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Marist Brothers of the Schools, Province of Nigeria, operates a unified and centralised school system. Hence, there was a clarion call to have a unified handbook for all the Marist Secondary Schools in Nigeria. This handbook identifies the Mission, Vision, Philosophy and Pedagogy of Marist Education in Nigeria. In addition, it enumerates the aims and objectives of Marist Education. Furthermore, the handbook lays emphasis on the relevance of the three domains of learning; the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains in enhancing teaching and learning activities that are geared toward the holistic formation of the Marist student. The Students’ Code of Conduct is also one of the contents of this handbook. This is because the code of conduct creates in the Marist student the awareness of fully developing his or her potentials with regard to the three domains of learning.


My appreciation goes to the Committee members who for many years worked tirelessly towards the actualization and production of this handbook. I sincerely express my gratitude to Br. Dr. Mark Omede, Br. Dr. Chigozie Udeajah, Br. Dr. Ekene Osuji, Br. Ifeanyi Mbaegbu, Chairperson, Br. Augustine Nze, and Br. Henry Uzor, Secretary. Also, I thank all the heads of Marist Secondary Schools, their management teams, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), staff, students, and individual Brothers who made valid contributions towards the realization of this document.


This handbook will serve as a guide to the management teams, parents, and students in all Marist Secondary Schools in Nigeria. As we strive to live and implement the contents of this handbook, I employ Our Lady; the Blessed Virgin Mary, and our Founder; St. Marcellin Champagnat to guide and direct us. Blessings!


Very Rev. Br. Vincent Uchenna Abadom, fms

Provincial Superior

Marist Brothers of the Schools

Province of Nigeria

March, 2018





Basic Education Certificate Examination


Bishop Shanahan College


Continuous Assessment Test


College of Immaculate Conception


International General Certificate of Secondary Education


Marist Schools Examination Council


Marist Service Commission


Marist Schools Management Board


National Examination Council



Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test

Parents Teachers Association


Religious and Moral Education


Scholastic Assessment Test


Test of English as a Foreign Language


Universal Basic


Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination


West African Examination Council


West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination







Arise, O compatriots

Nigeria's call obey

To serve our fatherland

With love and strength and faith

The labour of our heroes past

Shall never be in vain

To serve with heart and might

One nation bound in freedom

Peace and unity.





Oh God of creation

Direct our noble cause

Guide thou our leaders right

Help our youth the truth to know

In love and honesty to grow

And live in just and truth

Great lofty heights attain

To build a nation where peace

And justice shall reign









I pledge to Nigeria my country

To be faithful, loyal and honest

To serve Nigeria with all my strength

To defend her unity

And uphold her honourand glory

So help me God.






1.1 Background of Marist Education

“Marist Education is a Christocentric and anthropocentric reality that informs, forms, and transforms the educand in the way of Mary, the Mother of God” (Osuji & Suleh, 2017, p. 109). This educational pedagogy has been bequeathed to the Marist Brothers of the Schools by their founder; St. Marcellin Champagnat. Marist Brothers of the Schools is a religious congregation in the Catholic Church. It was Founded by St. Marcellin Champagnat on the 2nd January, 1817 for the Christian education of the youth especially those most in need. Saint Marcellin Champagnat was a religious priest of the Marist Fathers. During the first year of his priestly ministry as a curate, he was horrified to see a young boy of seventeen years old almost died in his arms. The adolescent Montagne was ignorant of the Christian principles of the Catholic faith and the existence of God. After instructing the lad in his Christian belief and preparing him for death, the boy died later in the day.[1] He was so touched by this event that he made up his mind to embark on his project of founding the congregation of the Marist Brothers of the Schools.


St.  Marcellin Champagnat founded a religious institute of teaching Brothers which he called Little Brothers of Mary.For the past two hundred years, the Marist Brothers have been carrying out this mission of Christian education of youth in eighty-five countries of the world. The Marist Brothers inherited from Marcellin Champagnat, their founder, a rich tradition of spirituality and way of life which is unique to them. The first Brothers were so caught up by this spirituality and way of life that they could not resist the urge to carry it to all parts of the world. Nigeria has not been left out by the bearers of the Marist Spirituality and Champagnat’s dream of giving Christian education to young people.


1.2 Mission of Marist Education

The Mission of Marist Education is the intellectual, moral, and skills development of the Marist student, which enables him or her to acquire sustainable knowledge, positively shapes his or character in order to be fully equipped for life pursuits.


1.3 Vision of Marist Education

The vision of Marist Education is the formation of the youth in knowledge and virture for societal transformation.



1.4 Marist Educational Philosophy

Education rooted in Christ, which enables the Marist students to be self-reliant, appreciate the dignity of work and research, adhere to professionalism and ethics and avail themselves for service.



1.5 Marist Educational Pedagogy

The distinctive Marist style and pedagogy has stood the test of time and is rooted in these principles: presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of work, and following in the footsteps of Mary.



1.6 Marist Brothers in Nigeria

 The Marist Brothers came to Nigeria in 1949 through the invitation of Bishop Whelan, the then Bishop of the Vicariate of Owerri. The first school of the Brothers was Bishop Shanahan College (BSC) Orlu and later they expanded by taking over the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu from the Holy Ghost Fathers. Within a short time, the two schools became so popular in the fields of academics and sports that the name Marist Brothers became well known by most people in the Eastern Nigeria and beyond.       


In 1965 Marist Brothers Juniorate was opened and the establishment of other Marist secondary schools followed suit as time went by. Presently, Marist Brothers are running four Nursery/Primary schools, eight Post Primary schools and one tertiary institution in Nigeria.


In order to maintain the uniformity in the running of Marist Schools, especially secondary schools in Nigeria, calls the need for a common handbook. This is because there exist common calendar, curriculum, entrance examination, and staff code of conduct. The supervision of Marist Schools is under a common body; the Marist Schools Management Board. The homogenous nature of Marist schools in Nigeria notwithstanding, the uniqueness of each school was taken into cognisance as the contents of this Handbook were being put together. That, in effect, added to the beauty of this document.


The document does not say it all as a code of conduct and rules and regulations. As we commonly apply the contents of this book in all our schools, it may still be necessary for each school to still develop and maintain a more detailed rule of life peculiar to her context, subject to approval by the Marist Schools Management Board.




1.7 Foundation and Uniqueness of Marist Schools in Nigeria

All Marist schools in Nigeria are Catholic schools which always uphold Catholic teachings and practices. However, Marist schools admit every qualified student irrespective of tribe, religion, race or colour provided they abide with the school curricula. A Marist school can be either co-educational or for boys only, full boarding or boarding and day scholarship. 

1.9 Aims and Objectives of Marist Education

The goal of Marist schools is the Christian education of young people especially those most in need.

The specific objectives of Marist schools include: To

1.      Make Jesus Christ known and loved.

2.      Train young people to be dutiful, productive and useful to themselves, their families, societies, and become good citizens.

3.      Give holistic education to young people.

4.      Help young people form good consciences.

5.      Train young people to live the brotherhood of Christ with everybody.

6.      Liberate the mind of young people so that they can easily make objective judgments and right choices in life.

7.      Help young people develop pride in the culture of their localities.

8.      Raise a generation of young people who can think for themselves, respect the views and feelings of others and respect the dignity of labour.

9.      Inspire young people with a desire for achievement and self-improvement at school and later in life.

10.  Enable the Marist student fight the five enemies of humanity; ignorance, disease, poverty, immorality, and atheism.

11.  Groom vocations to Marist Brotherhood and religious life in general, married life, single life, and priesthood.


1.10 Admission into Marist Schools

1.      Admission into a Marist Secondary School is ordinarily through the Marist Schools Common Entrance Examination. The admission process consist of:

 i. The written entrance examination.

ii. The written interview.

iii. The final selection through oral interview

2.      A candidate, who accepts admission to a Marist School, by that fact, accepts to be trained according to the Marist Schools system of education.

3.      Parents and guardians whose wards are admitted into a Marist School thereby undertake to co-operate fully and partner with the school Management in the education of their wards. They become obliged to be active members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

4.      An offer of admission to a Marist School should be accepted effectively within thirty days from the date of the offer of admission.

5.      A new student in a Marist School shall present a certificate of medical fitness from a qualified medical practitioner from a recognized and approved government and or Catholic hospital.

6.      Fees payable in Marist Schools shall be determined from time to time by the Marist Brothers. The fees shall be paid into centralized Marist Schools Account by all Marist students in Nigeria.

7.      Students transferring from other schools to Marist Schools may be admitted into UB1, UB2 and SS1 only after successful entrance examinations and interviews.

8.      On admission, the transferring student shall submit to the Office of the Principal/Director relevant transfer documents such as the Transfer Certificate, Continuous Assessment Report and Academic Results. This shall also apply to a student transferring from one Marist School to another.

9.      Parents, on admission of their wards, shall buy two copies of the Marist Secondary Schools Students’ Handbook – one copy for their ward and the other copy for the parents to keep at home for reference. Parents and their wards are to study carefully the Handbook and abide by the rules and regulations stipulated therein.



1.11 Re-Opening Day

1.      Generally, Marist schools re-open on a Saturday for boarders.

2.      On the re-opening day, every student who resides in the hostel shall return in the morning hours from 8.00 a.m. No student shall be allowed into the school after 6:00 p.m.

3.      Those who arrive late on the re-opening day shall submit their names to the security personnel who shall later submit the list to the Office of the Principal/Director. The late students shall come back on a day decided by the Management Team.

4.      Those living far away from the school who may wish to come back to the school a day earlier shall communicate to the school head.

5.      In case of serious illness or any other cogent reason that can prevent a student from returning on the re-opening day, his or her parents or guardians shall obtain permission from the Office of the Principal/Director before the re-opening day.



1.12 Visiting Days and Visitors to Marist Schools

1.      Every Marist school shall have its own visiting day or days each month. On Visiting Days, parents, guardians, can go to the school and see their children or wards.

2.      Marist students shall always be courteous and polite to all visitors.

3.      Each Marist school shall determine its visiting hours on the visiting days.

4.      Visitors shall be received only in the designated place(s). No visitor shall enter the hostel, the refectory or the classrooms.

5.      A student shall not receive a visitor on non-visiting day without due authorization. Any student who violates this regulation shall be liable to corrective measure.

6.      Any emergency visitor shall first clear with the Principal/Director or in his absence, the appropriate Vice Principal.

7.      On non-visiting days, students shall be courteous to people coming to the school compound, and politely give them the necessary directions.

8.      No student shall see a visitor out beyond the school gate.

9.      Permission to visit home can be obtained only from the Principal/Director or Dean of Students’ Affairs in consultation with the Principal/Director.

10.  Parents and guardians are not allowed to bring cooked food to the children and wards.



1.13 Day Scholarship/Studentship

1.      Only boys/girls who live with their parents or guardians can be admitted as day students into Marist schools that have provision for day students.

2.      No boy or girl who lives alone can be admitted into a Marist school.

3.      Day students allowed to attend the evening and night study periods in the school compound shall wear a day dress slightly different from that of the boarding students.




1.14 Withdrawal of Students from Marist Schools

To effect any withdrawal for any reason before the end of the session, a withdrawal application shall reach the Office of the Principal/Director at least one week before the actual withdrawal.

Similarly, application for Transfer Certificate, Transcript, Statement of Result and any other document shall reach the Office of the Principal/Director at least one week in advance; otherwise the process may be delayed. Students shall always come in person to collect their documents. However, if the student is not available, the parent or guardian shall present a valid identity before collecting the document.







2.1 Introduction

Marist schools are international schools. It is in view of our international institutional status that we embrace some international programmes. In other words, we have a well-articulated curriculum which blends both the national and international programmesperfectly to suit our academic vision. This is a package that opens up the opportunities of choice making to students for higher academic pursuits.

The goal of Marist schools is to prepare our students thoroughly so that they can stand shoulder high above their counterparts worldwide and compete favourably with them as global citizens. In order to achieve this goal, Marist schools run the following programmes:

1.      Local Examinations at Junior Level

                  i.           NECO (National Examination Council)

                ii.           BECE ( Basic Education Examination Certificate)

              iii.           Junior NECO (National)

2.      Local Examinations at Senior Level

                i.           WAEC/WASSCE (West African Senior Secondary Certificate Council)

              ii.           NECO/SSCE (National Examination Council)

            iii.           JAMB/UTME

3.      International Examinations at Senior Level in some selected Marist Schools

                  i.           International General Certificate of Secondary Education IGCSE

                ii.           Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT)

              iii.           Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

               iv.           Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)





2.2 Academic Subjects Offered in Marist Schools

Marist schools offer a wide range of subjects in accordance with the curriculum approved for junior and senior secondary schools in Nigeria.The following subjects are offered:

1.      Religious and Moral Education (RME)

2.      The English Language

3.      Mathematics

4.      Basic Science

5.      Social Studies

6.      Basic Technology

7.      Business Studies

8.      Physical and Health Education

9.      Some Nigerian Languages – Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba

10.  Literature in English

11.  The French Language

12.  Further Mathematics

13.  Geography

14.  Christian Religious Studies

15.  Computer Science

16.  Agricultural Science

17.  Economics

18.  Technical Drawing

19.  Entrepreneurial Subjects

20.  Physics

21.  Chemistry

22.  Biology

23.  Government

24.  Civic Education

25.  History


2.3 Assessment of Students’ Academic Progress

Assessing students in Marist schools is a continuous process through daily and weekly assignments, projects involving practical work, periodic tests and classroom work.

Assessments are made not only on intellectual ability but also in attitudinal (affective) and psychomotor (manipulative skills) areas of learning. Projects and assignments are taken into consideration in reaching the final overall assessment each term. Every Marist student shall take part in all the school’s tests and examinations. These will comprise: Sitting tests, notes, assignments, and projects (CAT – 30%), and the end-of-term written examinations (70%).



2.4 Conditions for Promotion from One Class to Another

For a student to be promoted from one class to a higher one, the following conditions shall apply:

1.      For Promotion in UB One and UB Two

   i.           Pass in all core subjects, which shall include Mathematics, the English Language and Religious and Moral Education.

  ii.           The pass mark for each of the subjects is 50%

2.       For Promotion in SS One and SS Two:

i. Pass in all the core subjects including Mathematics, the English Language and, Religious and Moral Education, and exhibit good behaviour.

ii. The pass mark for each of the subjects shall be 50%.


At the end of the third term examinations, the Promotion Committee meets to deliberate on the students due for promotion based on their cumulative academic performances and behaviourduring the whole session.




2.5  Examination Rules and Regulations

1.      Every student shall endeavourto write all the internal and external examinations approved by the school authority.

2.      During examination:

                           i.           There shall be zero tolerance for any form of examination malpractice in all Marist Schools.

                         ii.           There shall be orderliness in the examination hall.

                       iii.           Students shall be in the examination hall 15 minutes before the examination.

                        iv.           Students shall respect time for starting and stopping any examination.

3.      Any of the following behavioursconstitutes examination malpractice in Marist Schools:

     i. Taking into the examination hall textbooks, notebooks or scraps of paper containing jotting,  smart phones, smart watches, calculators stored with information about the examination, whether or not they relate to the subject being taken or not.

  ii. Pre-scribbling notes on the student’s body, clothes or locker.

  iii.  Exchange of notes, question papers, answer scripts or oral communication with another student in the examination hall.

iv.Getting or attempting to get help relating to the examination from any person whomsoever inside or outside the examination hall.

v.Copying from textbook, notes, other materials or other candidate’s work in the examination hall.

vi. Any other unruly behaviourinside or outside the examination hall which the school regards as examination malpractice.

vii. Any act or behaviourreported to the Examination Committee as examination malpractice and if established to be so after thorough investigation shall be recommended to the Management Team for disciplinary action.









3.1 General Principles    

Based on the holistic education offered in Marist schools, both the temporal and spiritual welfare of the students are taken seriously. The aim is to avail Marist students for such education that makes them worthy in learning and character. With particular reference to his or her character formation, a Marist student shall:

1.      Be neither a member of any secret cult nor associate with members of such cults.

2.      Always observe the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”

3.      Participate in all religious activities as practiced by the school. Example: Daily Eucharistic celebration (Mass and or Communion Service), daily prayers, and recollection. These activities are compulsory for every Marist students.

4.      Be encouraged to love all his or her fellow students as brothers and sisters.

5.      Always and everywhere maintain worthy behaviourand be self-disciplined.

6.      Always attend the moral and or religious instructions authorized by the school.

7.      Belong to at least one approved Religious Society in the school.



3.2 Religious and Moral Education in Marist Schools

Religious and Moral Education (RME) is emphasized as core subject in Marist schools. This is due to the fact that, it aids in the religious, spiritual and moral development of the students. It also helps in mouldingthe character of Marist students and makes them true citizens of the country and ambassadors of Christ. Furthermore, RME is a compulsory subject for every Marist student. In addition, it emphasizes eternal life which influences all we do on earth.




3.3 Some Religious Societies in Marist Schools

The following are some of the Religious Societies in Marist schools:

1.      The Legion of Mary: Promotes devotion to Mary the Mother of Jesus, spreads the good news about Mary, and enables Marist students to perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

2.      Bible Society: Helps students to develop interest in the Bible, creates awareness of the usefulness of the Bible, and aids students to evangelize using the Bible.

3.      The Blue Army/Soldiers of Mary: HonoursMary the Mother of Jesus by saying the Rosary and promoting the praying of the Rosary by other people.

4.      St. Jude’s Society: HonoursSt. Jude by asking for his intercession; to promote devotion to him especially in desperate cases.

5.      St. Vincent De Paul Society: Creates awareness in Marist students the need to help the poor and the less privileged in society.

6.      St. Marcellin Champagnat Society: Endows in the Marist student the spirit of evangelizing young people, and helping them to develop positive attitude to life and positive pursuits of life.

7.      Altar Boys and Girls: Draws the Marist student closer to God by training him or her to work in the sanctuary and sacristy and to serve at Holy Mass.

8.      Purgatorial Society: Promotes devotion to the Holy Souls in purgatory by praying and making sacrifices for them.

9.      St Anthony Society: Promotes the devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua and asks for his help especially for lost items.

10.  Block Rosary: Develops, encourages and spreads the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

11.  Tansi Society: Promotes the devotion to Blessed Iwene Tansi.

12.  Aspirants Society: Enables the Marist student to pray and discern their vocation in the Church.


N/B: This list is not exhaustive. Therefore, individual schools are free to have some other societies.





3.4 Guidance and Counselling In Marist Schools

Every Marist school has a Guidance and Counselling Unit where various counselling services are available to the students. On admission into a Marist school, each student shall register with the Unit and open the required files. The Guidance and Counseling Unit liaises with the school Management for the proper up-bringing of each student.


The Guidance and Counseling services available to the students include, but not limited to the following:

1.      Individual Counselling.

2.      Group Counselling.

3.      Information Service.

4.      Education Counselling.

5.      Career Counselling.

6.      Referral Counselling.







4.1 Concept of Psychomotor Domain of Learning

The wise saying that goes that all works and no play makes Jack a dull boy can be likened to the Psychomotor Domain in this handbook.  In our Nigerian society today, not everyone will be a Professor of Education, Law, Engineering, or Medicine. Some students will like to further their education, while some will earn their genuine living through sports, games, arts, music, dance, just to mention a few. All these activities focus more on how the student coordinates his or her muscles and harnesses the potentials and gifts that God endowed in him or her. As students learn more about how the brain learns and retains information, Marist educators today are realizing that targeted physical movement has the potential to enhance memory and recall and can aid in accelerating long-term memory. It also helps to checkmate the negative attitudes and behavioursof students. In this psychomotor domain of learning, the Marist Student is helped to physically encode information, with movement and or with activities where the gross and fine muscles are used for expressing or interpreting information or concepts.



4.2 Some Sports and Clubs in Marist Schools

Sports and clubs are part and parcel of life in Marist Schools. They help the students to develop their psychomotor domain of learning. Major sporting activities in Marist schools include: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Athletics. In addition to these sporting activities, every Marist student shall actively participate in at least one of the following clubs for the development of their skills and talents:

1.      Debating and Literary Club

2.      Drama Club

3.      Science Club

4.      Mathematics Club

5.      Quiz Club

6.      Social Club

7.      Environmental Club

8.      Press Club

9.      Red Cross Club

10.  Scout Club

11.  Peer Educator Anti-Sexually Transmitted Illnesses Health Club

12.  Integrity Club

13.  Child’s Right and Responsibilities Club

These sports and clubs enable Marist students to develop their skills and talents in the desired direction. Obviously, individual schools are free to have other sports and clubs not mentioned above.



4.3 Principles of Psychomotor Domain of Learning in Marist Schools

Marist schools give students the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in the areas of sports, games, dances, arts, music, singing, just to mention a few. Based on this premise therefore, every Marist student shall:

1.      Participate in daily sporting activities organized by the school.

2.      Join one or more school clubs where talents are harnessed and promoted.

3.      As a duty, identify his or her areas of interest in either games, and or arts and develop it.

4.      Do a Project at home and submit in school once a term.

5.      Participate in singing practice organized by the school.

6.      Actively participate in social activities (e.g. dramas, dances) organized by the school.

7.      Actively participate in daily chores such as washing plates, environmental sanitation, and laundry.








Health is wealth. Teaching and learning activities can only be effective in a sound mind and body. Thus, healthcare becomes indispensable in the Marist education system. Hence, every Marist school has a functional health clinic with staff nurses who take care and treat students. Based on sound mind and body as valuable ingredients to holistic education therefore:

1.      Every student admitted to a Marist school shall present a certificate of sufficient good health from any recognized and approved Government or Catholic hospital.

2.      Any candidate suffering from any contagious or infectious disease shall be advised to go home for treatment.  

3.      All medication brought to school shall be submitted to the school nurse for administration and proper monitoring.

4.      When sick, a student shall report immediately to the Matron or Patron. When this is not possible (due to the nature of the sickness) his or her hostel captain or any of his or her colleagues shall do so.

5.      A hostel captain shall ensure that no student is in the hostel while the hostel is being locked at any time. Any sick student shall go to the school clinic for treatment.

6.      Parents and guardians shall bear all the health expenses of their children or wards.

7.      A student shall deposit in the school Bursary Department a stipulated medical fee for emergency use.

8.      In emergency situation health beyond the scope of the school clinic, the student shall be taken to the nearest hospital.

9.      A candidate suffering from a chronic or recurrent disease shall make this known to the Principal/Director before admission in order to give him or her proper guidance.

10.  Candidates suffering from diseases like heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, or who are on special diet, just to mention a few, shall present satisfactory medical report for proper guidance on admission.





In every Marist school some students are appointed to serve as school functionaries. They assist the school Management in helping the students live in the school according to the school rules and regulations. The functionaries are charged with certain responsibilities. They are as follows:

1.      Senior Prefects: Each co-educational school shall have one male Senior Prefect and one female Senior Prefect. Both shall have equal powers and authority. They shall represent the students and help to maintain discipline in the school. They shall supervise the work of other school functionaries. They shall be members of the school Disciplinary Committee.

2.      Deputy Senior Prefects: Each school shall have one male Deputy Senior Prefect and one female Deputy Senior Prefect. They shall take the place of the Senior Prefects when the latter are absent. They shall also perform some special duties assigned to them by the Principal.

3.      Sanitation Prefects: They shall be charged with the personal neatness of the students, of the hostels and of the entire school premises. They shall be responsible for morning chores.

4.      Refectory Prefects: They shall oversee the maintenance and neatness of the refectory including good eating habits by the students. They shall ensure that students get their food and that the food is shared out well. They shall be responsible for collecting fruits in the compound and sharing them among the students.

5.      Labor Prefects: They shall organize manual labourwhennecessary. They shall ensure that the school environment is always tidy. They shall organize Saturday cleaning.

6.      Regulators: They shall remind students of the change of activities in the school by ringing the bell at the appropriate times. Accordingly, they shall ensure that the students follow the time-table.

7.      Liturgy Prefects: They shall be in charge of worship in the school. They shall liaise with the Dean of Students’ Affairs and or the Director of RME, and the Chaplain in matters of religious activities. They shall see to the students’ spiritual welfare. They shall organize choir practice and other religious activities.

8.      Games Prefects: They shall be in charge of games and sports in the school. They shall ensure that students take part in games and sports. They shall be in charge of the school’s games or sports facilities. They shall work in collaboration with the games master or mistress.

9.      Social Prefects: They shall be in charge of the school clubs. They shall organize social and cultural activities for the school. They shall ensure that all visitors are welcome to the school especially on visiting days.

10.  Utility Prefects: They shall ensure that students always have water, light and charcoal for ironing. They shall report any failures immediately to the Patrons or Matrons or the Dean of Students’ Affairs. They shall ensure that water and electrical equipment are not vandalized by the students.

11.  Health Prefects: They shall be in charge of sick students. They shall ensure that no sick student is left unattended to in the hostel. They shall send sick students to the clinic; ensure that food is sent to them and that they are visited while in the clinic. They shall help the sick students to take their prescribed drugs. They shall report serious cases to the Management without delay.

12.  Maintenance Prefects: They shall be in charge of maintenance of school property. They shall see to it that students do not break school property and they shall report offenders to the Matrons or Patrons. They shall inform the Matrons or Patrons about repairing or replacing damaged items.

13.  Hostel Captains: They shall be in charge of controlling students and maintaining order and discipline in their hostels. They shall ensure that students dress their beds appropriately.

14.  Library Prefects: They shall see to it that students maintain silence in the library. They shall help the school Librarians to ensure that library books are accounted for.

15.  Class Prefects: They shall be in charge of class activities. They shall ensure that classrooms are clean and orderly. They shall maintain discipline and write names of noise makers in the class. They shall organize class assembly in absence of the Form Persons. They shall ensure that all the academic activities are held on scheduled time.







This chapter contains Rules and Regulations guiding the conduct of students in Marist schools. It also contains the corrective measures to employ in order to ensure proper formation of the Marist student. However, there is a separate document on child’s right and protection in Marist schools.


7.1 Rules for Hostel Residency in Marist Schools

 Marist students live in hostels or dormitories. This offers them the opportunity for holistic education which the Marist Brothers offer. That notwithstanding, some students are also day scholars. Only students who live with their parents or guardians shall be given permission to be day students in schools that have provision for that.


A member of staff – patron or matron shall be in charge of each hostel. The patron or matron shall live in the hostel premises. The patron or matron shall be assisted by a house master or mistress as the case may be. The hostel captain shall live in the same hostel with his or her fellow students irrespective of his or her own class. The Prefect shall have an “Assistant” who shall also live in the same hostel. Both shall be directly responsible to the house masters and or house mistresses.


The following regulations shall apply to both male and female hostels/dormitories:

1.      One bed, one student. No student shall lie on another student’s bed.

2.      Every student shall properly make his or her bed immediately after morning rising or after siesta.

3.      Every student shall regularly wash his or her bedding materials and always keep them clean.

4.      There shall be no fighting in the hostel. A student who feels offended shall always report to the right house master or mistress for redress.

5.      No visitor shall be allowed into any hostel.

6.      No student shall deface any wall of the hostel in any way whatsoever.

7.      Stealing of any kind is strictly forbidden and shall not be condoned in the hostel.

8.      No student shall meddle, in any way, with what belongs to another student without that student’s permission.

9.      Proved case of sexual immorality of any kind in the hostel shall be liable to a serious corrective measure.

10.  Each night, there shall be a roll call to ensure that every student is on his or her bed before lights out. The patron or matron shall check the roll call book from time to time.

11.  No student shall remain in the hostel when other students are out for activities e.g. class, studies, labour, religious services or games. No student including sick ones shall remain in the hostel when other students are out for activities such as the ones mentioned above. Sick students shall go to the school clinic for treatment.

12.  Electronics or electrical appliances shall not be allowed in the hostels.

13.  There shall be “Great Silence” in the hostels from lights out at night till after Holy Mass the next morning and during siesta time. Any necessary movement shall be noiseless.

14.  No student shall molest or bully another student in the hostel. Any aggrieved student shall always report to the house master or mistress for proper redress.

15.  No student shall litter the hostel with any refuse. All refuse shall be dropped into the refuse bin.

16.  There shall be no washing of anything inside the hostel.

17.  Students shall not throw out anything, especially water and refuse, through the windows.

18.  The school head shall delegate a staff to make a surprise check in the hostels at any hour of the day or night.

19.  No male student shall visit a female hostel, and no female student shall visit a male hostel for any reason whatever unless accompanied by the Principal/Director or by an authorized senior staff.

20.  When students are out, the hostel shall be locked. The hostel prefect shall keep one key and the house master or mistress shall keep the spare key.

21.  Hostels shall be inspected by appropriate school authorities from time to time.

22.  Any student who fails to return on the re-opening day without proper permission shall be given a corresponding corrective measure.

7.2  Refectory Rules and Regulations in Marist Schools

1.      Every student shall be punctual in the refectory.

2.      Every student shall observe good table manners by eating with the correct cutlery (fork, knife and spoon).

3.      Refectory prefects and Students’ Table Heads shall always ensure that the food is shared equitably.

4.      No student shall eat another student’s food unless that student freely offers it to him or her.

5.      Refectory and Health Prefects shall always ensure that food is sent to the sick students in the clinic.

6.      Students shall be careful to observe good meal etiquette (e.g. unnecessary noise making, spitting, coughing without using a handkerchief, etc.) while eating in the refectory.

7.      Should there be any serious issue about the food, the prefects on duty shall calm the students down and report the matter to the hostel staff.

8.      Students shall wash their plates and cutlery immediately after every meal.

9.      The Refectory Prefects shall see that the whole refectory is tidied up after every meal.



7.3  Junior/Senior Student Relationship in Marist Schools

1.      No senior student shall exploit any junior student.

2.      There should be mutual respect among junior and junior students.



7.4  Staff/Student Relationship in Marist Schools

1.      No student who lives in the hostel shall visit the residence of any member of staff unless with a permission from the Principal/Director or Dean of Students Affairs.

2.      No member of staff shall visit any students’ hostel unless he or she is on approved assignment or has appropriate permit.

3.      No member of staff shall arrange for private paid lessons with any student, unless such arrangement is appropriately authorized by the Principal/Director.

4.      No parent or guardian shall arrange with any member of staff and or some senior students to give special protection to their wards.

5.      When sick, Marist students live family-like life and they take care of one another. There shall be no social or class distinction in Marist schools.

6.      If for some reasons a student requires special attention of any sort, the Office of the Principal/Director shall be informed.



7.5  Exeat and Bounds

1.      On admission, every Marist student shall pay for and receive his or her copy of the school exeat card properly filled and signed by the school administration.

2.      No student shall leave the school compound without a valid exeat card signed by the competent authority of the school.

3.      A student who leaves the school without permission shall face disciplinary action.



7.6 Disciplinary Committee and Corrective Measures in Marist Schools

A Marist student shall always maintain discipline in the school by:

1.      Being prayerful.

2.      Comporting himself or herself well in the school.

3.      Being punctual and regular in all school activities.

4.      Taking studies very serious.

5.      Being attentive in class.

6.      Respecting every member of staff.

7.      Dressing neatly, simply and smartly.

8.      Being fair and just to one another.

9.      Making use of refuse bins.

10.  Dressing one’s bed every morning and after siesta.

11.  Being at the right place at the right time.

12.  Flushing toilets after use.



7.6  Disciplinary Committee

1.      Every Marist school shall have a Disciplinary Committee.

2.      The Disciplinary Committee shall comprise of some selected members of the staff and one or two student representatives.

3.      Any Marist student who is accused of infringing any school rule or regulation shall be given the opportunity to defend himself or herself before the school Disciplinary Committee.

4.      If the student is found guilty of the offence, the Committee shall recommend to the school Management Team the appropriate corrective measure to be applied.



7.7  Corrective Measures in Marist Schools

1.      The penalties in Marist schools generally shall be corrective measures and not punitive.

2.      Internal suspension of a student shall consist in keeping the student in school, but preventing him or her from participating in some school activities. Then, the Management Team decides on what the student shall be doing during the period on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee.

3.      Some infringements of school rules shall require the involvement of the culprits’ parents or guardians. Sometimes the parents or guardians shall be required to come to the school to sign an undertaking on behalf of their wards.

4.      Sometimes the offender shall be required to pay compensation either to their fellow students or to the school for the damages they caused.

5.      Generally, students found guilty of stealing shall return the money or article stolen and faced additional punitive measures as contained in the table.

6.      Students who commit very serious offences or are becoming victims of habitual offences shall be sent to the school’s Guidance and Counselling unit for help.

7.      Expulsion shall be the highest form of corrective measure in Marist schools and it shall be the last resort. This type of corrective measure shall be reserved only for very scandalous or habitual offences that are not only detrimental to the reputation of the school but also to the formation of other students.



7.9 Types of Offences and Recommended Corrective Measures



1 Cf. Keith B. Farrell F.M.S., Achievement from the Depths: A Critical Historical Survey of the Life of Marcellin Champagnat 1789-1840, Marist Brothers, Drummoyne, 1984 p. 64.

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