A FCJ College education fosters courage, confidence, faith, hope, and equips students for resilient, purposeful futures.

Situated on the sacred lands of the Yorta Yorta people, FCJ College continues to honour the traditions of our First Nations brothers and sisters and remains true to the values of our foundress Marie Madeleine d’Houet.

FCJ College is an inclusive Catholic Educational Community of Companions living in faith, nurturing with hope, serving with compassion and fostering the unique giftedness of each person, so that they are able to live. For God Always.


Our philosophy is founded on the values of the Gospels, in our Catholic tradition and especially in the charism of Marie Madeleine d’Houet, founder of the FCJ Society. Thus the culture of our faith-based community, FCJ college seeks to be characterised specifically by companionship, gentleness, justice, courage and confidence. We are proud of the personal attention and pastoral care that we are able to offer our students. We have a continuing program of capital improvements to provide quality facilities.


At FCJ College we enact the charism of the FCJ Society and our faith in the daily life of the school. We value and respect the uniqueness of each person, encouraging people to act with courage, confidence and compassion.


The staff members, students and the entire college community require continuous formation to carry forward the FCJ ethos willingly and proactively. A teacher has a vital part to play, respecting and encouraging each student. Sound pedagogy, including the fostering of life-long learning is essential for laying a foundation for the development of leaders who are committed and competent in advocating for a more equitable and sustainable world.


FCJ college aims to demonstrate a visible and tangible expression of compassion and justice. Unfairness within the classroom and in the wider world is addressed through a curriculum that challenges and questions the status quo and develops intellectual and other skills which lead to an ongoing commitment to action. Staff and students, as global citizens, are called to be beacons of hope and agents of positive change, advocating and witnessing to social justice.

Our welcoming community finds its inspiration in companionship with Jesus.


Each member of our community should be a witness to the Gospel values of compassion, courage, integrity and hope.


Education is a partnership between the school, teachers, students and families, which involves a curriculum that offers students an authentic avenue to prepare themselves for the challenges of life ahead.


We should engage, encourage, nurture and include all students, in a safe, respectful and positive environment, so that they have an equal opportunity to become the best persons they can be.


All members of our community are equally valued for their unique contribution.

At FCJ College, we commit to educating students to be:


  • People of faith, courage and integrity who live the values of compassion, honesty and justice;
  • Confident young adults whose inner strength and positive self-belief make them resilient in a challenging world;
  • People who have an appreciation and respect for everyone;
  • Members of society who have a capacity to be engaged in the community and who demonstrate social and environmental responsibility;
  • Adults growing in faith and awareness of God’s love as life-long learners and critical thinkers;

FCJ College supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:


  • Elected government
  • The rule of law
  • Equal rights for all before the law
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of speech and association
  • The values of openness and tolerance
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The charism of the Society of Sisters, FCJ is steeped in Ignatian spirituality. The Society was founded in France in 1820 by Marie Madeleine d’Houet. As missionary women of the Church, they arrived in Australia in 1882 and by the turn of the century had three secondary schools at Richmond (Vaucluse 1882), Kew (Genazzano 1889) and Benalla (1900).


An Invitation


In 1900, six FCJ Sisters, accompanied by the Mother Superior, travelled to Benalla at the invitation of the Parish Priest, Dean Owen Davy. Following a 5-hour train journey, they were greeted by Dean Davy and parishioners, with a procession to the Church. The date of their arrival was arranged to coincide with the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.
Three days after their arrival, sisters began teaching at St Joseph’s Primary School and on 20 August 1900, received the first students at the new Ladies’ College conducted at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.


124 years of Catholic Education


The FCJ Sisters provided boarding facilities for primary and secondary aged children at the Convent. In 1960 the College became co-educational and its name ‘Ladies College’ was no longer appropriate and aptly renamed FCJ College. The boarding house closed at the end of 1981 to provide for more school rooms.


FCJ College celebrated its Centenary in 2000 and in 2001 reinstated senior classes. Today, FCJ College is a co-educational College for Years 7-12.


In 2010 FCJ College celebrated 110 years of Catholic education, with a dramatisation of the arrival of the Sisters in Benalla and a successful school reunion. In 2011 the College became an incorporated entity. The FCJ Society continues to govern the school and is active in the College with Directors on the College Council and participation in a range of school activities such as our annual Founders’ Day.


Enacting the Charism today


At FCJ College we enact the charism of the FCJ Society and our faith in the daily life of the school. We value and respect the uniqueness of each person, encouraging people to act with courage, confidence and compassion.


For more information on the FCJ Society visit fcjsisters.org


FCJ College Crest

The school badge consists of a shield flanked by two laurel branches. The shield represents faith in God, the laurel branches victory through the power of God. The words beneath the shield carry the school motto Latin words “Pro Deo Semper”- for God Always.
The school badge and motto were chosen in 1907 by the Sisters to honour the Silver Jubilee, 1882-1907, of their Mother House in Australia, Mount St Joseph ( Vaucluse) Convent Richmond. The school colours of blue, gold and brown believed to be adopted at the same time.
This is an extract taken from “ The History of FCJ College Benalla 1900- 2000″


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FCJ College FIRE Carrier Covenant

Click below to learn about our commitment to Aboriginal connection.

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The Society of Sisters, FCJ established FCJ College in 1900 at the invitation of Dean Owen Davy. The FCJ Sisters are missionary women of the Church and have communities across the world. FCJ College is governed by the Sisters and is an incorporated entity with a Council of Directors who assist the leadership team with strategic matters relating to the school.


FCJ College Council


The FCJ College Council includes representatives from the FCJ Society, education specialists and business professionals to provide strategic leadership for the College. The Council and its sub-committees meet regularly and work with the leadership team of the College on strategic matters relating to Finance, Policy and Compliance, Facilities and Resources.




  • Pauline Fisher (Chair)
  • Tony McIlroy
  • Louise Frewen
  • Kerry Stone
  • Anna Greenhalgh
  • Bernard Neal
  • Maria Weatherill


2024 Leadership Executive


  • Principal – Mr Shaun Mason
  • Deputy Principal – Mr Joseph Mount
  • Director of Learning & Teaching – Mr Jordan Smith
  • Director of Catholic Identity – Ms Donna Willcock
  • Director of Wellbeing – Ms Renae Hughes
  • Director Learning Diversity – Ms Kirsty Renkin


2024 Positions of Leadership

  • Year 7 Learning Leader – Ms Sally Moore
  • Year 8 Learning Leader – Mrs Catherine Burton
  • Year 9 Learning Leader – Mr Daniel Green
  • Year 10 Learning Leader – Ms Gemma Hunter
  • Year 11 Learning Leader – Mrs Erin Crook
  • Year 12 Learning Leader – Mr Guy Durance
  • VCE Co-ordinator – Mr Brendan Walsh
  • Sport Co-ordinator – Ms Nicole Murphy
  • Applied Learning Leader – Jamie Morrison
  • Business Manager – Mrs Emily Hordern
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Our annual report serves as a transparent account of our efforts in fulfilling our mission to provide exceptional education and support to our students.


Gain insights into our academic programs, extracurricular activities, community initiatives, and the collective accomplishments of our dedicated staff and students. Thank you for joining us on this journey of reflection and celebration as we showcase the incredible milestones of the past years.

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FCJ College often has teaching and non-teaching positions become available throughout various times of the year. Any employment opportunities that are available will appear below. A cover letter, resume and application form are invited for suitably qualified/experienced teachers and non-teachers.


FCJ College is seeking passionate applicants for the following positions:


There are currently no positions available





Please send applications to: Business Manager, Emily Hordern emily.hordern@fcjbenalla.catholic.edu.au



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