About Us

History of the college

One of the unique features forming part of everyday school life at St Charbel's College is our church.

The Maronite Order arrived in Australia in 1972 and a mere six months later, the first chapel and altar dedicated to St Charbel was blessed. In the following year, a church and a new monastery were completed.

The Lebanese Maronite Order in Australia strives to continue its mission, which is to place itself at the service of the Maronite community, both in terms of the faith education and the academic education of the new generation. This mission was to be realised through the founding of a school, which would sustain, develop, and enhance the Maronite Faith of their future generations, while enriching the lives of their children through their schooling.

The first house bought by the monks was used to teach children the Arabic language, and to prepare them for their First Holy Communion. The monks then began to buy several houses in order to commence the construction of a fully operational primary and secondary school. The Primary School was completed at the end of 1983, and opened to students on 1st February 1984 and the Secondary School, comprising Years 7 to 10, was completed in 1991. In 1994, facilities to accommodate Years 11 and 12 were constructed.

An important development in the life of the school was the construction of the College Library. The Library was officially opened on 15th October 1999. This completed the third stage of development on the school campus, and provided both the Primary and Secondary Schools with an increased access to a range of books, audio-visual resources, and computer technology.

Today St Charbel's College has a student population in excess of 1000 students - the majority of whom are Australian-Lebanese Maronites, with plans for future expansion.