is characterised by service. In our presence to one another and through the joyful giving of ourselves, we model and promote the dignity of all.
  • We approach creation with a deep sense of awe and gratitude, and are mindful that our resources are finite.  We value simplicity and, as such, develop structures and relationships that enable a humble, honest, and balanced approach to life.

Catholic Identity and Graduate Outcomes

Mary courageously said yes to all that God promised. Like her, we seek to witness and nurture in all a passionate and compassionate spirituality through which Jesus is known and loved.

We plan and act so that upon leaving Assumption, our students:

  • have developed a sense of the spiritual and sacred and are courageous in exploring their relationship with God;
  • appreciate the value of ritual, silence, prayer, sacramentality and retreat in building a mature spiritual life;
  • live justly with compassion, understanding and empathy,and;
  • appreciate the interdependence of spiritual, emotional, relational and physical wellbeing.

Pastoral Wellbeing

The early Marists proclaimed: ‘Let it be said of us, as it was of the first Christians, ‘see how they love one another’.  In a world thirsty for connection and belonging, we strive to be a place in which a family spirit of love, respect and mutual trust are the wellsprings of growth and healing.

We plan and act so that upon leaving Assumption, our students:

  • are reflective individuals, who actively nurture their emotional and physical wellbeing;
  • can form and promote positive, inclusive, respectful relationships;
  • understand themselves to be resilient, able to forgive and receive forgiveness, and; 
  • care for the vulnerable and willingly place others’ needs before their own.

Learning & Teaching

Marcellin responded to the needs of his times. Inspired by his example, we dedicate ourselves to building an aspirational and responsive school that ignites a love of learning and celebrates personal excellence.

We plan and act so that upon leaving Assumption, our students:

  • are creative and curious people who embrace learning as a life-long undertaking;
  • believe in themselves as confident problem-solvers, able to work collaboratively and independently;
  • seek and use feedback effectively for personal growth and consistently strive for ambitious goals, and;
  • are persistent, discerning risk-takers, who understand that challenge, and sometimes failure, are important elements of learning and self-improvement.

Leadership

Gospel leadership is characterised by service. In our presence to one another and through the joyful giving of ourselves, we model and promote the dignity of all.

We plan and act so that upon leaving Assumption, our students:

  • understand themselves as servant leaders, always prepared to ask: ‘what can I do for you?’
  • use their consciences to live with courageous integrity and inspire optimism in others;
  • inform themselves about local, national and global issues and can sit comfortably with the tensions of meeting immediate and more far-reaching needs, and;
  • are grateful people who can celebrate the success of self and others with joy.

Stewardship of Resources

We approach creation with a deep sense of awe and gratitude and are mindful that our resources are finite. We value simplicity and develop structures and relationships that enable a humble, honest and balanced approach to life. As such, we:

  • care for our resources and make environmental sustainability a priority in the life of our school;
  • put student learning at the centre of our resourcing decisions, and;
  • ensure all policies and procedures accurately reflect the needs of our college community.

  

[1] From St Marcellin’s last letter.

[2] In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat

[3] St Marcellin Champagnat

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 Denis Hart and Stephen Elder

*Picture taken at St Patrick's Cathedral during Catholic Education Week. Assumption College students with Archbishop Denis Hart DD and Executive Director of Catholic Education Office Melbourne, Mr Stephen Elder.