Varied opportunities exist for students to develop leadership skills and responsibilities. Students are able to nominate for Phoenix Captain each year and play a role in assisting their Phoenix teacher and year coordinator.
House captains and team captains are also selected to inspire participation in the various annual carnivals. Students are also encouraged to represent the school in various district competitions such as debating, chess, representative sport, Mooting and language competitions, Tournament of the Minds and other inter-school academic challenges.
Student clubs such as The Leos Club, Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, The Honours Club and Academic List, Student Council and Merrimac Cares also foster responsibility and leadership qualities in our students.
School prefects and captains play a vital role in guiding the students of the school and in organising school celebrations such as Presentation Evening and Multi-cultural night. Student input is sought when important decisions on values, philosophy and management are being made.
The Honour Board in our school foyer displays the Dux, Sportsman, Sportswoman and Caltex All Rounder, named at the annual Presentation Night, for each year.
Academic honours list
Our Academic List was instituted in 1997 to recognise our high achievers and has since motivated students to strive for success. The Academic List Board in our school hall foyer is updated after every semester with the names of those students who meet the minimum standard Grade Point Average (GPA). Students are also awarded a badge and certificate and attend an Academic List celebration.
The minimum standard is a 3.5 GPA, which equates as follows:
- Year 10–12 (six subjects): 4 A's, 1 B, 1 C (no D's are allowed)
- Year 7–9 (eight subjects): 6 A's, 1 B, 1 C
- Year 7–9 (seven subjects): 5 A's, 1 B, 1 C