Founded in 1979, Merrimac is a coeducational, non-selective, public school for students from 12 to 17 years of age.
The school has two phases of education; Junior Secondary for students in years 7, 8 and 9 and Senior Secondary for years 10, 11 and 12. During the Senior Secondary phase of learning students have an opportunity to choose either an academic and/or vocational program. The curriculum is based on eight key learning areas and enhanced in years 11 and 12 with choice of 51 Queensland Studies Authority, Authority registered subjects and Australian Quality Training certificates.
All teaching staff are fully qualified and share in the school’s values of respect, responsibility and reliability. Students are also supported by the counsellor, nurse, chaplain, Youth Pathways officer, Youth Support Coordinator and Industry Liaison Officer.
The school has a current enrolment of close to 1,300 students representing 44 nationalities with the largest groupings being Australian, then New Zealanders, followed by Chinese, English and Brazilian. Within the student population, which draws mostly from the surrounding neighbourhood, there are currently about 50 international students mainly from Asia, South America and Europe. A similar number of students are enrolled in special education classes.
The school is located in the geographical heart of the Gold Coast, close to beaches, public transport and shopping centres. The extensive 10.4 hectare site is well laid out with mature trees and gardens that offer outdoor eating areas and shaded meeting spaces. In addition to general classrooms the school also has a library, swimming pool, sport and assembly hall, gymnasium, tennis, basketball and netball courts, ovals, performing arts theatre, music rooms, home economics kitchen, hospitality centre, dance studio, art rooms, robotics laboratory, canteen and administration centre.
An interschool sports program is offered in semester one. Students may chose from a range of sports such Australian football, softball, touch football, cricket, rugby league, soccer, hockey, tennis, netball, volley ball and basketball. Our top teams compete in district level competitions.