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International students

Principal's welcome

Mr Chris Tobin - PrincipalWe welcome you to our school and look forward to your interest and support in all school activities.

At Merrimac we believe that education begins in the home and is continued as a partnership between home and school. This is especially the case where students commence their education in one country and come to Merrimac State High School for matriculation. The foundation of effective partnerships is always good communication. Whenever there is a problem, please contact relevant staff members or myself.

While you are studying at Merrimac State High School, your welfare and achievements are of paramount importance to us. This is underpinned by each success and is supported by a futures driven dynamic curriculum. The school has a proud 25 year history of producing informed, qualified and active citizens. I invite you to be a part of this positive and productive school community.

Download a copy of the International Homestay Handbook 2017 and the International Student Handbook 2017 for information regarding International students.

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Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A



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  • Accommodation


    Merrimac State High School has a homestay family base with caring people who have been involved with our school for many years.

  • Contact key people

    Contact key people

    Fo​r the time you are in Australia the following people will have a big impact on your life. These people form a team whose job is to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience in Australia and at Merrimac.

  • Council of International Schools (CIS)

    Council of International Schools (CIS)

    Information for international students coming to Merrimac State High School

  • Curriculum


    Curriculum documents for international students

  • Enrolment and visa information

    Enrolment and visa information

    It is the responsibility of prospective students to arrange a visa to study in Australia.

  • Photo galleries

    Photo galleries

    Our photo galleries will give you a taste of life at Merrimac State High School.

  • Sister schools

    Sister schools

    Merrimac is proud of its associations with schools around the world. We believe that in order to produce effective world citizens, we must encourage the interchange of ideas and culture.

  • Sport


    International students at Merrimac are well catered for with a special subject, International Sport.

  • Testimonials


    Your Australian experience will be made more memorable by the people you meet and the friendships you make. Here are some thoughts from our international students.

  • Travel


    We encourage our international students to see Australia and travel safely. Therefore we create many opportunities for students to travel with their school friends and Merrimac teachers.