Welcome from the Principal

John CorteseWelcome to Notre Dame College and thank you for expressing interest in our school.  By exploring our website you will come to see that Notre Dame College is a vibrant and extremely successful school community which we are looking forward to you and your family becoming a part of.

Notre Dame College draws its strength and vision for the future from the long tradition of service to Catholic education provided for over a century to the people of the Greater Shepparton area.  Our name derives from the French translation of Our Lady, a title used universally by Catholics for Mary, the Mother of God.  We are the only College of this name amongst the Catholic Secondary Colleges of Australia and the two religious orders historically involved in our College, the Marist Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy, are both dedicated to Mary.

Notre Dame College caters for young men and women from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and provides an extensive range of excellent academic, cultural and sporting opportunities balanced by a focus on spirituality and education in the Catholic faith.  Our dedicated staff encourage students to become creative and confident future leaders through a tradition of academic rigour, whilst developing a strong sense of social responsibility.  At the heart of the Notre Dame College community is a commitment to nurturing faith and building relationships.

We are guided by our College values and strive each day to live by the words of Catherine McAuley and her Sisters of Mercy, namely:  “Perfection does not consist in doing extraordinary actions, but in performing extraordinarily well the ordinary actions of every day”.

Our goal is to provide an environment which nurtures those in our care and encourages excellence, in order to develop faith-filled young men and women who will be our future leaders, strong contributors to community and wonderful family people.  We take to heart the first rule of our Marist founder, St Marcellin Champagnat, and live by this statement:  “That to educate a child properly, first you must love them and love them all equally”.

Notre Dame College challenges its students to aim for the highest possible level of achievement in all areas of school life; academic, spiritual, cultural and sporting.  This emphasis on the pursuit of excellence acknowledges the differing talents and abilities of individual students and does not demand the same outcome from all.

I hope that as you navigate through our site you get a general feel for the school, as well as specific information, and you gain a sense of the great pride and joy we have in our College.

Should you still have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the College directly.

Have a wonderful day,

Mr. John Cortese