A detailed history of our College.
Mazenod College commenced on 7th February 1967 with 79 students and 2 staff, Father James FitzPatrick (O.M.I.), the first Rector, and Mr Pollard.
Classes were held in 2 modest classrooms at St Joseph’s Primary School in Springvale until the first building was completed at our current Kernot Avenue address. Classes moved to this site in June 1968, and the official opening of the new College was held in November of the same year. Today, this campus provides a broad range of learning programs for over 1300 young men in Years 7 to 12.
Founded to serve the growing Catholic parishes of south east Melbourne in the areas of Clayton, Springvale and Waverley, and supported by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.), Mazenod is named after the founder of the Oblates, St Eugene de Mazenod. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have served as leaders of the College since its inception. The Rector is the spiritual and administrative leader or Principal of the School. Mazenod has had 9 terms of Rectors since opening in 1967, our current Rector is Father Christian Fini O.M.I., who is also an old boy of Mazenod College (class of 1992).
Despite the struggles of the early years, a clear vision for the school was created, and the College flourished. The student cohort numbered 570 in 1973 when Father Kevin Davine (O.M.I.) took over as Rector. A strong association with sports was established in these early years, providing an opportunity to develop a broad community of support. In 1969, Mazenod was accepted into the EIS (Eastern Independent Schools Association), competing in sports and music with other schools in the region. Since 1999 Mazenod has been a member of the ACC (Associated Catholic Colleges).
In 1978 Father Ian Mackintosh (O.M.I.) was appointed Rector, with close to 800 students in his first year as Rector. A chapel was built in 1983 and the College further expanded its buildings to the other side of Kernot Avenue with the addition of two Manual Arts Wings completed in 1982 and 1984.
By the beginning of Father Patrick Moroney’s (O.M.I.) term as Rector in 1984, student enrolment stood at over 1000, with 66 members of staff. Music and performing arts thrived under Father Moroney’s leadership, and the campus continued to grow with the opening of the O’Rourke complex in 1987.
Father Davine returned as Rector in 1989. An ever expanding Mazenod now had to contend with a rapidly increasing need for Information Technology and buildings were adapted and expanded to cater for computers. A new staff and conference room was added in 1992 to provide for the needs of increasing staff and use of school facilities.
Father John Sherman (O.M.I.) was appointed Rector in 1996. He continued the tradition of the ever growing College with refurbishments to the Priests’ residence, Administration Wing, Gymnasium and major renovations of facilities in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The quadrangle was repaved and landscaped, and a new fountain was created outside the Chapel in 2000.
Father Moroney was re-appointed Rector in 2002. The new millennium saw the continued development of the College with the Founders complex opened in 2007, with dedicated space for Music, Drama and IT departments.
Father Michael Twigg (O.M.I.) became Rector in 2010 with a strong focus on ‘Enter to Learn Leave to Serve’. He quickly set to work in the improvement of the school grounds. The development of the synthetic football pitch, now called St Eugene’s Park, is FIFA and ICC approved, and brought Mazenod College into the forefront for hosting sporting events. The Provence Centre, a state of the art multi-sports centre was opened in 2014, allowing also for assemblies and community events to be held.
Father Christian Fini (O.M.I.) commenced as Rector in 2015 and continues the traditions of charism by ensuring that Faith and Mission are an important part of the life of our College Community. A refurbishment of the College chapel was completed in 2017, and we are currently developing a new state of the art Library and VCE facility.
Mazenod College has just celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2017.
Please visit our digital Archives to experience more of Mazenod’s history http://cdm20043.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/