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Principal’s welcome

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Welcome to Merrimac State High School, one of the Gold Coast’s premium educational environments. Merrimac is an internationally recognised school seeking to contribute to the development of each student through a shared focus emphasising respect, responsibility and reliability.

Our school motto 'Pride in Excellence' charts our course towards the pursuit of excellence. This is best achieved through students, parents, teachers and community working together to deliver the best educational opportunities. We recognise that education is a people business where inspirational learning positively shapes the life chances of our students. Here learning is intellectually challenging, connected to the real world and individualised. This focus is founded upon the belief that learning is natural and that the love of learning is normal.

Leadership and commitment are two personal qualities highly valued and strongly developed at Merrimac. We provide support and mentoring opportunities for students and staff as they explore their talents and goals within our culture of achievement and self belief.

The digital world is a reality and our 'BYOD' program provides extended learning opportunities both at home and at school. Through the use of appropriate technology, we are able explore learning in ways not previously possible, while also catering for the individual needs of students.

Strong partnerships with Griffith and Bond Universities have been developed, allowing students to participate in higher education programs while at school. Our specialist program in Music Theatre is accredited by the renowned Actors’ College of Theatre and Television, while our industry partners provide for a diverse range of traineeships and school based apprenticeships. Industry not only works in partnership with the school to create positive employment outcomes for students but also simultaneously shapes and designs curriculum and vocational standards in alignment with modern workforce trends.

Our accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS) demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement while placing us with only 650 schools worldwide which have met this standard. While the standards we set ourselves are high, we’re known for our commitment to our students. The quality and dedication of our staff is what set us apart while we provide innumerable opportunities for student growth and learning.

Merrimac State High School is a school with a ‘futures’ focus and a youthful optimism. Our caring relationships with students and partnerships with parents provide us with the best opportunity to deliver an education that challenges every student to live our motto 'Pride in Excellence'.


Chris Tobin

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Last reviewed 15 January 2019
Last updated 15 January 2019