A Marist Way of Educating

St Marcellin Champagnat provides the inspiration for our teachers in his golden rule: “To educate children first we must love them – love them all equally.”

From this principle flows the characteristics of our style of educating: presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of work, and following the way of Mary. This is the foundation of a Marist education; being nurtured with opportunities, inspired to work hard, and empowered with knowledge to realise our aspirations.

We are a thriving community of pupils, parents, and staff, working together to provide an environment where each pupil is encouraged to make their mark on the world! Our approach encourages pupils to engage with the world using their curiosity and creativity, to express their views and feelings with confidence, and to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Our school values, based on Catholic tradition and The Marist Way, permeate every aspect of school life leading to an education that puts children firmly at its centre and builds meaningful, respectful, and authentic relationships between everyone.

What is distinctive about the SHMC Preparatory School Curriculum?

Our bespoke curriculum is designed to capture the sense of awe and wonder of young pupils as they discover new knowledge and develop new skills. As an Independent School we have the freedom and privilege to shape a unique curriculum offering that delivers the knowledge and skills associated with the CAPs Curriculum but which also offers a far richer, engaging and challenging learning experience aimed at maximum pupil involvement. Our explore pedagogy builds strong links between subject areas whilst incorporating memorable, practical, real life experiences. Language is central to this journey of self-discovery where our dedicated and passionate teachers strive to direct and guide the pupils to become lifelong learners. The curriculum is interactive, investigative, and designed to provide intellectual stimulation and foster resilience, resourcefulness, collaboration, and problem-solving competency for our young people.

Our expectation for our pupils is to ‘be the best you can be’ and our unique Marist environment ensures that, in whatever they undertake, whether it be academically, socially, culturally, personally, on the sports field or within the community, they are given the platform to shine! We do not demand academic, sporting, or cultural excellence, but we do expect and encourage everyone to work towards their personal best and to participate fully in all aspects of school life. Pupils are encouraged to accept a greater degree of responsibility and accountability, ultimately working towards becoming more self-motivated and self-disciplined. Responsibility and accountability do not just happen, and young children need guidance in this aspect of their development. The Senior Preparatory years are exciting developmental years where children grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. St Henry’s encourages pupils to do the things they love and to find their ‘voice’ through having a vision, discipline, passion, and empathy.

Sport for all Programme

At St Henry’s, from the beginner to the elite athlete, we strive to not just offer every girl and boy the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports, but to also inspire a lifelong interest and enjoyment in it.

Our team of dedicated professional coaches and passionate specialist teacher-coaches (across the disciplines) play a key role in helping each pupil fulfil their potential, and ensure our teams participate in a competitive arena. Sports offered in the Preparatory School phase include:

  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Girls hockey
  • Golf
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water polo

Being a smaller school, in comparison to many of our competitors, has several benefits for our pupils:

  • Pupils can play multiple sports at a top level and are never forced to specialise.
  • All pupils can represent the school at sports.
  • Our smaller school size provides opportunities for more focused coaching and attention, ensuring our girls and boys have well rounded physical and social development through sport.

Pupils benefit from first-class coaching, with many of St Henry’s staff and sports coaches having previously competed at high levels themselves. Individuals and teams are therefore driven to be competitive – understanding that hard-work is essential in achieving success…all in the confines of a sport for all philosophy that places emphasis on participation rather than win at all costs.

Our campus is home to some amazing sporting facilities: three sports fields, a 25mx25m swimming and water polo pool (floodlit), two tennis and netball courts (floodlit), an athletics track, seven cricket nets and a strength and weight training gym.

Cultural Flair

St Henry’s Marist College provides a unique learning experience through a wide selection of cultural activities. The school provides a balanced, all-encompassing education by integrating the academic with arts and culture. Cultural activities offered in the Preparatory School phase include:

  • Band
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Debating (Grade 6 and 7)
  • Productions (whole school and phase)

Whether it is learning a musical instrument, playing in ensembles, singing in a choir, performing in plays, or discovering beauty in fine art there is plenty of opportunity for creative expression at St Henry’s Marist College.

Our cultural programme is designed and operated to support individual growth and development through specialist and general tuition and group experience. A healthy balance between the pursuit of excellence and providing a variety of enjoyable and creative opportunities for all remains our main objective.


A supervised homework / aftercare facility is available on Mondays to Fridays to pupils on a full-time or part-time basis. This facility is run by a dedicated team of aftercare personal in the bottom campus of the College.

St Henry’s Marist College

Take a tour of our Senior Preparatory